Saturday, February 2, 2008

Print Less!

Ever printed out something and had the last page be essentially useless. The most common example I can think of is printing out a Google maps direction sheet. They always seem to be 2 pages with nothing but logos and URLs on page 2. My other favorite is large PDF manuals that have a page labeled 'This page intentionally left blank'. How useful.

Enter GreenPrint, a piece of software that analyzes what is being printed and automatically eliminates those blank pages so you don't have to remember to only print page 1 of your directions. GreenPrint has just released a free version of their software for home use called GreenPrint World. It offers the ability to create PDF files, the page removal feature as well as a money saving feature based on the number of pages that aren't printed.

Personally, I won't get use from this since I only print out about four pieces of paper a month, but for those of you who work with printouts a lot, this might help you reduce paper and ink usage with minimal fuss.

If you are using an inkjet printer, don't forget to set the print output to"draft" mode. This will save you ink and therefore money on ink cartridge refills. Don't forget to recycle those empty ink cartridges. Free recycling mailers tend to be available in many post offices as well as in all Best Buy stores.