Anyone have any solutions for managing printing budgets using printopia? Is the app print n share pro an option for this?
How are you managing your printing from your laptop already?
Do you have to put in a code or something to let you print.
In my class the students have to check with me before they print anything as they print through Printopia which is on my own laptop.
Well we are currently printing through our hp laptops using an account code which is entered into the printing preferences. A couple of teachers at school have gone Mac and we are looking at setting up printopia on one of those however that means all printing will come from that persons printing budget.
In essence at the school we have two printing/copying accounts, one for the senior and one for the juniors.
We found that Printopia is smarter than that, and when you connect to the printer from the iPad it prompts for a username and password, and charges to that persons account and not the account of the laptop running printopia. So no problem with getting the right user to change. However it can not handle an account with more than one budget, so the users must have just one budget only. We have tried this using both PaperCut and SupervisorNet/Monitor cost recovery systems sucessfully.
We installed Printopia on a small Mac Mini server that we leave on all the time. The Mac Mini server can also do Time Machine backups of the laptops and other useful things and so may be a good investment if you are going to have more Apples and iOS devices.
No, you have two users, one setup for the senior printing budget only, and one setup for the junior printing budget only. When you connect an iPad to a printer via Printopia you enter either one of these two usernames/password on the iPad depending on which budget you want that iPad to use. From then on all printing from that iPad will go to that budget.
We are now using SupervisorNet/Monitor for cost recovery rather than PaperCut but found both work the same with Printopia.
No need for two versions of printopia.