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Printing from iPad 2 - the expedient way vv an elegant way to print??

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by Ken Martin, Oct 7, 2012.

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    Hello all,

    I print from my iPad 2 easily by (as an expedient!) using a cheapie Canon MG3260 printer. It has AirPrint and default duplex printing. Replacement cartridges are not dear, too. Works well, but it is yet another printer.

    So, as is my wont, I thought afterwards it may be possible to load Canon printer software on to my iPad in some manner. Has anyone used a portable DVD drive with an iPad? Is it possible?? Alternatively, sharing a DVD drive in a MacBook with an iPad? Or is there an app a la EPP but for printing on paper? I prefer to not use an old computer as a server (?) in any process.

    Cheers

    Ken
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    Hello Ken.

    There are plenty of real experts on this site to help you.
    May I just say that it is possible to get some USB flash drives to work?
    That is in a fashion.
    It is possible to transfer photos to the iPad via USB flash drive, via the camera kit.
    However I think you have a good arrangement with the air printer.
    Why not stick with that?
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    Hmmm, good advice, Peter, thank you.

    Overnight, I decided to load the MG3260's software on a MacBook, so I can monitor ink levels and generally manage the printer. It cannot be done wirelessly, but occasionally I USB-plug the MacBook into the printer for checks.

    Ken
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    Hi Ken.

    I don't have an "air" printer.
    So may I ask how do you like it in respect to the iPad?
    I would feel a bit annoyed if I discovered that I could not "manage" the printer via the wireless connection.
    After all that (wireless) is it's reason for being.
    Just as an aside I use "We Print" app to connect a printer to the iPad.
    It works quite well, excepting that the printer must be connected to a PC with the PC on.
    I hope my next printer will be an Air printer.

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