Cloud Printer (formerly, Cloud Print) for Mac OS X

By Somasundaram M   (2011)

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:

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:

  1. Open Automator in Mac
  2. Click 'Print Plugin'
  3. Ensure that 'Actions' tab has been selected in 'Automator'
  4. 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)
  5. If you 'double click' on the 'Open Finder Items' in the list of 'Actions', it will add that action to the plugin being created.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ~/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.

Minimum Requirements:
Intel 32-bit Mac OS X >= Snow Leopard (10.6)
3MB of free Hard disk space.

     File: Cloud
     Size: 3MB

  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.

Download Cloud Printer 1.8.6 for Mac from Mac App Store

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