How to hook a printer to an ipad

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How to hook a printer to an ipad
The following native iPad apps support printing: Mail, Photos, Safari and iBooks. (Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Although the devices are coveted for their sharp screens and flexible viewing options, iPad users do need to print documents or pictures sometimes. The iPad has no physical ports that will let you connect the device to a printer directly, but it does have wireless network capabilities. There is no native software that allows you to print from an iPad, but you can download apps that let your iPad communicate with a wireless printer using your home or work Internet connection.

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    Download Print Magic by Wellala. This app is designed to allow users to print wirelessly from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The app allows you to print text or pictures using the iPad's select, copy and paste feature, which means you can print a variety of content, from text in documents or browsers to pictures and images. Once you downloaded the app, you can also download a PC desktop app to connect to wired printers. As of the date of this publication, the app costs £1.90.

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    Use ePrint. This app works with selected printers, although the developer, Microtech Corp., doesn't specify which machines it works with and which it doesn't. If you want to use this app, Microtech recommends you try the free version of the app, ePrint Free, before purchasing the full version, which costs £1.90 as of the date of this publication. With the full version, you can preview the image you are printing before sending it to the printer, as well as specify paper size and colour.

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    Install DocPrinter by EuroSmartz Ltd. Using this app, you can transfer documents from your Mac or server to your iPad and send them directly from your device to a wireless printer using either an Internet server or 3G network. You can also store files on your iPad for viewing and printing later. If your printer doesn't have wireless capabilities, you can also print from your iPad through your Mac computer or PC using the app. As of the June 2011, DocPrinter costs £3.80.

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