New iPad Print Tools Come to the Mac

Apple may not be supporting printer sharing in AirPrint when iOS 4.2 ships later this month, so two developers have already stepped up with their own solutions. Collobos Software and Ecamm have both stepped up to the plate on Thursday with Mac-based software solutions that will let iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users send documents to most any printer shared via your computer.

FingerPrint from Collobos Software

Collobos Software’s FingerPrint supports most printers and doesn’t require Mac OS X 10.6.5 — a limitation of Apple’s own AirPrint software. Instead, FingerPrint supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, although it does require iOS 4.2 to provide the necessary print components for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

FingerPrint is priced at US$7.99 and is available for download at the Collobos Software Web site.

Ecamm’s Printopia

Ecamm’s AirPrint sharing alternative, Printopia, offers a little more in that it lets users send documents to their Mac or Dropbox account as a JGP or PNG in addition to outputting files to shared printers. Like FingerPrint, Printopia supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, but requires iOS 4.2 on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Printopia is priced at US$9.95 and is available at the Ecamm Network Web site.