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Hello,

For those who have received their fresh fruit , has anyone been successful printing from the iPad? I want to purchase an iPad for my elderly in-laws who use a complicated Windoze Vista Box. I want to introduce them to Apple and the simplistic ease of use, without them being frustrated and constant Tech Support calls. They usually just give up when trying to do simple things, typical Windoze OS issues.

The iPad would be perfect for their needs (Web Surfing, reading Bible, internet banking). However, I was told they won't use it if you can't print from it. There was an app called ActivePrint 7.3 available, however, its for Windows Boxes on networked printers. That is not an issue.

Thanks for any help you can provide. Btw, I will wait for 3G model before deciding to get an iPad for myself. Beats waiting for MBP refresh.
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It MIGHT be a possibility in the future through either wifi or blutooth, but there would have to be an App which provides specific drivers for various printers. Out of the box, the iPad does not support this.

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Not sure if this is "simple" enough for your needs but....

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The iPad is somewhere between an MacBook and an iPod Touch. It is more of a gadget than a full blown Mac.

Seeing how its primary purpose is for portable viewing and not creating I don't think that there is going to be too much emphasis on printing from it.
Do remember, iWork is available and people will be creating documents on the iPad.
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There is an adapter for SD memory cards for the iPad. Theoretically, you could load your docs or images onto the SD card and then plug that card into your printer IF your printer has memory card slots. Mine does.
I guess that doesn't help, though, if you wanted to print an e-mail confirmation or a web page.
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I actually assumed it would print.

Thanks for info.
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Hello,

Yes, I saw the PrintCentral app, and Print & Share. These apps seem promising. The SD Card is an option, but its a little too complex for the in-laws, and I am trying to keep in simple. I can understand why there is no native app for printing (Drivers).

There will be times when you want to print a document: receipt for online purchase, eMail, and iWork document. My father-in-law wants to use speech to text for his Sunday Sermon, then print the document.
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Hello,

For those who have received their fresh fruit , has anyone been successful printing from the iPad? I want to purchase an iPad for my elderly in-laws who use a complicated Windoze Vista Box. I want to introduce them to Apple and the simplistic ease of use, without them being frustrated and constant Tech Support calls. They usually just give up when trying to do simple things, typical Windoze OS issues.

The iPad would be perfect for their needs (Web Surfing, reading Bible, internet banking). However, I was told they won't use it if you can't print from it. There was an app called ActivePrint 7.3 available, however, its for Windows Boxes on networked printers. That is not an issue.

Thanks for any help you can provide. Btw, I will wait for 3G model before deciding to get an iPad for myself. Beats waiting for MBP refresh.

Yes, I was successful from printing from my iPad.
There are multiple applications out there to print with. I did some research and came upon a product called Cortado workplace. its a free product. And it worked for me. Im sure it will work for you.
I gave it a try, since its free, I was able to print Wi-Fi to my printer at home. I took my iPad and was able to print to my friends house using Bluetooth. and I also took it to work and I was able to print at work.

With this product I was able to print any document to any printer, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Here is a link. www.cortado.com/worplace.
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With a 3rd party app now (and eventually 4.0) could one print from the ipad by sending the print info wi-fi to an Apple extreme base station and then wired to the printer?
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I need something for a wifi or blue tooth printer.

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