How to Print Your Documents from Your iPhone

Businesses often approach a printing company for their corporate printings while individuals may use their own computers or laptops to connect to home printers for personal work. However, did you know that there is an even more convenient way to get your work printed?  If you are an iPhone owner, you will probably feel handicapped if you have to go without it for even a few hours. But you probably do not know about your iPhone as much as you think you do. Did you know that you can print from it? Not many people do. Even if you know that you can, you have probably never done it. To print from your iPhone, you need to learn about a feature called AirPrint. As the name suggests, AirPrint is a mobile digital printing solution that enables you to print documents and images from your iPhone. The feature comes pre-installed on your iPhone so you do not need to download or install any app. This is good because not many people like to spend their time or memory space downloading and installing apps. AirPrint was first included with iOS version 4.2. Since then, it has also been made available with other Apple devices, including iPad, iPod and Mac. If you have any iPhone with an iOS version later than 4.2, then you can rest assured that AirPrint is installed on your phone. To print from your iPhone, you will need an AirPrint-enabled printer. But there is absolutely no need to lose heart. Almost every digital printer (inkjet, laser, etc.) available in the market today are AirPrint-enabled. If you have a printer by major manufacturers like Canon, Brother, Epson, Dell, HP, NEC, LexMark, Samsung, Konica, Kodak and Ricoh, then you can be sure that it is AirPrint-enabled. Now you know what you need to print from your iPhone, here are the actual steps: Make sure that the wireless feature on your iPhone is on and it is connected to a private Wi-Fi network. AirPrint does not support public wireless networks, cellular data connections, Bluetooth, and 3G/4G connections. Turn on your printer and connect it to the same Wi-Fi network that your iPhone is connected to. Make sure that the blue indicator light accompanying the wireless icon on the printer is not blinking. Open the image, document, webpage or you want to print and tap the “Share” icon. Tap the “Next” button and you will get a menu with several icons, including the Print icon. Tap the “Print” icon (it should be on the far right) and you will get a menu Printer options. Tap “Select Printer” and you will get a list of available printers. Select the printer connected to your...

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A Short History of Offset Printing

  The digital era is upon us and we are indeed enjoying it, but there is one other option in the world of printing that emphasizes on quality to a greater extent. Offset printing has been around for ages, but with the increasing focus on speed and easy delivery, people often look the other way. Offset Printing (Lithography) – A Peek into the Past Offset printing is a modern name given to the process of “lithography” (invented in 1796 by Alois Senefelder), which historically meant, “an image made from stone”. In the traditional age, beautiful carvings were done on stone and finished off to present a marvellous piece that can be used for printing with ink. Offset printing has come a long way in producing quality work. It was 1875 when Robert Barclay constructed the first lithographic printing press in England. This printer combined the qualities of the mid-19th century’s transfer printing and rotary printing press. Offset printing was first introduced as an inexpensive printing method. However, the process was only limited to the use of porous and flat surfaces because the plates used were made from limestone. Earlier, a treated cardboard was used to transfer the image from the stone to the metal surface, but rubber replaced this cardboard and has since been used universally till today. With changing times, metals were replaced by rubber rollers for a much clearer and sharper paper printout, which was discovered by Ira Washington Rubel in 1901 after he forgot to load a sheet before starting the printing process. Offset Printing in the Modern Times Even until today, offset printing is one of the most common methods of creating printed supplies. Traditionally, the market was accustomed to mass printed products that were not tailored to individual needs. Even though the times today demand custom printed products, offset printing is still widely used commercially to reduce overall costs and obtain quality printouts. The Change in Process for High Quality and Durable Printouts As mentioned earlier, the printing process used metal sheets before. However, with changing technology, cheaper and more result-oriented materials in the process have made offset printing a preferred printing option. The printing process usually uses pre-press production, an important part of the whole process that involves preparation for a streamlined output. It includes converting to colour schemes to the effective CMYK colour model, confirming the files and creating the plates for each colour to run on the job. The ink used in offset printers is of an oily nature, and offset printing uses image areas that are both, lipophilic (accept ink, repel water) and hydrophilic (repel oil and accept water). Therefore, offset printing prints uniquely, by not transferring the image from...

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Want a Perfect Brochure – Avoid These Common Mistakes

Brochures are powerful marketing tools. If used effectively, they can turn your potential customers into buyers. Businesses use brochures for two main purposes; to introduce a new product or service in the market or to make potential customers buy a product or service. From the designing phase to the printing phase, everything needs to be in perfect order to gain maximum advantage from this effective marketing tool. If you want to get the most out of your brochure, you need to pay close attention to brochure designing and brochure printing. Let us have a look at some common mistakes that you need to avoid in the designing phase in order to come up with a perfect brochure: Using Generic or Mediocre Covers Since your brochure cover is the first thing that your target customers will notice, you need to make sure it is attractive and pertinent. The only way you can do that is to avoid using irrelevant, simple, boring, generic, and mediocre brochure covers. Putting Too Much Information You need to design your brochure while keeping in mind that most people will not spare enough time to go through all the details provided in the brochure. Therefore, avoid useless verbosity and only include important information that really interests your potential customers. The best way to achieve this goal is to use headlines and bullet lists whenever possible. It will not only make your brochure more appealing, it will also keep the readers focused and interested. Putting Too Many Photos Or No Photos At All Photographs or illustrations are often used to grab the attention of readers, but this does not mean that you should overload your brochure with multiple pictures/illustrations and no accompanying text. Similarly, filling your brochure with fancy text and no pictures is also a mistake. You have to find the right balance between text and graphics in order to make your brochure effective. Common Mistakes That You Need to Avoid in the Printing Phase The printing phase is as important (if not more) as the designing phase. A little mistake in the printing stage will not only cost you lost time and effort, it can also waste your budget. Let us have a look at some of the common mistakes that you need to avoid in the brochure printing phase: Proper Bleeding Do not only depend on the printing company to check whether bleeds have been included in your design. If the bleed area is not incorporated in the design, you will not be able to get the right prints. Make sure to tell your designer or the print provider to include the bleed area before sending your brochure for final printing. Proper Size of Paper...

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Using Digital Printers for Quality Printing Solutions

  Then, the digital printer can be a perfect solution for you. Digital printers are suitable for relatively smaller projects and the printing can be completed in a short period of time. That means you will be able to get clear, vivid coloured printing at a smaller turnaround time that you get with an offset printer. You can print as many copies as needed and always request for more if you want. In a strict comparison, digital printing quality is not like the offset printing, but the quality is close to it. If you require a large volume of copies in very high quality, offset printing will be worth the cost. However, this printing method will be less cost efficient for small volume prints. You can consult a printing company for a variety of printing solutions that will bring you the most value for its price. Here are some benefits that a digital printer can bring to you: Quick turnaround time You will be able to get your material back within a single day in most cases if you consider a digital printer. Whether it is personalized print, business cards or simple photocopies, the printing will be completed in no time and very efficiently. So if time is a concern for you, then there is no better alternative than a good digital printer. Highly cost effective Digital printing is more cost effective as the inks do not penetrate into your paper as much as needed for other methods. That means it just forms a thin layer and creates a nice smooth texture sitting on the paper. So, you are getting high-quality printings at a relatively low price. Create large quantity You can print as much as you need in a small period of time. Even if you decide that you need to change the quantity of your output at the last minute, it can be done. The digital printers are eco-friendly and it ensures the longevity of the printer cartridges and toners. Quality printing solutions Digital printers come in handy for any organization or business if they need efficient and quick high-quality printing. Digital printers can handle printing the letterheads, leaflets, envelopes, and other materials that you may need for your business as the colour is not limited. If you require your business card for a sudden business meeting or need to print your business presentation immediately, then you can get your printing done in minutes using digital printers and it will not break your bank. Most of the digital printers offer a wide range of services such as simple photocopying (black and white), digital colour photocopying (laser technology) or you can even complete your scanning with it. You...

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Benefits of Hiring a Local Brochure Printing Company

With the advancement in print technology, it is quite possible that you can take your brochure printing task as a DIY assignment. However, taking on the challenge of undertaking certain tasks at home or in your office may not prove the best option, especially if your reputation is at stake. Brochure printing is one task that you need to take seriously as it is your business image and reputation that is at stake. In order to save your business and yourself from potential dangers, make sure to hire a professional printing company. Whether you need 100 copies, 1000 copies, or 10000 copies of your brochure, it is always best to “go local”. Whether you need to get your brochures printed in black and white or multiple colours, it is always best to “go local”. Whether you prefer offset printing to save some money or like the quality of digital printing, it is always best to “go local”. Why Is It Always A Win-Win Situation For You To Hire A Local Brochure Printing Company? In the presence of so many brochure printing services operating in different parts of Singapore that offer their services through their online web portals, you are always in a better position to hire a local print provider. Why so, let us have a look: Quick, Easy, and Effective Communication When you work with a local brochure printing company you can enjoy quick, easy, and effective communication. Lack of communication or miscommunication often leads to many issues ranging from poor design, poor print quality, delays, and a waste of money and time. If you are a startup company, you simply cannot afford all this. The best way to avoid such issues is to keep all the communication channels between you and your print provider open all the time. Easy Pick and Drop Another advantage of engaging a local brochure printing company is that you are able to pick up your order easily at a given time and you can drop-off any missing information or item quickly at their doorstep. Instead of waiting for weeks and months to see whether your print provider has printed your brochures the way you wanted, you can easily go and visit the local printing company at the time of starting the print job. This way you will be able to see whether your brochure is being printed the right way. If you are satisfied with the results of the test brochure, you can give your permission for printing the required quantity. Cost Savings In the business world, time is money. When you choose your local printing company, you save a lot of time. You can use this time to perform other functions...

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