EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced the next generation of the PrintMe mobile printing solution that empowers mobile workers to print from any Internet-enabled device, including laptops and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Google Android, anywhere at any time.
Launched nine years ago today, EFI PrintMe was the world’s first cloud-based printing platform that enabled mobile workers to upload their documents to the PrintMe cloud and securely print them on any PrintMe-enabled printer. The solution has thousands of placements worldwide, with millions of pages printed, making it easy to print on the go, whether it is guest printing in an enterprise, printing from a hotel room or airport, or just using a mobile device on the street.
Now, with the launch of the next generation PrintMe mobile printing solution, EFI has enhanced the capabilities of PrintMe’s “cloud aware” printers with powerful document conversion capabilities, unique smartphone apps, a new print driver, and SDK’s for developers who wish to add printing capabilities to their applications. The PrintMe iPhone application will be available in early November, enabling users to print airline boarding passes, web pages, photos and more from their iPhone, iTouch or iPad. The application for BlackBerry phones will be available in December.
PrintMe technology has caught the attention of EFI’s long-standing OEM partners. Xerox recently announced a portfolio of mobile print offerings, including PrintMe, as part of its mobile print portfolio.
In the early days of the original PrintMe service, the hospitality market was the largest adopter of the offering. Today, hotel and resort partners continue to support and trust the PrintMe solution.
With the explosion of smartphones over the last few years, now more than ever, mobile workers need to be able to access and print their documents on the go. PrintMe is a convenient, easy and secure solution that allows mobile printing in businesses, coffee shops, airports, print for pay providers and any public gathering location that has a PrintMe “cloud aware” printer.
How it Works
With EFI PrintMe, users don’t need to connect cables, download software or install complex hardware components. They simply forward their document to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.PrintMe.com through any Internet-enabled device, and upload their document. Users are then given a document ID number to retrieve the document on-demand at the printer, so materials stay confidential. PrintMe works with most printers from all leading manufacturers. The flexible solution can handle most document formats including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, as well as HTML, JPEG and PDF.
Users also can print from any desktop application using the “EFI PrintMe” driver, receiving a document ID from the driver dialog box and/or email. The user then simply goes to the PrintMe-enabled printer, enters the document ID, enters the number of copies, and prints.
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