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So how do you print in iOS? You can print from the Apple applications, iBooks, Mail, Photos and Safari. Apps available from the App Store may also offer this feature. Some apps have this feature, some don't. You'll need to access this as you evaluate your apps. To print from these kinds of apps, follow these steps. Tap the Action icon. Tap the Print button. Configure the printer options.
Then tap Print. In my iPad classroom, we do not have an AirPrint enabled printer but the Systems Administrator set up AirPrint in this way. The student iPads are connected to the same WiFi network as the main configuration laptop on the iPad cart. When the student choses AirPrint. The command is sent to the main configuration laptop, and the printing request shows up in the queue on the laptop. Then it prints to the high volume printer we have set up in the design studio.
It's an old printer, but it's a workhorse. There are a couple of software applications that will let you do this from your work station. First I'd like to show you Printopia. It's mobile printing to any printer. It works with the iPhone or the iPad. It runs on your Mac to share its printers to your devices. You can print to your Mac workstation, any of your regular printers, or to your Macs Dropbox folder using WiFi. Here's the Printopia website.
As you can see, you can find out the features and the technical requirements for installing this application. Another solution is the Application handyPrint. It's a Mac OS X application, that allows you to print from your iPods, iPads, and iPhones on Legacy Printers that do not support the AirPrint protocol. Here is the handyPrint web site. I really encourage you to check out both solutions. It's really something that you have to see if the technical specs and the features fit your needs at your school and in your classroom.
So we've had a chance to look at a few AirPrint solutions. There will be more and more AirPrint-enabled printers coming along in the future, and I'm sure developers will be trying out new things with different applications. And using AirPrint in ways we've never thought of.
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