Thursday, January 21, 2016

Printing from Chrome OS just got easier

One of the main drawbacks of Chrome OS is the lack of a solid printing option. Even though I am running a paperless class now, I still have to print gradebooks, letters of rec, and other reports. So in able to do this I have to make sure my work printer is on and run Google Cloud Printing through it, basically turning it into a printer server. It works. Everytime it works. The problem lies within Windows. I turned on my laptop to print out something and I had to sit and wait about 20 minutes for it to load an update and restart...20 minutes wasted time.

So how has it improved? Today I found an app for Chrome OS called HP Print for Chrome. This makes printing fast and simple. All you need to do is locate the IP address for the printer and type it in. It doesn't have to be a cloud ready printer or anything like that. I use 2 HP printers, they are different models and this app works for both of them. If you don't have an HP printer, then you are out of luck until that printer manufacturer decides to make an app too. I think this is better than waiting on Google to move their Cloud Printing out of beta.

As of today, my Windows laptop is turning off and I don't see a reason why I will be turning it on for the rest of the year. And this really strengthens my case for our school to adapt a Chrome OS devices as our next computer.

9 comments:

  1. Samsung have a similar set up that works extremely well!

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    1. Samsung has a Chrome printer app too? link?

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  2. Have you found a solution to print landscape? We have used PaperCut for a couple years now and have had it successfully integrate with our Chromebooks but we are still struggling with printing slides/timelines/pictures in landscape. (on any printer, not just our HPs)

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  3. Have you found a solution to print landscape? We have used PaperCut for a couple years now and have had it successfully integrate with our Chromebooks but we are still struggling with printing slides/timelines/pictures in landscape. (on any printer, not just our HPs)

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    1. Very funny you bring this up because we ran into this this week. Even if we set it to landscape it still was portrait. Even if we converted to pdf, portrait. What we did was convert it to a Word Doc and the option to move it to landscape showed up. Weirdest thing. I want to try it through Google Cloud Print and see if it is that way too.

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  4. It was a nice blog. Keep posting always.HP print for chrome makes printing fast and simple.

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  6. Thought for landscape problem: https://www.rotatepdf.net/ may help

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