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PRINTING--Questions, Problems (Bricks, RedPlum, Java), Purchasing AirPrint compatible printers, Advice--INCLUDING Air Print (printing to iPads, iPods, etc.)

MsGal 37,642 September 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM in Chat
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Given the direction technology has taken us, this thread is looooong overdue. It will house all information regarding printing issues, NOT limited to Brick's, RedPlum, Java, etc. issues, it will also include information about printing to iPads (or other tablets), iPods, and the apps required to use those devices, i.e. AirPrint, Printopia, etc..

I am hoping that those who have achieved success with printing from tablets and i-devices will share their advice regarding purchasing printers that are compatible.

If you are aware of helpful/informative posts on SD regarding this topic, please use the wiki and link directly to those posts so that others can (hopefully) garner some good info, too.


THANKS!!!! Smilie

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#46
Quote from slickness123 View Post :
I have an HP deskjet F4480 printer hooked up to my wireless network, but my iPod Touch can't find it. Is that because the HP printer has to specificially be a wireless printer? aka You can't have a normal HP printer hooked up to your wireless network?
Yes, in order to print from your iPod, phone, i.e wirelessly, you need a wireless printer.
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#47
I am having the Coupons.com Print 3 to a page problem. It cuts off the 3rd coupon's barcode! I have lost a couple good coupons this way. Is there any way to fix this?
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#48
Any chance someone knows how to turn on fast quality printing (lower quality) on a mac (10.5.8) for coupons.com coupons? I tried changing the CUPS settings (for both grayscale and fast printing) and my coupons would print at like 3 times the size and in the middle of the page and half cut off... All I did was change those 2 options wherever I could in the CUPS options, not sure why it messed up the size and positioning.

I uninstalled and reinstalled my printer and that reset/fixed my settings. I found the black cartridge option in the printer utilities, so that solved grayscale....but there's no option for fast quality there.
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Quote from doltran View Post :
Any chance someone knows how to turn on fast quality printing (lower quality) on a mac (10.5.8) for coupons.com coupons? I tried changing the CUPS settings (for both grayscale and fast printing) and my coupons would print at like 3 times the size and in the middle of the page and half cut off... All I did was change those 2 options wherever I could in the CUPS options, not sure why it messed up the size and positioning.

I uninstalled and reinstalled my printer and that reset/fixed my settings. I found the black cartridge option in the printer utilities, so that solved grayscale....but there's no option for fast quality there.
Usually you control the settings in the printer dialog box.

However all printer dialogs are different based on the printer you are using. Try to find the settings or something similar when you hit print but before you commit to printing (on something other than Qs).

I had problems with smart source yesterday, it totally ruined my prints - the lines of text were overlapping, it cut off one side but I had no problems with the PC.

HTH!
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#50
Can anyone recommend a good cheap wireless printer that can use cheap ink? All I'd use it for is printing coupons. I'd prefer HP since you can print from apple devices but any brand would do. Thanks

EDIT: Actually I don't even need a new printer if I can get my Lexmark Z715 to work on my Windows 8 laptop. I can't find a Windows 8 driver for it. Is there any possible way to get my printer to work on it? Should I install Windows 7?
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#51
Just got my new Brother printer in the mail today and so so SO disappointed that it doesn't print coupons off my iPads and iPhones! Frown The whole point of getting the new printer was this Frown
I have two identical Mac laptops, and one of them would print all Java required coupons (SS, RP, etc.) and one wouldn't. They both have the same software, same browsers, etc., yet #1 would always say that there is a "missing plug in" and not print anything. So I am constantly missing on one set of coupons I could have if #1 laptop worked.
Now the new printer gives me all the headache in the world, too.
I am almost in tears Frown
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
Just got my new Brother printer in the mail today and so so SO disappointed that it doesn't print coupons off my iPads and iPhones! Frown The whole point of getting the new printer was this Frown
I have two identical Mac laptops, and one of them would print all Java required coupons (SS, RP, etc.) and one wouldn't. They both have the same software, same browsers, etc., yet #1 would always say that there is a "missing plug in" and not print anything. So I am constantly missing on one set of coupons I could have if #1 laptop worked.
Now the new printer gives me all the headache in the world, too.
I am almost in tears Frown
I'm pretty sure HP is the only company making printers compatible with iPads. Gotta look for a feature called AirPrint, IIRC.
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#53
Quote from rydergal View Post :
I'm pretty sure HP is the only company making printers compatible with iPads. Gotta look for a feature called AirPrint, IIRC.
Yes, looks like it... There is no way I could have known about it ahead of time.
I can print anything off my iPad and iPhone but coupons Frown
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
Yes, looks like it... There is no way I could have known about it ahead of time.
I can print anything off my iPad and iPhone but coupons Frown
It was mentioned at least twice here in this thread. Dontknow

Quote from BeanYellow View Post :
I have a wireless Brother printer and an iPhone. I downloaded the coupons.com app and it says in the FAQ that "Please note that at this time, the Coupons app can only print to HP printers." Boo. Frown
Quote from ChrisV View Post :
Yeah, I owned a Wireless Brother Laser printer....great great printer for printing from all my desktop and laptop computers! Got so many prints out of the cartridges and found cheap toner cartridge refills on Amazon too.

Unfortunately never could find a work-around to get it to print from my I-Pod touch. Ended up getting a crappy HP Wireless inkjet printer just so I could print coupons from it. Terrible ink usage but at least I found a way to buy cheap ink to refill the tiny cartridges myself. The other plus side was the printer itself had an app so could print additional ones from the printer itself.
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Quote from rydergal View Post :
It was mentioned at least twice here in this thread. Dontknow
I had no idea about this thread Smilie Just found it via Google.
When I was choosing a new printer, I was looking for it to be compatible with air printing. Who would have guessed coupons.com would use something different...
Ok, so guess what? My husband just took our very very old HP out of the garage and connected it somehow through the router... so now everything prints, including coupons.com
I am speechless. All I could ask him was, why did you have to wait for me to buy a new one and only THEN actually get off the couch to do it in less than a minute Big Grin

rydergal, do you by any chance know why one of my Macs prints off SS coupons and the other one doesn't?
Also, printing RP and SS off an iPad is not an option because of Java, right?
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
I had no idea about this thread Smilie Just found it via Google.
When I was choosing a new printer, I was looking for it to be compatible with air printing. Who would have guessed coupons.com would use something different...
Ok, so guess what? My husband just took our very very old HP out of the garage and connected it somehow through the router... so now everything prints, including coupons.com
I am speechless. All I could ask him was, why did you have to wait for me to buy a new one and only THEN actually get off the couch to do it in less than a minute Big Grin

rydergal, do you by any chance know why one of my Macs prints off SS coupons and the other one doesn't?
Also, printing RP and SS off an iPad is not an option because of Java, right?
Hahaha on DH...that's funny (to an outsider at least...I'm sure you just want to strangle him right now Stick Out Tongue

Honestly, I have no clue about anything Mac or Apple...I don't own any of that stuff. All I know I learned from SD Embarrassment
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
My husband just took our very very old HP out of the garage and connected it somehow through the router... so now everything prints, including coupons.com.
Just curious, is your HP printer a "wireless" one? I have an HP printer that isn't wireless but is connected to my wireless network. My iPod Touch doesn't find it.
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Quote from slickness123 View Post :
Just curious, is your HP printer a "wireless" one? I have an HP printer that isn't wireless but is connected to my wireless network. My iPod Touch doesn't find it.
No, it is not wireless. (HP 4400)
I think my husband connected it via AirPort (Mac router) using a USB cable. I can ask him, if you'd like.
I don't have an iPod, so can't comment on that, sorry. Just tried both iPhones and iPads and they found the printer.
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
No, it is not wireless. (HP 4400)
I think my husband connected it via AirPort (Mac router) using a USB cable. I can ask him, if you'd like.
I don't have an iPod, so can't comment on that, sorry. Just tried both iPhones and iPads and they found the printer.
Thanks for the reply! I have a 4480 so we almost have the same one. I will try again to get mine connected.
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Quote from AmberOctober View Post :
I have two identical Mac laptops, and one of them would print all Java required coupons (SS, RP, etc.) and one wouldn't. They both have the same software, same browsers, etc., yet #1 would always say that there is a "missing plug in" and not print anything.
I would love to know the answer to this as well. I have a mac and since redplum upgraded I can no longer print any RP supported coupons (including Target EEK! ). It says the same thing... missing plug-in. Doesn't work in Chrome because chrome doesn't support that java or whatever but it doesn't work in Safari either. My RP and Target coupons won't print.

AND to make matters even sadder...my smartsource coupons won't print on my mac either...says Java needs upgraded but I do indeed have the most up to date Java installed.

Anyone???
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