Brisbane-based Softlog Systems has become an independent developer of software applications for Canon's Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP).
The developer typically develops Windows-based software to track costs associated with printing, copying, faxing, scanning and other functions. It does this by allowing users to allocate them to specific departments, clients or projects.
Softlog is currently building a MEAP version of its flagship product, softlog.enterprise. It differs from the developer's usual offering because it can be embedded into a Canon multifunction device requiring no external hardware.
"MEAP allows us to develop embedded solutions running inside the Canon equipment," Softlog technical director, Derek Farrell, said. "This removes the need for any additional equipment or PCs.
The first version of softlog.enterprise to use MEAP is expected to be available this quarter through Softlog and its Australian distributor.
The developer is also negotiating to sell the solution through international distributors, starting with the New Zealand and South-East Asian markets.
Canon launched MEAP in its imageRUNNER multifunction devices back in April 2005.