Monthly Archive: December 2015

LabelStation Design & Print Software Review: LabelDirect

Basic

Possibly the most user friendly labelling application on the market. The Basic edition of LabelDirect has many features such as text, a modest range of shapes, images and 15 types of barcodes. It also has the ability for a user prompt at the time of print so data can be changed without physically altering anything in the label design itself. In addition to the fixed fonts available in the printer this software can introduce into your label any of the fully scalable fonts provided by Windows, making artistic layouts possible with the same ease as more businesslike layouts like the one shown below, which can be useful in the retail environment. [See update below regarding this section] Like most labelling applications, LabelDirect can export labels to the printer’s flash memory where they may be accessed from a separate keyboard to make stand-alone printing possible. Even with a “dumb” keyboard like the KDU4350 it is possible for labels to include variable data fields which prompt the user for information at print time.

Professional

The professional edition includes all the features of the basic but also has database and spreadsheet connectivity. With this feature you can design a standard label template that will import the data from the selected source to print into the variable fields. A batch of labels may consist of the entire database may be printed as Either all or just the selected rows (records) by way of the “Print List” function. The print quantity for each label can be chosen at print time or controlled by a field in the database, the latter allowing full automation. It’s very convenient, when compiling a Print List, that you can use Shift+click to select a contiguous block of records and Ctrl+click to make a non contiguous selection.
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LabelStation Design & Print Software Review: BarTender

Ultralite

The Ultralite edition ships with every current LabelStation and is included in the price of the printer. The software will allow you to produce intricate labels at ease and works much like office-style software with all the familiar keyboard commands such as Ctrl+C for copy and Ctrl+V for paste on all objects. In addition to a selection of Printer fonts and all the usual Windows fonts, Ultralite can produce barcodes in more than 90 different types. During installation you will receive a selection of new fonts for icon and symbology insertion. The many symbols include, but are not limited to, electrical, safety and packaging. With these symbols being in font format, they are vectorised and therefore can be resized without the risk of quality loss. If you choose a networked printer, you’ll be happy to know that this software can be installed on as many computers as required without the need for additional licenses. The software is limited to printing to a LabelStation printer only which shouldn’t be a problem in most cases as this edition is only included with a LabelStation printer and not otherwise available.

Basic

This edition is the same as above but is a single PC license that will allow you to print to more than just a LabelStation. You’ll be able to produce high quality labels and print them to many other well-known brands of printers including laser and inkjet models.
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TZe-Tape Guide

Struggling to find the TZe tape you need? Help is at hand with this useful TZe tape table. Choose the size, choose the colour, get the code! Search the code on Labelzone for the most competative price on genuine Brother tapes.

Laminated
3.5mm 6mm 9mm 12mm 18mm 24mm 36mm
White on Green TZe-MQG35
White on Light Grey TZe-MQL35
White on Berry Pink TZe-MQP35
Black on Clear TZe-111 TZe-121 TZe-131 TZe-141 TZe-151 TZe-161
Red on Clear TZe-132
Blue on Clear TZe-133
White on Clear TZe-135 TZe-145
Black on White TZe-211 TZe-221 TZe-231 TZe-241 TZe-251 TZe-261
Red on White TZe-222 TZe-232 TZe-242 TZe-252 TZe-262
Blue on White TZe-223 TZe-233 TZe-243 TZe-253 TZe-263
Gold on Black TZe-334 TZe-344 TZe-354
White on Black TZe-315 TZe-325 TZe-335 TZe-345 TZe-355 TZe-365
Black no Red TZe-421 TZe-431 TZe-441 TZe-451 TZe-461
White on Red TZe-435
Black on Blue TZe-521 TZe-531 TZe-541 TZe-551 TZe-561
White on Blue TZe-535
Black on Yellow TZe-611 TZe-621 TZe-631 TZe-641 TZe-651 TZe-661
Black on Green TZe-721 TZe-731 TZe-741 TZe-751
Fluorescent
Black on Orange TZe-B31 TZe-B51
Black on Yellow TZe-C31 TZe-C51
Fabric
Blue on White TZe-FA3
Flexi
Black on White TZe-FX211 TZe-FX221 TZe-FX231 TZe-FX241 TZe-FX251 TZe-FX261
Black on Yellow TZe-FX611 TZe-FX621 TZe-FX631 TZe-FX641 TZe-FX651 TZe-FX661
Laminated Matt
Black on Clear TZe-M31
Black on Silver TZe-M931 TZe-M951 TZe-M961
Non-laminated
Black on White TZe-N201 TZe-N221 TZe-N231 TZe-N241 TZe-N251
Extra Strong
Black on Clear TZe-S121 TZe-S131 TZe-S141 TZe-S151
Black on White TZe-S211 TZe-S221 TZe-S231 TZe-S241 TZe-S251 TZe-S261
Black on Yellow TZe-S621 TZe-S631 TZe-S641 TZe-S651
Security
Black on White TZe-SE4
Heat Shrink
Black on White HSe-211 HSe-221 HSe-231 HSe-241 HSe-251
High Grade
Black on White HGe-211 HGe-231 HGe-241 HGe-251 HGe-261

The part numbers have changed from TZ and HG to TZe and HGe. The tapes have changed to fit the modern printers and the packaging has been reduced to prevent wastage. All tapes will fit and work in older printers.

Brother QL-570 Address Label Printer Overview


First, lets have a little look at the family tree of some Brother printers.
First there was the QL-500. A little direct thermal address label printer. It’s printing speed was fast but the guillotine cutter was hand operated; not to make it sound medieval, it wasn’t a crank that you turn multiple times to cut one label, no. It was a little slider that you push from left to right and it sprung back when you let go. The QL-500 was all about sticking to a budget.

The QL-550 & QL-560. Same at its predecessor but with an electric cutter. You could tell it to cut at after every label, at the end of a batch, or not at all leaving you to press the button to cut it when you’re ready. More or less the same printing speed as the QL-500.
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Support Updates

We’ve slacked behind on some areas while trying to get this blog in shape that we forgot to update our support documents for all the printers and similar accessories such as weighing scales.

Today I am happy to say that we have over 300 pages of support documents and downloads for Brady, Brother, Casio, Dymo, Epson, LabelStation, Leitz, Seiko, TSC & Zebra.

So if you’ve lost your CD and need to know how to do something or install the driver/software, click here. You can then choose the manufacturer, model and directly view or download the user manual. If there’s drivers or software available to download there will be a link there for that too.

I’ll be continuing to try and keep it up-to-date so keep an eye out for the little UPDATED & NEW tags next to the brand names.

Bonus

All the user manuals posted on this site are very useful. The Brother manuals have an extra trick up their sleeve. All the printers that feature one than one font will have samples printed in their manuals so you can see a demo of them. This is especially useful if you’re looking to purchase a printer with a specific font. If there isn’t a printer with the font you’re after, you can always get a computer-connected one and use the computer fonts instead.