Printing from Your iPad

Posted Friday, May 27th, 2011 by .

If you have an iPad, you probably love all of the cool apps that you can download. Once you find something you like though, you may want to print it out. Printing from an iPad isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, though. There are different programs and instructions to get you set up.

  1. Download the AirPrint app.  Once that is downloaded, use MediaFire to save the AirPrint zip-file.  To do
    this process correctly, make sure you do not have any other applications running in MediaFire or RapidShare.
  2. After the file is downloaded, unzip it and save to “C:\Program Files\airprint”.  Doing this will create a new
    file in your program named “AirPrint”.
  3. On the “Run” menu, type in the command “cmd”.  When a black display box opens up, you need to type,
    “sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= “C:\Program Files\AirPrint\airprint.exe -s” depend= “Bonjour Service” start= auto” into it.  This is the programming code you will need to get AirPrint up and running, so make sure everything is spelled correctly and capital letters are used in the correct places.
  4. When the code has been correctly keyed, you should receive a reply from Apple.   Here you will be given
    the option to “Allow Access” to AirPrint, and you need to click onto that.Once you have done so, go ahead and try testing with your iPad.   Most likely you will be asked to assign a username and password to the account.  Set this up if you’d like or just choose “Guest Account” instead.

Though not all printers are compatible with the AirPrint application, almost all current machines are manufactured with this built in capability.  HP printers used to be the only ones that could successfully print a task sent from an iPad through AirPrint, but now Brother, Lexmark, Epson and Canon have all released printers that are compatible.

Here is a link with the complete list of compatible printers: (http://ipod.about.com/od/usingios4/f/Airprint-Compatible-Printers.htm)

Even if your machine is not labeled as AirPrint compliant, there are a number of tools that can be downloaded on the internet to allow access, for both Windows and Mac operating systems.

For a tutorial on how to print from an iPad using any printer, check out this video:

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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