LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Thu, May 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add barcodes to your label template.

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

  1. Click the “Barcode” drop-list and choose a symbol type.
  2. There’s a wide selection of barcodes to choose from.
  3. You can scroll through the barcodes to find the type you require or enter it into the search bar, for example “code 39″.
  4. Once you have selected your desired barcode click somewhere on your label template to insert it.
  5. Double-click on the barcode to open it’s properties.
  6. In the navigation pane, click “Symbology and Size”.
  7. You can set or disable the start and stop characters and “Check Digit”.
  8. In the navigation click “Human Readable”.
  9. From here you can turn the human readable part on/off and move it’s location in relation to the barcode.
  10. To change the font, size and style of the human readable, select “Font” from the navigation.
  11. To change the barcode data, select the current data in the navigation under “Data Sources”.
  12. Remember, you can set up a prompt to change the data every time you print the label.

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Labelstation Pro200: David Smith at Heathrow Airport

Mon, May 11, 2015

“As a facility Inspector at Heathrow I am responsible for ensuring that some 3000 street lights are asset labelled. This helps enable our engineering teams to effectively maintain these essential assets. I had been using an Easystep 4000 label machine for this task, however a couple of months ago this machine broke down and as it was over 20 years old I was unable to effect a repair.

Through our first tier supplier I was recommended the Labelstation Pro200 to replace the old machine through Labelzone. This was ordered and I received the new machine about a month ago. After some teething problems with installing software (Heathrow administration to blame) I successfully installed the software onto a laptop. I then started attempting to make some street light asset labels for our recently opened Terminal 2 facility. There were some issues with the quality of print and my requirement for vertical printing. Both issues resolved with the excellent help of the Labelstation technical support staff. I have since produced some 200 asset labels which are in place on the street lights.

The quality of the labels is excellent and the software is easy to use if you are familiar with, but not necessarily expert at, MSN Powerpoint and Word. The other benefit relates to the cost of the ribbons and vinyl rolls which is far less than the old Easystep print rolls. The last time I ordered an Easystep roll the cost was about £380, the new ribbon and vinyl roll is a very competitive £80. The machine itself cost £538 (complete with the essential guillotine cutter). So by the time I have printed off 2 rolls of asset labels the machine will have paid for itself. I have already used 1½ rolls of the vinyl product.

Concerning the Labelzone sales and support staff they were both polite and patient with me while I was experiencing difficulties with the production of the asset labels.”

David Smith
Facilities Inspector
Infrastructure Engineering

Heathrow Airport Limited

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Leitz Icon Label Printer Re-Review

Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Pros Cons
WiFi & USB I found the software still crashes on selecting address templates
Optional battery pack I found the mobile app to be slow and in some case unresponsive
Easy to load tapes No standby / power off could mean a flat battery when not in use

Introduction

Leitz have released a printer that dives right into the middle of the market. With die-cut, continuous, paper and plastic labels this printer will help suit any requirement around the home, office or even a warehouse. Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac and Windows over USB or WiFi.
Please read the original review first. They were a little disappointed with the score I previously gave it. They have since updated the software, released the mobile app for Android and supplied me with the battery and some other tapes to try. Consider this review the real review.

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Mysterious Plant Growing Within Seconds

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Take a look at the video below demonstrating how easy it is to produce a stick-in tags for your plant labelling. It appears that the plant is growing/moving upwards and outwards in the transition between 27 seconds and 29 seconds. The time between the two shots is only a couples of minutes in real time as I had to record the shot a couple of times to get it perfect. Is the plant growing or is it moving towards the lights at the side of our studio? Can plants actually grow this quickly? What is the fastest growing plant you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments section below.

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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add different type text boxes to your label template.

Click here to play the interactive video

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

  1. Click the “A” icon drop-list.
  2. For a simple text box, select “Single Line”.
  3. Click the text box into the label template.
  4. Now click the text once to edit it.
  5. You can now center the text on the label, change the font face, size, bold, italic, underline and/or invert it.
  6. For a more advanced text box where different words and letters can have their own styles, choose “Multi-line” from the “A” drop-list.
  7. Remember, you can set up a prompt to change the data every time you print the label.

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