What Will They Think Of Next? Print From Gmail Via Your Phone

Google, ever vigilant with respect to the ways and means for improving its products and the mobile interface, is now offering its Cloud Print functionality from your mobile phone. You still need a computer, but you can direct printing from your phone, via that computer, to your connected printer. Simply power up Gmail via mobile and Cloud Print you are most of the way there. Before you can get the goods, you need to connect your primary printing PC (Windows for now and Mac OSX and Linux coming soon) to Cloud Print. Then, got to gmail.com from your iPhone or Android browser and choose “Print” from the dropdown menu in the top right corner. You can print certain email attachments as well, (such as .pdf or .doc) – simply click the “Print” link that appears next to them.

Right now, this is available US English only. Its rolling out, so keep checking back. How cool is THAT? Check out more in the  Google Cloud Print help center.

Via the  Official Gmail Blog.

Can Dropbox Get Any Cooler? YES – Printing!

Ever need to print from your mobile phone? I know I have and the workarounds aren’t always so pretty. Air Print is coming in iOS 4.2, but you need special hardware for that. Print apps are available, but they can be buggy and they definitely cost.

There is a free solution that is as simple and as elegant as it gets. Use Dropbox. I love this tip so much that I shared the original post in Google Reader and I have to write about it here too.

If you aren’t already using Dropbox, stop right now and head over here and sign up for the FREE cloud storage service. You can find out more about why Dropbox is so awesome in my post about it here.

This printing solution will work with any mobile phone, not just my iPhone. Simply install Dropbox and download a utility onto the computer that is connected to your printer. This utility monitors your Dropbox folder for any new print jobs. Get the utility here. Once you unzip the file and open eprint.vbs, the utility creates a sub-folder inside your main Dropbox folder called PrintQueue where mobile print jobs queue up and a second sub-folder called logs where completed jobs are archived. Send the print jobs from your mobile phone, either through the dedicated Dropbox application for your device, or use Habilis (link here) which works with Dropbox via email. Once your file hits Dropbox, it gets slotted into the proper folder and the desktop utility takes over and prints your file.

You can turn off the utility by searching wscript.exe on your computer or pulling it up in Windows Task Manager. As long as you have a program associated with a particular file format loaded on the main computer, you can print associated files via this system.

I can’t wait to get home and check this out.

Hat tip to Amit at Digital Inspiration blog.