Sometimes it feels like our smartphones can do absolutely anything! Since there is an app for almost everything under the sun, that statement gets closer to the truth every day. What’s also true is sometimes, we just want our phones to give us an extra boost. A quick way to marry the digital world with the physical world is to print from our phones. We want to touch it, feel it, see it, sign it, or solve it on a hard copy printout.
More and more app developers are opening their eyes to this option and making it possible to print directly from their apps.
Some helpful and handy consumer apps that offer great print functionality include:
If you’ve ever heard the 3 pm-stomach growl and thought, “What on earth can I make for dinner?” the cookbook apps by Riafy are here to help.
Users can search for recipes via individual ingredients, allowing homegrown Chopped Champions to use what’s already in the fridge and pantry to put together a meal and use up leftovers. The app can send ingredients to a shopping list that can be used offline – especially helpful in wholesale stores, where the warehouse-like structure and cavernous interior can impede wireless and cellular signals.
Users can also set parameters for dietary restrictions like allergies or a paleo, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diet, or search for healthy meals.
Once you’ve got your recipe, a simple push of the button from your mobile device will have it printing out in seconds, giving you a paper recipe to work off, so you can check off the ingredients at the grocery store and never worry about spilling anything on your tablet or phone while you cook.
To chronicle your every wish, dream, hope and desire – or just to account for what you do in a given day – Journey allows users to record events and thoughts and sync with Google Drive for cross-platform access to entries.
Diarists can keep their journal on lockdown with a passcode and fingerprint, or selectively publish posts to social media. Advantages of a digital journal include the ability to search by keyword, create tags, or browse entries by list, timeline, calendar, photo or atlas – and to take it back to analog, the ability to cloud print lets users handle their entries in real page form.
The world’s first photograph made with a camera was taken in 1826. In the nearly 200 years since then, people haven’t slowed down one bit when it comes to capturing and sharing memories with friends and family with photos. The Easy-PhotoPrint Editor is an easy-to-use photo print app from Canon.
It comes with several useful templates and a free-layout editor for making all kinds of prints including different photo layouts, cards, collages, calendars, disc labels, photo IDs, business cards, stickers, posters and more!
The app’s intuitive design allows you to easily print all kinds of things that will make your Christmas card or scrapbook the envy of the neighborhood. Simply select the type of print you want to make, edit or decorate your photos, and print.
Floor Plan Creator
Awaken your inner architect and designer with Floor Plan Creator. This app gives you world-building power to create detailed and precise floor plans. You can see if that wraparound couch will fit in the family room right from the furniture store showroom floor.
You can design and build a single room or an entire home from the ground up. When you are finished you can take guests on a 3D tour of the place. What makes this app stand out is the designs can be exported as a PDF or image and be printed to scale.
Create detailed and precise floor plans. See them in 3D. Add furniture to design the interior of your home. Have your floor plan with you while shopping to check if there is enough room for new furniture.
- Projects can have multiple floors with rooms of any shape (straight walls only)
- Automatic calculation of room, walls and level area; perimeter; counts of symbols
- S-Pen and mouse support
- 3D tour mode
- Symbol library: doors, windows, furniture, electrical, fire survey
More and more apps are enabling print capabilities from inside the app. To get in on mobile printing, use the Mopria Print Service app, which is easy and gives users more convenience and flexibility. To try out Mopria and explore some of the other benefits of mobile printing, you can download the app here.