Like most users, were always looking for creative
ways to lower our printing costs. Well share our favorites here,
and will add more as we come across them.
Printer Improvement Software
Printer improvement software is a new category of software with the goal
of reducing printing costs without sacrificing print quality.
InkSaver is the first printer improvement software product that actually
improves the productivity of your inkjet printer. InkSaver is the easiest
way to save money on ink, allowing you to adjust your ink savings up to
Duplex printing is a great way to save paper when printing drafts, emails,
etc. Many printers will print duplex automatically if you select that
option in your printer driver. You can access these settings by clicking
the Properties button on the Windows Print dialog. However, if your printer
does not support automatic duplex printing, you can still print duplex.
In your Print dialog, first print the odd pages of your document. Once
complete, feed these pages back into your printer and print the even pages.
Most inkjet printers have three print quality modes: best, normal, and
draft (Epson is more specific, quoting resolutions for print modes). Interestingly,
many printers use almost the same amount of ink when printing in best
and normal modes. The main advantage to normal mode is that the page is
printed more quickly. Draft mode, however, will significantly reduce your
ink consumption. The tradeoff to using draft mode is that you often get
results with very poor print quality.
Print Multiple Pages per
Most inkjet printers enable the user to print from one to 16 pages per
sheet of paper. For very long documents, printing two or four pages to
a sheet of paper is often a great way to edit and proofread without using
a lot of paper. You can access these settings by clicking the Properties
button on the Windows print dialog. Combine this technique with duplex
printing and InkSaver to maximize savings when proofing documents.
Optimize Page Layout
Before you print, use your applications Print Preview function to
determine how your document is laid out. If you find that you have a few
lines of text on a page, you may be able to make small adjustments to
your document layout, such as increasing your margins or removing blank
lines, to pull that text back to the previous page.