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How to print from iPad without AirPrint printer

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  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,860 points)
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    May 1, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to AlbqBarb)

    Click on the Printopia blue link in his post and follow the instructions to download, install and use that software. It will work for your situation.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,090 points)
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    May 1, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to AlbqBarb)

    AlbqBarb wrote:

     

    John...  Apologies that I cannot make heads or tails out of this thread after it gets more and more technical.  Here is our question...  Have Xerox Phaser 8560 printer - not AirPrint compatible.  Would like to use it as the printer for our iPad Minis.  Have a MacBook Pro that is on line 100% of the time.  Don't have need to print from anywhere other than in the house (when travelling, hubby's work can just be saved and archived if necessary later).  What is the easiest way to do this?  The Xerox is a $600 printer that is fast and cheap to use.  We'd prefer to not have to buy another.  Thanks.

     

    Sure. The above links will still work, but the name AirPrint Activator has since been changed to handyPrint.

     

    They both work equally well and do essentially the same thing, which is to enable your MacBook Pro to act as a print server for the Xerox or any printer it can already use. The Lantronix print server implements this same function in hardware dedicated for that specific purpose.

     

    Using any of these soutions is simple - all of the MacBook Pro's shared printers will be made available to any iPad application that can print.

     

    If something does not work as expected for you, post a new question since this one is old and the recommendations are at risk of becoming outdated.

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  • AlbqBarb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 1, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to John Galt)

    Do you download that app to your MacBook Pro or to the iPad(s) or both?  And thanks for being so clear!

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,090 points)
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    May 1, 2013 11:08 AM (in response to AlbqBarb)

    AlbqBarb wrote:

     

    Do you download that app to your MacBook Pro or to the iPad(s) or both?  And thanks for being so clear!

     

    The MacBook Pro. There is nothing you need to do with the iPad, except print.

  • Dani Avi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 17, 2013 5:26 AM (in response to John Galt)

    John, thanks a lot!!! HandyPrint is very easy to be installed and worked perfectly!

  • 234432234245 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2013 3:42 AM (in response to Pilzner1)

    Trial lasts 14days. THEN Requires a donation of more than $5 and you WILL need Internet connection for it to work. You can upgrade to the PRO version that doesn't need Internet to work, just local WiFi and an extra $20 to buy.

    This app is very basic and not worth $25+ defiantly an attempt to cheat you out of your money. Steer clear

  • AstroMacMan Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:38 AM (in response to AstroMacMan)

    Having contributed to it... and having used it now for months, if not longer, I can chime in on key deficiencies:

     

    1.  Having to have the Mac it's on running.

     

    2.  Interference with sleep because File Sharing has to be on.

     

    3.  Mac laptop leaves the house, those at home are left along without ability to Air Print!

     

    We ended up realizing that an Air Print compatible printer was the only way to go.  Much easier, much less hassle, and everyone in the household, whenever, and wherever the Mac is (or what state it's in--literally in both senses of that word), can print!

     

    We ended up getting an inexpensive Brother inkjet (470-DW) that works like a charm--and it's easy on the ink costs, too.

  • Kajkia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 16, 2014 10:18 AM (in response to John Galt)

    I used AirPrintActivator and worked like a charm! Took me less than 5 min beg to end. Thanks!

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