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iPAQ/CUPS Printing

  • April 21, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

Just like connecting to a Samba file server, printing from the iPAQ is pretty easy, although it involves quite a few set up steps. We might expect this with such a specialized piece of computing equipment. There are also some limitations, regardless of the which type of print server or printing appliance, that you are using.

  • The iPAQ 3715 can only print photos, out-of-the-box. After all it is a “Media Companion.” Printing Word and Excel files or Web pages, requires that the full version of HP's Mobile Printing be downloaded to the iPAQ.
  • Once the HP Mobile Printing is updated, Web pages (including graphics), Pocket Word, Pocket Excel and so on can be printed using a “tap and hold” technique.
  • If you want to natively print MS Word (.doc) or Excel (.xls) files directly from the iPAQ, you'll have to purchase the Westtek Clearvue Programs. There is a workaround I'll share later, so you can print without the proprietary viewers.
  • Printing from the iPAQ may not be an exact copy of the original, as viewed on the PC. There seems to be some interpretation in the print rendering of pages by HP's printing software.

These limitations may be trivial or serious depending on your situation. Personally, I'm happy to be able to run off a quick Web page or Pocket Word document for markup purposes, via WiFi. Users that need exact copies might want to investigate using the Adobe Acrobat solutions for Pocket PCs.

Some of the set up steps require a Windows machine, right now. An open source iPAQ to PC synchronization program is available, called Multisync, but I'm not up to speed on it yet. You can bet that I'll cover Multisync in an upcoming article.

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