AirPrint is the iOS feature that allows wireless printing directly from the iPad and iPhone in iOS 4.2 and above. Unfortunately, the current list of supported printers is still woefully short and still only includes HP printers. Luckily, there are some good solutions around for making nearly all shared printers work with AirPrint – like the excellent AirPrint Activator.
If you have an Epson wireless printer, there is also a good looking free app from Epson themselves that supports nearly as many printers as are on the official AirPrint list. Epson iPrint is the app, and it currently supports 21 Epson printers from the Artisan, Stylus, Stylus Photo, and Workforce series. The official list of AirPrint supported printers still only includes 28 HP printers.
Here’s a bit of the App Store intro for Espon iPrint:
Print anytime to any nearby wireless Epson all-in-one. Print photos, webpages and files including Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint® and PDF documents. You can even scan and save your file or send in an e-mail. Also supports online file services such as Box.net, Dropbox or Evernote®.
Epson iPrint makes printing easy and convenient. Print directly to a wide variety of Epson printers within your wireless network.
I haven’t used the app as I don’t have an Epson printer, but it sounds like a good option for those who do, if you’ve not already got wireless printing from your iPad working. If you’ve had a chance to use the app let us know what you think of it in the comments.
Here’s an App Store link for Epson iPrint; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Last night I saw a question on an iPad forum – asking whether it was possible to print from an iPad via Airprint while out and about, away from a home network. I don’t believe this is possible with AirPrint currently – if any of you know how this can be done please share details in the comments. The question made me curious though, and I immediately thought of a couple very good 3rd party printing apps I have on my iPad.
One of those is Print Central – and sure enough when I looked at its feature list at its App Store page I saw this item: Print remotely via 3G/EDGE. I honestly hadn’t even noticed this feature before, and decided to give it a test run yesterday. The test was successful. Remote printing over 3G worked without a hitch for me, after just a minimal bit of setup.
Read on for the quick details on how this works …
Printer Pro – an excellent printing app for the iPad – has had a recent update, to Version 1.1.
The big change in this update is the ability to print PDFs that have added highlights, text labels, signatures, and other annotations. This is the first iPad app to offer this ability.
Another major new feature is PDF Printing:
PDF printing is another great addition of Printer Pro 1.1. Now, any MS Word, MS Powerpoint, web page or TXT file can be saved as PDF. Only several taps required to transfer the document via “Open in” file sharing protocol that is built into iOS and convert it to PDF.
The update also adds integration with Apple’s AirPrint to increase its range of supported printers.
This was already my favorite 3rd party printing app for the iPad, and this update makes it significantly better.
You can find the latest version of Printer Pro in the App Store now, priced at $6.99.
Print Central – one of the best printing apps for the iPad – has had an update this week, to Version 1.7. Here’s the list of changes in this latest version:
Support for iOS 4.2 • Improvements to print quality for printing direct to the range of existing WiFi printers, Apple AirPrint printers are also supported • In-app purchases: Print to PDF – enables easy 1 step conversion of documents and files into PDF format • Calendar printing for iPad – view organize and print your calendar • Formatted Notes, create Notes, embed photos and print
It’s good to see this solid app continue to improve. For now, while AirPrint is such a big disappointment, it is far better to look towards 3rd party apps for your iPad printing needs.
Printer Pro is another good ‘all-rounder’ type printing app for the iPad. I say all-rounder because it is not tied to a particular make of wireless printer and is capable of printing a broad range of different document types and from various popular apps and services. It can print directly to many Wi-Fi printers and to any printer attached to your Mac or PC via a helper application installed on your computer.
It has similar set of features to Print Central, which I mentioned in an earlier article on printing from the iPad.
Oh, and just in case you thought you need to wait for Apple’s release of iOS 4.2 for the iPad for printing to work, check that article out – because printing already works very well on the iPad with its current (3.2.2) operating system version.
Now, on to some thoughts on Printer Pro …