Slow printing: Speedup your printouts and make your colleagues happy

Speed up slow printing

Slow printing ? Something can be done about it.

As much as offices try to become paperless, there are a few problems that unfortunately seem insurmountable. Firstly, printing is often essential because of regulations and compliance that require documents to be stored in hard copy format. In certain types of industries, particularly legal, there is no getting around this however large the documents happen to be.

Often, files are simply easier to read and edit if they are on paper as opposed to on screen, or employees prefer not to read large amounts of information digitally, or they can’t access something when out of the office without Wi-Fi so it needs to be printed.

Problems Causing Slow Printing

Given that it may be an uphill struggle to get rid of printing completely, businesses should really do all they can to at least ensure their printing is fast and still as environmentally sound as it can be. Frequently, if a job is sent to the printer but it is particularly large, it can seem to the sender as if it has been lost en route. In this case, they will often try to send it again, sometimes more than once, where in reality it was just taking a while to reach the printer and begin printing. This type of situation will then result in unnecessary use of paper and toner cartridges, as well as clogging up the printer with more than one occurrence of the same job, holding up further print jobs in the queue behind it.

Another issue causing slow enterprise printing is the printing of images such as photos, JPEGs, or PNG files embedded in documents. They may not seem to be too large in themselves, but they are usually converted by the printer drivers into printable formats which are many times larger than the original file.

How to Restore Fast Printing Services

What your company really needs is a way of speeding up your printing processes, but how to go about it? The way in which employees access office data these days is very different to working practices in the past. Many work out of the office and need remote access to company data and documents using phones or tablets, while others want the freedom to be able to connect to the company’s systems while on business or even overnight if there are pressing issues. All of these access methods mean that the bandwidth required to support normal office functions needs to be expanded if printing is required as well, and this of course begins to cost more and more.

None of the normal operating systems, like Windows, can cope with making printing faster, but ThinPrint can. It has many options for fast printing, but one of the most impressive is that it can compress the data that is sent for printing by up to 98%, meaning that the print job arrives faster, starts printing faster, and doesn’t use as much bandwidth.

A Solution to Your Slow Printing

If any of these problems sound familiar and you would like to sort out all of your slow printing problems, download our ThinPrint white paper on how businesses can enable faster printing. It will help you save money, particularly as fast printing reduces your need to purchase extra bandwidth, lowers calls to help desks requesting support, and ultimately increases productivity. When you realise how much slow printing has affected your business practices up to now, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t sorted it out before.

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