Airprint compatible printers are those printers that can print from an iOS device and the printer does not need to be configured or be run from a printer driver. This is really handy because you can run your Apple application to a printer wirelessly. Required Apple devices are all the current versions of the Apple products. This just about covers all that is needed to run airprint compatible printers.
The convenience of not having to utilize a printer driver or not having to configure a printer is a major one. Having a printer driver that suddenly becomes obsolete is one of the most frustrating experiences that can occur because it is usually discovered in the middle of a printing project. At time the configuration of a printer can be a daunting experience as well.
Apple does a good job of informing us as to what printers are compatible, and the list keeps growing as printing manufactures rush to jump on the bandwagon of providing access to the Apple products. The convenience of the Apple products and the trend towards their use has made a convenient printing platform a necessity for people who use their Apple products for real work at home and the office. The full list of the available brands of printers is available on the AirPrint Basics page on the Apple website.
The following list some items that should be considered when contemplating the use of airprint compatible printers:
• There are a few printers listed that need a firmware update to be usable. You should refer to the website of the manufacturer to access the details.
• Be sure that the AirPrinter is hooked up to the same local WiFi network as the iOS device is printing from in order for it to work.
• There may be certain features that you may be used to in other printing functions that will not be available when using airprint compatible printers, such as printing of booklets, use of different paper trays, etc.
One of the most convenient methods of nailing down for sure what printers are compatible is to go Apple’s online store which lists close to a dozen Epson and Hewlett Packard printers that are priced from around $100 to $400.
A more comprehensive list includes over 500 printers from 15 manufacturers, is available from Apple on their website.
You can check you Airprint Compatible Printer List from Amazon to see more
And now, we are still just at the beginning. With the convenience of being able to use airprint compatable printers with our Apple devices, there is no doubt that more conveniences will be on the horizon. Apple certainly does not stand still in its quest for innovative products and applications in order to enhance the brand and make computing more convenient and competitive.
Rumors are that perhaps Apple is working on a new iPhone, with a bigger screen and more capacity. Could we be talking about an iPad phone? Of course Steve Jobs also claimed that he had conquered the TV market. Could we see Apple Television in the near future? In any case we can enjoy airprint compatible printers now and hold our breath.
Last month, my friend asked me about this question. She had just bought an ipad and she don’t know how to print from ipad directly. She had to transfer files to her Mac before she can print and she felt annoyed that. I know many people have this problems too.
When the firt generation of iPad released, Apple said that you can print everything from iPad – but you have to transfer these documents to computer via email, iWork, for File Sharing function in iTunes. But that was history. From November 22, 2010, Apple added a print solution “AirPrint” that allowed iPad users to print directly to a number of compatible HP (Hewlett-Packard) printers. Shortly thereafter, Brother, Canon, Lexmark, Ricoh and Epson followed HP and released several compatible printers.
And today, iPad users now have many choices for printing solution.
So, how to print from iPad with Apple AirPrint?
Yes, I think you are thinking about this – firstly, you have to buy a new printer that be supported by AirPrint I mentioned above.
Here are four steps that help you print your documents from ipad directly via AirPrint:
1. Make sure that you printer and your iPad connected to the same wireless (Wifi) network
2. To print, you have to open an application such as Safari, email, Photos or any apps from App Store that supports AirPrint.
3. Choose the content you want to print and tap the appropriate icon to display the option to Print.
4. AirPrint will show a list of compatible printer. Select your print and tap Print.
OK. This solution seems very easy with you if you have a compatible printer.
But, if you already have a printer and you don’t want to buy more. What will you do?
Do you have a wireless printer? If answer is YES, read this. If not, jump to last solution.
There are some iPad applications (I know atleast two) that help you to print directly from iPad to many (but not all) non-AirPrint capable wireless printers without the need for supporting Mac or Windows software. Two of these apps is Readdle Printer Pro and EuroSmartz PrintCentral .
These apps are also helpful when you are travelling. Imagine that the wireless printer at a hotel or some places do not allow you install any driver or software in their computer. Two apps that I mentioned above can help you print directly to their wireless printer. Cool, right?
Printing from an iPad via Mac and Windows by third-party software.
Of course, this solution do not require to transfer a file to Mac or Windows before print. What you have to do is install following applications on Mac or Windows.
If you have funds to buy some, I know two commercial options include Collobos FingerPrint (for Mac and Windows) and eCamm Printopia (for Mac). With these applications, you can share all unsupported printers with all iPad models as well as iPhone and iPod touch devices – running iOS 4.2 or higher.
If you are a Mac user that running Mac OSX 10.6 or higher, I have a good news for you. You can use handyPrint (formerly called AirPrint Activator) and this is a free solution. This app makes it possible for any shared printer to be visible on an iPad running iOS 4.2 or later. I recommend to make a donation for author if you find this app useful.
Simple, right? Yes, when you don’t know this is very difficult, but when you know, it’s simple.
You see, you don’t have to have an AirPrint capable printer to print from ipad. There are many options that can help you print documents, photos, notes… from your ipad to USB Printers, network printers and wireless printers.
You can check out my friend’s iPad instruction videos to learn more about how to use iPad.
We have to learn how to use new gadgets and gizmos to stay current for both business and personal use. Today, the iPad is one of the most often used tablets for such matters. There are various functions it has that can speed up your workflow, one of the most important being wireless printing. Learn how to set-up printing from iPad below.
To start printing from iPad, you need to make sure your printer is set up to work with it. The printer should be AirPrint enabled. Then, you need to make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled on both the printer and your iPad. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to be so close to the printer and you don’t have to worry about cords getting tangled up. Just make sure that your Wi-Fi network is the same between them.
After making sure your settings are correct, try opening an application on your iPad that supports AirPrint. Some examples are Photos, Mail, and Safari. Any purchased apps may need updated to use AirPrint. After opening up your application, choose the file that you want to print and choose “Print.” This will bring up the printing options.
When you’re in the options menu, you need to select your printer. Then, push print. If it does not print, you will have to choose a help option to help you troubleshoot the issue. It should have a step-by-step guide available in the application to help you fix any problems that you encounter. If you still have issues, you can contact the printer’s manufacturer for further assistance.
There are some brands of printers that do not fully support printing apps. This is because they have their own iOS for printing. The good news is that many can be found in the Play or App Stores. Just do a search for the printer manufacturer’s name. Using the iOS that came with your printer can greatly reduce communication problems between it and your iPad.
A couple ways to troubleshoot printing issues on your own is to make sure your printer’s firmware is up to date. Check the documentation that came with your printer to see how to update it. Many manufacturers will instruct you to go to their website to download the latest firmware.
Keep in mind that not all printers can handle iPad or wireless printing. There are certain capabilities and features that some models cannot handle and the only way to remedy this is to purchase or obtain access to a new printer that does support it.
As you can see, it’s not all that hard to start printing from iPad. You just have to ensure that everything is on the same network, that all wireless capabilities are enabled, and that your programs or apps will work with your printer. Once this gets set up, you will be able to print from anywhere within your printer’s network to get more work done without being stuck at a desk.