Canon Announces Print/Scan Mobile Apps

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Canon has announced a pair of apps that enable users to scan to and print from their mobile phones and tablets utilizing ImageRunner MFPs. The apps are for the iOS and Blackberry operating systems.

From a press release, “The Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile application provides communication between Canon multifunction products (MFP) and an iPhone and iPad, allowing users to perform print and scan functions between the two devices, such as scanning from the MFP to an iOS device or printing from an iOS device to an MFP.”

The iOS app is free at iTunes and will work with compatible ImageRunners and Image Runner ADVANCE devices. “Through the app users can remotely manage “scan options from an iOS device (e.g., select paper size selection, select scan resolution, duplex printing, color vs. black and white, select number of prints, collate and more).”

The app for Blackberries is also free and does basically the same things as the iOS app. It does require that users purchase a MEAP application to run on their hardware. (Go figure, a Blackberry app being more inconvenient than an Apple app….market dynamics are hard to change.) Canon seems to have an Android mobile app for scanning and printing photos but not yet for documents. Not sure why Blackberry was ahead of Android in the development cycle. Probably made sense when development started.

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