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Free Apps, Tools and Tricks to Print From Your iPhone and iPad

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

If you use Apple gadgets such as either the iPhone or the iPad, then you probably know that printing text, images, notes and even calendar pages from your gadget can be quite difficult to do without spending a small amount of money.

The good news is that now, there are several ways to print your files at absolutely no cost. Here are some free apps, tools and tricks to help you print from your favorite Apple products:

AirPrint

AirPrint is free software that comes with the Apple iOS 4.2 update. It allows you to print from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch without needing any cables, drivers or wires. This technology works with select HP printers from the Officejet, Officejet Pro, LaserJet Pro and Photosmart series.

AirPrint Hacktivator

AirPrint Hacktivator is a file that can easily be installed on one’s Mac. It is a simple way to trick your iPad or iPhone into believing that the shared printer you are using is actually one of the small handful of HP ePrint printers that are compatible with AirPrint.

ePrint

ePrint is a wonderful free application by Microtech. It allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to print from printers that are connected to your local network. You can either add a printer that is detected, or simply type in the IP address of your printer. This application is fast and simple to use.

ePrint allows you to organize your bookmarks into various folders, as well as save your browsing history should you decide to print a particular page later on. With this free application, you are also able to print out calendar pages, notes, cards as well as your contacts. This application also offers several options in terms of layout and paper size.

HP iPrint Photo 3.0

HP iPrint Photo is a free app that can be downloaded onto your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You’ll be able to capture photos, rotate them and even crop them.

HP iPrint Photo allows you to wirelessly print text files, PDF files and photos to various HP Inkjet printers that are connected to a local wireless network. There is no need to install drivers or configure the network. This application is simple to use and is compatible with over 200 HP Inkjet printer models.

Print Magic

Print Magic is a free app originally designed for the iPhone. The good news, is that it is also compatible with the iPad. Print Magic helps to print out images, text and even web pages without needing to install any additional software.

Print Magic works with HP printers, as well as other printers such as Brother, Canon and Epson. If you’re looking to simply print a few pages, Print Magic is an ideal application to use.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

AirPrint for iPad: Advantages and Disadvantages

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Apple iOS 4.2’s Airprint is one of the most awaited applications for iPad. You will now have the added capability to directly print your emails, documents, photos and web content from your iPad.

Just like any new application, and depending on your personal preferences, Airprint for iPad has capabilities and limitations that will likely make you a loyal fan or turn you off for now.

Advantages

1. Airprint is packaged as an update to iOS 4.2, which means there is no additional software to download. You can print from various iPad applications like Mail, Safari, iWork, Photos and other third party applications that have built-in printing.

2. No printer drivers to install. Once you get your iPad on iOS 4.2, you will get that extra “Print” button that you didn’t use to have. Just a few taps on your device and you’re all set.

3. True wireless printing. There are no cables that will keep you tethered to your workstation. Your iPad will automatically locate and connect to AirPrint-enabled printers on your wireless network. It won’t matter if you’re in the kitchen and the printer is back in your bedroom, you won’t have to run up just to print something. Just tap away on your iPad while finishing your meal, your printouts will be waiting for you when you’re done.

Disadvantages

1.   AirPrint currently only supports specific ePrint-capable HP printers, so printing from your iPad will be somewhat limited. Seven HP printers work with AirPrint right off while five models need a firmware upgrade. By December 27, 2010 there is another firmware upgrade that will add AirPrint compatibility for six other HP Officejet printers.

The iPad market along with everybody else fully expects Apple to support AirPrint on non-HP printers in the future, but there has been no announcements as of yet.

HP ePrint Enabled Printers:

  • Photosmart eStation (C510)
  • HP ENVY100 e-AiO (D410)
  • Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410)
  • Photosmart Premium e-AiO (B310)
  • Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210)
  • Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110) (EU, AP)
  • Photosmart e-AiO (D110) (Americas)

HP Printers That Require Firmware Upgrade:

HP Printers with Firmware Upgrade Available December 27, 2010:

  • Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
  • Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A e-AiO

2. There aren’t very many printing options like collating pages or some minor format changes like you’re able to do on your standard printing set-up. From your iPad, all you will be able to do is tap on the “Print” button and select how many pages you want to print.

3. If you want to be able to print from your iPad on existing networked printers, that are non-HP to boot, you may be able to do it but you may need a sizable amount of patience setting it up. The good news is that others have done it and are generous with their tips. Check out some helpful tips to get it done.

Overall, to be able to print wirelessly, iPad offers some experiences and conveniences that you probably never thought you needed, but soon enough won’t be able to live without.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Myths and Facts: How Does AirPrint Work?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Apple’s iOS 4.2 update comes with AirPrint—free and useful software that allows you to print from your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone without needing any drivers, wires or cables.

What it is

AirPrint is a multitasking application. It allows you to print your documents in the background. This means that you can browse the web, go through your photos or even continue playing your latest game while printing is going on. This technology, like the multitasking feature, works on the iPad, the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and the iPod Touch that is third-generation or later.

This technology is completely wireless. One needs absolutely no wires, drivers or cables to print with AirPrint. One can print anything from photos and e-mails to notes and web content. Your gadget will automatically search your wireless network for printers that are AirPrint-enabled.

AirPrint is accommodating in the sense that it can be used with various applications. Whether you are surfing the Internet on Safari, experimenting with iWork or using a third-party application, the chances are high that you’ll be able to print with no difficulty. Print out your movie ticket or make copies of your presentation using your favorite Apple gadget.

This technology is both useful and user-friendly. The toolbar or navigation bar presents you with options such as how many copies should be printed and what printer the document should be sent to. You’ll also be able to choose from more advanced options such as whether to print single-sided or double-sided, or whether there is a specific range of pages that need to be printed. You simply need to tap the button of your choice, and your printing job will begin.

Apple AirPrint is advanced. You can print more than one item at a time from more than one open application at a time. All your printing jobs will simply make its way to the Print Center queue. You’ll be able to cancel a printing job before it is sent to the printer.

What it is not

AirPrint is not software that will work with printers connected to a computer’s USB port. If you want to use this technology, you will need a wireless connection to a HP printer that supports the software.

AirPrint is not software that the general public can utilize. At the moment, it is only compatible with approximately a dozen wireless printers from HP. However, if you use the software with any of the handful of compatible e-print machines, then it should work flawlessly. These printers are all part of the HP Officejet, Officejet Pro, Photosmart and LaserJet Pro series.

Not all printers compatible with Apple iOS 4.2 are instantly ready to use. Although more than half of these e-print machines need no firmware upgrade, the other printers may require it in order for them to work properly.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Printing from Your iPhone: Useful Tools

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Much has been written and debated about the ability (or inability) to print from iPhone. There was a lot of controversy in the beginning because the iPhone didn’t let users do what they wanted to do with any measure of ease, like connecting to USB printers. Printing was as tedious as uploading photos taken on the iPhone to a PC or laptop just so the users can print them.

Print Apps

There are some solutions for printing from iPhone. These solutions will have their own strengths and limitations, so you need to research each and pick which one fits your printing preferences and habits.

AirPrint

AirPrint comes FREE with iOS 4.2.  Those with the recommended compatible printers and the correct Wi-Fi connectivity you are all set for true wireless printing. There are no additional software to download, no drivers to install and no cables to connect. For now, only HP has come up with ePrint-enabled printers that will work with AirPrint.

HP ePrint Enabled Printers:

  • Photosmart eStation (C510)
  • HP ENVY100 e-AiO (D410)
  • Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410)
  • Photosmart Premium e-AiO (B310)
  • Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210)
  • Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110) (EU, AP)
  • Photosmart e-AiO (D110) (Americas)

HP Printers That Require Firmware Upgrade:

HP Printers with Firmware Upgrade Available December 27, 2010:

  • Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-AiO
  • Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
  • Officejet 6500A e-AiO

Printopia

From your Mac, running Printopia will share all available printers to your iOS 4.2 iPhone. It could be an inkjet connected to your Mac, a laser printer connected to your Mac via router or a network printer. As long as your Mac can print to it, Printopia can share it to your iPhone.

Download first a demo version of Printopia before purchasing. If it is a better tool for your printing setup, then go ahead and install it.

Print Magic

This printing application is simple. It connects via Wi-Fi to most printers in your network, or any shared printer on your Mac. There is no guarantee however as they cannot predict all possible printer combinations the world can have in their homes,  so it is best to do a trial run first before purchasing your Print Magic.

One thing to consider, this application does not support documents or email attachments.

Not-So-Positive Feedback

Some who tested printing from their iPhones mentioned that printing was on the slow side, but were quick to offer that it might be a problem with their own printer settings. Test it for yourself.

There are also some observations that the printouts tend to be wet when the paper comes out, and that print quality isn’t very good. Again, they suggest checking your color settings and not to be too quick to blame it on the print application, the printer or your iPhone itself.

Considering how diverse setups can be to be able to print from iPhone, we cannot say with any degree of certainty which particular printing application is perfect for your needs. They either work only with a certain brand of printers, or they can only print photos or can print anything except photos, or they need additional software to work. Whichever is the case, you will surely find one which is most suitable.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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