Color Label Solutions

Color Label Solutions

Thursday, October 6, 2016

iPhone Printed Color Labels

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.

iPhone Printed Labels

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:

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:

PrintCentral Pro
PrintCentral Pro

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, may have printed directly.

Second, I had to install the WePrint application on the computer with the Windows driver:  WePrint runs in the background; and I configured this application to print from an email routed to the printer.

WePrint Label Printing

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
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.

PCL Label Printing
PCL Print
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.

PrintControl Pro Label Printing
PrintControl Pro
Once I selected “Print”, I got a 4” x 6” formatted print output just like the design of the PDF.

iPhone Printed GHS Label
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!

Guy Mikel

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