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BarTender Print Portal App for Android and iOS

Seagull Scientific have released an app for Android and Apple phones and tablets. I was going to have a play with this as soon as it was released, but I thought I’d let the dust settle just in case there were any bugs or unfinished features in the app (wishful thinking as there hasn’t been any updates in nearly a year). I’d say it would be a wise choice to wait for the next version (BarTender 2017?) as today you will stumble into a plethora of teething problems.


Setting up

Firstly, a lot of the setting up is done through the “Web Print Portal” web page on the host machine which can be accessed locally through http://localhost/BarTender/. Once you can access it from another machine (by allowing the IIS option in Windows Firewall), you can continue setting it up, change other settings, and print remotely from the host. This is perfect as you can have the software and printer connected to a dedicated computer or server and print labels from an unlimited amount of computers on the same network. If you setup your port forwarding just right on your router, you will be able to print from outside your internal network as well. I would advise a word of caution doing this though, as you could end up with anyone from all over the world being able to print or changing settings within the print portal. You can setup a username and password to prevent unauthorised tinkering.
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Brother’s New FLe Label Tape

Brother have released a new type of label tape for their P-Touch series. This new tape will only work with a select few printers, but it says on the top of the printer if it will accept these new cartridges.

Let’s first have a look at the entire range before talking about these new tapes:

  • TZe-***
    These are the normal tapes that come in a huge selection of sizes and colours. They are laminated and are a good all-rounder.
  • TZe-B***Same as above, but specifically fluorescent colours.
  • TZe-FA*
    Non-laminated, iron-on label in 1 size and 1 colour.
  • TZe-FX***
    These tapes are laminated and extra flexible for curved surfaces and wrapping around cables and pipes. They only come in 2 choices of colours, but many sizes.
  • TZe-S***
    These are laminated, but with a stronger adhesive. These tapes only come in 3 colour choices.
  • TZe-N***
    Some applications might require a non-laminated tape. That’s where these tapes come in. They come in a few different sizes, but only 1 colour.
  • TZe-SE*
    This tape is laminated with a tamper evident adhesive which leaves a pattern behind on both the label and applied surface if it is tampered with. This tape comes in only 1 colour and size.
  • HGe-***
    The high grade tapes are very much like the extra strong tapes as they feature the same adhesive. The label material and ribbon combination used with the right printer means that options can be chosen for much higher print speeds and much quality resolution of print.
  • HSe-***
    Heat shrink tubing is a printable tube that a cable is fed through. The tubing can then be heated up to shrink it to the cable so it doesn’t move around. This comes in a few different sizes and in 1 colour.

* = single number digit

What’s a FLe tape?

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Colour Address Label Printer: Brother QL-800 & QL-810W Review

Brother QL-800 and QL-810W Review

First things first. It’s not full colour, so please don’t get too excited. However, it still is a fairly exciting thing because this a 2 colour printer that doesn’t require any ink, toner or ribbon. This is the first twin colour direct thermal printer from Brother in the QL range, and the first in the market it’s aimed at.

As I’m reviewing 2 very similar printers at the same time, I’ll review mostly the QL-800 and then mention any differences with the QL-810W.


Features

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LabelStation Industrial with Fitted Rewinder – Updated Video

Our LabelStation Industrial Label Printer has the option for a unique factory-fitted, built-in label roll rewinder.

Below are a couple examples of why you would need an internal rewinder on this printer.

Example 1: PAT Labels

Problem
You’re an electrician who does PAT testing. You currently write on each label by hand at the time of testing. With the growth of your business and more tests to do you’re starting to get lazy and messy with the details on each label to keep up with demand. Even writing them at home in the evenings isn’t solving a problem.
Solution
You buy a LabelStation Industrial 300 with a factory-fitted internal rewinder. You design the label on your computer which takes just a few minutes using the bundled software. You can print your company name, phone number, initials, date and even an automatic sequential APP ID number (with optional barcode). It takes just a few minutes to set up and then you just leave it to print. It automatically rewinds the printed labels onto an empty core. When it’s done printing you’re left with a roll of labels printed with all the required details. It leaves a professional impression that you want your customers to see and leaving contact details for repeat business.

Check this example below printing PAT cable flag labels.

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Update: Leitz Icon Label Printer Re-Review

Leitz Icon Label Printer


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 or power off which could mean a flat battery

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.Continue Reading…