AirPrint Vs App

Discussion in 'iPad' started by komatsu, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    Can somebody please explain this?

    If AirPrint is NOT mentioned - does this mean that a printer cannot print from iOS devices?

    For example, a quick look on this list of printers and AirPrint does not seem mentioned at all, yet Kyocera seem to have a "Kyocera Mobile Print App"

    printer list
    http://usa.kyoceradocumentsolutions.com/americas/jsp/Kyocera/productscategory.jsp?scid=10556

    Kyocera Mobile Print App
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kyocera-mobile-print/id510179385?mt=8

    So what is the difference between Airprint Vs Mobile Print App? Is Airprint native? Is a mobile print app some sort of emulator?
     
  2. AliMacs macrumors 6502

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    There are lots of ways to print to a non-apple AirPrint printer. I have the exact same setup going on at my home.

    You can opt to use Printer Pro from Readdle which allows you to print from any app to an AirPrint or non AirPrint capable printer. It's basically an extension in iOS 8+ that allows you to print directly using the app itself. As long as the printer can be seen on the network (using wifi) the app can print it. It can also print to google cloud printers.

    You can connect any non-airprint printer to your AirPort Extreme router and it will be available to your OSX devices' from there you can set it up as a shared printer and the iOS devices can see it. But of course this requires a computer to sit in between.

    AirPrint is native so you can use the print extension built into iOS. Otherwise if it's non-airprint comptabile you can't and you'll need apps to help do this such as the printer pro app by readdle.

    For me I go for AirPrint comptabile printer but I also have laser printers that are cheap and can just use USB/wifi to connect to my router and with help of these apps it all works the same way.

    https://readdle.com/products/printerpro
     
  3. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. AliMacs macrumors 6502

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    I bought the app a long time ago and just began using it again on my iPad pro. If I could buy another printer for use I'd get one with AirPrint built in because you don't have to go thru any extensions but then again apple really did well with their extensions support so this app does work very well. The apple AirPrint support built into iOS is very basic compared to other printing apps such as this printer pro. If you are using your iOS device all the time and don't rely on OSX to print things, then AirPrint is the way to go and/or these printing extension apps.

    I am using an older Brother laser and it uses USB - I connect it to my time capsule and it works flawlessly with my IPP.
     
  5. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    I have used PrinterPro in the past (before I got an printer with AirPrint), if you are getting a new printer, there is no reason to keep using PrinterPro, just get one with AirPrint. They work perfectly with the OS, without having to dance around it.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    AirPrint is native. If you only have 1 IOS device the difference between using AirPrint and an alternative solution is probably negligible. However, if you have multiple IOS devices it's less hassle to have an AirPrint capable printer since you don't have to set up a solution on each IOS device.

    There are also solutions that act as a mobile print server whether the solution runs on a desktop/laptop or on dedicated hardware like the Lantronix xPrintServer. Such solutions wouldn't require an app on each IOS device either.
     
  7. Readdlemate Suspended

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    The best way to make sure Printer Pro works fine with your printer and network is printing test documents via our free Printer Pro Lite app:

    https://itunes.apple.com/app/printer-pro-lite/id399679167?mt=8

    best regards,
    Readdle Team
    --- Post Merged, Mar 2, 2016 ---
    With Printer Pro you can print directly from the iPad/iPhone to several printers in your network or even via Cloud. Moreover, you can print to PDF and it has wade range of print Settings, like fill/fit to page, rotate or print several pages in one page.

    You can check more info on our web site : https://readdle.com/products/printerpro


    best regards,
    Readdle Team
     
  8. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    I really appreciated Printer Pro before I bought my new printer. I didn't want to make it appear that I didn't like it, I bought it and was very happy with it. But, I went out and bought a color laser all in one printer (HP Laserjet 200 color M276nw), and haven't used the app since.

    My advise to anyone is, if you are searching for a new printer, GET ONE WITH AIRPRINT... If you do not want to buy a new printer, (after trying several printer apps) there is nothing better than Printer Pro...
     
  9. Readdlemate Suspended

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    Thank you:) I just wanted to suggest you some interesting features which can be useful even for Air Print printers:)

    best regards,
    Readdle Team
     

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