PrinterShare tries to simplify printing from your Android tablet

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So we’ve got these great tablets that can do so much with word processing, spreadsheets, note taking, PDF annotating, and so much more. How do we get all those documents to the printer? Like most things on your tablet, as in life, there are more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes. One of the ways I most often use to handle getting my documents to a printer is just by using Dropbox to sync them to my computer. I use Office Suite Pro and it interfaces nicely with Dropbox so I don’t have a bunch of extra steps to take. But what about if Dropbox just isn’t an option for whatever reason? That’s where the app PrinterShare comes in.

PrinterShare has a handful of ways for you to print, and you can choose which one suits you best in your current situation. It can painlessly connect to nearby WiFi or Bluetooth capable printers. I’ve used this capability to print invoices while working from a client’s house. Another option is to connect to a remote printer, maybe one attached to your work network, or even one on your home network, if you aren’t at home. The final option is to print using a Google Cloud printer. If you aren’t aware of how to use Google Cloud printing, it’s an option you can enable in Google Chrome. It allows you to print through the internet to whatever computer you have setup with Chrome running. If Chrome is not running when you print to a Google Cloud printer, the document will stay in a print queue and print the next time you open that Chrome browser.

Once you select which printer you want to use, then you can choose what you want to print. You can do this from the PrinterShare app itself choosing from the list, or you can do it directly from some apps. If I wanted to print an email from the Gmail app, I would just use the share function from within the app and choose PrinterShare. They have made it a pretty simple process to get your documents printed from your tablet. There are two versions of the app, a free version that limits the number of times you can print with it, and also a premium version that costs $12.95. If you plan on doing lots of printing from your tablet the Premium version will make it very easy for you.


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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.

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