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Print n Share App Review

Print n Share EuroSmartz

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.

EuroSmartz develop several iPhone and iPad printing apps, including another popular printing app called PrintCentral (and PrintCentral Pro).

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.

Print n Share App Review

Print n Share iPhone Screenshots

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.

How to Print From Apps That Don’t Support Printing

Cant Print From App

 

You may be surprised to know that many apps on your iPad or iPhone still don’t support printing. These apps include Microsoft OneNote, Contacts, Calendar, many eBook or magazine style apps, some maps apps, and more.

Sometimes you’ll also find yourself unexpectedly needing to print, say, a pop-up dialog in an app that is displaying a receipt number or similar.

Here are some of your options when you find you need to print from app that doesn’t natively support printing:

  • Email. Email the content to yourself (or the print shop) and print the content from the email. So, for example, you could email a passage from an eBook to yourself and print that email or copy and paste the content into a third-party printing app. Similarly, if you can email a file out of an app you can print that file as an attachment from the native Mail app.
  • Take a screenshot. Capture your iPhone or iPad screen by simultaneously pressing the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons on your device. Print the resulting image that is saved in your Camera Roll.
  • Copy and paste. Copy and paste the content into another app the does support printing. Examples of such apps might include Pages, Notes, Microsoft Word or another productivity suite. Third-party printing apps like PrintCentral Pro have a clipboard feature just for this purpose.
  • Upload the content to a cloud storage service (like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.). Then download and print to a printer attached to a computer. Or, using a third-party printing app like PrintCentral Pro, you can download the content from the cloud service directly from inside the third-party printing app. Some cloud storage apps like Dropbox also have print capability.
  • HP ePrint. Anything that can be emailed can be ePrinted. Using the ePrint app, you can also send the content to one of thousands of print shops worldwide.
  • Send to Evernote. Anything that can be either emailed or sent to Evernote (using the ‘Open in’ function) can be printed from Evernote. This option is useful when there is no copy and paste function offered in an app you want to print from.

When using any of these methods be careful about the security of any confidential documents that you might be uploading to the cloud or sending via email. Also, be aware that sometimes when you download a file to a computer (like a public computer) in order to print, the computer may store a temporary copy of that file on its system. This file may, or may not be deleted when you finish your session on that computer. So its important to be careful not to leave any of your sensitive information behind.

Finally, remember to be respectful of copyright laws and user agreements that might apply when using an app or service. Sometimes there is no print function in an app because of copyright restrictions.

So, in summary, there are many creative ways to print from your iPad or iPhone apps even where they don’t natively support printing. Its not always pretty, but most of the time you’ll get the job done.

Printing From an iPad or iPhone Whilst You Are Traveling

iPad Travel

Sometimes you’ll find the need to print from an iPad or iPhone whilst you’re away from your home or office.

Maybe you’re on holiday, at a client’s office, a friend’s house or just out in the city and you need to print.

You might want to print a document, a boarding pass, a PowerPoint presentation, a ticket, an itinerary, an assignment, or an invoice, amongst other possibilities.

Separately, I’ve written about portable and mobile printers for your iPad and iPhone if you regularly need to print whilst away from the home or office.

For times when you’re not carrying a printer with you, your options might include:

  • AirPrint. If the printer you want to print to is AirPrint compatible, you’re in luck. Your job is as easy as connecting to the Wi-Fi network your printer is on, and printing directly from any of the apps on your device that support printing. Its now you begin to appreciate the beauty of the AirPrint technology!
  • Third-party printing apps like PrintCentral Pro. These apps enable you to print directly to the largest range of printers including those that aren’t AirPrint compatible. If the printer you want to print to has inbuilt Wi-Fi Direct or HP’s Wireless Direct technology, you can connect directly to the printer from your iPhone or iPad rather than having to be granted access to somebody’s Wi-Fi network.
  • Emailing the content. Either to yourself, the print shop, accommodation, or person who has the printer.
  • Uploading the content to a cloud storage service. Cloud services might include Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and so on. Then downloading the content and printing from a computer connected to a printer.
  • HP ePrint. Using the HP ePrint app, you can print your documents directly to the nearest HP Public Print Location. Over 10,000 locations worldwide are supported, and include FedEx Office stores, UPS stores, retail print outlets, hotels, airport lounges, universities, public libraries, and more.
  • Printing via 3G or Google Cloud Print. Many internet cafes now enable you to send your print jobs via Google Cloud Print. Some third-party printing apps like PrintCentral Pro can also be used for Google Cloud Print. 
  • Fax it. An old road warrior trick is to fax the document you want printed to your hotel or client’s office. Obviously, you wont get a great quality copy, and you should also make sure that you are not going to be charged for an incoming fax! Popular faxing apps include JotNot Pro by MobiTech 3000 LLC and Scanner Pro by Readdle. Costs will apply when using a faxing app.

Be careful about the security of any confidential documents that you might be printing, uploading to the cloud, or sending via email.

Also, be aware that when you download documents to another computer in order to print, the computer can save a temporary copy of the document to its hard drive. This document may, or may not be deleted when you finish your session on that computer. Likewise, copies of documents sent to cloud storage services or via Google Cloud Print may be backed-up or otherwise retained on their servers.

Consider investigating a service like Breezy (United States only) to help maintain the security of confidential documents whilst printing from an iDevice on the road.

So, as you can see, you have several options at your disposal if you need to print from your iPad or iPhone whilst away from the home or your office. Also worth reading is my article about how to print from an app that doesn’t natively support printing.