GreenPrint World (32-bit version)
The GreenPrint Technologies CEO says the company's goal is "ending wasteful printing worldwide." To that end, it released this free version of its print-streamlining utility.
GreenPrint World has many of the same features as the $30 GreenPrint Home: It scans print jobs and removes pages that it determines are waste, like Web pages with just one line of text. It also removes most ads from Web pages automatically; lets you preview print jobs and remove images, text, or full pages; creates PDFs; and tracks the paper, money, and greenhouse gases you're saving. The free version is ad supported, with pitches for eco-conscious companies that appear in the Preview window. It lacks tech support, automatic version updates, and a few other features that the paid versions support.
In my tests GreenPrint World worked well. It installs as a separate printer that you select when printing from any application. You can set the default device that GreenPrint uses when you install the software, and you can change devices once you're in the program's Preview screen. You can also customize GreenPrint's parameters, choosing to strip out all graphics, for example. The program removes most advertisements, but not all, so you may need to do some fine tuning--but that's easily accomplished.
GreenPrint World is a great tool for home users who hate to waste printer ink and paper. Businesses are invited to evaluate the free version, but asked to upgrade to the $70 GreenPrint Enterprise edition.
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This is the 32-bit version. If your 64-bit PC is running a 64-bit OS, please download the 64-bit version instead.