Google Cloud Print - without waiting for Google and HP?
July 3, 2010 9:19 AM   Subscribe

How can I implement Google Cloud Print right now? Surely there's some piece of software, preferably open-source, I can run on my machine and have the ability to email documents to have printed?
posted by dmd to Technology (8 answers total)
 
Well... you can already send for printing at Kinko's.

But what exactly do you mean by "to have printed"? Your printers? A known third party? An unknown one?
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:37 AM on July 3, 2010


My own printers. I'd like to, say, email color@mydomain.com and have it come out of my color printer.

I'm comfortable with coding something myself, but I was hoping not to duplicate effort.
posted by dmd at 9:48 AM on July 3, 2010


There are a number of networkable printers with built-in wifi on the market. Affordable, too.

I'm not aware of any way to network a printer which doesn't have network functionality already built in, and even if there way I doubt it'd be cheaper than simply buying a new printer.

Hope that helps.
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:03 AM on July 3, 2010


typo correction:

and even if there were I doubt it'd be cheaper than simply buying a new printer.
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:05 AM on July 3, 2010


I don't know of anything specific to this purpose that already exists, but it would be fairly easy to do this on a linux box using a procmail recipe to filter for emails to be printed and have it execute a script to save the attachment and pipe it to lp.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:08 AM on July 3, 2010


http://www.jasonellison.net/files/Email_to_printer_gateway.pdf

is what you are looking for
posted by jannw at 10:26 AM on July 3, 2010


Does it need to be via email, or just over the net? If you're running linux or macosx, there's a decent chance you're already running cups and can probably just print to your printers via IPP. Or if you feel old-school you could use lpr.
posted by hattifattener at 10:59 AM on July 3, 2010


FWIW you can make printers without networking built in by adding a print server. They make them for USB and for parallel printers, in wireless and wired varieties. Basically you network a small box that sits between the printer and the network, taking your print jobs and handing them off to the printer over a wired connection.
posted by msbutah at 12:05 PM on July 3, 2010


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