You’ve updated your iPad and iPhone to iOS 4.2 and you want to print something… anything… but that printer hooked up to your Mac doesn’t show up in the list of available devices. What can you do to make your iOS user experience complete?
As Mike noted in his AirPrint roundup last week, Netputing took note of the re-enabling process that Chris posted about and created a little hack called AirPrint Hacktivator (which now uses a different method than it did originally, see below). You can easily install it on your Mac and be printing like a maniac from your iOS 4.2 device in minutes.
It’s a simple, non-Terminal way to fool your iPad or iPhone into thinking that your shared printer just happens to be one of those HP ePrint printers that work seamlessly with AirPrint.
Download the installer from the link above, unzip it, run it, and then slide the toggle switch to “On.” Enter your Mac’s administrator password to allow AirPrint Hacktivator to make some changes, and then you’re done. Any shared printer will now show up in the AirPrint dialog on your iOS device. The AirPrint Hacktivator page has a short video that demonstrates how to share a printer if you’ve never done it before.
While early builds of the Hacktivator did depend on a handful of files from prerelease versions of Mac OS X 10.6.5, the app now uses a different technique for turning the printing pipe back on. The release notes for this latest version of AirPrint Hacktivator include the following text — “No Apple files are redistributed nor installed by the latest version.” This answers a common question about the legality of all such AirPrint hacks; for at least the Mac version, this application seems to be is entirely legal.
There’s also a Windows version available. German website Macerkopf.de has the details on AirPrint Activator for Windows.