Tutorials

Learn how to use label printers and its software to create the labels you require

Using BarTender With Brother QL & Dymo LabelWriter Printers

Please note: the following tutorial will not work with BarTender Ultralite (which is an edition supplied with some printers). The minimum edition required is BarTender Basic.


BarTender is well known for working with our LabelStation printers, Zebra, TEC and TSC printers. One question that has come to my attention, is whether or not it would work with lower budget printers such as Brother and Dymo. Obviously this needed to be investigated.

I’m using BarTender Enterprise Automation, which is the highest edition available, but this tutorial will work with all editions except for Ultralite.

Does it actually work?

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Missing Print, Vertical Lines & Cleaning Your Label Printer

missingprintHave you ever printed from your label printer and noticed a straight vertical line of missing print? It might be only about <1mm wide going through your text, an image or even a barcode which can prevent it from being read correctly. This can mean one of two things:

  • Your printhead is dirty
  • Your print head needs replacing

Hopefully it’s the first of the two. If it is then here are some solutions that can help clean that muck off.
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Turorial: Roland VersaWorks Variable Data, Setting Font, Size, Colour & Position Globally

The Roland DG VersaWorks software is perfect for printing single data labels, but it is powerful enough to handle variable data printing from a database source such as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV. Variable data means changing text and/or images in a label design based on what’s in each row of the database. This is particularly useful as it can save you valuable time as you only need to make one label design to produce a selection of different labels.

The example below is a PAT label printed with a serial number, name initials, test date, and company name.

1. Design the label

I’ve designed the PAT label I want and added rectangles where the variable data is to be placed.
These boxes must have no fill, but the line must be this thick:

  • Illustrator: 0.25 point
  • CorelDRAW: hairline

Each box must have their own unique spot colour with a swatch name beginning with VDP_ followed by the relevant name for the data. Mine are as follows:

  • VDP_AppID
  • VDP_By
  • VDP_TestDate
  • VDP_CompanyName

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