The more I think about the headline the more I think utopia could be swapped out for nirvana, but both work well enough to convey the idea that printing documents from iPhone or iPad can be easy, both at home and office.
Office? That’s usually where the trouble begins. I work in a large operation with dozens and dozens of printers, Macs, Windows PCs, Linux PCs, and an ever increasing number of smartphones and now tablets. Printing isn’t always easy. Here’s a way to make it child’s play.
A few years ago I bought Printopia because it was less expensive than buying new printers that would be compatible with Air Print. Printopia resides on your Mac and lets you print from iPhone or iPad to any connected printer, Air Print compatible or not. The Pro version is for offices with plenty of incompatible printers (more on that version below).
Printopia is easy to setup and use on a Mac. Check out the Preference Pane setup.
That means you can print from an iPad or iPhone to any printer connected to your Mac on a home network– wirelessly. Not only is printing a snap, but you can send a document from your iPhone or iPad to the Mac, to Evernote, or to your Mac’s Dropbox. There’s just not an easier solution to printing from your iOS devices to a printer, old or new.
Going Pro Nirvana
Printing problems abound in the office, though, thanks to the proliferation of networks and older printers. That’s where Printopia Pro becomes valuable. It’s not really Printopia for the corporate world, though. There’s no Send to Mac, Send to Dropbox or Send to Application function.
Print to Any Printer works, of course, but there’s also built-in support for Web Folders, Wide-Area Printing, VLAN Support, along with Remote Administration and Centralized Access Control– all the buzzwords required by corporate IT departments.
We started at home with Printopia, then dropped it into a local Mac network at work, then expanded that when Printopia Pro hit the streets. This is a good wireless printing solution when you prefer to just make mobile devices print rather than muck around with settings all day.