Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Print From an Android Tablet?

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the print-an-emailed-scan-of-a-polaroid dept.

Android 203

KowboyKrash writes "Does any Slashdotter know how to print from an Android tablet? I have read about Google Cloud Print, but will it work from all (or at least most) apps? Is there a better solution? A little background: With my laptop being four years old, and the battery failing, I want to replace it with a device with 10 hours of battery. I am purchasing an Asus Transformer Prime after Christmas as a gift to myself; my plan is to replace my laptop completely for portable computing. I've already selected several apps that should meet my needs, including Polaris Office, and TeamViewer to remotely access my desktop. So are there any printing solutions for Android? Printing to my network printer at home is good enough."

cancel ×

203 comments

easiest is best right? (4, Funny)

wervr (712696) | more than 2 years ago | (#38320958)

xerox machine

Re:easiest is best right? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321064)

I read it as "ancient tablet" and began thinking of chalk rubbings, or inking one side and pressing it to paper...

Re:easiest is best right? (1)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321182)

I was going to go with hiring a scribe....

Re:easiest is best right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321314)

Yep, I have recommended to use a camera to my colleague when she asked me how to take a snapshot of her running PC application. Guess what? She even used a flash...

Re:easiest is best right? (4, Interesting)

GNUman (155139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322048)

I have had to do this before, taking a camera photo of a screen; but in my defense, the computer had frozen, and there was no other way to get the snapshot.

Re:easiest is best right? (3, Informative)

symbolset (646467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322254)

Before slideshow software this was how we made slideshows. No joke - special camera and all that.

Re:easiest is best right? (3, Interesting)

neonleonb (723406) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322464)

Yeah, my dad did a graphics Ph.D. in the late 80s, and to get good renders for publication, he aimed a good camera at a good monitor.

Best Way To Print From an Android Tablet? (3, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321464)

Use it to order a real computer from the Amazon site. :-)

Re:easiest is best right? (2)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322114)

pastebin, bitches

Cloud Print (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38320996)

Cloud print works for me very well from my phone and tablet. If printing to a home printer is good enough then it should work just fine for you. Does for me.

Re:Cloud Print (2)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321422)

Cloud print works for me very well from my phone and tablet. If printing to a home printer is good enough then it should work just fine for you. Does for me.

Except doesn't Cloud Print require a PC that's connected to the printer to be running as a print server? I'm told there are a few printers that have Cloud Print servers built-in now, but not many. Submitter didn't say whether he had a dedicated workstation at home.

Old laptop with dead battery = fine print server (3, Insightful)

billstewart (78916) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322164)

Maybe he doesn't have a dedicated workstation at home, but he's about to have a spare laptop that's more than fast enough to be a print server, and the dead battery won't matter if it's plugged in all the time.

Re:Cloud Print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321676)

Came here to reccomend this myself.

HP eprint Home and Biz (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321006)

Use it all the time on my phone

Re:HP eprint Home and Biz (1)

ToThoseOfUs (2377416) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321266)

Second this, if your printer it's a hp it will fit most out your needs. It the app exports pdf, office formats, our the popular image formats this works. I know for certain that it works with polaris, that's what I use on my tablet.

Most apps don't have built-in printing (2)

andymadigan (792996) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321032)

Most apps don't have built-in print support. I've never needed to print from my phone, but it looks like an app like this could do it: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pauloslf.cloudprint&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5wYXVsb3NsZi5jbG91ZHByaW50Il0.

Replacement (5, Insightful)

cyachallenge (2521604) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321052)

A different question may be: do you really want to replace a fully functional platform for an app ridden one? The ability to print effectively shouldn't cost you $9.99. As awesome as tablets are I wouldn't recommend using one for everything.

Re:Replacement (0, Flamebait)

hjf (703092) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321586)

you have to understand: this is slashdot and geeks NEED tablets to be cool. Now it's their time to shine: never in history "having a computer" was a cool thing. And let alone, have a computer on you 24/7. a nice tablet can get you LAID!

As smart as they are, geeks don't understand that it's not about the computer. It's about the person. Like 24 megapixel,36x zoom cameras: it's not about the camera. It's about the photographer.

Seconded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321940)

You're going to spend $500 and not have the option to run whatever you want, when you want. You're basically paying extra so you can continue to pay extra instead of downloading freeware that's available even if you're running Windows.

You can pickup more powerful machines for less when they are on sale from Walmart or Office Depot. Check out slickdeals or salescircular. Don't get stuck with stupid hardware because you want to look cool.

Re:Replacement (2)

scdeimos (632778) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321958)

The ability to print effectively shouldn't cost you $9.99.

I agree that tablets aren't a replacement for desktops and notebooks, but it was only a few years ago that if you wanted to utilise any of the useful features of your Canon printers from Linux (e.g.: print on a CD/DVD) you had to pay a $30 tax to TurboPrint. Thankfully CUPS has improved significantly since then.

Re:Replacement (2)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322604)

Or you could have just bought a less lame brand of printer.

CUPS really didn't change that. It still pays to pay attention to what you but. It's especially true for Linux and MacOS but it occasionally applies to Windows too.

Re:Replacement (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321994)

Indeed. I would suggest getting a latest EEE PC instead. You get a working windows/linux machine with 7-8 hours of battery life for half the price of the transformer.

WiFi enabled printer? (0)

madirad (163824) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321078)

The hardware is there to print from a WiFi device like an Android tablet. Windows computers are able to print this way with the drivers available to them so it may be a hack to do it from Android. You would need a conduit to allow all apps to print this way.

OTOH, printing from a given app would be easier to do, just have to reverse-engineer the printer drivers.

Re:WiFi enabled printer? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321274)

You can do it via dropbox. See http://www.labnol.org/internet/print-from-mobile-phones/17827/

Re:WiFi enabled printer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321428)

There are several paid and free apps that do this already. The free ones use the Linux FOSS cups drivers so they do not cover every printer, but even the paid ones do not cost much.

You won't like this, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321086)

... AirPrint on iOS :P

Re:You won't like this, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321188)

Except for the part where you have to buy a new HP printer with AirPrint.

Or buy a mac and buy Printopia.

Or you struggle with this german piece of scheisse [9to5mac.com] with no logging, errors, or any kind of troubleshooting at all, until you give up.

Do you want life to suck or not? (0)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321606)

Except for the part where you have to buy a new HP printer with AirPrint.

You know what? Who cares! Aren't computers and various peripherals surrounding them supposed to make your life easier?

Buying a WiFi printer makes life WAY easier for everyone in the household, from iPad users to laptop users of all sorts.

I was a little annoyed at this too but for the first time I don't have a monthly Printer Hell I have to spend time in because the printer is doing this or that wrong.

For as short as our lives are I don't understand why people do not use the easiest solution possible generally for something they use day to day - ESPECIALLY with printers that can bring such an epic level of frustration to bear.

Re:Do you want life to suck or not? (2)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322004)

A far easier solution is that instead of having to buy new hardware every time a problem long solved in PC world comes up, you buy a PC.

You'll save on device itself, then you'll save on both money needed to buy new hardware that is at least somewhat compatible, as well as time needed to fuck around with this new hardware until it starts to actually work as intended.

Buying trouble (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322694)

A far easier solution is that instead of having to buy new hardware every time a problem long solved in PC world comes up, you buy a PC.

No, what is easier is buying a post-PC solution to a problem that has plagued PC users since the dawn of time. Printers on PCs (or Macs, no platform war here) have always sucked

Also remember that post-PC is not SANS-PC. My WiFi printer works great with any other computer, better in fact than my print-served printers ever did.

Feel free to go backwards all you like. I'm ratcheting my way one piece of advanced equipment at a time into the future. You can sit there in the cave while I drive my metaphorical flying Ferrari to the moon.

Re:Do you want life to suck or not? (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322890)

Yes, nothing ever goes obsolete in the PC world, and you never have to fuck around with it.

Post brought to you from Bizarro World.

Re:Do you want life to suck or not? (1, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322620)

> You know what? Who cares! Aren't computers and various peripherals surrounding them supposed to make your life easier?

This is why a new tablet should not disallow you from using your old printer.

> Buying a WiFi printer makes life WAY easier for everyone in the household, from iPad users to laptop users of all sorts.

No, not really. Any normal printer can be hooked up to a real PC and you can network it any way you like. Windows has done this for a long time and Macs have done it for even longer.

It's funny that you make excuses for this tablet nonsense while droning on about "how stuff should be useful".

Greenpeace should more closely scrutinize this "let's throw perfectly good stuff into the local landfill" mentality that Apple Corp and it's stoogies seem to have.

Re:Do you want life to suck or not? (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322670)

This is why a new tablet should not disallow you from using your old printer.

It doesn't. I could have easily. But remember the part about not sucking? The old printer worked OK, sure, but it relied on the computer working and then the print server working too. Now I'm done with it all, if all computers in the house are dead or toast or whatever it just doesn't matter - nor does the printer have to be BY a computer, and even greater advantage.

No, not really.

Sorry but you are utterly delusional. It makes life 100x easier for the casual home computer network tech guy. I have configured linux print servers of various sorts and flavors for years before I bought the WiFi printer, so it's not like I cannot configure them - they just suck, and in practice are brittle enough that family members have trouble using such things.

It's funny that you make excuses for this tablet nonsense while droning on about "how stuff should be useful"

What's even funnier is your idiotic technical claptrap about how awesome it is you can hook an old printer that doesn't work very well to a PC you also have to maintain. AWESOME!

I'll be out skiing while you set that up. Or even better yet ,working on some awesome program, which is 100000x more valuable to humanity than being another monkey who can manage a print server.

Re:You won't like this, but... (2)

wzinc (612701) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322568)

No, it goes like this: Buy Transformer, be disappointed, return it, and buy iPad.

Printer Share Mobile Print and Google Cloud Print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321116)

I have my printer set up to be shared by me on Google Cloud print. I can use it directly from any of the Google Apps from my Toshiba Thrive. The Printer Share Mobile Print app adds that functionality to the non-Google apps that can print.

It all works simply once you go through the setting up of the Google Cloud Print. My printer is an older Canon connected to home network. Some of the new printers around have Cloud Print built in.

Re:Printer Share Mobile Print and Google Cloud Pri (1)

Totenglocke (1291680) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322236)

PrinterShare is quite good. I picked it up for free off Amazon when they were giving it away a month or two ago (I think the full version is normally $5). I've been happy with it so far.

Why drop the better? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321130)

Why, though, would you want to replace a fully functional platform with, what essentially is, a very expensive toy?

I mean, don't get me wrong. Tablets are light years ahead of what they were when they first got big, but... Yes, the Transformer is more functional than the likes of the iPad, but even then the tablet platform has little to no advantages over a notebook (touch screens are too finicky for my taste to be an advantage).

"gift to myself" (3, Funny)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321136)

Do you also gift wrap it and keep it a surprise till Christmas?

Re:"gift to myself" (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321198)

We're here at Slashdot. We've replaced ThatsMyNick's funny comment with one that makes it seem like he's being a total dick.

Let's see if anyone can tell the difference!

Re:"gift to myself" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321474)

well played sir!

Buy new battery (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321140)

Buy new battery from Ebay. Costs about 30 bucks.

So far I have bought three batteries, two chargers, and one keyboard for my HP 6710b. It is my work machine (I write for living, not in this language though) and I think I am going to use it 3-5 years more, or until something critical fails. I backup text files daily to SD card, so I do not lose work if the HD does not boot some day.

printershare app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321158)

it has worked great for me.

Dropbox + CUPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321164)

I use a python snippet that uses inotify to look in the Dropbox share for any files added to a particular folder and send them to the default CUPS printer. It's what I use to print from the n900 - which is actually just about never ;)

Google's cloud printing was intended for Android (3, Interesting)

whereissue (2522564) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321190)

If you can access Google's cloud printing (you can) you're all set.
Free... so long as you don't mind sharing your data with Google (which you'd already be doing if you're using their cloud service).

I'm curious to see what better (faster!) ideas appear on this thread... There have to be better ways.
Or, at least, more interesting.

Not finished (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321192)

I've had my tablet for months now, and if I could go back, I would get a lenovo or some other compact laptop. I don't do anything crazy, just basic web and a little video, and even for that a modern android tablet doesn't quite get the job done.

If you want to do any creating or processing or non-walled-garden-viewing, I would urge you to skip android. Or at least Acer.

Re:Not finished (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322018)

ASUS. It's an ASUS Transformer you nit.

Printershare (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321208)

Works great for me on my Android phone, assume it would work for you. Found it on this really neat thing called the Android Market....

Right here. [android.com]

No printing sucks (4, Insightful)

frisket (149522) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321230)

It's crazy. My old N800 PDA could run CUPS, so i could print the PDFs I created with LaTeX on it. WTF are they thinking, not having printing on it? And why has no-one ported CUPS?

Re:No printing sucks (4, Insightful)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322030)

Because nokia's "tablets" were worker's machines. Modern tablets are toys. These have very different needs and were one of the major reasons why n-series of tablets was a very small niche product while modern tablets sell millions.

PrinterShare App (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321254)

I got it for free but I think they charge for it now. Automatically finds all network printers. Easy peasy.

Email to computer than print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321260)

Really, tablets are for viewing, not for printing. If you want to print email the document to a real workstation with proper printing software.

Re:Email to computer than print (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322630)

Yeah. "Email it to print it". That's usable alright. [/sarc]

The excuses people make for this crap. Stuff they would be the first to whine about if it happened outside of their little branded bubble.

About Polaris (4, Informative)

Wasusa (1633263) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321262)

I know it's not your question, but just a warning on it. If you plan to send the documents to anyone, and they don't have office 2010 there are going to be issues. They'll be able to read the file in a shocking font if they open it something like openoffice or libreoffice, but there will be random characters at the start and end and the text won't be manipulable.

Re:About Polaris (1)

timsch (673489) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322938)

Last month I did about 3 hours work on a Dropbox document using Polaris Office on my Galaxy Tab. Office, to my chagrin, couldn't open it - said it was corrupted. When I checked, this was a well-known issue. Pretty useless really and have not used it since, but it was nice to use on the tablet.

Lots of great ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321278)

CUPS this is quite hard and will involve compiling a native linux app to run on android but once you have and your device is rooted you can print to virtually any network printer. Or buy a HP they have apps for printing I think but either way each printer is a web server and you can print and scan if you point your browser to the printers IP (Setting up a home dns server is really helpful for this).

printbot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321284)

printbot works for me. It can autodetect printers on the LAN and print files, selected text or via the "share" fonction.

Asus Transformer Prime? (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321288)

Does it come with the Decepticon or Autobot logo?

Or, rather, will be Hasbro legal department be contacting Asus shortly?

Making your model of the soon to be renamed tablet product line a rare collector's item?

Check with the printer manufacturers (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321294)

I recently found out Brother has an app for printing from Android and IOS [brother-usa.com] . Maybe the other printer manufacturers do too?

Slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321296)

First of all how do you know it's okay to print or send anything confidential to "the cloud", if "the cloud" is run by a third-party?

Second of all, shut up. This is a ridiculous question.

Just use your desktop or a laptop. We know you have one, because you have a tablet and a printer. DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

PrintBot works nicely for me (3, Informative)

gweilo8888 (921799) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321300)

I don't print a *lot* from my Android tablet, but I do occasionally. I've found PrintBot to work nicely:

https://market.android.com/details?id=net.jsecurity.printbot&hl=en [android.com]

Note: I have no connection to the author, and haven't yet needed to try the paid version myself, so I refer to the (extremely restricted) free version.

Cheers TV Show = Another Illuminati Program? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321336)

The show opens with a lady holding a glass of what appears to be red wine but is it instead, blood? Other people are holding glasses with red liquid too, notice the only individual, in green, hidden from the waist up, what message does this convey?

Don't give in to masochism. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321384)

iPads can do this without paying extra money for a printing app. If your printer isn't "AirPrint" compatible, just run this program once on the mac that shares it: http://download.cnet.com/AirPrint-Activator/3000-18487_4-75327225.html

Re:Don't give in to masochism. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321868)

Let me get this straight. You think he should spend the extra money on an iPad so that he can save money on the printing app? Oh, and he'll forgo the two extra processing cores, 0.4GHz of processing speed, optional keyboard, and twice the storage of the base iPad?

Sign me up.

Re:Don't give in to masochism. (2)

scdeimos (632778) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322046)

You forgot "... and twice the battery life."

PrintShare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321396)

PrintShare works pretty good. Was the free app on Amazon one day. Also Epson has a free app for printing to Epson printers from Android.

PrinterShare (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321420)

I use PrinterShare. It requires a service running on a Windows box, but you can print through the service to a printer from outside the network, which means I can print to my home computer (for instance) from anywhere in the world I can get signal. Available from android store. Not affiliated, just a user.

Re:PrinterShare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322158)

I second PrinterShare.

Although I should point out that no PC client is needed for printing over LAN, only for internet (WAN) printing. Haven't used it on anything above 2.3 on a N1 so tablets may be hit or miss. The interface makes up for the fact that Android apps aren't able to directly print by rendering URL's, photos, PDF's, and all other documents I've tried printing.

Bad idea from the start (1)

LodCrappo (705968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321596)

Replacing a laptop with a tablet, any tablet, is a nasty compromise. You'll miss your 4 year old laptop the first time you have to do any work on the tablet.
If you're like most people who have this idea, you'll wind up carrying both the tablet and the old laptop (or buying a new laptop) and then one day you'll just forget the tablet at home, and within a couple months the tablet will live on your coffee table and rarely leave the house.

Re:Bad idea from the start (1)

green1 (322787) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321722)

not so far...

I completely replaced my laptop with an Acer Iconia tablet + USB keyboard + wireless mouse (keyboard and mouse only used for "serious" computing tasks) and haven't looked back yet. I've been using that setup for about 4 months with no problems.

Of course I still use my desktop when I'm at home, though I have found that even that can now go several days without getting powered up as I do more and more on the tablet.

All in the app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321602)

Ability to print is completely controlled by the app, android lacks a built in system for printing to my knowledge

save a tree you insensitive fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38321642)

Print to a pdf or some other open doc format.

I have an idea (3, Insightful)

jon3k (691256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321734)

Instead of trying to figure out how to print, how about, in 2011, we figure out how to NOT PRINT?????

Re:I have an idea (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321860)

That would require buying a tablet for everyone who plans to read the document. Nor are these tablets necessarily rugged enough for single-digit-year-old children.

Re:I have an idea (1)

jon3k (691256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321896)

That would require buying a tablet for everyone who plans to read the document

No it doesn't. It requires everyone who needs to read the document to have access to a device capable of displaying it. But, I don't know where you got the idea that single-digit-year-old children are incapable of using tablets [youtube.com] .

Dropped, sit on, stepped on, etc. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322660)

It requires everyone who needs to read the document to have access to a device capable of displaying it.

And even that isn't yet guaranteeable in 2011. Not everybody carries a laptop, tablet, e-reader, or smartphone. Or what scenario am I missing?

Nor are these tablets necessarily rugged enough

I don't know where you got the idea that single-digit-year-old children are incapable of using tablets

Perhaps I underemphasized "rugged". A careful 3-year-old can use an iPad 2, but a less careful one will likely drop it, sit on it, step on it, etc.

Re:Dropped, sit on, stepped on, etc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322776)

And even that isn't yet guaranteeable in 2011. Not everybody carries a laptop, tablet, e-reader, or smartphone. Or what scenario am I missing?

Well if you're trying to figure out how to print from a tablet, then obviously you have one you can use with your child. It's called parenting.

Perhaps I underemphasized "rugged". A careful 3-year-old can use an iPad 2, but a less careful one will likely drop it, sit on it, step on it, etc.

Maybe you should supervise your single-digit-child instead of trying to turn an iPad into a babysitter? There are of course ruggedized cases for iPads [otterbox.com] if you're too busy to be bothered with supervising your child.

Or maybe you just need [youtube.com] a few more examples [youtube.com] of 3 year olds [youtube.com] that are capable of using an iPad [youtube.com] as long as their parents are willing to actually, you know, parent.

For a child to carry elsewhere (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322796)

Well if you're trying to figure out how to print from a tablet, then obviously you have one you can use with your child. It's called parenting.

Unless you're trying to print something for your child to show to somebody else while the child is at school or a play date.

Re:I have an idea (1)

udippel (562132) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322016)

Thumbs up!!
100% agree.
+5 Insightful

Tell this to my wife or my employer.

Re:I have an idea (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322378)

Instead of trying to figure out how to print, how about, in 2011, we figure out how to NOT PRINT?????

Best idea I've heard yet.

And yet, here we are...2011 and still killing trees. I lost count at how many times I've heard "paperless office" predictions or product promises. Sad part is they forgot about the human factor.

Here's an idea to get users to stop printing. Put a single printer in the entire building. In the basement. I promise you that lazy will win the paperless office war for you.

I know, I'm boring (5, Interesting)

udippel (562132) | more than 2 years ago | (#38321998)

and yet, I say it up and down, everywhere: I'll buy the first tablet that runs Debian natively (make that Ubuntu, or anything like that). I buy a tablet, price doesn't matter too much, the day I can install some Linux-Distro on it (please, spare all of the us the 'Android-is-Linux' nonsense comments). I don't need coolness, I am cool. I need OpenOffice on my tablet, no Google-Docs, and I need printing. Not a single Cent for some app, no new printer. CUPS is on any reasonable Linux-Distro, and that's what I am waiting for.
Thanks to the original submitter. I was almost tempted to buy a tablet today, despite of all my good intentions as above. I didn't even consider I would not be able to print. Now I know that I am not going to buy a tablet for the time being.

Re:I know, I'm boring (2)

gnarlyc (2465948) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322060)

You should be able to mount an image with Debian on it and chroot into it on pretty much any Android device. Or create a separate partition on the SDcard just for Debian. (That's what I do on my D1.) It works pretty well even on an older device if you don't require a fancy desktop like KDE or Gnome. I just use bash mostly. I would imagine it works much better on a newer device with a 'large' screen like a tablet has. Rock on.

Re:I know, I'm boring (1)

udippel (562132) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322210)

Sorry, I forgot the second part of my request of sparement: I usually add 'chroot-nonsense'. Because I don't want to load some loop-mounted image. I want to insert any (u)SD with *nix on it and go through the installer. I don't understand. I could install, and have been using Ubuntu on my OMAP4-pandaboard off (u)SD for one year now. Why not on a similar tablet?

Mark S., what do you say?

Re:I know, I'm boring (1)

gnarlyc (2465948) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322348)

Ok. Using chroot and a separate Debian partition (NOT a loop mounted image) works fine for me. My goal was to have Debian work along with Android, so I succeed. Good luck. I did find this for the N1, which is close to what you are talking about, but on a phone and not a tablet... http://www.irregular-expression.com/?p=30 [irregular-expression.com]

Re:I know, I'm boring (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322264)

Many Archos tablets can be setup to dual boot with Android and Armstrong Linux (a full fledge desktop Linux). This isn't some hack, it is supported by the manufacturers.

I have a Archos tablet which is 4.3 inches and I can plug it to my computer monitor through mini-HDMI, use a full sized Blutooth keyboard and mouse and boot a full desktop Linux on it.

Re:I know, I'm boring (1)

pabs3 (259410) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322908)

Please come join us on the #debian-mobile IRC channel on OFTC. We would like to make Debian on tablets, handsets and other devices a reality.

Re:I know, I'm boring (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322976)

Asus has a fancy tablet PC with a wacom tablet in... for about $1200.

chroot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322050)

A friend of mine recently aquired an android phone, he did a Root + Chroot + debian setup and now can vnc to his chroot giving full debian capabilities on his phone.... it's a little work, but i assume he at least has the ability to print on it through the debian chroot

Brother Printer (2)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322098)

I have a Brother Printer and Brother has an iOS and Android app for printing. So far it has worked flawlessly.

Re:Brother Printer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322666)

epson nx 430 printer & wireless scanner has an android app that also prints flawlessly. setup took less than a minute

HP and Brother Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322104)

Both HP and Brother have android apps which will print to their wireless printers. The Brother app misses some of their more common printers, though.

cloud print has been spotty for me so far (2)

KowboyKrash (2020632) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322122)

as for those who are asking why I would replace my laptop with a tablet here are just a few my my reasons; Battery life, greater portability, simplicity (most of my needs are web based). I am not completely eliminating my laptop from the mix I just ordered a new battery and will be setting it up as a media pc connected to my Living room tv. on the rare occasion I will need to lug a real computer someplace I still can. what about a way to add fonts to android with out rooting?

Next on Slashdot... (1)

UnresolvedExternal (665288) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322184)

Effective use of wingdings in a serious text

People still use printers? (1)

Stephenmg (265369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322226)

A few questions I have. Do you really print that often? At home, I rarely have a need to print. I probably wouldn't print much at work if I had a tablet. Do you have a desktop? If so, I would just install dropbox or look at a printer that supports it. To those saying he should just get another laptop, mine rarely leaves my docking station at work. A tablet wont replace your computer, but it could replace a laptop if you have a desktop as well.

Wireless Brother printer (1)

denisbergeron (197036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322324)

Wireless Brother printer with iprint (the driver for wireless Brother printers)

http://yangyuer123.blog.com/2011/12/09/this-is-not (0)

cheapuggboots123 (2526558) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322332)

Welcome to visit!

Teamviewr on ipad is terrible (1)

dmacleod808 (729707) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322376)

I can only guess but it is probably just as bad on android Rdp for windows and vnc for everything else works pretty good

NFL jersey (1)

jersey123456 (2485408) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322484)

Most men & ladies tend to think it's the more youthful generation has fallen to appreciate the nfl jerseys cheap & MLB jerseys [jerseymall.biz] are willing to receive them. The passion for NFL jerseys NBA jerseys [jerseymall.biz] carrying the appropriate spread across all generations start using young to Wholesale NFL jerseys [jerseymall.biz] elderly. The reason is that these are the outside view that not only recognized around the globe more because of footy insanity in every part of the world, but also for its unusual style simultaneously. The makers of NFL jerseys for the most part are a number because of this emerging market has ever seen. The truth of the matter is that footy fans still need to be using the NFL jerseys are high quality & affordable for them. In today's world, finding cheap NFL Saints Jerseys ought to not be any issue NHL jerseys [jerseymall.biz] at all.

Epson App with Epson Printer (1)

G1369311007 (719689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322586)

Epson wifi printer with Epson printing app. Hasn't failed me yet.

too lazy to see if anybody elese mentioned this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38322794)

Samsung has an android apparently for their network printers. I use it on my phone but it has some limitations, mostly caused by android not having much support for printing built-in.

CUPS (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 2 years ago | (#38322858)

Android is Linux. I use Linux at work, at home, in my car, on my tablet, etc, etc.

It would be really nice if Android had CUPS support. That would make printing really easy for me :)

Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...