SavaPage Financial captures many aspects of user activity. Obviously, proxy printing is the main trigger for financial accountability and monitoring, since it consumes tangible resources like paper, ink and toner. This chapter introduces the main financial concepts with references to more detailed parts of the manual.
Account are used to register financial status (balance) and history (transactions). SavaPage has three types of accounts:
User Account : The personal account of an User, optionally restricted by a Credit Limit. See Section 188.8.131.52, “Financial”.
Shared Account : Shared accounts act as cost center to track printing expenses in a specific area. It does not have a credit Limit: its balance is initialized to zero and is allowed to count down into the negative.
Group Account : A shared account that is tied to a User Group by name.
Shared Accounts are discussed in Section 4.6, “Accounts”.
Printing costs are configured per Proxy Printer. Pay-per-Print is active for each Proxy Printer that has costs greater than zero.
Printing costs are charged to Accounts.
Users get feedback about printing costs and their personal account balance.
Restricted users can upgrade their account balance with vouchers (pre-paid printing cards), by making a deposit at a point-of-sale, or by transferring money from an external account.
All financial transactions can be inspected by administrators. Users can inspect their own transactions.
Global financial options can be set by administrators.