Did you know you can print to cluster printers from your (smart)phone or tablet?
Who knows why it took so long for something like this to get up and running, but who cares? We have it now! For someone who had to reconfigure cluster printing every single time she started her computer (what’s up with that?), this is huge.
All you have to do is send your document(s) as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, go to a cluster printer, and release the print job. It’s pretty much instant, and there’s no need to play the guessing game of whether it’s actually going to go through–you get an email confirmation, and it’s taken less than a minute to get the confirmation email each of the seven times I’ve used MobilePrint so far. Any text you include in the body of the message gets printed as a separate set of pages.
The only frustration that I’ve run into is that there’s no way to specify print preferences like number of sheets per page or page orientation, etc. But other than that it’s a pretty great.
Here’s OIT’s help page for MobilePrint if you need help figuring it out on your phone or tablet or have questions about what types of documents are supported (answer: pretty much anything you’d want to print).