Printing digital photos and other documents used to be a restricted process that involved a static computer connected to a desktop device.
Thanks to innovative new All-in-One printers like those in the Kodak Hero range and the development of apps and internet-enabled printing, it’s possible to output jobs from any location and from just about any device.
The Kodak Pic Flick app enables you to print and share pictures with one-touch simplicity from an iPhone, iPod touch, a smartphone or tablet running the Android operating system or, in the case of this tutorial, an iPad.
Google Cloud Print is another fantastic high-tech innovation that connects all your printers to the web. By doing this you can make them available not only to yourself but anyone else you choose. Once you’ve connected to your printer, either at home or in the workplace, it’s quick and easy to output any kind of document from your phone, computer or, in fact, any kind of web-enabled device that you’re using. And, as you’ll see from this tutorial, it’s safe, secure and hugely convenient.
Step 1: Get Pic Flick
The first part of the process is to locate and download the Pic Flick app for your chosen device. You can find the link by going to the Kodak printer website, or directly to the Apple App Store or the Android Market if you’re using that operating system. The app is also available for the BlackBerry OS too.
Step 2: Install the software
Once located, you simply tap the ‘Install’ button and the Pic Flick application will download to your chosen device, in our case the Apple iPad. Tap the ‘2x’ button to enlarge it if you wish, or use it in the iPhone size.
Step 3: Getting started
The app interface is very straightforward, although prior to printing your photos you’ll need to endure that your Kodak printer is on the same wireless network as the mobile device that you’re using. Therefore, tap on ‘Select Device…’ at the foot of the program to go to the ‘Tools’ menu.
Step 4: Select a printer
If your printer is powered up then you should see it appear under ‘Printers’ at the top of the menu all thanks to wireless connectivity. Tap to select it. Note that there is also an option to select ‘EasyShare Frames’ too, which allows you to send your images directly to one of the Kodak digital photo frames instead if you prefer.
Step 5: Pick your size
Towards the bottom of the menu on this page there is also a ‘Print Size’ option. Tap on this to select a different size, depending on what you’re printing out. There is a range of typical sizes, including 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8.5 x 11 right up to A4. By default, the size is set to 4 x 6 so simply tap the required option to change this.
Step 6: Select an image
Printing an image couldn’t be easier. Select one from your Camera Roll or browse to the desired image location depending on the device you are using. Tap on the image to be printed and you will then see it full screen via the middle ‘View/Edit’ menu at the bottom of the app. The image will also appear in the ‘Send’ print queue on the bottom right.
Step 7: Print it out
Tap the ‘Send’ button and your image will be duly sent to the selected printer on your network and should appear in just a few seconds. Bear in mind that the larger the image then the longer it will take to print, but this very simply printing process shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, from start to finish, which provides the ultimate in cable-free convenience.
Step 8: Using Cloud Print
The same goes for Google Cloud Print. Go to the Google Cloud Print website to get started with this excellent ‘print from anywhere’ solution. If you’re using a Kodak Cloud Ready printer then press the ‘Add Cloud Ready printer’ button on the right of the screen. Work through the setup steps online to start printing via the cloud.
Step 9: Pick a printer
You’ll see all of the currently available Google Cloud Print compatible devices shown on this next page. If you’re using a Kodak Cloud Ready Printer then click on the ‘Setup’ button to enable your device to work with the service. Tap on ‘Learn’ if you’d like to read more about the revolutionary printing process.
Step 10: The configuration process
Our next page takes you to the Kodak Cloud Printing Setup web page, which is where you’ll need to select the printer that you currently have on your home network. In our case it will be the Kodak Office Hero 6.1 so the ‘Kodak All-in-One Printers (cloud ready)’ link needs to be selected.
Step 11: Simple steps
You’ll need a Google account and will also have to download and install the Kodak All-in-One Printer Home Center software for your computer and the relevant operating system. In addition, you’ll need to have the latest version of firmware for your printer, which can all be found in this location on the Kodak website.
Step 12: Set up steps
Go to ‘Tools’ inside the Home Center software and click on ‘Cloud Printing Setup’. This will take you to an online page. Click on ‘Register Printer’ then fill in a friendly name if you wish that might make it easier for you to remember over time. You’ll then need to confirm registration, via the on-screen instructions.
Step 13: Registration complete
The web page will tell you that registration has been successful. You can then go to www.google.com/cloudprint to manage and track print jobs. Below that, it’s also possible to setup the Kodak Email Print Service that lets you send emails and attachments to your printer using any email account. Click on Get Email Address for KODAK Printer to get started.
Step 14: Sign in to Google
You’ll need to sign in to a valid Google account and then the Kodak Email Print Service will ask you to grant permission to manage your printer and perform administrative tasks in the background. Click on the buttons to authorise the service to do this and you’ll then be ready to print to your printer from anywhere, thanks to the power of the internet.
Step 15: Print from anywhere
The great thing is that you can either use the custom email address that the system supplies, change it or automatically import it by scanning a special on-screen Microsoft tag with your mobile device, as shown in the screenshot. All you need to do then is click Enable and you’re ready to go.
Tip: Using your printer online
The additional benefit of setting up your printer so that you can use it from any web browser and an internet connection is that you have access to all of the tools and functions in the same way as you would at home. This means it’s possible to check ink levels, the paper supply and tweak general settings. There’s also the capacity for using ‘Webscan’, which allows you to scan documents or photos directly from a web browser. So, it doesn’t matter where you’re located, because with this kind of powerful functionality, the Kodak printer will always be at your disposal.