You may have to wait until November to get some wireless printing capabilities on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad courtesy of Apple's own AirPrint
, but at least some Epson printer users now already have an alternative option at their disposal. The company's just rolled out its new PrintJinni app that it developed with a little help from Thinxtream, which will let you wirelessly print files to any WiFi-enabled Epson printer. Unlike AirPrint, however, this option will cost you -- the app runs $9.99 but is currently discounted to $6.99 for a "limited time." Full press release is after the break.
Epson and Thinxtream Collaborate to Deliver Superior Performing iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Mobile Printing
'PrintJinni for Epson' Mobile Printing App Offers Easy Printing to any Epson Wireless All-in-One
LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing desktop printing solutions, and Thinxtream™ Technologies today announced a new mobile printing application – PrintJinni™ for Epson® – that allows Apple® iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™(1) users to easily print Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, PDF, and JPEG files from an e-mail account to any Wi-Fi®-enabled Epson all-in-one. Unlike other mobile printing solutions, PrintJinni for Epson is an all-inclusive productivity tool that allows users to download, display, preview, and print e-mail attachments that maintain accurate formatting.
"PrintJinni for Epson enhances the printing experience for mobile device users by delivering superior performance where it counts, whether at home, in the office, or on the road," said Gregg Brunnick, group product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. "With the benefit to print to any Wi-Fi-enabled Epson all-in-one, this convenient app keeps iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users from being tied to one printer. PrintJinni for Epson offers the ultimate mobile printing freedom and superior print quality inherent in Epson's all-in-one solutions."
Additional PrintJinni for Epson Features:
* Supports printing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007), as well as JPEG and PDF files from e-mail attachments
* Offers easy discovery of supported Epson printers and all-in-ones over the Wi-Fi network
* Provides simple set-up and e-mail attachment support for Gmail™, Microsoft® Exchange, Apple MobileMe™, AOL®, and other IMAP-based email accounts
* Prints over Wi-Fi without the need for an intermediate PC, additional software or printer drivers
* Delivers secure encrypted communication for mobile printing
* Receives and prints iWorks documents from the iPad(2)
* Includes free upgrade to iPad-native printing support scheduled for release in fall 2010
"We are pleased to work with Epson to launch a robust mobile printing solution for their customers," said Robert Shibata, director of marketing, Thinxtream Technologies. "The rich functionality of PrintJinni for Epson will help Apple mobile device users leverage the superior printing performance and Wi-Fi capability of Epson printers. Through this joint initiative, we are also looking forward to leveraging Epson's advanced printing technology expertise to upgrade and enhance the features of the PrintJinni application."
Pricing and Availability
PrintJinni for Epson, expected later to be priced at $9.99, is now available in the U.S. and Canada on the Apple iTunes® Store for an introductory price of $6.99. This 30 percent discount is for a limited time only and includes a one-year subscription to PrintJinni Cloud Services.
About Epson America, Inc.
Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 countries around the world. Seiko Epson is committed to its ongoing contributions to the global environment and for the second year in a row has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. To learn more about Epson America, please visit: www.Epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).
About Thinxtream Technologies Pte. Ltd.
Thinxtream Technologies is a global software product company, with innovative products and professional services for media and print applications across a wide range of industries. Based in Singapore, Thinxtream is a subsidiary of Celstream Technologies, an established, global Product Engineering Services company, with a rich heritage in offering complete product life-cycle development services. More information on the company can be found at www.thinxtream.com. For queries, please call +65 65169870 or write to email@example.com
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Epson is a registered trademark, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and Exceed Your Vision is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Thinxtream and PrintJinni are trademarks of Thinxtream Technologies Pte. Ltd. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
(1) Supports Apple iPad (in compatibility mode) running iPhone OS 3.2.1 and above, iPod touch, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS running iPhone OS 3.1.3 and above, and iPhone 4 running iPhone OS 4.0 and above.
(2) Send iWorks documents in PDF or Office format.
SOURCE Epson America, Inc.