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Ipad printing

Discussion in 'AirPrint' started by Johnny8718, Sep 27, 2011.

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    Can someone give me the simplest of answers without the jargon? I am new to the iPad and know very little about networks, MacOS and the likes.

    I have a Windows netbook, wireless epson printer and an iPad. I want to print 'Apple pages' documents on my printer, WITHOUT having to utilise my PC or set up networks etc etc.

    Can this be done without buying hit and miss third party apps that MIGHT work, being ripped off along the way?

    Thanks in anticipation, John.
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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 have a wireless HP Jetprinter that doesn't support Airprint. After reading up on recommendations, I got Print N Share. It's a heck a lot cheaper than buying a new wireless printer that supports Airprint, and it does the job.
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    I can support Tim's recommendation for fingerprint. For in-app printing it works quite well for my Canon 6100 wifi printer. Print-n-share doesn't work at all! Forget it, waste of money.

    However, one has to be careful to check the printer's properties and unclick the Preview screen so that the printing proceeds without first displaying on the desk/laptop screen- where it will stop. Yes, the laptop must be on to use the program. Costs $10, a mere bagatelle because it works.
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    Any recommendations for printing from Pages or is the general info usable?
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    The general info is good. From Pages if you have either an AirPrint-compatible printer or if you're using an app such as FingerPrint you're good to go for printing directly from within Pages.

    Tim
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    Thanks for your post - I was looking for information on printing from my iPad and you answered my question. Unfortunately, I have two printers that do not support WiFi. You noted a PC program called FingerPrint - I did a google search and it returned information on finger printing (as used by police). Can you post where I can get FingerPrint please?

    Thanks in advance.

    Pierre
    pcastric@aol.com
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    Thanks all.

    I have purchased the print and share app. Works very well with my printer, without having to use my PC.

    Thank you all very much indeed!

    John.

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