Monday, April 09, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 04/09/2012: ACTPrinter - Virtual Printer has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is ACTPrinter - Virtual Printer.

ACTPrinter - Virtual Printer is priced at $1.99 in Google Play, and it is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

ACTPrinter - Virtual Printer is described as follows:
No More Printing

Have you ever wondered why you always end up printing those so-called electronic tickets, boarding passes, and similar documents? Ever wasted a sheet of paper to remember a will-call pickup number? Say goodbye to those days! ACTPrinter allows you to virtually "print" any document from your Mac or PC to your Android device.

Paperless Printing

Want to read documents on the go? ACTPrinter is for you. "Print" documents, e-mails, webpages, and more from any program on your computer directly to your Android device. Your computer will automatically detect your Android device when connected to your AirPort or Wi-Fi network - there's no need to type in an IP address.

Sort Your Jobs

Sort your printouts by order, date, or title. Organize your printouts into groups. Select the '+' button to add groups. Change the name of any printout. Refer to useful help and troubleshooting guides included within the app.


PCWorld ranked ACTPrinter as the #1 "Green App", noting "Many of us--businesses included--whip through an inordinate amount of paper and toner printing things like boarding passes, directions and documents simply so that we can have them easily accessible while on the go. With Houdah Software's ACTPrinter, however, you can say goodbye to all that." –– PCWorld, ranking ACTPrinter as the #1 "Green App"

"I love ACTPrinter and at under a buck it's a steal. Use it one time and you're already ahead of the game from the cost you'll save on paper and ink alone. Not to mention the benefits to the environment." ––

Computer Requirements

In order to use this app, you must install the free ACTPrinter companion software available at Houdah Software's website. For PCs, you must have a computer with a Wi-Fi card that is running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista (x32 and x64), or Windows 7 (x32 and 64). For Macs, you must have a computer with an Airport card that is running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. Please note that ACTPrinter is not designed to print hard copies, but "print" virtual copies to your Android device.
ACTPrinter - Virtual Printer is rated at 4.5 stars in Google Play and it is rated at 3.1 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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The Google Play rating comes via only two overall ratings, so it's hard to judge. Meanwhile, the Amazon Appstore rating comes with still a low number of ratings, consisting of only 17 reviews.

The developer is listed as JTA Software LLC in the Appstore, but as Houdah Software in Google Play. It's not unusual; we've seen this before.

Houdah Software has an iOS version of the software available in the App Store (iTunes Link). Also priced there at $1.99, it has a 4-star rating with 34 reviews for the latest version and a 3 star rating with 1,481 reviews overall.

That said, the app's good ratings on the App Store could give some hope for Android users, assuming the developer doesn't give up on Android.

Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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