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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Remote Printing from iPad and email tech tip.

Anyone out there have a Xerox WorkCenter printer? We just got a new copier today, so I did my part to harass the installation tech. I asked her if there was a way to print from my iPad to the printer.

Well, darn it, she answered in the affirmative. Xerox has an app called PrintBack. You get the iPad app and then install a system tray program on your Mac or PC. Printback sends the clipboard, photos, or most "Open In" file types.

So, from an email, hold your finger on a PDF attachment. Tap PrintBack on the list and the PDF opens in PrintBack. Then just click the print button and it sends the file to your DropBox account. Once it syncs to your computer, the computer app sends it to our Xerox Printer. It actually prints to our default printer, so maybe it will work with any printer.

You can have it send to a mail account instead of DropBox. But, since you can get a free account, that seems easier.

There's also a website called sendtodropbox.com that will let you email files to a special email address that will send to your DropBox account. Don't know if that will work here, but DropBox sucks for not giving you an email to address. Sugarsync and Box.net do, so why doesn't DropBox.

Anyway, you can print from a job site and have the document print at your office. Cool technology and efficiency.

1 comments:

Rob at Xerox February 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM  

Thanks for your comments on PrintBack! PrintBack is designed to work with the default printer already installed on your computer, so you're right - it will work with Xerox and non-Xerox printers alike. Regarding sendtodropbox.com, PrintBack sends the file to be printed along with a job ticket to a specific folder in your DropBox account. I'd recommend using the specified method for connecting the PrintBack app to DropBox.

Thanks again,
Rob

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