Apple’s AirPrint lets iPad users wirelessly print documents, but this feature only works with a few HP printers. A pair of free desktop apps makes this software much more useful.
At one point, Apple said it intended to allow iPad users to send print jobs through a desktop computer via an app called AirPrint. However, this feature was not included when this software was released as part of iOS 4.2. As it stands now, AirPrint only works with a short list of wireless printers: HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro, and HP Officejet.
The Mac developer community moved into action, and just a week after the release of this new feature, there are a pair of free apps that allow iPad users to print on any printer that’s hooked to a network.
The app for Windows users is called AirPrint Activator, and it was released by Stephen Muhl. It can be downloaded from his website, iBlueray.de or from this direct link.
The Mac OS X app is called AirPrint Hacktivator, and it is available from Netputing.