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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kimberleyallen View Post
    I have a printer that I attach to my mac book with a USB cable. Is there a way of connecting the iPad cable usb end to another usb with a connector, would it work? Do connectors exist?
    As the other posters have suggested, third party apps can do this. For example ‘Print N Share’ can print to both WiFi printers (directly) and to networked printers via your PC or Mac.

    It allows printing under iOS 4.2.1 and iOS 4.3 to non-AirPrint printers. AirPrint is Apple’s proprietary printing protocol that is currently only supported by a few printers. ‘Print N Share’ allows printing to non-AirPrint printers by ‘translating’ the AirPrint printing protocol to a format that your printer ‘understands’.

    ‘Print N Share’ cleverly inserts itself into the in-app ‘Print’ menu of apps that support in-app printing and ‘pretends’ to be an AirPrint printer. If you have a WiFi printer it prints directly to the printer (i.e. the PC or Mac can be turned off). For non-WiFi printers - i.e networked - it uses a small program (app) that’s loaded onto your PC/Mac (available free to download from the Developer’s website) and ‘links’ your PC/Mac to your iPad. When you print from your iPad the printing data is sent using WiFi to your PC/Mac, where it’s forwarded over the network to your printer. Sounds complicated (OK - that’s because I’ve done a poor job of explaining!) but, in reality, it works just fine!

    You need to be aware that not all apps support in-app printing. For example, Apple’s iWorks ‘Pages’ app (Microsoft ‘Word’ compatible) does support in-app printing, but the iPad’s native ‘Calendar’ app doesn’t. So, if you have some specific printing requirements check the app supports in-app printing. That said, there are usually ‘workarounds’!

    Let us know if you have any other questions, or if I can clarify what I’ve said here (well, I can hardly make it less clear!)

    I should add the usual disclaimer - I have no association with the developers of ‘Print N Share’, other than being a satisfied customer. There are, of course, many other third-party printing apps and I’m sure you’ll get feedback from other Forum members about those apps.

    Enjoy your iPad and Happy Printing!

    Tim
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    Very informative post. Thanks!

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Can I just clarify the mechanics of what I do?!
    Install Print N Share to my iPad
    Connect iPad to MacBook via usb cable
    Connect MacBook to Printer via usb cable
    Is that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimberleyallen View Post
    Thanks everyone for your replies. Can I just clarify the mechanics of what I do?!
    Install Print N Share to my iPad
    Connect iPad to MacBook via usb cable
    Connect MacBook to Printer via usb cable
    Is that right?
    Everything is okay but one point. You don't have to connect the iPad to your MacBook via USB cable if they both are on the same wifi network.
    What happens is that when you ask the iPad to print via a third party printing app it will search for a printer on the network. If it finds one it will seek out the computer that's connected to that printer and send the print job to that computer and that computer will do the job. Does that make more sense to you?
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