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  • Hacktivate AirPrint on Mac, Windows Shared Printers


    When Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released, support for iOS printing using AirPrint was mysteriously absent. It's not clear whether the omission was due to technical problems or patent challenges, but with the final Mac OS X 10.6.5, you could only print from iOS 4.2 to a short list of HP printers. Until someone put some effort into re-enabling it, that is.

    Developers Steven Troughton-Smith and Patrick McCarron found a way to get AirPrint to work on Mac shared printers by restoring three files from earlier developer builds of 10.6.5 that had been removed or changed in the final release. AirPrint appeared to work reasonably well in the beta, and many observers surmised that it was removed at the last minute due to a patent troll who had asserted they had invented the technology. The re-enabling process isn't too hard - just a few Terminal commands and deleting and re-adding your printer - but the guys at Netputing figured out how to do it without using the Apple files in question, which could have raised legal issues. They're distributing it as AirPrint Hacktivator, and once you've got it installed on your Mac, your iOS device will think the shared printer is one of the supported HP printers that support AirPrint.

    For Windows printers, there's a similar process for enabling AirPrint as a service under Vista, 7 and XP. If you decide to try and follow Jaxov's recipe, note that you need to run the command prompt as administrator in order to start the service.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hacktivate AirPrint on Mac, Windows Shared Printers started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. dannyben's Avatar
      dannyben -
      If you're on a mac... Printopia is another great simple solution. Does not mod the OS in any way and simply adds the option in preferences pane. Also allows printing to a pdf to save on mac.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Man I played around with this on Windows a couple of days ago and I can get everything up to choosing a printer and clicking print but it stalls in connecting. It's going to be awesome once I figure it out.

      PS: On Windows follow the instructions to the letter, don't skip on spaces especially when putting in the commands.
      Yes, but you can cut from the website page and paste into your windows terminal screen.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      it got pulled due to a "patent troll", big surprise that seems to be all that big business can do right these days is get in huge "intellectual property" and "patent infringement" lawsuits...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      True you do need ur iMac or laptop open for airprint but the hp iprint app doesn't require it on or open.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      it got pulled due to a "patent troll", big surprise that seems to be all that big business can do right these days is get in huge "intellectual property" and "patent infringement" lawsuits...
      Yep.
      But not all patent trolls are big businesses.
      Some are small businesses with dreams of being big businesses
      that have seen what "intellectual property" did for guys like SCO.

      Note 1: The "Santa Cruz Operation" was a medium-sized business that sold SYSV compatible Unix for PCs. They had a nice little niche market until Linux came up and ate their lunch. Being good sports, they reinvented themselves as Linux resellers and changed their name to SCO.

      Note 2: When SCO fully transitioned from medium-sized business to bugsplat non-business (when they understood that reselling Linux would never work anyway) they became targets of vulture capitalists with those same "dreams of being a big business". The VCs fired all the engineers and reinvented themselves as the inventors of Unix. And we all know how well that worked out.

      Video documentary of what working for SCO v1 was like:
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ_W-puMwMY]YouTube - Sliders (SCO Follies)[/ame]
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      looks cool, maybe more people can use it when the 4.2.1 untethered jb comes out
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      It work like a sharm I have install 3 printer with this process
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      This works great, thank you for posting the link.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      I don't slay awesomeness. (Hint: My username means a slayer who is awesome).
      Thanks for not slaying it. :)
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      finally tried installing it today and got it working within five minutes using my ipad, works great, but like others are saying, im not sure how much im going to use it. i sometimes take notes in my classes with my ipad and it would be easier to just print from the ipad and not have to transfer them to my macbook then print.
    1. cavids's Avatar
      cavids -
      I hooked mine up win xp. iPad sees both of my network printers but will not connect. Ideas?