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bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST) provides a seamless interface between Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs and software applications residing on PCs or servers.

The bEST toolbox contains various components, for example the latest Open APIs (applications programming interfaces), an embedded, web service-based, customisable user interface for the MFP control panel and a Software Development Kit (SDK).

bEST OpenAPI

Konica Minolta’s well-established web service based API (SOAP) facilitates creating feature-rich and powerful Authentication-, Scan- and PullPrint-applications.

On the DSP Portal you’ll find the bEST OpenAPI specifications, the OpenAPI Software Development Kit (SDK), OpenAPI sample applications (incl. well documented source code) and all information that is required to start successful OpenAPI development.

bEST IWS

IWS stands for Internal Web server; and bEST IWS is Konica Minoltas new bEST API technology that will be available in parallel to bEST OpenAPI from spring 2013. bEST IWS allows creating web applications on an internal MFP web server with direct access to MFP core functionalities, and to utilize the MFP Web Browser (see below) to display these web pages. With bEST IWS, it is for example possible to create customized MFP user interfaces, connector application to cloud services, and similar features.

MFP Web Browser

The MFP Web Browser facilitates creating bEST OpenAPI applications with a rich Web Browser (HTML) User Interface, but it is also possible to connect from this MFP Web Browser to standard web based Scan and PullPrint applications on external Web servers (these web based applications are utilizing standard web technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and alike, but no OpenAPI).

MIB API

The Konica Minolta printers and MFPs support the Konica Minolta Enterprise MIB, as well as a broad range of Standard MIBs (such as MIB-II, Host Resource MIB, Printer MIB, Printer Port Monitor MIB, Job Monitoring MIB and others). For all printers / MFPs the Konica Minolta Developer Support Portal offers “MIB Implementation Specifications”, which explain the MIB implementation details for the specific products.

In addition, the Konica Minolta Enterprise MIB file in the ASN.1 notation, and a general definition of the Konica Minolta Enterprise MIB are available as resources for DSP Gold level members.

PDL specifications

The Konica Minolta DSP offers PJL, PCL and PostScript specifications for Konica Minolta printers and MFPs. These specifications are of special interest for controlling printers / MFPs from driverless host print applications, and similar applications.