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Printing with third-party apps

There are several third-party apps to choose from: PrintCentral, Print n Share for Advanced Printing, or PrintBureau, to name a few.

One of the best of these is PrintCentral Pro for iPad. This app has a file browser and an e-mail reader that allows you to access anything on your iPad, and it also allows you to print to a network printer across your Wi-Fi network. If you install a free printer server called WePrint, provided by EuroSmartz, on your Mac or PC, you can even print to your printer remotely through a 3G connection on the iPad model that includes Wi-Fi and 3G. (I recommend installing the print server anyway because it gives you more printing options.)

After purchasing and downloading PrintCentral to your iPad, in order to use the app you need to follow these steps:

  1. Download WePrint to your computer.
    Both Mac and Windows versions are available at http://mobile.eurosmartz.com/print/download.html.
  2. Plug your connector cable into your iPad and computer's USB port.
  3. Open WePrint, and you see your server address.
  4. Now open PrintCentral on iPad.
  5. Tap the Getting Started file listed there to test your printer.
  6. Tap the Print icon in the top-right corner, and the Print dialog.
  7. Tap the Choose button and enter the server address you found in WePrint into the dialog that appears.
    PrintCentral connects and displays all possible printers.
  8. Tap the printer you want to use and then tap the Print button in the Print dialog.
    The test document prints.

After you have it working, you can use the Menu button from within apps to open a document in PrintCentral and print it. In other apps, you can make a copy of a file that places it on your Clipboard, then open the Clip archive in PrintCentral and choose the file you want to print and print it.

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