article on Apple's cloud service
article on Google Drive
article on Microsoft Azure
article on cloud printing
review of the Epson XP-420
own web page on printing with mobile devices
data sheet web site on the HP ePrint app
review of the Canon Pixma MG5620
long article on Canon's free app
Services Web Site
was conceived as a way for subscribers to use Internet computers, known
as servers, to share resources with each other. For example, a
Macintosh user with an Apple .Mac account can upload photos and other
documents to his folder at .Mac, and then give the Internet address of
this folder to his friends and relatives who can then download these
items for fun or profit. Or an Android or Chromebook user and a group
of his co-workers may have a set of text documents, spreadsheets and
presentations in a shared Google Drive that can be simultaneously
edited by members of this group, and the Google Docs apps that they use
will save changes just as they are made to these files so all can see
the changes onscreen in realtime. Or a group of application developers
using Microsoft Azure can in the same fashion simultaneously work on
new cloud- and computer-based apps.
Using the cloud is an option for desktop and laptop computer owners,
but Chromebooks, smartphones, iPads and other tablet devices do not
have USB connectors and so MUST rely on wireless and "cloud-ready"
printers in order to print. The cloud-ready printers can be easily
detected by Google's Chromebooks and Android-based devices as well as
Apple's iOS-based iPhones and iPads. So that users can take advantage
of older wireless printers, Epson, HP and Canon also publish iOS and
Android versions of free apps that can be made to detect the older
printers IF they are connected to Windows and Macintosh computers and
IF those desktops and laptops are up and running when the print job is
sent. Here follows a sample of affordable (less than $100), cloud-ready
printers and free apps, by manufacturer.
The Expression Home XP-420 all-in-one is touted by Epson as perfectly
connectable to any type of device, able to print photos, and is quick,
small, and lightweight. In case you need to print from your mobile
device but you're not ready to spring for a new printer, Epson offers
the ePrint app for Apple iOS v5.0 or later and Android v2.2 or later.
It can use an Epson scanner or all-in-one to scan and has a built-in
browser for printing web pages.
The HP Envy 5530 Wireless all-in-one Color Photo Printer is bigger and
heavier than its Epson competitor, but offers two-sided printing and
lab-quality photo printing. Printing to older HP wireless printers is
also supported. The newer of these older printers support a feature
called HP Wireless Direct and connect without using a wireless router.
Such an HP printer will appear in the device's wireless router
connection list. Any browser or other app that can print must be
compatible with HP Wireless Direct. The HP ePrint App for mobile
devices is compatible with the Envy models and also for printing to
most of the other, older wireless HP printers.
Rounding out the three big printer manufacturers, the Canon Pixma
MG5620 features fine output quality, double-sided printing and easy
connection with wireless networks and mobile devices. Canon's
Easy-PhotoPrint app can print from mobile devices to recent Canon
multi-function printers via wireless networks. It lets you select paper
sizes and types, finds images and files on your device and
automatically finds printers.
John is ready to help you with any printer questions and installations.
He awaits your call.
June 12, 2015