Ricoh launches new widgets for Document Management Solution App2me®

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Ricoh launches new widgets for Document Management Solution App2me®

London, 22 March 2011 – Ricoh UK today announced three new widgets for App2Me® – an innovative technology that personalises and simplifies complex workflows, seamlessly integrates multiple applications, and maximises productivity by allowing users to bring their workflow wherever they go. The three new widgets – Scan to Evernote®, Scan to Gmail™ and Scan to Google® Docs – give users a convenient and direct connection from Ricoh multi-function products (MFPs) to the cloud.

Scan to Evernote, Scan to Gmail and Scan to Google Docs Widgets Help Simplify Workflows in the Cloud.

Today, over 30 million people use Google services, such as Gmail and Google Docs, and there are more than four million Evernote users. “At Ricoh, our approach to customer driven innovation means that we able to offer a solution that fits with these tools,” said Helen Berentzen, Office Solutions Marketing Manager, Ricoh UK. “App2Me was designed to enable our customers to maximise how they use their Ricoh multi-function product in a way that is easy, intuitive and convenient. These new widgets broaden the solutions we are providing to our customers to help them improve their workflows.”

App2Me provides functions in widget form, enabling multi-function products (MFP’s) to be used in conjunction with cloud computing services that offer business applications over the Internet. Available on Google Desktop™, App2Me was first featured on Ricoh’s Aficio® MP 2851 and MP 3351, and is also available on the new Aficio MP 4001/MP 5001 Series and other Ricoh MFPs.

App2Me offers users convenience and personalisation, even on shared multifunction devices. With App2Me, users can print, scan and perform various functions using individual settings that don’t affect the MFP’s overall settings, maintaining personalisation and convenience. To activate the solution, users first download the App2Me Manager and widgets to a desktop PC or laptop running Google Desktop. Once installed, the App2Me Manager automatically discovers all App2Me-enabled MFPs on the network and communicates with those devices adding the user’s profile, as well as the widgets the user has downloaded. Users can go to any of these devices to execute their widget based workflow.  

Designed not only to reduce process and complexity for the user, App2Me also improves workflow. Through App2Me’s innovative technology, widgets can be created to combine, distribute, edit and create documents, as well as perform many other tasks automatically and simultaneously. The user benefits by having these settings programmed once locally, which greatly reduces the need for trial-and-error printing, scanning, etc., as well as saves time. App2Me maximises MFPs beyond printing and scanning by providing a variety of options to output data on paper. In addition, App2Me can connect to web-based services or network business applications to publish scanned information.

App2Me’s key benefits include:

• Seamless integration: ability to download widgets to the desktop and use them on any Ricoh MFP enabled with App2Me.
• Portability and personalisation: no matter the location, user experience at each App2Me-enabled MFP remains completely personalised for maximum convenience.
• Simplified workflows: widgets can be used to print, scan and distribute documents in fewer steps and without involving IT.
• Maximised productivity: App2Me improves efficiency through widgets that control a virtually endless array of MFP, software, Internet Service or Enterprise Application driven workflows

About Ricoh UK
Ricoh designs, develops and manufactures a complete range of print and document management, hardware, software and services which are tailored to meet individual customer needs.  Its devices print, copy, scan and fax documents as an integrated part of the IT network and enterprise content management system.  Software is used to audit usage, manage document flows, simplify business processes, control print expenditure and secure document access.  The company takes an innovative approach to research and development, having invented the first digital black & white copier and introducing the colour-capable device.

Ricoh established an Environmental Protection Office in 1976, and has been striving to minimise the effect of its activities on the environment ever since. Ricoh UK’s environmental credentials are second to none; it operates a zero-waste policy at all of its manufacturing plants and is investing in carbon reduction technologies to reduce the environmental impact of its operations rather than merely offsetting its carbon footprint. The company operates a dedicated ‘Green Centre’, where old machines are re-commissioned and recycled in line with WEEE Directive guidelines and accredited with ISO14001:2004 for environmental management. Ricoh has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and, for the sixth consecutive year, has also been named as one of the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Further information can be found at www.ricoh.co.uk.

For further information, please call the Ricoh UK PR team at Burson-Marsteller on +44 20 7300 6172

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