Tablets — of both the Apple and Android varieties — are evolving not just in terms of the technology that powers them, but in how we use them. Originally brought to market as high tech toys, tablets are in the middle of a great renaissance. People are no longer using them as enhancements to the wireless experience, but as convenient alternatives to comparably bulky laptops.
Just a few years ago, printing from a tablet was problematic at best, but the situation has changed. There are now a realm of ways transfer what’s on a tablet’s screen to paper.
The Easiest Options
If you own an iPad, one easy option is to buy an AirPrint-enabled printer. This makes printing a snap, and a number of companies make affordable, highly productive models with built-in AirPrint support.
And Apple’s is hardly the only solution. It hasn’t escaped the notice of the companies that make printers that tablets have become very popular products. That’s why they have developed apps in-house that allow iPad and Android tablet owners to make hard copies.
In this category is Brother iPrint&Scan, Canon Mobile Printing, Epson iPrint, HP ePrint, Lexmark Mobile Printing, and others. While the features of these vary greatly, they all have one thing in common: they are free. Of course, they are also useful only to those who own a printer that each app was designed to work with.
But if you’re printer(s) can’t use one of these and you want to stick with your existing setup, there are workarounds for both iPads and Android tablets which can turn your tablet into a printing machine. Here, we’ll consider workarounds that include PrintCentral, Printopia, Presto, and Google Cloud Print.
Before You Do Anything…
Wireless printing from an iPad or Android tablet requires you to have one of two things: a printer that’s connected to a wireless router, or a wired printer connected to a host computer that is itself connected to a wireless router. The latter scenario is one that’s something of a pain to endure, simply because the host computer needs to remain powered up at all times in order to keep the USB printer available on your local WiFi network. But if you’re running an old-school printer that isnt network-capable, this is a necessity for being able to print without having to physically connect your device.
My HP Laserjet adventure
I own a 5-year-old HP laserjet 1020 monochrome printer
that uses 12A black toner cartridges
yesterday, I was printing on Avery shipping labels
what I do is peel one label off the sheet and stick it in precise
position on another used sheet in the same spot where another label used to be
these are 4x2 labels: I do this using homemade label templates
I made using MS Word with its custom margins and insert shapes features
I do this because I don't print a sheet of labels wholesale,