There’s so much stuff at the International Consumer Electronics Show each year, it’s easy to overlook the clever things that might fall through the cracks -- take, for instance, a new iOS app from Sculpteo, which introduces a powerful, cloud-based 3D print engine for converting most anything you can see into real-life objects.
My partner talked me into a MacBook Pro last year as a replacement for a stolen Windows laptop. In Outlook, I have been able to print out double-sided, half-page, DayTimer-style calendar pages. I cut the sheets, three-hole punch them, and put them into my calendar. But when I try to do this from iCal, I can’t get it to work right. My partner spent days trying to prove me wrong to no avail (and he’s been a Mac addict for 25 years). Do you have a solution?
Apple enabled limited iPad printing with the introduction of AirPrint in iOS 4.2. But if you’re not lucky enough to have an AirPrint-supported printer, or if you want print capabilities beyond those supported by Apple, what are you to do? One possibility is PrintCentral Pro from EuroSmartz, an app that takes a kitchen sink approach to printing, with various degrees of success.
Printopia is a small System Preferences pane that, once installed, will give you access to non-AirPrint printers directly from your iOS device, but also includes a feature to print directly to your Dropbox folder on your Mac. With this feature, whenever you print, a PDF file will be immediately transfered to your Mac's Dropbox folder and opened.
If you were among the many disappointed to find that Apple left out AirPrint support for existing printers when iOS 4.2 was released, you’ve probably discovered Ecamm’s Printopia. If so, check for updates, because the company just released version 2.0 which brings a long list of cool new features.
Most of us go about our day, deftly printing the most common, letter-sized documents without a care in the world -- that is, until we want to switch things up and print photos instead, only to find that Mac OS X’s normally easy-to-use printer settings suddenly fail to be of much help.