We’re happy to announce that Pharos Uniprint 9.1 is now available! This release is our most secure and thoroughly tested upgrade to date, and it provides a lot of new value to students and site administrators. We strongly encourage any customers who are currently running 8.x versions of Uniprint to upgrade to 9.1 as we have retired support for the 8.x series as of this release. To obtain the software, please contact your account manager. For assistance with your upgrade, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uniprint 9.1 provides several important new features and improvements, including:
Support for Google Cloud Print™
The Google Cloud Print (GCP) service is popular in schools and libraries that require support for Chromebooks. Uniprint now supports GCP workflows, and setup is simple. Administrators associate the Uniprint accounts of students and faculty with their individual Google accounts to enable printing from Chromebooks or any other device. All print jobs submitted through the Google Cloud Print service will be recorded and managed just like standard Uniprint jobs.
Single Sign-on in Print Center
Print Center now supports Single Sign-on (SSO) via CAS or Shibboleth. When students log into Print Center, they are automatically redirected through their ID provider and then back to Print Center.
PC Release Station in Print Center Mode
The PC Release Station is now available as a Print Center service. This is an optional mode that administrators can enable or disable. This mode uses an embedded browser to open Print Center so that students can pay for and print a job and view their account activity. You can also configure each Release Station so that students can add funds to their account (if you have a Credit Card Gateway license).
Support for TLS 1.2
Uniprint 9.1 supports TLS 1.2 in all components, for a higher level of security across the solution suite. Older transport protocols are still supported. For example, if your site uses TLS 1.0 or SSL 3.0, it will continue to work after upgrading to Uniprint 9.1. Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 / 2017 are also supported in this release.
Efficiency improvements for site administrators
Uniprint 9.1 includes several other improvements and features that make the administrative experience simpler and more efficient, including:
- Better theme customization to give administrators control over which sections of Print Center are visible to end users
- Expanded control over specific user interface elements
- The ability to create Guest accounts in either Print Center or Administrator
- The ability to force monochrome print jobs to monochrome devices (when you have multiple devices associated with a single Release Station)
- Administrators can now propagate Updater Service settings across all servers. Manual editing of individual updater.config files is no longer required in most circumstances
Improved handling of deprecated servers
Administrators can now identify inactive servers to prevent unnecessary traffic. This is especially useful for server maintenance purposes. For example, servers can be temporarily taken offline and then reactivated once the maintenance task is complete. Deprecating a server preserves the transaction history; there's no need to archive transactions.
Several performance improvements and new features have been introduced in the latest version of MobilePrint, including support for PDFs that contain handwriting and annotations, and notifications for PDFs that are password-protected.
For a complete list of new features, please refer to the Uniprint 9.1 New Features Guide and the MobilePrint 2.3 Release Notes. We look forward to talking to you about this update! Please let us know if you have any questions.