Mobile devices themselves are not all that, erm…mobile. Yes, they offer the Internet and a variety of other things, but it is the applications and external accessories that truly make them mobile. Great efforts have been made to enable virtually anything to be possible via a mobile device. They are increasingly becoming a sort of all-in-one device. A pretty cool development was cloud printing via Apple’s AirPrint printer. If you purchased some cinema tickets on your iPad and needed to print them, a simple tap on the screen would send the tickets to the print queue. As soon as the iPad detects Wi-Fi-enabled printers, you have the option to print these tickets via a wireless connection. However, there is one catch; the printer must be AirPrint friendly. Given this problem, a number of iPad apps popped up offering iPad users the ability to print from any Wi-Fi-enabled printer, and here we look at a few Best Printing Apps for the iPad:
Printer Pro provides a fairly simple solution. Once downloaded, it appears in the “Open In…” list on the device. This enables printing from a variety of apps that support this function including Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk, Google Docs, and the photo gallery via most Wi-Fi-enabled printers.
Email attachments, web pages, and iWork documents are just some of the things that can be printed with a few taps of the screen. With a current retail price of £4.99 ($6.99), this may well be worth the cost for those of you who are highly dependent on printing on the move.
Print n Share is a critically acclaimed app for wireless printing. It offers similar printing functions to most other printing apps, with a connection to your desktop computer enabling the exchange of files and documents with your mobile device.
However, this app has a slight edge; it can also print over 3G. Even if you are not at home or in the office, but are eager to print from your device, you can still simply send the print job to your printer and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Print Sharing by Avatron Software is a nifty app that allows the user to select Apple AirPrint, if the printer is enabled, or the developers own Avatron Print.
Printing via AirPrint presents a few simple options; choice of printer and number of copies. However Avatron Print permits page orientation and size, imaging options, resolution enhancement, and even the addition of a watermark.
It is likely that these types of apps won’t last forever. As the number of AirPrint-enabled printers will inevitably increase, unless these iPad apps offer something out of the ordinary, there will not really be a place for them.