Can you print to ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by steffi, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    There really should be a way to make something available on the ipad by printing to it from the desktop. I simply want the PDF content to then be made available on the ipad.

    Anything like this?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    So you're looking for something like "Save as PDF on IPad" in your desktop apps? (or "Save As PDF" and be able to select the iPad as the storage location).

    Don't think you're going to get that. Best bet is save it and then upload to the iPad outside the app using something like Goodreader or AirSharing HD.
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    Marina del Rey, CA
    I'm still waiting for my iPad, but I use ACT Printer from Houdah all the time to print PDFs to my iPhone. The iPhone needs to be connected to the same wireless network as your Mac then in the print dialog you choose "Save As PDF" and then "Print to iPhone"

    Don't know how to do it if you have a windows machine.
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    instapaper is your friend. Easily one of the best apps for the ipad.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    Use the print window to Save as PDF, and choose your Dropbox as the save location. Use Goodreader on your iPad to connect to your Dropbox account and download it.
  6. StuartL, Jan 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

    macrumors member

    May 22, 2010
    I use the iPrinter app for this. It makes the iPad appear as an available printer on my network. Works very well.

    Can also see the printer from windows by installing Bonjour for Windows
  7. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It seems like printing to your DropBox folder would be the most versitile as DB is supported by a lit of apps on the iPad. Do any of the apps mentioned better dropbox?

    Dropbox would have the benefit of not needing to have your iPad around when you print to it.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2007
    Just this side of insanity (Minneapolis)
    Two best options (in my opinion, in no particular order):

    1. Save PDF to Evernote on your desktop, then open it using Evernote's iOS app--both are free (create a Notebook called "iPad docs," then put things there for quick access).

    2. Save PDF to Dropbox from your desktop, then open it in the Dropbox iOS app--depending on the size of your Dropbox account, price runs from free to $$ (create a folder called "iPad docs" for quick access).

    Depending on the item/purpose, I use both. They auto-sync outside the local network, items load fast, accessing documents is easy, and they're über-reliable. Win/win all the way around.

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