Every week, someone asks for label printers with an MAC driver option. Many individuals design labels on their MAC; and want to print directly from their computer. But not every day, do I get requests to print directly from an iPhone.
No label printers that I know have an AirPrint wireless option. So the question I had to determine was how to print from an Apple iPhone to a Windows driver.
Based on a Google search, I found PrintCentral Pro from Eurosmart: https://mobile.eurosmartz.com/products/printcentralpro.html
These guys claim to print to any network printer. So I had to see if it was possible. First, I had to download and install the PrintCentral Pro application onto our iPhone:
Using this application alone, I could not get it to work. If I would have had available the CAB XC Two Tone printer with the wireless option, https://www.cab.de/en/marking/label-printer/xc-series/, it may have printed directly.
Second, I had to install the WePrint application on the computer with the Windows driver: http://mobile.eurosmartz.com/downloads.html. WePrint runs in the background; and I configured this application to print from an email routed to the printer.
Third, I had to open the PDF as a webpage in Safari. In this situation, a GHS application was producing the label on-demand as a PDF. To open, I emailed the link containing the PDF to myself; and then opened it up in Safari.
|GHS Label In Safari|
Fourth, I needed to configure Safari to print via PrintCentral Pro once the page was opened. In Safari, I had to go to the “MORE” option at the bottom of the of the screen and toggle “PCL” to “On”. Once on, I found a “Print with PCL” option at the bottom of the screen.
When I selected PCL printing, I needed to select the correct printer. Having many different printer drivers installed, I had to narrow down my selection as well as configure the printer settings. As I said earlier, you may want to test printing direct from PrintCentral Pro; and not install WePrint until necessary. I do believe it should be possible with the correct configuration.
Once I selected “Print”, I got a 4” x 6” formatted print output just like the design of the PDF.
|iPhone Printed GHS Label|
As I needed to test using an iPhone, I used PrintCentral Pro and WePrint. If I was using my Nexus 6P, I would have used Google Cloud Print instead. You may want to test using Google’s application first depending on the devices you plan to use.
Printing color labels on-demand from a mobile device to a Windows driver should work for many yard and warehousing applications. Contact us if you need to print color labels on-demand and on-the-fly!