'Printopia' and 'FingerPrint' Bring AirPrint Functionality to Shared Printers

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, it was revealed that Apple had pulled support for using the forthcoming AirPrint wireless printing functionality for iOS 4.2 devices to print to printers shared on PCs and Macs, restricting the feature to a handful of HP printers supporting AirPrint directly.

    While several hacks to enable support for shared printers on AirPrint surfaced, a pair of commercial software releases are now providing a way for everyday users to enable the functionality on Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard once iOS 4.2 finally debuts without the need to modify system files.


    Printopia from Ecamm Network installs as a preference pane in System Preferences and allows users to easily select which local and networked printers should be shared to iOS 4.2 devices on the local network. Users can also send print jobs from iOS 4.2 devices directly to their Macs (including Dropbox folders for automatic syncing), allowing for easy export of PDF/JPEG files without the need for actual printing. Printopia is priced at $9.95 with a 7-day free trial available.

    FingerPrint from Collobos Software similarly offers Bonjour-based sharing of printers for AirPrint functionality managed through a standalone application. FingerPrint is priced at $7.99 and is also available as a 7-day free trial.

    Article Link: 'Printopia' and 'FingerPrint' Bring AirPrint Functionality to Shared Printers
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Excellent. Sounds like an easy $8-10 fix for people until Apple gets around to doing what they originally promised.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Nov 20, 2008
    Agreed, can't wait till I get home from school to test it out with 4.2GM
  4. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I'd rather wait it out or just modify the files.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2007
  7. macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2008
    somewhere out of space
    So the magical company Apple can´t get it to work proper but third party
    programmers can?
    That´s great!! AAA+
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
    Really silly that these companies are charging so much for apps that do so little. Literally all they do is add a field to a Bonjour broadcast.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    What's peculiar is that there seems to be no technical reason why Apple has disabled this feature. If other vendors can make it work (really well, it seems), I don't see why Apple couldn't.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
    not paying to print.
    Apple needs to roll this option out ASAP.
  11. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    There is a rumor that Apple had to pull the feature because of licensing issues.
  12. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Works for me too. I can't believe that Apple are potentially costing some people that sort of money because they still haven't included a basic printing facility. What on earth is Apple up to these days? Shame on Apple!
  14. macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    Typical Apple irrational apologist response.

    Who Prints these Days! Who has cable these days! Who uses Flash anyways anymore! etc. etc. etc.

    Bottom line is this, why can't Apple provide a feature they posted. Misrepresentation? Vaporware?

    I don't believe I will download this. I'm not paying for a feature that should already be included.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    Not only did Printopia work, it also gave me the option of duplex printing on my printer.
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    If that were true we would have heard about it on some MacRumor site. ;)
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Printopia works great when my printer is plugged directly into my MBP. However, I tried plugging it into my AirPort Extreme (with sharing turned on) and although it shows up in the Printopia preference pane, it doesn't show up in the print dialog on my iPad.

    Probably takes some combination of plugging/unplugging and/or restarting but once I figure it out, I think it'd definitely be worth 10 bucks.
  18. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Do you know there's a free version that let real people use the 10.6.5 beta's AirPrint driver? Of course not. :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    to be fair, the AirPrint feature has not been removed from the iOS devices and its their in Mac OS X 10.6.5, its just that the printer requirements was limited to specific printers in the recent Mac OS X update (compared to the betas).

    and if you go back to Septembers event when they made the announcement, they never said that it was going to work with all printers,

    Apple did specify that ePrint enabled printers would be the first to use this feature, and they have been, that has not been removed. I just think that we all assumed it would be all printers on our networks.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    Well smarty smart pants....

    I use my iPhone as my main email client. When I get an email from a company, like a store or restaurant, that has a coupon in the email or linked to a website I NEED to print that out. Last time I checked some companies NEED that printed piece of paper to balance the drawer at the end of a shift when a discount has been applied.

    My wife uses her iPhone to look up knitting instructions while she is sitting down enjoying her pastime and would love to be able to print a pattern out on 8.5" x 11" paper to use as a reference instead of a 3" LCD screen.

    Think outside your personal space....
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2003
    Dallas, USA
    Oh I'm sure they can. Think: Support. Apple may have decided they don't want to mess with supporting all the different combinations of printers and drivers in the world that work with Mac OS X, and making sure they work with AirPrint when shared from a Mac or PC. So Apple dumps support -- it doesn't print with printer x and drive y and you're using SuperAirPrintMaker; I'm sorry, but Apple neither develops nor supports SuperAirPrintMaker or printer x and driver y; thank you for calling -- onto a 3rd party, and at the same time encourages the 3rd party developer ecosystem on OS X. Which is handy considering they are going to be rolling out the Mac app store, a service well suited to small, inexpensive apps like the couple AirPrint apps already available.
  22. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    Then they shouldn't announce it!
  23. macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2003
    Most people print stuff, and those same people also use email. Often people like to print things for themselves even. The thing is, if the iPad is supposed to be a netbook replacement/killer/whatever then it still needs some basic functions that people use on a day to day basis (i.e. printing) Home users, professionals, many other people all want the ability to print; I can't blame them and neither should you. People want to work how they feel is most efficient for them. It may not be how you want to do things, but that doesn't make it any less important of a feature

    So these new programs, any change they will work with a printer being shared using an Airport/Time Capsule ? or does the receiving end need a daemon/service in the background?
  24. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'd vastly rather be able to go straight from my iPhone to my printer. Why does it have to go to a computer in between? I heard it's because:

    1.) The iPhone isn't fast enough to generate the print files.
    2.) The iPhone doesn't have the printer drivers.

    My response?

    #1: How slow can it possibly be? My iPhone's CPU is equal to that of the eMac I was using up until 3 years ago when I replaced it with my iMac. The eMac wasn't very slow at printing, why would the iPhone be? Even if it is "slow", as long as it can print a page in five minutes or less, its good enough. I go to school 15 minutes from home, if my iPhone can print a five page report in under a half hour, it's worth printing at school rather than driving home, printing, and driving back to school.

    #2: I don't need to install every printer driver, just one or two, surely it's not too large to store on my iPhone...
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2006
    i pass on grass. and paying to print. and printing, really. :apple:

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