What is AirPrint?
Apple AirPrint allows full colour, top-quality printing from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads directly from within many Apps available from the Apple App Store.
To take advantage of AirPrint, your compatible printer must be connected to the same wireless network as your iOS device or Mac computer.
AirPrint enables users to print wirelessly from within applications on Apple devices to AirPrint Compatible Printers connected to a wireless network. You can use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to easily print via Airprint without the need to install drivers or configure the printer queue. Just tap 'print' and select your AirPrint compatible printer, and print!....It's that simple.
What You See is What You Print
If you can open it on your apple device, chances are you can print it with AirPrint and an AirPrint compatible printer. Airprint works with Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDF's in iBooks and many third-party AirPrint compatible apps available from the app store.
Full list of AirPrint compatible printers
There are also a wide variety of third-party apps available to enable wireless printing through Apple devices, even to machines that are not natively AirPrint compatible printers. By sharing a printer installed on an Apple Mac or Windows Pc over a wireless network any printer may be able to take advantage of the AirPrint features. (An additional third-party app may be required to be installed on the local machine)
*For full AirPrint support, a printer firmware upgrade may be required which is available directly from the relevant manufacturer website.
Please note. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the above information is correct at the time of publication, Printerland will not be held responsible for the content of any third-party software suggested on this site and usage of any such software is at the users own risk. Printerland is unable to provide support for Airprint compatible printer software and any such advice should be readily available from the relevant manufacturer or developer.
70 PERCENT SAVINGS IN PRINT COSTS
Karali is one of the largest Burger King franchisees in the UK running 61 restaurants. It employs 2500 people and is committed to taking the Burger King brand to more places in the UK. Karali operated printers and scanners across its locations made by a number of manufacturers. They are used to print out forms related to food costs, stock control, sales, and cash control. The paperwork is filled in, scanned and sent back to head office. The scanners are also used to scan and send any post that comes into local sites on to Karali’s head quarters in London.
The IT team based in the London head office oversaw the ordering of replacement ink for the company’s fleet of laser printers.
“We had to make sure we were ordering the right type of consumable for each different product. Our printer fleet used 13 different types of printers from four different manufacturers. Ordering and arranging deliveries and collections of the right product for the printer for each restaurant was a logistical challenge in itself, not to mention the associated overheads, So we set out to find new multifunction printers that could also manage scanning. Our main goal was simple: cut costs.”
Timely calls lead to product tests
Just as Andrew’s team began searching for new printers, two sales calls came in – from Epson and another major printer company.
“For once, these were sales calls that I was actually pleased to get,” says Andrew. “We spoke at length to both companies before taking a test printer from each and installing it in our head office.”
Andrew Musetti, Karali’s head of IT and business analysis
To assess the comparative total cost of ownership (TCO) over a three-year life cycle, the IT team prepared an analysis of print usage, the costs of replacement cartridges and the purchase price of each printer. The printers were also assessed for ease of use – important as the users have varying levels of IT skills – the quality of printing, simplicity and speed of document scanning, and installation ease. In addition, the IT team looked at how the printers and supply of consumables could be better managed..
According to Andrew, Epson’s WorkForce Pro solution stood out way ahead of the other solution:
“Epson recommended we tested an inkjet printer against the laser model provided by the other manufacturer. We hadn’t thought about an inkjet option but the technology has really advanced and the Epson is an excellent product. The other manufacturer was also recommending a managed print solution where we rent the printers. There was a concern that this would become much more expensive if we exceeded the agreed print limits. So we decided to install the Epson WP-4525 DNF model with a document feeder. This allows users to load multiple pages for scanning so people don’t have to wait by the printer while the job is in progress.”
Each of the 61 restaurants now has a printer installed in its
To support the installation of each printer, a short guide was prepared for the restaurants.
“Everyone installed their printer OK and were happier to have an all-in-one solution to save space”
At head office, management software was installed on a PC. This provides remote control and problem diagnosis of each printer over the web. It also provides a real-time view of each printer’s ink levels. When this falls below a certain level, an order is automatically generated. Epson then sends the replacement cartridges directly to the restaurant that needs them.
Long-term benefits: cost-savings from a
“The key benefit of the printers is that TCO is 70 percent lower per year compared to the previous solution. For instance, the document management aspect saves time and, money on postage, as we can quickly scan documents to digitize them, send them to head office and easily store the information. We also get more time and cost savings as Epson manages the ink supplies on our behalf and we have more control over the printers: the management software shows if a restaurant’s printer has an issue so we can advise how to resolve it, and by analysing print usage we can flag concerns if a site is printing more than expected. All round, it’s a much smarter solution.”
Karali has a three-year service contract in place. For a predictable cost this provides the peace of mind of next-day swap-out if a printer has a fault.
“We expected that working with Epson would be a good experience and we've been very pleased. Any minor teething problems were resolved by Epson quickly and efficiently. For instance, we wanted a change made to each printer’s firmware. When some of the sites had a problem doing this, Epson sent an engineer to our head office to update the printers remotely. The service all round was great and we’re looking forward to getting maximum value from the printers over the next three years.”
DegreeArt: Supply and Demand
Founded in 2003, DegreeArt gives young, aspiring art graduates the best chance to break into the industry and profit from their work. The graduate founders, Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa, dismayed at their fellow students leaving university with fantastic art but without the means of selling it, created an online gallery to promote and distribute this work.
What started as a part time business run out of their homes between other full-time jobs, has since flourished, seen a permanent gallery open on Vyner Street in the heart of East London, and enjoyed substantial growth over the past nine years. It now employs seven full-time staff and a host of part time workers and volunteers, showcasing work from over 300 artists.
“Every year, 12,000 art graduates enter the industry and it can be intimidating for those starting out. Our business punctures the hierarchy and offers every artist a place to promote, sell and prosper,” says Isobel Beauchamp, Co-founder and Director, DegreeArt.
Innovating their Way to Credibility
Isobel and Elinor left university with entrepreneurial ambitions, but little money. They couldn’t afford much capital expenditure, but recognised the potential of the online space. At the time, eBay was hugely popular and they realised that, sooner or later, the Internet would permanently change the art world.
However, it proved very difficult for two young graduates to establish credibility in the business world. This was particularly true in an environment like the art industry, and especially when the proposition challenges convention in the way DegreeArt’s does.
“A lot of galleries in the middle-market really suffered, as traditional locations in Mayfair failed to survive the combination of the recession and extortionate rents. Our business model, with its low overheads and reasonably priced pieces, meant that we saw incredible growth. Luckily, the demand for art never died, and the hunger for affordable art skyrocketed,”says Beauchamp.
Keeping a firm grip on overheads is important to every aspect of DegreeArt. From maximising social media for promotional benefits, to outsourcing bulk administrative tasks and employing a combination of full-time, part-time staff and volunteers, every aspect of expenditure is closely managed.
Inevitably, there are certain expenses which are integral to the business. Printing is one such area. DegreeArt prints hundreds of invoices on a daily basis, as well as artwork proposals and certificates of authenticity that accompany each purchase. All this means that DegreeArt regularly gets through vast quantities of colour promotional prints – up to 200 copies the day before a major event.
Until recently, DegreeArt used a large, cumbersome laser printer, which took up valuable space in their small office. It was also highly unreliable and slow to start up, leaving them waiting for several painful minutes before printing a document and after switching the machine on. Faced with the constant possibility of the printer breaking ahead of a show or on a busy orders day, DegreeArt realised it was high time it looked for a replacement.
After investigating the options, DegreeArt selected the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4525DNF, a compact high-performance business inkjet printer with integrated fax and double-sided printing capability. Since the move, DegreeArt has experienced much faster, more efficient, better quality printing, as well as freeing up valuable office space.
“The WorkForce Pro is much sleeker and more discreet than our old laser model, which simply did not fit the aesthetics of our office. It’s a superficial point, but an important one considering our industry and the importance of our image. As well as the visual improvement, we can now be more productive as there’s no warm-up time with the WorkForce Pro and documents can be printed almost instantly. This has saved us valuable time in creating the documentation we need to accompany every customer order.”
For any business operating in the art world, the visual quality of collateral can be the difference between success and failure and good quality print-outs are vital. One example of this is the certificate of authenticity that is sent with each piece of art. This includes a miniature picture of the artwork, and so demands the very best in colour quality and accuracy. The quality of output from Epson’s Micro Piezo print head technologyi means that these printouts are now done to the highest standard.
Furthermore, the printer was designed to be hard-wearing and cost-effective for printing high volumes. It has a higher cartridge yield than a comparable laser printer and offers a lower cost per page – this means its total cost of ownership is up to 50 percent lower than competitive colour lasersii. In fact, compared to DegreeArt’s previous laser printer, it is estimated that the printer will save the company 66 percent of their printing spend (£1,756) over a three year period. It also allows for an 80 percent reduction in energy consumption, compared with the colour laseriii they had previously.
“The art world trades in tangible, hard copy, so it is important to offer the best quality for any customer-facing printed materials. The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4525DNF has really exceeded our expectations, in terms of visual quality, cost savings and being robust enough to cope with the volume of administrative material we produce.” says Beauchamp.
DegreeArt has fought against convention to bring affordable art to the public, without the constraints of traditional practices. It’s this innovation, supported by a savvy approach to office expenses and equipment, that will progress the company’s growth and success.
“When we first started the business, many people didn’t take us very seriously. Two graduates with hopes to change the career prospects for our fellow students – and make money out of it. Over the years, as we’ve grown the business, people may have changed their opinions but we’ve remained the same. We’re aiming high; our next ambition is to be the Amazon of the art world,” concludes Beauchamp.
EPSON WORKFORCE PRO WP-4525DNF
Scanner, printer, copier - what were once three bulky bits of hardware now come in a single unit. Advances in this technology mean they print quicker and more accurately than ever, giving expensive laser printers a run for their money. The Epson is an exceptionally versatile alternative to a colour laser. High capacity ink tanks print 3,400 pages between changes, give low running costs of 1.1p per black page and 4.3p for colour. It printed quickly in our tests, at nearly 14 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 6ppm in colour. The quality is very good, with crisp black text and bright colours.
Its features add extra appeal. Duplex print, where pages are printed double-sided in a single operation, isn't that unusual, but the Epson's scanner is also duplex, so you can make double-sided copies of up to 30 pages just by loading up the automatic document feeder (ADF). The scans can be saved onto a USB stick or a computer connected over USB or a network (a wired one, in this case).
Verdict: Fast, versatile and cheap to run.