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How to Print to a Printer for FileMaker Web Publishing

Beginning with iOS 4.2, Apple introduced its AirPrint feature that builds on the web printing and PDF emailing features described in the previous section. There is a subtle difference between AirPrint and the web printing technology described in the previous section. Web printing (such as HP's ePrint) sends print jobs to addressable printers over the Internet using email. AirPrint locates printers on the local area network where your computer or mobile device is located, and it sends the print job to the local printer. To print to a printer that is not on your local area network, use web printing and send the print job (a PDF file in most cases) via email.

This technique works with any app that supports printing. If you are using FileMaker's web publishing tools as described in Part IV, this is how you (or your users) can print out the results using Safari on iPad.

Here is how to print using AirPrint:

  1. Go to the data you want to print. Various apps on iPhone and iPad support AirPrint (Safari is one of them).
  2. Printing is provided in the Actions menu (the box with the arrow coming out of the top). It is located to the left of the address field in the toolbar on iPad; on iPhone, it is located at the center of the bottom toolbar. Figure 4.18 shows both interfaces.
    Figure 4.18

    Figure 4.18 Print from Safari on iPad.

  3. Tap Print.
  4. Choose the printer and the number of copies that you want, as shown in Figure 4.19. That is all you need to do.
    Figure 4.19

    Figure 4.19 Set up the print options.

  1. If you want to manage the print queue (for example, cancel a job or change the order in which jobs print), you can use Print Center. Double-tap the Home button to open the multitasking control at the bottom of the screen, as shown in Figure 4.20. Find Print Center at the left. (It only appears when a job is printing.) A badge on the Print Center shows you the number of jobs in the queue.
    Figure 4.20

    Figure 4.20 Use the Print Center.

  2. If there is more than one print job in the queue, tap Print Center to see a list of the current jobs, as shown in Figure 4.21. You can reorder the jobs in this list just by touching and holding a job and moving it up or down.
    Figure 4.21

    Figure 4.21 View and change the order of print jobs.

  3. Tap a job to get its details, as shown previously in Figure 4.20. As you can see, this is where you can remove a job before it has printed (this is useful if you know that you have made a mistake and you do not want to waste paper and ink).
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