Remember everyone’s excitement with the features that iOS4.2 would bring to its users? I think the most exciting feature was AirPrint, which allowed you to print wirelessly from your device. Not only was this a great escape from the crappy third-party apps, but it made printing look like a cake.
But then we were told that only a few HP printers as of yet are AirPrint-enabled, and those of us with other wireless printers were screwed.
But wait-We’re not entirely screwed.
A company called Ecamm Network that makes great apps for the mac decided that this was unfair, and that they would make their own app that would seamlessly integrate with the official AirPrint app.
And they did. They called it Printopia. Don’t know if it’s just me, but I love saying that word. Printopia…
The kind fellows over at Ecamm sent me a copy of this excellent app to review.
If you’re wondering how it works, it’s pretty simple.
First, you have to head over to http://ecamm.com/mac/printopia and either download the 7-day trial, or the buy the full version, which is only $9.95 and it comes with free upgrades.
After installing, you will be taken to the Printopia preference pane inside System Preferences. If you have your wireless printer setup with your Mac already, this will be no issue, for it will appear in the list of supported printers.
As you can see, there are two extra options- “Send to Dropbox on Mac” and “Send to Mac”. These features do exactly what their name says; they send the file you want to print to your Dropbox or your Mac.
Then, you tick off whichever printer/feature you want to/don’t want to use, turn Printopia on, and you’re set.
Every time your Mac is on, Printopia will automatically turn itself on, so all you have to do is go on your iDevice and start printing.
This is an excellent app. Ever since I started using it, which was about a month ago, it’s worked like a charm with not one problem at all. The only downfall, which isn’t their fault, is that your computer has to be on for it to work. Hence its being a Mac app. But really, other than that, this is one of the best apps for Mac out there.
This is totally worth your 10 bucks if you’ve got a wireless printer that’s not AirPrint compatible.
My rating? A solid 9/10. I’m serious.
Buy it here: http://ecamm.com/mac/printopia