As smart apps and mobile browsing go mainstream, more people are taking advantage of their smart devices to capture more information, process documents and control other devices while on the go.

Wireless mobile printing has jumped on board the movement, with the latest in mobile print and scan applications allowing users to streamline their document workflow, boost productivity and increase efficiency. Three ways mobility has changed the business world.

Mobile print control

To save time, the multitasking professional will often choose to use their mobile device to view business documents, webpages or images. Mobile printing apps take the hassle out of on-demand printing by enabling users to print directly from their smart devices. Some apps are also capable of ‘keystone correction’ – which allows the user to alter the size and orientation of an image in order to create a more professional-looking printed product. If your printer has a near-field communication (NFC) chip, NFC-enabled smart devices will also be able to print documents by simply being placed against the printer.

Mobile scanning

The days of the smart phone or tablet camera providing slightly more than a grainy, pixelated slideshow’s are long gone. With the latest models having resolutions of eight megapixels or more, they are increasingly being utilised in the business world for scanning and document capture when a photocopier isn’t available. A mobile scanning app enables users to scan important files to their mobile devices before they travel or attend an off-site meeting.

It can also include document file management to devices that don’t have a local file system, also allowing the user to save the image in a variety of industry-standard formats, such as PDF or TIFF.

Cloud integration

For all businesses, big and small, public cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive have turned into the simplest and most stress-free way to share files across multiple devices and desktop PCs. Some mobile print apps contain cloud integration built in so the user will not have to deal with the hassle of moving documents from their cloud client to the print application. Cloud integration has taken away the last productivity obstacle of mobility-based printing and gives the user the capability to take complete control of their printing needs, regardless of how, or where, they prefer to work.