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  • Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    It is a pretty basic business requirement to be able to print when connected to a network. It is also pretty basic requirement to be able to print from within a business-related application like Safari, Mail or Pages.

    If these application do not come with a printing function then that is a major omission for the iPad. The problem I have with iPhone apps that print is that they are substitutes for the main app (that is, I need to close the business app, open and view the document in the printing app and then send it to print). There seems to be no way around this with the limitations on apps.

    As pointed out by others, at least this is a software issue that can be fixed through a software update. In the meantime try sending Feedback to Apple requesting a printing function in iPad Safari, iWork, Mail etc.
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That may be. But it's a necessity for business users and educators, contrary to Mr. Gore.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    I am a business user and I rarely have a need to print anything.
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Tamara wrote:
    I am a business user and I rarely have a need to print anything.


    Really?

    I'm a fund raising consultant who works with not-for-profits world-wide. Between the myriad of organizations and companies that I come in contact with; lawyers, tax accountants, educators, CEO's, CFO's, we generate *a lot* of paper. How is it that you've been able to, as a business user, "rarely have a need to print anything."
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,075 points)
    hamilton --
    No, it doesn't bother me.
    The iPad is not a substitute for a computer.
    The idea is that it's completely portable, use on the fly . . .

    I'm a retired business owner, also a consultant for nonprofit organizations.
    I finally got it about 4 years ago.
    I used to keep paper copies of everything but personal email.
    Now, I realize that I can (and do) keep files on my Mac for safekeeping (backed up, of course).
    It's not necessary to generate paper copies of everything. In fact, most everything.

    It's too bad you're still "generating lots of paper."
    That's right up there with carbon paper, don't you think?
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ~Bee wrote:
    It's too bad you're still "generating lots of paper."
    That's right up there with carbon paper, don't you think?


    No, I don't think it's too bad that I'm still generating lots of paper.

    I use both sides, then recycle, F.Y.I.

    And I just love how you "Green" folks like to slam those of us who still use paper in our workplace. And I'm simply thrilled that you "finally got it (whatever it is) after four years."

    All said Bee, I'm quite certain if you looked around your little corner of paradise, you'd realize that you're generating a lot more carbon, than I am paper.

    My original post made mention to the fact that Apple left out a major component in the iPad, namely network printing, just you get you back on track.

    Tamara wrote:

    "I am a business user and I rarely have a need to print anything."

    I'm still awaiting an answer as to how she, and you, are able to accomplish that feat.

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  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,075 points)
    Sorry . . . I apologize.
    The attitude that comes across in your postings here
    unfortunately triggered an honest response from me.
    Wasted energy, obviously.

    Thanks for sharing.
  • Mike Royal Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    It seems a shame to me that someone that does not own an iPad is spending an incredible amount of time to use this thread as a urinal on a wonderful product that is made primarily for entertainment. I will purchase one to use for music, photos, and books. I will very rarely use it to generate work and will enjoy having it in my lap in my private time. My work machine will print, read DVD's, and preform all of the mundane tasks that I am paid to perform. I also have to admit to being one of "those Green folks" and after having removed the knife blade from my back will smile and ask that you "Have a nice day"
    Peace,
    Mike said that
  • ChristianM19 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I don't think he is whining. He is learning about the products he intends or had intentions to buy unlike most of you who bought the product because Steve Jesus Jobs said so.
    So, instead of others asking the same questions, he made a thread specifically about the downsides of the first generation iPad from the get-go.
    I pre-ordered mine and is getting here the 12th but with this, I might just cancel my order.
    I find it hard to believe to rely on someone else's application to be able to print stuff out or do presentations and what not.
    If you glorify a product too much, you will only get the blind to bite into the stupidity most of you are ignoring. This device is for me to do schoolwork, take notes and what not. But as of now, I'm finding MANY faults. Perhaps they will be "features" on version 2.
    If you guys don't want to hear about its faults, then stop whining at him and don't read it. But for the rest of us whose ipads are getting shipped later or are undecided about this product, let us learn more about it.
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I make no apologies for my opinion. That's what these forums are set up for.

    I use these, and other forums for educating myself before I purchase any product. And I have been using Macs since 1984.

    I work very closely with my business partnerships in recycling. Unfortunately, a fact of life in business is paper. (READ; *An inconvenient truth*) We are far from the paper-less office (just visit a lawyer or accountant sometime)

    I, like a lot of other people, wanted to embrace this device for business and education. In an earlier post in this thread, Michael Paine stated, "It is a pretty basic business requirement to be able to print when connected to a network. It is also pretty basic requirement to be able to print from within a business-related application like Safari, Mail or Pages."

    Couldn't have said it better. Peace and love
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    I thought this thread was about Gore's movie playing on the iPad. Little did I know.

    I'm in business, at a very high level, and I rarely print out anything. Someone printing out a document is living in the 90's. I have a ream of paper that may be a year old, given the amount of dust on it. And I never print out emails. I store them in folders.

    This is a silly thread. Very silly.
  • Mike Royal Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Any first edition product is going to have many "faults" or "chances for advancement". The fun thing is having the first one on the block, the bad is finding out that it won't shovel your sidewalk. It will be fixed in V2 and that's why I'm waiting, but I give kudo's to these brave souls that are spending their money to be the "crash test dummies" for a product that has a load of potential. Of course he is whining. Less than 12 hours after a wonderful product is debuted someone that doesn't own the product is complaining about the product. Get real. Steve Jobs isn't Jesus, if he was his cancer would be cured. He just helped to create a product that many of us will enjoy and I applaud him for it.
    If you want to cancel your order, please feel free to do so. This is America and you have the right.
    The rest of us just don't want to hear it. Have a great evening.
    Peace
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Someone printing out a document is living in the 90's."

    Uh huh, tell that to your Realtor when you buy your 1st house. Gee, maybe they'll let you sign everything online.
  • ChristianM19 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Architecture firms, design firms, engineering firms, Media companies, Real State, Medicine field, students, etc.
    I don't know what type of "high level" businesspeople some of you are but if you don't print stuff out, then ...
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Get real. Steve Jobs isn't Jesus"

    Seriously?