Print Central Pro Help
Hi I'm Fred
I just got my iPad 3 and have a print problem.
Have downloaded Print Central Pro and WePrint to my I Mac running Lion. I can print the Print Central Getting Started page from my iPad to the Cannon MP 620 printer but, when I try to print from Pages, all I get is AirPlay printer not found. The iPad does not give any option to select printer.
Any idea how I can get over this problem except having to go and buy an AirPrint printer.
Hi Fred and welcome to the Forum!
I don't use Print Central pro so can't be of much help to you, so I have given your post it's own thread and have moved it to our Help Forum where you will receive a better response.
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I use Print Share Pro (made by he same company). The intuitive thing would be for the in-built printing option to "see" the printer, but it cannot do that because of the way Apple have the printer API working.
I have the same problem from the default email app. The only way I could print an email was the copy and paste the text into Print Share Pro. Other apps may let you use the Open In... function to send to the Printer app, but will not work in every case.
You can use cloud storage to get the document to the printer app, but Pages is not that cloud storage friendly I believe unless you're using iCloud.
For Pages and other AirPrint apps, it's probably easier to use an AirPrint enabling program. WePrint, last I checked, only works with the app, not as a general AirPrint enabler.
Some printers are directly compatible with AirPrint on the iPad. If you want this feature be absolutely certain the printer supports AirPrint before buying. Some printers may require a firmware update to work. These are usually available on the manufacturers site. If you get this kind of printer you can print directly from within apps that support the feature, which is many.
Of course some of us already have printers and do not want to buy a new one. There are several ways to do this.
One is to use a printing app on the iPad.
Most (or all) printing apps can only print pictures and/or files that have been copied to that app via Open In or another method. Several printer manufacturers have their own apps for their printers. In general those apps will probably have the best results, quality wise.
Another method is to load a program on the computer that will emulate an AirPrint compatible printer. Your computer must be on and have the printer available to it. The cheapest (free) is Airprint Activator. More features can be had with FingerPrint (mac and windows) and Printopia (mac only).
Printopia - Ecamm Network
FingerPrint - Collobos Software
How to Install AirPrint Activator for Windows?
A few printers (mostly HP's again) can be set up with their own email address. PDF attachments can be sent via this address to be printed. The last review I saw (many months ago) said it could be quite slow (big files not recommended), and sometimes the emails got lost and never printed. The advantage was that you could literally send/print from anywhere you have an internet connection.
For small business owners and those with more than one printer who would like all their printers to work, but don't want to leave a computer on all the time. The Lantronix XPrintServer is a small box that connects to your network and is supposed to detect and make all your wireless printers available to iOS as AirPrint printers. I haven't seen a full review on it yet, so do your research.
Some NetGear router models support NetGear Genie, which will add AirPrint support for printers on your network. If the printer is not wireless, it must be shared on the network, and the computer it is connected to must be on.