A Pictorial Review of HP iPrint Photo 3.0 Application for Apple IOS 4.2.1

OK, let’s cut to the chase here.  To make things easier, let’s assume that you’ve already read our companion piece discussing the significance of HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 app for devices running the Apple iOS 4.2.1 mobile operating system.

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The key upgrade to HP’s iPrint Photo 3.0 is the ability to print Adobe PDF and text documents (as well as photos).  iPrint Photo 3.0 supports a host of HP wireless, wired, and shared USB-connected printers over a local network.

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You can share the contents of your iPad or iPhone Photo “Saved Files” folder over the network and access them from another PC.  Password protection is optional.

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The iPrint Photo 3.0 Help function told us to enter the URL in this fashion.  It didn’t work and failed to connect.

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When we dumped the “www” from the URL, it worked.  When we went back and tried the above URL again, it worked fine—go figure.

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Once connected to the device, you can drag and drop PDFs, TXT files and photos into the folder(s) created on the iOS device.

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Left:  You can move a file into one of your photo albums.  Right:  Print Preview mode.  Note that the HP Officejet Pro 8500 A910 installed on our local network was automatically discovered.

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Left:  We hit the jackpot!  iPrint Photo 3.0 also found other printers on our network.  The remaining screen shots show available print settings.

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Images may be reduced or enlarged to fit the available image area using multi-touch gestures.

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Left:  This 50+ MB, 50-page PDF transferred and opened easily.  You can’t, though, print selected pages.  Right:  You can use the iPrint Photo 3.0 print engine to print attachments from the Apple Mail application.

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Left:  Thanks to the new iOS 4 “Document Support” feature, you can send an attachment from Apple Mail to iPrint Photo 3.0 using the “Open In…” option.  Right:  Once the attachment opens in iPrint Photo 3.0, you can save the attachment as a document if it’s  a PDF or a TXT file, or save it in one of your photo albums if it’s an image file.

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You can also remotely scan a document using either the platen glass or the ADF from a selection of HP AiO’s.

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Available scan settings.

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Left:  More scan settings.  Right:  Built-in Help function.

Pros

  • It’s free!
  • Supports numerous HP printers.
  • Supports any generation of iPod, iPad, or iPhone that can run Apple’s iOS 4.2.1.
  • Easy and convenient mobile printing and scanning.
  • Windows XP/7 and Apple Mac OS X file sharing.

Cons

  • Can’t print selected pages from a multi-page document.
  • Can’t print from other apps such as iPages.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the experts at HP have done a yeoman’s job with this app.  It’s also clear from the quality of this app that HP’s heart was totally into this project from top to bottom and beginning to end.  In fact, we should be grateful that Hewlett-Packard still has what it takes to lead and compete anywhere in the world with products and technology at the forefront with a strategic digital vision.

More

We took the time to tailor this review for what we feel offers optimal understanding in the shortest possible time.

How do you like the format of this review?  Should there be more or less pictures?  Should there be more or less text?  Is it too long or too short?  Is it easy to understand, or does it need to be more comprehensively spelled out?  You be the judge—feel free to let us know in the comment section below.

Resource Links

Full list of HP Printers Compatible with iPrint Photo 3.0 printing function
List of HP AiO/Scanners Compatible with iPrint Photo 3.0 scanning function

Happy reading,
Terry Wirth

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6 Comments on “A Pictorial Review of HP iPrint Photo 3.0 Application for Apple IOS 4.2.1”

  1. Portia March 4, 2011 at 12:42 AM #

    I have followed the instructions on Mapping a Network Drive on Vista so that I can share files with the hp iprint photo 3.0 app on my ipad. But when I get to the part about entering the URL, it says it can’t connect, much like your in your instructions above. I have typed it with just http:// (then the numbers), I have typed it with www in it, I have just typed the numbers, nothing works, it still says it cannot connect because it can’t locate the name of the folder to connect to….any suggestions?

    • Terry Wirth March 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM #

      I would guess that either you did not enter the proper port number :8081 or that port is blocked by your firewall.

      Also note that for some strange reason, we had to dump the www:// and substitute \\.

      Let me know how you make out.

      • Adam March 6, 2011 at 2:39 AM #

        I’m getting the same sort of error, i tried just numbers, http://, \\ , and http://www. , but nothing works this frustrates me cause if this worked i would love this app, one because its free and 2 because it prints stuff easily.

  2. Adam March 6, 2011 at 2:41 AM #

    also not being able to contact hp about this because they have no support for this sucks. I love hp because they have great support, but apprently not for this.

    • Terry Wirth March 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

      Have you checked to see if port 8081 is blocked by your firewall?

    • Terry Wirth March 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM #

      I hear you. Keep in mind that it’s a free app.

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