Printing From Your iPad

printphoto.jpgThere are now even more ways to print from your iPad.  Still the easiest way is using an AirPrint-compatible printer.  These were first introduced in 2010 with a handful of choices from HP.  Now there are dozens of models from HP, Canon, Brother, and Epson. Go to Apple’s printer support page.  If your printer is listed, then congratulations — no special software, apps, or setup is needed — it just works. Since early this year I’ve been using one such AirPrint device from HP, their  5510 Photosmart all-in-one eprinter, purchased from Staples for $79. Works great!

But if your printer is not AirPrint-compatible, don’t worry:  you now also have a way to print from your iPad. You’ll need to purchase the Fingerprint program ($20) for your Mac or PC, but that is less expensive than a new printer. This is similar to Printopia, a program I’ve used on my Mac for a year or two, which allows me to print from my iPad to my older HP printer attached to my Mac computer.

This article gives you step-by-step instructions for both methods, and includes a nice video.

photo1-300x277Once the printer is set up, click on the “Share” icon in the iPad app you’re using (such as Photos or Notes), choose your printer, and tape on “Print”. That’s it!

Of course there is a third alternative for printing which I sometimes use: email the photo or document to yourself, and then print it from your computer.

With all these choices you should be able to find a method that suits you.

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