The Chromebook Test: Living In Google Chrome For A Month (Part 18)


google-chromebook-logo   In this part I’ll talk about printing in Chrome OS/ Chromium OS.

How is Printing handled

Printing is handled using the Google Cloud Print Service which can also be used in Windows, Android, (Linux & Mac OSX possibly).

The Google Cloud Print service acts as a web-based Printer Driver, and requires a Google Cloud Print ready Printer or a regular Printer connected to a Windows/Mac Computer via USB with the Chrome Web Browser open and on the Google Cloud Print website with your Printer then registered with the Cloud Print Service to Print.

Chromium Web Browser on the Google Cloud Print website, Showing my own personal Print Server.

Chromium Web Browser on the Google Cloud Print website, Showing my own personal Print Server.

The preferably way of Printing is to use a Google Cloud Print ready printer as you’re not relying on having to have another Computer switched on acting as a Print Server, but if you’ve already got a regular Printer or a WiFi Printer that isn’t Cloud Print ready then having to use another Computer as a Cloud Print Server is your only option.

What I’d like to see

I’d like to see Google develop a way of allowing none Cloud Print Ready WiFi or even regular Printers being able to be converted into a Cloud Print ready Printer, by developing a USB adaptor that adds a Cloud Print Server for WiFi Printers or a USB WiFi/Cloud Print Server for regular none WiFi Printers.

But I can’t see that happening as more and more new Printers are WiFi or WiFi Cloud Print ready.

Conclusion

Printing using Chrome OS/Chromium OS is far easier than using Windows as you don’t need to Install & keep up to date the Printer Driver, & using the Cloud Print website you can view a history of everything that you’ve printed out. I’m not 100% sure if you can re-print from your Print history or not as I’ve never tried it (but I’ll give it a try and report my findings in the end of Month review)

Roland

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