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PassPRNT

Star Innovations

PassPRNT

1) Environment

PassPRNT can be used without Cloud(Server side) and Web(HTML / XML).


2) Knowledge

Very Easy Printing Solution by using URL Scheme. No need to study our StarIO SDK and/or Commend.


3) StarIO Integration

No need to integrate “StarIO Library” into customer’s APP. Just update “PassPRNT APP”.


4) Native/Web APP

Both Native APP (e.g: FileMakerGO) and Web APP (through Safari/Chrome) can be supported.


5) Characteristic

This is like a Printer Driver. Verious kinds os APPs can support printing by URL Scheme.


6)  Support Model

Almost no limitation (refer to the Detail)


7) Security Certificate

No need.


8) Peripheral

No support (refer to Detail)


9) Printing Design

Design format is limited.


10) Printing Design

Graphic Printing Only


11) First Print

No Problem


12) Multi-Platform

Not


13) Other

ISVs will have to ask their customer to download PassPRNT APP in addition to their APP. (2 APPs download)

Description

Star Micronics presents PassPRNT, its printing application for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and Android devices, and compatible with Star Bluetooth & Ethernet printers, as well as the full TSP143III Series. Always leading – always innovating, Star’s PassPRNT app receives print data from native and web-based applications using a URL scheme and sends it to the printer.

Features
  • Enables Printing from iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and Android™ Devices
  • Available for Receipt, Label, and Kitchen Printer Models
  • Automatically Switches from Host to PassPRNT App for “One-Tap” Printing
Why this Innovation?
  • For the first time, PassPRNT links with Star’s POS and portable printers to enable printing using Star’s unique URL scheme-based printing method, and the PassPRNT companion app. Its easy-to-use integration allows users to print from any FileMaker Go™ project, native, or web-based application.
  • With the operating system capable of automatically switching from a hose application to the PassPRNT application, a simple and user friendly “one-tap” request to print from any iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®, or Android™ device to a Star Bluetooth printer is now possible. Star Micronics PassPRNT is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

Actual Case
  1. STAR Offered PassPRNT to some SI who used “WebAPP on PC+TSP100U with Driver”, when the SI needed from PC to Tablet Key Point was SI can use PassPRNT just like Driver. PassPRNT is especially for Sis/ISVs who need:
    • want/need to newly support mobile OS such as iOS and Android in addition to PC as soon as possible = quick solution

    • want/need to newly support “Printing Function” on their current iOS/Android APP as soon as possible = quick solution

  2. One of the biggest OOS vendor decided to use PassPRNT for their current APP because they needed a Print function ASAP.

    Later (by spending time), they have renewed their AOO to support a printing function on the APP (PassPRNT is unnecessary)

  3. One of the biggest Gas company (nearly 500 printers) have been using PassPRNT for more than 3 years.

    They had to keep using their current Web Application (Browser) and they must have supported.

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Star Innovations

webPRNT

Star Innovations

WebPRNT

1) Environment

webPRNT can be used without Cloud(Server side). Need XML knowledge.


2) Knowledge

Easy Printing Solution. Web Designer can do it. Just need to study webPRNT SDK (XML). No need to study our StarIO SDK or Commend.


3) StarIO Integration

Need to integrate “webPRNT SDK” into customer’s APP.


4) Native/Web APP

Web APP (through Safari/Chrome) can be use supported, for seamless printing compared with PassPRNT.


5) Characteristic

Easy maintenance fo store’s APP. No need to update or re-install the APP because of not Native APP.


6)  Support Model

Limited (refer to Detail)


7) Security Certificate

Need (for SLL) * very complicated


8) Peripheral

Supported (refer to Detail)


9) Printing Design

Design format is limited.


10) Printing Design

Both Graphic and Text Printing are supported.


11) First Print

Slow. Than native app. Depending on the network speed of Web APP.


12) Multi-Platform

Yes. As long as Web browser support, iOS/Android/Windows can be supported.


13) Other

There is a unique solution “Star webPRNT Browser(Bluetooth)”

Description

Star Micronics releases its webPRNT Browser to extend Star’s webPRNT technology for web-based receipt printing to customer using Star’s portable and desktop Bluetooth receipt printers in a mobile environment.

Star’s webPRNT Browser allows you to print receipts or data from a web browser-based application running on a mobile device to a Star Micronics Bluetooth printer wirelessly. To begin, configure Star’s webPRNT Browser to open the desired web-based application which supports webPRNT and print to the desired Bluetooth printer. Once configured, simply pair your mobile device to a Star Bluetooth printer, open your application on Star’s webPRNT Browser and print directly from the app. Easy to set up for both application developers and end users, Star’s webPRNT Browser combines the utility of webPRNT web-based receipt printing technology with the simplicity of Bluetooth connectivity. Star webPRNT Browser is available for iOS and Android operating systems.

Features
  • Enables printing from Web-based applications for portable and desktop Bluetooth receipt printers

  • Once configured, the user simply pairs their mobile device to a Star Bluetooth printer. Open the WebPRNT Browser and simply print from the application with the Bluetooth connectivity

Why this Innovation?

Easy to Configure : webPRNT Browser extend Star’s webPRNT technology for web-based receipt printing, which eliminates the need to install drivers or download software. Configure webPRNT Browser to open the desired web-based application to any Star portable and desktop Bluetooth enabled printer.

Free and Premium Options : webPRNT Browser is offered in a free version and premium version. The free version offers a Star branded receipt and the premium version offers a fully customizable receipt. The premium will have a one-time fee for download.

Simple Integration : Once configured, the user simply pairs their mobile device to a Star Bluetooth printer. Open the webPRNT Browser and simply print from the application with the Bluetooth connectivity.

Compatibility : Supporting all Star Micronics Bluetooth printers, webPRNT Browser enables printing form any web-based application compatible with iOS and Android operating platforms and available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Actual Case
  1. Especially eCommerce ISVs liked webPRNT, because their online application is Web-Base and webPRNT is great for WebApp. When the ISVs need to expand their APP to real-store in addition, they have to support “Print” function for Web Application. One if biggest good point for Web Application is that it can be used for both online-store and real-store (one common application). Web Programmers actually don’t know about “Print”, and they love our webPRNT Innovation.

  2. Banking, Glass-Shop and Golf Course also liked webPRNT.

  3. Other Web-ISVs who have issue for downloading the printer driver in PC.

Note : Installing and maintaining the SSL Server Certificate are complicated for users and therefore some ISVs prefer CloudPRNT. 

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Star Innovations

CloudPRNT

Star Innovations

CloudPRNT

New advantages which was supported by new SDK (Oct. 2019)

1) Environment

Need Cloud(Server side), PHP language and JSON Command.


2) Knowledge

No need to study our StarIO SDK or Command.


3) StarIO Integration

Integration is not KUST. If customers integrate “CPUtil” which is a library for Star Markup, customer can print easily.


4) Native/Web APP

No matter. Direct print from cloud server. Printer always checks a specific address on cloud server, and it prints when print data is there.


5) Characteristic

Customer need to prepare and develop the printing server.


6)  Support Model

Very Limited (refer to Detail) (3 model, LAN only)


7) Security Certificate

No need.


8) Peripheral

Supported (refer to Detail)


9) Printing Design

Design format is limited.


10) Printing Design

Both Graphic and Text Printing are supported.


11) First Print

Slow. CloudPRNT solution is not for the application which needs a wuick response.


12) Multi-Platform

Yes. iOS/Android/Windows can be supported, because the printing is done from server directory.


13) Other

PC or Tablet don’t need, because the printing is done from server directory.

Description

Star Micronics presents CloudPRNT, an innovative technology enabling users to print to Star printers directly through a cloud service. CloudPRNT will work with the online ordering service to store and create print jobs, and communicate status with the printer. Cloud ordering services will post orders using a JSON format while the Star CloudPRNT printer will pull these orders on a defined interval.

Star’s CloudPRNT technology provides benefits to both restaurant and retail stores alike by eliminating the need for an extra tablet to send an online order to the printer. Instead, the ordering service will be able to communicate directly to the printer. The store owner or service providers do not need to maintain an SSL certificate for this CloudPRNT printers since the printer communicates with the server as a client.

Features
  • Cloud-connected Control of Peripherals

  • Communicate Directly with Server

  • No Need for Tablet, Software, and SSL Certificate at Local Level

Why this Innovation?
  • Star CloudPRNT enabling remote document and label printing from a web server from any network without the need for a local POS terminal, ideal for cloud-based POS applications such as restaurant aggregation, click and collect applications and logistics.

Actual Case
  1. Especially OOS (Online Ordering Service) ISVs Loved CloudPRNT, as “No Tablet” Solution.

  2.  ISVs Who :

    • Want to avoid iOS Update issues as much as possible (ISVs don’t have to implement Star’s SDK into their iOS APP)

    • Don’t want to use 3rd party’s library/API on their native APP.

    • Have some difficulties to install and maintain an SSL Server Certificate.

New SDK (Oct. 2019) what’s new?
  1. PHP Sample source code
  2. Star Markup Language – CPUtil (with .NET Core Runtime)
  3. Not only PNG but also JPEG, GIF, BMP and so on. (only with CPUtil)
  4. HTML Manual
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Star Innovations

SteadyLAN

Star Innovations

SteadyLAN Technology
Bigger Starmicronics
Say Goodbye To Unstable WLAN Signals
  • Direct data transfer between iOS, Android, and Windows devices and the printer via Apple Lightning or USB-C® cable
  • Direct Ethernet connectivity to devices from the wired Ethernet port of the printer
  • Device charging via Apple Lightning cable or USB-C® cable
  • Peripheral control (scanner, display) via printer USB host ports
Unique & Stable Connectivity

Star’s unique SteadyLAN™ technology (patent pending) makes unstable Wi-Fi signals a thing of the past! SteadyLAN, available on certain mC-Print models and designed for iOS, Android, and Windows devices provides direct cabled control of the printer and attached peripherals, as well as Ethernet provision to the tablet, from the wired Ethernet port of the printer.

Download the SteadyLAN™ Datasheet

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Features and Benefits
  • Direct Ethernet Connectivity to iOS, Android, and Windows Devices from the Wired Ethernet Port of the Printer

  • Device Charging via Apple Lightning Cable or USB-C®

  • Peripheral Control (Scanner, Display) via Printer USB Host Ports

  • Reliable network connection to iPad & Android POS.
  • Worry-free, charged tablet at all times.
  • Streamlined POS with all activity tethered to the printer.
Charge & Internet? No Problem!

For locations where Wi-Fi connectivity is not possible or unreliable, this new technology is a world-first, providing the stability of a cabled LAN connection for tablet POS systems. By connecting the SteadyLAN-compatible printer to the Internet via wired LAN and connecting the printer and a tablet with a Lightning-USB or USB-C® cable, the device can use the Internet without Wi-Fi communication. At the same time, the tablet can communicate with the printer via USB or LAN and can be charged from the printer.

Software Supported
Model Supported
  • mC-Print 2 
    • mCP21LB Model    [SteadyLAN for iOS]
  • mC-Print 3
    • mCP31L Model       [SteadyLAN for iOS]
    • mCP31LB Model    [SteadyLAN for iOS]
    • mCP31C Model       [SteadyLAN for Android, Windows]
    • mCP31CB Model    [SteadyLAN for Android, Windows]
Hardware Configuration

SteadyLAN can be used by updating the printer firmware to version 2.3 or later, which is available free of charge via mC-Print Utility application.

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StarXpand

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StarXpand

          For next generation mobile app development, Star has introduced an industry-first software development kit (SDK) for Star printer control for the popular cross-platform framework, React Native. The SDK is available for Star’s current printer range and helps reduce development time and maintenance costs associated with printer control and connection.

          Responding to this trend, Star has developed StarXpand SDK, initially targeting React Native but scheduled to later include other native and alternative cross-platform environments, to help reduce the development time and maintenance costs associated with printer connection.  The SDK features a new StarIO10 framework that provides a number of advantages including asynchronous communication allowing print jobs to take place in parallel, lowering implementation costs and the possibility of bugs while improving code readability. As StarIO10 is emulation-free, one StarXpand document will work with any current Star POS / Mobile printer.

About React Native
In the past, mobile POS applications had been developed exclusively for each operating system (OS), such as iOS and Android. However,
in recent years cross-platform development  which allows more of the programs of an application to be developed with one code for multiple OS’s  is attracting attention. Cross-platform development is expected to become essential to application development in the future.

About StarIO10
StarXpand™ SDK for React Native uses a new StarIO10 framework which includes multiple advantages including: asynchronous communication, an emulation-free design, human-readable command creation, faster printer search, and a logging function between
the OS and printer

 

 
New “StarIO10” Adventage

ASYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATION with the Printer

StarIO10 features for asynchronous COMMUNICATION.

  • Developers do not need to write an asynchronous process.
  • Reduce implementation costs
  • Less possibility of bugs
  • Improved code readability

 

 

Emulation Free (No Need consideration of Emulation)

StarIO10 features for Emulation Free

  • No need to make any changes even if a printer is changed emulation
  • Can use all 3- inch printer as if they same without consideration (TSP654II, TSP100III, mC-Print3, SM-T300i)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same API for different OS

StarIO10 features for Same API

  • Reduce implementation costs
  • Easy to maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human-Readable Command Creation

StarIO10 features for Human-Readable Command Creation

  • Easy to understand what data a printer receives
  • Help solving problem
  • Reusable as printer format without emulation dependences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faster Printer Search

StarIO10 features for Faster Printer Search

  • Improve a search speed especially for Lan Printers 10 to 300 milliseconds

 

 

 

 

 

Log Communications Between OS and Printer

StarIO10 features for Log Communications Between OS and Printer

  • Shorten an analysis time of an issue which happen in the field.
  • Get log file and note the time when the issue happens.
  • Avoiding prolonged downtime and thus saving businesses valuable time and money.

 

 

 

 
Part of the Star Micronics Technology Portfolio

StarXpand™ SDK for React Native is just one of the many technologies offered by Star Micronics. Other solutions include CloudPRNT, which enables users to print to Star Micronics printers directly through a cloud service, and SteadyLAN™, which provides wired Ethernet service to devices connected to a networked printer via the Lightning or USB-C® cable.

 

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