How to activate AirPrint on MAC OS X 10.6.5


18.11.2010

How to activate AirPrint on MAC OS X 10.6.5

In the following guide you will learn how to activate the AirPrint feature on any MAC platforms, which run on MAC OS X 10.6.5. As you probably know, Apple has withdrawn this feature from the latest MAC OS X version, mainly because of patent problems. No compatibility issues have been yet discovered, so why shouldn’t it work? Thanks to Steven Troughton-Smith, the guy behind the fix, this can be possible in less than 10 minutes.

For those who don’t know, AirPrint is an exclusive iOS 4.2 feature, which lets you use the printer via wireless. That means you can control the printer from any iPhone, iPod or other Apple device that has installed iOS 4.2 on it. There is no need for any driver installation or configuration. The command is made using a Wi-Fi network and works even for Windows or Linux users, with a bit of tweaking. Unfortunately, in the following guide we will only handle the MAC OS X 10.6.5 part. Follow the instructions bellow the enable this feature once again, as it has been removed from the latest MAC OS version.

Note: This works for every user that has already installed MAC OS X 10.6.5 update. You do not need to reinstall it or something like that. Read carefully the instructions that follow.

Devices compatible with AirPrint

How to activate AirPrint on MAC OS X 10.6.5
  1. Download the Mac OS X 10.6.5 (beta) build 10H542 ( not the final version ) from any torrent website or other file sharing. We cannot supply the link but a simple search on Google gets the job done.

  2. Extract the following files from the update above:

      /usr/libexec/cups/filter/urftopdf
      /usr/share/cups/mime/apple.convs
      /usr/share/cups/mime/apple.types

  3. Copy the first file into the following folder: / usr / libexec / cups / filter /; to access this folder you need to open the terminal application and just type: “open -a Finder /usr/libexec/cups”.

  4. Now Copy the last two files and paste them in “/usr/share/cups/mime/”. Make sure you replace them with the existing ones. Use the same method above to access the folder.

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