Tuesday 10 December 2013 21:02 UTC
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I think you'll find the AIP plates linked to through SD are all A4.
Most of them will be pretty difficult to read shrunk to A5.
Sent from my high horse
I have a small, old, Canon portable battery-powered printer (and a mains power supply for it). It's travelled Europe and the USA with me, but I don't use it these days. It's free to anyone who wants it who'll collect it (either from Suffolk, or at a curry or a fly-in sometime/somewhere). There are some ink cartridges with it. It'll do colour if you put in a colour cartridge, but I never bothered.
I think the point is that the OP wants a paper backup. SD can display and save the plates from within the application.
Sent from my high horse
There are no A5 printers on the market at present AFAIK. There used to be but all ended about 5-7 years ago.
There are A6 printers, mostly photo printers using special paper and of no use for flying.
The best portable printer is perhaps the Canon IP90 and its successors e.g. IP100.
This is A4, plain paper. Works great, is very light, cartridges are not cheap and don't do many pages. I have a pic somewhere in my trip writeups, as I used to carry one with me, leaving it in the boot in case it's needed and on recent trips it thankfully never was. It can be found in a battery powered version (not so light) and even with bluetooth (avoids the printer cable...). I used it a lot when I was doing the IR in the USA, and on some European trips.
My current approach is to print everything potentially needed at home (maybe a 1" stack for a trip all the way down to Greece; no big deal) and then rely on the Ipad as the display device for PDFs generated at short notice.
There are some 3rd party printing solutions for the Ipad which don't involve Airprint.
In my quest for even printing to a PDF I have bought and downloaded a number of apps, most of which basically didn't work, either because most other Ipad apps did not see the "printer" or the generated PDF was duff (e.g. no margins so obviously a Beta 0.0 hack).
I played with a product called PrintBureau. It is a truly clunky piece of c r a p, which due to the IOS functionality restrictions it contains a built-in email client (which you need to retrieve emails with if you want to print them, and which obviously needs to be configured for your email accounts), and contains a built-in browser (which you need to view web pages with if you want to print them), etc. But it does work, sort of, and I have been able to print stuff to a printer at home, over a wifi connection. I think one can also send a PDF to it from some other apps. Even now, several updates later, the printed font size and type is fairly random though as are colours and image size in any colour prints They offer a better way of printing but it involves running a piece of server software on your home PC, which obviously isn't going to be available when you are doing this for real (travelling).
I don't think Apple ever intended anybody to do that 20th century activity called printing (even to a PDF) and are now roughly where Windows was in 1991 (Windows for Workgroups ).
Major corporate users have access to slicker printing solutions; I guess one can do something decent over Citrix.
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