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hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is anyone bothered that this device has *no support* for network printing? It doesn't make a lot of sense to have to email a document to yourself in order to print it. As an educator and businessman (two groups Apple was supposedly courting with the iPad) I'm not getting this.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    I don't think your job has much of a bearing on the situation, but have you investigated the may printing Apps which work with the iPhone so probably they work on the iPad.
  • Sayuri Nitta Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I'm not bothered. I send my documents to myself all the time so I can download them, edit them, then print them out at home--or wherever it is that I'm supposed to be printing this stuff out. In my case, though, I mostly do this as a bit of extra insurance, in case I forget to bring my own external hard drive with me, or in case something else goes wrong and I can't otherwise access the files I need. At least there'll be backup copies waiting for me in the cloud, in my email inbox.

    Anyhoo...isn't this the kind of thing that a future software/OS update could fix? It doesn't sound like it's a hardware-related issue that's set in stone. So just relax and wait. The iPad hasn't even been out a day, so just cool your jets and wait and see what happens first.
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think you may have meant the "many" printing Apps, Graham.

    And yes, my job has a bearing on the situation. If you read my post in its entirety, Apple initially claimed that they were marketing this device to businessmen and educators. I am both.

    I don't know of an educator that would buy a computing device that couldn't print to a network server. That's a basic functionality that should have been built in to the OS instead of having to download yet another App. And the Apps. that I've used to try to print from my iPod Touch 2G to a network printer work about half of the time, the other half locks up my iPod until I restart.

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  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,625 points)
    How much space would be taken up by printer drivers?
    Where did Apple promise printing from the device, I did not see it anywhere in any Apple web page/video?

    I knew what I was buying when I got my iPad-something a prudent businessman would also do.

    I am sure that soon there will be an app for that
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The last time I checked, networked printers didn't need an installed driver on the device. Grocery I.Q., an app from the Apps Store, prints coupons to my HP networked printer without a driver.

    Also, I don't remember stating that I owned an iPad. So, yes, considering the lack of network printing, I guess that does make me a prudent businessman

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  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To quote another user from AI's forum; "And really, Bonjour discovery of printers with a simple "print" menu or gesture summoning up a list of available printers doesn't seem beyond Apple's UI. It doesn't seem to add much complexity, and doesn't run athwart of any of Apple's pet bugaboos, so I'm puzzled as to what the deal is."

    And the emperor still has no clothes.
  • dcornish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why would you print out an email??? Go all the way and have your assistant print out your emails and then have her fax them to you.

    Printing email went out with the floppy disk
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm not talking about email per se. I'm referring to business letters, reports, term papers, etc. as examples. My point is, to a number of people, Apple dropped the ball on the iPad for printing.
  • Bobby G Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    hamiltonrrwatch wrote:
    The last time I checked, networked printers didn't need an installed driver on the device. Grocery I.Q., an app from the Apps Store, prints coupons to my HP networked printer without a driver.


    There's a driver for any & every networked or local printer on any & every device on every OS, Hamilton. That you didn't necessarily install a driver doesn't mean it's needless.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    hamiltonrrwatch wrote:
    My point is, to a number of people, Apple dropped the ball on the iPad for printing.


    I respect your view however there are Apps which allow people to print so why would Apple waste time recreating what is already there ?
  • Bobby G Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Uhm, It's primarily positioned as an input device. While the iPad may come to support more of a common laptop's functionality at some future point, it shouldn't meet one's expectations for a laptop computer. It's not a portable computer!

    Dumping those expectations or criteria would alleviate 90% of the criticism of this thing.
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Correct Bobby. On my HP Network Printer, there's a driver installed. However, the Grocery I.Q. App uses Bonjour to find and print to my HP Network Printer. I'm reasonably certain Grocery I.Q. doesn't have every printer driver manufactured as part of its software.

    If that were the case, it would be a **** of a lot larger than the 9.8 MB it currently occupies on my iPod Touch 2G.
  • hamiltonrrwatch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Graham and Bobby,

    That the iPad has been positioned primarily as an input device is debatable. I'm not naive enough to expect it to replace my iMac, iPod, or Macbook Pro. But a basic Bonjour functionality with a networked printer doesn't seem to be too much to ask.

    And yes, there is an App for everything. That being said, they don't necessarily work.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Not in the slightest but I rarely every print anything as I consider it a waste of paper.
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