PC-free printing, scanning and copying with your AIO

Today AOs use memory cards, printer apps, and the cloud, not just PCs.If you’ve stockpiled online or read at brick ‘n’ motorcycle store shows, you’ve seen one of the latest buzz terms – “PC-free” function. This means that you can perform tasks on the printer without sending data or commands from a computer. But what does that mean? With today’s multifunction printers (MFP), PC Free can print, scan, print, and scan printer applications from memory devices to scanning, printing, mobile, and cloud.

The PC-free operation started from most ICO control panels. Today there are often large, colorful, graphical touch screens, such as tablet and smartphone displays. Most of them are intuitive and easy to issue and very easy to issue PC-free commands.

PC-free operation with memory devices

Most printers, be they single function or multifunction, can be used to support certain types of memory cards such as SD cards, USB thumb drives, multimedia cards, or any other type of support. Some AIOs, such as HP’s Photosmart 7520, use different types of memory devices. These allow you to, of course, print or scan the memory device. You can print by inserting the memory card into a printer by removing it from computers that are not connected to the printer, or from digital cameras, tablets, and smartphones.

Additionally, some printers, such as Canon’s Pixma iP8720, allow you to print wirelessly from your digital camera using a new feature called Wireless Picture.

Mobile device applications

Today, most printer manufacturers develop and make available applications such as Brother’s iPrint & Scan, designed to print and scan from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. (Some, however, do not support scanning.) Typically, these apps are available from the app collection, which is related to the type of mobile device: the iPad and iPhone apps are available in the Apple Store; Android device apps from Google Play; Windows applications from the Microsoft Store.

Cloud printing

More and more people are starting to store on the Internet cloud server. There are currently many cloud sites, but most printers today only support Google Cloud Print. In addition to providing you with a secure location office to protect your documents and photos, you can also send documents to the printer from any Internet connection.

Printer applications

Similar to mobile applications, printer applications allow the printer to connect to the Internet and print documents stored on various sites. Additionally, some printer applications allow you to scan to cloud sites. The number and complexity of printer applications varies, depending on the printer (manufacturer). HP has developed this concept more than most companies. Thousands of documents, business forms, balls or whatever you can think of, including lots of news, entertainment, and business outlets.

The latest HP printer application feature lets you schedule news stories and other documents on a pre-arranged schedule. Say, for example, a particular section of a particular publication, the business section of your favorite newspaper. All you have to do is set up the app to print every day (or anytime) from the printer control panel. The printer will wait for the allotted time for you.

All you could do with the printer was have time to print or print to your PC (or network). Then machines (print/copy/scan/fax) were made available to everyone who could run all the services, and now there are printer applications. You can not help but think about what’s next …

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