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Old June 2nd, 2010, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are there any applications which allow you to edit word/excel/pdf documents and print them over WiFi? Is there a way to install a printer onto your Android device which is connected via WiFi?

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Are there any applications which allow you to edit word/excel/pdf documents and print them over WiFi? Is there a way to install a printer onto your Android device which is connected via WiFi?
There are a few printing apps on the market, but I've had no luck with them printing to a Canon Pixma MP600R so YMMV.

I use Documents To Go for editing docs etc.
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I'm just waiting for this:
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Try an app called "PrinterShare" on the market. It installs a wifi client on your PC, and then prints via your normal printer.
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One option that is working for me on an LG Ally is to use PrinterShare Droid. But it uses the internet, not wifi. There are caveats. You have to create an account, and your documents are processed through a secure server at their site. You then install software on the PC driving your printer (if it isn't a wifi or LAN printer) to access the printer via the net. From there, you can run the app on the phone to print to it, but it doesn't let you print just "any" kind of file either.

They claim that printing itself is "alien" to the Android OS, because it was designed for handhelds. So how they got around it is that the utility packages your target document into a container file suitable for printing. As such, when you run PrinterShare, it offers you the following choices of what to print:

Pictures
Web Pages
Calendar
Contacts
Messages
Call Log
Emails (G-Mail only)
PDFs

Sadly, no "Documents". So you would have to either make a PDF or put the document content into an email, or perhaps some other way. The email option worked for me, and allowed me to print a list from the Grocery-IQ shopping list program I am using.

They start you out with 20 pages "free". Then you have an option to buy additional pages (I think it was 100 pages for $4.95) or a subscription with unlimited pages. I believe that may have been $40, but don't quote me on that.

For my ocassional needs it is working until someone comes up with a true wi-fi solution.
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Check out an app called FileLinx. I have just posted an update that does remote printing. The previous version(s) let you transfer a file to a PC by WiFi (or 3G/4G) but did not allow automatic printing.

Now you can set up your PC to allow "unattended" printing to the default printer, or "attended" printing, which allows you to specify the usual print options, if you happen to be present at the PC.

For now, the system will print images (.png, .jpg, and .gif) and any Acrobat file (.pdf). We will be working to provide printing for other file formats in a future release.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the developer of this app. I would love to hear what you think of it. Please send comments to support@DroidLinx.com
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Hi,

Thanks for letting us know about your app. Being the developer, I'll ask you directly if it can do what I want, which is to print by wifi to an IP address?

I have such an infrastructure already set up, in which all our PCs here can print over our LAN to a Print Server, using its IP address. I was able to do this with Windows Mobile on previous hardware by wifi, but have yet to find a way with the Android OS. If you can allow it to print this way by wifi, I could print directly to the printer, even if all the PCs were shut down.

Can it do that?

According to the website I just found for File Linx is says that "Java must be installed on the PC" for it to work, which insinuates a PC must be accessed to get to its printer. That is not what I am looking for. I'd like to print directly to an IP address of the print server, with no requirement for a PC at all.
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Hi Zoandroid,

I am not an expert on Windows Mobile systems, but I assume that a Windows Mobile phone, connected to a LAN wirelessly, has printing software similar to the other Windows machines on the LAN, thereby allowing it to print to a Windows compatible "print server", which I assume is a printer with a dedicated Ehernet interface and what amounts to a hardwired Windows system that can receive print commands and data from any of the Windoes machines.

Unfortunately, the FileLinx client does not know anything about printing to a Windows "print server". It will only send a file to the FileLinx print server, which must be running on a PC. The FileLinx print server then prints the file to the default printer of the PC on which it is installed. (It allows unattended printing, or "attended" printing if there is a person present to respond to the usual print dialog).

In short, FileLinx does not satisfy all of your conditions. However, if any one of the PC's on your LAN were to use the "print server" as its "default" printer, then if you installed the (very small) FileLinx server software on that PC, FileLinx should work. The FileLinx client, running on the Android device, can get access to that PC wirelessly, either through a wireless access point (or router) on your LAN, or externally via the Internet. Basic instructions for configuring a router to allow this are part of the User Guide on our site, and I can help you with configuration as needed.
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Hi again,

I don't know much about the inner workings of the print server itself, but it is a D-Link DP-301U if you are curious. The device accepts whatever print commands would be normally issued to a printer, I guess, by way of an assigned port and IP address. But it is not restricted to Windows, as far as I am aware. I believe it will print from a LAN connected Linux PC too, but have not done that recently.

When I was using Windows Mobile I had a pair of apps called PocketClipPrint and Pocketshot. The former printed any text from the device's clipboard, and the latter printed some types of graphic files. It sent the data to the static IP address assigned to the DP-301U using wifi, and the USB printer attached to the 301U printed the results. No PCs were involved in the process at all, however the PCs also print to the same printer using a similar path across the LAN cables. I have to install the print server on each PC as an IP printer with a few settings and then it works for that PC.

Anyway, I am hoping someone someday will write apps to do the same thing in the Android OS. I can't get the guy who coded them for WM interested in Android, unfortunately.

Thanks for the replies! I'll keep your system in mind if I decide I want to print via a PC in the future.
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If you get the paid version of Printershare AND have a printer compatible with Printershare, then YES you can print over wifi. How do I know this? That's how I print with my Captivate.

Download the free version of Printershare first. Read its description and there is a link to find compatible printers.

It can print PDFs, Google docs, sms, webpages, contacts, etc. But not docs 2 go.
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If you get the paid version of Printershare AND have a printer compatible with Printershare, then YES you can print over wifi. How do I know this? That's how I print with my Captivate.

Download the free version of Printershare first. Read its description and there is a link to find compatible printers.

It can print PDFs, Google docs, sms, webpages, contacts, etc. But not docs 2 go.
Thanks. I am familiar with PrinterShare and have used the free version. But I don't like the process of having to send what I want printed through a cloud server. And I liked the ability to print when all the PCs are shut down. So I would hope to be able to resume that someday.
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Yeah, I have FileLinx. It is not only a print app but a file transfer app. I have a network printer. I use FileLinx running on one of my computers to print to the networked printer. The beauty of this setup is that FileLinx does not care what printer you have. It just uses the printer the PC uses. I also use FileLinx to connect my Android to my PC and transfer music and e-books. What is great is that it works over 3G, so I can connect from anywhere. It works over WiFi too, so I can transfer without cables to and from my PC at home. Printing too. It may not be what you need, but it seems to work easily enough in most conditions. Cheers!
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Thanks. I am familiar with PrinterShare and have used the free version. But I don't like the process of having to send what I want printed through a cloud server. And I liked the ability to print when all the PCs are shut down. So I would hope to be able to resume that someday.
The paid version lets you print over wifi if you have a compatible printer. I print directly from wifi. I have never printed thru the cloud with Printershare.

As soon as I successfully printed a test page by wifi with the free version, I bought the paid version so I could print directly via wifi unlimitedly.
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The problem for me is the "compatible printer" issue. My printer doesn't have wifi. I plan to make sure the next one I get does, and that will solve much of this issue. But I tend to keep printers until they die, which translates into decades. This HP 5150 is still going strong.

For now I have found most of what I want to print from the Ally can easily be emailed to the PC. So at least I have a way that works, it just isn't as nice has being able to print something directly.
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The problem for me is the "compatible printer" issue. My printer doesn't have wifi. I plan to make sure the next one I get does, and that will solve much of this issue. But I tend to keep printers until they die, which translates into decades. This HP 5150 is still going strong.

For now I have found most of what I want to print from the Ally can easily be emailed to the PC. So at least I have a way that works, it just isn't as nice has being able to print something directly.
Save yourself the step of emailing by storing files you want to print and/or have accessible on both your droid and your phone in a cloud service, like Dropbox and Sugarsync. Check out the links in my signature. The dropbox link includes a nice animation that shows how cloud storage works.

Then you can print directly from your computer something that originated from your droid without emailing.
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Thanks, but I mentioned a few posts above that I don't like the idea of sending my data through the cloud. Actually, I don't like how Google "reads" all our email to generate ads, but there is nothing I can do about that, so I just don't email sensitive files through that channel. I am willing to accept the way GMail operates in order to have the Android OS.

The kinds of things I want to print would not always be easy to implement as you suggest. One example is the shopping list I create on the Ally. All the info is stored within the program I use. There is no way to save it as a file somewhere else. For that app I would probably need a "screen printer" type utility. But it does have the ability to email the list, so I can send it to the PC and print it that way. It would also be nice to, for example, be able to print one of these posts while viewing the forum on the Ally. I have been experimenting with Evernote for things like that, but it, too, uses a cloud service.

Hard to get away from these days I guess. But I can't quell this thought in the back of my mind that all these people are trusting their data to a complete online stranger just because they 'claim' it is encrypted. We really have no way at all of knowing if it is or if someone is mining the data and selling it off to whomever is interested (like Google seems to be doing).
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I agree. I don't sync sensitive info into the cloud, but innocuous files like recipes, device manuals, music, untagged images, etc.
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I use Printershare Droid, and at home i can print over wifi just fine through my network. My printer is not a wifi printer, and i only have the printer shared with Printershare, so it is not shared on a network.
Works great. When i turn wifi off on the phone, i have to print over the internet to my pc, and then to printer.

Just works!
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[QUOTE=Zoandroid;2091880]Thanks, but I mentioned a few posts above that I don't like the idea of sending my data through the cloud....

The kinds of things I want to print would not always be easy to implement as you suggest. One example is the shopping list I create on the Ally. All the info is stored within the program I use. There is no way to save it as a file somewhere else. For that app I would probably need a "screen printer" type utility....

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Sorry if this is too rambling, but I thought I would respond to these comments:

1) FileLinx does not run anything through the "cloud". The transfer is directly from the Android device (phone or MID) to the PC running the server. That PC, under commands from the FileLinx server software running on the PC, then prints to any printer you choose - In other words, we bypass the Android "aversion" to printing by offloading that task to the PC.

2) A screen printer for the Android device is next on our "To Do" list for FileLinx. It will be a sort of "poor man's" solution to printing absolutely everything. It should handle your shopping lists as well as anything you can display on the Android device. The main limitation is that for multi-page documents you will probably have to "page" them by hand. I expect to provide this in a few weeks, as a free upgrade.

3) Another alternative will be to convert any multi-page document on the Android device to a pdf file, then send that in one gulp to print on the PC using FileLinx. This will work now, but it involves storing and retrieving a file on the Android device, which is not all that convenient. I am hoping to improve the logistics of this avenue, but not real time frame as yet.
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That sounds pretty interesting. Please post here when you get the new upgrade running and I'll give it a try. I had thought you operated FileLinx similar to PrinterShare, which does use a server as the middle man for the data.

I like the PDF idea because I have an app that uses the camera to create a PDF of anything I can photograph. It does a surprisingly good job on magazine articles, even those with colored backgrounds. So being able to wifi-print a PDF would interest me, for sure.
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using google cloud with a wifi enabled printer and it works for laptop, but not for phone. will try printershare, but can not find out of $4.95 fee is 1 time or monthly. Anyone kno?
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You get something like 20 free "prints" before you have to decide if you want to keep it and subscribe. It worked OK for me but I didn't like having to keep a PC on just to print. Eventually I realized most things I wanted to print could be sent by email to the PC anyway, and printed from there. But if someone comes up with a "PC-less" way to print to "any" IP-address-enabled wifi printer (not just the printers which HAVE wifi features built in, as mine does not) I'll be interested again.
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4.95 is one time fee to purchase the "premium" software to print over wifi.

You can print a free page over wifi with the free version to confirm compatibility before purchasing the "premium" version.

The 4.95 allows you to print over wifi unlimitedly, without ever going into the cloud. I don't use the subscription service, so not sure if the 4.95 is inclusive of that.
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Sorry for the delay in updating my last post. We have now updated FileLinx to print quite a few formats, in the "unattended" mode. It should now handle files with the following endings:

.txt .Log .doc .docx .htm .mht .odt .pdf .ppt .rtf and .wps

To print these formats, you need to have the "native" software on the PC. For example, to print .ppt files, you must have PowerPoint installed.

We are working on adding other formats, especially those popular with Android users, such as SMS, Contacts, e-mails etc. Check the site Utility Solutions for Android, under "Products" and one of the guides for the full list, updates, and any limitations.
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Hmmm I'd forgotten about this thread

I'm now doing the print thing through Dropbox using an automator script on my Mac - there's an equivalent VBS script for use with Windows .

Worth considering where you already use DropBox. I've still yet to find an app that fully supports printing from Android to a Canon MP600R, but this meets part of my requirements and is free to setup and use.
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I read about the new Google Cloud Printing feature. I do not like the idea about running my docs through Google...or anyone else, especially after they have been caught recording information about people. Call me paranoid. I bought FileLinx a few days ago and I love it!! I can print doc,docx, and a bunch of other files right to my printer from anywhere. It works over WiFi and 3G, automatically. Best of all it transfers any type of file. No drivers, no nothing needed. easy setup. You just have to know how to port forward on your router for 3G access. You can also download the PC software as many times as you like and install it on more than one computer. For $6.00 I could not go wrong. I see that the developer made a few comments up above here. Congratulations to you, JF Brenner, you made a great piece of software.
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There's a ton of apps you could try, but if only there could be something built in that you could automatically print it over wifi without the use of a random app found in the store.
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A bit late but only just got an Android. Wicked! FileLinx looks like the business. I have been doing it this way for now....
BTW, the print server is an old HP laser 4l shared on a windows 2000 machine that lives in my damp garage on a wifi LAN. I use ES explorer to SMB share the machines hard disk, so I can copy any file to and from it. The machine has vnc server (free) running on it. I connect to the pc form the HTC with a free vnc app and print away using open office etc etc.
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So hmm.... With the ability for me to print from my linux boxes directly to my printer there's nothing like this for Android? CUPS, HPLIP or IPP?

Are any of the ROMS like CM working on this?
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I finally found what I was looking for. PrintBot works over wifi and does not require any server app running on a PC. It gets the job done, but not perfectly. There are 2 issues I have presented to the developer, but they have not solved them. However, in the end, the result is the ability to print to an IP address over wifi, which is exactly what I wanted.

The 2 issues are more of a minor annoyance than anything else. For one, every print run wastes a whole added page printing a single line at the top with a sequence of numbers and text. I hate it when printing something like a web page wastes a second page printing one line of usually useless text, and this is similar.

The second issue is that PrintBot ALWAYS ends the operation with an error message on the Android device, claiming the operation failed. But it DOES print the desired content before the error message shows up. So it would seem that is just sloppy programming in some form.

I use an HP Deskjet 5150, which is not in PrintBot's list of printers, but it works by selecting HP 5100 series. I am primarily interested in printing text from my Ally, so the feature set options of various printers is not a concern for me.

I'll keep using PrintBot despite these annoyances because I have found nothing better. I just have plenty of scrap paper.
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I have been using PrintBot for months with none of these mentioned issues. Maybe it's printer -related? I print to Epson Artisan 830 using the available 810 driver.
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That could be, or it could also be related to the D-Link DP-301U print server I use to access the printer (it is shared across my LAN). Very likely the latter, as I have to use what is called the "LPR" printing method in order to make this 5150 printer work through the DP-301U. That in itself prohibits the use of 2-way communication from the printer back to the source. If PrintBot is expecting to receive some indication of the print job completing coming back to the Ally, that might be the source of the error. I am guessing that printers which actually have a LAN or wifi connection built into them would work with less hassle.

The only thing I would really like to see fixed is the wasting of paper. Getting the error message at the end each time is something I can live with, as I just see that as a "mission accomplished" indicator. It doesn't happen when I print by wifi from a notebook, so I don't think that the error message is related to the printing hardware.
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3) Another alternative will be to convert any multi-page document on the Android device to a pdf file, then send that in one gulp to print on the PC using FileLinx. This will work now, but it involves storing and retrieving a file on the Android device, which is not all that convenient. I am hoping to improve the logistics of this avenue, but not real time frame as yet.
Linux & Unix have all supported "network printer" features for decades. I know that I did lpr <file name> and pr >filename> or similar for many years. I would expect that Android, as a linux variant, would be able to grab onto those features with little troubles.

My HP printer is connected to the LAN wire/wifi shouldn't matter, it has its own IP address on my LAN and presents an administrative web page to any browser connecting to that IP address. Printer configuration supports several win-dose and *nix network printing protocols. Why cannot 'droid simply grab and use one of those?

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Darn good questions! I had a utility that did LPR to an IP address from Windows Mobile 6. No problems with wasting paper or errors. I keep waiting for someone to make the same app for Android. Unfortunately the vendor for the app I had in Windows Mobile is not interested. I have asked him several times to make one for Android.
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How do I print using Printshare without printer having to be on. I have paid version but only prints when my PC is on?

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As soon as I successfully printed a test page by wifi with the free version, I bought the paid version so I could print directly via wifi unlimitedly.
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I am happy to report that the above 2 issues I had reported with PrintBot seem to have been fixed. It prints just fine from my Droid X and Acer A500 tablet, without any problems at all.
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I tried the apps, but they can get expensive. I have a wireless HP printer. Just get the wireless address off of the printer, go to the HP website and enter the code the printer gives you and you can print to your printer by sending an email. No app is needed. It works perfectly everytime. If the printer is off, then the next time you turn it on, it will print. Does not have to be connected to any computer. I simply email by document as an attachment and send to (MyuserID)@hpeprint.com
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I have the same problem as Zoandroid - and also found that printbot works. I was able to get it working within a minute or two.. just had to select LPD, type in the IP of the printer, and type in a port name (I typed in dell as that's what I set the printer name up as). It worked immediately. I also selected HP Laserjet 4 as a generic print driver for it.. which works for pretty much any laser printer out there.

The only problem, though, is that it only prints files.. it won't print a webpage, similar to a Mac or a PC would.

I can't just click "print" from a webpage.. if I do that, it uses some proprietary samsung software that only seems to want to print to samsung printers, of which I have none.
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I have the same problem as Zoandroid - and also found that printbot works. I was able to get it working within a minute or two.. just had to select LPD, type in the IP of the printer, and type in a port name (I typed in dell as that's what I set the printer name up as). It worked immediately. I also selected HP Laserjet 4 as a generic print driver for it.. which works for pretty much any laser printer out there.

The only problem, though, is that it only prints files.. it won't print a webpage, similar to a Mac or a PC would.

I can't just click "print" from a webpage.. if I do that, it uses some proprietary samsung software that only seems to want to print to samsung printers, of which I have none.
I found a way to print a web page. I use an app called ScreenshotIt (the full version) to take a screen shot of the web page (or the part of it that I want) and once I have that, I can 'share' the resulting image file to PrintBot and print it.
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I guess taking a screen shot is a way to do it. I did find that Printbot does allow you to print from clipboard, which was helpful since I just needed to print some text I had written.

I was just hoping to find something that I could click File | Print.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it does have that print feature, the only problem is that it tells me that my printer is incompatible.. apparently it's only compatible with Samsung printers. Quite frustrating...

Guess this is on the bleeding edge...
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Android Print, which may be what you have on your Galaxy tablet, appears to be a good example of "marketing-driven" programming. They create a feature lots of people want, but it only works if you run out and buy a new printer from their carefully selected list, likely subsidized by certain printer vendors.

I really like PrintBot, because it doesn't require any PC to be running in order to use it, and doesn't send your print job off into the cloud. It also supports a huge number of printer models if you have them connected to a wireless print server, or if they have WiFi capability. If they could just address the "print from a web page" issue, it would really be an ideal app. Until then, using screen shot apps will let me print whatever I see on my device's display.
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PDFing a web page and print the PDF isn't such a bad solution

My HTC One X has stock print-over-WiFi ability (ICS or Sense4 made ? ).
It also print web pages. But its tricky with that web page frames.
So, most times I take the old way and make a PDF from the web page

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I really like PrintBot, because it doesn't require any PC to be running in order to use it, and doesn't send your print job off into the cloud. It also supports a huge number of printer models if you have them connected to a wireless print server, or if they have WiFi capability. If they could just address the "print from a web page" issue, it would really be an ideal app. Until then, using screen shot apps will let me print whatever I see on my device's display.
I tried setting up PrintBot with my Brother MFC-J430W over WiFi, but it couldn't find a specific driver for it. There is a whole list of other Brother printers available. Just wondering if anyone has had luck using a driver for one of them.

What is the print from a web page issue?
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Thank you for Sharing about Print Bot, Coming from the Apple world where everything just works, It's nice to know there is a FREE app that works with no drama, These devices (excite 10 & nexus) are new to me & I must say, Years behind iOS in terms of ease of use or proficiency. not bad.
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Anyway, I'm pleased to report, after trying cloud print & printer share, I was able to, with PrintBot, Get all of these devices to print correctly to a Konica, A toshiba, A kyocera, A brother, Epson & canon, using close drivers, most Office printers use PS or ipl, or pal, So, If you're close in driver series, they all work, Haven't Really played with margins or custom setups, but this IS A tablet & a phone we're talking about folks, it WILL have limitations.
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I tried setting up PrintBot with my Brother MFC-J430W over WiFi, but it couldn't find a specific driver for it. There is a whole list of other Brother printers available. Just wondering if anyone has had luck using a driver for one of them.

What is the print from a web page issue?
When you try to send a web page to PrintBot, it generates an error popup that says something about URL printing only being supported in the PRO version (which I now use) and won't print the page. I think it has to do with so many web pages these days no longer being just text and pictures, but being generated dynamically on the fly using things like Flash and Java. I keep hoping the dev will work out this issue. In the mean time I use the workarounds mentioned above. More than one way to skin a cat.
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I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 that I would like to print emails from via my local networked printer "Epson Stylus BX525WD". I have tried iCanPrint that operates via the local IP address, this worked fine, but there is no option to print emails so in other words it is actually quit useless for my requirements. I have also found that some other Apps do not list my printer, but instead lists the "Epson Stylus BX535WD", so unfortunately I was not able to see whether these would print emails . I would therefore appreciate if someone could direct me to an App that will do what I require via a network printer please. Thank-you in advance
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Hi Phil, and welcome to Android Forums!

What I have learned over the years doing this is that it is common to not find the driver selection for the specific model of printer you may have, but selecting a model similar in nature will work, especially for apps like PrintBot that do not attempt to offer all the bells and whistles on a print job that you might see printing from a computer. I suggest you try the BX535WD selection and see if that works. You may also like to try PrintBot. It works for me very well, and will list on your S3 under the "Share" selection available when viewing many files and apps.

Unfortunately, GMail does not appear to be one of them. But if you use a different app for your mail, such as K9 Mail (my favorite - which has more features and conveniences than GMail) you definitely can send an email to PrintBot from there.
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I have a Galaxy Tab 2 7...I also get the stupid message telling me to buy a crap Samsung printer! (which I refuse to do)..I also use an Ipad2 which I fooled into using Apple airprint using a Netgear download (this works fine for the Ipad but not the Tab).
There would appear to be no way of printing from a Tab to a network using IP addressing, (eg 192.168.2.12) because you still need a printer driver (according to Printbot) as my inkjet is a Brother DCP340CW there is no driver! My Kyocera laser has a driver via the Kyocera app on playstore.
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