Saturday, November 27, 2010

How to print with iPad and iPhone? Printopia is the answer.

With the latest OS update the iPad and iPhone are now supporting to print. Apple calls this feature air print. But before we are too much excited, we need to understand that air print uses wifi and not many wifi enabled printers are supported. Here is the list:
AirPrint-enabled printers
HP Envy e-All-in-One series (D410a)
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a)
HP Photosmart e-AiO (D110)
HP Photosmart eStation (C510)
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer

If you have a Brother wifi printer then you might be able to use the Brother app in the app store to print and to scan. However my MFC is not supported. The Brother app does only support few of their printers.




The best alternative right now is printopia an application from ecamm.com. It costs $9.95 but is every penny worth.
The beauty of this application is, that it gets installed on the Mac and not on your mobile device. Any printer which is connected to your mac either over wifi or USB can be used to be an air printer. I have a photo printer which is not wireless and works like a champ. The installation is easy. Just download unzipped install (only for Apple). The app will be installed in system preferences.




As soon your mobile device is in same wifi network you can print. Using AirPrint from Apple. If you want to print and you don't have an HP wifi printer as stated above, you should invest into printopia, if you have an apple computer.



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1 comment:

  1. Now that's awesome.

    I hate how much we've come in terms of every other technology except for printers - seems like we're always still having trouble with them, bah!

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