So Many Great Solutions, So Little Time
It’s no secret that we're always striving to simplify the IT professional’s life by creating products that are easy to use and functional. With so many potential issues with printing, we made sure to cover the bases with some great options for the oft-overloaded and time-constrained IT administrator. Need help understanding which product you should choose to banish your printing issues? We invited Michael, one of our talented software developers, to explain the difference between ScrewDrivers and Simplify Printing.
The ScrewDrivers software is used in an environment with an RDP (Microsoft), ICA (Citrix), or PCoIP (VMWare) type connection from a client to a server. The term server or app server will have the SD Server component installed, and the client computer will have the SD Client plugin installed. An application on the server can then be used to print a document on the server to a printer on the client. ScrewDrivers accomplishes this by creating a printer with a ScrewDrivers driver on the server. When printed to, this printer streams the print job data to the SD Client plugin, which then prints it to the actual printer installed on the client.
What About Simplify Printing?
The Simplify Printing software contained in the Simplify Suite is used similarly to ScrewDrivers, but in an environment where the printer is neither on the client nor the server, but on a separate machine referred to as a print server that the server can communicate with by using a TCP connection. The term server or app server will have the Simplify Suite component installed, and the print server will have the Print Server Agent installed. An application on the server can then be used to print a document on the server to a printer on the print server.
Simplify Printing accomplishes this by creating a printer on the server with a ScrewDrivers driver. When printed to, this printer streams the print job data to the Print Server service, which then prints it to the actual printer installed on the print server. Simplify Printing contains ScrewDrivers, so if a client computer with the SD Client plugin installed logs into a server with Simplify Printing installed, the user will be able to print to ScrewDrivers printers as well as Print Server printers.
So What’s the Difference?
Simplify Printing has some significant differences compared to ScrewDrivers. First, Simplify Printing operates with the use of a database, often installed on a separate server. This database stores the information needed to determine which printers on the print server a user logging in will receive. Second, Simplify Suite contains the Simplify Console, which is often but not always installed on the server with Simplify Printing. Through the Simplify Console, administrators decide how to use information such as username, client machine name, IP address, and active directory structure to determine which printers should be assigned to which users. The Simplify Console then stores this information in the database.
Simply put, ScrewDrivers thrives in environments where you have a local machine connected to a local printer, while Simplify Printing excels for devices connected to a print server that houses a multitude of printers across locations or throughout the physical office.