PrintBot FAQ

Is it possible to print web pages?

The new Android 4.4 (Kitkat) version allows printing directly from the browser or from Google Chrome.

 

Is it possible to print emails?

The new Android 4.4 (Kitkat) version allows printing directly from the email app.

 

Are there any plans to support MS Office file types?

The new Android 4.4 (Kitkat) version allows printing from some office viewer apps.

 

Where's the "Share" feature in the Android 4.4 (Kitkat) version?

Due to popular request, the "Share" feature is back for images, PDF , HTML and text files.

 

How can I integrate PrintBot into my app?

For printing images, PDF , HTML or text files, you can call PrintBot directly via intent:

Intent intent = new Intent("com.zenofx.action.PRINT");
intent.setDataAndType(uriToPrint, "text/html");
startActivity(intent);

Otherwise you can use Android Kitkat printing features.

If you want to integrate PrintBot seamlessly into your app, we have a library version of PrintBot. Please ask!

 

How does it work? Are you really installing 4.700+ printer drivers on my phone?

No, we aren't. Your document is sent to our render server farm, together with information about your printer. Our server processes the document and sends back a version in the language of your printer. Your Android device (phone or tablet) sends this processed version to your printer via your local network. Of course the transfer is https encrypted and the documents are never stored on our servers (the processing is in memory).

 

Do you collect any personal information? Why does the app have the "Phone State" right?

No, we don't. Period. This right is only needed for the licensing process of the Pro version on Google Play. We don't use the right to even access any personal information.

 

Why isn't PrintBot development financed by ads?

While nobody likes advertisment, we feel the quality of some ads on the Android platform is exceptionally bad. We don't want to be associated with this kind of advertisment. But if you're a manufacturer or a distributor of, say, replacement ink or other printer supplies, we could make an arrangement.

 

Can I in other ways support your develoment?

Please join our public beta channel on https://play.google.com/apps/testing/net.jsecurity.printbot. When a beta version becomes available, you'll be noticed in the Google Play app.