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UniFLOW 5.2: Google Cloud Print enabled & AD Authenticated Airprint

May 28, 2013

I spent last Thursday & Friday at the Bellagio in Las Vegas attending the NTware Forum. NTware just released UniFLOW version 5.2 and this was our chance as Canon Dealers to get to know what was new and cool about it.

I don’t think it is a secret that I am a fan of UniFLOW. What I like so much about UniFLOW and more specifically NTware is every time it seems like their competition starts to close the gap they take another giant leap forward. Leaving the competition scratching their heads. They’ve done it again with version 5.2

Three new cool additions to UniFLOW that I want to mention here are:

UniFLOW is Google Cloud Print enabled.

UniFLOW has AD Authentication for IOS Airprint.

UniFLOW has reintroduced Print Room Management (Formerly called Helix).

To get the “skinny” on UniFLOW enabled Google Cloud Print (GCP) I will redirect you to my recent post on The Copier Network. Go read it and then come back…. I’ll wait….. Pretty cool, Huh?

Like GCP, Airprint is a technology that is predominately aimed at the consumer market place, But just as UniFLOW \ GCP integration has added the missing pieces that bring GCP into the Enterprise it does the same for Airprint. How does UniFLOW’s bring Aiprint protocol into the Enterprise, by adding Active Directory Authentication to the Airprint protocol. No serious network allows access to it’s resources without authenticating the user who wants access. LDAP is the defacto standard, with AD being Microsoft’s LDAP offering. UniFLOW doesn’t invent Airprint or LDAP, it just marries them together making them better and more functional. GCP & Airprint may not be a perfect fit for your environment. UniFLOW offers device agnostic email printing workflows that works well in even the largest enterprise.

Finally, NTware reintroduced Print Room Management into UniFLOW. It had this as an option in earlier versions, but it was pulled out and offered as a separate product called Helix. Now it’s back, as a part of the UniFLOW Platform and as such it leverages all that UniFLOW is and does but brings it into the CRD (Central Reproduction Department) or Print Center. By making it an optional UniFLOW module it is very cost effective, especially when you compare it to other offerings in a similar space (like EFI’s Digital Store Front).

That’s My $0.02
Vince McHugh
vince.mchugh@necs.biz
WWW.NECS.BIZ

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3 comments

  1. I attended the forum event in London a few weeks ago and was rather impressed with what’s coming in 5.2 and beyond. 2 notes worth mentioning; although NTWare are advertising it as a new feature in 5.2, authentication for their AirPrint service exists in 5.1.6. Secondly the universal driver is now a proper Windows driver. This means that in cases where http(s) isn’t available (across networks for example) the universal driver can still be used. It also means that nuances in IE security configuration don’t break the driver. It also means, and this is perhaps the most important of all; it can now interact with Windows applications the same way most drivers can – for example in Word if you select A3 and double sided, the driver sees this and it does not need to be entered into the driver also.


  2. Just did the 5.2 training in Australia and the universal driver is the big improvement for me also. I like that its a windows driver and all options are presented on the first screen i see vs tabbing across like in the old web version. The meap screens also look much cleaner with the ULM look and feel.

    Vince have you done much with the scanning functionality with any clients as yet?


    • I have done plenty with scanning, including several very custom workflows, I am not sure that 5.2 brings too much to the table re: scanning although keen to see where we can leverage WebDAV; although as we move to SharePoint for our EDRMS I don’t think it’ll be an issue.



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