This free 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. This tool also lists the jobs that have been printed to this printer so that you could track them.
This program was previously distributed from this website as 'Cloud Print'. Since adding the Mac App Store for distribution, this new name had to adopted. Further, in order to adhere to certain guidelines for distributing through Mac App Store, automatic installation of the application as a 'PDF Service' had to be disabled. Sorry about that. However, please read on to learn how to get that functionality back again. If you install it through the Mac App Store, then you will informed of updates automatically.
Note for the users of the legacy 'Cloud Print' application
To uninstall the legacy 'Cloud Print' application in order to make use of the application distributed through the Mac App Store, please do the following:
- Open Finder and drag the 'Cloud Print' application to Trash
- Open Terminal and execute ' sudo rm "/Library/PDF Services/Cloud Print" '. You should enter your password, if prompted.
Recommended way to use the application
The recommended way is to use automator to create a print-plugin and use this application from most application's print dialog. Here is a step-by-step Guide to setup an automator based integration into Print Dialog:
- Open Automator in Mac
- Click 'Print Plugin'
- Ensure that 'Actions' tab has been selected in 'Automator'
- In the search box in Automator, enter 'Open Finder Items' (please translate this to your local language if English is not the language used in your Mac)
- If you 'double click' on the 'Open Finder Items' in the list of 'Actions', it will add that action to the plugin being created.
- On the right half of the Automator program (where there is a visual flow graph of the plugin being created) and in the 'Open Finder Items' action, select 'Cloud Printer' that you have installed in your Mac in the 'Open With' option.
- Now, save your plugin with a name of your choice typically indicating 'Print using Cloud Printer'.
Now, you can print from most Mac applications using the Cmd+P button and it will bring up the Mac Print Dialog. Typically, on the left bottom corner of the Print Dialog, there will be a drop-down list box with the default text 'PDF'. Please click that option and select the plug-in that you have just created. This will send the print job to the 'Cloud Printer' program from which you will able to select the Google-Cloud-printer/print-service/GoogleDrive that you would like to print to.
Please watch the video walthrough of the process below in HD.
The file here contains three *.workflow files that should be copied into users's "~/Library/PDF Services" directory which will provide three automator scripts to print using this Cloud Printer program.
If you encounter problems in Automator not launching the application correctly, please execute this command in your terminal window.
ln -s /Applications/Cloud\ Printer.app/Contents/MacOS/Cloud\ Printer ~/Library/PDF\ Services/Print\ using\ Cloud\ Printer
Other ways to use the application
Please note that the file formats that can be supported will be limited. At the moment, atleast 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.
Intel 32-bit Mac OS X >= Snow Leopard (10.6)
3MB of free Hard disk space.
File: Cloud Printer.zip
This is a freeware and everybody is free to use it - no advertisements and no non-sense - just a print app. This package downloadble from this website is the same executable that is available in Mac App Store; but for those who are not using the App Store. You can download the zip file containing the app from here and copy the application to /Applications folder.
Users are encouraged to make use of the Mac App Store whenever possible.
- Version 1.8.6, November 9, 2013: Fix crash seen when printing from OS X Mavericks.
- Version 1.8.1, February 13, 2013: Fix issues in printing docx, xlsx and pptx files when choosing the file to print after launching the applicaiton. There were no issues with printing using Automator.
- Version 1.8, September 23, 2012: New product icon and the ability to search for your printer.
- Version 1.7, August 31, 2012: Minor change: Allows user to change the job title before submission
- Version 1.6, June 15, 2012: Support for FedEx Office (service available only in US).
- Version 1.5.4, May 20, 2012: Dormant (printers not used for a long time) and Offline printers are indicated with a lighter shades of gray.
- Version 1.5.3, February 21, 2012: Support for OS X Sand boxing that is required for Mac App Store.
- Version 1.5.2, December 25, 2011: Better compatiblity with default settings mode for each printer, Displays user modified printer names.
- Version 1.5.1, October 11, 2011: Context menus in Job History and Print Settings tabs
- Version 1.5, September 22, 2011: Changes for Mac App Store + minor bug fixes
- Version 1.2(b3), September 1, 2011: Fix for a crash when used with certain printers
- Version 1.2(b2), August 21, 2011: Last Used Printer and printer settings are saved and restored
- Version 1.1, August 19, 2011: Job settings that are numbers like Number Of Copies are supported
- Version 1.0, August 17, 2011: Initial release