This application, downloadable from Mac App Store, 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 after buying the In-App purchase through the Mac App Store. This tool also lists the jobs that have been printed to this printer so that you could track them.
Virtual Printer using a proxy solution
To make the application be useful in more use-cases, a new solution has been created. This will allow users to use the 'Cloud Printer' program even from Adobe software that do not like the use of OS X's PDF Service. After downloading and installing 'Cloud Printer' from Mac App Store, please install this software and follow these steps:
- Download this package - PrintProxyDistribution-1.5.zip
- If you have to, please uncompress the contents of the zip file
- Open 'Terminal' program
- Change the working directory in that terminal window by typing 'cd ~/Downloads/PrintProxyDistribution-1.5'. If required, please replace the directory name mentioned here with the directory where you find the 'install' script in the downloaded package
- Run the 'install' script. This will install a virtual print queue called 'Google Cloud Printer' with CUPS and also, install a proxy program that will launch 'Cloud Printer' when a print job is submitted to the 'Google Cloud Printer' print queue from any application. To create the virtual print queue, the system will prompt you for the super-user password.
- If the above process completes successfully, you should be able to print using any application and find a 'Google Cloud Printer' in the print dialog as a printer.
Automator way to use the application
Although the automator based approach was the recommended way of using 'Cloud Printer' application, we recommend users to use the more powerful Virtual Printer method described above. You can also 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)
- You could optionally use several actions in the "PDFs" subsection and select any of the PDF transformation that is required for your workflow. Please see below for more details.
- 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.
More ways of using Cloud Printer with Automator
There are many interesting workflows that can be enabled by making use of the various Automator actions before using 'Open Finder Items' action to send the print job to this applications. One could
- Folder actions (incl printing from Adobe apps): Create a Folder action plug-in using Automator to print a PDF or other supported files that are added to a folder. This approach can be used to automatically send PDF files to a GCP printer if they are exported from the application into the specific folder. Some programs like Adobe applications do not allow printing to a 'PDF Service' like this application. So, this may be a good alternative.
- Other Print Plugins & Folder actions by combining many actions (mainly in the PDFs subsection):
- Watermark PDF Documents: To add watermarks like you Company Logo or Name to the PDF
- Apply Quartz Filter to PDF Documents: To convert to Grayscale or Black/White
- Extract Odd & Even Pages: To print only Odd Pages or Even Pages for Manual Duplex
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 Finder, right-click the file that you want to print and open the file with 'Cloud Printer' application.
Intel 64-bit Mac OS X >= Lion 10.7
2.7MB of free Hard disk space.
This is a free application that is exclusively distributed through the Mac App Store from version 2.0 onwards. There are no ads and one will be able to submit print jobs to their Google Cloud Printer for free using the printer's default print settings. However, the ability to change Print Settings is offered as an In-App purchase through the Mac App Store to support continuous development of the application as things evolve in GCP.
- Version 2.0.1, July 21, 2014: Important bug fixes for users of certain printers that support non-standard media-sizes
- Version 2.0, July 18, 2014: New version to use new standard used by GCP service for submitting print jobs. Print Settings support becomes an In-App purchase. Exclusively distributed using Mac App Store
- Version 1.8.9, June 9, 2014: Workaround for issues when bounds for copies is not specified by printer
- Version 1.8.8, May 23, 2014: Fix an issue seen by some users in being unable to print a file using Automator
- Version 1.8.7, January 28, 2014: Support Unicode characters in filename
- 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