Printing isn’t really considered the most famous or sexiest corner of the technology world. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, remarked that the company’s future was in printers, and the release of the iPhone5 and other products would be put to shelf for the next few years while their development team create wireless printers with state-of-the-art features, like the fax functionality. But the tide is now slowly turning for this under-appreciated product. Today, experts are slowly witnessing the rise of 3D printing technology.
Printing from your phone or tablet, shouldn’t be that hard. All mobile devices produced today have built in 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity that makes connecting to printers easy. The popularity of printer apps both from pulling content from web and mobile devices is also an increasing trend. Here are some of the best mobile apps that could work well with your printers.
The PrinterPro is an app that is solely made for printing. This application is something that you would put in an “Open In” menu of your other apps. When installed, all you need to do is get an app that has this featured and then open in a compatible file. As soon as this is done, you can print the file in any of its supported colour laser printers and wireless printers. The printer has to be linked to a PC or Mac, and have the software installed in it too. If you currently don’t have an AirPlay compatible device, PrinterPro is your best app for printing from any of your iOS devices.
Print n Share
This printing app features more advanced options compared to PrinterPro. Print n Share is able to print to most wireless printers as well as those that are connected to the computer. A really cool feature of this app is its ability to print using 3G connectivity. Now, you can always type a document while on the road and then have it printed out even before you get home. The app also works well with other apps and can open files from iDisk and Dropbox.
Print Sharing lets you print to wireless printers and devices connected to a Mac. The best feature of this app is that it lets users do modifications to the document before printing. These can include tray, page owner, watermarks, and size. If your printer is supported with Printer Sharing, then this is a valuable option for your mobile device.
Sculpteo: An Exceptional 3D Printing App
Sculpteo is a free iOs app that lets you create 3D objects on your own without having to buy 3D printer. So how does it work? You need to take a sideways photograph of someone’s face and then the application directly recognizes their profile. At this point, you may order a customized vase or mug with the face’s silhouette as the design. Consumers can also personalize cups of different sizes with 2D dot matrix designs, which can be easily previewed in the app before printing it three dimensionally. On average, it takes about 30 days these orders to ship, with prices ranging from $39 to $299. Aside from vases and mugs, a lot of products are rumoured to be in the pipeline as well.
Do you have any other suggestions for apps that didn’t make this list? perhaps you have used some of these apps and have something to add? Please let us know in the comments below.
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