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I don't have an air print compatible printer. Help?

Discussion in 'AirPrint' started by iPad2alltheway, Jun 13, 2011.

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    I have an iPad 2 and I need it to print to a canon mp640 printer. How do I do this?
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    There are a number of apps available for different types of printers, you can search the App Store, or use App Shopper to find them. I don't know of a specific one off the top of my head. Perhaps someone here can recommend one.
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    As the previous poster suggested, 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 - 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.

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

    Tim
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    Does that still work? I though it went away when Apple made them stop using the API, or was that only PrintCentral, and Print n Share still works?
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    The latest update to PrintNShare was January 2011, so I was assuming that - surprisingly - this feature was still there. I'm still running on an old version of Print Central and, now, FingerPrint.

    Perhaps any Member who has PrintNShare could let us know whether this is still supported.

    Thanks for the heads up on this, though, poet.....

    Tim
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    Still works fine

    Just tried it 1 minute ago to my Canon M640, had forgot about the App, but still had it on my iPhone

    Hope this helps

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