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Interview with John Poole from Image Computer Systems

I decided the take the opportunity to ask the founder and director of Image Computer Systems, John Poole, a few questions about the company and the software they publish.

I’m aware you make more than one type of software. What are they all called and could you summarize their different applications?

EnLabel is a general purpose labelling software which will operate with any printer that has a Windows driver. This includes colour, laser, plotter, inkjet etc. Feedback from users of a wide range of labelling software complement it on its intuitive user interface and minimal mouse clicks to design and print.
LabelDirect is easier to use and understand for Zebra, Datamax, SATO, Toshiba and TSC labelling printers as the printer setting are part of the design interface. Printing is in the printers native language so throughput cannot be any faster because we send less data. For examples barcodes are generated by the printer rather than sending graphics so they are in spec and faster.

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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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Dymo LabelWriter Software Review

“What is the Dymo software like? How easy is it to produce a label? What can and can’t it do?”
These are the types of questions you’re probably asking when thinking of buying your first Dymo printer. Hopefully this post will be able to answer your needs.

Installation

dymo-add-printer-crashFirstly this is a review of the software on a Windows computer. The software on Mac may differ slightly but I have yet to try it. Installation was quite quick and painless. Connecting a printer directly through USB installed with no problem at all. I’m using a LabelWriter 450 Duo so I get to try printing on both die cut address labels and continuous D1 tape. In the software itself you can add a networked printer. The networked printer would be a normal one through a Dymo Print Server. Unusually just launching this install wizard it ends up crashing itself straight away and then it closes with no further messages.
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How To Add a Date Field With Offset

Adding a date field to a label template is easy in any labelling software. Adding a date field with an offset couldn’t be easier in the Brother P-Touch Editor labelling software.

1. Open the “Date and Time” dialog from the panel on the right.
2. Choose “Date” or “Time”.
3. Click the “Add/Subtract” checkbox.
4. Select the “Unit” (hours/days etc.).
5. Changed the “Time Period”.
6. Click “OK”.

Software comparisons Supports a date field Supports a date field with offset
BarTender Yes Yes
Brother P-Touch Editor Yes Yes
Dymo Label v8 Yes No
LabelDirect Yes Yes
ZebraDesigner 2 Yes Yes