ActivePrint Traveler [iTunes link] does away with any concerns with what kind of router you have, what kind of network you are on, or how your printer is set up. All it takes is three easy steps. First, install the app on your iPhone. Second, register for a free account on your iPhone. Third, install a small on your computer running Windows XP/Vista, and log in with your registered account.
Unlike other apps in the iTunes App Store that enable printing from your iPhone, you don’t need to be connected to the same network as the printer in order to get the job done — meaning that ActivePrint Traveler works on Edge, 3G and WiFi.
Printing from the free version of ActivePrint Traveler application does of course have its limitations. You can only print text that appears in the app’s inbuilt note pad. If you want to print text from an email, a web page, or your note app, simply copy and paste the text into ActivePrint Traveler, choose how many copies you want to print and hit Send Print Job.
The print job will automatically be queued in the ActivePrint desktop application that you have registered on your computer. With ActivePrint Traveler, you can print up to 50 copies of any given document at a time, and can choose between the Portrait and Landscape settings.
Launching the Windows application, you will be able to retrieve your print queue, and print all the documents you have lined up.
True to its name, ActivePrint Traveler can be used from anywhere as the desktop application can be installed on a USB flash drive, giving you the ability to print from your iPhone on the go, as long as there is a Windows machine at your disposal. Installing the program to a USB flash drive is no different to installing it to your Windows machine. When unzipping the file, navigate to the USB flash drive as the location to unzip the file, and it will automatically install.
Upgrading to the $3.99 Pro version will give you the ability to print from your contacts, photos and web pages using the inbuilt browser. There is also a paid version of ActivePrint available for, while the Blackberry and Android versions are in the works, with no word of whether or not they will be free.
What method do you use to print from your mobile device when you’re on the go? Let us know in the comments.