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Printing with my iPad2 without Airprint printer?  Oh yes I can!

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Michael Ryan. Calculating status...
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Jul 12, 2011 9:52 AM

Hello All,

 

I bought my Ipad 2 about a week ago and was thrilled that I could print from it...that is until I got home and read more about the printing options.

 

I found out that Airprint only works with certain HP printers.  I have an Epson printer.  Not so good.

 

For several days I have read about different third party apps you can use to make your non-Airprint printers work with the iPad 2.  I downloaded two of these apps that were supposed to be great...however they were not.  Hard to use, couldn't make them work and so on.

 

So, I gave up on the idea of making my iPad 2 print with my Epson.  That is until a friend of mine told me about Printopia.  I went to the site and downloaded their demo and instantly IT WORKED PERFECTLY!!!!!  It worked as if someone at Apple had designed it.  Once I downloaded the demo (to my iMac) it automatically set everything up.  I went to my iPad 2 and clicked print, it sent it to my printer and it printed.  Now, that's what I call magical.  Highly recommended.

 

My Epson printer is connected to my iMac via a USB connection.  My Epson printer is not WiFi.  So don't ask me how it did it, but it worked perfectly.

 

Problem solved.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

Mike

 

 

link  ecamm.com/mac/printopia/

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    Does your Mac need to be on for this to work, (their site is not entirely clear)

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    So it seems that to be able to print a computer must be on and running.

     

    Thanks

  • ANBody66 Calculating status...

    Moderately annoyed, I'd heard that Apple had fixed the no print thing and now discover (should have read the small print...) that they dont appear to have fixed the problam at all.

     

    I've got 2 printers - an Epson R2880 connected to a Win Server 2003 box by USB. - a HP 2300dtn connected directly to the network by a JetDirect card - all bog standard run of the mill stuff.

     

    Whats the view on this do I stand any chance of getting the Ipad to print to either of these?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    If you want to print from an iDevice to a printer without a computer acting as go-between you must have an airprint enabled printer, and you don't!

     

    If you don't mind using a computer to facilitate the connection the App Store has many choices.

     

    I have no idea what you mean by "I'd heard that Apple had fixed the no print thing"

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    Michael Ryan. wrote:

     

    Hello All,

     

    There is a very long FAQ list on the Printopia website (see link in my original post), but here is some of the requirements  you need to have:  You need a Apple computer that has OSX 10.5 or 10.6 or above.  Your iPhone,iPad or iPod need IOS 4.2 or above and must be AirPrint compatible.

     

    Unfortunately there is no WINDOWS version.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Mike

     

    If Printopia allows you to print to a printer without a computer what relevance is the OSX version?

     

    Sounds to me as if a Mac is needed for this to work so not exactly what I am looking for.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,730 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    So it seems that to be able to print a computer must be on and running.

    I am using the demo right now and yes the computer must be turned on and running.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    Michael Ryan. wrote:

     

    Hello Csound1,

     

    I'm not an expert on Printopia (I just know it works really well for me), but I'm fairly certain that your iDevice is sending the print job to your Apple computer, so the printer is printing the job from your Mac and not from your iDevice.

     

    So Printopia's workaround helps all of us who use Mac, but don't have an AirPrint printer.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Mike

    Thanks, I already knew that, I am looking for a way to print without a computer involved (the whole portability thing goes out of the window if I have take my iPad and my MBP with me in order to print)

  • ANBody66 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Csound1

     

    "I'd heard that Apple had fixed the no print thing"

     

    What I intended to convey was that I was aware that when released the original iPad did not have the ability to connect to printers, but I though an update to the iPad firmware/OS had fixed this.

     

    I now realise that this was somewhat wide of the mark or that I'd misinterpreted what Apple said and that the printing function is limited to a very very small number of HP printers. No I wont be buying a printer just for the iPad!

     

    I work in a Windows environment and at home other then the wifes iPod all our IT infrastructure is MS Windows and theres no way I'd even consider a Mac.

     

    Lots of you guys live and breath Apple and the perception is that everybody understands the basic fuinctionaliaty of the devices, largely I suspect through the music applications and social networking (facebook et-al) stuff. Whilst I've quite a bit iof experience with IT I'm not at all interested in either music or social media. I've never used a Mac (and no desire to) and my experience of iTunes is limited to loading it onto a Win 7 box importing all my wifes CD and syncing her iPod. At which point I pass her the iPod and she gats on with it, dont think I've ever actually used the iPod...

     

    Long way of saying that all this is uphill for me. On ballance I think I'll just connect the iPad to the work machine and buy Win7 phones for our personal use, at least I can get MS stuff to work and talk to the house infrastructure.

  • tonefox Level 5 Level 5 (7,680 points)

    ANBody66 wrote:

     

    Lots of you guys live and breath Apple and the perception is that everybody understands the basic fuinctionaliaty of the devices, largely I suspect through the music applications and social networking (facebook et-al) stuff. Whilst I've quite a bit iof experience with IT I'm not at all interested in either music or social media. I've never used a Mac (and no desire to) and my experience of iTunes is limited to loading it onto a Win 7 box importing all my wifes CD and syncing her iPod. At which point I pass her the iPod and she gats on with it, dont think I've ever actually used the iPod...

    How splendidly misinformed and insulting. I am a born again teenager at the age of 65 and equally have no interest in social networking (although some interest in Baroque music), having spent the last twenty years making a living in desktop publishing, database design and management, spreadsheeting at a reasonably advanced level, and CAD for publishing international publications. Been using computers since 1968.

     

    I've gone through a period of using Windows, and prefer not to do so, but occasionally still do on the old Mac Pro, sometimes Bootcamping, and sometimes for lesser work via a virtual machine.

     

    You're quite right. You stick with Windows and leave Macs to us youngsters with our music and sharing our pictures of our drinking sessions with our friends.

  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,290 points)

    And one more Mac-only iPad printing solution is this free minor tweak to OS X is detailed in this thread, dating from November 2010: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2658720?threadID=2658720&tstart=0

     

    It requires that the Mac is on and awake. I'm using it to print from an iPad 2 in iOS 4.3.1 and a MacBook on OS X 10.6.7 with both an HP LaserJet connected via USB and a Canon MP560 connected wirelessly. 

    It worked with both 10.6.5 and 10.6.6.  Have not tested 10.6.8 yet.

     

    Of course there is no guarantee that this free tweak might or might not continue to work with any future release of iOS or OS X which must remain nameless under the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use that prohibits speculation about future products.

     

    And finally, don't forget to see if your printer manufacturer has a printing app.  Canon has a iOS photo-printing-only app compatible with my MP560.

     

    Message was edited by: kostby

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