Canon and Software Imaging launch a resource-friendly print driver for Citrix environments

Canon UK has released a Lite Driver for Canon print devices in Citrix environments.

More than 215,000 organisations worldwide including the Fortune 100 use Citrix remote access technology. These large corporations increasingly demand print drivers that are more efficient and ultimately more cost-effective. 

The new Lite Driver from Canon, developed by Software Imaging, is far less demanding on corporate IT resources than standard print drivers. Its memory footprint is a tenth of the size of a standard print driver and significantly does not increase in size when additional drivers are installed. The new driver also minimises the network traffic generated around printing, through the enhanced compression of network data. 

Tracey Fielden, Head of Office Marketing, Canon UK, said: Listening to our clients, we knew that there was a real demand for a more resource-friendly print driver for Citrix environments. The Lite Driver will boost network efficiency and deliver significant cost savings by freeing up valuable IT network and end-user resources. 

Kevin Jampole, Director, Sales & Marketing for Software Imaging says: The development of a print driver specifically for Citrix environments required a new and innovative approach. Working closely with Canon, we have developed a light yet powerful print driver that will bring real benefit to Canons corporate clients. This is the latest achievement in a successful partnership between Canon and Software Imaging that spans more than 20 years.

The Lite Driver is the newest collaborative venture in a partnership between the two companies which dates back to the early 1990s when Software Imaging developed the first 24 bit Windows colour-capable driver for the Canon CLC-10. More recently, Canon and Software Imaging partnered at drupa 2008 to demonstrate new XPS solutions. 

The Lite Drive supports a wide range of Canon devices from single to multifunctional printers (MFPs). The driver is robust and scalable, and able to process large numbers of simultaneous print jobs. It also utilises Software Imagings patent-pending ManageRight technology, which makes it easy for IT managers to enable and disable functionality to different groups of end users. 

The Lite Driver is now available in the UK.

About Canon (UK) Limited

Canon is a world-leading innovator and provider of imaging and information technology solutions for the home and office environments.

Canon has a global philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, which clearly demonstrates commitment to customers, staff and the environment shared by all.

Canon (UK) Ltd is the UK marketing and sales operation for the global company based in Tokyo, Japan.  In the UK Canon employs around 1,800 people in various locations including Ireland.

The main business focus for Canon (UK) Ltd is in two clearly defined market segments: Business Solutions covering both the office and professional printing environments (including: multifunctional printers, IT consultation, photocopiers, printers, large format printers, fax machines, document management hardware & software) and Consumer Imaging (input solutions: film and digital SLR cameras, digital still compact cameras, camcorders, binoculars, calculators and scanners; and output solutions: Inkjet and laser printers, faxes, desktop all-in-ones and multimedia projectors).  Broadcast Division is an extension of our product portfolio covering the supply and servicing of professional lenses and their accessories to the Television Broadcasting environment.

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