It may not be easy to print from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but it can be done–provided you seek out the help of a third-party app. But which one should you turn to for help? Here’s a look at three apps vying to assist you with all your mobile printing needs.
Some good iphone apps for printing:
iPrint by Epson: If you own an Epson printer this app may work for you. However, this app is designed to print ONLY photos. We’ve only been able to use it over WiFi, since the iPad 3G won’t be out for another week. Unlike your laptop, there are no drivers to install. Simply install the app, and start printing your mobile photos immediately. This app can be downloaded from the App Store for free.
PrintCentral by EuroSmartz: This app allows you to print from your iPad to any printer connected to your computer (over WiFi). PrintCentral comes with several features – you can print, save, email web pages as you’re browsing; select and print multiple photos from your album; print your contacts as a list, card, or custom layout; mount your iPad as an external hard drive on your Mac or PC; view documents stored on your home computer.
ePrint by Microtech Corp: This app can print web pages, downloaded images, and even PDF files. ePrint offers several printing formats, including some photo-friendly options like border and time stamps. While ePrint is compatible with the iPad, it has one big drawback, it doesn’t support document sharing so you won’t be able to print directly from your other apps. One unfavorable workaround is to take screenshots of your documents, then proceed with printing. Adding document sharing capabilities to this app will certainly improve its rating.
ACTPrinter by Houdah Software: This app is a virtual printer. In other words, it acts as a reverse printer for your iPad. You do not print documents from your iPad to paper. Instead, ACTPrinter “prints” from your computer right onto your iPad screen. This could be an easy way to carry around coupons and to-do reminders. However, you can always argue that emailing files is easier.
Print Magic by Wellala, Inc.: This is an iPhone app, but compatible with the iPad. Print Magic allows you to print web pages, text, and images without installing additional software. The app works with HP printers and several OEM printers such as Epson, Brother, Canon, amongst others. This is a good choice for easy printing. However, I recommend you first download their free test app, “Printer Test for PrintMagic”, since it allows you to test if your network printer is compatible with Print Magic
Print Utility for iPad by Dar-Soft :Print Utility is a very simple app when it comes to printing. After installing the desktop software you can use the “Open In” feature to import files from other apps for printing. You can also print files from Dropbox, iDisk and the photo gallery from within the app itself. If you want a simple app for printing a wide variety of file types, then Print Utility may be the app that you are looking for.
Print Sharing by Avatron Software, Inc: Print Sharing is quite a capable app. You can print to some WiFi printers, printers connected to a Mac, and even through CUPS. However, its main strength is all of the modifications that you can make to a document before printing. These options include watermarks, tray, page owner, and size. Unfortunately, there have been reports of this app having poor support for WiFi printers, although it supported mine.
Print Agent PRO for iPhone by Dar-Soft:Print Agent Pro is very much like many of the other apps listed here in terms of features. You can print files from other apps as well as from Dropbox and iDisk. You can print to printers connected to a Mac or PC using software. You can’t print to WiFi printers that are not AirPrint compatible. Printer Agent Pro is a good app for those who do not have a WiFi printer. It is reliable and gets the job done well.