In this section I discuss one of the popular third-party printing apps for the iPhone and iPad called Print n Share by EuroSmartz Ltd.
In terms of features, Print n Share is almost indistinguishable from the PrintCentral Pro app and are both from the same developer. I refer to them interchangeably on this website. The developer tells me the difference is that Print n Share is a universal app for both the iPad and iPhone whereas PrintCentral Pro must be purchased separately for each device.
Unfortunately it is confusing for the customer that they (and some other developers) offer several different printing apps that are essentially the same. Both Print n Share and PrintCentral Pro are good choices.
What I really like about Print n Share is that it is full-featured:
- Its a universal app. You only pay once to use it on both your iPhone and iPad.
- It can print to almost all printers (one should never say all!) whether they be AirPrint, Wi-Fi, or printers connected to your Mac or PC. This means you can print to most Bluetooth printers using your iPad or iPhone as long as they’re connected to your computer.
- Print via 3G, 4G or the cloud.
- Converts files and documents to PDF.
- Your purchase includes free technical support and the app is regularly updated.
- Access files direct from cloud storage including Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, WebDAV and others. This is a very useful feature. You can print your Microsoft Office documents stored in OneDrive directly from inside the Print n Share app. There’s no need for complex or messy work-arounds to be able to print.
- You can also print your calendar and contacts. You cannot do this in the native apps on your iPad or iPhone.
- You can fine tune your print job. For example, you can print in portrait or landscape, print multiple pages of a document or presentation to one page and adjust your page scaling amongst other features. Print n Share also has a print preview. These printing features are not available in the native print menus of apps on your iPad.
- Other features. Print n Share has many other features, a lot of which you won’t normally use (like zipping / unzipping files or transferring files from one device to another) but they’re there if you need them.
The biggest selling point though is Print n Share is supported. Technical support is offered 24/7 with turnaround times averaging around 1 hour. On each occasion I’ve asked for support, I’ve received a response within the hour.
Not only that, there are pop-up messages within the app that encourage you to contact support if you have any issues. EuroSmartz also make it easy to do so by opening a support request form directly in your email client.
After testing a USB connected printer, Print n Share produced a dialog asking if the page printed, and if not, would I like to contact support? For me, that’s a deal closer. Printing is not one of those things you want to wait a day (or worse, a weekend or longer) for an email response to your support request.
In summary, I see Print n Share as kind of like a Swiss Army knife. It has loads of features, some of which you may never use but they’re there if you ever need them. Granted, the design and interface is nowhere near as elegant as some of its competitors like Printer Pro for iPhone by Readdle. However, it still manages to pack in all of its features without feeling bloated.
Finally, while PrintCentral Pro and Print n Share cost a little extra than some other printing apps, for me that premium support is worth the price of admission.
For more information on printing from your iPad or iPhone, see the separate discussions of third-party printing apps and all of your options for printing from an iPad or iPhone.