Connect iPad to Print

Connect iPad to Print

The iPad is almost a laptop computer. We can transfer ipad music to pc or transfer files from ipad to ipad.After all, you can write documents in Pages, and draw beautiful pictures in Sketchbook Pro. But when you need to print them out, your options get pretty slim.

 

Apple’s official answer for iPad printing is to sync your documents back to your Mac or PC and print from there. That works, of course. But that isn’t iPad printing. It’s Mac/PC printing. Fortunately, third parties have written apps to kinda, sorta, let you print from your iPad. We tried a bunch of them with a range of printers from Epson, HP, Canon and Lexmark.

 

iPad printing apps claim to do a lot, but in our testing, many of them simply didn’t work. There’s definitely still room for a brilliant third-party app which can print to a range of Wi-Fi printers, because we couldn’t find one. The best we could find was Air Sharing HD, an app that reliably prints to printers shared by Macs on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad, but even that had some formatting oddities.

iPad printing apps claim to do a lot, but in our testing, many of them simply didn’t work. There’s definitely still room for a brilliant third-party app which can print to a range of Wi-Fi printers, because we couldn’t find one. The best we could find was Air Sharing HD, an app that reliably prints to printers shared by Macs on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad, but even that had some formatting oddities.

iPad printing apps claim to do a lot, but in our testing, many of them simply didn’t work. There’s definitely still room for a brilliant third-party app which can print to a range of Wi-Fi printers, because we couldn’t find one. The best we could find was Air Sharing HD, an app that reliably prints to printers shared by Macs on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad, but even that had some formatting oddities.

There are three basic types of iPad printing apps. The first, supposedly, print directly to Wi-Fi-enabled printers. The second look out on your Wi-Fi network for Macs sharing printers, and can print to the shared printers without any intervention from the Mac’s user. This is a decent solution if you go somewhere with Macs and printers. The third type requires you to run a server in the background on a Mac or PC every time you want to print something. I consider that an unforgivable kludge; at that point, you might as well just sync your iPad.

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