Chapter 1. Introduction

Table of Contents

1.1. What is SavaPage?
1.1.1. Open Source Software
1.1.2. Benefits
1.1.3. Key Features
1.2. System Requirements
1.2.1. Server
1.2.2. Clients
1.3. How does SavaPage work?
1.3.1. Key Concepts
1.3.2. The SavaPage Work Flow
1.3.3. Architecture Overview

1.1. What is SavaPage?

SavaPage is an Open Print Portal that uses Open Standards and Commodity Hardware for Secure Pull-Printing, Pay-Per-Print, Delegated Print, Job Ticketing, Auditing and PDF Creation.

SavaPage is implemented as Print Server on GNU/Linux. Any workstation or device can print to SavaPage.

  • Devices supporting Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) or IP Printing (JetDirect), like Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux workstations, can print to SavaPage.

  • macOS and iOS devices can use AirPrint® [2].

  • Android and Chrome OS devices can use Google Cloud Print.

  • Any device can use Web Print and Mail Print to print.

Printed pages are shown in the SavaPage Web Application. Print jobs are accumulated in a single personal preview, where they can be manipulated and pruned, before storing or routing them as PDF document.

In the Web App, documents are routed to a real printer, optionally via intermediate Job Tickets, with Common Printing Dialogs of server-side installed printers (proxy printers). This makes SavaPage the Central Print Portal where documents to be printed are acquired and routed.

Pay-per-Print functions charge printing costs to individuals, groups, or shared accounts. With Delegated Print authorized users can print on behalf of other users.

SavaPage Web App is optimized for desktop as well as mobile browsers. This opens up many useful scenario's. For instance, a user can walk up to a printer and send a print job on the spot, by pushing a button on his smartphone. With a special Web App, administrators on the go can easily monitor the system on their tablet.

SavaPage turns printing into a unified experience, abstracted from platform specifics. It is the logical stopover where users are guided through sustainable print scenario's that help reduce overall printing costs.

1.1.1. Open Source Software

SavaPage is OSI Certified Open Source Software [3], licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

1.1.2. Benefits

The key benefits of SavaPage are:

  • Less administration. SavaPage is the one printer you need to print to any printer in your organization.

  • Zero install. A generic PostScript driver and web browser is all you need to print from Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux and preview the result.

  • Multi-platform. Corporate printers are sandboxed in the Web App Preview and thus available on all mobile and desktop platforms for pass-through (proxy) printing.

  • Easy follow-me printing. Several hold-release scenarios, optionally with NFC cards, are supported. Users can even use their own mobile device as print release terminal.

  • Mobile printing. Google Cloud Print, iOS AirPrint®, Web Print and Mail Print is supported out of the box.

  • Think before you print. SavaPage Web App shows a print preview that makes you think twice. Do you really need to print all these pages?

  • Eco-friendly. Create environmental awareness by drawing end-user attention to the cost of printing, and save precious paper, trees and money along the way.

  • Reduction of printing costs. Remove unnecessary pages and graphics. Save as PDF, or route to a "real" printer with n-up, gray-scale and duplex to reduce printing costs.

  • No pre-printed paper needed. Eliminate the cost of pre-printed paper. Create virtual letterheads and apply them to any print job.

  • Advanced Print Services with Job Ticketing and Delegated Print.

  • Open Source Software and Open Standards above Proprietary Software.

  • Commodity Hardware above expensive Proprietary Devices.

  • Peer-To-Peer Cooperation above Centralized Corporation. The SavaPage Community is there to help.

1.1.3. Key Features

The key features of SavaPage are:

[2] AirPrint is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

[3] OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.