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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer Apps
I have an app installed on my iPod touch called ACTPrinter so I can 'print' web pages/documents (sends a PDF) to the device so I have it 'to go'. I was just wondering if I could get it for my Android phone (no) or if there was an app that would be compatible with both.

Enter Dropbox: The best free application ever with many many uses! Whenever I get any device (computer, phone, iPod) one of the first programs I install is Dropbox, which can view PDFs.

So I knew from prior experience that there is an editable 'Send PDF to...' dropdown in any print dialog. So I just created a PDFs folder in my Dropbox (you can just use the root of your dropbox if you want) and then just choose Print in any program and then click PDF - Edit Menu. Then hit the + button and select the folder you want to send your PDFs to and hit OK. The new menu entry will be the name of your folder, but if you go to the ~/Library/PDF Services folder you can rename the entry to whatever you want.

Now to virtually print something that you can view on any of your devices, just go to Print » PDF » [Your Dropbox Folder]. This has the advantage of one Print action creating something that can be viewed on multiple devices, with the caveat that your device must have an Internet connection the first time you view the document, since your mobile device(s) won't automatically sync with Dropbox like your Mac will (if you don't think you will have a connection when you need it, then just view the PDF on your device and it will download and be readily available later.)

[crarko adds: I use Dropbox like this all the time; I searched and was a bit surprised this hadn't been mentioned before. So here it is.]
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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: reidjazz on Jan 11, '11 11:35:45AM

Worked on my MacBook Pro running 10.6.6 but not on my G5 dual 2gig running 10.5. The G5 wouldn't allow me to click the "Open" button after selecting my PDF folder...it remains greyed out. Hmmm.....

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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 22, '11 05:03:14PM
You could try manually creating a SymLink to your Dropbox/PDF folder in the PDF Services folder since that's what it does when you select the folder... (assuming Leopard has a PDF Services folder in the same location as SL, type ln -s ~/Dropbox/ ~/Library/PDF\ Services/Dropbox in the Terminal)

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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: anw03 on Jan 11, '11 11:54:54AM

Why go to all the trouble of ACTPrinter? OS X on a Mac has a built-in print to PDF option when you hit Cmd-P for any application/document you are using; and further you can save the PDF to any destination including DropBox, which I do already.



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: DaijDjan on Jan 12, '11 04:00:29AM

more button presses. I like a virtual printer

I use CUPSDPDF and then set its output to the dropbox



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 22, '11 04:53:37PM

Umm... right... that's exactly what I was saying in the hint... that I used to use ACTPrinter but now I just use Dropbox, exactly like you're saying... I'm guessing you only read the first sentence of the hint and stopped there?

Edited on Jan 22, '11 04:55:27PM by everkleer80



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: sjm27 on Jan 11, '11 12:35:43PM

You get this functionality with more options built in to Evernote. You also get better organisation options. I tend to use Dropbox as a filestore and Evernote as a note keeper.



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: robleach on Jan 11, '11 01:08:04PM

Why is it when I select a folder to print to, the "open" button is greyed out?

Rob



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: georgeo on Jan 11, '11 03:01:14PM

So for 10.5.8, to save the pdf to a folder all you need to do is to put an alias of the folder into ~/Library/PDF Services/



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: tom_sep on Jan 12, '11 03:11:29AM

you may actually be able to use VipRiser in this way.
Just create an Automator script which will save the PDF to your DropBox account



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: DaijDjan on Jan 12, '11 04:01:43AM

or cupsdpdf



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: Stevep65 on Jan 15, '11 08:29:18AM

I use dropbox and CUPSPDF to print my PDFs. Since it's a free way of printing my PDFs easily to dropbox.

Now my question is, is there a way to print from the iPhone when you're not near an ePrint enabled printer, either by an app of web interface?



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Use Dropbox for a Mobile Virtual Printer
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 22, '11 05:07:54PM

I've heard of apps like Print Sharing (not free) to print to a shared printer (through another computer) but I've never tried one.



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