The Easiest Print to Any Printer Solution for iPad: handyPrint (Mac only)

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handyPrint is a Mac app that lets you print wirelessly from the iPad (or iPhone) to just about any printer, even legacy printers that don’t support AirPrint.

If you’re tired of looking for which printers will work with Apple’s AirPrint and allow you to print wirelessly from the iPad, there’s a nifty little app that will let you print to just about any printer, even if they don’t support AirPrint: handyPrint by Netputing.

I’ve written before about this superb app, but it has recently been renamed, so I thought it’s worth a new post. This app used to be known as AirPrint Activator. It still does all the same things and is just as incredibly simple to use as ever under its new handyPrint name. It’s literally a one click solution.

Here are the details on the capabilities and requirements of handyPrint:

V3.1 of handyPrint™ run on your Mac to share local and network attached printers to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or newer. handyPrint™ make all locally shared printers available via AirPrint. If it is shared by your Mac it will be advertised.

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AirPrint Supported Printers List – Twice as Many Printers as 6 Months Ago

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The list of printers that support AirPrint wireless printing from the iPad is growing, rapidly. When I last posted about the supported printers list back in June there were a total of 217 printers from 6 manufacturers. Today there are over 430 supported printers from 13 manufacturers.

Here’s a little more detail on which printers from which vendors work with AirPrint:

Brother: 63 printers from the DCP, HL, M, MFC lines.

Canon: 95 printers from the IP, MG, MX, and Canon Pro lines.

Dell: 4 printers from their B and V lines (eg B1260dn and V725w)

Epson: 92 printers from lines including Artisan, EP, PX, Stylus, Workforce, WP, and XP lines.

Gestetner: 11 printers from their DSc and MP lines.

Hewlett Packard: 57 printers from their Deskjet, Envy, Laserjet, OfficeJet, and Photosmart lines.

Infotec: 8 printers from the MP line.

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AirPrint Supported Printers List Grows Again – Adds Samsung Printers & More

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AirPrint is Apple’s service for wireless printing from the iPad and iOS devices. The service makes it simple and quick to print from any application to supported printers via AirPrint from your iPad.

The list of supported printers used to be very short and used to include only one big manufacturer – Hewlett Packard (or HP). The list has been growing slowly but steadily and has been updated this month – Samsung printers have been added, bringing the list of supported manufacturers up to six. Here’s a bit more detail on which types of printer from which vendors are supported by AirPrint:

Hewlett Packard: 47 printers supported including printers from these series: Deskjet, Envy, Laserjet, Laserjet Pro, Officejet, Officejet Pro, Photosmart, Photosmart E, Photosmart Plus, Photosmart Premium, Photosmart Wireless, and Topshot Laserjet Pro.

Epson: 60 printers supported including printers from these series: Artisan, EP, ME Office, PX, Stylus, Stylus Office, Stylus Photo, Workforce, Workforce WF, WP, and XP.

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Cool Things: Lantronix Offers Simple, Plug&Play Solution for iPad and iOS Printing

This looks like quite a handy option for painless, no setup iPad and iOS printing. It’s the new xPrint Server Home Edition from Lantronix.  It’s a very simple, plug and play solution for getting your iOS devices printing.

The promo video is very nicely done – I love the bit where the little girl tells the mom ‘this is ridiculous’.

Here’s a little bit about the xPrint Server Home Edition, via the Lantronix press release for it:

The xPrintServer: Open it. Plug it in. Print!
The xPrintServer Family is an easy-to-use hardware solution that utilizes the iOS native print menu and requires no additional applications, software downloads, or printer driver installations. With automatic printer discovery and no configuration, printing is hassle-free. Simply open the box, plug in power, attach a USB printer and print — wirelessly from any iOS device running iOS version 4.2 or later, to virtually any USB or network-connected printer.

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8 More HP Printers Added to AirPrint Supported List – List Still Stupidly Short

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Today there’s news that HP had added support for the iOS AirPrint feature to eight of their Laserjet models. AirPrint is the feature added in the iOS 4.2 update that lets users print to wireless printers directly from the iPad and other iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or greater.

Here’s the list of printers that HP has added AirPrint support for: HP LaserJet P1102w Printer, HP LaserJet P1606dn Printer, HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer, HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1213nf MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1214nfh MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1216nfh MFP, HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP.

AirPrint should be a great feature, and it would be if it had been released as Apple originally touted it – offering near universal support for printing, including the ability to print to any shared printer on a local WiFi network. But by the time iOS 4.2 was released AirPrint had been badly hobbled. Sadly, even seven months after the 4.2 release, AirPrint is still a lame shell of what it was pitched as.

After seven months of AirPrint being an active feature, here’s a quick scoreboard check on it:

Total Printers supported: 27

Total Printer Manufacturers Supported: 1

27 printers and one manufacturer (HP). So much for universal support. Of course, there are some easy and effective (unofficial) ways to get AirPrint working with just about any printer.

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Yes, You Can Print from the iPad

Most of you may be well aware of the fact stated in this post’s title – but I get asked this a lot and see lots of people talking about how it’s not possible to print from the iPad.  So I thought I’d do a quick post to confirm that yes, you absolutely can print [...]

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