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    One of the mysteries of my new ipad2 was how to get documents in print. I quickly discovered that my (wired) network printer Xerox Phaser 6125 wasn't discovered. Luckily my Epson photo printer uses both wifi and wired network and has two apps. One uses Dropbox and the other can print email attachments, so I email a document myself and press on the attachment and one print app comes up. But what remains a mystery is the "My documents" folder both apps refer to. But which apps actually save in that folder? Not QuickOffice nor the different note/ draw apps I use. So if anyone can clear up that mystery; please do :). And are there more or better solutions I did not think of?
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    Apple have their own proprietary printing protocol called 'AirPrint'. Only a few printers support it at present - HP is one of those that do and you can see if your model is on the list at the Apple web site

    Apple - iPad 2 - Print right from your iPad with AirPrint.


    If it is there, then you can print directly under iOS 4.2 and 4.3 from apps that support in-app printing, such as Apple's iPad iWorks suite ('Pages', 'Numbers' and 'Keynote'). Not all apps support in-app printing, so you need to check out whether the app you're interested in does. For example, Apple's native iPad 'Calendar' app does not support in-app printing.

    If your printer is not on the list then there are third-party apps that can help. Some printer manufacturers have released apps for PCs with their printers connected (i.e. Lexmark). On these models, an app on your PC or Mac 'pretends' to be an AirPrint printer and the app translates the AirPrint printing protocol into a form that the printer understands.

    However, there are standalone apps for the iPad and 'Print N Share' is one of the best known. It can print directly from the iPad to a WiFi printer without any PC being involved. It does this by 'pretending' to be an AirPrint printer. It then, similar to the previous case, translates the AirPrint printing protocol to a form that your printer understands.

    Most all WiFi equipped printers are supported by 'Print N Share' but even those few that are not are able to print via a PC using, again, a small (free) app that's available from the developers of 'Print N Share'. Once again, this app sits on your PC or Mac and links your iPad to the printer via your PC - meaning, too, that the printer can be WiFi, USB or even Bluetooth. The downside is that the PC has to be switched on.

    One 'issue' that sometimes confounds users of 'Print N Share' is that this only works under iOS 4.2 or 4.3 - the iPad's 'multi-tasking' operating system (OS). 'Print N Share' needs to be loaded and running before you can print!! So, if you're going to be doing some printing, you need to first of all fire up 'Print N Share' and leave it running in the background. You can check whether it is running by double tapping the iPad's 'Home' button, to see the tasks that are 'loaded' in the 'Multi-task' menu bar. For various reasons, it's helpful if 'Print N Share' was loaded quite recently. If you haven't printed for a while, use the multi-task bar to 're-activate' it.

    If you're happy to leave your PC switched on then another - and probably better - way forward is to use a PC program called FingerPrint. This is a program that runs on your PC and makes it 'look' like an AirPrint printer. It's as close as you'll get to plug-and-play printing for non-AirPrint printers. You simply download the program (there's a free 7-day version available so you can try it at no risk), install it, start the program (it automatically inserts itself into the PC's startup menu) choose the printers you want to offer to the iPad - it shows you the usual list that you get from a regular Windows print dialog box - and that's it. When you want to print on your iPad (there's no separate app for the iPad) you simply choose the print menu in apps that support in-app printing and FingerPrint makes your PC look like an AirPrint printer. You'll be offered, in the iPad, the choice of printers that you selected on the PC and off you go. FingerPrint receives the printing data from the iPad over WiFi and translates it into a form that your printer understands. I have it on my PC and it works just great.

    Hope this helps, but don't hesitate to post any more detailed questions that you might have.

    Tim
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    I researched and NOT all HP will support the Ipad2 or AirPrint best one we have found so far is the HP 6500S without the S is cheaper but doesn't support AirPrint or the ipad2
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    Thx for the very elaborate answer, I will check it all out.
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    Let us know how you get on and contact us again if you need any further help.

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    I have an HP 4700 and have been reading about the various printing apps. Not quite sure what to do. Any suggestions? I'd really like to print from my iPad 2.
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    Tim,

    Thanks for the great post. I have been looking at both FingerPrint and Print N Share as a solution for my iPad printing needs. Both apps cost approximately the same; Print N Share at $9 and Fingerprint for Windows at $10. Is there a reason you prefer (and use) the pc-based FingerPrint solution over the iOS app?

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    It took me some time to discover that FingerPrint is a Mac only service. So I tried the PrintCentral app from the app store with WePrint on my PC but sofar to no avail. I' m still exchanging emails and log files with their helpdesk.
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    FingrPrint is available for both the Mac and Windows at http://www.collobos.com/
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    Thank you, I immediately will try it :)
    Edit: Amazing! Works like a charm, right out of the box. Downloaded a trial, will purchase now.
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    So here's the the final verdict:
    The PrintCentral app works together with a free application called WePrint on a Windows machine and the printing capabilities are highly limited. However, I couldn't get it working. I spent 4 days sending and receiving emails from their helpdesk. "Have you tried this, have you tried that". Why do I have to bend over backwards to get it running? At the end I just gave up and told them so. "We're sorry we couldn't make it work for you" instead of an offer to refund, a coupon or whatever.

    So I tried FingerPrint the moment I was told it worked for Windows too (at first it was my impression it only worked for a Mac). They urge you to first try it BEFORE buying it. Which I did, it's a fully functional solution but time limited to 7 days. No app to install, only a Windows (or Mac) application. And it worked right out of box. And even more beautiful; it works with every app that offers print functionality and acts like Apple's native Airprint. Well worth my U$ 10 or € 7 (depending rates).
    If there's a downside, it only works if the machine the application is running on, is switched on.

    For wifi printers there are probably cheaper solutions. HP and Epson for example, offer their own native apps.

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