Updates to Print Station and Print Portal S’abonner

Jasper Wen

Print Station and BarTender Print Portal are getting some big updates in BarTender 2022 Preview 1. Here's a rundown of some of the updates and features:

Print Station

Print Station is getting a makeover. The application now runs on the same framework as Print Portal but as a local application, no server or internet connection needed. Here's a preview of the new interface:

With the new updated interface come customization options that were previously only available in BarTender Print Portal. 

Branding allows you to customize the look and feel of the interface. This includes

  • Changing the brand logo (by default, it is the Print Station icon)
  • Background colors
  • Header and footer colors
  • Folder navigation tree colors
  • Button colors
  • Folder icons
  • Link text and hover colors

Despite the makeover, Print Station continues to have many of its old features including

  • When to save a document after printing
  • Idle times
  • Showing and hiding folders and navigation
  • Showing and hiding the print dialog


BarTender Print Portal

While Bartender Print Portal is not getting a makeover, it is getting some updates as well.

BarTender Print Portal will now be available in Professional and Automation Editions with some limitations:

  • Cannot use Librarian files
  • Cannot use Workflows
  • Cannot use Print Portal's security settings

Enterprise Edition will continue to have all these features.

In addition to the edition change, there are some new, highly requested settings.

  • You can set documents to print immediately and to hide the print dialog
  • You can show and hide folders in the site navigation much like in Print Station


Differences between Print Portal and Print Station

While the two applications look the same now, there are still several key differences in functionality between the applications

Print Station BarTender Print Portal
Can print Batch files, Process Builder files, and BTXML Cannot print these files due to the limitations of a web app
Can use Windows-side printer restrictions and permissions based on the Active Directory Cannot limit printer restrictions this way
Can use Client-side scales like Designer can Unable to use scales
Can run in Kiosk mode* natively Can run in Kiosk mode using Chromium

* Kiosk mode is a Windows-based mode that forces an application to run full-screen and be the top-most application, much like a kiosk at a check stand.

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