These days a lot of business is conducted online, and particularly through mobile applications. This should come as no surprise considering just how many apps are geared at helping independent contractors, small businesses, and even large corporations to function more efficiently. Some allow users to share important files via secure cloud networks while others aid in project management. There are apps for communications, scheduling, inventory tracking, taxes, and virtually any issue that the average business might face. There are even apps that let you digitally sign and send documents like contracts for work. In short, it’s a mobile revolution that is changing the way business is conducted. But there are still a few things you might want a hard copy for, and some people simply like to have a “just in case” kind of backup plan. For individuals that have not given themselves over wholesale to the tech revolution, the PrintCentral app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch could be just what the doctor ordered.
As you may already be aware, there are several apps for Apple devices that are compatible with AirPrint products. However, the vast majority of people conducting business do not have such printers at their disposal. They have Canon, Epson, HP, and other brands, many of which are not supported by these apps when it comes to direct printing. Of course there are often work-arounds like the ability to export or email PDFs, which can then be downloaded and printed from a laptop or computer terminal. But since time is money in the business world, this extra step could be considered fairly wasteful, especially for those who find themselves frequently sending, receiving, and printing work documents from their smartphone or tablet.
Luckily, the PrintCentral app could provide all the functionality the average business person needs to print documents at home, the office, or other locations with nothing more than the tap of a button. All you really need is access to a WiFi or 3G network and you can easily access wireless routers or use Bluetooth connectivity to link up with wireless printers directly. From there it’s pretty much just a matter of selecting the document you want and printing it. Also handy, however, is the ability to store and share files via this app, which not only allows you to print the files you have saved, but also to unzip and view them, email files, or even copy text from the web for printing.
The functionality of this app sounds pretty basic, which is why the price tag may shock the average user ($4.99 for the iPhone/iPod version and $8.99 for the iPad optimized version, plus another dollar each for the Pro versions, not to mention the cost of in-app purchases). But for any busy business person on the go who has struggled to find an AirPrint device when they need it, the app is well worth the money for the convenience it provides. It may not replace the Konica-Minolta toner cartridge for you or load the paper tray, more’s the pity, but it will allow you to print your many documents anywhere you can access a wireless printer (or the network it’s attached to). If you appreciate an app that does just what it promises then this is one you’ll want to spend the money on.
Thanks to Evan Fischer for this guest post. He is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.