Due to Google Cloud Print being discontinued at the end of 2020, you can consider FolderMill as an alternate print solution. Let's take a closer look at how FolderMill can fit into a company's printing infrastructure.
With FolderMill, you can do pretty much the same as you used to with GCP – quickly send documents to the desired printer for immediate printing. Compared to Cloud Print, FolderMill uses a different interface – users just copy files to regular Windows folders. FolderMill starts monitoring these folders, and printing is performed immediately after a user drops new files there.
And like Cloud Print, FolderMill allows you to send print jobs from a web-connected device (a desktop PC, a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone) with the use of folders being monitored.
FolderMill vs Google Cloud Print: things in common and what's different
|Google Cloud Print
|Any device that allows copying files to folders to a local or network drive folder; server requirements: Windows XP SP 3 (or newer) or Windows Server 2003 (or newer)
|Any web-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet with Google Chrome functionality; server requirements: Google Chrome browser and Windows 7 (or newer) with Microsoft XPS EP
|How to print
|Automated printing by copying files to any Windows folder (defined by FolderMill as "Hot Folder"). Files can be sent to any printer locally, via the Internet, or printers within a home/office network.
|Printing from any web-connected device to a cloud-connected printer. Printing can be done from various devices: PC with Chrome browser, Chromebook, Android/iOS device (smartphone or tablet).
|Ability to print to any physical or virtual printer available in your Windows system or remote printers through Google Drive/OneDrive/Dropbox folders.
|Ability to print to any cloud-connected printer ("Cloud Print Ready" printer) or a "classic" printer connected directly to PCs (for example, via USB cable) as well as networked printers (Ethernet or WiFi).
|Requirements for remote printing
|Printing to a remote printer requires a running computer (a workstation or server PC) connected to the Internet with FolderMill installed plus a Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive account or a configured computer network.
|Printing to a non-cloud printer requires installing Google Chrome and the use of a connector, a small piece of software distributed with Google Chrome that runs on a PC where the printer is installed. The PC must be running and connected to the Internet in order for print jobs to get to the connector (and hence the printer).
|Things in common
|Designed to simplify print environments. Can be used in schools, banks, and other enterprise-scale organizations.
|Remote printing. End-users can print remotely and outside the network by sending print jobs over the Internet.
|No need to install printer software, printer drivers or native applications for opening specific file types to the client (the end-user PC).
FolderMill's unique features:
- Sending print jobs to different printers or trays using filenames as filter
- Printing to multiple printers simultaneously
- Ability to schedule printing/file conversion
- Ability to print industry-specific formats (e.g., CAD drawings) via native software API, without intermediate conversion to PDF
- Printing by filter mask, watermarking, converting to PDF or images and other Actions that can be combined with printing:
About Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print is a cross-platform service from Google that supports cloud and virtual printing via various devices (PC, smartphone, tablet) from the Chrome browser on Windows/Mac/Linux/Chrome OS systems. To use it, you will need a Google account and a printer with the "Google Cloud Print Ready" icon, indicating support for this technology, or a printer directly connected to a computer with a Chrome browser installed, or a print server.
One of the key advantages of Google Cloud Print was the ability to print from a mobile device (IOS/Android smartphone, laptop, or tablet). The service was also focused on eliminating the need for complex network setups to make print sharing work. Any user could quickly send files to a printer without the need for complex setup and driver installation. Unfortunately, Google's cloud-based printing solution will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020.
Ready to migrate from Cloud Print?
If you are looking for a solution with similar functionality to Google Cloud Print and if you are not sure whether FolderMill will suit your needs, please contact us. We will advise you and offer a proper solution depending on your print-related tasks.
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