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

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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.


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Last Edited by clipandshare February 7, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Coupons.com:

They recently changed their layout and many, MANY people are having issues with navigation, lag, printing, page freeze, etc.

What you can do:
* Access couponsDOT from alternate sites still in the old format such as swagbucks [swagbucks.com], mypoints [mypoints.com] and AllYou [allyou.com]. From there, you'll still have the option to navigate by clicking on specific page numbers and also you've got the ability to change zipcode.
* Follow tip from Tracybeans -
--To avoid having to click "Show More Coupons" repeatedly to see all the coupons, click "Show More Coupons" once, and then hit the space bar about 10-15 times. Each time loads one more section of coupons.

You can also let them know how much you dislike their changes by going to their FB page [facebook.com] and sounding off.

How to link directly to a CouponsDOT coupon:
Click the [ f ] Facebook icon below a coupon. In the new window will be a link http://sharer.coupons.com/?s=XXXXX. Share that link on SD to link directly to the coupon

Printing from iPad (helpful links):

Link [geek.com]

Print from iPhone, iPad or iPod. A very helpful video (from CNET) can be found HERE [cnet.com].

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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
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There's a pop-up you need to allow that comes up right after you hit print. Try holding the CTRL button down while clicking print. Sometimes that will bypass your pop-up blocker. Otherwise, look in the top of your browser window to "allow" the pop-up. Hope that helps.
I don't seem to encounter any popups while printing SS coupons.
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I don't seem to encounter any popups while printing SS coupons.
I went and tested on FF the coupon the OP was referring to and it was attempting to open up a pop-up when I hit the word Print. Did you try this Q? Maybe you are getting a different result?

Edited: Just tested it on a second PC. Same thing. It's asking for me to allow the pop-up, then it gets to the SS page.
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After a lot of frustration a few weeks ago trying to print some SS cpns and being told that my Java wasn't installed or something, I finally gave up. Tried to print the Friendship coupon (friendshipdairies.com), but nothing happened when I clicked "Print" except that I saw a little notice on the bottom left that said "Javascript:void(0)." Too much for me to deal with--I have no idea. But--and this is the interesting part--a little pop-up on the bottom right has come up a few times which said to "update Java" or something like that. Missed clicking it until tonight-- I quickly clicked on it--and I don't know if it will work, but it did "install." So, after that, I went back to the Friendship site. Still when I click on "Print" nothing happens and no page loads, but void mssg. is gone. I'm going to try another browser to see if I can print from anywhere. Maybe the cpn is just dead? But why wouldn't they change the page then?

OK--mssg. still there in IE and FF (not AOL)--but I give up.
Go here [friendshipdairies.com]. It should be a weird page with two urls. Copy either one of them to your clipboard. Then go here [motobit.com], paste the url, and click URL decode. Copy the first decoded url into your address bar and go there and it should--hopefully--work.

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I went and tested on FF the coupon the OP was referring to and it was attempting to open up a pop-up when I hit the word Print. Did you try this Q? Maybe you are getting a different result?

Edited: Just tested it on a second PC. Same thing. It's asking for me to allow the pop-up, then it gets to the SS page.
I had not tried that specific coupon before, but I just tried it and am getting the popup.
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I appreciate everyone's input. When I learn the language, I'll try all the tricks! You guys have to know that I know very little--I relied on my husband if I had any problems. He was the genius with all this stuff, and I really didn't expect him to die at 61 last year and leave me on my own. I thought I had all the time in the world to learn all this computer stuff, esp. since he would have retired this year. Oh, well. The popup thing is interesting because I did notice the page "jumping" when I would try to print. I have to re-read all your info and see if I can implement the fixes you recommend. Thanks, All!

Odie: No mssg. from SS because I never get that far. Just stays on the Friendship home page--and no image like the one you showed. And I thought I was allowing all pop-ups unless I hit something somewhere along the line and changed a setting. I need to keep looking at the info you guys have supplied.

OK--update: went to FF (Friendship Dairies website) and after clicking around a bit, I finally got a message that FF was blocking a pop-up. I told it to allow pop-ups from Friendship. Then it went to the SS page and actually did print the coupon (no Java N/G mssg this time). But this was not anything that would have been obvious to me, as the pop-up mssg. didn't just appear out of the blue--I had to fool around to get it to show up. Seems ridiculous--why can't it just go directly to the cpn printing page? Now that I have the coupon, I wonder if I'll have the same problem someone else had--it didn't double even though it starts with a "5" and doesn't say DND.
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I have a HP touchpad and a Brother wireless printer. Any idea how to print from touchpad? Would appreciate any help. Thanks
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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
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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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.
Thanks! Maybe I can get an old HP wireless from my boss. He gets a new on each year it seems! You're right, HP sucks ink like crazy, but the just for the coupons it's worth it. I buy my cheap toner off of Amazon too. Works great.
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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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Thanks! Maybe I can get an old HP wireless from my boss. He gets a new on each year it seems! You're right, HP sucks ink like crazy, but the just for the coupons it's worth it. I buy my cheap toner off of Amazon too. Works great.
thanks for the info... guess I'll try to find a cheap HP one too. Agree, purchased all my OEM brother toner from Amazon for the wireless printer I had too. I recently had to replaced the drum, original Brother drum purchased from Staples as it keeps having the message "drum life end" and DH couldn't figure out how to correct that and he couldn't find one that's compatible to replace it
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The other plus side was the printer itself had an app so could print additional ones from the printer itself.
That's interesting, Chris. What HP model is it? TIA!
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That's interesting, Chris. What HP model is it? TIA!
HP Photosmart D110...got it at a decent price with some coupon I think from Staples about a year and a half ago. Don't know if they still make or not or have moved on to other models.

Another quirk with that is I can't figure out how to get the coupons.com app on the printer itself to print in black and white rather than color which is frustrating.

EDIT: Found a remanufactured one on Walmart for $54... don't know if D110a is exactly the same or not as the D110 but it looks just like mine:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Phot...d/19239304
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Another quirk with that is I can't figure out how to get the coupons.com app on the printer itself to print in black and white rather than color which is frustrating.
I've owned 5 or 6 HP's and with all of them, I have had to go into the Properties folder and the Preferences tab (advanced) and reset them to "black ink only". I have to do this on every single laptop. If I only go through Properties, it doesn't stick. Have to do both. And of course, I have to UNdo them from time to time because someone will need to print something in color.

It's a pain but with 8 laptops, it does save me a ton on color ink.
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That's interesting, Chris. What HP model is it? TIA!
Just realized this a.m. that my HP also allows its own set of prints off couponsDOT.
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Just realized this a.m. that my HP also allows its own set of prints off couponsDOT.
Whee


I see more coupons in your future. Big Grin
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On most computers I can get two prints from coupons .com, but on one of my laptops I can only ever get one before I get print limit reached. Anyone know what I can do to fix this? It's driving me crazy and I couldn't find any info when I searched.
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On most computers I can get two prints from coupons .com, but on one of my laptops I can only ever get one before I get print limit reached. Anyone know what I can do to fix this? It's driving me crazy and I couldn't find any info when I searched.
I open 2 windows for C.C, RP, SS ... all of them. I have the coupons checked off to print in both windows. (Or 2 Bricks/SS windows if it's a direct link). Then I hit "print" on the first one, wait until it finishes, then hit "print" on the second. That seems to work.

Like you, for 2 of my laptops I was having that same problem--it would never let me have another print when using the same window. The above seemed to take care of it though.
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I open 2 windows for C.C, RP, SS ... all of them. I have the coupons checked off to print in both windows. (Or 2 Bricks/SS windows if it's a direct link). Then I hit "print" on the first one, wait until it finishes, then hit "print" on the second. That seems to work.

Like you, for 2 of my laptops I was having that same problem--it would never let me have another print when using the same window. The above seemed to take care of it though.
Thanks! I'll try this trick. Of course this means I have to know in advance that I want two prints. It would be nice if I could print today and come back tomorrow and print another.
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