Have you seen the new printing capability from iPhones and other iOS devices? One day I clicked forward and voila I was asked if I wanted to print the email. Why, yes I do, how exciting! Now to get a wireless printer.
In apps that support printing, such as Mail, Photos and Safari Internet, you will see the option shown to Print. Clicking the Print button brings up another dialog box of printer options, now you will select from the printers found on your wireless network.
This new printing capability, AirPrint, works with HP’s new line of e-printers. OK the new wireless printer will need to fall into this line. I have also been wanting an all-in-one with scanner, so I can print and save those old photographs. There are many options in the HP eprint line.
• HP Envy e-All-in-One series
uses #60 Ink
• HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO
(CN216A) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO
(CN503A#B1H) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO
(C410a) uses #564 Ink
• HP Photosmart e-AiO
(CN731A) uses #60 Ink
• HP Photosmart eStation
(C510) uses #564 Ink
• HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
uses #CE278A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer
uses #128A Toner
• HP Officejet 6500A e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
uses #920XL Ink
• HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO
uses #940XL Ink
• HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO #940XL Ink
I decided on the Photosmart e-All-in-One printer
(Model: CN731A), because at an affordable price I was able to get wireless access and an all in one with scanner & copier, plus the HP 60
ink cartridges this printer requires come in remanufactured (better for our environment and my wallet).
Now that I have my new printer in hand I love it. It is a beautiful small, black desktop printer, was easy to set up on my wireless network, worked with Windows XP and Windows 7 and our iPhones automatically connected to it. During the printer setup process you are provided with a personal email address so anyone can email, from anywhere, to your printer.
This must be one of the most convenient printers. I print photos, emails and coupons from my phone and laptop. Anyone can email to the printer, who needs a fax? We never need to wait to print until able to physically connect to the printer.
What type of printer do you use? Feel free to discuss the pros and cons.
Lexmark has released a fantastic new application for their SmartSolution printers, enabling users to scan documents straight onto the storage website Evernote – without a computer.
The application is designed for 3 wireless Lexmark
printers – the Interact, Prestige and Platinum. Straight from paper, documents and images are uploaded to the user’s Evernote account through the web-connected printer, simply with the press of a button.
For those that haven’t heard, Evernote is a storage service for users to capture and retain information through a range of devices. Stored data then remains available through anything connected to the internet.
Previously Evernote was accessible through devices including the iPhone. Lexmark’s application though is the first available for a printer.
For the SmartSolution printers meanwhile, the Evernote app is one of many available. Programs for MSNBC headlines and Google Calendar – alongside 18 others – come packaged with the wireless Lexmarks.
The Evernote app is available to download from Lexmark’s SmartSolution’s
website.SourcesBen Parr, ‘Evernote Integrates With Lexmark Printers To Sync Your Scans,’ Mashable.com
I don’t know about you, but since getting my iPhone, and really ever since Smart phones became so “smart”, my laptop does not get the every day usage it used to see from me. I do still have to log in for a few tasks, such as printing photos
There are some useful and creative iPhone apps that allow you to even print photos from the iPhone. There are some great, free apps that you can install to print to a Wi-Fi network enabled printer.
Looking for more fun with photos? PS Mobile
redeems the lack of editing in the iPhone Camera with Photoshop style editing. Another free app, PS Mobile allows you to crop, brighten, add borders and even upload and host on Photoshop.com.
What Mobile phone apps have you found to make taking or printing photos easier?
It’s impossible that you haven’t heard the news. Even the birds were singing about the announcement of the Apple iPad yesterday – while blog hubs like Technorati have strained under the weight of gossip.
Yet of all the excited parties, people in print
publishing have perhaps the most reason for a speculation-fest. Why? Because few other industries are screaming quite so loudly for the savior that the iPad has the potential to become.iPad to the Rescue?
Earlier eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle have only hurt existing book revenues. According to a January 12th post by Daniel Fitzgerald at ProPrint.com, Christmas 2009 marked the first year Amazon sold fewer paper books than electronic books.
What’s more, newspapers have been floundering for months to revive their basement-level print income – or make charging for content online viable. Rubert Murdoch recently poured scorn
on Google for enabling users to bypass pay walls, for example.
Hence if a group of people ever deserved to break out the karaoke and sing Bonnie Tyler (“I need a hero…”) it’s the hardworking people in print publishing.
What’s more, Apple is now called the savior of the music industry thanks to iTunes (perhaps prematurely given how widespread piracy remains.) So why couldn’t the iPad and its partner application iBookstore achieve the same results?
By partnering with Apple, both publishing houses and newspapers can release their content through iBookstore – and bring their industries back from the brink.
Already The New York Times has confirmed an iPad app to make articles readable on the Apple device. And according to an internal source at the newspaper, Steve Jobs “believes in old media companies and wants them to do well. He believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press."
All of which makes the iPad a great prospect both for publishers.Doubts About the iPad
Yet if Apple is to be print’s savior it must overcome some obstacles first.
For example, according to General Manager of Griffin Press Ben Jolly, several publishers aren’t ready
to exploit the revenues the iPad may bring - not least because publishers have to submit apps themselves to make their websites viewable.
Second is the fact that reading on the iPad is an untested experience. If the device isn’t a commercial success, it won’t give publishers any benefit regardless of how they price their content.
Last is the certainty that a successful iPad will continue to erode the paper book market.
The iPad certainly has the potential to give a new lease of life to print newspapers. The Apple brand alone (compared with the Amazon Kindle) has the potential to spark an e-reading explosion. But right now too many questions remain to know whether Apple will raise publishing from the ashes, or (without meaning to) hasten its decline.
We all know what the bar code is, many even scan items ourselves to price check at the super market or ring up our own items at the grocery store. Now you may be able to do so much more, including accessing a wealth of information directly from your mobile phone.
Esquire magazine will test this new functionality this March, by printing
Scanbuy codes in an editorial spread on “The Esquire Collection”, detailing the 30 items a man would need to get through life, each item printed with a small bar code that readers can scan and view a mobile menu including advice for the item and information on where the item can be purchased.
ScanLife, an application available free for the iPhone [iTunes link
], Blackberry, Androids and many other internet enabled phones, also can act as a bar code reader for ScanLife EZcodes anywhere, performing your own price comparisons on the go. Standard bar codes (QR-Codes) can also be read by an array of mobile applications
Similarly, SpyderLink has introduced a more basic technology that will work with any camera phone. Client logos surrounded by a ringed logo, called a SnapTag allow consumers to snap a photo of the image and send it. In reply the consumer receives information such as videos, event details, coupon codes or other pertinent information. SpyderLink is a patent pending technology already in use in magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Everyday Food.
These shopping innovations may be the way to help print ads evolve into the interactive mobile phone, social networking generation and allow consumers with the much sought after control.