FingerPrint 2.1 runs nicely on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, great way to allow iOS printing on your home or corporate network

Posted by Paul Braren on Sep 22 2012 (updated on Nov 2 2013) in
  • HowTo
  • iPad
  • iPhone
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  • Jul. 12 2013 Update:
    Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only.

    I routinely use FingerPrint in my home, and in other family member's homes, such as this iPad-centric household:
    3rd Generation iPad displaces aging laptop for family member who mostly just surfs and emails, how’d it go?

    FingerPrint allows iOS devices to print to most printer types, even those that aren't AirPrint compatible. There is no additional App you need to purchase since it works with native iOS print abilities, and can save you the cost of buying a new printer. Since it installs as an always-running background service, it's particularly well suited for always-on PCs or virtual machines. And so far, I haven't found a Windows OS, client or server, that it doesn't like. You'll see I recorded a lot of the tests back here and here.

    Well, I'm happy to report that their latest press release forwarded below is indeed true: I had no issues with Windows 8 Pro 64 bit.  On another system, a version of Windows Server 2012 (called "Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials"), I adding the Print Server Role, then installing FingerPrint 2.1, that's it, all set, it works fine, pictured here:


    If you have questions or concerns for Collobos, please visit their support site here.

    When done trying the product out, please consider showing your support for TinkerTry by using this special button below for purchasing a license. Note that I found and tried and blogged about this product long before I was offered this referral link by Collobos. I even encouraged them to brag about how well it works with always-on servers.

    If you're upgrading from FingerPrint 1.0, just purchase FingerPrint 2.1 using your original purchase email address, and use the coupon code "FP2" for a 60% discount off FingerPrint 2.1


    iOS mobile printing is defined by Collobos Software Inc.’s FingerPrint

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — FingerPrint 2.1, the groundbreaking AirPrint™mobile printing utility, is now compatible with iOS 4.2 through iOS 6. It runs on Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and Microsoft’s Windows XP through Windows 8.


    FingerPrint AirPrint™ enables existing printers, eliminating the need to purchase new hardware just to print from iOS devices. It’s both simple and powerful, scaling all the way from home to the enterprise.

    Additional product functionality includes:

    • Virtual Printer Configuration
      Users of Evernote™, Dropbox™and other popular utilities can now send information to their accounts natively via the print command on their iOS device without having to access a separate iOS app. Custom Virtual Printer Configuration permits configuring to multiple Dropbox accounts and designated folders as defined by the user.
    • Authentication
      FingerPrint allows the administrator to create Access Control Lists (ACL’s) for specific printers utilizing the existing security frameworks on Mac OS X and Windows.
    • Server DNA
      FingerPrint is the only iOS print utility on the market that has server in it’s DNA. It is the only solution that doesn’t require a logged in user or a desktop. FingerPrint is as comfortable running on a home PC as it is running on a headless back office server.

    Supporting both Mac and Windows OSes, FingerPrint is the standard for Mobile Printing from iOS.

    PR Newswire (

    November 2, 2013 Update:
    Collobos has moved FingerPrint to a monthly subscription model, and renamed it Presto. I have removed all links from my shop buttons in the original articles, to avoid confusion, since I have not tested Presto. It is my understanding that prior versions still work, with the discontinued version still available for download (not purchase) here: