As some applications have grown more complex over the years, the usual method of downloading and uploading the settings through firmware becomes outdated. Below are known issues of using an incorrect implementation method for the Universal Configuration File (UCF).
- Unresponsive applications
- Failure to deploy some or all settings
- Java Null Exceptions – application instability
- Corruption of the application – resulting in the need to Restore Defaults on the printer for recovery
As originally designed and established, the printer firmware is responsible for managing and providing a method for settings to be configured. The public-facing method for this is through the Embedded Web Server (EWS) via the Settings >Import/Export link. A user could export settings (i.e., Embedded Solutions Settings Files), modify the contents, and re-deploy it back to the printer or to other printers.
Applications with more complex Settings, like Scan To Network Folder (SNF), Accuread Automate or Scan Center, contain their own export and import settings functionality. However, the application is still connected to the built-in deployment method, and would ultimately cause issues, if used to deploy settings.