AirPrint

Generating PDF files from your Mac’s printing menu

Lots of times you may want to print something, only to find that you have no printer ink or that you aren’t near a printer. Your Mac comes with a useful function in OS X’s printing menu that lets you save anything you want to print as a PDF file to print or share later. We’ll show you how you can make a PDF out of anything you intend to print in this tutorial.

New in iOS 9: Native print preview

I don’t often use AirPrint to print from my iPad or iPhone, but occasionally I find the need to do so. One of the things that’s always bugged me about printing from my iPad is the lack of any sort of print preview.

Prior to iOS 9, if you wanted to print directly from the native iOS share sheet, you pretty much had to go into the whole ordeal blind, as you weren’t provided with a print preview. With iOS 9, things have changed. You’ll now find a native print preview option whenever you invoke the printing dialogue from the native share sheet.

Item printing resurrected in 1Password for iOS, iTunes backups added

1Password by AgileBits, one of the finest password management utilities on iOS and OS X, has received an update in the App Store today.

For starters, the new version 4.5.2 brings back the item printing feature after previously being removed. Next, this edition of 1Password adds another syncing option, in addition to Dropbox and iCloud: iTunes.

This allows you to store backups of your passwords, notes, credit cards and other private information as local files that can be accessed and copied to your computer using the iTunes File Sharing feature. You should also experience faster syncing and more reliable performance overall.

1Password for the iPhone and iPad is $17.99 in the App Store…

How to integrate Google Cloud Print natively within iOS

If you ever listen to our Let’s Talk iOS podcast, you’re probably keenly aware of my paperless lifestyle. As a huge Evernote proponent, I make it a habit of avoiding hoarding lots of unnecessary papers. But every now and then, even I am forced to print out a document or two. It happens just rarely enough to make it extremely annoying, and my annoyance is compounded by the fact I don’t own an AirPrint compatible printer.

As someone who is slowly integrating their way back into the Google ecosystem, I decided to give Google’s Cloud Print service a try. Google Cloud Print is basically the Google equivalent of AirPrint with some notable differences here and there. But for all intents and purposes, people use Google Cloud Print for the same reason that people use AirPrint—they want to print wirelessly from a wirelessly connected device.

It goes without saying that Google Cloud Print support is a feature that hasn’t been, and probably never will be, included in stock iOS. But that’s okay, because there is a jailbreak tweak that will allow you to just that. Check inside for the full video walkthrough.

Google Drive refreshed with multi-accounts, single sign-on and wireless printing

In terms of feature additions, it’s been a quiet period for the Google Drive iOS app after a major visual makeover two months ago brought the software in line with its Android counterpart. But the team hasn’t been standing still. In a small but sweet update Thursday, the app has finally gained a much requested new feature – support for multiple Google Accounts – as well as the ability to print your documents wirelessly via either Apple’s AirPrint or Google’s Cloud Print protocol.

Jump past the fold for additional tidbits…

Epson Adds AirPrint Support, HP Takes the Feature to the Next Level

When Apple unveiled AirPrint last year, there were only 12 printers that supported the feature. Since then, manufacturers have been dragging their feet on supporting the wireless printing option.

Until now, HP has had the lion’s share of the AirPrint-compatible printer market. But it seems like Epson is looking to get in on the action, as MacRumors reports that the Japanese company has several printers coming out this Fall that support the feature…

PDF Converter Turns Documents into PDFs on Your iPad

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take an existing Pages or Numbers document and convert it into a PDF right on our iPad, making it readable on just about any device you could possibly want to send it to?

Unfortunately, though, the iPad doesn’t currently support the ability to print to a PDF- a feature we half-expected Apple to add alongside the bungled release of AirPrint.

As an aside, does anyone actually use AirPrint? If you do, we’d love to hear why and when you make use of this little known and rarely used feature, in the comments!

Now, back on subject…

‘TruPrint’ Brings AirPrint Compatibility to Your Unsupported Printers

AirPrint — a great concept — not so great in execution. That’s because Apple only provides AirPrint support to a small percentage of the world’s printers.

Thanks to Intelliborn, the creators behind the premium apps MyWi, My3G, and others; that’s all about to change.

That’s because TruPrint promises to add support to the hundreds of printers that Apple has unapologetically neglected…

Print From Anywhere With Your iPhone Using Google Cloud Print

The untethered society is becoming more of a reality each and every day, with the latest development being ubiquitous cloud printing from Google.

Google Cloud Print allows those of you on iOS devices to print directly from Google Docs Mobile or Mobile Gmail, over the air to any printer configured to use the service.

Details on how to set it up inside…

iBooks Updated With AirPrint Capability, Enhanced Illustrations, Collections And More

Apple has updated iBooks to support a number of new features including integrated AirPrint abilities for PDF documents and notes. Not only that, but they have added enhanced full color illustration capabilities to the mix.
Now you can read little Johnny a more exciting bedtime story, and afterwards print off the latest notes from today’s staff meeting. You’ve gotta love technology.
According to Apple, the following four features made the cut in iBooks 1.2…

Add Six More To The Growing List of AirPrint Compatible Printers

Those of you with HP printers may want to check for the latest updates, as HP has released software to enable AirPrint for a half a dozen of their printers.

If you’re an iDB reader, no doubt you might know of a workaround or two for those whose printers aren’t fortunate enough to be stamped with an HP logo, and lack AirPrint support.

If you’re one of our more straight edged readers, and choose to go the official route, check inside for a full list of newly compatible hardware…