Printing out pages – like, actual paper pages, that ultra un-geeky method of communication and data storage – is getting more and more pointless, expensive, and, thankfully, taboo. However, there are still people who like to print out info from websites and emails, and that often means a lot of time taken in reformatting and deleting data items to make the printout efficient. Or, more likely, it means a lot of wasted ink and pages because of junky formatting that is a time-consuming pain to fix.
If there is no “Printer Friendly Version” button to click, then GreenPrint’s free software might be the solution. The software does the reformatting for the user, so that efficient printing is fast, easy, and possible. Their goal is to save 100 million trees through extensive use of the program, hence why they've launched a free version.
The home edition available worldwide to users and nonprofits digitally reads and omits wasted pages that have useless text and images like URLs, banner ads, disclaimers, and the like – usually that last page that’s blank but for a URL and banner ad or redundant signatures from email strings. On top of saving trees, GreenPrint says the program can save as much as $90 and 1,400 wasted pages per year for the average user.
I’d rather people just stop using so much paper. But, if folks are going to print, then this is the greener way to do it, especially if it is combined with soy inks, recycled paper (including the clean side of already printed on paper), and some reservation about hitting the print button.
written by Nidhi Mathson, October 20, 2008
written by chad, March 19, 2013
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