At the beginning of 2016 Spring semester CAIT and the Library introduced a radically new printing infrastructure called PrintServices, powered by PaperCut.
Utilizing PaperCut, CAIT has expanded printing capabilities to the cloud, personal devices, and helped to reduce waste and unnecessary expenditures. Check out these CAIT articles for an overview of what PrintServices and PaperCut can do for you:
Modern Payment Methods
Instead of physical print cards that are easily damaged or lost, PaperCut is account-based and uses your Hub credentials to log in.
You can log in to your PaperCut account from anywhere, on or off campus, and add funds with your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card.
Easily Transfer Funds
Before PrintServices if you didn't have enough funds on your print card you would have to find a friend willing to let you use theirs. If nobody was around to ask you would be stuck.
Now a friend could log on to their PaperCut account from any device, on or off campus, and send you some funds in just a few seconds.
PrintServices is a cashless system. That means you cannot 'cash out' when you graduate. Using the transfer system you can 'sell' your credit to a friend so it doesn't go to waste.
Check Your Balance Anytime
You can check your account balance anytime, from anywhere. If you're at home but have a large document to print you can log on to PrintServices and know immediately if you'll need to add funds or if you're good to go.
Only Pay for What Actually Prints
Usually when you print a document you're required to pre-pay for the entire job. If the printer jams, explodes, or whatever else, you're stuck with a half-printed document and the hope of a reasonable refund policy.
We have set up PrintServices to automatically refund you if your print job doesn't print, or if there's a problem mid-way through the job.
You pay only for the pages that physically come out of the printer, so if there is a paper jam or if the toner goes out on page 47 of your 120 page script you can be sure you won't be overcharged.
Print from the Cloud
Using your @calarts.edu or @alum.calarts.edu email address you can print to PrintServices from anywhere you have internet access! In fact, if you use a Chromebook or another Google product you can bring directly from your device or account!
Now you don't need to bring a printer to campus, or have one at your house. Just send your print job before you leave and pick it up at one of the printers when you arrive!
And a Lot More!
PrintServices and PaperCut open up a lot of possibilities, and we're exploring every one that we can think of.
If you want to see PrintServices do something that we haven't mentioned please let us know, we're always looking to make things better!