Xerox joins HP in printing by email
Just be sure the spam filter is in place
Xerox will issue an email address to any Extensible Interface Platform print, enabling printing by email without requiring drivers or even a local connection to the printer.
Printing by email was introduced by HP in June, but is still limited to three models of printer and (by default) relies on secret email addresses to minimise spam. Xerox's offering requires a confirmation email, and works with any device supporting the company's Extensible Interface Platform.
Mobile printing via the cloud has been available for years though third-party software installed at both ends, but the support from Xerox and HP shows how mobile devices are increasingly being used for tasks that used to fall to the laptop, and is a reflection of how hard it is to get mobile devices printing properly.
Bluetooth should be ideal for this kind of thing, but manufacturers could never agree where the intelligence should lie. Handset makers reckon the printer is the bigger partner, so it should be able to receive content in all sorts of formats, while printer manufacturers like everything in software to keep their hardware costs down. Putting the intelligence into the cloud resolves that issue, though it does throw up a few others.
Set up an HP printer though the company's ePrint service and you're given a secret email address. HP tactfully recommends against using "the printer's email address to register for other online sites" to reduce the spam that will otherwise come spitting out of the printer. If that's not good enough then you can register with HP and provide a white-list of approved email addresses.
Xerox, aiming at a bigger market, responds to sent documents with a request for confirmation - which will work as long as the service doesn't get popular enough to attract attention from the spammers.
Both companies will accept Microsoft Office and PDF formats. HP also recognises image files, but caps the file size at 5MB.
Printing by email is an ideal solution, rather than mucking about trying to provide drivers for all the mobile platforms out there, but there's something inherently wrong in sending a document to other side of the world in order to print it out on one's desk. ®
"I have an iPad"
Blatant "I have an iPad" post.
Print from anything!
Looks like I can dust off my old 486 / Windows for Workgroups 3.11 laptop, do a bit of word processing, and email it (using webmail on Netscape or a 3.1 mail client) to my printer without having to rely on HPs huge 150mb CD based driver install that takes longer to install than an operating system, installs their propreitary crap, and only supports XP, Vista and OSX.
Type it up in Word 6 and email using any email client. Fantastic! :)
I have an iPad
Whats all this printing about? I have an iPad and I don't print
This is not a title
"...there's something inherently wrong in sending a document to other side of the world in order to print it out on one's desk"
Yes, well, it's called faxing and has existed for ages...
Back in the day ... mid-1980s-ish
Amdahl had a largish facility just off Central Expressway in Sunnyvale (Cupertino?) ... Virtually every mainframe print-job generated within the company, world-wide, was printed at said facility, and then next-dayed to whatever office had requested the print job. They had several 10,000ppm printers, and a fleet of trucks delivering & sending out paper. Was awesome to watch in full-swing.
However ... it sounded daft then, and still sounds daft now.
I'll bet a nickle that whatever brass think this is a good idea also thinks that printing hard-copies of their email is not only a good idea, but the only way to read email ...