By Somasundaram Meiyappan
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
This application allows you to send a print job to your Google Cloud Print enabled printer from your Mac. You can even specify most of the print options supported by your Google Cloud Print enabled printer and track jobs submitted to your printer. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuPQGD5z9IE for creating an automator plugin that functions like a Virtual Printer. These Automator workflows are also available from the application support link.
There are multiple ways to use this program:
The recommended way to use the program is to create a 'Print Plugin' using 'Automator' with 'Open Finder Items' as the sink action (select 'Cloud Printer' as the application to launch). Save the print plugin with a name of you choice, example "Print to a Google Cloud Printer". Later, when you print from your application choose your custom print plugin (in this example, "Print to a Google Cloud Printer") from the 'PDF' drop down box to automatically launch this application. When "Cloud Printer" launches, you can modify your print options and submit the print job. This is the most versatile way of using this application and as long as you have a viewer for the file format and the viewing application sports a print option, this method should work. A Video Walk through is available here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuPQGD5z9IE.
Please visit the support link for more recipies on how to use this program effectively with Automators.
In all other methods of using the application mentioned below, please note that the file formats that can be supported will be limited and will vary with time as Google Cloud Print service expands its support for file formats. At the moment, PDF/TXT/JPEG/PNG files and Microsoft Office Document/Presentation/Spreadsheet files are known to work.
- Launch the 'Cloud Printer' application from Finder and select the image or document to print using the 'Choose File' option.
- From the command shell, launch the 'Cloud Printer' executable with the file that you want to print.
- From the Finder, right-click the file that you want to print and open the file with 'Cloud Printer' application.
What's New in Version 2.0.5
- Minor enhancements
Version: 2.0 Major under the hood change
- Google, the provider of GCP service, has moved to version 2.0 of the GCP API, which obsoletes the older method/print-settings support. This version adds support for the newer version for print-settings support. This would render older versions of the app unusable beyond the date that Google will turn off support for the older method of submitting print job with settings on some date (which is currently set to sometime in August)
- Product feature packaging: The PrintSettings support will be an In-App purchase from this version onwards
Technically it works
It does not show up in system printers as a printer, like one would expect.
Instead if you have create a goofy macro using Automator that basically prints to a pdf, then the app prints the pdf to cloud print.
I would not expect my mom to be able to install this.
I don’t understand why they can’t make it a virtual printer driver like on PC. I thought things were supposed to be easier on a MAC?
Refuses to install on 10.7.5 Core 2 Duo Macbook 2,1
By listed compatibility, this update should install on my machine, but the App Store refuses to install it. Previous version still installed, current update will not install, and will not hide itself as incompatible either… leaving an update listed as available all the time. Something is wrong with your listed compatibility.
Worked….the first time!!
I found this app as a recommened on the Google Cloud Print site. I loaded it up, followed the simple Automator instructions and bam, it works. Amazing.