Preton can cut printing cost by controlling the amount of ink to be used by all applications capable of printing rich text including images, such as, browsers, MS Paint, MS Office applications, etc. Since controlling printer ink usage is practically difficult, it allows you to define range of ink (in percentage) to be used for printing. Preton lists down all the currently running applications which are either actively running at front end or working from background to define Text, Graphic and Image ink usage threshold. Additionally, it can block the printing of images and graphic to make sure that only text from the documents in queue will be printed. You can also view the auto-generated print usage report to evaluate the accumulative printing costs, plan printer usage deduction strategies, and check overall printer ink usage.
Preton works from system tray. After the installation, you need to open Settings window from the system tray icon. Under Printer and Cost Setting, select your primary printer and printing cost for both monochromatic and colored prints. Here, you can choose to set different settings for multiple Printers which are attached with your home network. For instance, if you want to get high quality prints from your secondary printer, select the printer from the list and disable ink optimization option. However, underneath it, the ink optimization levels for text, graphic and image are present to manipulate the Printer ink usage.
With each level, i.e Text, Graphic and Image, you can set ink usage saving strategy. For instance, if you want to print images with high brightness, click the button below Image to enable printing of images with increased brightness. Once the print saving settings are configured, from system tray menu, enable Prompt Before Printing option to get notifications about the printing requests. Preton works with following inkjet and laser jet models – Canon, HP, Epson, Xerox, and Lexmark. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit OS are available.