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Hi there!
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I've recently bought an iPad and i am loving it because of its fluid & smooth performance and amazing graphics.
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I also happen to have a Windows 7 laptop and i use it to print documents to my Canon printer.
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My questions are:
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1. What 1st-party or 3rd-party software (free or otherwise) i can use in making documents on my iPad 2?
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2. Is there a way to "connect" my iPad 2 to my printer?
* my printer is not Airplay-compatible and uses a standard USB cable. is there an adaptor i can use to use with my iPad to connect to my printer?
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Here's a list of the AirPrint enabled printers iOS: AirPrint 101

Apple - Support - iPad - AirPrint Assistant

This is another option which many users are finding helpful but I think it requires computer with printer sharing enabled Printopia - AirPrint to Any Printer - Print from iPad - Print from iPhone - Ecamm Network.

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SO, you think my only easiest option is to buy an Airplay printer?
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The term is AirPrint and no.

As Sylv suggested, all you need to do is either:

a. If it's not a network-compatible printer, connect the printer to a Mac, turn on printer sharing, install Printopia (or something like it). As long as the Mac and printer are on, the printer will "show up" as being available to print on the iPad.

b. If it IS a wi-fi capable printer, the printer manufacturer VERY LIKELY has a free app from the App Store that will let you print directly to the printer wirelessly. There's also a program called Air Sharing HD that should work as well, though I haven't needed it (my printing needs from the iPad are low and I use Printopia on a connected Mac).
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It's not a network-enabled or Airprint-compatible printer. and i don't have a Mac either. :-(
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Try Fingerprint then.
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