Volume 7, Number 40 -- October 23, 2007

Printronix Unveils Web-Based Printer Management Software

Published: October 23, 2007

by Alex Woodie

Printronix last week unveiled PrintNet Enterprise Suite (PNE), a Web-based console that enables administrators to manage all Printronix thermal barcode, RFID, line matrix, and laser printers from a single PC.

PNE, which is the replacement product for PrintNet Enterprise, enables users to implement a virtual operator panel that allows them to configure and manage all Printronix printers, whether they're located in the same office or halfway around the world.

"Whatever the situation demands, you have total remote control of your printers--change printer settings, update firmware, download fonts, or even lock out local operators from making changes," says Andy Scherz, director of product marketing for the Irvine, California, company.

PNE adds several new features to the old PrintNet Enterprise product. For instance, the new Auto-ID Data Manager component, for instance, keeps an audit rail of all bar code and RFID information encoded by the printer. It also introduces a new Automatic Job Capture function that captures a copy of the print job exactly as the printer receives it, which is helpful for debugging potential server and network-related problems. Another new feature is the Data Stream Adapter, which allows users to change print instructions on legacy software without touching any code. For example, it allows users to re-position or resize text or bar codes to meet new conformance mandates.

PNE was written in Java, and requires a host running Windows, Linux, or Unix. For more information, visit www.printronix.com.

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