I am regularly asked for suggestions on printers, especially those that have Wi-Fi capability and that work with iPhones and iPads (ie. that have the Airprint feature).
Having only just sent the below list of articles on this topic to a client, I figure the list is worth sharing with other iTandCoffee Newsletter subscribers.
iPads and iPhones provide the capability to print all sorts of content from the device to a printer.
However, this only works 'seamlessly' if you have a WiFi printer with a feature called 'Airprint'. If you don't have this, printing is not so easy.
But today, an excellent printing app - called Printer Pro - has been featured by the App Store FOR FREE. It is normally around $9 to purchase, so this is a huge saving.
This app gives you print options that you don't get with the standard print feature of your iPad and iPhone. It also allows you to 'Print to PDF' instead of to a printer.
It even allows you to print to a printer that is connected to a computer (not WiFi) - you just need to install a companion app on the computer (Mac or Windows) to enable this.
Grab it while it's free!
With my daughter's 21st coming up very soon (eeek!), there was, over the weekend, the need to send out a batch of invitations to some family members.
Here is yet another thing that I love about my Mac!
Printing of addresses on envelopes is just so easy, as long as you have people's addresses in your Contacts (which I do). It is all done using the Contacts app on your Mac.
You can either
So, I set up an 'Amy Party' group in Contacts, then dragged the required Contacts into that group. Once I had the list set up , I clicked on my new Group in Contacts, and selected all of the names in the list using Command-A.
I then chose File->Print, chose my envelope size, then hit the Print button!
There are standard envelope sizes provided in the Print dialog, or you can customise your own envelope size and the positioning of the address on the envelope. You can even choose whether or not to include a return address at the top left of the envelope.
For the envelopes I was using, I needed to quickly create a custom envelope of the required size, which I called Std Envelope (which will now be available for any future envelope printing requirements).
We'll be writing a more detailed handy hint about this feature soon, for those out there who need more information than that provided above.
For now, you can check out the below link for a Macworld article which provides a pretty good overview of this fantastic built-in feature:
The short answer ...
YES - you can definitey print directly from an iPad or iPhone to a printer.
The longer answer ...
It depends on what printer you have! Your iPad and iPhone (and even iPod Touch) have the capability to print directly to a printer using a built-in feature called AirPrint.
In order for your i-Device to be able to print to your printer, your printer needs be a Wi-Fi printer that has the AirPrint capability built in. As long as you are attached to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer, you can very easily print any photo, web page, document, email etc - without having to send it to yourself on the computer first!
More and more printers these days have this AirPrint feature built in. In saying this, the feature tends to be more common in Inkjet printers than it is in Laser printers. To determine if you have an Airprint enabled printer, you can visit this web page.
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Is there any way to print to a 'non-AirPrint' printer?
If you have a Mac computer on your WiFi network, you can still turn your printer into an Airprint printer - just by downloading and configuring some inexpensive software on your computer. Then, whenever your Mac is turned on, any printer to which you can print from that Mac computer will look like an Airprint printer to any iPad and iPhone on your Wi-Fi network.
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