December 23, 2008

HP Application Prints Photos From iPhones Wirelessly

Hewlett-Packard released on Monday a product that lets users print pictures from an iPhone wirelessly.

This new application, iPrint Photo, permits photos amassed on an iPhone to be printed out on HP's inkjet printers connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Users can start the product on an iPhone, choose a photo, and a command is transmitted to the printer over a Wi-Fi network. This software is also available on the iPod Touch.

Right now the software allows a 4-by-6-inch photo size and alters images accordingly. The product is available for download at the App Store at no charge.

This software is a more effective way for users to print images saved on their iPhones, HP stated. The product is compatible with Apple's Bonjour networking technology to aid in identifying HP wireless printers in the network.

However, there are a few restrictions. The only images printed are JPEG images, and cannot print any other currently, HP said. The printing could cancel if a user gets a call or a text at the same time.

IPhone users like the application, but it has restricted facilities, users posted in a forum conversing over the software.

"Now they need to come out with one to allow you to print pdf files and other documents from your iPhone," wrote poster det2004.

Others wish the product supported other kinds of printers. "I have a Canon printer with WiFi. I'm hoping someone releases this to work with those printers," poster Daremom said.

HP iPrint Photo only connects with wireless HP inkjet printers or HP network inkjets linked to a Wi-Fi network, an HP spokeswoman stated. "Currently we cannot comment on future plans to expand the compatibility," she added.

Other uses will be determined in latter versions of the software, the spokeswoman noted.


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