Originally Posted by muppetry
I've never actually figured out why iOS does not support printing to a network printer. It seems like really basic OS functionality that would be easy to implement. Anyone have a simple explanation for that?
I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about; i just printed this Forum from my iPad2/Safari using AirPrint to our Xerox 700/EFI Server... which is a "network printer".
I've been able to also print to my old Canon i9950 and HP C8100 USB printers (usb) just fine as well.
However... I hardly ever need or want to. I'm actually in the business of showing other businesses how to integrate the iPad in their workflows, and have only one time been asked about printing. I first make sure to find out "why" and "what" they NEED to print, before giving them the solution. Many times it's just people with old and wasteful habits though.
I then go on to explain and teach how to make good use of Spotlight, Spotlight Comments, and my favorite app on the Mac, Launchbar. Then they see the reason why printing and filing just might not be that useful in the long run.
Local servers and Cloud integration is where the game is. And don't forget offsite physical backups
Normal office printing can and should be reduced at least 50% over the next couple of years from the levels of 2010.
Amazing how many people do not know how to use email features like flagging, Smart Folders, even basic Spotlight search within Mail, etc. I can't count how many people I have met that have an Inbox with a few thousand emails... and when I ask how they find something, they just scroll up and down the list.
I firmly believe and experience the fact daily, that technology has moved far faster than most people have had the time to learn or keep up with. Nobody I know, truly "knows" MS Office for example... or even Outlook. I estimate that more than 75% of the Office program's features are not used at all, or worse... misused and abused (poooor MS! ☺ ).
I didn't mean to get off-track, but this also explains the reason why printing is declining: the old boring, confusing, hard-to-learn-when-your-crashing way of business and workflows, is being replaced by the fun, easy, and productive iPad.... and Mac OS X.
PS. It's all about search: I know tons of people that don't know how to bookmark a page, but use Google or the URL bar every single time they go to a site. I tell and show 'em Spotlight is the same thing, just like Google, but for iOS or OS X.... and they're gobsmacked