How do I print from my iPad or iPhone to my existing printer on Windows or Mac?

So you’ve downloaded a webpage, an email or a PDF document from the internet on your iPad or iPhone and you want to print it out on your work or home Printer - FingerPrintprinter. Of course it isn’t that easy and the printer usually doesn’t automatically appear when you hit print.  At this point you may email it to your work or home pc or even put it in a DropBox ( . Wouldn’t it be better to be able to just print it directly.

Well now you can.

For only a few dollars you can purchase FingerPrint – a new tool for Windows and Mac computers that allows you to share via AirPrint your existing printers. Just install it on the computer that has the printer connected and as long as your Apple device is on the same network it will now be able to print to it.   Some printers may be incompatible so FingerPrint offer a free trial where you can check it is going to work.

We tested it on a network and the local printers that were connected via USB worked fine but network printers shared by SMB did not appear in the program as an option. In this case you would want to run FingerPrint from the computer that was acting as the Print Server. FingerPrint also offers the added functionality of being able to send files directly to a dropbox account that you configure on your mac or pc or open the file directly on your mac or pc. Give it a try and see if it fits your needs.

FingerPrint is created by Collobos Software.  Click here to download a Free Trial for Mac or Windows.



Authored by Ian


Ian Johnson is a Director of OJ Networks. He has been working in IT since 1995. Mentored by the best, Ian started as Technical Support Officer for an innovative dialup ISP in Brisbane “Hub Communications”. He progressed to become a Web Design and Programmer in ASP, ASP.NET and PHP during his time at “The Lab Development Group” with David Vandenberg amonst others. Ian has been working as a Consultant on the Sunshine Coast since 2001 and became a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) Server Administrator in 2010 after which he formed OJ Networks. He has assisted numerous small businesses to reach their potential through IT Infrastructure Planning and Implementation and Web design, Development and Web Marketing. You can connect with Ian on Linked In.

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  • Marina Diamondez

    print n share is one i use for a printing app as well