Zap - Turn your iOS device into a virtual printer!

Jeffrey Lim

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Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
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Hi,

I'm a hobbyist iOS developer and I'd love comments/feedback/bug reports on an app that I hope is useful to iPhone/iPad owners :)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zap/id449591276?ls=1&mt=8

The app turns your device into a virtual printer. Why would you want that? So that you can get stuff (documents, etc) onto your device as easily as printing from your computer!

And the great thing about it is that with a Mac computer, it should be seamless - you don't need any extra software, you don't even really need to configure anything... just click print and it all should work.

I've found it hugely useful... I hope other people out there do too! :)
 

Jeffrey Lim

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
3
Hi,

I'm a hobbyist iOS developer and I'd love comments/feedback/bug reports on an app that I hope is useful to iPhone/iPad owners :)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zap/id449591276?ls=1&mt=8
I've updated the app to fix some bugs, optimize memory/cpu a bit, and there's also preliminary AirPrint support, so you can print from iOS -> iOS devices!

I've almost got another submission ready that will increase Mac -> iOS printing speed significantly, reduce file sizes and finalise AirPrint support.
 
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Ice-Cube

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Jul 27, 2006
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Somewhere over the rainbow
Just purchased it. Sounds pretty good as a concept, gonna try it over the next few days.

Edit: Just tried a 500kb document and it took like 5 minutes for it to be sent over. This is way too slow considering the file size.
 
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Jeffrey Lim

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Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
3
Just purchased it. Sounds pretty good as a concept, gonna try it over the next few days.

Edit: Just tried a 500kb document and it took like 5 minutes for it to be sent over. This is way too slow considering the file size.
Hmm.. that's strange! How big is the file after it's transferred? Most emails/webpages print in a few seconds for me.

I've also submitted another update that will reduce transfer times significantly.
 
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Jeffrey Lim

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
3
Just purchased it. Sounds pretty good as a concept, gonna try it over the next few days.

Edit: Just tried a 500kb document and it took like 5 minutes for it to be sent over. This is way too slow considering the file size.
Thanks for testing it out!

Version 1.2 is live now which speeds up transfers by a huge amount for documents with a number of pages. You'll need to remove the old printer driver and install the newer one (which should be auto-detected).
 
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LostLogik

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Jul 9, 2008
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This looks cool. I'd love to be able to print iOS to iOS as well as from laptop to iPad. I'm going to pick up a copy and see what it's like. Looking forward to trying this out.

Edit: This is pretty neat. I sent a 20kb Pages doc (ok, quite small but it was only a one page file used to test) from my iPad to my iPhone and it took, oh about a second. From there I was then able to "Open In" Evernote (or any other of my apps).

Nice app, thanks.
 
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LostLogik

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Jul 9, 2008
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Ok I'll bump this as I thought by editing my last post it might make it 'current' but it didn't.
 
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Jeffrey Lim

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
3
This looks cool. I'd love to be able to print iOS to iOS as well as from laptop to iPad. I'm going to pick up a copy and see what it's like. Looking forward to trying this out.

Edit: This is pretty neat. I sent a 20kb Pages doc (ok, quite small but it was only a one page file used to test) from my iPad to my iPhone and it took, oh about a second. From there I was then able to "Open In" Evernote (or any other of my apps).

Nice app, thanks.
Thanks for your support! :) I hope you find it useful... and please feel free to leave any suggestions you may have.
 
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jimhoyd

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Aug 15, 2011
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awesome

Hi Jeffery,

This is a great app, I am wondering if you would be interested in open sourcing your project, I am also a ios newbie and I am interested in what you have done
 
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Jeffrey Lim

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 9, 2003
17
3
Hi Jeffery,

This is a great app, I am wondering if you would be interested in open sourcing your project, I am also a ios newbie and I am interested in what you have done
At this stage, I don't have any plans to open source this app. I'm quite sure a number of things could be done better; maybe future projects might be open sourced when I'm more experienced with it all.
 
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jimhoyd

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Aug 15, 2011
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At this stage, I don't have any plans to open source this app. I'm quite sure a number of things could be done better; maybe future projects might be open sourced when I'm more experienced with it all.
Hi Jeffrey,

I tried sending you a PM, but you may not have that turned on, do you mind chatting offline, my email is jimhoyd at gmail dot com
 
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