Printing Question

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  1. Bingoldsby

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    Tim, I seem to remember you (I think it was you) saying something about a "New List" of AirPrint compatible printers that had just been released. (Can't figure how to find it now). The list on the Apple site you have suggested is still PRETTY SHORT.

    I have an HP 470 mobile printer - a perfect companion to the iPad - and am hoping the USB WiFi dongle for it will be making it to that "List" soon. I can print to it with it connected to my HP Laptop, but that's kludgey, and as another suggested, pointless if another computer has to be involved.

    Any help or thoughts on that? Thanks.

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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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    Hi, Tim, and thanks for all that typing (which I suspect you have had waiting for me all the time.. ha ha). The computer is my HP Laptop... the one which is generally "replaced" by the iPad and keyboard. Living in the motohome, I have limited space for EVERYTHING... including that big stack of ham radio equipment that gets blocked by the big laptop screen... hence the iPad.

    I don't do much printing, but it is a hassle to have to get the LT hooked back up, turned on, IP reset for the particular IP config that is in use at the moment (always a hassle), then put it all back away again. The HP 470 WiFi dongle would really be a blessing if it could manage AirPrint.

    Therefore, the question about the list that had been recently expanded... and I don't see you mentioning that or refuting that it was you who came up with it in the first place. I'll do some more searching and hopefully I can reach back and fetch it. Thanks again.

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    OOPS!! I found it, and it WASN'T you, Tim. It was Twerppoet. I'm going to look that over now.

    And, FOOEY! The OfficeJet 470 Mobile Printer is not on the list. Like I said, It's such a perfect match to the nature of the iPad. And the WiFi dongle is right in the proper "stream" of data for the wireless printing scheme. Too bad. I'll take a moment and be a small voice to suggest such a thing to HP.

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    You can use the HP470 with the WiFi dongle if you're happy to use PrintCentral.

    Tim


     
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