Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dymo Labelwriter 450 Turbo Label Printer Review

Print Quality: 9-stars
Print Speed: 10-stars
Versatility: 8-stars
Ease of Setup: 9-stars
Ease of Use: 9-stars

The Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo is a very attractive little printer and is supplied with equally attractive labelling software in the form of DYMO Label V8 on CD. It is powered exclusively by a mains power adaptor and ships with a USB cable, quick start guide, roll of 35 x 90mm address labels and a head cleaning card. There is no stand-alone option. This printer must be used in conjunction with a PC.

To begin with the software, when you launch Label V8 you find yourself looking at a pleasing layout, the design window being on the right with the usual formatting icons along the top, plus a three-tab selection area on the left. The first of these tabs offers a range of ready-made labels, primarily address and shipping labels, each of which includes a subset of smart layouts featuring symbols and instant place-holders for text, plus your logo if you have one. Under the heading ‘Speciality/Retail’ there is just one forlorn item, which is a CD label that would cover about one-third of a CD. Here again there is a subset of instant layouts allowing curved text in various arrangements. Three file folder labels and one badge label are also to be found, along with a miscellany of multi-purpose labels including one for a VHS/spine!
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QR Codes: The Future of Mobile Marketing

Have you ever seen an image like this and wondered what it was? You could be forgiven for thinking you’re being forced into a Rorschach test (don’t worry, you’re not), and there’s a high chance we will be seeing a lot more of them in the very near future. It’s called a QR Code, read on to find out what it is and what it does.

What are QR Codes?

A Quick Response Code, or a QR Code is a type of two-dimensional barcode, except it’s capable of storing up to 100 times the data of its predecessor. Developed by the Japanese Denso Corporation in 1994, QR codes were intended for quick tagging in the manufacture of car parts. However, technology quickly evolved, and the way in which QR codes were used became more creative and diverse (more on that later). Their use in Japan is unsurprisingly widespread (on almost everything, so I’m told), as this advert for NTT DoCoMo mobile phones suggests:


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In The Spotlight: Writhlington School Orchid Project

A comprehensive school in the Mendips, south of Bath, has developed an international reputation for the students’ pioneering work with orchids. Successes this year have included a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, a school expedition to the Himalayas and a recent trip to South Africa. The Writhlington School Orchid Project has been using Labelzone’s Labelstation for its horticultural labelling activities for many years.

Thirteen year old Zoë Parfitt and twelve year old Zoe Barnes have been to Durban, over half term, to share the skills they have learnt at Writhlington School at a major international conservation conference.
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