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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mmgtony, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. mmgtony

    mmgtony Member
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    Hi All,

    Just trying to get bearing on this project I

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  2. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    I've printed a few photo's to my Epson Artisan 700. I have a generic bluetooth adapter in it's usb port. Works pretty good.
  3. mmgtony

    mmgtony Member
    Thread Starter

    Have you tried printing other information to your bluetooth printer?

    I guess for the general public printing information from mail or memo or other application is not in demand with Android / Droid devices as it is with a Blackberry device.
  4. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    I'd like a BT printing option for emails, docs (from Documents to Go), and GDocs (accesses Google Docs).

    That would definitely be something I would pay for if it worked w/my HP inkjet printers via BT.
  5. Ivanhead

    Ivanhead Member

    Make a blue tooth keyboard app, too. Like the old Clie fold up keyboard. You'll get rich!
  6. Coronach

    Coronach Well-Known Member

    Yes, I would use a BT printing app.
  7. ericks17

    ericks17 Well-Known Member

    For me I would like to print using wifi. Maybe this is already out there but I have yet to find anything.
  8. zandroid

    zandroid Android Enthusiast

    If I could print from my phone via wifi or bt I'd be sold.
  9. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    No, I haven't tried that yet. I'd love printing over wifi though. Our work printers don't have bluetooth.
  10. boogerdroid

    boogerdroid Newbie

    are there any apps yet out to print?
  11. mmgtony

    mmgtony Member
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    I guess i was wrong. There is a good amount of interest in printing from Android / Droid devices.

    I can't say that I'll be able to meet all your printing requirements. There is a lot dependent on applications making their data accessible to third party applications.

    As for WiFi, this is an option that can be looked at. Of course after the bluetooth version has been debugged and released.

    Okay so I'll need to get on it. The holidays are right around the corner so i guess I'll be eating my holiday meals in front of my computer.

    I'll let you all know once i have something that's usable.

    Thanks to all for your feedback.

    Happy holidays....
  12. StiKemUp

    StiKemUp Lurker

    I just had a co-worker ask me about this today, who would be very interested in being able print via blue tooth.
  13. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    Happy holidays to you. ;)
  14. Droid_Junky

    Droid_Junky Android Enthusiast

    Bluetooth printing could be useful.

    PrinterShare app uses wifi. But it could not find drivers for my printer. You can load the PrinterShare software onto your home computer and print from your Droid through your computer.
  15. Birdog

    Birdog Lurker

    Was just reading this article about PrinterShare - gives all the gory details. Sounds cool but I think a BT print app would be much quicker and less of a hassle than other print apps out there.
  16. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    Well I can only print photo's to the Artisan. I think it's a software thing on the printer, it's made to be able to print photo's from your phone, that's why they make bluetooth adapters for them. Was hoping though. :)
  17. billdo

    billdo Lurker

    I have a Kodak esp7 and printing either wifi or bt would be awesome. Off of a Droid, the transfer speeds really wouldent matter much. It would be nice to print coupons from the Droid coupon app though. Retailers freak out when you show them a coupon off of a cell phone. It's almost as bad as getting a price check on vagisil... Happy Holidays
  18. FlipDroid

    FlipDroid Newbie

    Wifi printing is already available in the market. I haven't tried it but I would download if I needed it
  19. boogerdroid

    boogerdroid Newbie

    would this app work for HP printers? Do you need to add a feature to your desktop/lap top to make this work?

  20. FlipDroid

    FlipDroid Newbie

    If you have a USB printer and a router that has a USB input it would be a network printer. If your router is wireless then you have a wifi printer.
  21. ol_techer

    ol_techer Lurker

    We can always use more printing capabilities. BT and Wifi, definitely. What would really be nice is the ability to connect to IPP via any networking interface (I'm thinking CUPS under Linux). Your keyboard app coupled with the ability to print what one writes would virtually eliminate the need to carry a laptop. By all means, I would buy such an app. Now if a web browser would only support printing...
  22. mmgtony

    mmgtony Member
    Thread Starter

    The plan is to make this print app/driver work with HP-PCL printers as well as ESC/POS printers. However I can't say to what extent HP-PCL will be supported. Simple Text & Graphics printing is easy but making documents printout in WYSIWYG will be the difficult part and depends on application running on device to make data available as well as API for rendering documents.

    First thing first... get the simple Text document (i.e. Mail, Memo, etc.) & Graphics document printing. Currently I'm printing test Text & Image data already and is working nicely. Now making the interface to extract simple Text document & Graphics document for the various applications. This will take some time for the various apps.

    and oh.... no need to install anything on the desktop or laptop. The only requirement is that your printer supports bluetooth. For network printers i can't say. Will see when we get there.

    more later...
  23. rdhoff

    rdhoff Lurker

    Exactly what I want. Would be happy to just print text from
    Email but WYSIWYG from Docs to Go would be really super

    My printers of choice are always HP, current is H470BT
  24. rdhoff

    rdhoff Lurker

    Exactly what I want. Would be happy to just print text from
    Email but WYSIWYG from Docs to Go would be really super

    My printers of choice are always HP, current is H470BT
  25. mmgtony

    mmgtony Member
    Thread Starter

    H470BT should work with this Andorid app. I'm currently (well just got a contract rfq) to do a custom app for Blackberry devices for this H470BT printer. Preliminary research indicate that this printer supports the basic PCL language that this BlueTxT-Android app i'm working on supports.

    In fact most HP printers supports the basic PCL language for Text and Graphics printing.

    more info coming soon.

    and oh Happy New Year.... everyone...

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