...or how to get that older wireless printer of yours to print from your iPad!
While we are slowly moving towards a paperless world there are still times that we need or would like to print things off onto real paper. When using iPads we have discovered that you have had mixed results when trying to do that from various printers. Not all wireless printers are created equal and if yours is more than a couple years old it is likely not AirPlay compatible. AirPlay is the system Apple put in place to let printing happen from your iDevices, however if your printer does not recognize the platform you might not be printing from your iPad. Here’s a solution I think you might want to try for printing from your iPad without AirPrint!
Print Agent PRO, by Dar-Soft, is an app you can download onto your iPad that will allow a large amount of older wireless printers to finally print when commanded to by your iPad. Print Agent PRO is simple to set up, just download the app onto your iPad, and when you open it up it is going to look for printers it can connect with. A window will open that asks you to print a test page. Once printed you tell the app exactly what happened so it can lead you through subsequent steps.
Once installed and ready for use Print Agent PRO contains a convenient file manager to help you get access to your documents, sort them however best for you, organize your folders, send by e-mail and delete them when you no longer need them on your device. You can print email attachments from Mail, documents stored in Dropbox, opened with Safari and popular Cloud storages applications.
Print Agent PRO allows you to read, print and share:
- Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents
- Adobe PDF files
- Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
- Pictures and Photos
- Contacts list and vCards
- Emails and Email attachments
- Web pages
- Text messages
- Screen content
- Documents from Dropbox or official MobileMe iDisk application
- Files from many other applications
- From your clipboard
We did find that the app had to remain open until our printing job was completed. It seems to read one page at a time and if you close the app to multitask with another app the printing is likely to cease for you too. Keep in mind there are hundreds of printers and each will interact slightly differently with Print Agent PRO. We felt this was a small inconvenience we were willing to overlook for the big benefit of being able to print to a printer that is not AirPlay enabled.
Print Agent PRO contains flexible print settings. For the shortest way you can also choose Quick Print option to print the document as is, or you can set them up however best suits your needs.
Print Agent PRO provides two ways for printing your documents:
- Choose Quick Print optinon to print with the default settings – document orientation, paper size according to your regional settings, printing to the currently selected printer.
- Use Print Settings dialog to set all required settings and preview a document before printing.
Not sure if your wireless, but not AirPlay enabled printer will work with Print Agent PRO? That’s no problem; we encourage you to download their Get Print Agent Lite for free and test it out before downloading the full app. Run Print Agent Lite to test compatibility with your printer. If Print Agent Lite works well for the printers you have test, then you can go ahead and confidently get the full version of Print Agent PRO to finish your job.
We found that Print Agent PRO gave new life to older wireless printers that wouldn’t sync up with iDevices in the past. Before you go out and buy a whole new printer we suggest you test Print Agent Lite and then download Print Agent PRO! I think you may be pleasantly surprised!
p.s. SO, did it work for YOU?
Print Agent LiteVersion: 2.2.0Created & Sold by: Darsoft Inc. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Categories: Business, Productivity
***Run Print Agent Lite to test compatibility with your printer. If it worked well for the printers you
have tested, get the full version of Print Agent PRO to print any documents.***
Print Agent PRO supports most of the WiFi, network and local printers, connected to a computer and shared for access in local
Print Agent PRO for iPadVersion: 2.2.0Created & Sold by: Darsoft Inc.Categories: Business, Utilities
Print Agent PRO is an advanced application that lets you to store files, read and print wirelessly to printer in your network, with or without AirPrint support.
***Try Before You Buy*** To test compatibility with your printer download free app Print Agent Lite. If it worked well for the printers you have