Print over 3g? or wirelessly?

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  1. Arcadie macrumors regular

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    Im considering buying an iPad for my job. Basically I provide merchants services to business's who wish to accept credit cards. When visiting with a merchant, i can take my bulky laptop and type in manually all of the information for the application. It then spits out a PDF application which I Print from a wireless printer in my car and have the merchant sign it.

    Is there anyway to do this from the iPad?

    Edit,
    Also i should mention the PDF is either downloaded via the browser or i can have it emailed to me.
     
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  3. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Addendum: Currently the iPad does not support native printing. However, there are printing solutions. That you can check out to see if one of them fits your needs.
     
  4. celticpride678

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    There are printing solutions for photo's...I don't think there are for actual PDF documents.
     
  5. Miker2k macrumors regular

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    Check out printers with HPs eprint technology. Basically it gives your printer an email address that you can send documents to, including PDFs. Requires an Internet connection for the printer which may be awkward in your car.
     
  6. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    So not true.

    I print PDF's from my iPad EVERY day.

    YOu can print to a printer visiable to a Wifi network, or to a USB or bluetooth printer connected to a networked computer if printsharing is turned on.

    I use Print and Share from http://www.eurosmartz.com/
    They have other apps that may better suit your needs.
    (there are others developers with similar Apps)

    (I keep my PDF's in Air Sharing HD, then send them to Print and Share to print becuase I befre the way it files things, GoodReader, iAnote, Pages and many others will send ("open in") docs to the printing apps.
     
  7. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Print n Share is indeed a fantastic app, but just to make a slight correction, it really only prints directly (i.e. wireless printer without a computer on the network) to HP wireless printers. This is because Eurosmartz have built-in the whole of HP's dev kit into the app.
     
  8. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    The HP iPrint Photos app now prints PDF and TXT files, haven't had a chance to test it though, vie printed photos in the past and it works great for that.
     
  9. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Good to know, but still very limited compared to Eurosmartz offerings.
     
  10. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Downloaded it and it works like a charm. I'm so happy they made it a native iPad app and added wifi printing to HP wifi printers. Only downside is that to be able to scan to the iPad wirelessly, you must have the eAll-in-One printer. The app doesn't allow me to scan using wifi on my officejet J6800 printer.
    However, the app has features such as duplex printing (long edge or short edge), paper quality, print ink quality (normal or draft).
    Lastly, another downside is that the application must be running the entire time the document is printing... I printed a 47 pg document yesterday and the moment I exited the app (it says also to not press the home key), the printing cancelled.
     
  11. MacZach2 macrumors newbie

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    No 3G with HP's iPrint...

    ...works fine with Wi-fi but can't do 3G. Even the EuroSmartz products (Print n Share, etc.) require you to have a laptop or computer up & running with their WePrint program to do 3G/Edge.

    Oh, did i mention that 3G on the iPad is down right glacial with terrible coverage?

    Oh yeah....
     
  12. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a similar need, personalising contracts and getting them signed by clients whilst out and about.

    Is the original template a Word doc or PDF? You could try this:

    -If a Word doc, fill in the form in Pages and then export as a PDF to your iDisk, or other WebDAV server.
    -Navigate to your iDisk/Webdav through a programme such as Goodreader, and open the document into an app such as SignMyIpad.
    -Client signs the doc right on your screen and then you email it them and yourself.

    If the original template is a PDF, there are a load of note taking apps that allow you to import a PDF as a page template, and you then position text boxes over the bits you need to fill in, and export out as a PDF. Then follow the same steps as above. I don't use these myself, but if you check out the many 'Best note taking app?' threads, you'll find them.

    Woukd that sort of solution work for you? It works great for me.... You'd need either a wifi ipad with a mifi, or just go for the 3G version. (I started with wifi+mifi and ended up trading to a 3G for convenience for this workflow particularly.)
     
  13. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a

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    I print shipping labels, PDFs, rent contracts, and more using wireless and e print from the app. store.
     
  14. axcurtis macrumors newbie

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    printing coming?

    I understood printing will be supported in the new iOS next month.
     
  15. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Just zn FYI, goodreader added markup features this week!!!!

    Eta: that hp app rocks, I can read the stuff I just printed!!! I just wish you could specify what pages of a document to print....
     
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