Brother PT-D600 Review & Compare Video

Fri, Sep 25, 2015

The D600 is the first of Brother’s range that features a colour screen. It’s a direct replacement for the P-Touch 2730 which was always a great printer for office use. The PPI of the screen is also higher than most of the previous models making the print preview of the labels and viewing the fonts clear and easy to see. As usual this printer, like other Brother printers, detects what size TZe tape you’ve inserted but this also detects the colour so what you see on the screen is what you get out the printer. Featuring an automatic electric cutter this printer will cut the labels for you. You can choose to cut each label, at the end of a batch or switch the cutter off completely.

LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add a serial number field into you label design.

Click here to play the video

If after viewing this video you need to refresh your memory, here is run down of the steps:

  1. Click the “A” drop-list.
  2. Select “Single Line”.
  3. Click somewhere in the label design to insert the text box.
  4. Double-click the text box border to view its settings.
  5. Select the “Sample Text” under “Data Sources”.
  6. Navigate to the “Data Source” tab and enter the default start number. This is temporary but helps define the number of characters, leading zeros (if any) and helps choose the correct size and location on the label design.
  7. Go to the “Data Type” tab. Set the “Type” to text.
  8. Now go to the “Transforms” tab. Under “Serialization”, click the wizard button.
  9. Choose “Increment” to count up or “Decrement” to count down (useful if you’re printing a whole roll where the highest number is the last on the roll.
  10. Under “Method” you can choose different options. The default is the most versatile.
  11. The serial number can change in steps greater than 1. You can also preserve the number of characters by ticking the relevant checkbox. This is useful so it will say 0001 instead of 1.
  12. You can preview the sequence before you finish by clicking on the “Preview Sequence” button.
  13. Click “Close” to return to the previous window.
  14. It is also possible to prompt for a start number at the time of print. To view the tutorial click here.
  15. Click “Close” then align your textbox.
  16. Click “File” then “Print”. Enter the number of serialised labels you wish to be printed. You can also enter the number of copies although this is likely you only want 1 copy of each number.

Click here for more interactive LabelStation BarTender videos.

Brother PT-D450VP Overview

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

The P-Touch 2030 has always been a popular printer but all good things must come to an end for better things to take its place. The D450 takes its place in a perfect size for desktop use and handheld use. Supporting all TZe tapes from 3.5-18mm in a multitude of colours and materials this printer will run off of the included mains power adaptor or 6x AA batteries. This newer model also sports 14 fantastic fonts and a whopping 99 different frames! There’s also an organised library of over 600 symbols suitable for any environment. Barcodes are easy to produce at just a couple presses; it can produce barcodes from all the common styles including CODE 39.
This compact, portable printer doesn’t lack features at all as it has a PC-style QWERTY keyboard with a large, high-resolution backlit display.
It doesn’t stop there! Plug this into your Windows* or Mac** computer and you’ll get even more out of your printer with the P-Touch Editor software.

Labelstation Helper Download – September Update

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Our popular installation CD that ships with all our brand new professional Labelstation systems is now available as a download*! Perfect if you’ve misplaced the original disc or want the latest version to keep you up-to-date. Click the link below to download the installer. Run the installation and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll be on your way to continued professional labelling in no time.

Download the latest Labelstation Helper

For the installer password please call 01202 683212 with your Labelstation serial number.

Labelstation Helper includes the following:

  • “How-to” videos on how to set up the printer
  • Tutorial videos for the current label design software
  • Advanced horticultural label templates
  • Built-in remote support application (no need to download it if you call us)
  • User manuals for all the current Labelstation models
  • User manual for the stand-alone keyboard
  • Printer programming manual
  • Diagnostics and network utilities
  • and more…

What’s new for the September update?

  • UI improvements (e.g. backspace is back and you can use underlined letters to navigate)
  • Videos play in a your media player instead of built-in one (includes installer for VLC)
  • New videos (Arced Text & Database)
  • Videos converted to slightly smaller but same quality m4v files
  • Videos have a helpful transcript
  • Remote support application has been updated
  • Various known bug fixes

*Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or later; Screen resolution of at least 1024×768; Minimum 512MB of memory (RAM).

Zebra GC420d & GK420d for Royal Mail DMO

Tue, Sep 8, 2015

Using a Zebra printer with Royal Mail DMO (and other courier services such as Parcel Force) couldn’t be easier.
Once you’ve got your labels setup, all you need to do is point your software to the printer. Many courier services produce a PDF document of your label which can easily be printed to any printer. The Zebra GC and GK series are by far the most intuitive and with it’s wide selection of bulk labels you’ll save yourself 4p per label and up to £325 per box!*

Once the printer is installed using with standard Windows Drivers (either from the included disc or via Windows Update), you then need to attach the printer to the DMO software. To do this see the DMO printer installation guide.

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