Electronic means of data exchange have significantly increased the speed of document transfer for both B2B and B2C-oriented businesses. Still, the necessity to print documents on paper exists and even grows in major countries, i.e., the USA or Germany.
Paper vs. digital
The battle is still ongoing, and things are different – in various countries, industries, and companies. Local authorities and governmental institutions require documents on paper (and sometimes both on paper and in electronic form). In private company sector it all may be down to financial director's decision – whether the company should keep the documentation in paper form or not. That's why the digital only era is still yet to come. The reality is still paperwork-based. Manufacturers of printing supplies, devices, and utilities feel confident and don't think of shifting their focus somewhere else.
The documentary exchange usually takes place in the PDF format. To exchange graphic files, image formats such as JPG or TIFF are used. Requirements to corporate workflow standardization are not so strict, and for this reason, unusual solutions may take place, for example, keeping documents as HTML or XPS files.
Printing just a couple of documents is simple. It can be done by clicking the "Print" button in Adobe Reader if a report needs to be printed as a PDF file. Or, one does the same in the Windows Photo Viewer in case they want to print a photo or a scanned document. Unfortunately, none of these solutions work if you have to produce dozens of printouts daily.
Batch printing solutions for PDF documents
To print documents in batch mode, fCoder created a software solution called Print Conductor. The program is straightforward to use: add the documents to the list, select the desired printer, and click "Start Printing". There are no limits to the number of files that can be printed during one session!
System integrators dealing with document workflow also seek tools for printing purposes. Our specialists developed 2Printer software to meet their needs. This command-line utility is suitable for being integrated into the document workflow, and for being used in solutions developed by independent software developers as a printing component.