iPrint – now freeware – helps users cut back on printing costs “by up to 60%”

Forget the fact that “going green” is now the cool thing to do. Just think about saving money. iPrint is a very simple software which helps users reduce printing costs (developer claims printing costs can be reduced “by up to 60%”) by using some smart – yet simple – page and ink saving techniques. More specifically, iPrint allows users to easily specify pages to print – as opposed to printing all the pages, even the useless ones –  and allows users to print 2 or 4 pages on one sheet instead of the traditional 1 page per 1 sheet.

iPrint installs as a virtual printer on your computer. Since it installs as a printer on your computer, you can use iPrint for printing from any program including your browser, word processor, etc.

Whenever you want to print something you just print like you would normally (i.e. for Firefox just go to File -> Print). When the printer menu pops up just make sure to select “iPrint” as your printer:

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After install iPrint gives you the option of making iPrint your default printer, most application will already have iPrint selected (assuming you set iPrint as your default printer).

Using iPrint is very straightforward. You just print like you normally would (i.e. click on the print icon, go to “File” ->” Print”, etc.). When you print, the iPrint program pops up:

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From the program window you basically can do two things:

  • You can “delete” pages. Don’t worry – you are not literally deleting the pages. By “deleting” pages you are basically telling your printer not to print them. All you have to do is simply double click on the pages which you do not want to print. These pages will then turn red indicating that they will not be printed. You can “delete” multiple pages at once – just hold down SHIFT or CTRL while selecting the pages and hit 2009-08-23_230352 .
  • You can choose to print 1 page per 1 sheet, 2 pages per 1 sheet, or 4 pages per one sheet.

Then, once you have setup how you want your pages to print, just select the printer you want to print at from the top right…

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…and print. iPrint is as simple as that. If you want more detailed information on iPrint, including dotTech’s view of the software, feel free to read dotTech’s full review on iPrint.

Watch the following short 1 to 2 minute video by the developer to see iPrint in action:

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To view the video click above. If you have JavaScript disabled you will not be able to view the video by clicking above so instead click here.

Of course some people may already have the functionality of iPrint built into the software that comes with their physical printers. However, if your printer does not have that option, or you like doing virtual printing (i.e. printing to PDFs) a lot, iPrint is a very handy tool everyone should keep in their arsenal. Since iPrint is now freeware (free for any use – business and personal), you really have nothing to lose. You may download iPrint from the following link:

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Version reviewed: v6.0.0.2475

iPrint homepage [direct download]

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  1. normofthenorth

    Thanks Phoenix. I’ve also had spotty reliability with iPrint.

    In addition, I’ve found another frustrating limitation:

    One of the best things about FinePrint is that you can preview a multi-page print job, and delete pages that aren’t worth printing. Well, iPrint SORT of does that, but it seems to do it in a CRAZY way: Say you’ve got a 3-page web-site to print, you want to print it “2-up”, and you discover that the second (= middle) page is of no value.

    In Fineprint, logically, you end up with a 2-up 1-page printout of the original pages 1 and 3.

    But in iPrint, you end up with page 2 still there, but blanked out! It shows up on-screen in red, showing that you’ve deleted it from the print job, but the pages don’t rearrange to close up the space. So you seem to still have a 2-page print job (which can’t be duplexed)! AAARGH!!

  2. Phoenix

    I liked the concept of it, especially the idea of printing 2 or 4 pages on one page.

    Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get it to work properly after having it installed for a few days. The windows print spool sends it out and then iPrint just seems to lose it. If I send it out multiple times it’ll eventually properly launch, though then sometimes it has the document in the same print job twice. Yesterday I couldn’t get it sent out at all, and then this morning when I booted up my computer it came up with the last thing I’d tried to print yesterday.

    Unfortunately I’ll probably wind up uninstalling it.

    @normofthenorth

    if you have a PDF ‘printer’ you can always send the iPrint 2 or 4 to a page out the PDF printer, and then print the PDF using FinePrint. Ashraf has a current artilce on NovaPDF lite. I’ve used the standard version and it’s worked well for me.

  3. normofthenorth

    Yup, it’s sad but true. I just got this response from iPrint support:

    “Mike Stokes, Dec 27 12:55 (NZDT):
    Unfortunately iPrint can’t do Duplex on non-duplex printers currently… we’ll be adding this in a future version though for sure.

    Thanks for using iPrint to cut costs and save trees :)

    Mike”

    So I may continue using the “trial” version of FinePrint for compressed print jobs that can be duplexed, and saving iPrint for some “niche” uses, like gathering 2 1-page jobs together.

    For people who have printers that can do duplex on their own (manually or automatically), iPrint might be the better choice.

    BTW, the main limitations of the free trial version of Fineprint are (1) a “Printed with Fineprint” footer is added to each page and (2) You can’t print more than 8 original pages without subdividing the job.

    In addition to adding duplexing, FP also has a bunch of other features that I don’t use, including watermarks.

  4. normofthenorth

    So far, iPrint has at least one nifty feature that I think FinePrint doesn’t — the ability to “collect” multiple print jobs into one. E.g., you can “print” one page to iPrint, then print a second, then tell iPrint to print them both 2-up on a single sheet of paper. Not on FP, AFAIK.

    OTOH, FP was very good at making print jobs duplex (2-sided), which my printer couldn’t do by itself. So far, I can’t figure out how to do that with iPrint. Since duplexing saves 50% (paper) without hardly any sacrifice in clarity, losing it is important. (I could always split the job into two parts and manually duplex it, but that’s too complicated for me to want to do it. FP makes it easy.)

    I’ve posted a support request to iPrint to find out if I just missed the feature.

  5. Ron

    Thanks Ashraf,
    This looks very interesting, so I’m going to give it a try. It’s really annoying when you try to print out what appears to be a short web page and wind up with a second page with one or two unnecessary lines. For a long time, I’ve been using Print What You Like to cut out everything on a page I don’t need. It’s an online print editor, but I use the bookmarklet for local control.
    http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/
    http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/bookmarklet

    (They also have a bookmarklet and a Firefox extension called PageZipper that’s pretty cool. Might be interesting to some of your readers.) http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/pagezipper

  6. Jeffinprov

    This is a pleasant surprise! Sometime last year I picked up an earlier version on the clearance table of a local office supply big-box — but it was not Vista compatible. It has worked well on my XP machine, and I look forward to doing ANYTHING to save some money on ink! Thanks, Ashraf.