Ink Saver Software Options: Glossary of Terms

With so many ink save options for printers and ink saver software solutions available, here is a list of terms and definitions that you will need to know when exploring the different options.

Term Definition
Cost of printing Total cost of Inkjet printer or Laser Printer and the the cost of ink consumed. Generally, the price of Inkjet printers is less than the price of Laserjet printer but in the long run, Inkjet printers prove a bigger burden to your pocket as the cost of toner cartridges is very high.
Draftmode Draftmode is a mode in which the printer prints text as fast as possible without regard to the print quality. Microsoft Word and some other programs offer a "Draft Mode", allowing you to print documents using less toner or ink than normal. These documents don't look as clean or as crisp as regular documents, but they are great for quickly printing out versions of your documents as you refine them.
Economode EconoMode is a feature that allows the printer to use less toner per page. Selecting this option may extend the life of the print cartridge and reduce your cost per page. However, it will also reduce print quality. The printed image is lighter, but it is adequate for printing drafts or proofs.
Green printing Centralized database for managing users, printers, and applications.
Green printing Printing strategies formulated to saves trees, conserves energy, and reduces toxins in air and water, among others, use paper and ink/toner materials derived from renewable resources, print only the pages you want, use eco-friendly paper and vegetable based inks, recycling, use green fonts with holes and use a print management software.
Print Rules Determines settings such as omission of elements, duplex printing, and more.
Home printing Low quantity printing, up to 8-10 pages per day, in the home, small business, family or student environment.
Ink A compound composed of colorants, vehicles (binders), additives, and carrier substances used to produce an image, text or design in the printing process. In home printers and enterprise printer the ink is supplied in cartridges.
Ink cartridge An ink cartridge is a replaceable component of an ink jet printer that contains the ink (and sometimes the print-head itself) that is spread on paper during printing. It contains liquid ink. Each ink cartridge contains one or more partitioned ink reservoirs; certain manufacturers also add electronic contacts and a chip that communicates with the printer. Many people prefer inkjets because the cost is reasonable. As well, many like the quality of the printed material, the amount of documents and images that can be printed before the ink runs out, and the efficiency of inkjets.
Ink optimization Reduction of the ink/cartridge costs in printing by using a print management software to control the amount of ink used. A software solution that drastically reduces ink consumption.
Ink saving software Print management software to control amount of ink used by printers. Includes the reduction of cost of ink for inkjets, laserjets printers and multifunction devices.
Pixel Optimizer™ Patented technology that uses advanced algorithms to identify and delete wasteful pixels.
PretonSaver Enterprise™ Print management software intended for businesses. Offers comprehensive print management as well as toner/ink optimization with central management.
PretonSaver Home™ Print management software-based toner/ink optimization for homes or home offices with 1-3 computers.
Print Management A print administration program to enable organizations to signifcantly lower the cost and environmental impact of printing and photocopying
Print Management Software A software solution intended to reduce ink and toner consumption. The results of the use of the software are measured in ROI.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) A TCO analysis includes total cost of acquisition and operating costs. The acquistion cost of a printer is fixed while the operating costs (ink and toner) may differ due to implementation of a print management software program. When you go to purchase a new printer depends on your own personal needs. It comes down to either an ink let printer or laser printer. Ink jet printers use ink jet cartridges, and laser printers use toner cartridges.
Toner Toner is a fine and dry carbon-based powder mixed with a polymer that is applied to the paper used in photocopiers and laser printers to form images and the printed text on the paper. The toner is presented in sealed cartridges. Toners intended for use in color printers and copiers come in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). In earlier machines toner was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine. Modern machines feed directly from a cartridge. Empty toner cartridges are normally refilled by the vendor. Empty cartridges are often refilled by third party vendors.
Toner optimization Reduction of the toner cartridge costs in printing by using a print management software to control the amount of toner used. A software solution that drastically reduces toner consumption.
Toner savings Reduction of the cost of toner used in printing.