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HP's CloudPrint


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© August 2007 Anthony Lawrence

2007/08/23

My neighbor mentioned this in passing the other day. He had the details wrong; he thought this sent documents to your cell phone for storage and later printing. No, that's not quite it, but it's almost as silly.

The supposed need being met here (and "brilliantly" met, according to some other reviewers) is printing for travelers. You are on the road and need to print some document.

Before we get to how HP's CloudPrint addresses that problem, let's see how most of us would handle it:


The last (Google Docs) is how I usually do it: I can access Google Docs with any web browser on any operating system and all I need is my Google login (the same login I use for Gmail and all other Google services).

Now let's see how HP "brilliantly" accomplishes the same thing, shall we?


Okey, dokey. So it's Windows only on the "send" side because of that stupid printer driver. They say:

You can retrieve CloudPrint documents from any computer that has a web browser and Acrobat Reader. So that means a Mac, a PC or even Linux.

If you want to print to the Cloud, sorry, the driver is currently only available for the PC. But we're working on a mac version, and we've even got something up our sleeve for iPhones and smartphones.

With Google Docs, you just upload your document. No printing to a virtual printer. Furthermore, you can edit your Google Docs document from any browser - that PDF from CloudPrint is "retrieve only".

Google Docs let's you share any document with anyone with an email address - and if you want, they can edit that document also. No cell phones necessary.

In short, CloudPrint is a poor implementation of something Google already has nailed to the wall.

There is another supposedly useful aspect to CloudPrint: they have a Locate a Print Service Provider Near You page. I tried it for my zip code and found that it knew of nothing within 50 miles.. of course I know darn well there are dozens of places nearby where I could get something printed. I tried a few more zip codes and got the same result: nothing found.

CloudPrint: a silly solution to a problem I don't have.


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Thu Aug 23 13:45:30 2007: 3082   BigDumbDinosaur


Now let's see how HP "brilliantly" accomplishes the same thing, shall we?

As the old saying goes, new technology isn't necessarily good technology. This whole cloud print thingie sounds like a significant waste of electrons, photons or whatever else is involved. Geesh!

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