Hard Copy: How To Print Photos Wirelessly From Your iPhone




You’ve probably noticed by now that your iPhone doesn’t come with a big honkin’ parallel port jack.  Or an admittedly smaller serial jack.  Or a USB port.  Or…aw, you get the picture (pun intended) — there’s no hardware solution for printing your camerawork directly from your handset.

So who needs wires?  These wireless printing apps sure don’t!

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From Sudobility (the Night.Camera people) comes Air.Photo, a client-server solution that’s hardware-independent.  Buy the US$2.99 app from iTunes, download the PC (XP 32-bit or Vista32/64-bit) or Mac (10.5 Leopard) server software, and start bangin’ those prints out.  Air.Photo auto-rotates your image, and lets you pick between cropping to size or “letterboxing” your original image.  One caveat: Air.Photo only prints photos, not web pages or documents.

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Of course, when you talk printers, you have to talk Hewlett-Packard.  By a funny coincidence, HP offers iPrint Photo, a free app that’ll talk to most HP networked ink jet printers connected to a local WiFi network.  Like Air.Photo, it only prints photo files; unlike Air.Photo, it also only prints 4″x6″-sized photos, no cropping or letterboxing.

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EuroSmartz’s Print, on the third hand, actually beats both Air.Print and iPrint Photo in that it can print web pages and contacts, as well as images — and their “Print and Share” app ups the ante by including emails and stored files — PLUS  it also shares files from your desktop computer.  Like Air.Print, it requires a server program running on your PC or MAC.  Print only costs US$2.99 from the App Store, while Print and Share’s added functionality will set you back a full sawbuck.

Printer cables?  We don’t need no steenking printer cables!



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