Using the iPrint iOS v3 App and iOS 10 to Print Emails

Using the iPrint iOS v3 App and iOS 10 to Print Emails

This is a follow-up to my previous post  What’s New in The Micro Focus iPrint iOS 3.0 App and the accompanying YouTube video.  In the version 3 of the iOS application we introduced iPrint printing Extensions to iOS which allowed you to print from within applications (those that supported Extensions) without needing to Open-In to the iPrint app.  This greatly simplified the printing process.  Unfortunately, not all applications (like Mail for instance) support Extensions and only allowed you to print via AirPrint.  If you did not have AirPrint capable printers, you would be unable to print from within the applications.  With the release of iOS 10 however Apple has given you the ability to print from these applications, even if you have no AirPrint printers enabled in your environment.

Let’s look at an example of Mail and print a message.  From the action menu you need to select Print – even though this technically only allows you to AirPrint.

1. iPad Print Email

The AirPrint dialog appears and instead of selecting a printer, use your fingers to push apart the preview and make it bigger – to full-screen.

2. iPad Expand Preview

From the previewer, you can then select Open-In as you would from any other application.

3. iPad Preview Open-In

In the top row of options, you can select applications into which you wish to open this previewed email into.  If you select iPrint, you will be passed into the iPrint app and given the traditional iPrint options to select your printer and printer options to print.

4. iPad iPrint App

If instead you choose Micro Focus iPrint from the bottom row of icons, you will invoke the iPrint Extension right from within this preview app.  If you don’t know how to enable the Extension or are not familiar with it, please review the CoolSolutions article or YouTube video referenced at the top of this article.

5. iPad iPrint Extension

Hopefully this helps explain the new capabilities offered to you by iOS 10.  As well, hopefully you’re as excited about these new capabilities as I am.  I know some of the changes with regards to AirPrint between iPrint 1.x and 2.x detrimentally affected some of you.  As you can see that with this new capability in iOS 10, along with the iPrint Extensions,  you don’t even need AirPrint printers.  You can now redirect AirPrint print jobs to iPrint for processing.

For a video of this fantastic new capability in action, please check out my YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUj8grIUgUI

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