For those who don’t know, Airprint is a function on iOS devices that allows you to print wirelessly – just like you would do from your laptop or desktop computer. Airprint enabled printers, however, are not widely available and, as well as being more expensive than your normal everyday printer, I think it is fair to say that the majority of people don’t have one.
So this is where the FingerPrint workaround comes in. It’s for us, everyday, normal people who just want to be able to hang that awesome Instagram photo on our wall (and no I don’t mean the Facebook kind ) without the hassle of going to the Photoshop.
First of all, and most importantly, you must have your iPhone Jailbroken to carry on. If you haven’t already done this then don’t panic it only takes a few minutes, is legal and, yes, it does void your warranty but there’s a workaround for that too, which ensures Apple will never know you’ve been fiddling with their iOS!
Ok, so your device is Jailbroken, you have your PDF, photo, email or theater tickets ready to print out. What next ?
We need to check to see if your computer, printer and device are compatible. FingerPrint works for both Mac and Windows. Mac needs OSX 10.6 – 10.7 and Windows needs XP SP3 or later. Your device must be running iOS 4.2 or later and your printer has to be WiFi enabled – everything must be on the same network .
So , if you can check every box we are ready to rock and roll . Follow the steps below to install and use fingerprint .
Installing Fingerprint :
- Install FingerPrint. It is not a free app but the price you pay for this is guaranteed to be lower than any Airprint printer you can find . Download link at the end of the article .
- The app works by allowing the device access to the printers connected to your computer. So to ensure that the PC recognizes the printer you wish to use and make sure it is on and ready to go.
- Choose what you want to print, select the print option via the device and – voila! Your chosen image, email, note etc. will print before your eyes.
It really is that simple to Turn any printer into an Airprint enabled printer . Your computer must be on in order for FingerPrint to work. Once it is then the app runs unobtrusively in the background until you need to use it. FingerPrint also allows the transfer of files onto your computer syncing them with Evernote, Dropbox and iPhoto to name but a few. The compatible folders will be listed alongside your printers and to transfer them all you have to do it “print” them to any folder you want.
Here is a video explaining How-to use FingerPrint : YouTube Video
I can’t be alone in thinking that finding cables and leads is a major hassle and unfortunately it sometimes stops me from transferring pictures and folders that I would certainly miss should my iPhone go astray, break or become corrupted. FingerPrint takes away the hassle making printing and transferring simple and effortless, and no one can turn their nose up at that .
Fingerprint Download Link . Price $19.95
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