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Why is it so hard to print from iPad, and what's your solution?

 1:01 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

The wife asked me the question which should be real easy to answer, but, it seems that it's real hard to print from an iPad.

Does anyone have a solution that actually works?



 2:00 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

your printer makes iOS drivers?


 3:09 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

>your printer makes iOS drivers?

No idea.

The printing apps that appear when searching don't come out with many positive reviews. In fact, mostly negative. None appear to offer a 'cut down' option so you can try it. You've got to stump up money to try it. I don't mind paying for it, but, the reviews are poor and it looks so very hit-and-miss, mostly miss.


 4:24 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

1) it just works ..thus you are imagining a "problem"
2) you are not holding it correctly.
3) printing with an ipad is done lithographically ..first draw or trace what you wish print on the display with a grease pencil, then etch the display area with dilute nitric acid in a gum arabic solution..

Next clean with turpentine..ready for inking ..the ink is applied with a roller...and the paper placed in contact with the inked surface of the ipad and subjected to pressure..

The ipad2 can also be printed from using the offset lithographic method..( and due to its toughened display area, will last longer than the ipad1 if the first method is used ) for details of how to print from the ipad see [en.wikipedia.org...]

When not in use it is suggested that either ipad be stored in a rollneck sweater ..cashmere and dark colours are best ..


 4:56 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

^ ^ ^ ROFLMAO . . . it's not a bug, it's a feature. :-)


 5:05 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

With the iPad 1, I think you had to use hammer and chisel instead of nitric acid.


 7:00 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

The operation of an iPad is intuitively obvious to anyone of the meanest intelligence provided they are under 25 years old and have owned both an iPod and an iPhone since the day each came out.

For everyone else there is a handy user's guide that can be downloaded from Point A after jumping through hoops B-D, transferred to the iPad by following steps E-H-- skipping step G which will erase everything else on the iPad-- and then can be easily read using an app downloadable from Point I by following a process approximately but not exactly corresponding to steps B-H, only this time skipping F. Once you have done this, you will be able to read the manual, which tells you how to execute the preceding steps.


 8:24 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

No idea

then it doesn't look like you will be printing from your ipad, not everything can be done from an "app" it probably gets poor reviews because it just sends everything to the printer in raw PS or something which prob prints like crap.

start looking for an easy way for her to save what she wants to print and send it to a networked PC that has the proper print driver installed.

the ipad wasn't made to do "everything" so don't be surprised when you start to find its short comings.


 1:58 am on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

It is apparently possible to print to a network printer that has zeroconf and IPP.

I found a blog post by someone who configured printing to a printer attached to a FreeBSD machine running CUPS, avahi and a CUPS printer driver that accepts PDF directly.


 2:59 am on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

I can print to the printer attached to my Mac, it uses a utility (can't remember the name offhand).

What I'd rather have is the ability to print-to-PDF right on my iPad.


 4:16 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks all, you gave me a good laugh.

It seems off to me that it's such a tough job.

Mrs engine is still no further forward, and will probably just not bother with printing from the iPad.

What she is doing is e-mailing herself the url and then opening it up on her PC and printing from there. How advanced is that! ;)


 4:34 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Have you looked at like HP printers that have an iOS app?



 4:45 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks, but, Mrs engine already has a nice printer. ;)


 6:37 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

yea i wouldn't be buying a new printer just cause of an ipad :-P


 7:05 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

printers are so cheap these days - I'd buy a 2nd one.


 7:08 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

HP want you to purchase THEIR iPad thingy.


 7:58 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

printers are so cheap these days

;-) they always were..( printers are usually sold at a loss to get you hooked on the ink )..even 12 years ago..

I think it's the price of the ink ( ml per ml it seems to be getting more expensive with the newer printers ..the black in my basic epson costs 6 times the price of the same quantity in my old HP ..and when the black runs out in the 4 separate cartridge epson ..it wont print at all* ) which concerns Mrs engine's husband ? ;-)

What is worse, is when any of the colours ( Y,M,C )..each in separate cartridges get half empty or dry ..it won't print black until I buy new colour ones..So I no longer use it except as a backup scanner..it is also piano black ..:((

*The HP doesn't care if the colour cartridge is missing a colour or is dry ..it happily prints black as long as there is black in the black cartridge ..right down to the last drop ..and uses refillable cartridges..the epson's are "chipped"..the quality is "meh"..2 years old. ..and the HP photo quality is better ..and it is 12 years old !


 6:49 pm on Aug 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Don't worry, the new iPrinter will be out soon. This changes EVERYTHING!

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