With the proliferation of products prefixed with an “i”--shamelessly attempting to ride in the wake of a certain “fruit”-named technology company, it is refreshing to find software that makes being “ecologically responsible” easy for its users.
“iPrint” (version 6 for Windows Windows 7/8, Vista, and XP) purports to reduce a user's printing costs by allowing processes that would normally waste paper, ink, toner, and electricity to be altered, saving up to 60%--while costing the user absolutely nothing!
The program is approximately 7.4 MB, and is installed as a virtual HTML printer on the user's computer system. It acts as an intermediary between the programs that output to the printer before the user prints his/her documentation, allowing the user to do the following:
1) delete unwanted pages, either automatically if a page has no content, or by user choice,
2) print multiple pages on a single sheet of paper—anywhere from one to four pages on a single sheet,
3) collecting multiple print jobs, further allowing the user to condense and/or remove pages from a given print set, increasing the availability of saving monetary and supply-related resources.
Further, if the user is wondering about the alleged-savings, iPrint will show the user a measurement of pages printed, pages saved, the cost of savings (based upon a cost of $0.05 per page), and a percentage of savings based upon the number of pages saved versus the number of pages printed—if the user so desires.
According to the publisher, if a user is familiar with printing, he/she can iPrint, as again, the program acts as a printer in and of itself—though allowing the user to use any of the supported features of his/her physical printer, if necessary, should the user wish to invoke more specialized printing actions.
The user interface is reminiscent of Microsoft's “Modern” UI (aka “Metro”) for Windows 8, though done in shades of white, gray, and black, the icons are easily recognizable for the users, and, though the icons are not captioned, mousing over an icon will display its description.
Also, the program allows for the use of magnification/reduction of the view of a given page of a document up to 100 percent, should he/she need to examine the page before printing; should the user need to make a change of his/her destination printer, the choice may be changed from iPrint's display interface, without going to change the default printer in the operating system menu.
In using the program, the Inzone Software designers have made the program easy-to-use—even to the point of providing the user with a short video tutorial that can be viewed when the program is set up—as well as links to the publisher's website (www.clicktoconvert.com), where the user can find further aid in the form of FAQs and a dedicated forum for the iPrint program.
Though the program has been available for a while, it still is relevantly utilitarian, particularly if a user wants to save money—after all, how many software programs of this nature are FREE for not only private use, but for business use as well?
So, if a user is looking to save money an other resources related to printing, it's really easy: If you print, iPrint.