Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced three new widgets for App2Me – an innovative technology that personalizes and simplifies complex workflows, seamlessly integrates multiple applications, and maximizes productivity by allowing users to bring their workflow wherever they go. The three new widgets – Scan to Evernote, Scan to Gmail and Scan to Google Docs – give users a convenient and direct connection from certain Ricoh multifunction products (MFPs) to the cloud.
“Today, over 30 million people use Google services, such as Gmail and Google Docs, and there are more than four million Evernote users. Our customers demand and benefit from the latest in technology, therefore it was important to us to offer a solution that fits in with these tools,” said Shinji Satoh, director, Solutions Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “App2Me was designed to enable our customers to utilize their Ricoh MFP in a way that is easy, intuitive and convenient. These new widgets broaden the solutions we can provide to our customers to help them improve their workflows.”
App2Me provides functions in widget form, enabling MFPs to be used in conjunction with cloud computing services that offer business applications over the Internet. Available on Google Desktop, App2Me was first featured on Ricoh’s Aficio MP 2851 and MP 3351, and is also available on the new Aficio MP 4001/MP 5001 Series and other Ricoh MFPs.
App2Me offers users convenience and personalization, even on shared multifunction devices. With App2Me, users can print, scan and perform various functions using individual settings that don’t affect the MFP’s overall settings, maintaining personalization and convenience. To activate the solution, users first download the App2Me Manager and widgets to a desktop PC or laptop running Google Desktop. Once installed, the App2Me Manager automatically discovers all App2Me-enabled MFPs on the network and communicates with those devices adding the user’s profile, as well as the widgets the user has downloaded. Users can go to any of these devices to execute their widget based workflow.
Designed not only to reduce process and complexity for the user, App2Me also improves workflow. Through App2Me’s innovative technology, widgets can be created to combine, distribute, edit and create documents, as well as perform many other tasks automatically and simultaneously. The user benefits by having these settings programmed once locally, which greatly reduces the need for trial-and-error printing, scanning, etc., as well as saves time. App2Me maximizes MFPs beyond printing and scanning by providing a variety of options to output data on paper. In addition, App2Me can connect to web-based services or network business applications to publish scanned information.
App2Me’s key benefits include:
- Seamless integration: ability to download widgets to the desktop and use them on any Ricoh MFP enabled with App2Me.
- Portability and personalization: no matter the location, user experience at each App2Me-enabled MFP remains completely personalized for maximum convenience.
- Simplified workflows: widgets can be used to print, scan and distribute documents in fewer steps and without involving IT.
- Maximized productivity: App2Me improves efficiency through widgets that control a virtually endless array of MFP, software, Internet Service or Enterprise Application driven workflows.
For more information about App2Me or any other Ricoh products or services, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.