New uniFLOW 2018 LTS Features Support for USB-Connected Canon Document Scanners, Stronger Reporting, More

Canon U.S.A. is releasing its next generation of uniFLOW, uniFLOW 2018 LTS, which is designed to help streamline document-workflow processes, with new enhancements to secure printing enabling users to send print jobs to compatible network printers from desktops and compatible mobile devices, and then print from virtually  via user authentication.

Other enhancements for uniFLOW 2018 LTS, which is available through authorized Canon dealers, focus on resilience, reporting, and an improved end-users experience. And, since the solution is based on the Canon One Platform concept, it can support select USB-connected Canon imageFORMULA document scanners. Users can distribute captured and processed documents to a variety of destinations, including standard locations, cloud-based platforms, and document management systems (DMS) and enterprise content management (ECM) systems.

The new structural setup of the uniFLOW 2018 LTS resilience features is said to be based on three pillars: automatic Canon MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) device failover; redundant spool file storage; and intelligent print-job distribution. This concept is said to cover the overall print process to help limit losing any print jobs.

The redesigned, built-in reporting system can also help organizations track and analyze print, copy, fax, and scan usage to help customers discover where they can control and reduce costs.

Its new, more intuitive end-user interface, the uniFLOW User Web, sends workers receive pop-up notifications from the uniFLOW server, and enable users to access help pages with just one click.

After authentication, users can check available budgets, secure-print job queues, and the authorization of pending jobs. Users are also able to manage their own registered identity types, such as PIN code and TIC code.

Key features of uniFLOW 2018 LTS include:

Improved Resilience

Canon says uniFLOW already offers resilience features in combination with additional hardware infrastructure such as server backups, high-availability clusters, and load-balancing servers. Implementation costs are higher with these, however, and they rely on third-party software, and, overall, none guarantee uninterrupted printing.

In contrast, the new structural setup of the uniFLOW resilience features is based on three pillars: automatic MEAP device failover, redundant spool file storage and intelligent print-job distribution. This concept is said to cover the overall print process to avoid losing any print jobs. Canon says creating an end-to-end resilience strategy is now possible within the product itself, which is no longer reliant on external resources and technologies.

Stronger Reporting Capabilities

uniFLOW can generate a large number of standard reports that can either run on demand, or be based on scheduled tasks. The collected data is presented in different formats so the customer will have all the necessary information regarding the print fleet.

Reports in uniFLOW have been completely redesigned, so they run much faster, and the design has been completely modernized.

uniFLOW 2018 LTS is also offering the option for integrating applications such as QLIK Sense and Microsoft Power BI to access the SQL database directly. Customers with business-intelligence systems already implemented into their businesses processes, will benefit by incorporating the data into their existing printing infrastructure.

New Look and Feel for uniFLOW Client

Canon says the uniFLOW User Web – the uniFLOW user interface – has been overhauled, and now features a more intuitive, cleaner user interface and new functions.

The new user internface enables pop-up notifications from the uniFLOW server (such as cost-center selection or rerouting options). Small messages give direct feedback to the user to confirm that actions have been successful.

Help pages are available with just one click to direct users straight to the relevant information.

And, after authenticating themselves, the user can check how much budget is available; personal secure print job queues; and the authorization status of pending print jobs.

Users are also able to manage their own registered identity types, such as PIN and TIC codes.

Canon imageFORMULA Desktop Scanner Support

uniFLOW also now supports USB-connected Canon imageFORMULA desktop document scanners, so that businesses can now implement a complete scan solution, offering users the same scan workflows, options, and usability whichever device is available.

With a Microsoft Windows desktop client application – the uniFLOW Desktop Scan Client – uniFLOW scan workflows are also available to users. The uniFLOW scan workflows ensure all business rules and meta data requirements are met. And, with Microsoft Windows authentication, a separate log-on isn’t required.

In departmental setups with shared PCs various logon options are available (such as PIN code, user credentials, and attached card readers.

Other Enhancements

Canon says other enhancements to this latest uniFLOW release include a separate MEAP scan button, and the introduction of a new method to handle TIFF files in uniFLOW, resulting in file processing up to 20-times faster. There’s also support for the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series, by adding IVEC support to uniFLOW.

For more information on uniFLOW, visit Canon’s NTWare group here.

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