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The Definitive Guide to 2018’s Best Mac & Apple AirPrint Printers

Just 7 – 10 years ago, finding the best printer for a Mac Pro laptop wasn’t about choosing a laser or inkjet printer with the best printing resolution. Instead, Apple Mac users were severely restricted in regard to which desktop printers on the market were compatible with their hardware.  Apple airPrint, has changed a lot for mac pro laptop users.

Thankfully, all this has changed. 

2018 & near Ubiquitous Apple Airprint Printer Support

From budget-friendly Brother and Canon printer models to the latest Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printers, Apple currently supports just as wide a variety of desktop printers as regular PC’s do. In fact, as well as wider product support, new features like Apple AirPrint now make using almost any printer easier than even on Windows.

Why Choosing the Best Printer for a Mac Pro Laptop or Desktop is Easier than Ever

Ask Mac users what they love most about Apple, and most will cite how easy Apple makes it to create rich multimedia. As well, however, as just superior multimedia creation, one of the biggest pros of being a Mac user now rests with the inclusion of Continuity in all Apple devices after OS X Yosemite.

Largely taken for granted, continuity releases Apple users from the burden of having to manually sync accounts and software across different devices. Start typing an important work document on a Mac desktop and you can finish it later effortlessly on your iPad. Much more importantly, though, it is Apple’s push for wireless computing experiences which has seen continuity and Apple AirPrint put an end finally, to the perils of limited peripheral device support for printers especially.

How to Choose an Apple Supported Printer

With Apple AirPrint, Apple users can print from almost any in-range wireless printer with minimal device set up. There are, however, still a number of things which Apple users need to consider when choosing the best printer for their needs.

When creating visually rich print media on a regular basis, Apple users will almost always be best served by PostScript desktop printers like the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6090. This is because leading Adobe design software uses its own PostScript print language. – (One which when not supported by printers can lead to slightly reduced print quality).

Always Check Device Websites & Manuals Prior to Purchase

As a rule, not all desktop and commercial printers support Apple AirPrint or even Apple devices out of the box. In fact, this is especially true for heavy duty PostScript printers and slightly older Canon printer models.

Thankfully, even when printers don’t provide out of the box Mac support, many will make drivers available for download. All consumers need to do is remember to thoroughly check whether devices are supported in advance.

 3D Apple Printer Support

Because many Apple users choose Mac computers because of their richer multimedia design capabilities, it is no secret that 3D modeling apps like uMake are becoming hugely popular in the App Store. What many Apple users aren’t aware of, however, is just how well 3D printers themselves are supported by Apple.

With leading 3D printer models like MakerBot and Replicator+ offering support for Apple users, it is now easier than ever for Apple users to unleash their full inner creativity. Just remember when buying any kind of printer, to always purposefully check full support specifications in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

How to quickly merge PDF files on Mac using Preview

Preview makes it easy to merge PDF files on Mac. Professionals may use advanced programs such as Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to combine PDFs, but Preview, which comes free with macOS, is ideal for most Mac users.

Preview has been around for a long time. In fact you may have used it when previewing images on your mac. Few however, are aware that Preview is a quick way to edit PDF files, including merging and arranging pages.

Combining PDFs in Preview is simple but lets go through the process slowly for those who have never merged PDFs.

How to Merge PDF files on Mac:

1. First open one of the PDFs you want to combine in Preview. You can do this by first opening Preview and going to File > Open. Or by right clicking the PDF and selecting Open With > Preview.

How to merge pdf files on a Mac

2. Next you’ll want to click on the View Menu icon in the upper left and select Thumbnails. Alternatively you can do this by selecting View > Thumbnails in the Preview menu bar.

Combine PDF Files on Mac

3. After selecting thumbnails you should see the page thumbnails in the Sidebar on the left.

How to combine PDF file on macOS

4. For this example we have the second PDF we want to merge on our desktop. You can simply drag the PDF from your desktop and hover it over the thumbnail of the first PDF until you see the Plus Symbol, then release.

Combine PDF mac

5. If you did it correctly you should see the second PDF is now added to your first PDF. Notice in the PDF title it now says Page 1 of 2.

How to merge PDF files

6. Finally, Save your newly created combined PDF.

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7. Alternatively if you want to combine additional pages or only select pages from one document to another, we suggest opening both PDFs in Preview side-by-side. You can then drag and drop any number of pages and rearrange as you see fit.

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Again there are many programs that can help you merge pdf files and even some websites offering to combine PDF for free. It’s clear however Preview for macOS is a simple and quick solution to merge PDFs on Mac. In addition to being able to merge PDFs, Preview also lets you rearrange and rotate pages. Apple also has a great support page on how to combine, reposition and rotate PDFs.

Let us know in the comments if this tutorial helped you merge pdf files on your mac.