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iOS needs a PDF print function

It’s quite simple really. Apple already has printing in iOS. If you have an AirPrint capable printer, printing from your iPhone and iPad is easy and wireless.

One place where this capability falls short is PDF creation. On desktops and laptops, making a PDF in a word processor or a other content producing application is easy. Adding a PDF printer to iOS’s print capabilities would help people in low connectivity areas access information that they need.

Imagine that you are a home, on your WiFi network, and you pull up a long bridal gift registry from a store’s website. You’d rather not print the list since you regularly carry an iOS device with you. Also, you know that the store doesn’t have WiFi or a cellular data connection. How can you take that information with you?

Screen shots are an in-elegant kludge. You would clog up your photo stream with multiple images of your iOS screen. I use my iPhone camera as a second brain and the images of price tags and other random self notes make my Apple Tv screen saver a mess.

Imagine hitting the add button (the square with an arrow coming out of it) and selecting print. Then in the select printer dialog, you could just select PDF. This would create a PDF formatted just as it was for the printer and then it is sent to iBooks. Then you could open your shopping list in a convenient format without the need for Internet connectivity.

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