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Wednesday August 2, 2006 8:08 pm
PrinterAnywhere: Just What It Promises
Printers of the world, rejoice!You can now print on anyone’s printer anywhere in the world. No more wires! No more FAXes! No more hassles!
Okay, so that’s a little over the top. I maintain, however, that this free application will be very popular with a growing number of people in the coming weeks and years. It’s called PrinterAnywhere, and its name says it all. The only thing you have to make sure of is that your destination printer is connected to a PC that is online and that you, in turn, are online. So you download the software, install it on your machine, and then list your printer. Anyone else who can see your printer can print to it. Of course, you wouldn’t list your printer where just anyone could see it, and neither would other people. You can choose who you share your printer with, and vice versa.
The number of applications of this functionality are mind-boggling. No need to send an attachment with an email. No need to send a FAX. No need to worry whether your friend has upgraded to the latest version of your word processing software. No need to wonder whether your friend will ever be able to print out what you sent him or her. You do the printing for your friend.
One note of caution: This is still a beta version, and the company will undoubtedly be working out the kinks for a few months. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t list your printer as ready for everyone you know; otherwise, you’ll be the one paying for all the paper and ink.
One other note: As of now, this is a Windows-only application.
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