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EFI PrintMe Mobile Adds Support for Mobile Technology Use in the Classroom


Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced PrintMe Mobile 3.0. The latest version of EFI’s mobile printing solution offers a collection of new features specifically designed for educational institutions, including Chromebook support and easy to deploy mobile printing on shared devices in the classroom. The rapid adoption of mobile devices in schools has fueled an increased demand for mobile solutions across campuses. PrintMe Mobile 3.0 addresses this need by simplifying the printing process for in-school mobile device use.

According to FutureSource Consulting, Chromebooks accounted for 19% of the United States K-12 market for mobile computers in 2013. As these inexpensive laptops grow in popularity among educational institutions, EFI is meeting the demand by providing schools with the unique ability for students to easily print files created with Chromebook to a PrintMe Mobile-enabled printer. With PrintMe Mobile 3.0, administrators avoid the hassle of associating individual user accounts with each registered printer to enable Google Cloud Print. Instead, administrators only need to instruct students to install the PrintMe Mobile extension from the Chrome Web Store and enter the name of their local PrintMe Mobile server. Files can then be printed from Google Drive directly to any network-attached printer configured in PrintMe Mobile.

“The use of mobile devices in educational institutions continues to grow, and EFI is placing a greater emphasis on continuing to build out PrintMe Mobile to support both the new demands of mobile device users and the growing variety of mobile devices in schools,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI. “With the increasing popularity of Chromebook laptops in the classroom, we are thrilled to be the first to offer mobile printing support for these devices that encourage active and engaged learning within the classroom and beyond.”

Another unique feature offered in the latest version of PrintMe Mobile enables users to print documents from their personal email accounts using print via email workflow. Administrators are now guaranteed secure email printing by optionally requiring users to authenticate their use of a personal email account through the company’s Active Directory. No other mobile printing solution offers this convenient feature, providing additional security and ease-of-use for users and administrators while setting PrintMe Mobile ahead in the industry.

PrintMe Mobile enables direct Wi-Fi printing from a wide variety of mobile devices (iPads, iPhones, Androids, PC and Mac laptops and Chromebooks) from within the application one is using to any existing network printer regardless of brand. Users enjoy the ease of simply selecting print within their application and choosing from the printers that automatically populate in a drop-down menu. Developed for the enterprise and education, PrintMe Mobile works across multiple wireless subnets, is scalable to thousands of users, and provides powerful management and job reporting capabilities for IT administrators. The software is simple to use, manage and deploy, often installing in as little as 30 minutes.