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Printer Activity Monitor

CNET Editors' review

Nobody wants to be the jerk boss who gives employees a hard time over occasional personal use of office supplies, but every now and then, things get a little out of hand. If your employees are taking advantage of their workplace printing privileges, Printer Activity Monitor can help you keep an eye on the situation.

The program's interface is plain and fairly intuitive, with its features arranged in a tree structure, but getting Printer Activity Monitor up and running definitely takes some effort. One computer must be designated as the data center--this is where document images will be stored--while agents must be installed on all computers that are to be monitored. Users can add computers to be monitored manually or have the program scan the network for computers to add. Once Printer Activity Monitor is configured, it keeps an eye on all aspects of your business' printing activities, supplying you with plenty of information about every print job. The program lets you see what's being printed and by whom and how many pages each job contains. Users can even browse images of documents that are being printed. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough, containing plenty of information about both the program's features and how to configure it. It's unfortunate when businesses have to resort to this type of employee-monitoring software, but sometimes it's necessary, and Printer Activity Monitor is definitely an effective way to keep printing activities in check.

Printer Activity Monitor has a 40-day trial period. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Could not get it to work"

    October 5, 2006  |   By davidamdur

    Version: Printer Activity Monitor 1.2b

    Cons

    I couldn't get the monitoring service to start working for a test printer (Acrobat Distiller, which just prints to an Adobe PDF file). The monitoring account dialog box does not default to the installing user. When I searched for my user and entered my password, I got a message saying that the "Service could not start due to login failure." Note that my password was correct (I triple-checked it), and I have admin privileges on this machine. When I tried to use the local system account, I got a message saying that "Service could not receive control messages." The program's installer does not register with the Add/Remove Programs feature, so I had to uninstall it manually. It also installs to an unusual location, in your My Documents folder.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fantastic"

    June 24, 2005  |   By nafishasan60

    Version: Printer Activity Monitor 1.2b

    Pros

    It is a very nice product. I advice all of you to try it.

    Cons

    i like everything of this product.

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