Discover how to print on the move with new cloud and wireless technology
Printing digital documents and photos used to be a laborious process that involved connecting your computer to an available printer in one static location. Nowadays though things are being done very differently – mainly because most of us use mobile gadgets and gizmos alongside our computers at home or in the workplace.
Smartphones, tablets, laptops and netbooks enable people to stay connected, no matter what their location, and also enables them to perform computing tasks on the move. All this mobile connectivity means that there’s an increasing need for flexibility and convenience for printing on the go.
In that respect there are several options that can help you print from any location, and from a whole variety of different computing sources, including smartphones and tablet devices. All you’ll need to enjoy more flexible printing is an internet connection and the right software app for your mobile device.
Simple but effective
Mobile printing couldn’t be easier and it’s all down to the tools that you have at your disposal. There’s cloud printing, which enables you to print from an individual device via the internet, or mobile printing that enables documents to be printed using an email address. Added to that, it’s also possible to print wirelessly using the power of Wi-Fi technology and a software app, or Apple’s AirPrint. These are all simple tools that remove the need for having to connect your device directly to a printer.
So where do you start and which option is going to be best for your needs? Well, at least one of the choices outlined above will prove useful, but add them all together and they offer a complete printing solution that can be used on the go, around the home and workplace, or even while you’re on holiday. Printing family photos from your next trip overseas now involves nothing more than a few taps of the screen on your smartphone or tablet.
All the options
Familiar scenarios faced by most of us at one time or another is that we have an email, ticket or web page that needs to be printed, and that’s more often than not going to be on a smartphone or laptop these days. This is where modern All-in-One printers prove to be invaluable. These innovative products allow you to print content like our examples above from any device and no matter what the location using Google Cloud Print-enabled apps installed on your mobile gadget.
Alternatively, documents stored in popular email and online services such as Gmail and Google Docs can be printed from anywhere, using any email account, with something like the Email Print Service from Kodak. Their Hero range of All-in-One printers has been devised specifically with mobile printing needs in mind.
The Kodak Document Print App is an app for mobile devices that enables printing in this fashion. It’s available for models running the hugely popular Android operating system (an iOS version is in development and should be available soon). Web pages, Microsoft Office documents and all sorts other digital paperwork along with images can be printed while you’re out and about, simply by tapping into the power of Google Cloud Print and your All-in-One printer back at home.
Google Cloud Print is a very new technology that basically connects any of your printers to the web, which means that both home and work printers are now available to you and your family, friends and work colleagues via the software that you use everyday. And because it works on a phone, tablet or any other device connected to the web, you’ve got an amazingly powerful new printing tool at your disposal.
Another creative angle
Alongside that, Kodak has also developed the Pic Flick App, which allows consumers to wirelessly send photos to print, directly from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry or Android device. This amazing little piece of software means that you can print and share images and other documents with ease. Not only that, you can use your mobile device to select, view, rotate and crop photos on the move, before printing them out.
It’s possible to print any size too, from 4 x 6 through to 8.5 x 11-inch digital photos. Once you’re set-up, which only takes a few moments, the Pic Flick App will also automatically remember Kodak printers on a local area network, meaning there’s no more configuration involved later on down the line, so it couldn’t be simpler or more convenient to use.
There’s little more to the printing process than selecting the shot, editing it on the screen of your device, selecting the print settings and then sending it to your printer.
A different way of printing
Using these mobile options will revolutionise the way you print out everyday items such as word processing documents and colour photos. And it’s not all about using these services while you’re out and about either, because being able to enjoy their cable-free convenience around the home or workplace is another major bonus that you never used to get with traditional printing options.
Better still, all of these software apps and associated online services are incredibly simple to set-up, require no day-to-day maintenance once up-and-running and can be called upon in an instant to get your print tasks done in no time. If you crave the freedom to print anything, from anywhere and at the time that suits you best, then the new technology that’s out there will help you get the job done in no time.