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AirPrint for the Rest of Us

AirPrint for the Rest of Us
by Gary Woods

One of the questions I get asked most often with people making the move to the iPad is, "how do I print?" Part of iOS 4.2.1 and beyond is something called AirPrint. It allows you to print wirelessly to AirPrint compatible printers. Unfortunately there are only about 8 of those AirPrint equipped printers on the planet so unless you need a new printer you're kind of out in the cold.

I already did a column on a free way of setting up AirPrint on your network but that involves some technical skills that all of you may not be able to make work. So for the rest of you who have Macs, there's a reasonably priced way to set up this feature called Printopia. You can download the software at and give it a try for 7 days then if you like it you can purchase it for a mere $9.95.

The install is very easy, you just double click the download and within seconds you see most any printer connected to your Mac on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or newer. A cool little extra feature for those of you who use Dropbox is that you can print to your Mac's Dropbox folder from your device. This could be handy if you've just received a receipt or something you want to save but don't necessarily want to print. The Send to Dropbox feature will work with PDFs (Acrobat Files), JPGs and PNG files.

If you're looking for a way to print from your iPad Printopia is worth a look.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc