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PaperCut MF 12.4 (Build 18713)
Posted by Apposite Solution Limited on 06 September 2012 04:45 PM

New features:

  • With the majority of new installs now being on 64-bit hardware, the 64-bit optimized option is now built into the Windows installer. Previously an optional 64-bit add-on pack needed to be applied post-install. The Windows installer now auto detects the operating system architecture and installs the relevant version where appropriate.
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is fully supported. In particular the installer has been enhanced to take advantage of the new security features available in the release of OS X.
  • Three new pre-written printer scripting recipes have been added to the cookbook:
    • Implement color print quotas - users can be limited to a maximum number of color pages per day.
    • Recognize and reward good behaviour - users who accomplish 10 consecutive days of only printing in duplex/grayscale receive a popup award.
    • Rate limit printing during lab hours - ensure printer access is not abused.
    All these new scripts have been made possible with the introduction of new scripting APIs that allow the storage and retrieval of persistent data/variables.


  • Added a new Payment Gateway option: Heartland Onecard.
  • Dashboard page performance improvements.
  • Added the ability to hide user card numbers in the interface and logs for sites conscious about security.
  • New server-command and XML Web Service APIs:
    • getUserProperty - expanded to return a nominated user's account selection properties/settings.
    • syncGroup - will manually synchronize a nominated group with the directory source.
    • getGroupQuota - will fetch the group quota allocation settings for a given group.
  • SQL Server 2012 and variants are now explicitly supported and documented.
  • General performance improvements when processing print jobs.
  • Error handling and messages have been improved for sites running multiple LDAP sources.
  • The Microsoft XPS format is now natively supported. Drivers using this as a spool file format can now leverage features such as page-level analysis, and force duplex/grasycale.
  • Improved print job release at the MFD when job handle/document names contain special characters.
  • Added the ability to easily disable iOS printing support for Mac installations.
  • If an internal database corruption is detected the system will now display a message giving advice on how to solve the problem.
  • Improved the error message displayed when the server encounters low-memory conditions. The message offers some suggestions.
  • Improvements when using campus card payment gateways (like CBORD, Blackboard etc.) to display the user's available balance at devices.
  • Added detection of common misconfiguration of advanced LDAP settings. The system offers advice on how to resolve any problems.
  • The "SMART Notebook Document Writer" virtual printer is now ignored by default.
  • Improvements to the 3rd party Device REST API.
  • PaperCut now supports LDAP servers that use anonymous binds for querying. This is done by making the LDAP admin DN and password optional.
  • Improved automated network setup on Linux.
  • Improved usability when refreshing the device status on the device details page.
  • User Web Interface custom include files now handle UTF-8 for improved international support.
  • Improved support for SNMP hardware checks on Konica Minolta printers.
  • Improved the printer load balancing algorithm (when used in conjunction with print release or find-me printing.)
  • Added language translations for Catalan, Spain.


  • Fixed a problem where the "Maximum Copies" filter settings were lost when modifying other filter settings.
  • Executive Summary Report - corrected inconsistencies when handling large data sets.
  • Fixed problem that could cause slow print popups on Linux and Mac (CUPS).
  • When accessing invalid URLs under "/upload/", we now return a 404 (page not found) error, instead of an empty page. This was causing false-positive security warnings with some security tools.
  • Perform additional validation when creating internal users to ensure invalid names cannot be used.
  • Manager Mode Popup automatically resizes to accommodate very long account names.
  • Fixed a problem with printer scripting when using the actions.job.cancelAndLog() function, which could cause the job to be logged twice, if called when job analysis was not yet complete.
  • Fixed a problem seen on some older Linux distributions.
  • Fixed a problem on Novell systems that could block print jobs when hardware page detection is enabled and PaperCut cannot determine the device network address.
  • Fixed a problem in the release station where focus may not return to the card/username field on the login screen. This could prevent user authentication in rare circumstances.
  • Logging in using full-width Latin characters used in Japan, China etc. will now no longer cause user duplication problems.
  • Fixed minor layout issue with long printer names on the Dashboard's printer status list.
  • Removed "totals" column from the 'Most Green' and 'Most Polluting' user environmental-impact reports.

Printer compatibility improvements:

  • Improved page analysis for Canon UFR and PCL5.
  • Fixed duplex detection for Epson Stylus Pro 4880.
  • Improved page level color detection for TOSHIBA e-STUDIO4520 Mac PostScript driver.
  • Improved force grayscale for Mac users printing to Toshiba devices.
  • Added page analysis and duplex/grayscale attributes filters for XPS print jobs.
  • Added SNMP Hardware count support for Canon and NRG.
  • Improved color, duplex and number of copies detection for PDF spool files created by Fuji Xerox DocuCentre IV 2270 Mac print driver.
  • Mac/Linux: Special "Printer Control Command" documents generated by Xerox 7800 are now properly handled.
  • Improved force grayscale support for Konica Minolta PostScript printers.
  • Improved support for SNMP hardware checks for Konica Minolta devices.
  • Fixed document level color detection for Xerox Global PCL6 Driver for Xerox 7535 and 7125.
  • Improved detection of paper sizes for FX DocuPrint ART EX printers.

Copier / Device Integration:

  • Boscop Virtual Cash Controller - improved login behaviour when PaperCut is configured to use an external account source that is offline or very slow.
  • Konica Minolta Embedded.
    • Improvements to better support latest model devices.
    • Improved welcome message for when card swipe is not enabled.
    • Improved error messages when device is configured incorrectly.
    • Improved handling for card readers supported by Konica Minolta for Open API 2.3+ devices.
  • Lexmark Onboard/Embedded (LeSF)* - v18105:
    • Support added for new devices - C748, X746DE, X748DE/DTE.
    • Added tracking of jobs initiated through 3rd party applications.
    • Added support for swiping card to logout.
    • When card is swiped, wake up the device LCD screen.
    • Improved single-sign on (SSO) support for 3rd party applications. e.g. scan to network.
    • Interface and usability improvements.
  • Sharp Onboard/Embedded (OSA):
    • Improvements to track USB print jobs on late model Sharp devices.
    • Improved handling of very-low cost print jobs (e.g. $0.0001).
  • Toshiba Onboard/Embedded (e-BRIDGE Open Platform) - SDK2 devices:
    • Added support for tracking scan jobs created by external connectors. e.g. Toshiba's Google Docs connector. Previously these jobs would all be logged as "guest".
    • It's now possible to offer free B&W copying whilst still charging for color jobs.
    • Cancelled and erroneous scans are no longer logged.
    • Fixed problem where color scan jobs were tracked as grayscale.
    • Improved support to Scan To Network Folder.
    • Fixed issue that may have prevented some jobs from stopping at zero quota.
    • Improved error message when multiple devices have been incorrectly configured to connect to the same physical MFP.
    • Fixed an issue where an "Out of Quota" error would incorrectly display immediately after login.
    • Improve home page to show "No Account Selected" when unable to charge to personal account.
  • Samsung Extensible Open Architecture (XOA)*:
    • Improved localization - addressed an issue where some text was always in English.
  • Xerox Secure Access:
    • Added support for swiping card to logout.
    • Improved handling of duplicate MFP job log identifiers so that MFP usage can continue to be tracked. This solves problems seen with Phaser 3635 devices running recent firmware where the device would reuse job IDs in rapid succession.

Other Notes:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 servers are no longer supported. Please see the end-of-life policy for details.
  • Devices marked with * require installing an updated version of the embedded copier software.
  • This release does not contain a database upgrade.