Hewlett-Packard today announced a new mobile app for Apple iOS 4.2 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users that enable these mobile users to use HP’s ePrint & Share for mobile printing to HP Designjet wide-format printers, which are typically used in engineering, construction, and architecture. From their iOS device, users will also be able to access and share files stored in their ePrint & Share online library.
The app is a free download at Apple’s App Store, while ePrint & Share is available as a free download for HP Designjet customers.
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From Microsoft Windows and Autocad applications at the desktop PC, users can print from their online ePrint & Storage library to HP Designjet printers. With the new mobile app, users will now also be able to print from their Apple iOS mobile devices, something that should be very useful for Designjet users, since many are often out in the field away from a desktop PC.
When users print, they can also store their print file in their online library (libraries can hold up to 5 GB of stored documents). These stored documents can then be accessed and viewed by other users online via Web browser. Other users can be automatically notified when new files are uploaded to the library.
ePrint & Share also enables to access and print files in the library from a Designjet’s touch screen without having to use a PC. Users can also scan documents using their Web-connected Designjet for storage in their online library. Files stored in the online library can then be accessed by other users, who must first enter a user name and password.
One advantage of ePrint & Share is that it makes it easier to share files, regardless of file format or size, including files that may be difficult to e-mail, for instance, because of their large file size.
HP also announced that select HP LaserJet Printers now also support ePrint & Share – the LaserJet CM4540 MFP series, LaserJet M5025 MFP series, LaserJet M5035 MFP series, LaserJet CP5225, LaserJet CP5525, LaserJet 5200 series, and LaserJet 5550 series.
More information on ePrint & Share and a list of supported Designjet printers is available here.
One concern for some users may be security. HP says the ePrint & Share service is hosted on Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) servers. All Web communication between the PC and the ePrint & Share service is secured through an SSL/TLS encrypted connection with a minimum cipher strength of 128-bit. Only after entering usernames and passwords can users access, download and print online content. All content uploaded to the ePrint & Share service is stored on AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) servers, and files are encrypted with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithms with a cipher strength of 256-bit and Cipher-Block Chaining (CBC) cipher mode.