why can't I print from the iPad?
Maybe cuz your printer isn't Airprint compatible???
Or cuz you havne't installed any of the numerous printing apps available on the App Store such as Print and Share.
Don't blame the OS or device simply because you don't have access to compatible hardware or software.
but that isn't really the question.
I was asking why Apple obviously isn't willing to (or capable of) building a working printing solution for iOS 5. I've been using Apple products for more than twenty years now and I'm simply amazed by the fact that here on the iPad printing seems to be so much of a problem. Every time Windows users complained about problems with setups and stuff I simply smiled - which was of course incredibly annoying for those guys. The simplicity of setting up the system and peripherals was what has always drawn me towards Apple. But the printing issue is something I can't understand.
no device in the world simply print to a printer
to print to a printer your computer require that a printer driver is installed
some printer drivers are included in the os though
devices without huuuge harddisks dont come with drivers for all the hardware in the world
so there you have to
1. get a printing app for your printer in app store
2. get a printer which dont require an app because it follow the generic std. printing interface called airprint
First, make sure your iPad has the latest software. (iOS 5.0.1). Then find in safari The button that will pull up tweet, add bookmark, etc. it should pull up something that says print. Make sure your printer is a wifi printer. Some printers that are a couple years old might not be able to print from a iPad but they are still wireless.
I seem to have understood by now.
To sum it up:
- I can print with the iPad directly if the printer is Airprint compatible.
- I can print via a number of more or less working apps.
I've downloaded some HP software for my iPad and even seem to be able to access it from some other apps, that is except Apples Pages app. Sigh! So whenever I have to make changes in my documents, I still can't print.
GoodReader on the other hand lets me send my documents to the HP app, but the app/HP won't let me print microsoft docs unless I register and send my documents over to HP where the printing prep is being made, then they send it back to me/my printer. Anyway GoodReader blows my layout apart, so I must change it on the iPad, but when I do …
It's a big catch.
You must realize that printing really isn't that comfortable and that as a spoiled old Mac user I might be excused for wishing something more workable.
The truth seems to be that I've got to carry all those docs on a USB-stick, move them over to the Windows-machine at our school and print from there - which is what I do on a daily basis already.
All those workarounds that may or may not work (check out user comments on those printing apps!) are so annoying that my overall question remains pretty much the same.
But I could also rephrase the question: Why can't I print from the so-called best tablet office app even if I am equipped with all the apps I apparently need?
Please understand that this is not Apple-bashing in any way. This is a real problem for me in my everyday life. I won't be persuading my school to buy AirPrint printers just because of my little problem and I honestly don't want to spend more money on printing apps that seem never to even have gone through beta testing.
Still, thanks for you efforts. I guess I'll just have to wait for Microsoft Office for iPad to get that big problem solved.