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Great iPhone printing solution for everyone

Printer Pro is a smart app that allows users to easily print documents from an iPhone, even if their printer doesn’t support Apple’s AirPrint protocol. Created by Readdle — the developer behind a number of popular apps for iOS, including Scanner Pro and Documents .

The layout of the app is straight-forward and instructive

The layout of the app is straight-forward and instructive

Once downloaded and installed, Printer Pro lets users begin printing their documents as soon as a printer has been configured with the app. AirPrint-compatible or Wi-Fi-enabled printers should automatically connect to the application; if you have a wired printer plugged into your computer, however, you’ll first need to download Readdle’s desktop client in order to turn your offline printer into an online one. The software is available free of charge and it’s compatible with both PC and Mac computers.

Your printer should appear in the list

Your printer should appear in the list

From here, wirelessly printing documents using the application couldn’t be easier. You see, Printer Pro supports “extensions” under iOS 8 (as well as the “Open In” menu, too), allowing iPhone owners to print Web pages, images, PDFs, or anything else they might encounter in another iOS application quickly and easily. Moreover, printing documents using iOS 8 extensions doesn’t mean the file is bounced over to the Printer Pro app; instead, a pop-up interface allows users to select a configured printer and to print their document using Printer Pro without leaving the app they’re currently in. Readdle’s application converts your media into printable content, too.

Usefully, an iOS 8 extension allows users to print from outside the Printer Pro application.

Usefully, an iOS 8 extension allows users to print from outside the Printer Pro application.

Of course, you can also print from within Printer Pro’s interface: here, buttons allow users to send the contents of their iOS clipboard, contact information, and images from the Photos app to a connected printer. Though for everything else (including Safari, the Mail app, and the likes of Pages, Microsoft Word, and even Dropbox), the Printer Pro extension is definitely the way to go.

Your configured printer should appear in Printer Pro's inline interface.

Your configured printer should appear in Printer Pro’s inline interface.

When printing, an “options” menu allows users to configure their paper orientation, size, the number of copies, and whether a document is set to fit to its page or not. It’s also possible to preview your printing using Printer Pro before sending it off, in order to ensure that it’s just right.

Printer Pro's companion desktop application for Mac.

Printer Pro’s companion desktop application for Mac.

All in all the application works great, and considering it’s a mere workaround for Apple’s own native AirPrint, Readdle’s solution is definitely impressive. Though do remember that the price of AirPrint-enabled printers has come down a lot since Apple first launched its protocol a few years ago, so setting up a more native solution may not prove as expensive as you first thought.

Go grab Printer Pro now – it offers an awesome solution for anyone looking to get some AirPrint action without purchasing a compatible printer.

Price: $2.99 / £2.29
Version: 5.4.0
Size: 64.7 MB
Developer: Readdle

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Review: Printer Pro – You don't need AirPrint to print documents from your iPhone
A great printer app for all iPhone users – easy to set up and use.
4.5Overall Score