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I would appreciate some ideas for methods of printing from the iPad. Since iWork is going to be a series of iPad applications I would hope a simple way will be provided to print documents and spreadsheets created on the iPad.

It is not enough to say 'wireless printer'. Surely there ought to be ways to use USB printers as well. Or, am I forced to go out and buy a new wireless printer?
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Well, you obviously hook up your USB printer to something. There are plenty of apps for iPhone and iPod Touch that print through a computer connection via WiFi.
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The first solution is to e-mail document and print them from there.

The second solution is to build printing into the OS and to download only the exact driver you need by looking at what kind of printer you have via bonjour. Which you will need a wireless printer for.

A USB solution is less convenient then e-mailing the document therefore it's not needed.

But if you need the wireless solution built into the OS I wouldn't hold my breath.

There are several printing apps on the app store which are meant to work with the iPhone, but all the ones I have tried (most popular ones) didn't work (and I don't care if they worked for you).

Apple should build it into the OS and tie it tightly in with printer vendors - so the drivers are download directly, but as of now they haven't done this.

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The way printing on the iPhone SHOULD work. You have a contextual option called "Print", when you tap it for the first time it goes through a super-quick setup process to download the driver for this particular wireless printer directly from the vendor. You can subsequently printer every time at that location from then on. Same goes if you try to print at someone else house or the office. If their printer is a different model you go through the driver process again.

This is the way it's SHOULD work. But it WON'T. When it come to this kind of stuff Apple are historically very lazy.
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Originally Posted by tonton View Post

Well, you obviously hook up your USB printer to something. There are plenty of apps for iPhone and iPod Touch that print through a computer connection via WiFi.

They are all useless, and very hit and miss. The only "REAL" solution is to build printing functionality into the iPad OS.
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

They are all useless, and very hit and miss. The only "REAL" solution is to build printing functionality into the iPad OS.

Which may have been done. Nobody knows yet.
Please don't be insane.
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Please don't be insane.
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