Quicken/QuickBooks Users: Upgrade Issues

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A heads-up for Mac Quicken users out there: Quicken for Mac 2005, 2006, or 2007 will not work on Mac OS X 10.6 Lion. If you use Quicken Essentials for Mac you don't need to worry - it will work with the latest update patch.

The core reason for earlier versions not working is that they were designed to work on older PowerPC-based Macs (G3, G4, G5) and required Rosetta to run on Intel-based Macs. Rosetta is a legacy technology not supported in Mac OS X 10.7.

If you are upgrading to Lion you can upgrade to Quicken Essentials and save 50% off the regular price (for a limited time). For more information, check out this support article.

It appears that, for QuickBooks for Mac users, any version earlier than 2011 may also be impacted, but as of 7/7/2011, there has been no definitive word as to whether version 2011 will need a patch in order to work with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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Four Ways to Print from your iPhone or iPad

AirPrint
When Apple released
iOS 4.2 there was much excitement over a new feature called AirPrint, which allows the user to print wirelessly to a printer on their WiFi network. But there's a catch. There's always a catch. You must use a supported printer, and currently only specific HP printers are supported. Does this mean that if you don't have a supported HP device, you're out of luck? Not necessarily!

AirPrint screenshot


Welcome to Printopia
There is a very cool utility available called
Printopia which allows your iPhone or iPad to print to a printer connected to a Mac on your WiFi network. This utility essentially bridges the gap between 1) iOS's AirPrint, 2) Mac OS X's built in Print Sharing feature via 3) Apple's implementation of mDNS, called Bonjour. English translation: If your Mac can print to it, your iPhone or iPad can print to it. Again, there's always a catch: your Mac needs to be on and awake. (No worries mate, you can always adjust screen sleep and system sleep independently in the Energy Saver preferences.) Striving for a paperless office? You can also send a PDF version of your print job to your Mac or to your Dropbox account. How cool is that!!?? The developer, eCamm, has several other nifty utility apps, all with free demos available so you can "try before you buy."


Printopia screenshot


Give a Brother a Break

If you have a
Brother printer or AIO (all-in-one device), you can use a free app available from iTunes called Brother iPrint&Scan to print and scan over your WiFi network. Jefferson Consulting owns a Brother MCF-9320CW but it was previously not supported. A recent update to this app added support and I have now successfully scanned a document to my iPhone and printed a photo taken on the iPhone at a July 4th picnic. If you own a Brother device, and don't want to leave your Mac on all the time, this app is worth checking out!

Brother iPrint&Scan screenshot


Leave No Epson Behind
Well, at least not the newer Wifi-enabled printers! Epson has a free iOS app, Epson iPrint, which will print (but not scan) with a supported list of printers. If your favorite Epson printer is not supported, then Printopia is probably the way to go.

Epson iPrint screenshot

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