Need a document to travel with you, but don’t have the time to transfer a file or wait for a printout? One of my favorite solutions is to “print” an electronic version of the file from my PC directly to my BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet using Print To Go®. I save time, I save paper, and I get my data transferred securely via end-to-end encryption.
Here’s how it works: If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Print To Go comes bundled with BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0. In order to use the Print To Go functionality, you’ll need to grab the Print to Go desktop driver (that can be downloaded for free) and install it on your PC. This combined solution allows you to hit “File” > “Print” from just about any program on your PC, choose “Print To Go” from the menu, and send whatever you’re looking at straight to the Print To Go app on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet over a local Wi-Fi® network.
Today, we’re excited to share that the Print To Go desktop PC driver has reached 125,000 downloads! This is great news for both your productivity and the environment; I figured that with Earth Day® coming up this weekend (Sunday the 22nd, to be exact), now is the perfect time to call on the BlackBerry community to check off the “Reduce” box on their “3 Rs” (reduce, reuse, recycle) list by downloading this driver with the intent to print less.
The response from #TeamBlackBerry about the Print to Go app has been fantastic – I’ve had the chance to hear about a few ways that you’re putting Print To Go to good use both at home and at work. Check out what some of our friends on Twitter® and LinkedIn® had to say:
“I use Print To Go both at work and at home. I use it at work to print documents to my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet before I go to meetings, and at home for printing recipes to my PlayBook so that I have them handy in the kitchen. Being able to create folders to organize my printouts makes finding what I want easy.” – @jharm73
“The end of last minute print jobs heading out the door are over. I was in a meeting last week and the person who prepared our presentation forgot a chart. Luckily, I’d printed it to my PlayBook and rolled right on through my presentation.” – @kmcooley
The adoption of the Print To Go app represents a massive amount of paper saved, and a true shift to working on tablets to get things done, stay organized, and access the information that we need at any point. The Social Media team here at RIM especially loves the fact that this app allows you to lower your ecological footprint by helping to save trees.
Head over to www.blackberry.com/printtogo in order to view more information about the app, as well as to check out a great video demo that explains the concept and helps you to get up and running in no time. Print To Go is included in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
Your turn, #TeamBlackBerry: Tell us how you’ve been using the Print To Go app, and where you see the future of virtual document management heading! Share in the comments below.