Printopia allows you to print from your iDevice

iPhone | Friday February 24 2012 5:35 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , ,

Printopia allows you to print from your iDevice

I have an old Canon MP500 printer. It predates AirPrint and is USB only. With my MacBook Pro running the Printopia app and my printer connected to it, my iPad and iPhone are able to see my printer. It’s easy to set up, and although Printopia costs $19.95, there is a free seven-day trial you can use to make sure it works with your setup.

To download the free trial, head to Ecamm Network’s Web site. You’ll need to be running Mac OS X 10.5 or later (there is no PC version of the app) and iOS 4.2 or later. Printopia doesn’t open as an application but instead opens as a pane in your Mac’s System Preferences. You’ll find it listed at the bottom of the System Preferences window under Other.

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On the Printopia window, an on/off button sits on the left and a list of available printers sits on the right. As long as everything is connected to the same network, Printopia should find your printer automatically, whether a printer is connected via USB to your Mac or via a wired or wireless connection to your Wi-Fi router. Unless you have a Mac Mini and always leave it running, one drawback is your Mac needs to be running and connected to your printer in order to print from and iDevice using Printopia.

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Printopia allows you to print from your iDevice

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