Have you played with v18.0 yet?
PaperCut MF 18.0 is now available to the channel. This is to give you time to familiarize yourself with the new release ahead of the general public. Feel free to start installing this version on any customer sites who may need it. The release will be made available to the public in a couple of weeks.

Release highlights:
  • Connect in-house print rooms and FabLabs to PaperCut MF with Job Ticketing
  • New MFP application with an updated user interface for HP OXP devices
  • More security updates to help you stay GDPR compliant
The build - as well as some important release information including a very handy Job Ticketing sales guide - is waiting for you in the PaperCut Partner Portal.

BLI awards - now in the language of your choice
We’re still thrilled with PaperCut 17.0 winning Outstanding Cost Accounting & Cost Control Solution at the recent BLI Buyers Lab awards. Now you can share the news in the language of your choice!

Read Julie Walker’s post for more.

This week, we’re focussing on the System Health interface - an often forgotten but highly useful interface. It provides great opportunities to integrate PaperCut MF (or Papercut NG) into a customer's IT monitoring systems.

The interface is available out of the box and comes with integration examples for the Zabbix and PRTG IT monitoring solutions. They make great visual demos when you present to enterprise customers asking for these features.

Zabbix is open source; with the appropriate technical skills, you’ll show some impressive demos using our examples as a starting point.

More information about these examples

To show what’s possible, Selectec has taken the information we provided and used it to integrate PaperCut MF with Grafana and Prometheus. See their article for more details, and to get inspiration for your own monitoring solution.

If you’re feeling extra geeky, you could roll your own solution completely using tools like jq to parse the JSON information we supply, and Gnuplot to display the results.

You can also adopt the same low level approach to use information from the System Health interface as part of a larger script. Here’s a small fragment to whet your appetite:

curl http://localhost:9191/rpc/api/rest/public/status 2> /dev/null|\

Hopefully any system administrators will begin to see the possibilities using the System Health interface. For instance you can use this type of information to send customized email alerts using already existing systems.

Ping if you want to know more about the System Health interface or want to discuss any other integration opportunities you have.