HP Solves the iPad Printing Problem

Discussion in 'iPad' started by robinfish, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. robinfish macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    HP appears to have come up with a cloud-based solution for all those who’ve been wanting an easy way to print from their iPad, with its ePrint platform. This new platform will enable users to print from any email device to any new ePrint-enabled printer from anywhere in the world. Documents and files can be stored in the cloud and printed directly when needed.

    HP’s new suite of web-empowered e-All-in-One printers for home and business (starting at $99) will be the first printers able to “talk” to the “Google Cloud”, without requiring a local proxy PC or web appliance, meaning that people will be able to access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly from their printers. A selection of new print apps from partners such as Yahoo!, msnbc.com, Facebook, Live Nation, Crayola, Reuters, DocStoc and Picasa Web Albums will also be available.

    “We are once again revolutionizing printing to make web-empowered, cloud-enabled printing the new industry standard,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “We know that our customers want an easy way to print their content, anywhere, anytime. We’re making that a reality today by giving people the power to print from any web-connected device – smartphones, iPads, netbooks and more – to any printer in our portfolio above $99. The world has changed.”

    The HP ePrint platform works by harnessing the cloud to break down the barriers of distance and connectivity, enabling people to send the files that they want to print from their mobile devices, be they iPad, Blackberry, Palm Pre, etc, anytime, anywhere.

    Every HP ePrint printer will have a unique simple email address enabling the sender to deliver a print the same way they would send an email message. Customers can also send documents to print through an HP ePrint mobile app on their smartphone device to a home, office or public print location such as a hotel. Customers will be able to send Microsoft Office documents, Adobe PDFs and JPEG image files, among others.

    By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net
    Source: HP
  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Great except I hope we don't have to run shtty HP software on our machines then. HP's software is generally horrible.
  3. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I'm sure you will need to install a 500MB printer driver to get this working, which includes all of HP's top printing and imaging software (sigh).
  4. mrcc macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2009
    Damn I just bought a canon wifi printer. I should of stayed with hp
  5. JayMysterio macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Of isn't a verb.
    I think that the Presto printer already solved this issue.
  7. applebum macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2003

    Edit - Never mind - didn't realize you had corrected him in his quote - duh! Sorry.
  8. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'm sure Steve Jobs is going to WOW us all with a special printer, which will be the only one that will work with the iPad.

    It will of course use Apple ink that will be better quality "magical" ink.

    And a new size of paper.

    Normal paper sizes won't fit as they are old, and out of date, the new format of paper if the way forward, despite you not being able to actually buy it anywhere. ;)
  9. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    The new paper will be exactly the size of the iPad, and will be multi-touch retina paper.
  10. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Gizmodo already have a sheet of the new iPaper. An Apple employee left it in a restroom by mistake.
  11. raymond lin macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    I bet apple have the solution already in the airport express. Like the way you can stream music, you can plug in your printer to it and print. I mean you can already do that with a Mac to it, so the iPad should be easy.

    It'll be one way for them to sell loads of airport express.
  12. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Did you know the iPad was a printer itself.

    Apparently with this app you can print TO IT, from a Mac or PC.

  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I replaced my old HP OfficeJet with Canon a few months ago. Can't really complain at all about the switch.
  14. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Haven't owned an HP printer in years. Lexmark for the win.
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I wasn't aware my iPad had a printing problem. Whatever shall I do now?
  16. robinfish thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    It's clear the iPad needs a good printing app that doesn't use horrific kludges. HP and Canon show that their Wi-Fi printers can work with an iPad; now an enterprising developer just needs to write an app that prints to them properly.
  17. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    You make your own ink? Otherwise lexmark for the way overpriced ink for the cheap printers that give you what you pay for...

    I have a freebie canon that is nice, and also an all in one kodak that ended up being very nice...

    I am not sure why you would need drivers to use a cloud based printer. I am not sure if people understand the original story.
  18. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
  19. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Matter of the fact I do.
  20. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Hmmph... HP can keep their "enabled" printers. I've been printing just fine to shared printers on my network using "Air Sharing" since the iPad's release.

    No printing problems here.
  21. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    I wouldn't buy another HP printer if they were the last maker left on earth.

    My multifunction LaserJet hasn't had its scanner supported since an OSX update about three years ago. And it barely worked prior to that. HP have washed their hands of it. So stuff 'em.
  22. alex214 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Me too. But I think Canon printer for iPad is better than HP.
  23. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I print using Pocketcloud. It kind of sucks that I have to my computer on all the time, but I leave it on anyway. I just load whatever I want to print in my laptop from my iPad using RDP and print from the laptop. It's kind of inconvenient, but works and I can print coupons using coupon printer and ****.
  24. robinfish thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010

    Are you sure? HP has a comparable free iPad app called HP iPrint Photo.
  25. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    I've used this, and it works as advertised. It works well with my C3100 connected to my Airport Express too, but it only works with printing photos from the photo database. I think Air Sharing added printer support to its Pro version, so that you can print documents, pdfs, etc, that have been added to it (no software needed on a host computer). Has anyone tried Air Sharing Pro's printing abilities, and does it work well?

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