Kickstarter Feature: Wireless Printing Solution

As we've become increasingly connected to mobile devices, we also expect our printers to do the same. Often times, however, the wireless settings on our printers are a bit confusing, or if you have an older printer, non-existent. This makes it difficult to print from your iPad, iPhone or laptop without installing a driver. Thanks to a new Kickstarter for printWiFi, any device will now be able to print documents with ease.

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The Future of Business Printing with HP Enterprise

HP has long been an innovator in printing, including the recent announcement they would be detailing 3D printing technology in October. While we are excited to see how they enter the 3D printing world, we wanted to focus on their most recent release: the ink-based enterprise printers. These machines are designed for businesses, combining the speed of laser printing but reducing costs by half. We wanted to take some time to explore what makes these new printers special.

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Printing for the Future: HP and Mobile Printing

At 247inktoner, we are big proponents of using technology to increase your productivity. One application in particular, Evernote, is especially useful. But what can benefit your everyday printing experience at home and at the office? We know that installing printer software or trying to adjust your printer settings can be a real pain. That's where HP's mobile printing apps come in. With all kinds of solutions for home and office use on your mobile devices and email clients, printing is just a click away. Here are some of the highlights. More...

Near Field Communication Printing

No doubt 2013 has been one of the more exciting years in recent memory for developments in printing technology. With the vast expansion in capabilities of 3D printing and mobile applications, it's now easier and more efficient to print than ever before. However, mobile app technologies have been shown to have many limitations. With a new type of technology, called Near Field Communication (NFC), printing from your mobile phone might get considerably easier. More...

Getting Instagrammed Moments on Paper

 

In a previous blog post, we featured a mobile app that would allow you to print directly from your phone to your Canon printer. But what if you don't have a Canon device and you want to get photos from the popular smartphone app Instagram printed? Thankfully, in the increasingly mobile-centric world, you don't have to look too hard to find the perfect option-- Printstagram. Offered on both your smartphone and your web browser, the service allows you to transform any Instagrammed moment into a fully realized physical object.  With mobile cameras becoming increasingly better at taking high resolution photos, this is a perfect option for amateurs and pros alike to capture the moments traditional photography cannot.

How does Printstagram work?

If you're accessing Printstagram though your web browser, simply go to the main page and click the desired type of printing you want. When you click 'Buy Now', it will prompt you to log-in to Instagram with your username and password. After that, you're free to select the photos you want and within 14 business days, Prinstagram will ship the products to you.

For those with a smartphone running Apple iOS, you can download Printsagram's "Print Studio" app for free. By downloading the app, you'll be able to automatically synch your Instagram photos through your camera and order prints on the go.

What sizes of prints do they offer?

Printstagram is thankfully able to offer a wide variety of sizes. The smallest are the mini stickers, which measure less than 1 square inch and cost $10 for 252 total stickers. Individual prints can range considerably, including more expensive options like the 8x8 inch framed print for $60. For those who want high gloss options, Printstagram also offers posters up to 28x30 inches, which can be comprised of up to 512 different Instagram photos.

What occasions is Printstagram good for?

Every occasion. Really! You can use Prinstagram to get photos or posters to decorate your desk, an empty wall, or a refrigerator. But the prints also make great gifts! For instance, you can create a calendar that includes 365 different prints, making it a great way to show a loved one the photos that matter most to you. You can also create mini prints, which measure approximately 8.5x5.5 centimeters, making them perfect to slip into your cards during the next holiday season.

How long do the prints last?

Though it might depend on the type of print and exposure to light, all of the prints are produced with premium photo paper or card stock with glossy or matte finishes that help preserve shelf life. The posters are also printed on a special thick Fuji Crystal Archive paper, preventing the wear and tear that might easily come with posters. Needless to say, you want to go back to Printstagram to get new prints made every month.

If you use your phone primarily to take pictures, or want to be able to capture those on-the-go moments without having to worry about lugging around a bulky camera, Printstagram is the perfect option for getting mobile photos from Instagram available in physical form. Whether you're keeping them to yourself, or sharing them with others, no moment is a bad moment to hand out these printed memories. However, if you are too impatient to wait 14 days to get prints, now's the time to stock up on ink cartridges to do it yourself.

No matter how you plan on printing life's special moments, please share some of your favorite photographed moments below!

 

Design and Innovation Meet with the Little Printer

If you subscribe to regular print news, play crosswords, check your horoscope, write out lists, or have engaging conversations with friends via social media, the Little Printer might be just right for you! Created by BERG Ltd., a design studio located in London with a heavy focus on mobile/cloud technologies, the Little Printer is a device using thermal, inkless printing that measures no more than 5 inches deep, 4.25 inches high, and 3.3 inches wide. With four faces to choose from for the front design and a series of available apps, there are a wide variety of possibilities for using Little Printer, especially for those interested in a simple, user-friendly interface.

What We Like About the Little Printer

It features one of the easiest printer setups we know. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, use the Ethernet cord provided to plug into a wireless router, and then print out a registration code. After entering that code into your iPhone, Android or Windows phone, you'll be able to instantly set up content to start printing.

It emphasizes the necessity of printing. Sure, there are tons of apps where you can save lists, play crosswords, and read news headlines, but with all of the choices available today, isn't it easy to just get lost in all of this technology? With Sunrise, for instance, you can use Google Calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn and other applications to create a daily to-do digest. Rather than scanning through a half dozen apps, you'll have a simple list that prints out of The Little Printer.

It's design-focused. Too often printers have a tendency to be overly complex or just aren't good to look at. Berg takes a different approach by committing to design-friendly printing for their core mission. Using only black and white printing that borrows from modern lithographic and pixel art, means Little Printer is able to deliver a consistent product that requires no user-based adjustment in style.

Potential Limitations

As we know from Apple's iOS interface, using smart, tightly controlled design means having limited options, at least initially. Reviews of Little Printer have noted that while the existing apps are functional and deliver high quality printing results, there are simply not enough to justify the cost of this new 'social printing" that is specific to Berg's cloud services. If you want the full selection of the Apple, Android or Windows applications, you might want to consider looking at more traditional printing options for your mobile device, including those that can handle color printing methods. Other options, including Canon Mobile Printing, are better suited to those who might need to get photographs or Microsoft Office documents printed.

Berg is looking to remedy this particular problem by offering a full-length Publisher's Handbook that offers best practices for designing Little Printer-friendly publications for future use.

Another limitation is cost. The printer retails for $259.99 plus a $30 flat rate shipping fee from the United Kingdom. This means that if price is one of your concerns, you might want to look at other products currently on the market. But for those who already have a full-service printer and are looking for small scale, easy-to-use social printer, Berg's Little Printer is the perfect addition to your arsenal!

Currently, the Little Printer is on back order in the United States until April 2013, but you can place your order now online.

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