Beginning on Monday June 22nd, printing at DA will be getting an upgrade!
We are changing the way you print here at DA. This new setup will be easier to manage for everyone. This is especially easier now that the release stations cannot be used during the COVID-19 precautions.
All of the printers that had a release station are now in a global queue named FindMe (see below for a full list of the printers included). This mostly includes printers that are shared by large groups of people. You will now find that you have two new printers on your computer one named USLS-FindMe for Upper & Lower School and another named MS-FindMe for Middle School.
All the printers that were previously on a release station are now behind this virtual queue. So after you print to the FindMe printer, you will have the option to release the print to any printer on that campus.
For example, you print to the virtual printer USLS-FindMe on your DA laptop. You then walk up to any printer on the Upper/Lower School that is labeled as a FindMe printer. You then go to this url (http://url.da.org/release) on your personal DA wireless connected mobile device. After logging in you will see your print job waiting to release. On your mobile device, just press print and you will be asked which FindMe printer you want the print job to be released on.
FindMe printers will include a poster like this to remind you on how to print to them.
Printers Changing to FindMe
The following printers will be deleted from your laptop and you will be able to print to them using the new FindMe virtual printer.
If you are looking for some more advanced information on why we decided to implement FindMe, see below.
- It is rumored that future versions of MacOS will not allow third-party (Xerox) print drivers to be installed. All printers must also conform to IPP and PDF style printing. This removes the need for a special driver for each individual printer.
- The COVID-19 precautions laid out by the CDC suggest that shared devices like the print release stations are not allowed.
- Print management by OIT is much simpler. We now only need to deploy one-two printers instead of 60+.