Xerox Print Driver Platform

Executive Summary

Xerox Corporation developed a breakthrough print driver platform that significantly reduces costs and increases the efficiencies of enterprise printer management and support. This new platform has changed the way that IT administrators view and manage enterprise print drivers.

Our core driver platform (the key component of this new strategy), helps make you more productive by streamlining the user interface and ensuring a consistent experience across the majority of our product lines. This consistency has greatly simplified print services delivery and reduced end-user training and support requirements, and lowered the cost of IT print services as a result.

Two of the most innovative print drivers built on the new platform, the Xerox Global Print Driver and Xerox Mobile Express Driver, have been upgraded:

  • Xerox Global Print Driver (X-GPD) is a universal print driver that offers unprecedented ease of use for network administrators managing a diverse array of print devices across the enterprise. It greatly reduces the time and effort required to deploy and upgrade print drivers on a network.
  • Xerox Mobile Express Driver (X-MED) allows mobile professionals to quickly and easily find and use printers in any new location, without time-consuming driver installation and costly support calls.

Unlike proprietary “universal” print drivers, X-GPD and X-MED support both Xerox and non-Xerox printers, which is an important advantage for IT managers administering the typically diverse mix of print devices on today’s enterprise networks. These drivers also support 100 percent of the feature sets of most Xerox printers.

In addition, X-GPD and X-MED provide you with a consistent single interface for all printers, with real-time, dynamic reports of printer status. As a result, you can easily identify the best printer for your needs, quickly choose the correct options, and see updated consumables status without the assistance of IT.


Fiery Security White Paper Fiery FS100 and FS100 Pro, Version 2.6.1

1 Document Overview

This document gives end users an overview of the Fiery® server’s architecture and functional aspects as they relate to device security in Fiery FS100 Pro/FS100. Fiery server is available in two options, an embedded server option and a stand-alone server option. This document refers to the embedded server option as integrated Fiery
server and refers to both options as Fiery server. It covers hardware, network security, access control, operating system and data security. The document’s intent is to help end users understand all the Fiery server’s
security features that they can benefit from and to understand its potential vulnerabilities.

1.1 Electronics For Imaging (EFI) Security Philosophy

EFI™ understands that security is one of the top concerns for business worldwide today, so we’ve built strong security features into the Fiery servers to protect companies’ most valuable assets. We also proactively work with our global partners and our cross-functional teams to determine companies’ current and future security requirements, so security is never an issue with our products. As always, we still recommend that end users combine Fiery security features with other safeguards, such as secure password and strong physical security procedures, to achieve overall system security.

1.2 Configure the Security Feature via Fiery Configure

An Administrator of a Fiery server can configure all Fiery features via Fiery Configure. Fiery Configure can be launched from Fiery Command WorkStation® or Webtools™ under the configure tab.

Digitally-Printed Wall Coverings – from Niche Markets to Mainstream Applications

Digital wall covering can be used to change a room, business, tradeshow stand, or retail environment quickly and completely. It can add detail, and give the illusion of size or visual openness to a small, closed space. It can combine photo-realistic interest with information and company branding. With the advent of new materials, printers, and inks, only imagination limits where digital wall covering can go from here.

The Advantages of Digital

Since 1997, with the introduction of Intelicoat’s latex saturated papers for use on digital printers, interest has been steadily growing in digitally-printed wall coverings for commercial and residential murals. The advantages are many, with customization and short-run availability being two of the leaders. The years since have seen the introduction of a variety of new substrates that greatly expand the possibilities in material and creative applications. While there are many applications where a smooth, paper-type covering is suitable, the added interest possible with textures and patterns has driven the introduction of vinyl embossed substrates that resemble commercially available materials already familiar to the architectural and interior decoration industry. The main difference to the digital print manufacturer is that they are available in white, ready-to-print bolts.

Substrates and Coatings

The companies bringing this material to market have done their homework. They have worked closely with digital printers as well as equipment and ink manufacturers to offer materials that meet the limited-by-imagination-only needs of today’s designers and specifi ers. In some cases, adding imagery to a wall-mountable substrate fulfi lls the need for residential murals, exhibit and tradeshow graphics and environmental graphics. This has been done on a variety of previously available materials — such as paper and pressure-sensitive adhesive vinyl — but these often lack the added visual impact of texture, are too smooth to hide wallboard defi ciencies or are too glossy. The alternatives come from companies such as Ultrafl ex, Korographics, Cooley and Dreamscapes. These companies are well-versed in the requirements of today’s digital printers and ink sets. The digital printer packages the material in dimensions suitable for handling. This includes 3-inch cores, manageable weights and consistent coatings. Further, they retain the attributes expected by wall covering installers and specifiers: 54-inch widths with nominal variation from roll to roll, compatibility with existing tools and processes (such as paste and applicators) and, of course, added visual interest.

A Strategy for Managed Output Adoption

Reducing Print Related Costs in Large Organizations

Executive Summary
The following white paper outlines a strategy for organizations to create and implement a managed output strategy. While the advantages of reducing costs by printing with fewer devices is clear to most organizations, determining the best path to success has been less obvious.

The industry has confirmed a savings potential of 20–40 percent by migrating to a managed and consolidated environment. But if organizations are not careful, they can struggle to quantify these projections to the satisfaction of management. Furthermore, adoption by users is a requirement for reaching these goals.

The following steps outline a path that will help organizations avoid or address the common barriers
project teams face. There are five phases:

Xerox ConnectKey for SharePoint SharePoint Technical Brief

Solution Overview

Xerox® ConnectKey™ for SharePoint® is a middleware solution that enables end users to scan directly from a Xerox® Extensible Interface Platform® enabled Multifunction Printer (MFP) to network folders or to Microsoft® SharePoint. From an administration perspective, the goal of ConnectKey for SharePoint is to simplify and mitigate the IT burden associated with configuring and maintaining workflows. ConnectKey for SharePoint interrogates the existing network folder and SharePoint environment allowing for automated configuration of desired scan workflows. Simply select a target folder or library and ConnectKey for SharePoint will configure the required index fields with appropriate label and data types (string, pick list, etc). If users authenticate at the MFP, ConnectKey for SharePoint can check user permissions prior to filing the document in a SharePoint library or to a network folder. With respect to ongoing workflow maintenance, ConnectKey for SharePoint automates the entire process. If a SharePoint administrator adds an index field or adds/removes a value within a pick list, ConnectKey for SharePoint will automatically reflect these changes to existing workflows at the MFP.

In addition to the simplified workflow setup and automated mirroring of network folder and SharePoint environments, ConnectKey for SharePoint enables users to dynamically browse each environment. For some business processes, storing to static file locations might be appropriate. However, where more flexibility is required, ConnectKey for SharePoint can do more by allowing the end users to browse through SharePoint libraries and network folders at the MFP’s local user interface in order to put their files where they want them.

In addition to the simplified workflow setup and automated mirroring of network folder and SharePoint environments, ConnectKey for SharePoint enables users to dynamically browse each environment. For some business processes, storing to static file locations might be appropriate. However, where more flexibility is required, ConnectKey for SharePoint can do more by allowing the end users to browse through SharePoint libraries and network folders at the MFP’s local user interface in order to put their files where they want them.

Xerox FreeFlow Print Server with Adobe PDF Print Engine

Executive Summary

The print industry is changing rapidly. Customers are developing increasingly complex documents and are consistently demanding shorter turnaround times and greater output consistency. Personalized marketing communications and higher volumes of shorter print runs increase the need for files to come into the print shop ready to print with minimal operator intervention. Both Xerox and Adobe are evolving our solutions to help our customers stay ahead of the crowd and address their emerging production requirements.

Xerox and Adobe have partnered to integrate the Adobe PDF Print Engine into the FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection including the FreeFlow Print Server. This addresses the needs of today’s print professional by enabling a true end-to-end native Adobe PDF workflow. The FreeFlow Print Server with the new Adobe PDF Print Engine and JDF support drives workflow consistency and flexibility in a number of ways. First, it processes native PDF files without conversion to PostScript, maintaining design integrity without any compromise. It also ensures reliable, consistent printing while keeping the PDF documents themselves device-independent. Because the Adobe PDF Print Engine uses a common renderer for previewing and final output, printers and designers alike can count on reliable soft proofs.

Current Workflow Challenges

There are a number of challenges facing designers and printers today. At the top of the list is ensuring that the designer’s creative intent is easily and reliably produced on a printer. Jobs can include design elements such as transparencies, mixed color spaces and layers, Customer demands for fast turnaround times and an increased number of short run jobs add further complexity to managing the print production process. There is a need for designers as well as printers to have flexibility in their workflow, allowing jobs to be sent to any number of printers as well as make last minute changes to a print file without having to go back to the source application.

Printer Usage and Cost Management Strategies for the Australian Mid-Market, An Unrealised Opportunity

Sydney, Australia – February 2010 – Research commissioned by Kyocera Mita, one of the world's leading document imaging companies, has revealed that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a printer fleet for a typical Australian mid-market business is between $151,000 and $286,969 over a three-year period.

The study, conducted by Longhaus, also identified that the typical print fleet for a mid-sized Australian business consists of 32% A4 desktop single function devices, 30% A4 free standing multifunction devices and 22% A4 desktop multifunction devices. The most typical printer brands include HP, Canon, Kyocera Mita, Fuji Xerox and Lexmark.

“The GFC has shed light on the true cost of operation that the print-on-demand culture is costing Australian organisations,” said David Finn, Managing Director, Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand.

“The reality is that the Australian mid-market spends between 8-9% of its annual ICT budget on the acquisition of print devices, and a further 6% on ongoing operational costs for a typical print fleet. Totaling around 15% of the total ICT budget, this places print devices on par with telecommunications expenses as a single, identifiable expense.”

“Disturbingly, most businesses are missing out on opportunities to cut print costs by as much as 35%, simply because they are unaware of their real printing costs and therefore aren’t optimising their printer fleets. It’s a case of not being able to manage what you can’t measure.”

Xerox Next Generation Security: Partnering with McAfee White Paper


Today’s MFPs are complex embedded systems. They contain, among other things, full scale operating systems, embedded web servers, support for multiple protocol stacks, external hardware and software interfaces, and application programming interfaces (APIs) to interact with enterprise systems. Because of the broad capabilities and power of these MFP devices, they potentially represent a serious risk to your network and enterprise systems if they are not adequately protected. MFP vendors have significantly increased their engineering efforts to tighten up the security controls in these devices by introducing protection improvements including:

  • Disk encryption and disk overwrite to protect end user data
  • Enablement of encrypted protocols such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) to protect any data transmitted to and from the device
  • User authentication for most tasks
  • Access control through the addition of firewalls and roles based on Active Directory (AD) groups
  • Audit logs for traceability
  • Security evaluation programs such as Common Criteria Certification

Are the MFPS embedded systems or open systems? Do these multiple function devices need an additional layer of security? If so, what is the right solution for protecting the servers, desktops, and networks against current and future threats? This is a question experts in the security communities are constantly trying to answer. 

A New Business Model for Color Printing: A Color Cost per Page That Rivals a Black-and-White Cost per Page Lifts the Final Barrier to Color Adoption and Usage


IDC believes that the use of color in documents can be a very effective communication tool. Compared with black-and-white-only output, color output offers significant benefits that can drive potential business opportunities. However, many potential users either are restricted from using color or are significantly limited from using it as much as they would like. The primary reason for this restriction/limitation comes from the traditionally higher costs associated with putting color on a page versus settling for monochrome output. As long as there is a significant delta between the color cost per page and black-and-white cost per page, the color market opportunity, while attractive, will be hampered by this cost obstacle. Unfortunately, this all-too-common scenario serves to limit companies' ability to capitalize on the numerous benefits available in adding color to general business documents.

Xerox, in an attempt to address the significant differential between color and black page costs, has created a new printer model for its product portfolio. The new Phaser 8860 printer incorporates a unique pricing model so that a larger share of the total costs is applied up front to the acquisition price.

This new printer has substantially lower-cost color consumables - to the point where its color output costs rival black-and-white-only output costs on most standard laser printers. This achieves three primary objectives:

  1. Typical workgroup color printer users can gain significant cost savings with a Phaser 8860 versus conventionally priced color laser printers.
  2. The new pricing model is designed to drive more color usage by eliminating the fear of high color costs when printing significant color volume.
  3. The Phaser 8860 can produce high-impact black business-oriented documents with some color at a cost that is similar to that of black-only pages produced on other devices. As a result, Phaser 8860 users get the benefit of using color without paying more for it.

Xerox WorkCentre 7800 Series with Xerox ConnectKey Controller Comparison White Paper

Executive Summary

The information in this document is intended to provide a summary, or where appropriate to avoid
duplication, a reference to material that may form the basis of any documentation required to be authored
by a technical author that describes how the Xerox® WorkCentre® 7800 series is different from its predecessor, the WorkCentre 7500 series.

This white paper is intended to provide a technology overview to help field personnel and IT organizations to understand the similarities and differences between the WorkCentre 7800 series and WorkCentre 7500 series. It is also intended to help minimize accreditation efforts so we can more quickly, and cost effectively, introduce the new features and functionality offered by the WorkCentre 7800 series to enhance the customer’s work environment.

The information presented in this “evergreen” document is broken into 3 main sections:

  • Part I: Product Overview – Provides an introduction to the WorkCentre 7800 series and its value proposition.
  • Part II: Technical Considerations – Lists the new features found on Xerox® ConnectKey™ devices and specific differences of the WorkCentre 7800 series.
  • Part III: User Interface Differences between the Xerox® Smart Controller and the Xerox® ConnectKey Controller.