A Quick Guide to Intermec Fingerprint

A Quick Guide to Intermec Fingerprint
Getting Started
P/N 1-960262-03
Edition 3
September 1998
A Quick Guide to
Intermec Fingerprint
GETTING STARTED – A Quick Guide to Intermec Fingerprint
The object of this “Quick Guide” is to help you
produce a label within minutes from unpacking
your EasyCoder printer and to give you an idea
of how the Intermec Fingerprint programming
language makes label design an easy task. For
further information, please refer to the Intermec
Fingerprint 6.13 manuals.
Connecting Printer and Host
In this example we assume that you use an
ASCII terminal or a PC with a terminal program
and an RS 232C interface between the printer
and the host.
The printer contains a powerful microprocessor
which is controlled by means of the Intermec
Fingerprint programming language. The
connected PC is only used as a non-intelligent
terminal for sending instructions to the printer
and to display the responses from the printer on
a screen.
Intermec provides communication cables for
connecting the printer to most PC:s. Also refer
to the printer's Technical Manual for wiring
diagrams.
Setup
By default, the printer is set up for the following
communication protocol:
Baud rate ....................... : 9600
Parity ............................. : none
Character length ............ : 7
Stop bits ........................ : 2
Flowcontrol (recom.) ..... : XON/XOFF
New line ........................ : CR/LF
If you want to change any of these values,
please refer to the Technical Manual.
Set up the terminal or host computer for the
same communication protocol as the printer.
Paper Supply
Check that the printer is loaded with labels
with a width of at least 52.8 mm (2.08") and a
length of at least 70 mm (2.75").
Startup and Communications Check
Turn on the printer. Provided the printer is
fitted with the Intermec Shell startup program,
the display will show a countdown menu, e.g.:
ENTER=SHELL
5 sec.
v.4.01
4 sec.
v.4.01
3 sec.
v.4.01
2 sec.
v.4.01
1 sec.
v.4.01
Do not take any action. By default, the display
window will show the following message when
the countdown is completed, e.g.:
Fingerprint
6.13
Check that the printer and your terminal/PC
have a working communication by typing the
following instruction on the host:
BEEP ↵
(↵ = carriage return)
The printer should respond by returning Ok to
the screen of the host and at the same time emit
a short beep. If not, check the communication
setup of the printer and the host.
The next two steps are included to demonstrate
the printer's ability both to feed out the paper
and to pull it back. Type:
FORMFEED 300 ↵
The printer will feed out a short piece of the
label. Then order the printer to pull back the
label to its original position by typing:
FORMFEED -300 ↵
After loading a new supply of labels, the printer
should be allowed to adjust itself. Type:
TESTFEED:TESTFEED ↵
The printer will feed out two labels while
adjusting its sensors and paper feed mechanism.
Now you are ready to start programming your
first label.
Continued!
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GETTING STARTED – A Quick Guide to Intermec Fingerprint
Programming Example
The label we will design will contain a box, an
image, a bar code, and a line of text.
Printing a Box
Let us start by printing a box 430 dots high and
340 dots wide with a 15 dot line thickness. The
box is inserted at position X=10, Y=10:
NEW
10
PRPOS 10, 10 ↵
20
PRBOX 430,340,15 ↵
200 PRINTFEED ↵
300 END ↵
RUN ↵
Note: The printer does not execute the program
until you have typed RUN ↵.
Printing a Bar Code
To print a bar code you need to choose a bar
code type before you print the bar code. Note
there is no blank space in the bartype name.
50
PRPOS 75,270 ↵
60
BARTYPE "CODE39" ↵
70
PRBAR "ABC" ↵
RUN ↵
Y
PAPER FEED
Printing Human Readables
To get human readable text printed under the
bar code, add these lines:
1
BARFONT ON ↵
2
BARFONT "SW030RSN.1" ↵
RUN ↵
X
Printing an Image
Now we add the image "GLOBE.1" after
changing the print coordinates to X=30,Y=30.
30
PRPOS 30,30 ↵
40
PRIMAGE "GLOBE.1" ↵
RUN ↵
Continued!
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GETTING STARTED – A Quick Guide to Intermec Fingerprint
Printing a Line of Text
Add text at position X=25,Y=220:
80
PRPOS 25,220 ↵
90
FONT "SW030RSN.1" ↵
100 PRTXT "My FIRST Label" ↵
RUN ↵
Note that you have to choose a font before
printing any text.
Listing the Program
To view the whole program, type:
LIST ↵
The program lines will be listed in ascending
order on your terminal's screen:
1 BARFONT ON
2 BARFONT "SW030RSN.1"
10 PRPOS 10,10
20 PRBOX 430,340,15
30 PRPOS 30,30
40 PRIMAGE "GLOBE.1"
50 PRPOS 75,270
60 BARTYPE "CODE39"
70 PRBAR "ABC"
80 PRPOS 25,220
90 FONT "SW030RSN.1"
100 PRTXT "My FIRST label"
200 PRINTFEED
300 END
ok
Changing a Program Line
If you want to change a program line, simply
rewrite the line using the same line number.
For example, move the text to the right by
rewriting line no. 80 with new coordinates:
80
PRPOS 75,220 ↵
RUN ↵
Saving the Program
If you want to save your first attempt, issue the
following command.
SAVE "LABEL1" ↵
Your program will be saved in the printer's
memory under the name:
LABEL1.PRG
Loading the Program
If you want to use this label later, e.g. after
having created more programs, type:
LOAD "LABEL1.PRG" ↵
RUN ↵
A new copy of the label will be printed.
Note: This example was designed to be run on
any present Fingerprint-compatible EasyCoder printer. Hence the small size of the
printouts when using high density printers
with wide labels.
For more information on the subject of
programming, please refer to the documentation of the Intermec Fingerprint 6.13
programming language.
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