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How to: Hackivate AirPrint for shared printers

27 November 2010 5,764 views 3 Comments



For whatever reason, Apple didn’t include a full version of AirPrint with iOS 4.2 and Mac OS X 10.6.5, allowing printing from iPad, iPod touch and iPhone to only a shortlist of “compatible” printers, 11 HP-only models. Well, there is a way to make your particular printer compatible.

Firstly, if you’re a hands kind of guy or girl, there’s the the manual way and LifeHacker, among a host of others, has published how to install the three files you need to enable idevice printing to a printer shared on your Mac.

You’ll need to get the necessary files (HardMac) and then you need to put them in these specific locations:

/usr/libexec/cups/filter/urftopdf
/usr/share/cups/mime/apple.convs
/usr/share/cups/mime/apple.types

To make the printer available to AirPrint, remove the printer in the System Preferences Print & Fax pane and then add it back in.


Our Kodak 5300 all-in-on works fine with AirPrint

Just click

Then there’s Printopia ($9.95) and Netputing’s AirPrintHackivator (free). The former offers tools, i.e. save to your Mac directly or via Dropbox, and the reassurance offered by software that looks like software.

The AirPrintHacktivator is essence a simple, point-n-click AppleScript that automates the method laid out by LifeHacker. Yes, you’ll need to delete and then re-add the printer you want to use — Printopia removes all of the manual aspects of the task

Personally, I’ve chosen AirPrintHacktivator — it works and is free.

Will you go manual, AppleScript or deluxe with Printopia?

via Mac Blorge

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