Printers sure have come a long way since my first one (an Okidata Okimate for you trivia buffs): they have more features and functions, double as memory card readers and can even run on batteries for mobile printing. What if the next printer innovation wasn’t an actual hardware innovation? Instead, what if you could use software to print to a printer that your buddy or business partner decided to share on the other side of the world? You can do just that for free with Printer Anywhere.
I stumbled across this free application beta in this month’s PC World print magazine and it’s a gem. "With PrinterAnywhere you can print documents and photos on other people’s printers as easily as on the local one connected to your machine. No special technical knowledge is required from both – printer owner and user. It just works!"
Any artifact you can print locally on a printer can be printed on another printer with Printer Anywhere. The application doesn’t allow for the print files to be electronically forwarded and it encrypts the print jobs, so it’s perfect for sending confidential or documents you’ve signed on a Tablet PC or UMPC. The free download requires Microsoft Windows XP and an Internet connection. I was going to try this, but I don’t have a Printer Anywhere buddy just yet. Hmmm…same goes for my Zune, so I can’t "squirt" music or printed pages just yet.