Kyocera - applications and tools
In continuation of a series of popular articles on Kyocera, I offer material about programs with which you can manage, configure and maintain Kyocera office devices.
Each individual application is worthy of a special article, and maybe in the future it will turn out that way, but for now it’s just a general overview, aimed at users who are just starting to get acquainted with the products of our company and need an easy guide to quickly navigate among the variety of branded names. The first part is dedicated exclusively to users: I consider programs that relate to the "consumption" of Kyocera equipment capabilities, and everything related to maintenance and configuration will be discussed in the second part of the article.
(The ceramic knives in the picture have nothing to do with printer-scanner management programs, but they are beautiful and remind of the historical essence of the company - the production of ceramics)
The basis for working with the entire product line of printing devices is Printer Driver:
- KX Driver PCL / KPDL / PDF (all in one, so to speak)
- Mini driver PCL or KPDL (note: KPDL = PostScript)
- Microsoft driver PCL or KPDL
As PostScript Printer Description files (PPD's):
- For Windows, Macintosh and Linux printing (note: PPD's are used on OSX, Linux, and Adobe applications)
KX driver is a necessary and sufficient application in order to start using printing. You get all the standard features, plus several Kyocera-specific ones - password protection for printing, options for the hard disk in the printer, creating profiles to speed up routine tasks, etc.
Management is concentrated in the standard Windows print panel: Associated programs that expand and facilitate the driver: KYOnet for clients is a small application for users that displays the status of the printer and your print job. In some ways replaces the standard status monitor windows. You will simply know what is happening with the printer and your print job. KYOnet for Direct Printing
- Print PDF documents without installing Acrobat reader.
- Combine PDF files in one task.
- Change file sequence.
- Select a printer and print profile.
The interface is simple - specify files, settings, send to print: Prescribe printer language - a thing for the meticulous. Literally - an editor in which using the programming language Prescribe (from Kyocera) you can perform (or automate) tasks for the printer that cannot be performed in other applications. The language is quite simple, and after reading the manual with examples, any reader of Habr will be able to command the printer. With the basis - Printer Driver and the fact that next to it, figured it out, I turn to scanning. Any Kyocera MFPs can:
- Scan for Applications (TWAIN, WIA, WSD)
- Scan and send by e-mail
- Scan to the shared folder on Samba
- Scan to FTP Server
- Support LDAP (connect to AD server database)
- Scan to internal drive
- Keep a “Job box” for transferring tasks to applications (TWAIN, WIA, WSD)
- Save to cards and flash drives via USB
All these functions, of course, do not require any additional software installations and come out of the box.
For added convenience:
File Management Utility (FMU) is an application for distributing files of scanned documents over a network.
You can specify the conditions under which files will be sent to a particular network folder, and, of course, do this for several Kyocera MFPs. Precondition - the device must have the HyPAS option. The principle of the utility is to monitor the appearance of files in a specific specified folder, and shift them in accordance with the rules you specify. Panelplus
- This application is much closer to the hardware (or rather, inside it) and is a HyPAS-based solution for device operating panels. Allows you to use the buttons to launch tasks for scanning your own production.
Outwardly, it looks like this: If you often perform some of the same type of tasks, it’s convenient to set up a button that allows you to run them with one click, rather than typing repeating parameters every time. The Panel Plus Designer application is used to “manufacture” the buttons: Panel Plus Designer - how the program is installed on the computer, with it, with the convenience, you create the task you need in the form of a visual workflow. The resulting “design.xpp”, import to the MFP (from a USB stick) and you see the necessary button on the device’s panel.
(To work with PPD, you need java, JRE 6.0 or
newer ) KYOcapture - full control of the scanning process, a desktop application, the essence of which is best expressed by this screenshot: Using the program, you can configure any scanning process and sequence of work with scans - scan paper or electronic documents, name them according to the necessary rules, send them simultaneously to several repositories, perform operations in conjunction with HyPAS, etc. An example of capturing documents from Outlook (as an illustration of the simplicity of working with the application): The components that KYOcapture can work with are divided into three main categories:
- Capturing and receiving files - “Capture” (examples: Kyocera MFP, POP3 e-mail, AutoCapture, etc.)
- Processing and indexing - “Process” (examples: ABBYY Fine Reader OCR, PDF Converter, JScript, Send to Database, XML Generator, etc.)
- Forwarding and storage - “Route” (examples: WebDAV Route, MS Exchange, LAN Fax, SharePoint, etc.)
The number of components is measured in dozens and is growing steadily.
For clarity, I have an advertising diagram demonstrating the principle of KYOcapture - we take it from anywhere, process it and send it anywhere: With custom applications - for now. (You can add a mobile client application for Android to the list, which was awarded a separate article on Habré ) In the next article, I promise to make the same quick description of utilities that will be useful to administrators of networks that include Kyocera office devices.