Can you print from the ipad ?
When using the iPad as a computer, one may wish to use the corresponding options such as printing with it. The official option available from Apple is to print by synchronizing the iPad with a Mac or PC and printing from one of the latter two.
The alternative solution is to use the "print from iPad" option provided by the third-party software. Having tested a lot of software options, we should warn you that most of them wouldn't work properly, if at all. The software can be divided into three types. The first works directly with printers with Wi-Fi. The second can operate on shared printers that are connected to a Mac, which must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The third type is not an alternative one, for it requires that you run a PC or Mac in the background while printing.
Applications for direct printing
The application Easy Photo-Print for iPhone, which is made by Canon for printing photos from an iPhone, works properly on the iPad. It only prints photos, but it does so very well. However, since it is designed for the iPhone's screen, it does not look very nice on the iPad.
An analogous application from HP - HP iPrint Photo failed the test, although the printer did work using the second type case.
The application ePrint promised to print more than just photos, i.e. emails, contact lists, pages from the web, and notes on the clipboard, but it did nothing.
Applications for printing via shared printers
Among all the applications Air Sharing HD proved to be the most efficient. It can print documents, images, PDF files, and webpages. It worked successfully on Epson and Lexmark printers; however, it failed at working with HP printers. Also, the margins in Office documents were somehow altered, so you may not receive the exact same formatting that you see on your iPad screen.
ePrint would only work on Lexmark printers with Office documents. It did, however, print them in high resolutions.
The rest of the software options are those that demand that you use a Mac or PC in the background, which is literally more complicated than printing from a computer. Thus, they are not worthy of careful discussion.
Since all of the options described above need perfecting, the perfect program that will allow users to print directly from the iPad is still a prospect for the developers.
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