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Old Feb 24, 2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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Printopia or HandyPrint

I am looking at Printopia and HandyPrint. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Am I missing other ideal alternatives.

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Old Feb 24, 2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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I am looking at Printopia and HandyPrint. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Am I missing other ideal alternatives.

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I haven't tried Printopia, but I've used HandyPrint for a long time with no problems at all.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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I haven't tried Printopia, but I've used HandyPrint for a long time with no problems at all.
Thx... I suspect that was from before it was called Handy Print (Airprint Activator).

Have you tried the 4.0 beta... or are you using 3.1? If it is stable... I'd prefer to go to 4.0b.

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Thx... I suspect that was from before it was called Handy Print (Airprint Activator).

Have you tried the 4.0 beta... or are you using 3.1? If it is stable... I'd prefer to go to 4.0b.
I'm still using AirPrint Activator v2.2b5. It's now called HandyPrint, but it's the same app.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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I am using Printopia and it works fine for me.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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I am looking at Printopia and HandyPrint. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Am I missing other ideal alternatives.

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For easy, seamless, install and forget airprinting i recommend Handyprint. I've used it for a couple years now. And its FREE (although i did donate after about the first year of use).
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 06:21 PM   #7
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I think they have different usage? I use Printopia to print to Evernote.
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Been a Printopia user for years now. I love it.
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Been a Printopia user for years now. I love it.
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I am looking at Printopia and HandyPrint. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Am I missing other ideal alternatives.

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Both of these have trial periods, so you can try them and see which one you prefer. They both do the same thing and seeing as handyPrint is a suggested $5 to obtain a license versus $20 for Printopia, the decision was easy.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:42 AM   #11
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They seem to be a wash in terms of function per people's experience. It sounds like a coin toss.

It seems that neither is in the Mac App Store... that would have swayed me. I like the easy updates the MAS provides.

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 11:07 AM   #12
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I've used Printopia for over a year without any issues. Great app, definitely worth a shot.
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They seem to be a wash in terms of function per people's experience. It sounds like a coin toss.

It seems that neither is in the Mac App Store... that would have swayed me. I like the easy updates the MAS provides.

/Jim
From the standpoint of easy updates, Printopia has been quite painless from my perspective. I've seen it prompt me a couple of times about new updates. Quick download, install, back up and running. It was only $10 when I got it, and I'd have happily paid $20, given the flawless function.

All of that said, I have no familiarity with HandyPrint, so I can only talk to my experience with Printopia, and not truly compare the two.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:27 PM   #14
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I am looking at Printopia and HandyPrint. Does anyone have an opinion on which is better? Am I missing other ideal alternatives.

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I use Printopia as it was the only program that would work on my HP1020 LaserJet. the HP 1020 is not out of the box mac completable had to use the HP 1022 Drivers for it to work. HandyPrint works but only when i shut the computer off then restart it it then it prints the page. I went to Printopia tried the demo and it worked so went with it. If there is a demo try before you buy and if it works then go for it. I have no issues using Printopia with ipad or ipod touches - Spent $5 on the printer (new) at yard sale got it to work at least right now with OS X.7 with a little research using the HP 1022 drivers (same printer as the 1020 but sold outside the US). Did not want to spend money at this time for a new airprint ready laser printer.
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Old Apr 15, 2013, 05:23 PM   #15
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An issue, however, with these software based solutions...

I really like Handy Print-- works like a charm...

except that you have to have "Print Sharing" on and your Mac awake for it for work!

The problem with "Print Sharing" on is that when you're not using the printer, the Mac won't go to sleep.

Alas, that's a deal-breaker and we're now looking at wireless Airprint laser multi-functions. That way, it won't matter whether the Mac is on or not.

Oh, one other downside with a Mac-base solution-- if your Mac leaves the house-- i.e., the Mac is a laptop--the person left at home is stuck without any direct printing!
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Old Apr 15, 2013, 06:52 PM   #16
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In our case... we have our iMacs set to never go to sleep. They do lock with the screensaver. We keep them on to serve iTunes to our Apple TVs etc.

As iMacs... they never leave the house.

BTW: As the OP... I should have replied that we tried Handy Print... and it is working just fine. Thanks to everyone who gave us advice.

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