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Loftware Label Manager
Version 10.1.1
User's Guide
© 2013. September. All rights reserved. Version 10.1.1
Loftware, LLM, Loftware Label Design, Loftware Print Server, LPS, Loftware Connector, Global Marking Solutions, I-Push, and I-Pull are all registered
trademarks of Loftware, Inc. Loftware WebAccess, LWA, and Loftware Web Services are trademarks of Loftware, Inc.
Loftware, Inc., 166 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603.766.3630
Fax: 603.766.3631
sales@loftware.com
www.loftware.com
Contents
The Loftware Label Manager
Loftware Documentation
Contact Loftware
Technical Support
Licensing, Warranty, and Support
License Information and Registration
Loftware Label Manager Version 10.0
Connecting Devices
Device Connection Types
Device Connection Summary
Device Configuration
Loftware Device Configuration Wizard
Loftware Label Manager Device Configuration Grid
Configuring RFID Devices
About Printer Family Drivers
Configuration with Windows Printers
Configuring Devices with the LPS Running
Device Options
Shared Network Printing
Device Status
About Device Families
Test Printing
Network Printing
Designing Labels
Creating a New Label
Design Mode - Menu Bar, Toolbars, and the Toolbox
About Properties
Label Setup and Properties (Media Setup)
Using Label Comments
Test-Printing Labels
On-Demand Print
Designing a Label
Customizing Labels
Editing Multiple Fields Simultaneously
Facts about Fonts
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Fixed Text Properties
Text Properties
Properties for Paragraph Text Fields
Images and Graphics
Lines and Boxes
Barcode Properties
Other Editing Methods
Field List Creation
Printing and Embedding Characters
Pass Through Fields
Audit Files
Label Versioning
Label Comments
Fixed Images
Promotion
Using with Existing Labels
Enable Label Versioning
Manage Previous Versions of a Label
Promote a Versioned Label
Using RFID with Loftware Label Manager
Setting up RFID Labels
HF and UHF RFID
RFID Standards
Loftware RFID Concepts
Loftware RFID Requirements
Creating RFID Smart Labels using the New Media Wizard
RFID Field Properties
Data Sources for RFID Fields
DoD Encoding Type
EPC Encoding Types
Sending Data Directly to the Field
Using the Loftware RFID Calculator
Printing RFID Smart Labels
Internationalizing Printing
Loftware Support for Single and Double Byte Fonts
Definitions
Printing Hierarchy with Character Sets
Single Byte Fonts
Getting Character Sets and Fonts (Language Packs)
Language Properties Wizard
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Unicode Input Methods with the Loftware Print Server
Troubleshooting Font Fields
Using Templates and Wizards
What is a Template?
Creating a New Label based on a Template
Creating Your Own Template
Barcode Wizards
Configuring Data Sources
Accessing a Data Source
About Force Max # Chars
Keyboard Data Source
Block Configuration Data Source
Date and Time Data Source
File Data Source
Fixed Data Source
Formula Data Source
Creating an Application Using HIBC Barcodes
Increment/Decrement Data Source
Serial Number Data Source
Script Data Source
Database Data Source
Fixed-Image Data Source
Loftware Label Manager's Database Connection Types
Printing On Demand
On-Demand Printing
On-Demand Print Form
On-Demand Print Options
Audit Files in On-Demand Printing
About Page Layouts in Loftware Label Manager
Using Page Layouts
Where Page Layouts are Stored
Managing Page Layouts
Attaching an Existing Page Layout to your Label Format
Modifying Page Layouts
Printing Using Page Layout
Printing Ranges of Data-Driven Labels
Range Printing Example
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Automating the Range Printing Process
Working with ODBC
Examples of Data Sources
How Loftware Label Manager Uses ODBC
ODBC Data Source Administrator
Working with Data Sources
Hints and Troubleshooting ODBC
Barcode Symbology
Unique Barcode Properties
Barcode Symbology Terminology
Printing Non-Native Barcode Symbologies
Aztec Code Properties
Code 39 and Code 39 (FULL ASCII) Properties
Code 93 and Code 93 (FULL ASCII) Properties
Code 128 Properties
DataMatrix Properties
EAN 8 and EAN 13 Properties
HIBC Primary and Secondary Properties
Interleaved 2-of-5 Properties
micro PDF417 Properties
PDF 417 Properties
QR Code Properties
GS1 DataBar and GS1 DataBar Composite Properties
TLC39 Properties
GS1 Generic Properties
GS1 SSCC Properties
UPC-A and UPC-E 6 digit Properties
UPS MaxiCode Properties
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PCM Image-Tek (Imtec) Information
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Meto Information
Novexx Printers
Paxar (Monarch) MPCL1 Printers
PCL5 Information
Retail Systems International, Inc. (Pressiza) Printers
Printronix Information
QuickLabel Information
SATO Information
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Windows Printers
Zebra Printers
Tag Configuration
RFID Devices and Tag Types
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References
ASCII Code 39 Reference Table
Code 128 Character Sets
Wedge Reader Conversion Chart
IBM ASCII Chart
IBM ASCII Chart (Extended)
Language Properties Wizard Flowchart
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Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions
Importing and Converting Labels
Viewing Application Logs
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The Loftware Label Manager
Loftware Label Manager is a suite of software applications for designing and printing barcode
labels. Loftware's stand-alone printing modules, On-Demand and Range Print, can be used with
Loftware Label Manager for non-automated/low-volume barcode label printing. New printer drivers are
continually being added; please contact support@loftware.com for availability of new drivers for printers
and RFID devices.
The Loftware Label Manager applications are included with all licensing models of the Loftware Print
Server. The LPS includes the tools necessary for high volume / automated printing.
With the Loftware Label Manager, you can:
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Create barcode and RFID labels
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Set up and configure barcode and RFID devices
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Customize labels to meet compliance standards
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Use single and double byte character sets in your labels to support Korean, Japanese and other
Asian languages
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Build MaxiCode, GS1-128 (Formerly UCC-128), TLC39, and QR Code barcodes
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Define data for RFID labels and tags using EPC or DoD encoding
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Print labels as needed using the On-Demand print module
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Extract label data from different sources, including ODBC 32 compliant databases
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Use wizards for many of the previously mentioned features
Loftware Documentation
Loftware Label Manager
The Loftware Label Manager User’s Guide describes label creation and printing using Loftware Label
Manager, including:
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Label design
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Barcodes
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Device Connections
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RFID Field Encoding, and Smart Label Printing
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On-Demand Printing
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Templates and Wizards
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Double-byte Character Sets
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Databases and ODBC
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Range Printing
Note: You must purchase and license the Loftware Print Server separately from the Loftware Label Manager.
Loftware.com
Visit www.loftware.com for the latest revisions of the Loftware Print Server and Loftware Label Manager
user guides. Also, visit the Loftware Knowledge Base at www.loftware.com/help for additional information
and tips on a variety of subjects.
Contact Loftware
Loftware, Inc.
166 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth NH 03801
U.S.A.
Professional Services
For consultation, implementation services, training or product optimization please contact Loftware's
Professional Services Group.
Phone +1.603.766.3630 x209
E-mail psg@loftware.com
Technical Support
For installation and configuration questions, please contact Loftware's Technical Support department.
Visit www.loftware.com for Loftware's technical support policies.
Phone +1.603.766.3630 x402
Fax +1.603.766.3635
E-mail support@loftware.com
Customer Service
For licensing, product information, and ordering questions, please contact Loftware's Customer Service
department. Please have your Serial Number and Registration information available, so we can provide
service to you quickly and efficiently.
Phone +1.603.766.3630 x401
Fax +1.603.766.3631
E-mail customerservice@loftware.com
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Technical Support
Technical Support
Software licenses purchased directly from Loftware include the first year of Technical Support. This
initial 12-month support period starts on the day the product is shipped and invoiced from Loftware’s
factory. When needed, support recipients during this period are eligible to receive unlimited telephone
support, access to software upgrades and enhancements and speak with our Systems Analysts.
Premium Annual Support Contract
To ensure uninterrupted telephone support as well as access to the latest software upgrades and
enhancements, make sure all your software licenses remain under a Loftware Support Contract. After
your first year of ownership, you will be sent a notice to renew your support contract. Please refer to
Loftware’s Web site for additional information about this very important topic, or if you prefer, call
Loftware’s Customer Service Department for more information.
During the one-year Support Contract period, Contract Subscribers have access to the following services:
1. Unlimited Technical Support Incidents
2. Access to Loftware’s Professional Services Group
3. Automatically eligible to download software upgrades and service packs from our Web site
4. Automatic e-mail notification when new versions of software become available
5. When necessary, access to senior Loftware technical support staff, via phone and e-mail
6. Guaranteed software license replacement for accidentally damaged or malfunctioning hardware
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Before Calling Support
Loftware has highly trained technicians available to help you with your labeling system. Technical
support calls are not accepted until all of the following Technical Support requirements are met:
1. Your product is registered. If you have not registered your software, you may do so at
http://loftware.com or via fax by using the form included with your software.
2. There is a Support Contract in place that covers the specific license in question.
3. You have checked the user’s guide(s) for your answer. If you do not have the User’s Guides, both
of the guides can be downloaded in PDF format from our web site or read on-line. User manuals
are also on the Loftware CD.
4. You have checked the Loftware’s Knowledge Base articles on our http://loftware.com. Hundreds of
frequently asked questions and typical problems are documented there in easy to read articles.
5. If you suspect that your problem is hardware related, try to first determine if it is a problem with
your computer, Network, or printer and contact the appropriate company. Loftware does not sell
or service any hardware products.
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6. Have your serial number and version number of the product you are using ready. These numbers
can be obtained by accessing the Help|About menu of the label design mode.
7. Think about how you are going to efficiently explain the problem prior to speaking with a
technician. The better the description, the quicker the solution and/or resolution to your problem.
8. If this is a follow up call to a previous incident, please have the incident number ready.
Phone 603-766-3630 x402
Fax 603-766-3635
E-mail support@loftware.com
Licensing, Warranty, and Support
The following documents are available on the CD-ROM or Internet download of the Loftware Software:
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Loftware End User License Agreement
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Loftware Third Party Terms and Conditions
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Loftware Software Services Support Agreement
License Information and Registration
Checking License Information
1. Open Loftware Label Manager (Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Design 32).
2. If you have a Hardware Key, verify that it is plugged in. Your license information is displayed in
the bottom status panel of the Loftware Label Manager Design window. It can also be found in
the Help | About menu.
Figure 1.1: License Key in Status Bar
For Loftware Print Server Products
If you have purchased any of the Loftware Print Server products, LPS is displayed in the license string,
along with the following information. An underscore (_) indicates a placeholder for options that are not
turned on. The following table explains settings that may be found in a license string.
PW-LPS[10/9] [6] [8] [5/3] J[1] W[4/2] F[1] P{MSNRCBOYV}
RL
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The installation type
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PW-LPS[10/9] [6] [8] [5/3] J[1] W[4/2] F[1] P{MSNRCBOYV}
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The total number of printer seats
/9]
The number of the total seats that are RFID printer seats.
[6]
The number of Client connections allowed. This includes remote status
client, ODP client, client integration, Loftware Connector.
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The number of Terminal Server connections allowed.
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The number of Oracle Connector client seats allowed.
/3]
The number of Loftware Connector for SAP client seats allowed.
J[3]
The number of Loftware Connector for Java client seats allowed.
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The number of Loftware WebServices seats allowed.
/50]
The number of Loftware WebAccess seats allowed
F[1]
The number of integrations with IBM FileNet.
A P indicates that the license is a Premier edition. An S indicates that this is
a Starter or Standard LPS Edition.
The Premier edition requires the following:
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- M, S, N, R, C settings, described in this table
- At least 10 total device seats
- At least 4 client seats
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Multithreaded
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Allows use of the Status Client application
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Allows use of Notification Agent locally
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Allows use of Notification Agent remotely
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Allows use of clustering
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Marks the 2 nd key on the backup node of a cluster*
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Allows Loftware Connector to log in*
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Allows the use of the Loftware Enterprise Update Utility. (For use with the
Loftware Connector for SAP Applications)
* These features run with, but must be purchased separately from, the Loftware Premier Edition.
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Loftware Label Manager Version 10.0
System Requirements
Consider these requirements the minimum to run the Loftware Label Manager. Medium and highvolume systems may require more or faster processors and higher available RAM and disk space in
order to achieve desired performance and throughput. LLM will perform best when not limited by
available RAM, disk space, or processor speed.
Component
Requirement
Computer Processor
Speed
2.0 GHz Dual Core
Computer Memory (RAM)
2 GB; 4GB Recommended
Computer Hard Disk Space
Minimum 2GB Available Disk Space
Microsoft Operating Systems
Windows XP SP 3 (32-bit)
Windows Vista SP 2 (32-bit)
Windows 7 SP 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Operating System
Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 SP 1 or later (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 (64-bit)
Note: All Loftware products, controls, clients, and connectors run as
32-bit applications on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
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Connecting Devices
Topics in this section include:
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Defining device connection and viewing device families
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Configuring devices for use with the Loftware Label Manager and Loftware Print Server products
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Understanding Device Status Responses
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Configuring printers with Windows Terminal Server
Device Connection Types
When choosing device connections for Loftware’s native device drivers, you have the following options:
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Web User
These sections describe each of these connection types and the considerations when using each of
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Note: The Loftware Print Server typically uses TCP/IP connections.
Local Connection: Computer to Printer Port
When to use
Use this connection type if the printer is connected directly to the serial, parallel, or USB port of the
computer on which the Loftware Label Manager or the Loftware Print Server (LPS) is running.
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Figure 2.1: Local – Direct Connection: Computer to Printer
This connection is mainly used for stand-alone printing with Loftware Label Manager and with OnDemand Print. With this type of connection, the print engine maintains a communication session with
the printer via a serial, parallel or USB port. If this is the connection your setup dictates, proceed to the
Device Configuration section of this section.
Note: If you want to connect more than 2 printers, use Connection Type 2 or 3.
TCP/IP (Windows Sockets) Connection
When to use
Use TCP/IP if your printer is connected to a print server device or has a built-in network connection with
a TCP/IP address. (See Figure 2.2.)
TCP/IP is the recommended method for network printing if your printer is TCP/IP Addressable. It is a
very fast method for sending a print job directly to a printer via an IP Address/Raw Port
Address. Typically, a printer is connected to a print server device that may have one or more serial,
parallel, or USB ports. The Print Server has an IP Address assigned to it, and each port on the device has
a Raw Port Address. Both addresses are required to configure the printer in Loftware Label Manager.
Note: Some printers have built-in Network Interface Cards (NIC) that eliminate the need for print servers. In this
case, the TCP/IP address can be specified without a raw port.
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Figure 2.2: TCP/IP Connection
Print Manager/Spooling Connection
When to use
Use this option if the printer is connected directly to the serial, parallel, or USB port of a computer other
than the one on which Loftware Label Manager or the Loftware Print Server (LPS) is running. If your
printer is IP Addressable, use a TCP/IP Connection.
When this option is used, Loftware Label Manager queues print jobs to multiple printers via the
Windows Print Manager instead of sending them directly to the printer. The print engine is occupied
with the job only for as long as it takes to pass it to Print Manager, which is substantially faster than
sending it to the printer via a serial, parallel, or USB connection. As soon as the job has been passed, the
Operating System takes over the task of sending the job to the printer.
The Generic/Text Only printer driver is used as a pass-through driver. This means that the native printer
language generated by Loftware is sent to the printer without modification. To implement Print Manager
Spooling, install the Generic Text only driver, and then, in the LLM Device Configuration dialog box,
choose the name of the driver that you installed.
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In certain circumstances, it may be useful to use Print Manager/Spooling if the printer is connected
directly to a local port or to a print server device on the network.
Example
You are printing through a USB port using the On-Demand Print Application and your label has large or
complex graphics. Print Manager/Spooling returns user control to the application much faster than printing
directly to the COM/LPT port.
Example 2
Another program under Windows takes control of the COM Port, preventing Loftware from accessing it directly.
Using Print Manager/Spooling with a generic text driver resolves this.
Figure 2.3: Print Manager Spooling Connection
Web User Connection
When to use
Use this option if the printer is connected to a Client PC, either directly to the serial, parallel, or USB port
or via a shared network connection. When this option is used, the printer connected to the client PC receives print jobs from the Loftware
Print Server via an Internet Connection using the Web Client, Web Listener, or the ActiveX Internet
Application.
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Figure 2.4: Connection Type 4, Web User
Device Connection Summary
Once the type of connection has been decided, the next step is to configure your device(s).
Note: Any printer driver that's name does not begin with "Loftware" may be a third-party Windows driver.
Always use Loftware drivers when available. Use third-party drivers only when Loftware does not offer a native
driver for that printer. All Windows printers, for example LaserJets, use third-party drivers.
Device Configuration
Configuring your device(s) before creating your label allows you to be ready to print to it when you have
completed your media setup. When you design a label or tag, you pick the target device for which you want to design the label or tag.
Loftware Label Manager uses the selected printer information to make the correct fonts, symbologies, and
properties of the printer available. You can design a label or tag for any device, whether you have
configured the device or not. However, before you can print labels or write to tags, you must configure
the device. The following sections outline several ways to configure devices. You may wish to
experiment with several of the methods to see which method works best in your situation.
Note: The number of devices you can configure depends on the product that you have purchased. The
Loftware Label Manager supports up to 4 printer queues; the Loftware Print Server may be upgraded to 499
Device queues.
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Loftware Device Configuration Wizard
In Loftware Design Mode, choose File | Device Wizard. The Loftware Device Configuration Wizard is
displayed. This Wizard guides you through the device configuration process.
Step 1 - Choose the Device Number Family Model and Alias
Step 2 - Select Port Type and Port
Step 3 - COM Port Settings (Local Port Type)
Step 4 - Configuration Summary
Step 1 – Choose the Device Number, Family, Model and Alias
1. Click Next from the Device Wizard Welcome screen. From the Step 1 dialog of the Wizard,
choose a Device # from the drop-down list. You may choose any device number that is enabled
(not grayed out in the Device Configuration grid).
2. Select the device Family for the device you wish to configure.
3. Select the Model for the device. The list displays only the models or printer family drivers that are
supported by Loftware, or in the case of Windows Printers, only those printers that have been
added to the Printers folder in Windows. 4. Enter an Alias for the device, for example, “Shipping Dock #1”. Creating an alias is helpful, but
not required.
Note: The device alias is limited to 75 characters.
The following characters are not allowed when choosing an Alias name.
, ! * “ “ ; < > An _ (underscore) may be used anywhere but at the start of the name.
Duplicate Alias names are not allowed. Spaces are ignored when determining duplication. For example, Zebra
123 and Zebra123 are considered the same Alias.
5. Click Options to set up label and other options for this device. For printers, this is only necessary
if you are using a cutter or stock type other than the default for example. 6. Set the Device options (if necessary), click OK and Next. Step 2 of the Configuration Wizard is
displayed.
Related Information
For information on configuring RFID Devices, refer to the RFID section of this guide.
Step 2 - Select Port Type and Port
The Port Type refers to the Connection Types as described in this section.
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1. Choose the Port Type from the drop-down list.
2. Choose the appropriate Port from the drop-down menu. The available ports depend upon the Port
Type you have chosen.
Available Ports
Port
Local Port
Client-Defined (LPS only)
Description
Port connections that utilize serial (COM), parallel (LPT), or USB (Universal
Serial Bus) ports generally involve a communication session between
Loftware Label Manager and the printer. The session ends when the entire
print job has been sent to the printer. Local connections work well for
stand-alone computers with the printers connected directly to the
computer. They are not appropriate for network printing. If a COM port is
chosen, the Configuration Wizard displays Step 3.
When configuring a printer for use with Loftware’s WebClient or the
Internet ActiveX Control (iX), choose CLIENT DEFINE” from the Port dropdown list. This is not a printer that has direct access to the LPS or to any of
the Loftware Printing Applications such as Range Print. It is a printer that is
only driven by the WebClient. The Client computer utilizes Client-defined
printers when connecting to the Server using the Loftware WebClient or the
Loftware Internet ActiveX Control.
Be sure to choose the correct options to coordinate with the printer that the
Client computer is using. For example, if the Client computer is using diecut label stock one day and continuous label stock the next day, you must
configure the same printer twice, once for each stock type. TCP/IP
Enter an IP address and a Port. This is the preferred method for Loftware
Print Server systems. Your printer must be connected to an IP addressable
Print Server or have an internal Network Interface (NIC) card. Web User
When this Port is chosen, Manage Users is shown and an LPS User can be
configured or chosen.
Windows Spooler
Choose a defined printer from the drop down list. Any printer that exists in
your Printer Control Panel or Printer folder is listed. Any generic drivers that
have been added are also listed. The Windows Print Manager is utilized for
queuing requests.
Related Information
For a discussion on the purpose, benefits and drawbacks of each choice, refer to the Device Connection Types
section of this guide.
For more information, read the Thin Client Modules section in the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
Step 3 - COM Port Settings (Local Port Type)
This step is only displayed if a serial (COM) port is selected. LPT ports do not require these settings.
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Select the appropriate values to match your printer settings.
Flow Control
Select one of the following options.
Option
Description
Xon/Xoff (default)
This setting is the most common type of software flow control. The printer
sends an XOFF character when it cannot receive any more data and an XON
character when it is ready for more data. Minimum Null Modem cable is
required.
Hardware CTS/RTS
Clear to Send / Ready to Send hardware flow control. The printer and
computer use special pins in the serial cable to control the flow of data. If you
choose CTS/RTS flow control, you must have a Full Null modem cable that
supports the necessary pins.
Hardware DSR/DTR
Data Set Ready / Data Terminal Ready hardware flow control. The printer and
computer use special pins in the serial cable to control the flow of data. If you
choose DSR/DTR flow control, you must have a Full Null modem cable that
supports the necessary pins.
None
Loftware Label Manager sends the data out the port and the printer cannot
stop the flow of data.
Intermec Protocol
This setting is a proprietary software flow control developed by Intermec
Corp. and is only used with Intermec Printer Language (IPL) printers. Using
standard protocol provides the most reliable way to drive IPL printers.
Step 4 – Configuration Summary
After specifying a device (step 1), selecting a port, entering an IP address for TCP/IP connection (step 2),
and defining COM port settings if a serial port is selected (step 3), the Wizard takes you to the last step.
The Configuration Wizard displays the attributes of the configured device:
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Figure 2.5: Device Configuration Summary.
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Accessing the Wizard through LLM Device Configuration Grid
You can also access the Loftware Device Configuration Wizard through the LLM Device Configuration
grid (described in the following section). Select File | Devices. Click Add. The Loftware Device
Configuration Wizard is displayed, and you can configure devices as previously described.
Loftware Label Manager Device Configuration Grid
In addition to the Device Wizard, you can configure new devices directly in the LLM Device
Configuration grid.
To access the Device Configuration window:
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Select File | Devices menu or press F6. Alternatively, select File | Test Print from the menu and
the Devices button from the Test Print dialog box. The LLM Device Configuration window is displayed. If there are no configured devices, the Device
Configuration Wizard opens automatically. You can use the Wizard, or click Cancel and continue
configuring devices in the grid.
Note: If you have previously configured devices in Loftware, your configured devices are populated in the
grid. Otherwise, the grid is blank.
The LLM Device Configuration Grid
The column widths of this grid may be resized by placing your cursor to the right of the column header
on the vertical line, holding down the left button of your mouse, and dragging the line to the right or the
left. This allows you to view lines that are longer than the default grid width. In addition, you may drag
columns to change the order of the columns; for example, you may want to place the Alias column
before the Model column for easy reference.
Edit Menu
Menu
Item
Description
Device
Families
Opens View/Hide Device Families dialog to allow filtering of Device Families that are not
being used. Status
When enabled, this allows you to get information on the state of the device.
Delete
Deletes the selected device(s). A message is displayed before the device is deleted,
making sure that this is the choice you wish to make.
Restore Grid
Defaults
This restores the default width and placement of the columns.
Columns in LLM Device Configuration Grid
The following device properties can be set from the Device Configuration Grid.
Column
Description
The name of a Loftware supported device. These are listed by manufacturer, for
example, SATO, Zebra, Imtec.
Family
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Note: A Family must be chosen before any of the other columns can be
defined.
Model
The model number or name, such as Allegro or 170xiIII.
Port
The Connection Type used by the device, such as an IP address, USB, or COM 3.
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Description
An alternative name given the device, such as Shipping Printer or Warehouse 20.
This setting is optional.
An alias allows you to give a device a more descriptive name than the
default. When you assign an alias:
Alias
n
You may use *DeviceName instead of *DeviceNumber when using the file
interface of the Loftware Print Server (LPS).
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The LPS Status view uses the alias instead of the default name.
Error messages use the alias.
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Notifications from the Notification Agent use the alias.
Note: The device alias is limited to 75 characters.
The following characters are not allowed when choosing an Alias name.
, ! * “ “ ; < > An _ (underscore) may be used anywhere but at the start of the name.
Duplicate Alias names are not allowed. Spaces are ignored when
determining duplication. For example, Zebra 123 and Zebra123 are
considered the same Alias.
The attributes of the selected device are displayed once the device is configured.
The column holds 5 values separated by commas.
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8 - Timeout in seconds
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300 - Jobwait in seconds
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Y- Shared Network Printing (Y=Yes or N=No.)
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N- Force Extended Mode (Y=Yes or N=No)
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N- Disable Status Checking
Attributes
The attributes can be changed using one of the following methods:
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Right-click the row containing the device you wish to change, click
Connection.
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Click in the Port column, then click the browse button (...).
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Click Connection at the bottom of LLM Device Configuration Grid.
Text that can help identify a printer's type, location, model number, or purpose.
Note: The description is limited to 75 characters.
Description
The following characters are not allowed when creating a description:
, ! * “ “ ; < > An _ (underscore) may be used anywhere but at the start of the name.
Right-Click Menu
Right clicking a device row opens the right-click menu with the following options:
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Reassign allows you to change the device number, by either swapping it with another device number or
overwriting an existing device.
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Connection opens Device Connections.
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Options opens Device Options. For a printer, label stock, forms control, and advanced options can be set. See the Device Options section
Figure 2.6: Right-click menu options
Related Information
For more information on printing over the Internet, see the Internet Printing section of the Loftware Print Server
User Guide.
For more information on these settings, refer to the Advanced Settings section in this guide.
For more information on configuring RFID devices, refer to the RFID section of this guide.
Configuring Devices from the Grid
1. Click in the Family column.
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Figure 2.7: Device Configuration Grid Device Families.
2. Click the down arrow to display a drop-down list of Device Families. Choose from the list. 3. Select a device model from the Model column. At this point, the Options and the Connection
buttons become active. If you attempt to choose a Model without first identifying the Family, a
message is displayed.
4. Click in the Port column, and then click the browse button (...). Alternatively, click Connection. This displays the configuration dialog for the selected device.
5. Type an optional device alias in the Alias column.
Note: The device alias is limited to 75 characters.
The following characters are not allowed when choosing an Alias name.
, ! * “ “ ; < > An _ (underscore) may be used anywhere but at the start of the name.
Duplicate Alias names are not allowed. Spaces are ignored when determining duplication. For example, Zebra
123 and Zebra123 are considered the same Alias.
6. Type an optional description in the Description column. Descriptions have the same rules as
Alias'.
7. Click OK when you are finished updating device information. The Attributes for the device are
displayed in the last column of the grid the next time it is opened. Add as many devices as you
are licensed for in this manner, or highlight any one of them and change the device options.
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Figure 2.8: Device Configuration Grid displaying attributes
Related Information
For information on limiting the Device Families list, refer to the Device Families section of this guide.
Configuring Device Connection
You can configure the connection settings for your printers from the Configuring Existing Device
Connection Settings window.
Print Using Section
Connection
Description
Type
Port
Choose CLIENT DEFINED, LPT (parallel), COM (serial), or USB (Universal Serial Bus) as described
earlier.
TCP/IP
Enter an IP address and a Port. This is the preferred method for Loftware Print Server systems. Your
device must be connected to an IP addressable Print Server or have an internal Network Interface
(NIC) card. Web User
When this Port is chosen, the browse button (...) becomes active, and an LPS User is chosen.
Print
Manager,
Spooling
Choose a defined printer from the drop down list. Any printer that exists in your Printer Control Panel
or Printer folder is listed. Any Generic Drivers that have been added are in this list as well. The
Windows Print Manager is utilized for queuing requests.
Note: USB is not displayed as an option in the Port list unless a USB printer is connected to the computer, the
printer is powered on, and its USB Drivers are installed. Upon USB Port selection, the selected printer is queried
for its device path and the syntax displayed may be something like “USB002: DeviceName/Type,” “USB002:
Unknown,” or “USB002: ??”, depending on the printer information the manufacturer included in the device
hardware.
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COM Port Settings Section
See Step 3 of the Loftware Label Manager Device Configuration Wizard if you are not familiar with these
settings.
Advanced Settings Section
The advanced communications can be used to control timing and status reporting. Most users do not
need to adjust these settings.
Setting
Description
Timeout
This is the amount of time the program waits for a device to respond to input while printing/writing
natively. Timeout using a TCP/IP connection defaults to 8 seconds. Larger values give the device
more time to “catch up.” Larger values also increase the delay before a device error is reported.
Job Wait
This is the amount of time the program waits for a device to respond to input when it is running a
batch of labels (in Extended Mode).
Disable
Status
Checking
Checking this option disables status checking of the device. This checkbox has no effect on devices
that do not support status checking.
Force
Extended
Mode
Checking this option forces the data for each label to be sent to the device individually. This occurs
when the device cannot create the data, such as in alphanumeric incrementing, so the data is
created and sent by the subsystem (Loftware).
Asynchrono
us (LPT)
This check box becomes available by selecting LPT as the Port and then pressing F2. When enabled,
the print job is immediately cancelled if the printer is in an error state.
LPS Subsystem Logging Section
Subystem logging is used to collect information on the batch print system of the Loftware Print Server.
You can enable logging and set the log level on a per printer basis.
Log files are stored in the Loftware Labeling Logs folder which varies by operating system. Select Start |
Loftware Labeling | System Folders | Logs to open the Logs folder.
Log files are organized in folders by date.
The LPS Subsystem log files use a prefix BP_ plus the printer number.
For example
A log file for printer number 3, from October 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM will be named BP_003_20111029_09.log.
For more information on the logging features of the Loftware Print Server, see the Logging section of the
Loftware Printer Server User Guide.
Setting Description
Enable
Select to turn on LPS Subsystem Logging for this printer. The Log Level field becomes
available.
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Setting Description
Select the amount of detail that you want in error messages.
Log
Level
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DEBUG
n
INFO
n
WARNING
n
ERROR
Detailed Status Button
For printers configured to use IPL and ZPLII language, the Detailed Status button is available. Click
Detailed Status to open the Detailed Status Configuration window. See the Detailed Status section for
your printer in this guide for information on the specific Status checks that you can set.
Detailed Status for Intermec (IPL and Direct Protocol) Printers
Detailed Status for Zebra (ZPLII) Printers
Reassign a Device Number
The Loftware Device Configuration Grid allows extra devices to be configured beyond the number of
your device seats, up to 499.
Unassigned devices are in the Unassigned range that is the gray-shaded section of the grid. Only devices
in the Assigned Range are visible in the device drop down lists in Design and On Demand Print. Note: Windows printers cannot be configured in or moved to the Unassigned Range.
If you only have 20 device seats, for example, the grid rows are shaded blue and white for the first 20
devices. The rest of the numbered device rows (21-499) are shaded gray. The gray-shaded rows may be
filled with configured devices, but they are considered unassigned - not available for printing.
Configuring Unassigned Devices
Any time you have a device in which the Device Specific Options change from day to day, it is
timesaving to configure this same device again to include all the ways in which it is used. When you
want to use the same device but with different options, you can Reassign the Device Number to swap
the devices from the assigned to the unassigned area for quick printing of labels. This prevents you from
having to reconfigure the device each time you want to use it with other options. You may also consider using the reassign feature in the following situations:
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Figure 2.9: Assigned and Unassigned Area of LLM Device Configuration Grid
For example
If you have 8 print seats, and your # 8 printer usually uses Continuous stock but occasionally uses Die Cut
stock, you can configure this same printer twice - as Device 8 and Device 9. Set the Device Option under
Stock Type to Continuous for Device 8 and Die Cut for Device 9. When you need to use the printer with the
Die Cut stock, right-click the row for Device 9, click Reassign, and swap Device 8 (Continuous Stock) with the
Device 9 (Die-Cut Stock).
Reassign a Device
Use this procedure to move a device from one row to another.
1. Right click on the device that you want to reassign, and select Reassign. The Reassign Device
Number window opens.
Reassign Device Number Window
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2. Enter the number of the row where you want to move the selected device in the To field.
3. Select Swap or Replace.
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Swap - Switch the device number of the selected device with the number entered in the To
field.
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Replace - Replace the device entered in the To field with the selected device.
4. Click OK.
The selected device is moved to the new row.
Configuring RFID Devices
This section assumes that you have configured devices in the LLM Device Configuration grid, as
previously described and that you are familiar with the “assigned” and “unassigned” areas of the grid.
In order to use an RFID printer, you must have an RFID Printer License. You may view your license
from the Help|About screen in Label Design Mode. License settings are described in the License
Information and Registration section of the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation
Guide. The following list shows the pertinent settings for using the Loftware RFID Solution.
RL- LPS[10/5/2] [2] [1] [1] P{MSNRCBODX}2358847639
Version: 9.0.2.0
Serial Number: RL- LPS[10/5/2] [2] [1] [1] P{MSNRCBODX}2358847639
Printer Seats: 10
RFID Printers: 5
RFID Enabled: Yes
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LPS Premier Plus RFID is required to print RFID smart labels. RFID Enabled will indicate Yes if
RFID functionality is available.
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To print smart labels, there must be at least 1 RFID Printer licensed seat. You may use an RFID
Printer license to drive a non-RFID Printer, but not vice versa.
Example 1
With this license, when you configure one RFID printer, the total number of devices left available to configure
would be 9, a maximum 4 could be RFID printers. Example 2
With this license, when you configure 2 RFID Printers, then the total number of devices left available would be
8, a maximum 3 of which could be RFID printers and the remaining 5 seats can only be used for non-RFID
printers.
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If you are in Demo Mode
Any number of RFID devices can be configured in the grid up to the number of available device seats
(non-gray area in the configuration grid). When these devices are used in demo mode, the EPC / DoD tag
data will be scrambled just like any other variable field in demo mode.
If you have a valid license but do not have the RFID module
Any number of RFID devices can be configured up to the number of available device seats (non-gray
area in the configuration grid). They will be shown in red instead of black, which indicates that you
cannot print/write to these devices. Attempting to print or write to an RFID label or tag in this case will
result in an error message. This scenario with LPS will result in the job being routed to ‘Critical Failure’
which can be viewed from the Status Client. Non-RFID jobs in the LPS will still function normally.
If you have a valid license with the RFID Module
You can configure up to the number of RFID seats of RFID enabled devices. Any RFID printers
configured after that will be shown in red and cannot be printed or written to as described above.
Note: To use your RFID printer as a normal barcode printer, choose the model that does not have ‘RFID’ in its
name model designation. In this case, the printer will work just like any other printer without the RFID
capability.
About Printer Family Drivers
Starting with the Loftware Print Server Version 10.0 you may be able to select the printer language that
your printers use, such as ZPLII, as the Model from the Device Configuration Wizard or Grid and
successfully drive printers and design labels that can be shared among different printer models.
You can use the Family Driver to design labels and drive printers that use one of the supported printer
languages even if that printer is not listed among the Loftware supported printers. For example, you may
have a new Intermec printer that has not yet been added to Loftware's supported printers. You can select
IPL as the model and successfully drive your new printer.
Using a Family Driver to drive different models from the same printer family may allow you to reduce the
number of labels and label templates that you use. For example, a single label configured with the ZPLII
Family Driver could be used with any model of Zebra printer that uses the ZPLII Printer Language.
You may have printers from different manufacturers that all speak a common printer language. If you
configure each with the same printer family driver, you may be able to reduce label redundancy and
increase consistency among labels.
Supported Languages
The following Printer Family Drivers can be used. See the Supported Printers and Drivers topic for a list of
the family drivers available per manufacturer.
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ZPL II Family Driver
Zebra Printer Language II (ZPL II®) is a printer language used to drive Zebra printers. ZPL II is listed as
a Loftware native driver (Model) among the available printers. You can select the ZPLII Family driver in
the Model field of the Device Configuration Wizard and Grid.
You can use the ZPL II Family Driver to design labels and drive printers that use the ZPL II Printer
Language even if that printer is not listed among the Loftware supported printers.
ZPLII - For printers that use the Zebra Programming Langauge II (ZPL II®)
EPL2 Family DriverEltron Programming Language (EPL2) is a printer control language. EPL2 is listed as a Loftware native
driver (Model) among the available printers.
EPL2 - For printers that use Zebra's EPL2 or Intermec's ESIM printer language
Intermec Printer Language (IPL) Family Driver
Intermec Printer Language (IPL) is a printer language used by Intermec printers. IPL is listed as a
Loftware native driver (Model) among the available printers.
IPL - For printers that use Intermec Programming Language
Intermec Direct Protocol Family Driver
Intermec Direct Protocol is a subset of the Intermec Fingerprint (FP) printer language and is used by
certain Intermec (formerly UBI) printers. Direct Protocol is listed as a Loftware native driver (Model)
among the available printers.
Direct Protocol - For printers that use Intermec Fingerprint or Direct Protocol language
DPL Family Driver
Datamax Printer Language (DPL) is a printer language used by Datamax and certain Datamax-O'Neil
printers.
DPL - For printers that use Datamax Printer Language.
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Select a Family Printer Driver
To use a family driver to develop your label and drive your printer, you must configure a printer with
the driver, and set up the label to use the family driver.
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Configure a Printer to use a Family Printer Driver
Using the Device Configuration Wizard
See Loftware Device Configuration Wizard for more information on using the Device Wizard to configure
printers.
1. Select File | Device Wizard. The Device Wizard opens.
2. During Step 1, select the appropriate family printer driver from the Model field.
Figure 2.10: Example Family Driver Selection using Device Configuration Wizard
Using LLM Device Configuration
See Configuring Devices from the Grid for more information on using the device configuration grid to create
or modify printers.
1. Select File | Devices, or press F6. The LLM Device Configuration grid opens.
2. With a Family selected, select the appropriate family printer driver from the Model field.
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Figure 2.11: Example Family Driver Selection using Device Configuration Grid
Setup the Label to use a Family Printer Driver
Using the New Media Wizard
See Creating a New Label for more information on using the New Media Wizard to create a label.
1. Select File | New. The New Media Wizard opens.
2. During Device Selection, select the appropriate manufacturer and family printer driver from the
Model field.
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Figure 2.12: Example Family Driver Selection using New Media Wizard
Using the Label Setup and Properties Dialog
See Label Setup and Properties for more information on using the Media Setup tabs to modify a label.
1. Select File | Media setup or press F5.
2. On the Label Setup tab, select the appropriate manufacturer and family printer driver from the
Model field.
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Figure 2.13: Example Family Driver Selection using Label Setup and Properties
Configuration with Windows Printers
Windows printers can be configured from the Loftware Label Manager Device Configuration grid Options button or from a label's LSO page.
Note: If you are working in an environment with multiple LPS installations and versions, be aware that sharing
LLM / LPS version 9.5 or later Windows printer configuration files with a pre-9.5 version will wipe out any
Windows printer configuration settings made in Version 9.5. Windows printer settings made in 9.5 or later are
not supported in pre-9.5 versions. Refer to Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions in the
Upgrade and Import section of the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation Guide for a bestpractice solution.
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Loftware Label Manager can print to all of your computer printers. This includes standard Windows
printers such as LaserJet, dot matrix, and bubble jets. It also includes third-party Windows drivers
purchased for barcode label applications.
Loftware makes no claims as to the performance or reliability of third party drivers.
Configuring a New Printer Connection for Windows or Third-Party
Drivers
1. Add any Windows or third-party printer(s) through Windows: Start | Printers and Faxes
2. In Loftware Label Manager, press F6 or select File | Devices.
3. Select Windows in the Device Family drop-down list - in either the Wizard or the LLM Device
Configuration grid.
4. Select a printer from the list of configured Windows printers.
5. Configure the printer as you would any other Loftware printer from the PSO page. Click Finish.
Note: Choose 300 or 600 dpi for LaserJet resolution. Higher values affect download times; lower values
adversely affect label quality. Barcodes do not require higher resolution.
Fonts
Some Windows Drivers map TrueType fonts that are sent to them as native printer fonts. If this
happens, printing is much faster, but the font style may not exactly match the font displayed in Loftware
Label Manager Label Design.
Windows / Spooling Information
It is important that multiple printers in your Printer Control Panel or Printer Folder are not configured to
use the same local port.
A scenario in which this causes problems is as follows: If a variety of print jobs are being sent directly to
an Intermec printer on LPT 1, the Loftware Label Manager is sending these jobs faster than the printer is
able to print, and the printer gets into a “busy” state. If a Windows printer such as a LaserJet is also
configured to print to that same LPT port, Windows redirects the jobs to the spooler of the LaserJet
printer. This results in lost print jobs, as the printer never receives the redirected data.
Configuring Devices with the LPS Running
Note: You must purchase and license LPS to use the Loftware Print Server.
Devices can be configured with the Loftware Print Server running. This allows you to use the LPS on a
24/7 basis - you can configure devices while continuing to print labels. The LPS monitors device
changes, and when a change is detected, the device list is updated and notification is sent to the
connected On-Demand Print Clients, the Status Clients, and the Notification Agents. There are no
messages displayed, but the list of devices is updated on-the-fly.
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Note: A slight delay of processing may occur during the configuration update process; this is normal as the
print engine is updating its settings accordingly.
Issues with Device Configuration
Be aware that a problem could develop on the client-side if a device is deleted on the server side. For example
An ODP Client attempting to print to the deleted device would receive a message that states “No device
configured.”
Also, when the list of devices is updated because of a configuration change, if more than one device of
the same make and model device exists, the default is to the first device in the list that matches the
loaded label.
For example
Zebra 170XiIII printers are configured as Device #’s 1, 5 and 7. The client user is printing to Device 5, and the
device configuration is changed. The default device then becomes Device 1. This may create a problem for a
user who is attempting to print and does not notice that the device list has changed. The label that was
previously printing without any problems is then not able to print. This is another case where a Device Alias can
be very helpful, as the client user will more likely notice a change in the alias of the device, as opposed to just a
number.
Device Options
In addition to device model and connection information, a configured device also contains setup
information or Printer Specific Options (PSOs) / Device Specific Options (DSOs) and Label Specific
Options (LSOs). To view and change the setup of the device
1. Select File | Devices, and select any cell in the printer's row.
2. Click Options.
These settings apply to all media printed or written to this configured device.
Note: The options you see in the dialog box depend on the selected device in the LLM Device
Configuration window.
Related Information
See the Printers and Labels section of this guide for information about printer-specific and label-specific options
for your device.
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Label Options Section
This is the section where certain label options are chosen, such as Supply Type and Buffer Mode.
Forms Control Section
This area instructs the printer how to behave in terms of the stock that is chosen.
Advanced Options Section
This section allows for more customization of the printing process, such as Memory Modules and
Symbol Sets. Custom Command Section
Used for a non-typical function.
Device Options Example
Most printers have three Supply Type Options: Continuous, Die Cut Labels, and Mark Stock. If you choose Die
Cut Labels and you then add continuous stock to the printer, the printer responds as if it still had the Die Cut
stock in it. The supply type must be changed in this case, or you can configure the same printer in LLM Device
Configuration with the new stock.
Related Information
For more information on media setup, refer to the Designing Labels section of this guide.
For descriptions of options specific to each device family, refer to the Printers and Labels section of this guide.
For more information on Symbol Sets, refer to the International Printing section in this guide.
For more information on the custom command, refer to the Printers and Labels section of this guide.
Shared Network Printing
Whenever you are printing to the same printer from 2 or more installations of Loftware Label Manager
or other applications, the Shared Network Printing check box must be enabled. If you are using the LPS,
this only needs to be done in one place. This ensures that labels being sent from one client do not corrupt
other client’s data. Formats and images are downloaded to the printer each time a label request is
made. Therefore, Shared Network Printing may be considerably slower than other options. Related Information
For more information on network printing, refer to the Network Printing section of this guide.
Device Status
This section provides information about how devices respond with status information when the various
types of connections are used. Understanding the different types of device status messages under various
connection scenarios is the key to being able to print your labels successfully. You are encouraged to read
the following information carefully.
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Query Status Request
Query requests are only supported on serial (COM) ports. If you are using a serial connection, a query
status is very helpful to troubleshoot whether you have the proper cable, baud, parity, stop bits.
Query Status Requests with Serial Printers are a two-way communication query between Loftware Label
Manager and any printer that supports status sending. Checking the status determines if Loftware Label
Manager is communicating correctly with the printer, whether or not the printer is on-line or in an error
state, and other hardware information such as firmware version and available memory.
To check device status, select File | Device Status or press F7. A Device Status dialog box is displayed.
Figure 2.14: Device Status Dialog Box
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Click Status. Loftware Label Manager sends a status request to the device and, if successful,
returns a message box.
If the device is in an error state, an error code is displayed in the message box.
Related Information
Refer to your device manual for information on error messages.
Understanding Printer Responses
A printer response is defined as the feedback displayed by an application when making a request to a
device that is in an error state. Each device family may behave slightly differently, and the type of
connection can affect the response. This section provides information on what can be generally expected
as responses from devices in scenarios involving the different types of applications and device
connections.
Serial
A serial connection is one that has been configured in Loftware Label Manager using a COM Port. This
is a two-way communication between the computer and the device providing more detail than other
types of connections. For example, if your printer is out of stock, you may get a specific error message:
A Recoverable Device Error means that, when the error is corrected, the print job continues. This is true
for USB as well as Parallel printing.
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Cable to printer can be much longer than a parallel cable (up to 50 feet).
Drawbacks
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Requires that printer settings for baud, stop bits, parity, data bits, and flow control match the
same settings in the software.
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Parallel
Stand-alone parallel printing involves a connection from a computer’s parallel port (LPT) to a Centronix
(parallel) port on the printer. Most new printers have a parallel port; many older or less expensive
printers may not. If the printer is in an error state, a message is displayed after an attempt to print the
label. With this type of connection, it may take from 1 second to 5 minutes to display the message
depending on the type of error. When no power is supplied to the printer, the error message is displayed
instantaneously.
In other cases, such as the printer being in a pause or stock/ribbon-fault mode, error messages may not
be received until the printer’s memory buffer is full. The amount of time this takes depends on the size of
your label and how many requests were made. When the fault condition is corrected, the labels print (as
long as the printer has not been shut off).
Benefits of Using a Parallel Connection
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No communications settings (baud, parity, etc) need to be set.
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Parallel connections are 3 to 5 times faster than serial connections.
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USB data transfer rate even faster, print quality high as well.
Drawbacks
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Shorter cable lengths (15 feet max)
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Status is not as detailed as a serial connection, but is considered “good enough.”
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Computers usually only have one parallel port.
Note: Loftware does not recommend using parallel or USB ports with the Loftware Print Server.
Spooling
Print Spooling uses the Windows Print Manager to queue requests to the device. In stand-alone printing
to a spooler, if the device is in an error state, an error message is displayed after an attempt to print the
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label. When using a Generic Text Driver for example, if an error occurs, Windows displays information
about the status of the device. Many times, if the problem with the device is corrected and you click
Retry, the label prints (assuming there are no other errors).
Benefits of Spooling
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Requests are queued in the Windows Print Manager.
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Devices that are connected to a computer on the network can be shared with other computer’s on
the network.
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Many devices (hundreds) can be set up on your network and made available for the Loftware
Print Server or stand-alone applications.
Drawbacks
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Can be more difficult to set up.
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Increased CPU Utilization
USB
Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a protocol used for connecting computer peripherals to a computer. USB
provides an expandable, hot-pluggable Plug and Play serial interface that ensures a standard, low-cost
connection for peripheral devices such as keyboards, mice, joysticks, printers, scanners, storage devices,
modems, and video conferencing cameras. Migration to USB is recommended for all peripheral devices
that use legacy ports such as the PS/2, serial, and parallel ports. Up to 127 USB devices can be
connected to one computer. A main feature of the USB standard is that it allows many computer
peripherals to be easily swapped for another without having to turn off the computer. However, this is
not recommended for configured Windows or Loftware USB printers because the printers are configured
for the given Port assignment when the printer is connected to the USB Port. USB 1.1 currently supports
a data transfer rate of 12 megabits per second.
This high speed gives USB quite an edge over standard serial and parallel connections. USB 2.0
supports even higher data transfer rates of up to 480 megabits per second for connection to highperformance peripherals.
Benefits of USB
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High Data Transfer Rate
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Longer Cables can be used, up to 30 feet
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Up to 127 Ports may be utilized on one computer
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Generally easier to connect, plug and play, little configuration, if any
Drawbacks of USB
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The USB 1.1 communication architecture connects a computer to a USB printer via a simple four-wire
cable. Many label printers are now available with USB port capability, and Loftware Applications now
have the ability to print to these printers through their USB port.
TCP/IP
An IP connection involves configuring the LPS to print directly to the IP address of the device. When an
IP address in stand-alone printing is used, error messages are displayed after an unsuccessful attempt to
print the label. For example
If Loftware is connecting to a device that has an IP address but the device is not powered on, the connection
fails and an error message is displayed. In this scenario, when the device is powered back up, the label does
not print; it has to be resent to the device and is then printed. The Loftware Print Server recovers and prints the
label in this case. In another scenario where the device is powered up but is in pause (stock/ribbon fault) mode,
an error message is not created until the device’s memory is full, and then the error message is displayed. When
the fault condition is corrected, the labels that are in the device’s memory are printed, as long as the device was
not shut off.
Note: TCP/IP is the preferred connection for the Loftware Print Server.
Benefits of using TCP/IP connections
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Device can be anywhere LAN/WAN/Internet.
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Connection is fast and reliable.
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Easy to set up, as long as appropriate network hardware is in place.
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Many devices (hundreds) can be set up on your network and made available for the Loftware
Print Server or stand-alone applications.
Drawback
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Device requires a network TCP/IP address that involves extra setup. See your network
administrator for more information on this.
Related Information
If you are driving the devices from your application using the Loftware Print Server, one way to get
acknowledgement that your print request is successful is to use the TCP/IP interface to the LPS that is described
in The Loftware Print Server section of the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
As you are reading this section, you may need to refer back to the section on device connections for more
information on serial, parallel USB, spooling, and TCP/IP connections.
Detailed Status for ZPLII Printers
You can use Detailed Status to check the state of a ZPLII printer before or after a print job. You can view
detailed status information on the Loftware Status Dialog.
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Requirements
Force Extended Mode and Disable Status Checking are selected when you enable Detailed Status. These
settings are required for the Loftware Print Server to retrieve detailed status.
Detailed status is only supported on printers with internal Network Interface Cards (NICs). External
print servers such as a the Zebra ZebraNet® PrintServer II are not supported.
Configure Detailed Status
1. Open the Devices grid.
2. Select a Zebra printer that uses ZPLII, and Click Connection.
3. Click Detailed Status. The Detailed Status Configuration dialog opens for the selected printer.
Figure 2.15: Detailed Status Configuration window
4. Click Enabled, and select the Status Types and Behaviors to check.
5. Click OK to save the configuration, click OK again to save the connection settings.
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Detailed Status Section
Select Enabled to turn on Detailed Status for the selected printer.
Status Types Section
Status Description
Pre-Job
Status
Check the state of a printer before sending a print job - single label or many labels in a pass,
csv, or xml file.
PreLabel
Status
Check the state of the printer before a label is sent.
PostJob
Status
Check the state of the printer after the print job is complete.
Fail Job
on
Errors
Set per status. Select to discontinue printing if there is a problem with the printer.
Note: If you select Fail Job on Errors and you have enabled device notifications for
only Device Errors on the Notification's Dialog, you will NOT receive notifications.
Behavior Section
Behavior Description
Wait On
Errors
Diagnosti
c
Flag Mask
Select Wait on Errors to have the system wait and retry a job until a printer error is fixed.
For example, if a printer's head was lifted you would have the chance to fix the problem
before the error was reported. This may be useful in an on-demand situation where an
operator could easily see that there is a problem with the printer.
Select Diagnostic Flag Mask if you set a printer to Diagnostics mode and you need to
print to it for testing. This will allow the Detailed Status check to ignore the Diagnostic Flag
Mask entirely if the printer reports this.
Note: This option is only for printers that report the Diagnostic Flag mask.
Cutter
Error
Mask
Select Cutter Error Mask to ignore any cutter errors reported by printers that report cutter
errors.
Verify
Label
Length
Select Verify Label Length to compare the printer's reported label length with the label
that is about to print. Enter the percentage of allowed difference between the actual printer
value and the expected value for the label.
Snapshot
Retry
Count
Set the number of times to attempt to retrieve a valid status (success or critical error) from
the printer.
Snapshot
Retry
Wait
Set the amount of time to wait between Snapshot Retries.
Note: Snapshot Retry Count multiplied by Snapshot Retry Wait can give you an
estimate of the maximum amount of time that the detailed status check should take.
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Printer Error Retry Setting
The Printer Error Retry setting allows you to configure the number of Milliseconds the Loftware Print
Server waits to retry sending a print job after an error.
Set Defaults Button
Returns the Detailed Status Configuration window to its default state (disabled).
Detailed Status for IPL and Direct Protocol Printers
You can use Detailed Status to check the state of an IPL or Direct Protocol printer before or after a print
job. You can view detailed status information on the Loftware Status Dialog.
Requirements
Force Extended Mode and Disable Status Checking are selected when you enable Detailed Status. These
settings are required for the Loftware Print Server to retrieve detailed status.
Detailed status is only supported on printers with internal Network Interface Cards (NICs). External
print servers such as Intermec EasyLan are not supported.
Configure Detailed Status
1. Open the Devices grid.
2. Select an Intermec printer that uses IPL or Direct Protocol, and Click Connection.
3. Click Detailed Status. The Detailed Status Configuration dialog opens for the selected printer.
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Figure 2.16: Detailed Status Configuration window
4. Click Enabled, and select the Status Types and Behaviors to check.
5. Click OK to save the configuration, click OK again to save the connection settings.
Detailed Status Section
Select Enabled to turn on Detailed Status for the selected printer.
Status Types Section
Status Description
Pre-Job
Status
Check the state of a printer before sending a print job - single label or many labels in a pass,
csv, or xml file.
PreLabel
Status
Check the state of the printer before a label is sent.
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Status Description
PostJob
Status
Fail Job
on
Errors
Check the state of the printer after the print job is complete.
Set per status. Select to discontinue printing if there is a problem with the printer.
Note: If you select Fail Job on Errors and you have enabled device notifications for
only Device Errors on the Notification's Dialog, you will NOT receive notifications.
Behavior Section
Behavior Description
Wait On
Errors
Diagnosti
c
Flag Mask
Select Wait on Errors to have the system wait and retry a job until a printer error is fixed.
For example, if a printer's head was lifted you would have the chance to fix the problem
before the error was reported. This may be useful in an on-demand situation where an
operator could easily see that there is a problem with the printer.
Select Diagnostic Flag Mask if you set a printer to Diagnostics mode and you need to
print to it for testing. This will allow the Detailed Status check to ignore the Diagnostic Flag
Mask entirely if the printer reports this.
Note: This option is only for printers that report the Diagnostic Flag mask.
Cutter
Error
Mask
Select Cutter Error Mask to ignore any cutter errors reported by printers that report cutter
errors.
Verify
Label
Length
Select Verify Label Length to compare the printer's reported label length with the label
that is about to print. Enter the percentage of allowed difference between the actual printer
value and the expected value for the label.
Snapshot
Retry
Count
Set the number of times to attempt to retrieve a valid status (success or critical error) from
the printer.
Snapshot
Retry
Wait
Set the amount of time to wait between Snapshot Retries.
Note: Snapshot Retry Count multiplied by Snapshot Retry Wait can give you an
estimate of the maximum amount of time that the detailed status check should take.
Printer Error Retry Setting
The Printer Error Retry setting allows you to configure the number of Milliseconds the Loftware Print
Server waits to retry sending a print job after an error.
Set Defaults Button
Returns the Detailed Status Configuration window to its default state (disabled).
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About Device Families
About Device Families
A Device Family is a manufactured line of devices. Loftware currently supports a number Device
Families. See the Supported Barcode Label Printers under Technical Support for a list of supported devices.
Loftware is continually adding support for new devices (and device families). Changes in the device list
are automatically reflected anytime you install or upgrade Loftware Label Manager. Show/Hide Device Families
You may want to display only certain device families and hide others. Maintaining a shorter list of
available devices can simplify procedures for:
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Adding new devices
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Reconfiguring your devices
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Assigning a target device for your label format
Select Options | Device Families from Loftware Design Mode menu to select device families to show or
hide.
Figure 2.17: Setting Device Families to display
Note: All device families begin with "Loftware" so as not to be confused with third party drivers of the same
name.
Related Information
For more information on Loftware’s supported devices, refer to the Printers and Labels section of this guide.
Test Printing
In label design mode:
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Select File | Test Print
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Press (F9)
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Click the Test Print icon in the standard toolbar. Choose which of the assigned printers you want to print from in the Test Print dialog box.
Errors and Warnings when Printing
If an error occurs when you try to print the label, read the following to discover the problem. Often, if
you check to see that the Device is turned on, that the Print Head is down, and if you check your label
design for errors, you may have a quick solution. If a warning message is displayed, you may not have
to change the label design to print, but be aware that the label may not print correctly. l
Click Label Options displays the label specific options dialog box for this label.
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Click Devices to open the LLM Device Configuration dialog that lets you configure devices and
set up device specific options.
Related Information
For more information on error and warning messages, refer to the Test Printing Labels section, and the devicespecific error eessages in the Printers and Labels section.
Merging Label Formats from One Printer to Another
You may want to alter a label format to fit a different printer for a variety of reasons. The label may have
been designed for one printer but now must be printed to a different printer, or the label may need to be
printed to a variety of printers in different locations. Design it once and merge the format to fit different
printers.
To merge the Label Format
1. Enter Loftware Label Manager Design Mode and open your label format.
2. Configure the new printer with Loftware Label Manager as described previously.
3. Under the File | Media Setup menu (or F5), change target printer manufacturer name and model
to the new printer and click OK.
Fields on your label are merged to the new printer type. Fonts and barcodes convert to the nearest field
correlation on the new printer type. If the two printers are very dissimilar, or if the printer resolutions are
different, you have to make some minor adjustments to the label format.
A warning message is displayed alerting you to changes and possible conflicts.
Related Information
For more information on error and warning messages, refer to the Designing Labels section of this guide.
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Network Printing
It used to be that Loftware users connected their thermal transfer barcode printers directly to their
computers through a serial, parallel or USB port. Today, connecting the printers directly to the network is
more the norm. There are several benefits to connecting the printers directly to the network:
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Devices can be shared by more than one application.
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Devices can be assigned TCP/IP addresses.
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Devices do not rely on computers and are therefore more likely to be online.
Figure 2.18: Thermal Transfer printers networked together
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The figure above shows a typical printer network setup with printers connected to the network backbone
using print servers. Print Servers typically resolve network data directed to a particular IP address into
Serial, Parallel or USB output. Printers can also be connected as shared devices by attaching them to
computers on the network. One problem with this technique is that the computer must be turned on in
order to access the printer.
The discussions below describe how you can configure Loftware to drive printers that are attached to
your network in various ways. The preferred method depends on whether you are running the Loftware
Print Server or the Loftware Print Server Premier Edition.
Loftware Label Manager
Use the Direct Connection (Port) or Print Manager/Spooling option, and choose a Generic Driver that has
been configured to point to a particular IP address. Do not set the IP address directly via the socket
prompt as a printer failure causes the system to go into a five-minute timeout state.
Loftware Print Server and Loftware Print Server Premier Edition
Use the Windows Sockets (WOSA) option; supply the IP address AND raw port address.
Shared Printers vs. Print Servers
A shared printer is usually connected to a computer’s parallel, serial or USB port and then made
available to other computers on the network. The computer could either be dedicated to servicing print
requests to the shared printer, or it could also be used for any other tasks that may be required (Client
Workstation, File Server). Keep in mind that any other tasks occurring on the computer impact the
resources available for printing, and vice versa. Shared printers can be accessed by Loftware Label
Manager via Print Manager/Spooling.
Note: The printer is only available as long as the computer it is connected to is turned on and connected to the
network.
A print server is a device that is connected as a node on the network and has one or more serial, USB
and/or parallel ports. Some print servers also have buffer memory, which allows them to queue print
data if it is being received faster than the printer is able to handle. Using a print server allows the setup
of numerous network printers that are not dependent upon any computer’s resources. Print servers
essentially give the printer an IP address that can be accessed by Loftware Label Manager via Print
Manager/Spooling or Windows Sockets.
Related Information
For more information on sharing printers, refer to Sharing a Local Printer in this guide.
Setting up Print Server Devices
Print servers usually come with their own setup program that allows you to install the device on your
system. The setup section is a general explanation of the necessary steps to install a print server; consult
the documentation for your print server for specific instructions. Print servers are available from
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Extended Systems, Intel, HP, and many others. You may have used them in the past to connect Laser
printers to your network.
Note: Consult your Network Administrator before adding or removing any device on your Network.
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The setup program installs the appropriate drivers onto your computer.
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A configuration utility allows you to search your network for print servers, and assign each of
them a unique IP Address and Name as well as other various settings.
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If you are going to use the Print Server with Print Manager/Spooling, when adding your Generic
Text printer, choose either Local Printer or My Computer. When you are prompted to choose a
port, you should see a choice that corresponds to the Print Server driver that you previously
installed.
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If you are going to use the Print Server with Windows Sockets (WOSA), Loftware Label Manager
requires two pieces of information: the IP Address and the Raw Port Address. In the Device
Connection dialog box, type in the IP Address of your print server and the Raw Port address of
the actual port on the print server where the printer is connected. The table below illustrates two
examples of Raw Port Addresses for two different manufacturers’ network print servers:
Extended Systems ExtendedNet
T1000
Raw Port
Address
Port 1
9100
Port 2
9101
Port 3
9102
Port 4
9103
Intel (3 port)
Port 1
3101
Port 2
3102
Port 3
2501
Note: The Raw Port address can be obtained from your Print Server documentation or manufacturer.
Enabling Shared Network Printing
Whenever you are printing to the same printer from 2 or more installations of Loftware Label Manager
or other applications, you must enable Shared Network Printing in the LLM Device Configuration
dialog box at each of the Loftware Label Manager design mode installations. If you select TCP/IP or Web
User in LLM Device Configuration, Shared Network Printing is automatically enabled. This ensures
that labels being sent from one client do not corrupt other client’s data. Formats and images are
downloaded to the printer each time a label request is made. Therefore, Shared Network Printing may be
considerably slower than other options.
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Warning! Each Loftware Label Manager installation on the network that will be connected to a shared printer
must enable the Shared Network Printing option. If it is not enabled, unpredictable results and possible loss
of label formats and images may occur.
Figure 2.19: Shared Network Printing Enabled
Setting up Network Device Drivers
Adding a Local Generic/Text Printer Driver is only necessary if you want to connect your printer to your
computer, and then either print to it using Print/Manager Spooling or share it so that others on the
network can print to it.
Related Information
If you want to print to a printer that is installed elsewhere on the network, refer to Network Printing in this guide.
Adding a Local Generic/Text Printer Driver
1. Open the Devices and Printers Control Panel.
2. Click Add a Printer. The Add Printer wizard opens.
3. Click Next; select the Local Printer option, and then click Next. 4. Select the port where the printer is connected, and then click Next.
5. Scroll down the Manufacturers column and select Generic. Select Generic/Text Only in the
Printers column. Click Next.
Note: If a dialog box appears explaining that a driver is already installed for this printer, choose the Keep
existing driver option. Click Next.
6. Name the printer something besides Generic/Text. Click Next.
For example
Rename it using the Device Manufacturer and Model Number. Do not use LPT1, COM1, or USB as your name. Choose No when asked to use this printer as the default printer.
7. If you wish to share the printer, select Share Name and type in a name. Click Next.
8. Optionally describe the location of the printer and add comments in the next dialog. Click Next.
9. Choose No when asked to print a test page. Click Finish.
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11. If you chose a COM port, you should also complete the next steps, as you may need to configure
the communication settings for the port.
a. In the Printers folder, select the printer that you have just added.
b. Select File | Properties, verify that the correct port is selected.
c. Click the Ports tab. Click Configure Port.
d. Verify that the settings for baud rate, parity, stop bits, and flow control match the printer’s
settings. e. After making any necessary changes, click OK. Click Close.
Note: Always use Xon / Xoff flow control.
Sharing a Local Printer
Sharing a printer is when rights or permissions are given to users to print across a Local Area Network
(LAN), a Wide Area Network (WAN), the Internet or an Intranet to the printer which is local to the
workstation or Network computer. If you are not sure you have rights to share a printer on your
workstation, contact your Information Systems (IS) personnel.
Note: The printer is actually shared by the operating system, not Loftware Label Manager.
Some of the benefits of sharing a printer are:
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Each printer may be set for a specific label type (For example, dimension and specialty stock) and
allow multiple personnel to print a range of print jobs without the need to change the media (label
stock) or ribbon.
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Eliminate specialty equipment: Communication boards (multi-port parallel, USB and serial), print
servers, and connectivity modules by connecting the printers locally to workstations then sharing
them.
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Fewer printers: Multiple personnel can print to the same printer by spooling jobs to a shared
printer.
Note: Printer sharing is available only to printers that are added locally.
Sharing a Local Generic/Text Printer Driver
1. Add a Local Generic/Text Printer Driver as described in the previous section if you have not
already done so.
2. Open My Computer. Select Printers. Select the icon of the printer to be shared.
3. Select Properties command from the Printer menu.
4. Select the Sharing tab; choose the Shared As: option. If desired, the Share name may be changed.
5. Click OK when finished.
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The printer is now successfully shared. If desired, leave the Printer dialog box up to monitor files as
they are spooled to the printer.
Sharing a Network Device
A Shared Network Device is a device that resides on a Local Area Network (LAN), a Wide Area Network
(WAN), the Internet or an Intranet, and has been made available for users on the network to print to. If
you are not sure if you have rights to Shared Network Devices, contact an Information Systems (IS)
representative.
The benefits of connecting to a network/shared device are the combination of Spooling and Sharing.
Note: Printer sharing is available only to printers that are added locally.
Connecting to a Shared Network Device
To connect to a shared network device:
1. From Printers and Faxes, select Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard appears, and click Next
from its Welcome screen.
2. Select the Network printer option. Click Next.
3. Specify the printer either by browsing for it or by entering its name.
4. Complete instructions in the dialog boxes.
Note: A Network Printer is a printer that is either connected to a server, to a workstation, to a network as a
node, or to a print server.
You may be required to insert the disk with the appropriate driver(s) on it or point to the drive or
directory where the driver(s) is located.
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Designing Labels
In Loftware Label Manager, a label is a design area on the computer screen where a label format is
created or edited.
A label contains one or more fields. A field is a specific object within a label selected for editing. For
example, you can select and edit a barcode field, a text field, a graphics field, a line field, a box field, or a
paragraph field.
In Loftware Label Manager, you can add new fields to a label by using the Toolbox or Insert on the
menu bar. To change a field’s properties (the appearance of a field) you must first select it by clicking on
it. When a field is selected, selection handles are displayed around the field and its properties/attributes
are displayed in the Properties box, as long as the Properties box is visible.
This section describes designing labels with Loftware Label Manager. At its core, label designing is the
process of adding fields to a label and setting the properties to match your label specifications. It covers:
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Using the Label Wizard in design view and changing the label options
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Creating a new label and understanding the Properties box
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Configuring label presentation and orientation
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Saving the newly created label to a label file
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Test printing the newly created label
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Viewing the On-Demand Print Form that corresponds to the label
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Completing a simple On-Demand print job for the new label
Figure 3.1: Freely mix Text, Barcodes, Boxes, Lines, Paragraphs, and Image fields on the label
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Creating a New Label
The first time you open Loftware Label Manager after a new install, the New Media Wizard is displayed
automatically. If you have created a label or tag previously in Design, the last label or tag that was
edited or designed is displayed, unless this setting has been turned off in Options | Preferences.
The New Media Wizard guides you through the process of creating a label or an RFID Smart Label. It
provides the option of starting with a blank label or selecting from a list of industry-specific label
templates.
You will first choose the media type you want to create in the Select Media section of the wizard.
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New Label – Allows you to create a blank label ready for design. l
New RFID Label – Allows you to create an RFID Smart Label ready for design. l
Open an Existing Label - Allows you to open an existing Loftware document and edit the settings.
Note: Open an Existing Label is available the first time you use the New Media Wizard. By default the next
time you open Loftware Label Manager design, the label that you last used will be opened. You can change this
behavior in Options | Preferences | Design Options.
The next windows that appear depend on the type of media you had selected to create.
The Toolbar Icon
Clicking the New icon on the Loftware Label Manager toolbar opens a blank label (4” x 6” default). If
you have previously created a label, the new label is automatically attached to the last device for which
you designed a label.
Creating a New Label using the New Media Wizard
The New Media Wizard guides you through the process of creating a label or an RFID Smart Label.
1. Open Loftware Label Manager by selecting Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Design32.
2. Select File | New. The New Media Wizard appears. From the Welcome screen, click Next. 3. Select Media.
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To create an RFID Smart Label select New RFID Label. Follow the instruction in Creating RFID
Smart Labels.
4. Click Next. The Template Type Selection page appears.
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5. Select a Template Type.
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To pattern your new label after an existing industry-specific label template, select Compliance
Template Label. Follow the instructions in Using an Industry-Specific Label Template.
6. Click Next. The Device Selection page appears.
7. Select the device Manufacturer and Model from the drop-down lists.
8. Click Next. The Field and Media Selection page appears.
Note: If you select a printer that has not been configured, you will be reminded later when you select label
options from File | Media Setup.
9. Select a field list from the Field and Media Selection field.
Note: In the Field List Selection field, the default None is the only choice unless there are any LLMFIELD
[.lst] files in the main Loftware folder. LST files provide a means of constraining the field names on a label to a
pre-defined list. The LST file can also specify the maximum number of characters allowed for any of the fields. If
.lst files are available, these are listed in the drop-down list. 10. Enter the Width and Height of the label stock in the target printer.
Note: As you change the dimensions of the label, the changes are reflected in the Preview section.
11. Set the orientation for this label. The default is 0º. 12. Click Next. The New Media Wizard Summary page appears.
A summary of your selections is displayed. If satisfied with your settings, click Finish. If you need to
make changes, click Back.
Related Information
For information on .lst files, refer to Customizing your Labels in this guide.
For information on print orientation, refer to On-Screen Label Presentation in this guide.
For information on family drivers, refer to About Printer Family Drivers in this guide.
Using an Industry-Specific Label Template
Industry-specific label templates provide a quick starting point for designing a label. To design a label based on an industry-specific label template:
1. Continuing from the Select Media section of the New Media Wizard, select New Label. Click
Next.
2. Select a Template Type. From the Template Type Selection dialog, select Compliance Template
Label. Click Next.
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3. Select a Target Device. The Device Selection dialog prompts you to select the target device for the
new label. Select the printer Manufacturer and Model from the drop-down lists, and then click
Next.
Note: If you select a printer that has not been configured, you will be reminded later when you select label
options from File | Media Setup.
4. Select a Label Template. In the Select Template section, select the industry-specific label template
you want to use from the list. When a selection is made, a preview and a description of the
template are displayed. Click Next.
Figure 3.2: New Media Wizard dialog box with General Motors label template preview.
5. A summary of your selections is displayed. If satisfied with your settings, click Finish. If you need
to make changes, click Back.
Note: If you have not configured the target printer for this label, when you access Media Setup (F5), a
reminder is displayed.
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Design Mode - Menu Bar, Toolbars, and the Toolbox
The Loftware design workspace provides several options and tools that facilitate the creation of labels.
These include the menu bar, toolbar buttons for the most commonly-used operations, a toolbox with
icons for fields that may be added to the label, rulers, a screen odometer and a resize indicator.
The Menu Bar
The menu bar, located at the top of the Loftware Label Manager main window, is similar to those found
in other Windows applications. You can point-click-select menus or, you can access a menu from the
keyboard by pressing ALT plus the underlined letter of the menu. For example, to access the File menu,
press ALT+F.
Note: Since all Loftware Label Manager toolbars are dockable, their positions are given as the default relative
position when you start the program.
Menu
Description
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Create, open, close, and save label files, smart labels, or industry-specific label templates. n
Test-print labels.
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Import labels designed with LLM-DOS.
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Import hardware data streams (Intermec IPL, Monarch MPCL II and Zebra ZPL).
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Open the Device Wizard.
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Obtaining device status.
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Manage LPS users.
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Set default properties for fields that will be added to the current label using.
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Undo an operation.
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Cut, copy, paste, or delete fields.
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Edit field attributes or field data sources.
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Rotate fields or rotate the entire label.
n
Display or hide Loftware Label Manager on-screen components, for example, the Properties box,
the Toolbar or the Toolbox.
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Switch views between Label Design and the On-Demand Print Form.
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Activate the grid display.
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Change zoom levels.
File
Edit
View
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Menu
Description
Add the following
Insert
Positio
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Fixed text.
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Variable label fields.
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Barcode.
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Images.
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Graphic elements (for example, lines, boxes and borders).
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When enabled, an RFID field.
Align, center, and evenly space two or more selected fields.
Options
Windo
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Change the application Language.
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Preferences allow you to change default configurations within the Loftware Label Manager
system.
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Open the RFID Calculator.
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Audit Setup.
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You can select File Locations, Layouts, and Device Families.
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Use Find Script to locate the field that contains a script.
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Select screen displays (such as Lock Tool, Align to Grid or Grid Settings)
n
Set the Units of measurement.
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Set the Toolbox position. n
Launch programs from other certified Loftware integration partners.
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Use Sort Properties to set the display order of fields on the Properties box.
Arrange window displays when working on two or more label files at the same time.
Information regarding Loftware Label Manager operations and specific help on a topic. Help
The Loftware Label Manager version, serial number, license type and service pack number are found under
Help | About Loftware Label Manager.
The Loftware Label Manager Toolbar
Toolbar
The Loftware Label Manager toolbar, located just below the menu bar, provides quick access to
frequently used menu commands as well as a number of information windows.
Figure 3.3: Label Designer Dockable Toolbar
Following is a description of the toolbar buttons and controls (left to right):
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Button/Control
Description
New
Opens a new blank label file.
Open
Opens an existing label file. Highlight a filename to display a
thumbnail graphic of the label.
Save
Saves the active label in your system’s memory to a disk or hard
drive.
Print
Test prints a sample of the active label.
Cut
Cuts or deletes the selected field or fields from the label.
Copy
Copies the selected field(s) to the clipboard.
Paste
Pastes copied field(s) from the clipboard onto a label.
Grid
Displays / hides the grid format.
Switch Views
Switches views between the Label design screen and the OnDemand Print Form.
On-Demand Print
Opens the On-Demand Print Application.
Zoom Level
Choose from one of the preset zoom levels. Custom zoom levels
are added by using the View | Zoom menu command.
Rulers
Fine-tune label formats quickly with Loftware Label Manager’s
horizontal and vertical rulers, which graphically display field
movement and placement with complete accuracy. Click the ruler
intersection (Label) icon to display the Label Setup dialog box.
To identify a toolbar icon, position the mouse arrow on the icon without clicking and hold it for
approximately one second. A tool identifier is displayed. The toolbar display can be toggled on or off
with the View | Toolbar menu command.
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Figure 3.4: Rulers graphically display field movement and placement of objects
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Screen Odometer
The screen odometer is located at the bottom of the design screen to the right of the license key
information. The odometer pinpoints the precise location of the mouse pointer whenever you are
designing or editing a label. When the mouse is moved, the reading on the odometer changes. When a
field is moved by dragging it with the mouse, the odometer displays the position of the upper left corner
of the field.
The first number indicates the mouse's pointer position on the label's horizontal axis (reading from the
left); the second number reveals the arrow position on the vertical axis (reading from the top).
Figure 3.5: Status display showing Screen Odometer and License
The odometer helps to place fields in precise locations on the label, an important consideration if
industry-specific labels are being produced. The Loftware Label Manager grid function can also help
align label elements for industry-specific labels.
The default reading for the screen odometer is in inches. The default may be changed to centimeters,
millimeters or screen pixels by selecting a unit of measure from the Options | Units menu.
Resize Indicator
The resize indicator box is displayed on the status bar. Whenever you resize a field, for example, a text
or barcode field, the box identifies the resizing parameters, usually height and width, as well as the
current measurements of the field.
As with the screen odometer, the default reading is in inches, but you are able to change to centimeters,
millimeters or screen pixels by selecting a unit of measure from the Options | Units menu.
Figure 3.6: Status Bar showing Resize Indicator and License
Related Information
For information on the license string, refer to the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation Guide
section of this guide.
For more information on Label Setup, refer to the Label Setup and Properties section of this guide.
The Positioning Toolbar
The positioning toolbar is located just below the standard toolbar and features icons that help to align or
position multiple fields simultaneously. This capability allows you to create columns, rows, and evenly
spaced fields quickly. These tools are only available when two or more fields are selected. â
Figure 3.7: Label Designer Position and Editing Toolbar
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Tool
Description
Align Left
Aligns 2 or more selected fields with the field that is farthest to
the left on the label.
Align Right
Aligns 2 or more selected fields with the selected field that is
farthest to the right on the label.
Align Top
Aligns 2 or more selected fields with the selected field that is
nearest to the top of the label.
Align Bottom
Aligns 2 or more selected fields with the selected field that is
nearest to the bottom of the label.
Center Horiz
Center Vert
Space Across
Space Down
Centers one or more selected fields horizontally on the label.
Centers one or more selected fields vertically on the label.
Spaces evenly 3 or more selected fields horizontally (across) a
label.
Spaces evenly 3 or more selected fields vertically (down) a label.
Rotates the entire view of the label 90 degrees clockwise.
Rotate Label
Undo
Note: This does not affect the printed label orientation.
The Undo icon cancels the last action performed, if the file has
not been saved. The design application supports multiple levels
of Undo.
A positioning toolbar icon may be identified by placing the cursor over the icon, (without clicking the
icon) and holding it for about one second. A tool tip is displayed. Information about the icon is
displayed in the Status Bar on the lower left side as well.
The position toolbar display can be toggled on or off with the View | Position Bar menu command.
The Loftware Label Manager Toolbox
The Loftware Label Manager Toolbox may be used to create fields on the label quickly. Select Options |
Toolbox , the Toolbox may be placed on the left edge of the screen, the right edge of the screen, or the
Toolbox may float.
The tools in the Loftware Label Manager Toolbox:
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Description
Select
Select a field or a group of fields for editing.
Label
(Fixed Text) Add a text field that remains unchanged for all labels in a
given print run, for example, a return address label.
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Tool
Description
Text
(Variable) Add a text field in which the text changes from label to label
during the print run, for example, a Customer Name field for an
address label.
Line
Add horizontal or vertical lines to a label.
Box
Add a box to a label.
Paragraph
Add variable text fields that are automatically split and justified at
appropriate word breaks.
Image
Add a graphic image (for example, logo) to a label. Available only if
your printer supports graphics.
Barcode
Add a barcode field to a label.
RFID
Add an RFID chip and antenna to the label. This tool is only available
when the target device for the label or tag is a Loftware-supported
RFID device.
Note: To identify a Loftware Label Manager Toolbox icon, place the cursor over the icon (without clicking the
icon) and hold it for about one second. A Tool identifier is displayed in the status bar at the lower left side of
the window.
Language Options
Selection of the default language for Loftware applications (For example, Design, On-Demand, Range) is
made during the original installation. However, there may be cases where the default language of
Loftware applications needs to change with different users.
Example
The application language is set to English during installation. This has worked well for the person doing the
installation, User A, the next logged in user, User B, and the third logged in user, User C. However, Users D, E,
and F would like the language of the Loftware applications to be displayed in their native language, French. To
change this setting for User D and the subsequent users, E and F in this case, perform the following steps:
1. Open a Loftware application such as the LLM. Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Design
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2. Select Options | Language.
3. Select Français (French) from the drop-down list.
4. Press and hold Ctrl, Shift and L simultaneously to display an added option on the dialog to set
the selected language as the default language for new users.
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Figure 3.8: Language Options
5. Select Set as default language for new users .
This changes the default application language for Users D, E, and F to French, but it does not affect Users
A, B, and C, whose application language remains English. This setting may be changed as often as
needed, but each previous logged in user’s settings are retained unless subsequently changed in the
Options | Language menu.
About Properties
Properties are characteristics that define the appearance and behavior of the fields on a label. Properties
that affect the appearance of fields include
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Font
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Point Size
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Barcode symbology
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Bar Height
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Input Prompt. Properties, which affect the behavior of fields, include the data source (operator entry, database,
incrementing field) and the data entry rules (must fill, numeric only).
Loftware Label Manager makes it easy to design and edit properties with the use of the Properties box.
Field Names
The name of the selected field is always at the top of the Properties box. If multiple fields are selected for
editing, this space is blank. You can also select a field for editing by clicking the drop down arrow on the
right side of the field name window and choosing the name of the field you wish to edit.
Field Name Conditions
The following are conditions for naming fields.
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Names must start with a letter (Alpha). Subsequent characters can be alphanumeric. Non-alpha
first characters are converted to the letter A.
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Non-alphanumeric characters (including spaces) after the first character are converted to
underscores (_)
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A name can start with "$$" as long as the third character is an alpha.
Names may contain dots (for example, customer.big); however, field names with dots cannot be
used in formulas. For more information, refer to the Data Sources section.
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Reserved Field Names
The following field names are reserved and will have the first character replaced with the letter A.
Reserved Field Names
CopyFrom
left
pages
copies
linkchar
prtnum
codea
llmqty
prtname
codeb
llmdup
rpad
codec
lpad
right
fnc1
ltrim
rtrim
fnc2
mid
shift
fnc3
mod7
quant
fnc4
mod10
uccmod10
format
mod43
version
jobname
mod212
Special Function Field Names
The following field name prefixes are used to identify fields with special functions.
Note: There are other special function field names available to Loftware Technical Support and Loftware
Professional Services.
DMFixSize - Used with Datamatrix symbols and Zebra printers. See the Loftware Knowledge Base or
Loftware Technical Support for more information.
ptfield - Used for Pass Through fields. See Pass Through Fields in this guide for more information.
Device Tool Defaults
Use the Device Tool Defaults view of the Properties box to set the default values for the properties
associated with each design tool in Loftware Label Manager Design for the duration of a design session.
The defaults are set per printer.
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To set the field Property defaults for a printer
1. Open or create a label designed for the printer type that you want to set defaults
2. Point to File | Device Tool Defaults, and select a field type.
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Fixed Text
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Text
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Paragraph
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Line
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Box
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Image
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Barcode
3. Set the default values for each of the properties by selecting from the available values.
4. Click OK to save the defaults.
The Properties Box
The Properties box is a field editing and property display tool in the Loftware Label Manager Design
application. It displays and allows you to change the properties for the field that is selected. Examples of
properties include:
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Field name
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Field height and width
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Barcode symbology
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Font category
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Font size
The Properties box allows:
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Viewing the properties of the selected field(s) in the Label Design area.
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Directly editing the properties of the selected field(s).
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Editing multiple fields simultaneously, even fields of different types (for example, a text field and
a barcode field).
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Editing is reflected instantly on your label.
From the Properties box, you can:
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View the current values for all the properties of the selected field and common properties when
you select multiple fields.
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The Properties box is useful because you view changes on your label as you enter them in the Properties
box. For example, if you change the height of a barcode in the Properties box, Loftware Label Manager
adjusts the height of the barcode on your screen immediately after you press Enter or press Tab to move
to the next property.
When you use the Edit functions (on the Edit Toolbar) or Design Tools to change the location or
appearance of a field, the Properties box immediately displays the results of your changes.
Figure 3.9: Selected Variable Text Field and corresponding Properties box
The Properties box is printer aware. The entries in the Properties box and the values that can be entered
into those properties depend on the selected printer for the label. The Properties box reflects the
capability of the printer for which you have chosen to design a label.
Note: The available symbologies vary depending on the selected printer.
Example
If your printer supports character rotation, the Character Rotate property is displayed in the Properties box.
If the printer does not support rotated characters, the property is not displayed in the Properties box.
The available sizes at which you can print barcodes match the resolution (dpi) of the selected printer.
Displaying the Properties Box Window
You can display the Properties box in a window that floats on top of your labels. When the Properties
box is open, the properties for the selected field or fields are always visible and you can interactively edit
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one field or multiple fields.
Use the View | Properties menu command to display (or hide) the Properties box.
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To re-size a Properties box, move the cursor along the frame of the Properties box until the resize
cursor is displayed, click and drag the edge in the direction indicated by the resize cursor. This
can bring properties that have been truncated into full view.
Sorting the Properties Box Field List
You can sort the order fields are listed in the Properties box drop-down field.
1. Open the Properties box.
2. Select Options | Sort Properties or right click on the Properties box field list, and select a sorting
option.
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Name | Type
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Name | Type | Data Source
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Name | Data Source | Type
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Data Source | Type | Name
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Data Source | Name | Type
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Type | Data Source | Name
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Type | Name | Data Source
The field selection drop down changes the order fields are listed.
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Figure 3.10: Left: Field list sorted by Name | Data Source | Type Right: Field list sorted by Data Source | Type |
Name
Independent and Dependent Properties
Properties: Above and Below the Line
When you are working in a text field or a barcode field, a bold horizontal line is displayed roughly in the
middle of each Properties box. This line separates the independent properties from the dependent
properties.
Independent Text Field Properties
The properties displayed above the first bold line describe independent data. These properties are
common among all text fields. Note that the last entry above the line is Font Category.
Dependent Text Field Properties
The properties displayed below the fourth bold line describe dependent data. These properties are
dependent solely upon the font style listed above the line and describe characteristics that are unique to
that particular font. When you select a different font, the dependent properties change automatically to
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match the characteristics of the new font.
Figure 3.11: Independent and Dependent properties in a text field.
Independent Barcode Field Properties
The properties displayed above the bold line are common among all barcode fields. Note that the last
entry above the line is Symbology.
Dependent Barcode Field Properties
The properties displayed below the line are dependent upon the barcode symbology that is selected from
the Symbology field. Dependent properties are unique to a particular symbology. When you select a
different symbology, the dependent properties change automatically to match the characteristics of the
new symbology.
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Figure 3.12: Properties Box for a Barcode field with Dependent Properties Outlined
Note: The horizontal line is displayed only in Properties boxes for text fields and barcode fields. Lines, boxes
and images do not have dependent properties. Non-Printing Fields
At times, you may want to create a field that does not print on the label, but is seen by a user in the OnDemand-Print Form.
Example 1
You have certain label printing instructions that you want seen by the operator keying in the label information,
but this information is not printed out on the label.
Example 2
You have a key field that draws from a database, but does not need to be printed on the label.
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Example 3
You are printing labels and want to switch the Input Prompt to be displayed in an international language to
assist the operator. Non-Printing fields may be created in two ways:
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You may select No from the Printing Field property in the Properties box.
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Fields created in the On-Demand Print Form Window are non-printing fields.
Related Information
For more information and examples of non-printing field use, refer to the On-Demand Printing section of this
guide.
Editing the Properties of a Field
1. Select the field you need to edit.
2. From the Properties box, select the property you need to edit. The current of the property is
displayed in the editing window.
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If a drop-down field is available, select from the list to make the desired changes.
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If a browse button (...) is displayed, click it to access a dialog box with more settings.
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If neither a drop-down field nor a browse button (...) is displayed for a field, you can begin
typing immediately to enter the appropriate value.
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Properties box with browse button, edit field, and drop-down field selected
Properties Box Options
Padding
Loftware Label Manager Design provides the Padding setting in the Properties box for adjusting the
location of the information in the text field on the label.
Setting
Description
None
Default option, whereby the characters begin on the left side of the field.
Zeros fill in all unused character spaces before the first character of the field.
Example
Leading zeros
The Max # Chars in the Ship_To_Name field equals 22, and the entry name
for this field is 6 characters long. With the Leading Zeros option chosen,
there are 16 zeros printed before the 6 character company name.
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Setting
Description
Leading spaces
The result is the same as outlined above, only instead of zeros, there are spaces
before the name in the field.
Trailing spaces
The result is similar to the previous option, except that the spaces are inserted
after the name rather than before.
Center with spaces
This option centers the text in the field.
Center text in the field
1. Click Padding and the drop-down box to view the options:
Figure 3.13: Properties Box displaying Padding Options
2. Select Center with Spaces from the list.
When printed, this field is centered on the label; however, there are some finer points to keep in mind. In the example, the maximum number of characters (Max # Chars) for this field is 22, and the Ship_To_
Name for this label has only six letters (ABCDEF).
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Loftware Label Manager subtracts the number of characters in the field (6) from the Max # Chars, (22),
and divides the remainder (16) by 2 (8). Thus, in this case, the field is printed with 8 spaces, followed by
the Ship_To_Name (6 letters), followed by 8 more spaces. The Ship_To_Name is centered precisely in
the field. This works great if the result of the subtraction of the Max # Chars from the number of
characters in the field is an even number. However, if the result of the subtraction is an odd number,
then the division by 2 results in a remainder. Since Loftware Label Manager does not adjust text in halfspace increments, an odd number creates a centered field that is one space off. The next figure displays
the printed results of two labels with an odd and an even number of characters.
Figure 3.14: Labels utilizing the padding centering option.
Note: The information in the field is not shown as centered when displayed in Print Preview; however, it does
print as specified.
More about Centering
The centering of text is dependent upon the type of font chosen, and the printer you are using. Some
fonts are Proportional, while others are Monospace.
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Proportional Fonts – A Proportional font is one in which each character is a different size. The spacing
is proportional to the character size. For example, five W’s take up much more space than five i's.
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Monospace Fonts – All Monospace fonts are evenly spaced. Using the previous example, the W’s and
the i's take up the same amount of space.
The Center with spaces option in Padding only works with any accuracy with Monospace Fonts. Since
the Center with spaces option is based upon the number of characters as opposed to the physical width
of the field and characters, attempting to use centering with Proportional Fonts creates unpredictable
results. The only way to know for sure whether or not a font is Proportional or Monospace is to print
with it. (Do not rely on the view on your screen.) Even though you may be able to choose one of these
options from the ‘Spacing’ property in the Properties box, the font itself or the printer may not support
the option you have chosen. Thermal Transfer printers generally have proportional fonts. A visual
example follows using TrueType fonts:
Courier New is a Monospace Font. In the figure below, the top field has 20 Max # Chars, Padding set to
“None”, and 20 W’s typed into the On-Demand Print Form. The next field also has 20 Max # Chars,
Padding set to Center with spaces, and 4 W’s typed into the On-Demand Print Form. The results are
seen as quite accurate; as the text in the second field is well centered:
Figure 3.15: Courier New font with Center with Spaces Padding Option in 2 nd Field
If the font is changed to Arial; a Proportional Font, and the same Padding options as well as the same
typing is used, the result is a field that is not centered correctly:
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Figure 3.16: Arial font with Center with Spaces Padding Option in 2 nd Field
It is to your advantage to experiment with centering using your particular printers, and using various
fonts, to see what combinations work best in your application.
Edit a Barcode Field Using the Properties Box
There are a variety of ways to edit label fields. To help you get started, two examples follow. Both
examples use the same label; so after completing Example 1, proceed directly to Example 2.
Note: Before proceeding with the example, make sure the Properties box is visible. If it is not visible, use View
| Properties to show it.
Example 1: The Barcode Field
Follow these instructions to:
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Create a new barcode field.
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Assign a name to the field.
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Set maximum character length for the barcode.
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Change the barcode line width.
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Change the X-Dimension (length) of the barcode.
Create the Barcode
1. Click the Page Icon to open a new blank Loftware Label Manager label screen.
2. Select the barcode icon from the Loftware Label Manager Toolbar.
3. Position the mouse indicator near the upper left-hand corner of the label.
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4. Click and drag in the label design area (down and to the right) until the field outline box is
approximately 1/2" high and 2" wide, release the left mouse button
Note: A Code 39 barcode (the default symbology) is displayed on the label. All dependent properties (below
the bold line) are thus characteristics of Code 39.
The selection handles show that the new barcode is selected automatically.
Change the Properties of the Barcode
Give the field a meaningful name
1. Select Field Name in the Properties box.
2. Type "PART NO."
Set maximum number of characters for the barcode
1. Select Max # Char in the Properties box. The default setting is 8 characters.
2. Type "15."
This sets the barcode’s maximum number of characters to 15. Both the barcode itself and the adjacent
human-readable text reflect this change.
Change the X-Dimension
1. Select Line: X-Dim in the Properties box.
2. Select the options arrow in the text box.
3. Select a new value for Line: X-Dim.
Note: Changing the X-Dimension also changes the Line Width property. Line Width and X-Dimension are
two different ways of viewing the same property. For UPC/EAN barcodes, the Properties box also features
Line: % Nominal, another way to view the line width of the barcode.
Note: If the barcode you have created does not fit on the label, try setting the rotation to 90º.
Example 2: The Variable Text Field
When you created the barcode field in Example 1, you also created a human readable text field at the
same time. Use the Properties box window to make changes to this field in Example 2. Follow these
instructions to:
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Move the Variable Text Field
1. Move the human-readable text field away from the barcode to provide more room while you edit
the field.
2. Select the human-readable text field.
3. When the movement cursor is displayed, while holding the left mouse button, drag the field to a
new position (slightly below its original position). Release the mouse button.
Note: You can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move fields. Multiple fields may be selected by
holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard as you select.
Change the Font
1. Select the variable text field, if it is not already selected.
2. Select Font from the Properties box.
3. Select the arrow in the text box; and then select a dot font from the list of options.
Note the change in the appearance of the font on the label.
Note: Dot fonts feature names such as 7 x 9 or 16 x 24.
Magnify the Width of the Human-Readable Text Field
You can magnify the width of the human readable field using the double-click function (a Loftware
Label Manager shortcut feature). This option depends on your font selection.
1. Select Magnify Width from the Properties box. The default magnification is 1.
2. Double-click. Note that the width of the field on the label doubles.
Using Double-Click to change a Property Value
When you select a property that features a list of options, as indicated by a down-arrow in the editing window,
you can double-click the left mouse button on the property name to advance the property to the next available
choice.
Once you are familiar with the basic purpose, layout, and editing capabilities of the Properties box, it is
easy to customize your labels. Loftware recommends you practice manipulating fields using a variety of methods, including the
Properties box as a way to develop a method that best fits your label design style.
Label Setup and Properties (Media Setup)
The Label Setup and Properties window or Media Setup is used to change the general design or your
label.
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Label Setup Tab
In the Label Setup tab, the Label Size and Orientation and Configure Label For sections present several
options:
Label Size and Orientation Section
Option
Description
Width
The width of the label stock for this label.
Height
The height of the label stock for this label.
At 0°, the label prints the same orientation shown on your computer screen. Setting Print
Print
Orientation at 90° rotates the label clockwise 90°. Other Print Orientation options are 180°
Orientation
and 270°.
Label
Options
When the Label Options button is clicked, a dialog box specific to the selected printer is
displayed. Make changes to these options as needed, and then click OK.
Figure 3.17: Label Options
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Option
Description
Manufacturer Choose a device from the drop-down list to print this label. Model
Resolution
Choose from the models displayed in the drop-down list.
For labels, the resolution at which the label prints. The available resolutions depend on
the printer model chosen above.
If you click OK and the chosen device has not been configured for the label or tag, a warning message
gives you the option of configuring the device. If you choose not to configure the device at this time, the
Label Setup and Properties dialog box closes. If you choose to configure the device now, the LLM Device
Configuration dialog box is immediately displayed. Label Properties Tab
Select the Label Properties tab to display label / tag information.
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Figure 3.18: Label Properties Tab
Label Properties Section
Option
Description
The label description gives you information about the type of label. If this is a blank label you
Label
chose in Step 1 of the Wizard, it is called a Default Label Template. If you chose to create an
Description industry-specific label Template, such as a GM or UPS Template, the name, type, size and any
other information associated with that label template is displayed.
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User Name
This is the logged on user who created the label that is currently active. This is listed as
“unknown” if this is a label carried over from a previous version of Loftware (prior to 6.1).
Label
Version
The number of times the label has been saved. Each time this label is saved, the version
number is incremented by 1.
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Option
Description
Date &
Time
The time the selected version of the label was saved.
Instance
The name of the installation environment that this label is configured for.
History Section
The History grid is not user modifiable. It provides a general record of who changed the label and
when. A list of what was changed is not available.
Option
Description
Ver
The label revisions by number.
User Name The name of the logged in user who created the label version.
Date
The date and time that the label version was created.
Instance
The installation environments that this label has been configured for.
Comments
This column displays any system comments or comments entered upon saving a label when
Allow Label Comments is selected.
Note: Label Names are always saved with the created label. If you select File | Save As and change the name of
the label, the history information of this label is removed and a message stating "New label created from old" is
added in the Comments line.
Enable Label Comments
Select Enable Label Comments to make the Label Comments window appear when this label is saved.
Page Layout Tab
Select the Page Layout tab to define multi-up page layouts and associate those layouts with your label. If
you are printing only one label per page, then this section does not have to be configured.
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Figure 3.19: Page Layout Tab
Option
Description
Select a Layout
Allows you to select a Page Layout from a drop-down list.
Layouts
Accesses the Manage Layouts dialog box, where a page layout may be added, edited,
or deleted.
Displays a description of the layout chosen in Select a Layout.
Layout
Description
Example
Selecting 4Up displays "Print 4 Labels a Page" in the dialog box.
Advanced Tab
Select the Advanced tab to select a field list, if you have created any LST files, and change Legacy
Settings for Installed Fonts, Memory, and X and Y coordinates.
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Figure 3.20: Advanced Tab in Label Setup and Properties
Design Mode Constraint Section
Field List Selection – If you have created any LST files, they are listed in the drop-down menu. Selecting
a LST file constrains the field names available to the designer to those mentioned in the list. Legacy Settings Section
Setting
Description
Additional
Installed
Fonts
This drop down box reflects any additional fonts that have been installed. The available
fonts depend on the printer selected above. The default is None.
Installed
Memory
This drop-down box reflects any additional memory that has been installed. The default is
named Default, and the choices available depend on the printer selected above.
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Setting
Description
Adjusts the horizontal printed position of the label fields in pixels
Label Home
X (pixels)
Example
If the web of your label stock is wider than the label, then you may want to adjust
this setting so that the label is printed entirely on the label, and not on the web.
Label Home
Adjusts the vertical printed position of the label in pixels.
Y (pixels)
Show
Rounded
Corners
When checked, this option displays the label stock with rounded corners in Design Mode.
Note: The label fields do not change in design view, only in the printing of the label.
Related Topics
For more information on label options specific to Loftware-supported printers, refer to the Printers and Labels
section in this guide.
For information on creating label fields, refer to Field List Creation in this guide.
For more information on creating LST files and constraining Label Design Mode, refer to Customize in this guide.
For complete information on adding or customizing page layouts, refer to the Page Layouts section in this
guide.
Open the Label Setup and Properties (Media Setup) Window
With the label open in Loftware design mode, open Media Setup. There are multiple ways to open this
window:
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Press F5
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Right-click on the label, and select Media Setup.
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Select File | Media Setup from the menu bar
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Click the label icon
located at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical rulers.
The Label Setup and Properties dialog box opens.
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Figure 3.21: Label Setup and Properties dialog box
On-Screen Label Presentation
Loftware Label Manager includes the ability to design labels in one orientation and print them in
another. For example, this methodology allows you to Design a 4 x 6 label with the 6-inch dimension
displayed horizontally on the screen, and print the same label on a 4-inch printer rotated so the 6-inch
dimension is vertical.
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Set the Print Orientation in the Label Setup and Properties window or Media Wizard.
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Figure 3.22: Label Orientation
Orientation Options
In the previous example, the label is designed right-side up, but printed clockwise at 90°. When would
you use this option? Example
If you are using a label with a color bar on one side of your label or a pre-printed label with a return address or
logo, you may want to utilize the print orientation option in order to make designing the label easier, while
printing it the way your stock dictates. Loftware Label Manager allows you to view the label with the fields such
as text in a normal, readable position as you design, and print the label in a variety of orientations.
Note: At 0°, the label prints the same orientation as shown on your computer screen. Setting Print Orientation
to 90º rotates the label clockwise 90º for printing.
Note: Clicking the Rotate Media icon does NOT change label print orientation; it only changes the label view,
aiding in designing a label right side up. See example below.
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Orientation Example
As described above, a pre-printed label is more easily designed right-side up and then printed rotated at
90° using the Print Orientation option. See following figure:
Figure 3.23: Pre-printed label ready to be designed right-side up.
When the label is presented, it is displayed vertically:
Figure 3.24: Previous Label as it is displayed when printed
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Using Label Comments
The Label Comments window is used for entering descriptions of the changes made to a label. When
you enable label comments, each time you save a label, the Label Comments window opens. This
allows you to enter a comment about the changes made to a particular version of a label.
Each time you save a label a new version number is created. Your comments are associated with this
version number.
When you save an existing label as a new label (Save As), a new label is created at version 1. The
comment "New label created from old file "file.lwl"" is automatically associated with the new version.
You can enter an additional comments when you save an existing label as a new label.
Enabling Label Comments
To require comments to be entered, you must first enable label comments from the Options | Preferences
window. You can make entering comments optional.
Entering Comments
When comments are enabled, each time you save a label, the Label Comments window opens. Unless
you have made comments optional, you must enter a comment before being able to save the label.
Promoting Labels
If you are using Label Versioning, the Label Comments window opens when you promote a label to a
new instance. You can use the comments to describe the changes made to this version of the label.
Previous comments will not be saved with the promoted label.
Viewing Label History
The Label Properties tab of the Label Setup and Properties window (Media Setup) has a History
section that allows you to view the information about each version of a label, including any comments.
Opening Previous Label Versions
If you are using Label Versioning, the Open dialog contains a Version History table.
Auditing
When you use Global Auditing, you can include comments, version, user, and date/time information in an
audit record.
Enable Label Comments
To allow comments to be entered for each version of a label, you must first enable Label Commenting in
Options | Preferences. Label Comments can be used by themselves or as a complement to Label
Versioning.
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Require Label Comments
To require comments to be entered for each version of a label, select Allow Label Comments.
1. From Design, select Options | Preferences.
2. Expand Design Options.
3. Select Allow Label Comments, and clear the Allow Empty Label Comments checkbox.
4. Click OK, and click OK again to dismiss the restart message.
5. Restart Design to activate the changes.
Label commenting is enabled and required. Each time you save a label, the Label Comments window
appears. You must enter a comment in the Label Comment field to enable the OK button, and save the
label.
Enable Optional Comments
You may want to allow your users to save a label without entering comments. Allowing empty
comments lets users save a label without having to enter a comment.
1. From Design, select Options | Preferences.
2. Expand Design Options.
3. Select Allow Label Comments, and select Allow Empty Label Comments.
4. Click OK, and click OK again to dismiss the restart message.
5. Restart Design to activate the changes.
Note: If the Allow Empty Label Comments option is selected, but Allow Label Comments is not
selected, you will NOT be prompted to enter comments when saving labels.
Label commenting is enabled and optional. Each time you save a label, the Label Comments window
appears. You are not required to enter a comment.
Enter Comments about a Label Version
When label commenting is enabled, the Label Comments window opens when you save a label.
Prerequisites
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Enable label comments.
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Design a new label, or open an existing label.
Enter Label Comments
1. Save a label. The Label Comments window opens.
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Figure 3.25: Label Comment Window
2. Enter comments on the changes made to this version of the label in the Label Comment field, and
click OK.
The label is saved, and the comment is recorded along with a new version number for the label.
View Label Comments and Information
You can view information about the changes made to a label from the Label Setup and Properties
window (Media Setup).
1. Open an existing label, and open Media Setup.
2. Select the Label Properties tab.
The properties and version history of the label are displayed.
Test-Printing Labels
In most cases, it is best to test-print a label after creating it. This allows you to check its accuracy and
general appearance.
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1. Verify that the target printer is ON.
2. Select the File | Test Print menu command or click Test Print from the standard toolbar. Alternatively, press F9 or Ctrl+P on the keyboard.
3. View the Test Print dialog box that includes information regarding other methods of printing
with Loftware Label Manager. Notice that your target device is identified in the Device box.
4. Select OK.
Your printer should produce your printed sample label exactly the way you designed it. If you wish to view the On-Demand Print Form for the label you just created, do not close the file or exit
Loftware Label Manager. Proceed directly to the On-demand Print section.
Note: Fields with check digit, formula fields, and database fields are not evaluated during a Test Print. Use OnDemand Print to get a true label with all data sources filled in.
Related Information
For information on how to configure printers, refer to the Device Connections section of this guide.
Error and Warning Messages
The following may be displayed after initiating Test Print or after changing fonts and saving the label.
View | Warnings and Errors must be toggled on to display errors and warnings.
Figure 3.26: Error and Warning Messages
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A description of the type of error or warning is displayed following the title. Some of the warnings are
primarily informational, such as the TRUETYPE warning that is displayed whenever a label with
TrueType fonts is saved or test printed. This warning does not prevent the label from being printed, but
it does let you know that the label is being printed as a bitmap, which means the printing of this label is
slower. Some of the warnings may prevent printing of the label, and must be corrected before the label
prints at all, or corrected before the label prints correctly. A common example of this is the
FIELDOFFLABEL message. When designing the label, make sure that the entire field is on the label,
including the blue selection handles. An example of an Error may be an error in a datasource formula
field, such as a circular reference, which must be corrected in order for the label to print.
Disable Warning/Error Notification
When this check box is enabled, Error and Warning Messages are not displayed. This may be helpful if
you use TrueType fonts most of the time, and you are fully aware that the printing is slower. As a
general rule, however, if this box is checked and a field is off the label (for example), this information is
not displayed, and troubleshooting the printing problem may be difficult. A good case in point would be
a field that looks like it is on the label, but whose selection handles are off the label. A lot of time could
be spent looking for this type of error, whereas if notification is enabled, the error/warning is
immediately displayed.
USB Errors
If the USB Printer is connected but the port cannot be written to, a Recoverable printer error dialog is
displayed. A printer running out of stock or out of ribbon creates this error. Once the printer error has
been cleared, click Retry to continue printing.
On-Demand Print
Some Loftware Label Manager applications require materials-handling or operations personnel to enter
label-specific data prior to a print run, usually at a data entry station. Loftware Label Manager makes
data entry easy because the system automatically:
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Creates an On-Demand Print Form each time you design and save a label file.
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Updates the On-Demand Print Form each time you edit and save an existing label file.
Thus, if you successfully designed and saved the label file, you have already created a corresponding
On-Demand Print Form. Related Information
A Client-Server version of On-Demand-Print as well as a web-enabled version is also available. Refer to the
Loftware Print Server User’s Guide for more details.
On-Demand Print: Form and Application
The following sections explain how to work with the On-Demand Print Form where the actual printing
takes place.
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Viewing/Editing the On-Demand Print Form
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Click the Switch Views toolbar icon
Demand Print Form.
, or select View | On-Demand Print Form to open the On-
Figure 3.27: Designing the On-Demand Print Form
The format for this On-Demand Print Form represents the Loftware Label Manager default settings. You
can customize On-Demand Print Forms to meet the requirements of your applications.
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Select View | Label Design to return to the label design view or you can use the Switch Views tool
from the standard toolbar to toggle back and forth between the Label Design View and the OnDemand Print Form view of the label.
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Perhaps you are printing this label in a country outside the U.S. but shipping to the U.S. You may
need to have the field name in one language and the Input Prompt in another language to
facilitate ease of data input with non English-speaking employees. Related Information
For examples of prompting and printing in international languages, refer to the International Printing section of
this guide.
To learn more about customizing On-Demand Print Forms, refer to the On-Demand Printing section of this
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Production Printing
Now that you have created a label file (label1.lwl), saved the file, test-printed it and viewed it in OnDemand Print Form View, you are ready to print a shipping label.
In Loftware Label Manager, you can choose a printing mode:
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On-Demand
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Range
This allows virtually unlimited flexibility for your barcode label printing requirements.
We continue our example by printing Label1.LWL as a simple On-Demand Print job for one
customer. On-Demand printing is where an operator uses the On-Demand Print Form we have created to
type in data and print labels as needed in the On-Demand-Print Application.
Print a Label in the On-Demand Print Application
1. Click the On-Demand Printing icon on the toolbar in Design View. Our sample label Label1.lwl is
displayed in the On-Demand print window, as shown in the previous figure.
2. Enter some information into each field on the form. Use the Tab or Enter key to move to the next
field.
3. Enter the quantity of labels to print.
4. Click the printer icon to print, or choose File | Print menu command.
Exiting the Label Design or ODP Application
Select File | Exit to leave the Loftware Label Manager label design or On Demand Print application, or
click the close button (X).
Designing a Label
This section describes designing an example label. The tutorial explains how to create a basic shipping
label, including a shipping address, a return address and a part number encoded in a barcode. The
finished sample label looks like the following:
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Figure 3.28: Finished Label
Text Fields
Fixed vs. Variable Text Fields
Your sample label features two types of text fields: fixed text fields and variable text fields.
Fixed text is text that does not change. An example of a fixed text field is the return address on a
shipping label or the "SHIP TO:" descriptor just above a customer's name and address.
A Variable text field is essentially a place-holder. When creating a variable text field, you do not enter the
text that is displayed on a printed label. Instead, you set parameters (for example the number of
characters) for a field in which the text can vary from label to label. An operator may enter actual text
later or text can be inserted from a database, ActiveX Control, or LPS pass file.
Examples of variable text fields include place-holders for Customer name, Company name, Street
Address, City, State and Zip on a customer shipping label.
Use the tools described in the table to create text fields.
Tool
Label (fixed text)
Insert | Fixed Text
Variable Text
Insert | Text
Description
Adds a text field that is a permanent part of the label,
such as a return address.
Adds a text field in which the text changes from label
to label during the print run, such as a Customer
Name field for an address label.
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Figure 3.29: Label with Fixed Text Fields Outlined
Moving Fields
Fields may be moved by these methods:
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Selecting a field and using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
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Selecting the field and dragging it with the mouse.
Creating Text Fields
Step 1: Create the Return Address Fixed Text Fields
1. Select the Label (fixed text) tool
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2. Move the mouse arrow to the upper left-hand corner of the blank label and left click
3. Type the following:
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"Loftware, Inc.," then press Enter
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"166 Corporate Drive," then press Enter
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"Portsmouth, NH 03801," then press Enter twice
Notice that after you type the first fixed text field and press Enter, Loftware Label Manager automatically
moves the cursor down to the next line so that you can enter additional fixed text fields. The font also
changes to the default font for the particular printer that you are set for. When you finish entering text,
press Enter on a blank line to end the automatic repeat function. You can also end the repeat function by
clicking on a blank area of the label or double-clicking.
Note: Fixed text fields cannot be changed to variable text fields. To do this, delete the fixed field and replace it
with a new variable one.
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Figure 3.30: Step 1 - Add fixed text fields for return address
Note: Loftware Label Manager displays fonts that are available on the selected printer. Depending on your
printer’s font sizes, your label may look different from the samples. You may also have to adjust the positions of
fields slightly by moving them.
Step 2: Creating the "Ship To" Fixed Text Field
1. Select the Label (fixed text) tool
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2. When positioning the next fixed text field, use the screen odometer to guide. Notice how the
descriptors in the screen odometer change as you move the mouse. Position the mouse so that the
screen odometer reads approximately .5, 1.0 (½ inch from the left edge; 1 inch from the top) and
left click.
Note: The position does not need to be precise. You can always reposition the text field later.
3. Type "SHIP TO" press Enter twice.
Step 3: Creating the Variable Text Fields
In the sample label, create variable text fields to accommodate the customer ship to address. Assume
that each ship-to address requires four lines of text as shown in the example below. Because the fourth
line of text features three variable fields (CITY, STATE, ZIP), you will actually create the following
variable text fields for this label:
(1) SHIP TO COMPANY NAME
(2) ADDRESS 1
(3) ADDRESS 2
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In this example, you can quickly create all variable text fields using a Loftware Label Manager shortcut
feature.
1. Select the Variable Text tool
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2. Position the cursor just beneath and to the right of the “SHIP TO:” text and click.
A default 8-character variable field is shown:
The text “12345678” is a place-holder, which shows you that the field is currently 8 characters long. The
blue boxes surrounding the field are called selection handles. They indicate that the field is selected and
may be edited by using the Properties box or mouse. Changing the Properties of Variable Text Fields
Since fields are always selected after they are created, this is a good time to change the field's properties.
By changing the properties, you can change the appearance of the text field, as well as its font, size,
length and name. This makes them easier to identify and select. Make these changes to the field you just
created.
1. Select Field Name from the Properties box.
2. Type "Ship To Company" and press Enter.
Note: After you enter the text, Loftware Label Manager changes the name to Ship_To_Company. Spaces are
not allowed in field names, and so Loftware Label Manager adds underscores in the place of spaces. Also, note
that the Input Prompt in the Properties box is identical to the Field Name you just typed. The Input Prompt
(which is displayed on the On-Demand Print Form) usually echoes the Field Name.
The default setting for maximum number of characters in a text field is 8. Because the names of
addressees usually consist of more than 8 characters, you must edit the field to ensure that customer's
names are displayed correctly on your labels.
3. Select Max # Chars from the Properties box .
4. Type "22" and press Enter.
This allows the field to accommodate up to 22 characters of an individual's name.
Change other properties like font type and size, if needed. You now have completed your first variable
text field and your label looks like the following:
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Figure 3.31: Step 3 - First variable text field
The next step demonstrates using Loftware Label Manager copy function to create additional variable
text fields.
Copying a Variable Text Field
1. If it is not selected, select the field you just created (the Ship_To_Company field) by pointing to it
and clicking the left mouse button. Selection handles are displayed around the field.
2. Move the cursor over the field until the move cursor is shown.
3. While pressing Ctrl and the left mouse button, drag the cursor to a position directly beneath the
original field (the Ship_To_Company field). Release the left mouse button and the Ctrl key.
4. Repeat the previous steps twice, positioning each new field directly beneath the previous
field. The label now shows four identical variable text fields.
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Figure 3.32: Variable fields copied using Ctrl+Drag
Setting the Field’s Properties
Set the properties for the fields you just created by selecting the fields (by clicking them) one at a time
and setting the properties.
1. Select the second variable field (it is below Ship_To_Company) by clicking. Change the Field
Name property to Address1 and assign a Max # Chars of 20 characters.
2. Select the third variable field, change its name to Address2 and assign it a Max # Chars of 18
characters.
3. Select the fourth variable field, change its name to City and assign it a Max # Chars of 16
characters.
Creating the State and Zip Code Fields
In the previous steps, we created a label where the bottom line of a customer's address consists of these
fields:
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Address1
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Address2
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City
To complete the text on our label, we will create the State and Zip Code fields.
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Creating the State Field
1. Select the City field.
2. Position a new field directly to the right of the City field, using the Ctrl+Drag copy function.
3. Change the Field Name property to State.
4. Change the Max # Chars property to 5. This entry accommodates the two-letter abbreviations used
by the US Postal Service, as well as longer province abbreviations.
Creating the Zip Code Field
1. Select the State field.
2. Use the Ctrl+Drag copy function to position a new field directly to the right of the State field.
3. Change the Field Name property to ZipCode.
4. Change the Max # Chars property to 10. This entry accommodates the standard 5-digit zip code
used by the US Postal Service, a dash and the 4 digit zip code extension, as well as longer postal
codes used outside of the U.S.
Creating the Country Field
1. Select the Zip Code field.
2. Use the Ctrl+Drag copy function to position a new field directly under the City field.
3. Change the Field Name property to Country.
4. Change the Max # Chars property to 3. This entry accommodates the standard 3-digit country
code.
When you have completed these edits, your label looks like the following:
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Figure 3.33: Completed variable text fields
Creating Barcode Fields
Many industrial shipping labels require one or more barcodes to help speed up the receiving process. To
demonstrate the barcode capability of Loftware Label Manager, we will add a barcode to the sample
label just below the shipping address. The barcode is used to identify a Part Number. A barcode may be
created by using the Barcode tool or the Insert | Barcode menu command.
Creating a Barcode Field
1. Select the Barcode tool
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2. Position the cursor about 1/2 inch below and 2 inches to the right of the Country field, and click
the left mouse button.
3. Change the barcode’s Field Name property to PartNo.
Note: When a new barcode field is added to the label, a human readable interpretive field is also shown. These
fields are treated as separate fields as far as label design is concerned but always automatically reflect the data
that goes into the barcode field. If the data for the human readable field needs to be formatted differently from
the barcode data, choose None in the barcodes Human Readable property and create a normal text field in
its place. You may then use a Formula data source to format the barcode data.
Editing a Barcode Field
Although barcode properties differ from text field properties, the methods for editing both types of fields
are the same. Up until now, we have always changed the properties of fields using the Properties box.
However, it is also possible to edit some properties by resizing the field with the mouse. To demonstrate
this, change the barcode using the mouse as follows:
To change the height of the barcode
1. Place the cursor over the top center selection handle of the barcode field. When the cursor is
positioned properly, a resize cursor is displayed.
2. Press and hold the left mouse button.
3. Drag the resize cursor straight up, about 1/4-inch; release the left mouse button.
To change the width of the barcode, use the same procedure
1. Place the cursor over the right center selection handle of the barcode field. When the cursor is
positioned properly, the resize cursor is displayed.
2. Press and hold the left mouse button.
3. Drag the resize cursor to the right until the resize rectangle jumps to the next available size;
release the left mouse button.
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Note:The resize rectangle grew smoothly when you changed the height of the barcode but jumped to the next
available size when you changed the width. In each case, Loftware Label Manager displays the next available
size for the field. Code 39 barcodes grow continuously in their height but discreetly in their width (jumping to
the next available line width or X-dimension). Loftware Label Manager always reflects on the label the way the
selected field behaves in the printer.
The Finishing Touches
To complete the example label, add one more text fields and a line. First, add descriptive text next to a
barcode field to identify what information is stored in the barcode and call it Part Number.
Adding Descriptive Text to a Label
1. Select the Fixed Text tool
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2. Position the cursor to the left of the barcode field.
3. Type: Part Number
4. Press Enter. This moves the cursor to a new line as if you were typing a second line of text (the
auto-repeat feature). You do not type a second line of text in this practice exercise.
5. Press Enter again to end the creation of fixed text fields.
The last change we are making to our label is to add a line to the label. Lines enhance the appearance
and functionality of a label by separating the label into different sections. In the sample label, add a line
between the ship to address and the part number barcode field.
Adding a Line to a Label
To create a line, use the Line Tool or use the Insert | Line menu command.
1. Select the Line tool
from the Loftware Label Manager toolbox .
2. Position the cursor inside the left edge of the label, between the bottom line of variable text fields
and the top of the barcode. Press and hold the left mouse button.
3. Drag the cursor directly from left to right across the label.
4. Release the mouse button when the cursor is just inside the right edge of the label.
5. Set the Line Thickness in the Properties box to 0.050.
6. You can also add a box to define the Ship to label fields. Select the Box tool, and use the mouse to
drag a box around the label fields.
Your completed label should look similar to the following example:
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Figure 3.34: Completed label with line separating barcode from address area
Resizing Text and Line Fields
The same principles used in re-sizing the barcode apply to the other sections of the label.
All of the fields on the label above may be re-sized by selecting a handle, and dragging the handle until
the field looks the way you would like.
You may enter numeric values for the field in the Property box. This automatically re-sizes the label as
well.
Saving a Label File
1. Select the File | Save command or select the Save icon from the Loftware Label Manager Toolbar.
2. Enter this file name in the dialog box: Label1.lwl (extension is optional).
3. Click OK. If commenting on labels is enabled, the Label Comment window opens.
4. Enter a comment describing the changes made to this version of the label, and click OK.
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Figure 3.35: Label Comment Window
Note: When you save a label file, Loftware Label Manager may display an error message listing errors that may
have occurred during the creation or editing of label fields. The most common error message informs you that a
field is partly off the label. The label may not print correctly until the errors are corrected, although you can still
save the label in its current form. If Loftware Label Manager detects one or more errors on your sample label,
check the appropriate fields. Either delete the faulty fields, and create new fields following the steps described
earlier; or edit the fields.
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Customizing Labels
This section describes techniques for customizing your label, to ensure that it meets with your design
and industry standards. Advanced barcode information is also included. Topics covered in this section include:
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Editing Multiple Fields
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Creating Multiple Barcodes
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Creating a list (LST) file for constraining field names
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Special Barcode Properties
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Fonts, Images, Lines, and Boxes
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Paragraph Text Fields
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Creating a Constrained Field List
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Printing High ASCII Characters
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Using Code 128 and MaxiCode
Editing Multiple Fields Simultaneously
Loftware Label Manager allows you to edit two or more similar fields simultaneously using the
Properties box. Follow the instructions in this section to:
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Create a field.
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Copy the field.
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Edit the properties of both fields simultaneously.
Make a duplicate field
By holding the Ctrl key, clicking, and dragging you can duplicate any object placed in the design area of
Loftware Label Manager Design.
Note: This examples in this section use barcodes, but the process is the same for fields, shapes, and images.
1. On a new blank Loftware Label Manager label, select the barcode icon from the Loftware Label
Manager Toolbox.
2. Select a starting point near the upper left-hand corner of the label.
3. Click and drag the cursor in the label design area (down and to the right) to make a barcode, and
release the left mouse button. A barcode field with its associated human readable text field
appears.
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Note: Loftware includes a Barcode Wizard that is useful in adding a variety of symbologies to your
label. Information on the Barcode Wizard may be found in the Templates and Wizards section in this guide.
4. With the original field selected (selection handles visible), move the cursor over the field until the
movement cursor is shown.
5. While holding the Ctrl key, drag the mouse away from the original barcode field.
6. Release the left mouse button and the Ctrl key.
A duplicate barcode field appears below and to the right of the original.
Select Multiple Fields
You can select any number of fields for simultaneous editing using this procedure.
1. Select the first barcode (not the adjacent human readable field) to select the barcode. 2. While holding the Ctrl key, click the duplicate barcode field (not the adjacent human readable text
field). Both barcode fields are selected simultaneously, independent of their accompanying human
readable text fields.
The Properties box displays all properties that are shared by both fields. Example
Select two barcodes and two text fields. You may see that the only properties you can change simultaneously
are:
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Pos:Top
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Pos:Left
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Printing Field
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Rotation
If the selected fields have the same value for a specific property, the value is shown in the Properties
box; otherwise, the value is blank. If the Properties box is not visible, select View | Properties from the
menu bar.
Example
If bar heights for 2 selected barcodes are not identical, the Bar Height entry in the Properties box is blank. If
you enter a new value in the bar height property, the Properties box displays the new value, and both fields
change.
You can now simultaneously edit the properties of both barcodes.
Align the Two Fields
You can align multiple fields to a specific position on the label.
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1. Select Pos: Left from the Properties box.
2. Type ".5."
3. Press Enter.
Both barcodes click into place simultaneously. The left edges of both fields are aligned at the .5-inch
position on the label. You may also use the left-alignment tool to accomplish this task.
Change the Line-Width Ratio Simultaneously
You can change shared properties among fields.
1. With two or more fields selected, select Ratio in the Properties box.
2. Choose a different ratio from the list.
Note: The ratio automatically advances to the chosen setting for both barcodes.
Facts about Fonts
Many Loftware Label Manager features are printer-dependent. In fact, the Loftware Label Manager
graphical designer changes the appearance of a label and its available fields and properties to match the
capabilities of the selected printer.
With fonts, different printers cause the Loftware Label Manager to display different properties and
available fonts. For example, standard Windows printers, such as a LaserJet printer, normally support
TrueType fonts. TrueType fonts are sized by selecting a point size. The higher the point size, the larger
the font.
Note: When you design labels with Loftware Label Manager, the characteristics of the printer determine font
capabilities in the label designer.
Loftware Label Manager supports the following font types:
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Dot fonts
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TrueType fonts
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Hybrid fonts
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Flexible fonts
In Loftware Label Manager, dot fonts, hybrid fonts and flexible fonts can be accessed by selecting Native
Fonts as the Font Category in the Properties box drop-down menu. To select Windows TrueType Fonts,
choose True Type Fonts as the Font Category.
Note: When resizing text fields, note that different types of fonts behave differently. This is because different
types of fonts have different resize rules. The design window is reflecting the capabilities of the selected
printer. It is strongly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the different types of fonts your printer
supports. You may discover that some fonts are more useful than others are, depending on the nature of your
label.
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Dot fonts
Characters printed in dot fonts are displayed as a series of dots. Dot fonts are a predetermined size and
cannot be resized. Many printers have the ability to magnify dot fonts.
In Loftware Label Manager, Dot fonts usually have names which indicate their size, such as “7 x 9” or
“16 x 22.” Dot fonts have Font Height, Magnify Height and Magnify Width properties. When you select
a dot font, you can magnify the height and the width independently of the font using the Magnify
Height and Magnify Width properties in the Properties box or by resizing the text field with the mouse.
As you change the size of the font, Loftware Label Manager updates the Font Height property to display
the height of the font. If you change the Font Height property, Loftware Label Manager automatically
changes both the height and the width of the characters to provide a normal aspect ratio.
If you want to create tall-skinny characters in a dot font, adjust the Magnify Height and Magnify Width
properties. If you want to make the text larger, but preserve its proportion, use the Font Height property.
Note: When magnified, dot fonts print with ragged edges.
TrueType Fonts
TrueType fonts are scaleable printer fonts and standard Windows fonts. You can increase or decrease the
size of the characters by selecting the size of the font (Points). You can also change the height and width
independently.
In Loftware Label Manager, TrueType fonts can be resized using Points or Char. Height and Char.
Width properties. These fonts always print with smooth edges, regardless of the degree of magnification.
More font information
Option
Description
For maximum print
speed when using
TrueType fonts
Print via a parallel printer interface, as TrueType fonts are sent to the printer as a
bitmapped image and therefore may be significantly slower than using the printer’s
internal native fonts. For printer TrueType
support
Refer to the Loftware Label Manager User Guide under your specific printer make for
information on downloading TrueType fonts to your printer. To change font size in
Loftware Label Manager
Edit the Points property or resize the field by clicking and dragging the field outline to a
new size.
Online Help
Look under specific printer type being used for information on downloading TrueType
fonts.
Hybrid fonts
Hybrid fonts are associated with thermal transfer printers and are a cross between TrueType and Dot
fonts. Like point fonts, hybrid fonts are available in a predetermined set of point sizes. Like dot fonts,
each point size can also be magnified.
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In Loftware Label Manager, hybrid fonts feature Font Height, Point Size, Magnify Height, and Magnify
Width properties. As with dot fonts, use the Magnify Height and Magnify Width properties to
independently size character height and width or use the Font Height property to change the size of the
characters while maintaining the proper aspect ratio.
Note: Most printers have an internal scaleable font that resembles a TrueType san serif font. Use this font
instead of a TrueType font whenever possible. Your labels print much faster this way.
Flexible fonts
Flexible fonts (also called vector fonts or outline fonts) can be scaled to any size and are native to most
printers. These are the best choice for quality and speed. Usually, you can size the character height and
width independently in a flexible font. Use these fonts whenever possible to achieve a balance between
download speed and print quality.
In Loftware Label Manager, flexible fonts have Character Height, Character Width and Point Size
properties. Choosing a point size sets both the height and width to a preset aspect ratio. To create tallskinny characters, make appropriate edits to both the Char Height and Char Width properties. When
printed, flexible font characters retain their smooth edges regardless of their size.
To change character size in LLM, edit the Magnify Height and/or Magnify Width properties
independently.
Note: When working with fonts, note the Spacing property. Some fonts are Monospace and some are
Proportional. In Monospace fonts, all characters are the same width. Proportional fonts have a different width
for every character. TrueType fonts are usually proportional. Proportional fonts read better on the printed
label. It is harder to predict envelope size, as it varies with the data.
If you use any of the Justify properties, it is best to use Monospace fonts. Related Information
For information about printing symbols and international characters, refer to the International Printing section in
this guide.
For more information and examples on Monospace and Proportional Fonts and spacing, refer to Creating a Label
in this guide.
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Fixed Text Properties
Property
Description
Values
The name of the field. Names must start with a
letter. Other characters can be numbers, letters,
periods, or underlines. It is important to give
your fields meaningful names.
Field Name
Field Name Conditions
For Example
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
Fixed textual information for the field. The
information in this field is static and cannot be
changed except in Label Design.
Label Text
Note: When you have configured a field
with a UTF-8 Data Format using the
Language Properties Wizard, the Label
Text property will not appear in the
Properties box. Double click on the field
to open the Edit Fixed Text property
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label to the
left edge of this field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label to the
top edge of this field.
Printing Field
Allows the creation of a non-printing field. Nonprinting fields are commonly used in formula
fields.
Text
Yes/No
0
Rotation
The direction of this field relative to the top of
the label.
90
180
270
Native
Font Category
Type of fonts that are currently displayed.
Font
Select the font type. Note that the properties
below this property may change depending on
the selected font.
Available Fonts
Language Properties
Configures the printing of selected languages
on a per field basis. Character Sets, Byte Order
and Data Format for the field can also be set
using the Language Properties Wizard.
Opens the Language
Properties Wizard
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Property
Description
Paragraph
Converts the field to and from a paragraph field.
A paragraph field contains more than one line of
textual information.
Char. Height
Specify the height of the font.
Values
Yes/No
Rotate the characters within the field. This lets
you create stacked text.
Char. Rotate
Note: Each printer handles the spacing of
rotated characters differently. The onscreen display uses typical spacing, the
actual printed spacing may vary.
Char Width
Specify the width of the font.
Inverse
Inverts or reverses the font.
Yes/No
Yes/No
Select the point size of the font.
Setting the point size sets both the height and
the width of the characters.
Points
Important: This is the distance from the
top of an uppercase letter to the bottom of
a descender (For example: A and y).
The actual height of any letter will be less than
the target height.
The spacing of letter within a font.
Using a monospace font, all characters are the
same width.
Spacing
Using proportional spacing letters take up space
depending on their actual width.
For Example
Monospace
Proportional
An i uses less space than a w. Proportional
fonts are generally easier to read than
monospace fonts.
Edit Fixed Text
The Edit Fixed Text window opens when you double-click a text field.
1. Double-click on a fixed text field in Design.
2. Enter the new text.
3. Click OK.
The text on the label and in the Label Text property is updated to the new text.
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Text Properties
In addition to the properties for a Fixed Text field, text or variable fields have the following properties.
Property Description
Values
The Data Source property specifies
Data
Source
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Where the field will get its data from.
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The rules for data entered in this field.
See
Configuring
Data Sources
Press the Ellipses (...) button to see the available data sources for this field.
The prompt that will appear on the operator data entry screen.
For Example
Input
Prompt
Text
Part Number
Item Description
Maximum number of characters that will be printed for this field.
Max #
Chars
If this field is filled in at print time, this is the maximum number of
characters that the operator will be able to enter in the data entry screen.
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None
n
Leading
zeros
For Example
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A field has a maximum length of 9 and has the pad with Leading zeros
option set.
Leading
spaces
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Trailing
spaces
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Center
with
spaces
Padding allows you to specify how the field is to be filled if the operator
enters a value shorter than the maximum allowed characters in the field.
Padding
Number
Operator enters: 1234
Data prints as: 000001234
Properties for Paragraph Text Fields
Loftware Label Manager's paragraph text field supports variable text fields. Loftware Label Manager
parses data input at print time, automatically splits, and justifies the text at appropriate word breaks.
This is useful for warning messages coming from a file or database that you want to automatically wrap
to the next line(s).
Paragraph text fields maintain the same set of field attributes supported by traditional Loftware Label
Manager text fields:
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Rotation
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Max # characters
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Font Category
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Font
Additionally, paragraph text fields support:
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Interline spacing
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Justify
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Max # lines
Figure 4.1: Paragraph Text field with the Properties Box displayed
Interline Spacing
This property determines the spacing size between lines of paragraph text. The values for interline
Spacing are: Single, Double, Triple, or Quadruple.
Loftware Label Manager determines this value from the size of the font, which is the character height in
addition to the envelope that includes the ascender (height above the character) and descender (height
below the character) spacing. For example, the total height of the envelope for the character “a” would
be the same for the character “P” or the character “g”.
Justify
This property determines what justification the paragraph is going to exhibit at print time. The
justification values are as follows: left, right, and center. As stated in the preceding font section,
Monospace fonts justify much better than Proportional fonts.
Note: Justification for Paragraph text fields is determined from the context of the size of the field, not the
context of the size of the label. Fields within the label can be accurately justified if you know the approximate
amount of data you are going to send at print time.
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Max # Lines
This property determines the maximum number of lines that a paragraph can span. This property is tied
to the Max # Chars property. It is important to determine a workable value for these two properties. For
example, if you choose 100 for the Max # Chars and 4 for the Max # Lines, Loftware Label Manager
automatically splits your data input into a maximum of 4 lines with up to 25 characters each. If there
are wide discrepancies, or variations in the amount of data sent, select the value that takes into
consideration the maximum amount. This alleviates situations where too much data is sent, causing
possible data truncation.
Note: Paragraph Text fields maintain the same set of data sources available to Loftware Label Manager Text
fields. Please refer to the Data Sources section for complete information.
Paragraph Properties
In addition to the properties for a Fixed Text field, text or variable fields have the following properties.
Property
Description
Values
The Data Source property specifies
Data Source
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Where the field will get its data from.
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The rules for data entered in this field.
See
Configuring
Data Sources
Press the Ellipses (...) button to see the available data
sources for this field.
The prompt that will appear on the operator data entry
screen.
Input Prompt
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For Example
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Part Number
n
Item Description
Text
The amount of spacing between each line of a paragraph.
n
n
InterLine Spacing
n
n
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Single space provides one blank line between each
printed line.
Single
Double space provides two blank lines between each Double
printed line.
Triple
Triple space provides three blank lines between each
Quadruple
printed line.
Quadruple space provides four blank lines between
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Property
Description
Values
Left
Justify
The alignment of Paragraph text lines.
Center
Right
Maximum number of characters that will be printed for this
field.
Max # Chars
Number
If this field is filled in at print time, this is the maximum
number of characters that the operator will be able to enter
in the data entry screen.
Max # Lines
The maximum number of lines that will be printed for the
paragraph field.
Number
Chars Per Line
The maximum number of characters that can be entered in
each line of the paragraph.
Number
Creating a Paragraph Text Field
There are two methods for adding paragraphs on your labels from the Loftware Label Manager designer:
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Click the Paragraph Tool from the Loftware Label Manager Toolbox, and then drop a paragraph
text field on your label.
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Change the Paragraph attribute in the Loftware Label Manager Properties box for a variable text
field to Yes.
Note: Field position is important to understand for paragraph text fields since the justification attributes (left,
right, and center) should be considered for all applications that utilize paragraphs.
Processing Paragraph Text Fields at Print-Time
Paragraphs are displayed within the Loftware Label Manager WYSIWYG or GUI designer. It is only
during a production print run, however, that Loftware Label Manager knows what data is going to be
processed and printed.
Not all printers supported by Loftware Label Manager have internal paragraphing capabilities.
Therefore, Loftware Label Manager automatically parses the data input at print time and splits the text
into appropriate sub-fields. These sub-fields are then justified and sent to the printer.
Images and Graphics
The Loftware Label Manager has an image importer and manipulation utility that can directly read
many popular image file formats including .BMP, .JPG, .GIF, and .TIF.
Important: If the currently selected printer does not support graphic images, the graphics creation and editing
functions are disabled.
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Supported Image Types
Note: Certain TIF and GIF files that use LZW compression may cause an error or not print correctly.
File Type
File Extension
Targa
TGA
TIF
TIF or TIFF
CALS
CAL, CALS, or RAS
GIF
GIF
MacPaint
PNT
GEM Image
IMG
Loftware IMG
IMG
Microsoft Paint
MSP
WordPerfect
WPG
SUN Raster
RAS
Macintosh PICTURE
PCT, PIC, or PICT
Windows & OS/2 BMP
BMP
PCX (Paintbrush)
PCX
LEAD
CMP
JPEG
JPG or JPEG
Portable Network Graphics
PNG
PhotoShop
PSD
Save Fixed Images in Label
You can save or embed fixed images within a label. This can help prevent changes to fixed images when
versioning labels.
Considerations
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Labels with embedded images have a larger file size than those that simply reference images.
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For each version of a label, a copy is saved on your computer or server. Embedding images could
substantially increase the file space needed.
Note: You are not required to use Label Versioning to embed images within labels.
The following options determine what happens when fixed images are embedded in a label.
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Do Not Save - Use this when you want the label to always use the latest image.
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Always Update - Automatically update the image embedded in the label if the image has been
updated on the file system.
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Prompt Before Update - Display a prompt asking if the embedded image should be updated with
the latest image on the file system.
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Never Update - Do not update the embedded image with the latest image on the file system.
Note: If Always Update or Prompt Before Update are selected and a new image is updated, you must save
the label before the embedded image will be updated.
Configure Fixed Images
Important: To use embedded images with Label Versioning, you must also Enable Label Versioning.
1. From Design 32, select Options | Preferences.
2. Expand Design Options.
3. Select one of the following options to embed images within labels.
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Always Update
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Prompt Before Update
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Never Update
Note: Select Do Not Save to disable embedding images.
4. Click OK. You must restart Design 32 before your changes will take affect.
Image Properties
Property
Description
Values
The Data Source property specifies
Data Source
n
Where the field will get its data from.
n
The rules for data entered in this field.
See Configuring
Data Sources
Press the Ellipses (...) button to see the available data
sources for this field.
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Property
Description
Values
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None
n
Floyd
Steinberg
n
Stucki
n
Burkes
n
Sierra
n
Stevenson
Arce
n
Jarvis
n
Ordered
Specify a dither method to use.
Dither Method
This property is only used with images that have more
than 256 colors. For these images, you can adjust the
quality of the image using the dither method.
Note: Because of their color pallete, some images
may appear as solid black or solid white
(invisible) unless they are dithered.
The name of the field. Names must start with a letter.
Other characters can be numbers, letters, periods, or
underlines. It is important to give your fields
meaningful names.
Field Name
For Example
Field Name
Conditions
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
The prompt that will appear on the operator data entry
screen.
Input Prompt
For Example
Text
Part Number
Item Description
Maximum number of characters that will be printed for
this field.
Max # Chars
If this field is filled in at print time, this is the maximum
number of characters that the operator will be able to
enter in the data entry screen.
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label to the left edge
of this field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label to the top edge
of this field.
Printing Field
Allows the creation of a non-printing field. Nonprinting fields are commonly used in formula fields.
Number
Yes/No
0
Rotation
The direction of this field relative to the top of the
label.
90
180
270
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Property
Description
Size: Height
The vertical span of the box.
Size: Width
The horizontal span of box.
Values
Adding a Graphic Image to a Label
1. Choose the image tool from the Loftware Label Manager toolbox.
2. Place the position marker on the label where you want the top left corner of the image to be
located. You can refer to the Screen Odometer for positioning data.
3. Click the label where you want the upper left corner of the image placed.
4. In the dialog box, select the file name of the graphic image you wish to add to the label.
Note: Loftware has some stock images in the images folder which may be used freely. If you need other
images, add them to the folder for easy access. Loftware does not provide additional images.
5. Select OK. The graphic image snaps into place on the label.
Note: The default Max # Chars for images is 12. You must increase this attribute if you plan to specify full path
names for your variable images.
The use of fixed UNC paths (\\server\location\file) to set a fixed image's data source may cause performance
issues in Loftware Label Manager Design if the path becomes unavailable.
Sizing a Graphic Image on a Label
The following steps describe how to change basic dimensions of the image area only.
1. Select the graphic image field you wish to edit.
2. Move the mouse arrow to the Properties box and select the property you wish to edit.
3. Use the keyboard and/or mouse to change the dimensions of the frame.
4. Press Enter or position the cursor outside the Properties box and click the left mouse button.
Note: The Loftware Label Manager edit functions allow you to change the basic dimensions (height, width,
rotation) of a graphic image field. To edit the image itself, use a graphic editing program such as Windows
Paint or Paint Shop Pro.
Special Properties of Image Fields
Image fields behave similarly to other types of Loftware Label Manager fields. When you select an image
field, the Properties box displays values similar to those found in other fields. To change values, follow
the same editing steps described for barcode and text fields.
Note: The default screen display for images is monochrome. If you want to display color, enable Show
Images in Color in the Options | Preferences | Design Options tab.
Two properties that are unique to image fields require special attention:
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Dither Method
Figure 4.2: Image Properties Box
Filler Image
A filler image is a representation of an image that is displayed on the screen. If the data source for the
image is fixed, then the filler image is the image that prints. For other data sources, where the actual
printed image is determined at print time, the filler image acts as a place-holder which defines the size
of your image, the dithering method and other properties.
When you select the image icon and click the label, the Loftware Label Manager displays a list of
currently available image files.
Under the system default, when an image other than the original is selected, the new image is displayed
in the same filler image area on the label. Loftware Label Manager automatically resizes the new image
to fit the dimensions of the image box. When sized to fit, however, the new image may be stretched so
that normally smooth lines are jagged. The image may be so compressed that it becomes illegible. For
example, a circle may become an oval or a square may become a rectangle.
Image Size Rule
To deal with image sizing issues, the Loftware Label Manager includes an Image Size Rule property. The
primary purpose of this rule is to control the characteristics of variable images (images which are not
specified until print time).
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When you select Image Size Rule in the Properties box and select the options button in the text box,
Loftware Label Manager displays three options.
Option
Description
Allow Resizing
This option automatically resizes a
new image to fit the image box, as
described above. The dimensions of
the place-holder always remain the
same, but the critical aspects of an
image (for example, the roundness
of a circle) may be distorted.
Preserve Aspect Ratio (default)
This option gives you the best
available rendering of an image
while keeping it within the original
image box, although the image may
not necessarily fill out the available
space in the image box When you
choose this option, a circle always
remains a circle (its circular shape is
never distorted). The image keys off
the upper left-hand corner of the
image box.
Preserve Image Size
This option ignores the size of the
filler image and prints the image to
its original file size, keying off the
upper left-hand corner of the image
box. At print time, a large image
could spill over outside the image
area and obscure other fields.
Dither Method
Loftware Label Manager automatically matches the color depth of any images you print to the target
printer; that is, you can send color images to a thermal transfer printer. For most applications, the
automatic conversion performed by Loftware Label Manager provides the best results and there is no
need to dither the image. The default Dither Method is none.
However, there are cases where you may want to specify a dither method:
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If you are using an image with more than 256 colors. Try different dithering algorithms to obtain
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If your image is shown as a black box or is not shown. Some images may disappear when their
color depth is adjusted. Dithering may allow these images to be used with Loftware Label
Manager.
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Lines and Boxes
Loftware Label Manager makes it easy for you to enhance the appearance of your labels with lines and
boxes. For example, you can:
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Separate two fields with a bold line.
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Create a frame around an image.
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Place a border around a label.
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Use the Properties box to change the characteristics of a line or box.
Figure 4.3: Label with lines, boxes and a border placed around the edge
Line Properties
Property
Description
Values
The name of the field. Names must start with a letter. Other
characters can be numbers, letters, periods, or underlines. It
is important to give your fields meaningful names.
Field Name
Field Name
Conditions
For Example
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
Line Length
The span of the line.
Line Thickness
The width of the line.
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label to the left edge of this
field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label to the top edge of this
field.
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Property
Printing Field
Description
Values
Allows the creation of a non-printing field. Non-printing fields
Yes/No
are commonly used in formula fields.
0
Rotation
The direction of this field relative to the top of the label.
90
180
270
Box Properties
Property
Description
Values
The name of the field. Names must start with a letter. Other
characters can be numbers, letters, periods, or underlines. It is
important to give your fields meaningful names.
Field Name
For Example
Field Name
Conditions
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
Line Thickness
The width of the lines that define the sides of the box.
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label to the left edge of this
field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label to the top edge of this
field.
Printing Field
Allows the creation of a non-printing field. Non-printing fields
are commonly used in formula fields.
Yes/No
0
Rotation
The direction of this field relative to the top of the label.
90
180
270
Size: Height
The vertical span of the box.
Size: Width
The horizontal span of box.
Creating a Line or a Box
Select either the Line tool or the Box tool from the Loftware Label Manager Toolbox.
1. Select a starting point on the label and press the left mouse button.
2. Drag to create the desired size of the line or box.
3. Release the left mouse button to snap the line or box into place.
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4. Select appropriate properties in the Properties box to change length, thickness, width, position, or
rotation.
Barcode Properties
This table describes the properties that affect all barcode symbology.
Property
Description
Values
The Data Source property specifies
Data Source
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Where the field will get its data from.
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The rules for data entered in this field.
See
Configuring
Data Sources
Press the Ellipses (...) button to see the available data
sources for this field.
The name of the field. Names must start with a letter. Other
characters can be numbers, letters, periods, or underlines.
It is important to give your fields meaningful names.
Field Name
Field Name
Conditions
For Example
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
The prompt that will appear on the operator data entry
screen.
Input Prompt
For Example
Text
Part Number
Item Description
Maximum number of characters that will be printed for this
field.
Max # Chars
If this field is filled in at print time, this is the maximum
number of characters that the operator will be able to enter
in the data entry screen.
Padding allows you to specify how the field is to be filled if
the operator enters a value shorter than the maximum
allowed characters in the field.
A field has a maximum length of 9 and has the pad
with Leading zeros option set.
Operator enters: 1234
Data prints as: 000001234
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Leading zeros
Leading
spaces
For Example
Padding
Number
Trailing
spaces
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Property
Description
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label to the left edge of
this field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label to the top edge of
this field.
Printing Field
Allows the creation of a non-printing field. Non-printing
fields are commonly used in formula fields.
Values
Yes/No
0
Rotation
The direction of this field relative to the top of the label.
90
180
270
Select the symbology (or type) of the barcode.
Symbology
Note: The properties below this property will change
depending on the selected symbology.
Barcode
Symbology
Other Editing Methods
Loftware Label Manager provides several methods for editing label fields. In addition to changing
values using the Properties box, you can use:
The Menu Bar
The Edit, View, Insert, Position and Options functions all allow you to manipulate fields in various
ways.
The Positioning Toolbar
The Positioning Toolbar helps you align multiple fields simultaneously. Hold your cursor over the icon
to view its function. A description of the function is also displayed in the status bar. Related Information
Toolbar buttons and their function are described in the Design Mode - Menu Bar, Toolbars, and the Toolbox
section of this guide.
Moving Fields
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Keyboard arrow method - Select a field using your mouse cursor and move it by using the arrow
keys on the keyboard. To move multiple fields, hold the Ctrl button down, click the additional
fields, and move them by using the arrow keys.
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Point-and-click method - Use the mouse to resize and move fields by using a click and drag
method. You can use this method to copy or delete fields as well.
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Regardless of the editing method you choose, changes in field properties are always reflected in the
Properties box. In other words, the Properties box automatically gives youup-to-the-minute information
about the characteristics of every field regardless of the editing technique.
Using the Lock Tool Menu Command
Use the Lock Tool menu command to make it easier to drop two or more identical fields into a label in
succession. For example, you may need to drop eight barcodes into the same label.
To activate the Lock Tool:
1. Select the Options | Lock Tool menu command.
2. Select the appropriate tool from the Loftware Label Manager Toolbox (for example, barcode).
3. Point and click in the label design area to create the first field, notice that the selected tool (for
example, barcode) remains locked down.
4. Continue to point and click until all of the fields are added.
5. Select the Options | Lock Tool menu command to unlock the Toolbox.
Modifying Fields
Loftware Label Manager provides several convenient methods for manipulating fields on your labels
that allow you to:
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Change the size of a field
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Move a field from one position on a label to another position on the label
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Select and edit multiple fields simultaneously
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Edit any property value (for example, font, symbology, height, width, or position)
In most cases, it is more efficient to use the editing capabilities of the Properties box to manipulate your
fields. Options in the Properties box allow you to make very precise edits as well as see the property
choices available for a selected field.
As you become comfortable with Loftware Label Manager, you may discover a few convenient shortcuts
using other editing methods, all of which adhere to basic Windows conventions. These methods include:
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Using menu commands
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Using the Loftware Label Manager toolbar tools
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Using the Positioning toolbar tools
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Using the mouse to move, copy and resize fields
Erasing Mistakes Using the Undo Command
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If you make a mistake when designing or editing a label, you can use the Edit / Undo command
or the Ctrl + Z shortcut key to reverse the last action.
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Loftware Label Manager has a multiple level Undo, which allows you to undo several previous
actions, depending on the type of editing you are doing.
Deleting a Field
Loftware Label Manager provides four methods for deleting a field from a label:
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Select the field you wish to delete, and click Cut in the Loftware Label Manager toolbar.
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Select the field you wish to delete; right click, and then select Cut from the Edit menu.
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Select the field you wish to delete; press the Delete key on the keyboard.
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Select the field you wish to delete; select Delete from the Edit menu on the menu bar.
Field List Creation
The Field List selection feature in Loftware Label Manager provides you with the ability to constrain the
field names on a label to a pre-defined list. This is very helpful in LPS systems where only certain data
is passed to the label. Field lists are also used for auditing what has been printed in your label. The field
names and data in the LPS pass file must match those in the label. To create a constrained list, (saved
with an LST extension) complete the following steps:
1. Open Notepad or a similar text editor.
2. Type in the field names that you would like the label constrained to. You can also specify the
maximum characters allowed for any or all of the fields. For example
Name,14
Address1
Address2
City
State,2
Zip
Part_Number,8
Part_Description
Part_Color
Part_Weight
Note: The maximum field length specified in the LST file cannot be changed in the Properties dialog.
When the maximum field length is included, the field name and the maximum field size must be separated by a
comma; spaces are not allowed.
3. Save the file in the Loftware Labeling directory with an LST extension (For Example: a_field2.lst).
4. If you are using Notepad, select All Files in the Save as Type section.
5. Click Save.
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When you click the New Label icon in LLM design, the following is displayed if there is more than one
field list available. If there is only one field list, new labels will automatically default to using it, unless
None is selected.
Figure 4.4: Field List Selection
Printing and Embedding Characters
Embedding a Symbol onto your Label Format
1. Insert a text field on your label. The text field can be a fixed field or variable, depending on
whether the information is entered at print time or always stays the same.
2. Choose True Type Fonts as the Font Category from the Properties box. Then determine which
TrueType Font you want to use on your label and indicate this as the font name.
3. Use the Windows Character Map to determine the sequence of characters to use to represent the
symbol.
For Example
If you are using Times New Roman, the sequence is Alt-0174 for the Registered Trademark symbol. Note: These must be typed from a numeric keypad.
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Figure 4.5: Character Map window
Embedding the Registered Trademark symbol onto your Label Format
1. Insert a text field on your label. The text field can be a fixed field or variable, depending on
whether the information is entered at print time or always stays the same.
2. Choose an internal font that includes the registered trademark symbol. (Look at your printer
manual under extended character sets.)
3. Enter the character sequence for this character when printing the label (based on the character
map for the internal font). For example, the keyboard ALT sequence to print the registered
trademark ® character using a Monarch printer is Alt-0174, if you have selected the ANSI Symbol
Set in Printer Setup.
Note: If you are using a database to store your information, you may be able to use the same ALT sequence to
store the desired character. Be aware that some database formats do not store or retrieve High ASCII characters
reliably.
Figure 4.6: Printing the high ASCII registered trademark character
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Note: For more information on International Character Sets, International Keyboards and configuring Loftware
Label Manager parameter settings, refer to the International Printing section.
Printing High ASCII characters using TrueType Fonts
Figure 4.7: Label with trademark symbol, a high ASCII character
The trademark symbol (™) is used in many applications. This symbol is generally not included in
extended character sets resident on thermal printers. It can be added to your label by using a Windows
TrueType Font sent as a bitmap to the printer.
Printing High ASCII characters using Internal Printer Fonts
Note: If your printer is connected to a serial (COM) port, it must be set to 8 data bits in order to access the
extended character sets.
Many applications require the registered trademark (®) symbol to be displayed on a label. You can add
the symbol by creating a graphical image in Windows Paintbrush or other graphic software. With some
thermal printers, this symbol is part of an extended character set.
Pass Through Fields
A Pass Through field allows you to fully define a label field with the field's data using printer language.
You can insert printer language directly into a field and pass commands through the Loftware native
driver directly to your printer. This may allow you greater control over a barcode, and give you the
ability to include options that may not be supported by Loftware's native driver.
Supported Field Types
You can create a Pass Through field using the following field types.
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Images with non-fixed data sources
Note: Do not use Paragraph fields for Pass Through.
Lines, boxes, and barcode and RFID human readable fields configured as Pass Through fields will be discarded
(not printed) from the label.
Set Force Max # Chars to Do Not Force Max # Chars to avoid having Pass Through commands truncated.
Supplying Data
There are no restrictions on how you populate fields with the printer commands that you want to pass
through. You could use fixed data, pass commands as part of a script, or get commands from a file. You
can even enter commands in the text of a label.
XML Files
When passing data to a Pass Through field with an XML file, you must use escape encoding, (#xhh;)
when inserting low ASCII characters. See ASCII Characters in this guide for more information.
Supported Drivers
You can use Pass Through fields on labels using the following drivers/printer languages. Consult the
Programming or Printer Language guide for your printer for information on printer commands.
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PCL5
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ZPLII
Note: Sample labels for each supported language are included in the <Program Files Folder>\Loftware
Labeling\Labels\Samples\Passthrough folder.
Loftware’s Professional Services Group can help you determine if Pass Through fields might help you
solve a particular business problem, and they can create customized Pass Through fields based on your
Loftware Print Server implementation and available hardware.
Creating a Pass Through Field
You create Pass Through fields by using a reserved field name prefix (ptfield). You can append a field
name to the prefix to create meaningful names. For example: ptfield_Aztec could be used to identify an
Aztec barcode. Using a prefix to identify a Pass Through field allows you to create multiple Pass
Through fields on a label.
Note: Sample labels for each supported language are included in the <Program Files Folder>\Loftware
Labeling\Labels\Samples\Passthrough folder. You can start by opening one of the sample labels, or by creating
a new label.
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To Create a Pass Through Field
1. Create a label, and select your printer model.
Note: Pass Through fields are supported on printers that use IPL, PCL5, and ZPLII.
2. Add a field to the label.
3. Change the field name to ptfield_ and append an identifier name.
4. Create a data source, and enter the appropriate printer commands for the field.
Pass Through in XML Files
When passing data to a Pass Through field with an XML file, you must take two additional steps when
inserting low ASCII characters in the XML.
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Use the Loftware escape encoding, (#xhh;) around the ASCII character. See ASCII Characters in this
guide for more information on using the escape sequence.
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Create a field with a script data source on the label referenced in your XML. The script field does
not need to be visible or have an actual script.
Loftware’s Professional Services Group can help you determine if Pass Through fields might help you
solve a particular business problem. They can help you create customized Pass Through fields based on
your Loftware Print Server implementation and available hardware.
Audit Files
All Loftware modules have the ability to capture label information that is requested and printed. Audit
Files are set up in Design Mode. The information gathered can be useful for tracking label production
information.
All printing activity is recorded and placed in a Loftware Label Manager subdirectory Audit. File
locations can be changed by selecting the Options | File Locations | Audit Files.
Enabling Audit Files
Select Options | Audit Setup from LLM Design Mode. If this is the first time you are using Auditing, the
Auditing Setup window appears with Disable Auditing (the default) selected. The Audit Mode Section
Option
Description
Global
Auditing
This setting allows you to set up your audit files in a specific way.
Legacy
Auditing
If you have recently upgraded from a version prior to 6.1 and used Auditing, all your settings
for Audit Files have been carried over automatically.
Disable
Auditing
This setting disables all auditing functions.
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The remaining sections of this window are used with Loftware’s Global Auditing function.
Configuring Global Auditing
Global Auditing is a customizable label reporting function which is used to generate a database of
selected label printing information. Global Auditing is field-based, and unlike Legacy Auditing which
audits all fields for all labels, only selected fields are audited. This can make parsing the data easier.
Global Auditing allows the user to audit all or some of the fields of printed labels, both fixed and
variable. The report can be uploaded to a host system, or imported into a database or spreadsheet
program.
All printing activity is recorded and saved to a Loftware Labeling subdirectory named Audit. You can
change the default location by selecting the Options | File Locations | Audit Files. Audit files are
generated for each print job.
If you have selected Global Auditing in the Audit Mode section, then the other sections of this dialog
box must be configured as well.
Enter Field Name
This section allows you to enter Field Names that are to be added to the Audit File Audited List. The
field names are the names you gave the variable or fixed text fields on your label. Type in the field name
(s) in the text box, and click Add, or press Enter. The field name is added to the Audited List.
Available List
This section contains a list of the system fields. System fields are those fields that are not usually part of
the printed fields common to most labels but are part of the system’s tracking.
Information
Description
Application
The application that printed label: For example, On-Demand, Design.
ComputerName
The network name of the computer, not the operator name
Date
The date the label request is received.
Duplicates
Number of duplicate labels produced with the same serial #.
JobName
The name of the job, only applicable for LPS users.
KeyString
The license string of the Loftware Software.
Label.DateTime
The date and time that the label was saved.
Label.Instance
The installation environment (instance) that the label is configured for.
Label.User
The user that saved the label.
Label.Version
The version number of the label.
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Information
LabelName
Description
The file name of the label file, for example “gm.lwl.”
LabelName.Id
The identification number from IBM Filenet.
LabelName.Version
The major version of the label from IBM Filenet.
PrinterName
PrinterNumber
The Printer Alias, if created, in printer configuration
The number of the printer from the Device Configuration list window.
Quantity
The quantity printed.
Time
The time the request is received. Actual time of printing may be delayed if the
system is busy.
Field Information – List Files
If you create list files (LST) to constrain the available fields in Design Mode, the content of these files are
listed in alphabetical order in the Available List in Options | Audit Setup. Multiple LST fields that have
identical field names are listed only once. The LST file can be helpful in that it prevents a misspelled
field name from being added via the Enter Field Name box, and it speeds up the creation of auditing in
general. Taking a little time up front to create these lists can time-saver in the long run. To move System fields or LST fields from the Available List to the Audited List, highlight one or more
items on the left column, and click the right-arrow button, or double-click the field(s). See the following
example:
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Figure 4.8: Global Auditing System and LST fields listed and added to the Audited List.
Audited List
This list represents the actual fields which are to be audited in chronological order. You have four
movement options available for fields displayed in this list.
Actio
n
Response
Click
the left
arrow
Moves the System field(s) back to the Available List. Only system fields are moved, not fields
that you have added via the Enter Field Name section. Any selected user-added fields are
deleted.
Click
Up
Moves the selected field(s) up one line, allowing control of the order of fields in the Audit File.
Click
Down
Moves the selected field(s) down one line.
Click
Clear
All
Clears All the fields from the available list. The System Fields are moved back in to the
Available List, and the User-added fields are deleted.
Global Audit Options
To configure Global Auditing options, click Options in the Audit Setup window. The Global Audit
Options dialog box is displayed.
Figure 4.9: Global Audit Options
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Date and Time Format Section
This section allows you to choose the format that you want the Date and Time fields displayed in the
Audit files. The drop-down lists provide different format configurations, but you may type in
configurations that are not displayed in the drop-down list as well.
Key
code
Description
d
numeric day (displayed as a single digit; for example 2)
dd
numeric day (displayed as a double digit; for example 26, or 02)
ddd
alpha day (abbreviated; for example Tues)
dddd
alpha day (full; for example Tuesday)
h
hour (displayed as a single digit; for example 2)
hh
hour (displayed as a double digit; for example 02, or 14)
mm
minute (or month, displayed as a double digit; for example 45 or 06.)
mmm
month (alpha-abbreviated; for example Mar)
mmmm
month (full alpha spelling; for example March)
ss
second (displayed as double digit, for example32, or 08)
yy
year (displayed as double digit, for example 03)
yyyy
year (full display, for example 2003)
WW
week no. (Loftware uses the first 4-day week as week 01. Weeks start on Monday)
JJJ
day no. (Julian calendar, for example, Jan 1 = Day 001)
Date/Time Option Examples
Custom Format
Printed
mm/dd/yy
Program default = 11/13/03
d-mmm
13-Nov
d-mmmm-yyyy
13-November-2003
ddmmyy
131103
h:mm:ss
4:15:55
hh:mm:ss
Program default = 04:15:55
m*d*yy
11*13*03
Hour Format
Either 12HR or 24HR (Military Time) are available.
24HR displays 2:00 p.m. as 1400 hrs.
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Label Name Path Section
If you would like the full path to the label displayed in your Audit File, select Full Path. By default the
full path is not displayed in the Audit File. The full path to the label may look something like:
C:\<Program Files Folder>\Loftware Labeling\LABELS\Label1.lwl, whereas if this option is unchecked,
the path would be: Label1.lwl.
Create New File Section
The options listed in this section give you control over the way in which new Audit files are created.
Option
Description
Daily
If this option is chosen, a new audit file is created every day. This is the default
option and may be a viable choice for those who are trying to monitor what
products, companies or labels are being generated on a daily basis.
Size over
This option allows continuation of the file until a user-defined size has been
reached. Perhaps 1MB is approximately 1 week’s worth of labels, and you want to
keep a weekly count (more or less) of labels, then this choice may work well for
you.
Single File
This option creates a single audit file which is added to every time a label is created.
Note: Use caution with these options, so the Audit File does not grow too large.
File Naming Section
Type in the first part of the file name in the text box. The file name displayed below the text box is
dependent upon when you have chosen to have a new file created.
For Example
If you have selected Daily in the Create New File Section, and typed in the naming convention Shipping.CSV,
the resulting file name is Shipping_13NOV03.CSV. If you chose the Size over option , the resulting file name is Shipping_001.CSV. If Include Header is selected, then a header containing the names of the audited fields is written at the top of
the audit file. Including a header in your CSV files is most helpful when reviewing your audit files, especially if
you are importing your files into a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.
Delimiter Section
The are three options in this section. The choice made determines how the data in the Audit File is
separated. Comma delimited is the default and is the most commonly used delimiter; however, you
may choose Tab, or create a delimiter by choosing Other and typing in the desired symbol. Example Audit File with a Header and Comma Delimitation
Date,_Sys_LabelName,_Sys_ComputerName,Part_Number, Color, Description,Kanban,Qty_
Shipped,Ship_Weight,FDTNo
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11/13/03,Ford.lwl,Mark2000,F4000,Black,LDoorhandles,,250,75,FDT2x
11/13/03,Toyota.lwl,Mark2000,T355,Black,LDoorhandles,,250,80,
11/13/03,GM.lwl,Mark2000,G80,Silver,LDoorhandles,H28456739,250,75,
11/13/03,Ford.lwl,DonXP,F6000,Black,RDoorhandles,,250,75,FTD4x
11/13/03,Toyota.lwl,DonXP,T8000,Blue,RDoorhandles,,250,80,
11/13/03,GM.lwl,DonXP,G70,Silver,RDoorhandles,H28456740,250,75,
The previous example displays printed automotive labels. The header of the audit file displays the name
of the fields that have been added to the Audited List. The list below the header displays the data within
each of the named fields. In this case, each of the labels have some similar fields, but not all the fields
are found on each label. If a field designated for auditing is not a part of a label, a comma is added as a
placeholder. The audit file can easily be transferred into an Excel spreadsheet, and in a future version of
Loftware, the file may be written to an ODBC datasource as well.
Additional Global Auditing Information
Option
Description
Labels with Layouts
Loftware Auditing produces a separate audit record for each layout label
instead of one long record of the layout labels.
Images
Use image file name instead of image data itself, for example, csa300.pcx
Non-Printing Fields
You do have the ability to include Non-Printing fields in your Audit File. Adding an operator name, for example, would help in keeping track of
that individual’s daily part production.
Fixed Fields
Fixed fields may also be added to the audit file list. Perhaps a fixed
division number is printed on a particular label, and adding this field
would keep a per-division count of labels and the included pertinent
data.
Security
Under Options | Preferences | Security in Loftware Design Mode,
Administrative locking of Audit Files with the addition of a password is
possible.
Related Information
For other auditing options, refer to Global Auditing in this guide.
If you are using the LPS, see the Housekeeping Tab section of the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide for
information on managing the size of audit files.
Review the CSV rules found in the Loftware Print Server section of the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
Legacy Auditing
To use Loftware’s audit function as it was before version 6.1, then select Legacy Auditing.
Why would you use Legacy Auditing? Perhaps you have already set up a program to parse the data
from your auditing setup, and things are working well.
Changing Legacy Auditing
If you want to change the Legacy settings, choose Legacy Auditing in Auditing Setup and click Options
to make the changes. Audit files are generated for each print job, retained on a daily basis and have
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these characteristics:
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Audit file names are in the format mmmdd_yy.txt (The .txt extension ensures easy file import into
spreadsheet and database applications.)
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Barcode fields have two Audit file entries, one for the barcode data and the second (fieldname.
HR) for the human readable data.
Examples of Audit files
Produced after printing two different records from the On-Demand Print Module. AUDIT.LWL was the label
format used. Note: Status conditions of all printing are reported.
Example 1
Default Audit settings in the Audit File: name is Jan22_03.TXT
Wed Jan 22 08:45:17 2003,RL00001048,App:ODP,C:\AUDIT.LWL:PRINT
DATA:,Barc0000=12312312,Barc0000.HR=12312312
Example 2
Show Print Requests and Show Print Status enabled in the Legacy Options dialog box ; name is Apr22_02.TXT
Wed Apr 22 08:52:34 2003,RL00001048,App:ODP,C:\AUDIT.LWL: REQUEST: Printer:1
Quantity:1 Duplicates:1
Wed Apr 22 08:52:36 2003,RL00001048,App:ODP,C:\AUDIT.LWL: STATUS: Native; StatusId:0
ErrorId:0 ErrorString:
Wed Apr 22 08:52:36 2003,RL00001048,App:ODP,C:\AUDIT.LWL: PRINT DATA:
Barc0000=12312312,Barc0000.HR=12312312
Parameter File Settings for Audit Files
To control the amount of data output to the Audit Files, adjust the parameter file settings from the
Legacy Audit Options dialog box:
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Show Print Requests and Statuses in Audit Files
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Show Print Statuses in Audit Files
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Show Printed Data in Audit Files
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Show Non-Printing Data in Audit Files
Note: The Show Non-Printing Data in Audit Files only shows non-printing data for Zebra labels.
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Don’t Audit Fixed Fields
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Label Versioning
If Label Versioning is turned on in your system, changes made to individual labels are numbered and
tracked.
Label Comments
Label comments can be used to communicate changes made to a specific version of a label. While not
required, label comments can be used with Label Versioning to help with change tracking. You can
require comments or make them optional when you enable label comments.
Note: If you were using Label Comments previous to using Label Versioning, any comments you made prior to
enabling Label Versioning will not be visible from the Open dialog. You can view previously entered comments
from the Label Setup and Properties dialog.
Fixed Images
While images are not separately version tracked in LPS or LLM, you can chose to embed fixed images with
a label file.
Promotion
Promotion is the act of moving a label from one versioning-enabled instance to another versioningenabled instance. One example is moving a new label into a Production environment (LPS) from a
Development environment (Design).
In order to promote a label, you must be logged into the system you are promoting from as a user with
access to the folder to which you are promoting. Typically this means that the user promoting should be
a member of the Loftware_Group user group on the system to which the label is being promoted.
Using with Existing Labels
With Label Versioning on, when you save previously created labels, the version number increments
from the last version saved. For example, if you saved five revisions of a label prior to turning on Label
Versioning, when you next save the label, the version number will be six. You can view information
associated with the previously created version from the Label Setup and Properties dialog.
Enable Label Versioning
You can enable Label Versioning from the LLM-WIN32 Preferences window.
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1. From Design 32, select Options | Preferences or press F8.
2. Expand Design Options.
3. Select Allow Label Versioning.
You can use Label Comments with Label Versioning.
See the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation and Configuration Guide for information on
configuring Instances to use when promoting labels.
Manage Previous Versions of a Label
You can use previous versions of a label to:
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Create a new label based on a version of an existing label.
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Revert an existing label to a previous version.
Prerequisites
Enable Label Versioning
Open a Previous Version
1. Select File | Open. The Open dialog appears.
2. Double click the version you want to open from the Version History table.
Note: Label versions created prior to Label Versioning being enabled are not available.
3. A message will appear indicating that you are opening a version controlled label. Click Yes to
open a read-only copy of the label.
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Figure 4.10: Open dialog with previous version selected
Save Previous Version as a New Label
1. Select File | Save As, and enter a name for the new label.
2. Click OK. If Label Commenting is enabled, the Label Comment window opens.
3. Enter a description of the new label in the Label Comment field.
4. Click OK.
Revert an Existing Label to the Previous Version
1. Select File | Save As, and select the existing label that you want to revert.
2. Click OK. The Confirm Save As window opens.
3. Click Yes. If Label Commenting is enabled, the Label Comment window opens.
4. Enter a description of the reason you are reverting to a previous version, and click OK.
Promote a Versioned Label
Use these procedures to move a versioned label from one instance to another.
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Prerequisites
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Enable Label Versioning on both systems.
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Configure Instances for promotion.
See the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation and Configuration Guide for more information on
configuring instances.
See the Loftware Print Server User Guide for information on promoting labels using a command line utility,
LWVersionUtility.
Promote a Label from Design
1. Open the label that you want to promote in Design.
2. Select File | Promote, and select the instance to which you want to promote the label. If Label
Commenting is enabled, the Label Comment window opens.
3. Enter a description of the reason you are promoting this label, and click OK.
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Using RFID with Loftware Label Manager
Loftware's RFID resource offers the ability to design and create EPC RFID Smart Labels, enabling
implementation of mandates set forth by Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense. It provides the mostcommonly used EPC encoding schemes for transparently programming RFID inlays embedded in label
substrates. Loftware allows encoded smart labels to be driven to many supported UHF RFID printers. Loftware extends its RFID solution to utilize RFID tag block data structures and support EPC and DoD
data constructs for both HF and UHF schemes. Memory on RFID smart labels is segmented into blocks. Depending on the tag type, blocks can vary in number and size. Loftware addresses these differences by
providing access to each block to accommodate additional data. Data can be written for supported UHF
and HF labels on a block by block basis.
With businesses poised to tackle migration to Generation 2 tag types while maintaining a multi-protocol
RFID environment, Loftware extends support for UHF Class 1 Generation 2 tags (C1G2). Loftware
provides access to C1G2’s expanded block structure that includes a higher level of security. It has added
several RFID printers that support the C1G2 protocol to its device line.
This section guides you through creating RFID smart labels. It demonstrates block configuration using
EPC or DoD construct. It includes many examples with sample data to help you through the learning
curve and to get you up and running quickly. Keep the following in mind as you expand your tracking system to include RFID:
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encouraged, specific knowledge is not needed. All EPC/DoD intricacies are handled
automatically.
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Although normal barcode labels can be printed on any printer with any license, the Loftware
Premier Plus RFID is required to enable the programming of RFID Smart Labels.
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You must have a Loftware-supported RFID printer to print a programmed RFID smart label.
Setting up RFID Labels
When setting up RFID labels in Loftware, you need certain information in order to choose the right
options from the different Loftware dialogs. These include:
What is the target RFID device?
For RFID labels, this is a Loftware-supported RFID printer that will print the labels.
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In order to encode data on RFID labels, an RFID device must support specific RFID commands. Some
RFID devices exclusively support UHF tag types. Some printers support only HF tag types; a few
support HF and UHF tag types. What is the Tag Type?
The available choices depend on the selected target RFID device. Tag Type determines the number and
the size of user-programmable blocks. Supported UHF Gen 1 tag types
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UHF 64-bit Class 1
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UHF 96-bit Class 1
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UHF 96-bit Class 0+
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UHF UCODE EPC 1.19
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UHF ISO 18000-6B
Supported UHF Class 1 Gen 2 tag types
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Impinj UHF Gen2 (Monza)
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TI UHF Gen 2 (Dallas)
Supported HF tag types
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Philips HF I-Code
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Philips HF I-Code ISO 15693
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TI HF Tag-it
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TI HF Tag-it ISO 15693
What type of tag display will the data be written to?
This is the actual physical tag that will be programmed and attached to the item. The available choices
depend on the selected target RFID device. The choices include the following.
Alien 9334
Alien Castle
Alien I2 Tag
Alien M Tag
Alien OmniSquiggle
Alien Squiggle
Alien 96 bit Squiggle
Alien Gen 2
Squiggle
Avery AD410
Avery AD220 Runway
Avery AD 420
Avery AD612
Avery AD620 Triflex
Avery AD622
Avery AD812
Avery AD820
Generic
Transponder
Impinj Gen 2 (Monza)
Banjo
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Impinj Gen 2 (Monza)
Propeller
Impinj Paper Clip
KSW Excalibur
KSW Templar Gen2
Omron Wave
Philips I-Code
Philips I-Code ISO 15693
Rafsec 3000734
Rafsec 3000888
Rafsec Dogbone
Rafsec Frog
Rafsec Psychedelic
Rafsec Short Dipole
Rafsec Square
Dipole
RFIdentics Flexwing
RSI Jumping Jack
Symbol Four T
Symbol Trident
Symbol X1060
Symbol X2020
TI Gen 2 (Dallas)
TI Tag-it
TI Tag-it ISO
15693
What type of data will be encoded?
This is the EPC or DoD Encoding Type or the URI data. Each encoding type has its key benefits and
reasons for usage. Each requires specific information that you may or may not have on hand, for
example, a Company Prefix number, a Serial Number. Class 1 Gen 2 tags require a 96-bit EPC identifier;
64-bit encodings cannot be used.
HF and UHF RFID
Loftware supports HF and UHF encoding schemes. This utilizes block structures of HF and UHF tags,
which can vary, not only from one frequency to another, but many times from one tag type to another. We encourage you to refer to external sources for more information on the different RFID tag types.
Loftware usage depends on the types of labels you wish to encode. Most RFID systems in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band operate between 868 and 930 MHz. Loftware supports tags that comply with EPCglobal and DOD coding standards for UHF. They include
UHF 64-bit Class 1, UHF 96-bit Class 1, UHF 96-bit Class 0+, UHF UCODE EPC 1.19, or UHF ISO 180006B. Loftware also supports UHF Class 1 Generation 2 tags. Tag types differ in the block layout as shown
in the table below.
UHF Tag Type
Loftware Configurable Blocks
2 blocks:
UHF 64-bit Class 1
PC- (Pass Code) - block size = 1 byte
(Refer to Block Configuration for more information on the PC block.)
EPC - block size = 8 bytes
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Loftware Configurable Blocks
2 blocks:
UHF 96-bit Class 1
PC- (Pass Code) - block size = 1 byte
(Refer to Block Configuration for more information on the PC block.)
EPC - block size = 12 bytes
3 blocks:
UHF 96-bit Class 0+
KC - (Kill Code) - block size=3 bytes
EPC- block size=12 bytes
USR - block size=13 bytes
UHF UCODE EPC 1.19
1 block
#0 - block size = 12 bytes
UHF ISO 18000-6B
1 block
#0 - block size = 200 bytes
UHF Class 1 Gen 2
4 blocks
AP – 4-byte Access Password
KP – 4-byte Kill Password
EPC – 12 bytes
USR – 32 bytes
Table 5-2: UHF Tag Types and Block Layout
EPC Class 0+, Class 1 Gen 1
EPC Class 1 Gen 2
EPC data allocation
64 - 96 bits
96 bit EPC
Security
8-bit password
32-bit kill password (KP)
32-bit access password (AP)
Table 5-3: Comparison between Gen 1 and Gen 2 Tag Types
In addition, the C1G2 specification allows for expanded data structures in a user-defined memory bank. C1G2 tags have four banks of non-volatile memory: Reserved Memory, EPC Memory, TID Memory, and
User Memory.
Reserved Memory – holds the tag’s passwords: a 32-bit Kill password that allows a tag to be
permanently disabled, a 32-bit Access password that allows a tag to transition to a secured state.
EPC Memory – contains a 16-bit CRC, a 16-bit Protocol Control, and an EPC.
TID Memory – Tag ID memory contains the tag manufacturer, model number, and other information
added by the manufacturer (for example, the tag serial number).
User Memory – optional memory area – contains user-specified data.
Loftware allows access to C1G2 tag’s Kill Password (KP), Access Password (AP), and EPC memory
blocks.
RFID labels can be created in Loftware using the following tag types.
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UHF 96-bit Class 0+
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UHF UCODE EPC 1.19
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Tag types available depend on whether these are supported by the target RFID device. Supported High Frequency (HF) tag types include the Philips HF I-Code, Philips HF I-Code ISO 15693, TI
HF Tag-it, and TI HF Tag-it ISO 15693. HF Tag Type
Configurable
Blocks
Other Available Block Configuration
Settings
Philips HF I-Code
11 blocks:
blocks 5 to 15
block size = 4 bytes
each
Lock Tag After Writing, Overflow, EAS, AFI
Philips HF I-Code ISO
15693
28 blocks:
blocks 0 to 27
block size = 4 bytes
each
Lock Tag After Writing, Overflow, EAS, AFI,
DSFID
TI HF Tag-it
8 blocks:
blocks 0 to 7
block size = 4 bytes
each
Lock Tag After Writing, Overflow
TI HF Tag-it ISO 15693
64 blocks:
blocks 0 to 63
block size = 4 bytes
each
Lock Tag After Writing, Overflow, AFI, DSFID
Related Information
Refer to the section on RFID Devices and Tag Types in the Printers and Labels section.
RFID Standards
Several organizations are involved in drafting specifications for RFID applications. EPCglobal® has
focused its work primarily in the UHF range. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has mandated that
its suppliers encode RFID tags using EPCglobal or DoD tag constructs. GS1 EPCglobal Standards
Loftware follows the standards set forth by EPCglobal US, which is a subsidiary of GS1 US (formerly
Uniform Code Council (UCC)). EPCglobal US creates the global standards which are necessary for
tracking goods through the supply chain using RFID labels.
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EPCglobal US standards and the equipment used to produce the RFID labels are still evolving. The next
table lists the standards that were followed during the development of the Loftware RFID
functionality. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the specifications associated with these
standards for your reference. As the standards evolve and new equipment becomes available, Loftware
remains committed to providing service packs and new releases to keep up with these changes. Please
check the online documentation on the Loftware Web site often for the latest changes.
Standard
Source
EPC Tag Data Standard
GS1 Web site
Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
GS1 Web site
Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
GS1 Web site
Global Location Number (GLN)
GS1 Web site
Global Individual Asset Identifier (GIAI)
GS1 Web site
Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI)
GS1 Web site
EPC Class 1 Generation 2 UHF Air Interface Protocol
Standard
GS1 Web site
EPC Application Level Events (ALE) Specification
GS1 Web site
Links current as of September 15, 2011
Table 5-5: Specifications used by Loftware for calculating EPC RFID codes
DoD RFID Requirements
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has defined requirements and guidelines related to RFID tagging of
shipments that its suppliers must follow. The DoD standards are available from the following online
resources:
Standard
Location
DoD Suppliers’ Passive RFID Information Guide
http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/rfid/r_suppliers_
guide.html
Passive UHF RFID Tag Specifications &
Requirements
http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/rfid/index.htm
DoD EPCglobal
DoD non-EPCglobal
Table 5-6: Resources for DoD Specifications
The DoD Guide explains how suppliers can encode tags using either the EPCglobal tag data construct or
the DoD tag data construct. The choice depends on whether or not a supplier is a member of EPCglobal
(or plans to join EPCglobal). Refer to the DoD Encoding Type section for additional information.
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ISO Standards
ISO/IEC 15693 was originally intended to define the way RFID Contactless Integrated Vicinity Cards look
and communicate. The standard has been adopted by major RFID companies as a guideline for
transponders. The specifications it describes include transmission parameters and protocol. Its command
set covers reading, writing, and locking data for single and multiple blocks.
ISO 18000 deals only with air interface protocol, the rules that govern how tags and readers
communicate. Where EPC defines coding structure, Object Naming Service, physical implementation of
tags and readers, and air interface, ISO 18000 is not concerned with data content or structure or the
physical implementation of tags and readers. Tags made according to ISO 18000 are simply able to carry
EPC data.
The ISO/IEC 15693 and ISO 18000 standards are available from the ISO Web site.
Loftware RFID Concepts
The following concepts will help you in using the Loftware RFID functionality. Please take the time to
read these sections of this guide before continuing with RFID encoding.
Configuring RFID Devices
Data Sources for RFID Fields
RFID Devices and Tag Types
Loftware RFID Requirements
RFID License Requirements
In order to use Loftware's RFID capabilities, you must have the appropriate license. You may view your
license from the Help | About screen in Loftware Label Manager. To reiterate important RFID license information about using the Loftware RFID functionality:
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You must have the Loftware Print Server Premier edition with the RFID option.
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You must have an RFID Printer license to print RFID Smart Labels. You may use an RFID Printer
license to drive a non-RFID printer, but not vice versa. Please contact Loftware's Customer Service at (603) 766-3630 to purchase the RFID Solution or additional
RFID printer seats.
Related Information
Refer to the Loftware End User License Agreement for more information. A PDF of this document is available at
the root level of your installation CD or download package.
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supported RFID devices can be found in the Printers and Labels section of this guide, as well as on the
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example, most manufacturers have several settings for retry or overstrike.
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can to better familiarize yourself with the hardware.
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that can be set via the software for the target RFID device. However, the documentation that
comes with your device should be your primary source of information.
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The Printers and Labels section also has information on Loftware RFID Devices and the Tag
Types each supports.
Creating RFID Smart Labels using the New Media Wizard
This section describes how to set up RFID smart labels. 1. Select File | New. This launches the New Media Wizard which will guide you through the stepby-step process of creating a new label or an RFID label.
2. From the Welcome screen, click Next. This opens the Media Type Selection page of the New
Media Wizard.
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Figure 5.1: Select the Media Type
3. From the Select Media section of the New Media Wizard, select New RFID Label. Click Next.
Select a Template Type
1. Select a template type:
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Select RFID Compliance Template Label if you wish to pattern your label after an existing
template.
2. Click Next after selecting the template type.
Select an RFID Target Device
1. Select a Target Device for your label. For RFID Smart Labels, this is an RFID printer that will print
the label that you design. Note: The Manufacturer list is limited to Loftware-supported RFID printer families. Selecting a Manufacturer
further limits the list of RFID printers to Models belonging to the selected printer family.
2. Select an RFID printer Manufacturer and Model. Click Next.
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Set Field and Media Options
Create a Blank RFID Label
1. In the Field List Selection section, the default None is the only selection available unless there is
an LLMFIELD [.lst] file in the main Loftware folder. LST files provide a means of constraining the
field names on a label to a pre-defined list. If LST files are available, these are listed in the dropdown list. 2. Select Tag Type – This lists the tag types supported by the target printer you selected in step 5. In
order to encode data on RFID smart labels, RFID printers must support specific RFID commands. Some RFID printers support encoding to specific UHF tag types. Others will write only to specific
HF tags. A few support specific UHF and HF tags. Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types
section of the Printers and Labels section for a list of Loftware RFID devices and the tag types
each supports. Note that you can change the tag type after the label is created from the RFID
field’s property sheet.
3. Select Tag Display –These are the tangible tags that will be programmed to store the data and
then attached to items. Note: You can change the tag display after the label is created from the RFID field’s property sheet.
4. Enter the height and width of the label stock for the target printer. As you change the dimensions
of the label, they are reflected in the Preview section.
5. Set the orientation for this label. The default is 0º. Click Next. Information on print orientation is
found in the On-Screen Label Presentation section.
Select an RFID Compliance Template
1. Select the compliance template you want to use from the list. When a selection is made, a
preview and a description of the template are displayed. 2. Click Next.
Note: Compliance templates provide a quick starting point for designing a label. Loftware includes a number of
pre-built templates that you can use as is or as a starting point for your new label. You can customize your own
template and add it to the template selections. New Media Wizard Summary
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A summary of your selected settings is displayed. Click Finish to finalize.
An RFID antenna icon is automatically dropped on the label. If you selected to use a compliance
template, there may be other fields on the label.
The antenna icon is merely a placeholder for the RFID field. This allows you to view its approximate
location on the label, making it easier to design other fields around it. Check its location on the label as
you may need to move it up or down, depending on your particular label stock. You may also change
the Tag Display property to better reflect the physical characteristics of your label stock.
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You can now set properties and define the data source for the RFID field. You can also add other fields
on the label.
Note: If you have not configured the target printer for this label, when you specify label settings in Media Setup
(F5), a warning is displayed.
Converting a Barcode Label to an RFID Smart Label
Converting an existing barcode label to a RFID Smart Label can be a simple process. The example below shows a label with the normal address fields and a barcode that has a GS1 (UCC)
assigned Company Prefix and an Item Reference Code. The combination of the Company Prefix and Item
Reference Code forms the basis for GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number) product identification. GTIN, together with the Serial Number, is used in the SGTIN (Serialized GTIN) specification. You will
need serial number information to convert the barcode label to an RFID smart label using SGTIN
encoding.
1. Use File | Open to bring up the label in Design mode. It may look similar to the following figure:
Figure 5.2: An example barcode label
2. Before you can add an RFID field to the label, you must specify the target RFID printer. Right click
the label and select Media Setup from the popup menu (or press F5).
3. Select a target printer Manufacturer and an RFID printer Model from the Label Setup dialog. Click
OK.
4. If the selected printer has not been configured, you will be alerted and given the choice of doing so
or of configuring it at a later time. A warning message may also tell you of changes to the label
needed for the selected target printer.
5. Add the RFID field by selecting the antenna tool button and then click its location on the label.
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This places an antenna icon on the label.
6. To configure the RFID field, refer to the SGTIN section Example 3 for the next steps.
Data Sources for Label Text Fields
Any field available on the toolbox, except another RFID field, can be added to an RFID smart label. In
addition, you can utilize data sources other than the Keyboard to obtain values for the text fields. The following examples demonstrate deriving data values from sources other than the keyboard. Automatic Incrementing Example
In this example, a label includes a barcode field that contains the Item Reference value. The Serial
Number value is set to automatically increment for each label that you print from a starting value that
you specify.
1. Load or design the label. 2. Using the tool, add ItemReference and SerialNumber variable text fields. 3. Add a barcode field to the label, and name it ProductCode.
4. Set the following ItemReference – Formula fields.
a. Set the Data Source to Formula.
b. Select the Mid-String operation in the Formula data source.
c. Select the field name of the barcode field (ProductCode).
d. Set the 2nd value of the Mid-String Operation to 7.
e. Set the 3rd value of the Mid-String Operation to 5.
Note: This field automatically gets the 5 digit ItemReference field starting at position 7 in the ProductCode
barcode field. If the ProductCode value is 09401234567894, the extracted ItemReference value would be
34567.
5. Set the following SerialNumber – Serial Number.
a. Set its Data Source to SerialNumber.
b. From the Data Source dialog, click Edit. c. Set the attributes to
n
Numeric Only
n
Increment by 1
n
Length of 8
n
Starting value of 10029343.
Note: This value automatically increments the 8-digit Serial Number, starting at 10029343 for every label you
produce.
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In this example, values for the ItemReference and SerialNumber fields on the label are obtained from a
database.
1. Create and populate a database that include fields for the 5-digit ItemReference and 8-digit
SerialNumber. Set the ItemReference field as the primary key field. This will serve as the look-up
field for the database.
2. Set an ODBC connection to the database.
3. Using the label you just created above or a similar label with the same fields, select the
ItemReference field. Click the Data Source browse button (...) to access the Data Source
dialog. Change its data source to Database-Key.
a. Select the ODBC Data Source name of the database you just set up in steps 1 & 2. Select the
table containing the values, if there is more than one table in the database.
b. From Field, select the ItemReference field.
c. Click OK.
4. Follow the same steps to set up the data source for the SerialNumber field, but set its data source
to Database-Data.
These are just a few ways you can obtain values for fields on your RFID Smart Label.
Related Information
Refer to the Data Sources section for more information.
For information on how to connect to your database using ODBC, refer to the ODBC section if needed.
RFID Field Properties
Property
Data Source
Field Name
Description
For RFID fields, the choices are limited
to Keyboard and Block
Configuration. Refer to Data Sources
for RFID Fields in this section for more
information.
The name of the field. Names must
start with a letter. Other characters can
be numbers, letters, periods, or
underlines. It is important to give your
fields meaningful names.
Values
Block Configuration
Keyboard
Field Name Conditions
For Example
Gross_Weight
Total_pieces
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Property
Description
Values
The prompt that will appear on the
operator data entry screen.
Input Prompt
For Example
Text
Part Number
Item Description
Maximum number of characters that
will be printed for this field.
Max # Chars
If this field is filled in at print time, this
is the maximum number of characters
that the operator will be able to enter
in the data entry screen.
Number
Note: Max # Chars is only available
for Keyboard data sources.
Pos: Left
Distance from the left edge of the label
to the left edge of this field.
Pos: Top
Distance from the top edge of the label
to the top edge of this field.
Tag Display
These are the tangible tags that will be
written on to store the data and then
attached to items. The tag design
choices are listed in the Setting up
topic of this section.
Human readable fields are an
interpretation of the encoded RFID
data using fonts that can be read by a
human operator. Human Readable
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For an RFID Smart Label with a UHF
tag, when the target RFID printer
supports it, the Free floating and Read
Tag settings can be selected and
shown on the tag. When Read Tag is
selected and the target RFID printer
supports it, the printer reads the tag
after encoding and shows the data
that is on the tag in a human readable
field. Free floating is the data sent to a
tag.
Free Floating
None
Read Tag
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Property
Tag Type
Description
These are the HF/UHF tag protocols
supported by the target RFID device. Refer to the section on RFID Devices
and Tag Types in the Printers and
Labels section.
Values
UHF 64-bit Class 1, UHF 96-bit
Class 1, UHF 96-bit Class 0+, UHF
UCODE EPC 1.19, and UHF ISO
18000-6B tag types. Smart labels
can also be created using Impinj
UHF Gen 2 (Monza) and TI UHF
Gen 2 (Dallas) tag types. HF tag
types include Philips HF I-Code,
Philips HF I-Code ISO 15693, TI
HF Tag-it, and TI HF Tag-it ISO
15693. Note: Tag types available
depend on whether these are
supported by the target RFID
device.
Setting RFID Field Properties
1. Select Insert | RFID Field
2. Set the properties, and click OK.
Data Sources for RFID Fields
Keyboard
The Keyboard data source is the default for RFID fields. The Keyboard data source now accepts data in
ASCII or hexadecimal format. Note: Any field available on the toolbox, except another RFID field, can be added to an RFID smart label. In
addition, you can utilize data sources other than the Keyboard to obtain values for the text fields. To define Keyboard Data Source settings
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Double-click the RFID antenna icon on the label. Alternatively, right click the selected antenna
icon and select Edit Data Source from the popup menu.
Block Configuration
From the Block Configuration dialog, data source and the data that will be encoded can be specified for
each block.
Tag Type
This lists the HF/UHF tag protocols supported by the target RFID device.
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Block #
This shows the block type or block number. The number and type of blocks available depend on the
selected Tag Type, as shown in the table below. UHF Gen 1
Class
1
Class
0+
UCODE EPC
1.19
ISO 180006B
UHF Class 1
Gen 2
HF
Tags
√
PC
√
KC
AP
√
KP
√
√
EPC
USR
√
√
√
√
#X
to n
Block # 0
# X to
n
Block # 0
Tag
Description
Type
Used for a 64-bit and 96-bit Class 1 Gen 1 tags, this is the Pass Code, a 1-byte value used
to deactivate the tag and render it unresponsive to reader commands.
PC
The Pass Code is required to lock the EPC block and/or to enable Lock Tag After Writing. The Lock setting of the PC block is disabled.
KC
Used for a Class 0+ tag, this is the Kill Code, a 3-byte value that deactivates the tag.
AP
Used for a Class 1 Gen 2 tag, this is the Access Password, a 4-byte value that allows access
commands to be executed, including writing to locked blocks, and sets the tag in secure
state. To lock the EPC or the KP block of a Class 1 Gen 2 tag, AP must first be set.
KP
For a Class 1 Gen 2 tag, this is the Kill Password, a 4-byte value that will be used to
deactivate the tag.
EPC
Used to select an EPC or DOD encoding from the Data Source column.
USR
For a Class 0+ tag, this block can be used for 13 bytes of user data. For a C1G2 tag, this
block can be used for 32 bytes of user data.
For the HF tag type, this column lists the configurable block number (from X to n).
Data Source
Setting Description
Unused
Fixed
Field
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No data will be sent to this block.
When selected, data for this block can be directly entered in the Data column.
When selected, an existing field on the label can be chosen from a drop down list in the
Data column. The list is limited to variable text and barcode fields for labels. For tags,
this is limited to variable text fields.
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New
Field
When selected, a field name can be entered in the Data column that does not yet exist on
the label but will be specified later.
EPC
Available for the EPC block; when selected, you can launch the EPC Configuration dialog
from the Data column. Refer to the EPC Encoding Types section for information. Once
the EPC portion has been configured, the Data column for this row will show the EPC
Encoding Type.
DoD
When selected, you can launch the DOD Configuration dialog from the Data column. When selected, you can launch the URI Configuration dialog from the Data column.
URI
Input
Type
Note: There can be only one block with an EPC, DoD, or URI data source for a
label. Once you have a block configured using URI of any of the EPC or DoD
encoding types, other blocks that you wish to configure must use any of the other
data sources (Unused, Fixed, New Field, or Field).
The format of the data input. Selections include ASCII, Decimal, and Hexadecimal. Depending on the requirements of the device and the selected option, conversions may
be applied to the data being passed to the device.
When data for a block is smaller than the data allocated for the block, the Bytes value is
Padding shown in red. You must select whether the padding should be added to the Left or to the
Right of the data. None, for no padding, is the default. Pad Char
When Left or Right padding is selected for a block that requires data padding, the
character that will be used for padding can be selected – Zero or Space.
Bytes
This is the size in bytes of the data for this block. This is filled in once the block has been
configured and depends on the selected Data Source and the Data being sent to the
device. If this is shown in red, the data value is either too small or too big for the block.
Block
Size
The maximum size (in bytes) of the block. If data defined for the block is too small or too
large for the block, a warning message is displayed. See Padding and Overflow settings.
Lock and Lock Tag After Writing
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UHF 64-bit / UHF 96-bit Class 1 Gen 1- For these tags, you must first specify a PC to lock the EPC
block or to enable the Lock Tag After Writing setting. The Lock check box of the PC block is
disabled.
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UHF 96-bit Class 0+ - EPC / USR blocks can be locked and Lock Tag After Writing can be enabled,
passcode is not required (no passcode field).
For the above tags (UHF 64-bit, UHF 96-bit Class 1 Gen 1, UHF 96-bit Class 0+), the Lock box is an L (on)
or OFF setting. When Lock Tag After Writing is enabled for these tags, the Lock state of the EPC or the
USR block cannot be changed without first turning Lock Tag After Writing off.
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UHF ISO 18000-6B, UHF UCODE EPC 1.19 – Each has only one block and its Lock box is
disabled. However, Lock Tag After Writing can be set.
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HF - Lock can be set for each block. Lock Tag After Writing can be set.
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UHF Class 1 Gen 2 - To set the Lock setting to anything other than Off for the KP or the EPC
block, the Access Password (AP) must be set. The available Lock options depend on the target
device:
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U – Unlock: The tag is writeable in any state.
n
L – Lock, prevents the block data from being changed, in any state (open or secure).
n
UP – Unlock Permanently: The tag is writeable in any state; the Unlocked status of the block
cannot be changed.
n
P – Protect: A tag that is “protected” can be written to if the tag is in the secure state (with
Access Password).
Overflow
If data defined for a block exceeds the size assigned to the block, this allocates additional space from the
next undefined adjacent blocks. For example, if block #5 requires 12 bytes for its data but it only has 4
bytes allocated to it, if Overflow is enabled and the next adjacent blocks (blocks 6 and 7) are unused, the
allocated bytes for these blocks will be assigned to accommodate the data in block #5. The rows used for
the overflow are shaded and cannot be configured. Note that only HF tags support Overflow allocation. Figure 5.3: Using HF Tag Overflow allocation
AFI and DSFID
Some HF tag types that are defined by the ISO 15693 standard support having an assigned Application
Family Identifier (AFI) number and a Data Storage Format Identifier (DSFID). These provide additional
information. DSFID indicates how the data is structured in the tag memory. AFI is used to group select
tags. When the AFI or the DSFID entry field is enabled, you can enter the tag ID number for the field.
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EAS
Electronic article surveillance, an item-tagging system that, when turned on, sounds an alert when an
item that the EAS tag is attached to leaves an area. This is currently supported by the Philips HF tag
types.
Related Information
Refer to the Printers and Labels section's sections on Tag Configuration and RFID Devices and Tag Types.
EPC Configuration
Note: There can be only one block with an EPC, DoD, or URI data source for a label. Once you have a block
configured using any of the EPC, DoD, or URI encoding types, other blocks that you wish to configure will be
limited to the other data sources (Unused, Fixed, New Field, or Field).
The options available on the EPC Configuration grid depend on the EPC Encoding Type selected. Figure 5.4: EPC Configuration Grid
Field
Description
This lists the available EPC encoding schemes that can be used to create an EPC label. EPC
Currently, the choices are: GIAI-64 GIAI-96, GIAI-96 ALT, GID-96, GRAI-64, GRAI-96, GRAI-96
Encoding
ALT, SGLN-64, SGLN-96, SGLN-96 ALT, SGTIN-64, SGTIN-96, SGTIN-96 ALT, SSCC-64, SSCCType
96, and SSCC-96 ALT. Refer to the EPC Encoding Types section for more information.
EPC Field
This lists EPC fields based on the selected EPC Encoding Type. These fields are described in the
specific sections on the EPC Encoding Type.
Data Source / Data
Data
Description
Source
Fixed
When Fixed is selected, data for this EPC field can be directly entered in the Data column.
Field
When Field is selected, an existing field on the label can be chosen from a drop down list in the Data
column. For labels, the list of fields is limited to variable text and barcode fields. For tags, only variable
text can be used.
Choice
When Choice is selected, a drop down list in the Data column restricts values for this EPC field to a
predefined list.
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Description
Source
New
Field
When New Field is selected, a field name can be entered in the Data column that does not yet exist on
the label but will be specified later.
Click OK when all EPC fields have been defined. A warning is displayed if there are missing entries in
any EPC field.
DoD Configuration
Note: There can be only one block with an EPC, DoD, or URI data source for a label. Once you have a block
configured using any of the EPC, DoD, or URI encoding types, other blocks that you wish to configure will be
limited to the other data sources (Unused, Fixed, New Field, or Field).
The options available on the DoD Configuration grid are similar for both 64-bit and 96-bit DoD Encoding
Types. They differ in data size allowed.
Figure 5.5: DOD Configuration Grid
The following table describes the DoD fields available from the DoD Configuration dialog.
DoD Field
Description
Filter Value
This specifies packaging level and identifies a pallet, case, or item (0, 1, 2).
Government
Managed
Identifier
This field uses a unique Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) alphanumeric code
assigned to a supplier by the DoD. See the next section, DoD Encoding Type, for more
information.
Serial Number
This is a number assigned by the supplier (the holder of the CAGE code) to uniquely identify
the item.
Table 5-9: DoD Fields for DoD Encoding
Data Source / Data
Data
Description
Source
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Description
Source
Field
When Field is selected, an existing field on the label can be chosen from a drop down list in the Data
column. For labels, the list of fields is limited to variable text and bar code fields. For tags, only variable
text can be used.
Choice
When Choice is selected, a drop down list in the Data column restricts values for this DOD field to a
predefined list.
New
Field
When New Field is selected, a field name can be entered in the Data column that does not yet exist
on the label but will be specified later.
URI Configuration
Note: There can be only one block with an EPC, DoD, or URI data source for a label. Once you have a block
configured using EPC, DoD, or URI encoding, other blocks that you wish to configure will be limited to the
other data sources (Unused, Fixed, New Field, or Field).
A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a character string representation that is used to identity a
resource. A Uniform Reference Name (URN) is a URI that identifies a resource by name within a
namespace. Loftware uses the urn:epc namespace. The resource name includes the data type, the
encoding type, followed by the encoding fields:
urn:epc:type:EncName:EncodingFields
where type is the data type, EncName is the encoding type used, and EncodingFields are the data fields
required by the encoding type, separated by dot marks. urn:epc:tag:gid-96:6289.11800.4058
In this example, the GID-96 encoding fields part of the URI are entered in the format
GeneralManagerNumber.ObjectClass.SerialNumber
Figure 5.6: URI Configuration Grid
The following example illustrates URI data representation.
GID-96 Example
General Manager Number
6289
Object Class
11800
SerialNumber
4058
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Hex Result
350001891002E18000000FDA
URI
urn:epc:tag:gid96:6289.11800.4058
URI is in the form:
urn:epc:tag:gid-96:GeneralManagerNumber.ObjectClass.SerialNumber
One way to determine the URI representation of your data and how it is formatted for use with Loftware
is through the Loftware RFID Calculator. 1. Select Options | RFID Calculator.
a. On the Encode section of the RFID Calculator, select the desired encoding type. b. Enter the values needed for the encoding type.
c. Click Encode.
2. Drag the mouse over the Encoded Result to select it, right click, and select Copy.
3. Paste the copied Encoded Result in the HEX Value field at the top of the dialog.
4. Click Decode.
5. To use this value in the URI Configuration, copy the Decoded URI value and paste it as Fixed
data in the URI Configuration dialog. DoD Encoding Type
DoD tag construct has been added to the Loftware RFID Solution as an option for DoD suppliers who are
not members of and do not intend to join EPCglobal. DoD encoding guidelines are specified in DoD
Suppliers’ Passive RFID Information Guide Version. This link current as of 11/23/2009.
To encode a DoD tag, the following fields are placed in the proper order within the 64 bits or 96 bits of
the tag:
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DoD header value – This specifies whether the data is encoded as a DOD-64 or a DOD-96 tag
construct.
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Filter value – This identifies a pallet, a case, or a UID item. The values are the same for DOD-64
and DOD-96.
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CAGE Code – This is a unique Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code assigned to the
supplier by the DoD. To encode the alphanumeric 5-character CAGE code, a simple algorithm is
used. For DoD-64 constructs, it is compressed by truncating the two most significant bits of the 8bit ASCII representation of the characters. For DoD-96, an ASCII space char is prepended to the
CAGE code. The mapped values are listed in the DOD document referenced above. The result is
the Government Managed Identifier value.
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The 64-bit or 96-bit binary (base 2) number is then converted into hexadecimal (base 16) format for
encoding. The result is a unique number that can be written to the tag.
The table below shows the hex result of the two examples given in the DoD Guide referenced above. We
can use the values in the DoD encoding examples that follow.
Encoding
Type
CA
GE
Filter
Value
Serial #
Hex Result
DoD-64
1D38
1
1
16522293
CE71133E31FC1C35
DoD-96
2S19
4
0
1234567890
1
2F02032533139342DFDC1C3
5
Table 5-10: DoD encoding results using sample values
Example 1 - DoD-96
In this example, a supplier with an assigned CAGE code is encoding a 96-bit tag on a case of
goods. Note that the steps to create a DoD-64 tag are very similar. The DoD fields are the same but differ
in the data size. Note, however, that DoD-64 encoding cannot be used with Class 1 Generation 2 tag
types, which require a 96-bit EPC identifier.
1. Create an RFID Smart Label. 2. Using the tool, add 2 variable text fields to the label:
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A serial number field called SerialNum
3. Double click the RFID antenna icon. (Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.)
4. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration and then click Configure to launch the
Block Configuration dialog.
5. Select UHF 96-bit Class 1 from the Select Tag Type list.
6. In the EPC block, select DOD from the Data Source column. Click in the Data cell and then click
the browse button (...).
7. From the DOD Configuration dialog, set the DOD Encoding Type property to DoD-96. Refer to
the DoD Configuration section for a description of DoD fields on this dialog.
8. Set the Filter Value. Select the Choice Data Source, and select 0 from the Data drop-down list.
This denotes case packaging level.
9. For the Government Managed Identifier:
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11. Click OK. Then, click OK to exit Block Configuration. Note: The Data Source dialog shows a summary of the configured block. 12. Click OK to exit the Data Source dialog.
Creating a tag or label using DoD-64 encoding is very similar to the example above. It uses the same
DoD fields for encoding the data. The difference is the size of the data that can be written to the block. Note: For all examples in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator application to help you verify
the encoded data.
EPC Encoding Types
This section describes the EPC encoding schemes used in Loftware and the fields required to program
EPC data. Examples are included to quickly demonstrate their use.
All EPC encodings are designed to produce a unique number. In addition to a header, EPC encodings
include one or more value fields that contain a unique EPC identifier and an optional Filter value. The
EPC encoding type you use may depend on a number of things, including specified requirements, the
type of data you include or have available to identify objects or classes.
Note: All 96-bit examples included in this section can be used for Class 1 Generation 2 (C1G2) tag
types. Because C1G2 tags require a 96-bit EPC identifier, 64-bit encodings cannot be used with C1G2 tags.
To apply the 96-bit encoding examples to Class 1 Generation 2 tags, verify that the label is configured for
a device that supports C1G2 tag types. Related Information
For tag types that each Loftware RFID device supports, refer to the Printers and Labels section of this guide.
General Identifier (GID-96)
The General Identifier (GID-96) encoding type is a general identity type defined for a 96-bit EPC. In
addition to the header, it is composed of the following fields:
GID-96 EPC
Field
General Manager
Number
Object Class
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Description
This is a unique number assigned by EPCglobal to identify an entity – a company, a
manager, or an organization. This General Manager entity is responsible for maintaining the numbers in the Object Class
and Serial Number fields.
This number, which must be unique within each General Manager Number domain,
identifies a class or “type” of thing.
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Field
Serial Number
Description
This number must be unique within each Object Class.
GID-96 is encoded by concatenating the following fields, from most significant to least significant:
Header, General Manager Number, Object Class, and Serial Number. Example 2 - 96-bit GID
Once you have your General Manager Number assigned to you by the EPC, you can use the 96-bit GID
to encode your RFID Smart Label by supplying unique numbers for each class within your domain
(Object Class) and unique Serial Numbers for items within the Object Class. Note: All 96-bit examples included in this section can be applied to Class 1 Generation 2 tag types. Because
Generation 2 tags require a 96-bit EPC identifier, 64-bit encoding cannot be used with them.
In this example, the General Manager Number and the Object Class fields have fixed values. The Serial
Number obtains its value from a Serial Number data source, for an RFID smart label. 1. Load (or design) the RFID smart label. Refer to Creating RFID Smart Labels, if needed.
2. Using the tool, add a variable text field for the Serial Number field. 3. Specify the data source for the Serial Number:
a. Double click the Serial-Number field to access the Data Source dialog.
b. Select Serial-Number data source, and click Edit.
c. Leave the defaults unchanged for Increment, Numeric Only, and By Value=1. Change the
Length to 4, and type a Start Value of 4058.
d. Click OK to each of the dialogs to return to the label design form.
4. Double click the RFID antenna icon. Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.
5. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration and then click Configure. This launches
the Block Configuration dialog.
6. For the EPC block, select EPC from the Data Source column. Leave the Tag Type at UHF 96-bit
Class 1.
7. Click in the Data cell to reveal the browse button (...). Click the browse button (...) to access the
EPC Configuration dialog.
8. Set the EPC Encoding Type property to GID-96. Refer to the General Identifier (GID-96) section for
a description of EPC fields on this dialog.
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Figure 5.7: Setting values for selected EPC Encoding Type
9. On the grid, set the Data Source for General Manager Number to Fixed. Type your EPCglobalassigned company or organization number in its Data cell. If you are simply following along,
enter 6289.
10. Select a Fixed data source for the Object Class field, and enter 11800 in its Data box.
11. Set the Data Source for Serial Number to Field, and select its field name from its Data drop-down
list. This is the field created in step 2. If you are simply following along, select a Fixed Data
Source, and enter 4058 in its Data box.
12. Click OK on the EPC Configuration and the Block Configuration dialogs. Note: The Data Source dialog now shows a summary of the configured block.
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Figure 5.8: Block Configuration Summary
13. Click OK to return to the label design area.
The sample data and the encoded result are shown in the following table.
Sample
Encoded Result
Encoding Type
GID-96
General Manager
Number
6289
Object Class
11800
Serial Number
4058
Result
350001891002E18000000FD
A
Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this section.
You can add other fields to the label, as described in the Designing the New Label section of this guide.
Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN)
GTINs have traditionally been used to identify products with GS1 barcodes. Because GTINs can be
encoded in GS1 symbols, their use is far-reaching and understood globally. In general, a GTIN consists
of:
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A Company Prefix assigned by GS1 to a managing entity (a company or an organization)
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An Item Reference assigned by the managing entity to a an object class
The combination of the Company Prefix and the Item Reference is preceded by an Indicator Digit and
followed by a Check Digit. These data elements are used as the basis for the SGTIN specification.
GTIN is normally stored as 14 digit numbers and can be derived from data that you probably already
have by left padding it with 0s as shown in the following table.
Barcode
Symbology
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GTIN
Structure
GTIN
UPC-12 (UPC-A)
0061414100044
9
EAN-13
0940123456789
4
The leftmost digit is the Indicator Digit, which can be changed (by you, the supplier) to denote
various packaging levels.
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The rightmost digit is the Check Digit, which you may already have or you may have relied on
the label printer to calculate. This check digit is dropped during the EPC encoding.
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The middle 12 digits consist of your GS1 assigned Company Prefix and the Item Reference Code.
The breakpoint between the two varies with the length of your assigned prefix. Serialized Global Trade Identification Number (SGTIN)
SGTIN is a method of identifying unique items at the unit or retail level as well as at the case and carton
levels. As described in the preceding GTIN section, GTIN is composed of a GS1 assigned Company
Prefix and an Item Reference. The Serial Number, while not part of the GTIN, is part of SGTIN and
assigned to an individual object by the managing entity. The Serialized GTIN (SGTIN) is GTIN combined
with a unique serial number.
Where GS1 barcodes have traditionally been used, the SGTIN specification can be used beyond the Item
Reference right down to the exact serial number of the item.
If you are already printing GS1 barcodes, most likely you already have the basis for forming a GTIN,
especially if you are involved in the Sunrise 2005 Initiative. In addition to the GTINs, you, as the
managing entity, will need to assign serial numbers to individual objects. With this information,
Loftware’s flexible architecture allows you to create an RFID SGTIN code with relative ease.
There are 3 ways to set an RFID label to create an SGTIN code. Each of these methods is sufficiently
different to warrant describing them separately.
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Calculate SGTIN from existing GTIN and Serial Number data. This scenario for 96 bit labels is
demonstrated in Example 3.
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Calculate SGTIN from existing Company Prefix, Item Reference, and Serial Data. This technique
can be used for both 96 and 64 bit tags and is demonstrated in Example 4.
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Send literal SGTIN data (in hexadecimal format) directly to the field (96 or 64 bit). This is
demonstrated in Examples 8 and 9.
SGTIN96 EPC
Field
Description
Filter Value
Not part of the GTIN, as such. Used for pre-selection of basic logistics types, such as items, cases,
and pallets
Company
Prefix
Length
Length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The lengths of the GS1 Company Prefixes assigned to
companies vary.
GTIN
GTIN is composed of a GS1 assigned Company Prefix and an Item Reference. Refer to the previous
section, Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) for more information.
Serial
Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity (the holder of the
Company Prefix).
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EPC Field
Description
Filter Value
Not part of the GTIN, as such. Used for pre-selection of basic logistics types, such as items,
cases, and pallets
Company Prefix
Assigned by GS1 to a managing entity (a company or an organization)
Item Reference
A number assigned by a managing entity to an object class
Serial Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity (the holder of the
Company Prefix).
Indicator Digit
A single digit number that can be used to increase the numbering capacity to identify the
packaging level of a product, as in the GS1-14.
SGTI
N-64
EPC
Field
Filter
Value
Company
Prefix
Index
Description
Not part of the GTIN, as such. Used for pre-selection of basic logistics types, such as items, cases, and
pallets
An index into a table that provides the Company Prefix as well as an indication of the Company Prefix’s
length. An index is assigned to companies that need to use the 64 bit tags, in addition to their existing
GS1 Company Prefixes. For information on Company Prefix Index and the Object Naming Service, refer to the EPCglobal's web
site.
Item
Referenc
e
Number assigned by the managing entity (the holder of the Company Prefix) to a an object class
Serial
Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity.
Example 3 - 96 Bit SGTIN
In addition to a header, SGTIN-96 is composed of the Filter Value, Company Prefix Length, GTIN
(Company Prefix combined with an Item Reference), and Serial Number. In the example below, the GTIN data is already specified in a UCC barcode. You combine it with the
Serial Number data to obtain the SGTIN.
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Figure 5.9: A Typical UPC Label with an RFID Field
1. Load (or design) the RFID Smart Label. a. For this example, add variable text fields that contain values for the Company Prefix, Item
Reference, and Serial Number.
b. For this example, set the length of the Company Prefix value to 6 digits. Set the data sources
for each to Keyboard.
c. Add a barcode field to the label. The barcode, which for this example we will call Barc001,
will contain the GTIN. Set its Data Source to Formula that uses the Combine (&) operation to
concatenate the Company Prefix and the Item Reference.
2. Double click the RFID antenna icon. (Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.)
3. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration, and then click the Configure button to
launch the Block Configuration dialog.
4. Select the UHF 96-bit Class 1 tag type.
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6. Click in the Data cell to reveal a browse button (...). Click the browse button (...) to access the EPC
Configuration dialog.
7. Set the EPC Encoding Type to SGTIN-96.
8. Set the Filter Value to denote packaging level. In this example, select the Choice Data Source, and
select 3 from the Data drop-down list.
9. The Company Prefix Length depends on the length of your UCC-assigned Company Prefix. For
purposes of this example, select Choice for its Data Source, and type in 6 in the Data column.
10. Set the GTIN Data Source to Field, and select the Barc001 barcode field on the label or the GTIN_1
field on the tag from the Data column.
11. Set the Serial Number Data Source to Field, and select the serial number field.
The configured grid for the example label may look like the following.
Figure 5.10: Example EPC SGTIN-96 Configuration
12. Click OK to each of the dialogs to return to the label design area. Note that the Data Source dialog
now shows a summary of the configured block.
You have just set up your RFID Smart Label to obtain its GTIN and Serial Number from existing fields
on the label. They could also derive their data from other data sources like a database. l
Instead of supplying the Serial Number, its data source could be set to Serial-Number where the
starting number can be pulled from a file.
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The barcode in this example could be UPC-A, EAN-8, EAN-13, ITF-14, Code 128, or GS1 DataBar
Omnidirectional.
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The data for this example could be supplied using On-Demand Print. It could just as well come
from an LPS .pas file, .xml, .csv, ActiveX Control, .Net Control, WebX Control, or Socket
Integration.
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The Serial and Barcode fields could be made as invisible data placeholders by setting their
Printing Field property to No or by placing the data placeholders in the On-Demand Print Form
rather than on the label itself.
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Your label will be different from the one previously shown. You need to apply these concepts to
your own situation.
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This example can be extended to use the SGTIN-96 ALT encoding. Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this guide.
Refer to the Serialized Global Trade Identification Number (SGTIN) section for explanation of the EPC fields on
this dialog.
Example 4 - 64 Bit SGTIN
This is an example of 64 bit tags calculated from Company Prefix Index, Item Reference, and Serial
Number. Because of the limited data size, GTIN cannot be embedded in 64-bit SGTIN. Instead, a
Company Prefix Index is supplied.
Note: This example cannot be used with Class 1 Generation 2 (C1G2) tag types. Generation 2 tags require a 96bit EPC identifier. Use 96-bit encoding examples with C1G2 tags.
In this example, you must supply a Company Prefix Index. This is assigned to you by GS1 as described
in the specifications. This prefix is static and does not change. The Item Reference and Serial Number
fields are set to obtain their data from fields that are on the label. Sample data is included if you wish to
just follow along with the example.
Rather than creating placeholders for data, you may simply send the appropriate data to the fields using
the Keyboard data source. You can also enter the values directly into the Data column after selecting a
Fixed data source from the EPC Configuration dialog, and this is also demonstrated in this example.
1. Load (or design) the RFID Smart Label. 2. Add variable text fields that contain values for the Item Reference and Serial Number. Set the data
sources for each to Keyboard. You can add any of the fields on the toolbox (except another RFID
field). In addition, variable text fields can obtain data from all available data sources.
3. Double click the RFID antenna icon. Alternatively, select and then right-click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.
4. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration, and then click Configure to launch the
Block Configuration dialog.
5. Select the UHF 64-bit Class 1 tag type.
6. For the EPC block, select EPC from the Data Source column. 7. Click in the Data cell to reveal the browse button (...). Click the browse button (...) to access the
EPC Configuration dialog.
8. Set the EPC Encoding Type property to SGTIN-64.
9. Set the Filter Value (assigned by you as the supplier) to denote packaging level. In this example,
select the Choice Data Source, and select 0 from the Data drop-down list.
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10. Set the Data Source for Company Prefix Index to Fixed. You can type in your GS1-assigned
Company Prefix Index. If you are simply following the tutorial and do not have a Company Prefix
Index number, type in 10301.
11. Set the Data Source for Item Reference to Field, and select the item field from the Data column. 12. Set the Serial Number Data Source to Field, and select the serial number field from the Data
column. Figure 5.11: Specifying SGTIN-64 Data
13. Click OK to each of the dialogs to return to the label. Note that the Data Source dialog now shows
settings summary for the configured block.
The table below shows the RFID tag value calculated from specific supplied values. These values can be
supplied via the On-Demand Print application, LPS .pas file, .xml, .csv, ActiveX Control, .Net Control,
WebX Control, or any Socket Integration method.
With the values used in the example above and shown in the table below, the calculated 64 bit encoding
result = 8507A2B61A99091F.
Encoding Type
SGTIN-64
Filter Value
0
Company Prefix
Index
10301
Item Reference
88845
Serial Number
10029343
Tag Value
8507A2B61A9909
1F
Table 5-17: Tag value derived from specific input
The following LPS pas file syntax demonstrates the equivalent print request using the Loftware Print
Server. *FORMAT, rfidLabel_sgtin64.lwl
*JOBNAME, SampleJob002
*QUANTITY, 1
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*PRINTERNUMBER, 1
Item, 88845
SerialNumber,10029343
CompanyIndex, 10301
Filter, 0
*PRINTLABEL
The following figure shows the printed label (with other added fields). Although you cannot see the data
for the RFID tag, it is there and is set to the value shown in the table above (8507A2B61A99091F). This
example uses sample data; you will obtain different results by supplying your own data. Figure 5.12: Printed label with supplied data
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No changes in the data required to originally print this label without the RFID tag were made.
You can use your existing method of printing without modification and the EPC encoded data
will be correct.
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Your label will be different. You need to apply these concepts to your own situation.
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The data for the label example can come from the On-Demand Print application, an LPS .pas file,
.xml, .csv, ActiveX Control, .Net Control, WebX Control, or Socket Integration.
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You can hard-code the Company Prefix Index into the label as a non-printing field. You could
also set its data source to Keyboard. If this is done, 1031 (your actual value will be different)
would have to be sent with each label request.
Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this guide.
For information on Company Prefix Index and the Object Naming Service, refer to the EPCglobal's web site.
Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
The Serial Shipping Container Code is typically used for identifying specific information about cartons
and pallets. It combines the GS1 Company Prefix and a serial reference, along with the Extension digit,
to form an 18-digit unique identifier.
If you already have an existing SSCC label, it is a simple matter to convert it to an EPC SSCC RFID
Smart Label. The biggest difference between the technique used for encoding SSCC from that used for
SGTIN is that in SSCC, the serial number is usually already present. Because of this, all data for the RFID
smart label can be automatically extracted from the barcode. This is what makes the following example
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Figure 5.13: Typical SSCC pallet label with a GS1-128 (UCC-128) SSCC Barcode
SSCC-96 EPC
Description
Field
Filter Value
Used for pre-selection of basic logistics types, such as items, cases, and pallets
Company Prefix
Length
Length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The lengths of the GS1 Company Prefixes
assigned to companies vary.
SSCC
Unique SSCC number
SSCC-96 ALT
EPC Field
Filter Value
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EPC Field
Description
Company Prefix
GS1-assigned Company Prefix
Serial Reference
Number assigned uniquely by the managing entity (the holder of the GS1
Company Prefix) to a specific shipping unit.
Extension Digit
Used to increase the capacity of the Serial Reference number within the SSCC
SSCC64
EPC
Field
Description
Filter
Value
Used for pre-selection of basic logistics types, such as items, cases, and pallets
Compan
y Prefix
Index
An index into a table that provides the Company Prefix as well as an indication of the Company Prefix’s
length. An index is assigned to companies that need to use the 64 bit tags, in addition to their existing
GS1 Company Prefixes.
Serial
Referenc
e
Number assigned uniquely by the managing entity (the holder of the GS1 Company Prefix) to a specific
shipping unit.
Example 5 - 96 bit SSCC
This example uses an existing SSCC label with a GS1-128 (UCC-128) barcode field. It demonstrates the
ability to have the RFID label automatically derive its data from the barcode field without having to
change any of the data that is sent in order to print the label.
1. Load (or design) the label that you want to use. This is a label that has a GS1-128 (UCC-128)
barcode field.
2. Double-click the RFID antenna icon. Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.
3. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration and then click Configure. This launches
the Block Configuration dialog.
4. Set the Tag Type to UHF 96 bit Class 1. 5. Set the Data Source for the EPC block to EPC. Click the browse button (...) in the Data column to
display the EPC Configuration dialog.
6. Set the EPC Encoding Type to SSCC-96.
7. For the Filter Value, set the Data Source to Choice and its Data value to 4. This value is suggested
by Wal-Mart for pallet loads. Check your application or with your customer, as they may require a
different value.
8. For the Company Prefix Length, choose the Choice Data Source and 7 for its Data value.
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9. For the SSCC field, set the data Source to Field. For its Data value, select the GS1-128 (UCC-128)
barcode field. 10. Click OK from each of the dialogs to return to the design area.
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This sample is valid for 96 bit RFID Smart Labels containing a GS1-128 (UCC-128) SSCC barcode
field.
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The Extension Digit, Company Prefix, and Serial number are automatically derived from the data
in the barcode field.
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You may use the SSCC-96 ALT encoding if you do not have an SSCC barcode from which to
derive the data. The ALT encoding allows you to send your data as Company Prefix, Serial
Reference, and Extension Digit. This can be set up in your label similar to Example 6.
Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this guide.
Refer to the Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) section for a description of the fields on this dialog.
Example 6 - 64 bit SSCC Label
If you are using 64 bit labels, the RFID code cannot be derived from the existing barcode because the
specification calls for a Company Prefix Index as opposed to the actual Company Prefix. This index is
supplied to each manufacturer via the GS1 and EPCglobal US organizations as a temporary measure
until they can comply with the 96 bit mandates. This means that you will still have to supply the data to the barcode as you normally would and use
non printing fields and formulas to derive the Serial Reference and the Company Prefix Index
fields. This example is similar to Example 3 in the SGTIN section. This is a bit more complicated to set
up than Example 5, but you still do not have to supply any extra data at print time.
SSCC-64 - Concatenates the following bit fields from most significant to least significant: Header, Filter
Value, Company Prefix Index, and Serial Reference.
Note: This example cannot be used for Class 1 Generation 2 (C1G2) tag types. Generation 2 tags require a 96bit EPC identifier. 1. Load or create the RFID Smart Label. This is a label that has a GS1-128 (UCC-128) SSCC barcode
field from which the SSCC value will be derived. In addition, it has a Serial Number field which,
for this example, has the following properties:
a. Printing Field is set to No.
b. Data Source is set to Formula using the Mid-String operation with the SSCC Barcode field, 11,
and 9 values. The formula will be similar to "mid(Barc0001,11,9)." This will automatically grab
9 digits from the barcode starting at position. If your serial number is embedded differently,
adjust the formula accordingly.
2. Double-click the RFID antenna icon. Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.
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3. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration, and click Configure.
4. Set the Tag Type to UHF 64 bit Class 1.
5. Set the Data Source for the EPC block to EPC. Click the browse button (...) in the Data column to
display the EPC Configuration dialog.
6. Set the EPC Encoding Type to SSCC-64.
7. For the Filter Value, select Choice for its Data Source and its Data value to 4. This value is
suggested by Wal-Mart for pallet loads. Check your application or with your customer, as they
may require a different value. At the time of this writing, the filter values are still loosely defined.
8. For the Company Prefix Index, select Fixed for its Data Source and set its Data value to
14286. You may substitute your own Company Prefix Index here.
9. For the Serial Number, select Field for its Data Source and set its Data value to the Serial
Number field set up in step 1.
10. Click OK from the dialogs to return to the design area.
The following table shows the EPC encoding for the sample data provided above. The 64 bit encoding of
"089BE700003AA8E0" breaks down into the following constituent EPC components:
SSCC-64 encoding value derived from specific input
Encoding Type
SSCC-64
Company Prefix Index
14286
Serial Number
3844320
Filter Value
4
Tag Value
089BE700003AA8E0
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You may set the data source for CompanyPrefixIndex and SerialNumber to keyboard and supply
the data for these fields at print time.
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Normal GS1-128 (UCC-128) data is supplied to the barcode as usual.
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The Company Prefix Index contained in the label is not the same as the Company Prefix
contained in the barcode as explained above and in the EPC SSCC 64-bit specifications.
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The Serial Number contained in the label is the same as that in the barcode.
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If that the Serial Number in the barcode increments with each label, the calculated EPC Serial
Number automatically increments as well.
Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this guide.
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Serialized Global Location Number (SGLN)
The Global Location Number (GLN) is a GS1 standard for uniquely identifying physical locations (for
example, a building, a warehouse, a room in a building), legal entities (for example, a company, a
subsidiary within a company, a buyer), or functional entities (for example, an accounting department, a
ward). The GLN is a 13-digit number that consists of a GS1 assigned Company Prefix, a self-assigned
Location Reference, and a check digit. At this time, the Serialized portion of the specification is reserved
for future use and should not be used.
The SGLN encodings are very similar to those described for the SGTIN encodings above. You can encode
an SGLN by following the SGTIN example 3 and example 4 in this section. Substitute SGLN for SGTIN
and Location Reference for Item Reference. Serial Number is not used at this time.
SGLN-96 EPC
Description
Field
Filter Value
Not part of the GLN but used for fast filtering and pre-selection of basic location
types
Company Prefix
Length
Length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The lengths of the GS1 Company Prefixes
assigned to companies vary.
GLN
Global Location Number
Serial Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity.
SGLN-96 ALT EPC
Field
Description
Filter Value
Not part of the GLN but used for fast filtering and pre-selection of basic
location types
Company Prefix
GS1-assigned Company Prefix.
Location Reference
Number assigned by the holder of the GS1 Company Prefix to uniquely
identify a location
Serial Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity.
SGLN64
EPC
Field
Description
Filter
Value
Not part of the GLN but used for fast filtering and pre-selection of basic location types
Compan
y Prefix
Index
An index into a table that provides the Company Prefix as well as an indication of the Company Prefix’s
length. An index is assigned to companies that need to use the 64 bit tags, in addition to their existing
GS1 Company Prefixes.
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Field
Description
Location
Referenc
e
Number assigned by the holder of the GS1 Company Prefix to uniquely identify a location
Serial
Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity.
Global Individual Asset Identifier (GIAI)
The Global Individual Asset Identifier (GIAI) is a GS1 standard for uniquely identifying and tracking
fixed assets of an organization. GIAI is a combination of the GS1 Company Prefix and the individual
asset number. GIAI supports encoding 64-bit EPC and 96-bit EPC.
GIAI
64
EPC
Field
Description
Filter
Value
Compan
y Prefix
Index
Asset
Referen
ce
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types. These are the same for both 64-bit and 96-bit GIAI.
An index into a table that provides the Company Prefix as well as an indication of the Company Prefix’s
length. An index is assigned to companies that need to use the 64 bit tags, in addition to their existing
GS1 Company Prefixes. (For information on Company Prefix Index and the Object Naming Service, refer to the EPCglobal's web
site.)
A number assigned by the holder of an GS1 Company Prefix to an individual asset.
GIAI 96
EPC Field
Description
Filter Value
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types. These are the same for both 64-bit and 96-bit GIAI.
Company
Prefix Length
Length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The lengths of the GS1 Company Prefixes assigned to
companies vary.
GIAI
A unique identifier assigned by the managing entity to a specific asset. It includes the Company
Prefix and the individual asset reference.
GIAI 96 Alt
EPC Field
Filter Value
Description
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types
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EPC Field
Description
Company Prefix
Variable length number assigned by GS1 to a managing entity (a company or an organization)
Asset Reference
Variable length number within a GIAI assigned by the holder of an GS1 Company Prefix to
uniquely identify an individual asset.
Example 7 - GIAI-96 Alt
In this example, the Asset Reference field obtains its value from the keyboard.
1. Load (or design) the label that you want to use.
2. Add a variable text field, AssetRef. Leave its Data Source set to Keyboard. For the Printing Field,
select No.
3. Doubl- click the RFID antenna icon. Alternatively, select and then right click the RFID antenna
icon. From the popup menu, select Edit Data Source.
4. From the Data Source dialog, select Block Configuration and then click Configure. This launches
the Block Configuration dialog.
5. Set the Tag Type to UHF 96 bit Class 1.
6. Set the Data Source for the EPC block to EPC. Click the browse button (...) in the Data column to
display the EPC Configuration dialog.
7. Set the EPC Encoding Type to GIAI-96 ALT.
8. For the Filter Value, set the Data Source to Choice and its Data value to 0.
9. For the Company Prefix, choose the Fixed Data Source and type in 12345 for its Data value. You
may substitute your own Company Prefix here.
10. For the Asset Reference field, set the Data Source to Field. For its Data value, select AssetRef. 11. Click OK from each of the dialogs to return to the design area.
Related Information
For all examples given in this section, you can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to help you verify the encoded
data. Encoding and decoding examples of using this tool are provided in this guide.
Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI)
The Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI) is a GS1 standard for uniquely identifying and tracking
reusable assets of an organization. A returnable asset identifier is used to track assets during their use.
GRAI supports encoding 64-bit EPC and 96-bit EPC.
GRAI 64 EPC
Field
Description
Filter Value
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types
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Field
Company Prefix
Index
Description
An index into a table that provides the Company Prefix as well as an
indication of the Company Prefix’s length. An index is assigned to
companies that need to use the 64 bit tags, in addition to their existing GS1
Company Prefixes. For information on Company Prefix Index and the Object Naming Service,
refer to the GS1 web site.
Asset Type
Number assigned uniquely by the managing entity (the holder of the GS1
Company Prefix) to a particular class of asset
Serial Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity.
GRAI 96 EPC
Field
Description
Filter Value
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types
Company Prefix
Length
Length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The lengths of the GS1 Company
Prefixes assigned to companies vary.
GRAI
A unique identifier assigned by the managing entity to a specific returnable
asset.
GRAI 96 Alt
EPC Field
Description
Filter Value
Used for pre-selection of basic asset types
Company Prefix
Assigned by GS1 to a managing entity (a company or an organization)
Asset Type
Number assigned uniquely by the managing entity (the holder of the GS1 Company Prefix)
to a particular class of asset
Serial Number
A unique number assigned to an individual object by the managing entity (the holder of the
Company Prefix). Sending Data Directly to the Field
This technique allows you to send the actual hexadecimal encoding directly to the RFID field on your
label without the need for special fields or settings. This only works if you have pre-calculated the EPC
or DOD codes for all of your products and made them available to your application. Note: This technique works for all types of EPC encoding including GID-96, SGTIN, SSCC, and SGLN, as well as
DOD encoding. Essentially, ease of setup is traded for more complex data calculations on the application side.
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1. Select the RFID field on your label.
2. Give your RFID field a descriptive field name using the Field Name property. For example, use
RFID_1.
3. Set the data source for the RFID field Data Source to Keyboard.
4. Save your label.
5. Calculate the data value that will be encoded on the RFID label. This must be in hexadecimal
format. You can use the Loftware RFID Calculator to obtain the hex value based on your input. For example
the following field values for a SGTIN 64 would result in the hex value 84E60027760003E8. Company Prefix Index = 10032
Item Reference = 5051
Serial Number = 1000
Filter Value = 0
This is the value that will be encoded on the RFID label. When you print your label using any Loftware
printing method, supply the pre-calculated data in hex format as shown in the above example.
Example 8 - 96 bit Sample Data Supplied Directly
Create an LPS pas file that contains the data you wish to send. Your request might look something like
the following:
*Format, Acme.lwl
*PrinterNumber, 1
Description, PORTABLE CD PLAYER
RFID_Tag, 30183BF980622BC000000C81
*PrintLabel
To print the label, follow the instructions for sending a pas file to the LPS.
Example 9 - 64 bit Sample Data Supplied Directly
Create an LPS XML file that contains the data you wish to send. Your request might look something like
the following:
<labels _FORMAT=“SGTIN64.lwl” _QUANTITY=“1” _PRINTERNUMBER=“1”>
<label>
<variable name=“UPCCode”>19223388845</variable>
<variable name=“DESCRIPTION”>PORTABLE CD PLAYER</variable>
<variable name=“RFID_Tag”>8507A2B61A99091F</variable>
</label>
</labels>
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<labels _FORMAT=“DOD64.lwl” _QUANTITY=“1” _PRINTERNUMBER=“1”>
<label>
<variable name=“DESCRIPTION”>PORTABLE CD PLAYER</variable>
<variable name=“RFID_Tag”> CE71133E31FC1C35</variable>
</label>
</labels>
To print the label, you can use any printing method, for example, drop the file to a scan directory.
Using the Loftware RFID Calculator
As you work through the examples given in this section, you may want to practice encoding and
decoding EPC or DOD data for verification purposes. Loftware provides a utility to help you with this. It
can be launched from the Tools menu of Loftware Label Manager. It is a stand-alone application and
can also be launched by double clicking the EPC_Utils.exe file from the Windows Explorer. The RFID
Calculator can also encode and decode the EPC as a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). A clear
understanding of the specifications mentioned in the last section is a prerequisite to using this tool. The
examples in this section depict some instances where this utility program may be used as a check.
Example 10 - Decoding the Hex Data
Scenario 1 (Decode)
You are reading a tag. The reader software reports what is programmed into the tag, which is a string of
hexadecimal data. The Loftware RFID Calculator can break the data down into its constituent parts
based on the encoding type:
1. From the LLM Options menu, select RFID Calculator.
2. Type the hexadecimal value of the tag into the HEX Value entry field.
3. Click Decode. The encoding type and the values for each section of data applicable to that type
are displayed.
Note: In addition to the decoded result, the decoded URI value is also displayed.
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Figure 5.14: Loftware RFID Calculator
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Example 11 – Encoding Data
Scenario 2 (Encode)
You have designed an RFID Smart Label as described in the preceding sections. After printing the label
with your data, you want to make sure that the EPC / DOD code in the tag obtained the correct value.
Use the bottom section of the utility to enter the encoding type and your data.
The purpose of this example is to verify the values using the Loftware RFID Calculator. In this example,
SGTIN-96 ALT encoding was used with the following values:
SGTIN-96 ALT encoding sample data
Encoding Type
SGTIN-96 ALT
Filter Value
3
Company Prefix
614141
Item Reference
527
Serial Number
3201
Indicator Digit
0
1. Select Options | RFID Calculator.
2. Click Select Encoding Type, and select SGTIN-96 ALT from its drop-down list.
3. Type in the values from the table above.
4. Click Encode.
The Encoded Result in hex format is shown: 307A57BF400083C000000C81. To obtain the URI value, cut and paste the Encoded Result value into the HEX Value box of the Decode
section, and then clickDecode. Conversely, to encode a URI value, click Enter URI, type in the URI, and
then click Encode.
Printing RFID Smart Labels
Printing an encoded smart label is very similar to printing a regular barcode label. Once you have
created your RFID Smart Label and configured the target RFID printer, the smart label can be printed
using any Loftware application or development tool. Two of the development tools have the capability of
passing the calculated EPC/DOD data back to the front end application. Related Information
Refer to the Loftware Print Server User's Guide for more information.
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With an increasing need to have goods and services delivered in a timely manner to all corners of the
globe, today’s businesses need to have the ability to print labels in many natural languages easily and
quickly. Loftware provides this functionality, from prompting operators in their natural language to
printing in both single and double byte character sets and utilizing Unicode.
Figure 6.1: Label displaying a double-byte Japanese Character Set
Loftware Support for Single and Double Byte Fonts
While Loftware has always supported the printing of single byte fonts on a per-printer basis, that feature
was expanded to a per-label basis in the Label Options dialog. This allows you to print labels in
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Loftware supports international fonts native to the various Printer Families that are able to support this,
as well as support for sending a bitmap of the font to the printer when the printer does not support
double-byte characters. While the latter method is slower, it does allow these fonts to be printed. Again,
this can be used on a per printer, per label, and even a per-field basis. This means that different Asian
(double-byte) fonts can be printed on the same label. A section describing in detail the per printer, per
label and per field concepts follows.
While no keyboard entry of Unicode or Double byte fonts is supported, you can connect Loftware to a
Unicode database field or pass the data through one of the following:
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.pas file
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.csv file
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.xml file
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Definitions
The following are terms and definitions related to International Printing.
Term
Definition
ANSI Code Pages
ANSI code page is a generic term used in Windows to describe a
collection of code pages used for character encoding in graphical
Win32 applications and fonts.
ASCII Characters
ASCII is a code for representing English characters as numbers, with
each letter assigned a number from 0 to 127. For example, the ASCII
code for uppercase M is 77. Most computers use ASCII codes to
represent text, which makes it possible to transfer data from one
computer to another.
Big Endian
Refers to which bytes are most significant in multi-byte data types. In
Big-Endian architectures, the leftmost bytes (those with a lower
address) are most significant. Swapping integer data between
computers of different types (see Little Endian) is a difficult problem
unless you convert the information into ASCII characters. Many
mainframe computers use a Big-Endian architecture.
CJK
A collective term referring to the common features of Chinese,
Japanese, and Korean writing systems.
Character Set
A character set is only a collection of characters. Characters from
different language systems are conventionally divided into different
“character sets.” For example, a font for use in Russia includes glyphs
representing the Cyrillic character set.
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Term
Definition
Code Pages
A code page, or character set, defines a collection of characters,
numbers, punctuation, symbols, and special characters for a particular
language. Using a process called encoding, each character in the code
page is assigned a numeric value called a code point. Computer
hardware, software, and operating systems can then exchange
information for a particular language or for a collection of languages
using these code points.
DBCS
Double Byte Character Set. DBCS pages may be a mixture of single
byte and double byte characters.
Double byte
Double byte is usually used in reference to a character set which
supports more than 256 characters. Consisting of 16 bits, two bytes
(or octets) can support numbers ranging from 0 (zero) to 65,535, i.e.
65,536 unique numeric values.
Glyph
A glyph is a representation of a character. The character “Capital Letter
A” is represented by the glyph “A” in Tempus Sans ITC Bold. A font is a
collection of glyphs.
Little Endian
Refers to which bytes are most significant in multi-byte data types. In
Little-Endian architectures, the rightmost bytes are most significant. Swapping integer data between computers of different types (see Big
Endian) is a difficult problem unless you convert the information into
ASCII characters. Most modern computers, including computers, use
the Little-Endian system.
Natural Language
A natural language is a term to describe the various human languages
spoken on the planet.
OEM Code Pages
The term OEM code page refers to code pages used in MS-DOS that
have built-in hardware support to allow rapid display of characters on
the computer console. The first 128 characters in OEM code pages are
defined by the ASCII standard.
Octet
Also known as a byte, an octet consists of 8 bits, and can represent
numeric values ranging from 0 (zero) to 255.
RAM
Random Access Memory, a type of computer memory that can be
accessed randomly; that is, any byte of memory can be accessed
without touching the preceding bytes. RAM is the most common type
of memory found in computers.
ROM
Read Only Memory, computer memory on which data has been
prerecorded. Unlike main memory (RAM), ROM retains its contents
even when the computer is turned off. Fonts are often stored in ROMs.
Simplified Chinese
The Chinese ideographic writing system as used in the People’s
Republic of China and Singapore.
Single byte
Single byte is usually used in reference to a character set, which
supports a maximum of 256 characters. Consisting of 8 bits, one byte
(or octet) can support numbers ranging from 0 (zero) to 255, i.e. 256
unique numeric values.
Symbol Set
A set of glyphs.
TrueType format
Originally devised by Apple Computers and later extended by
Microsoft, TrueType is a font format, which can support a large
number (max 65,536) of characters.
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Term
Definition
Unicode
A standard for representing characters as integers. There are seven
character encoding schemes in Unicode: UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-16BE,
UTF-16LE, UTF-32, UTF-32BE and UTF-32LE. UTF-16, for example,
uses 16 bits per character, which means that it can represent more
than 65,000 unique characters. This number has become necessary
for some languages, such as Greek, Chinese and Japanese. Many
analysts believe that as the software industry becomes increasingly
global, Unicode may eventually replace ASCII (which uses 8 bits for
each character) as the standard character coding format.
Common TrueType Double-byte Character Sets
Term
Definition
Chinese Big 5
Traditional Chinese used in Taiwan and Hong Kong
GB 2312
Encoding standard for Simplified Chinese, used in the People’s
Republic of China and in Singapore. (Similar to GBK)
Hangul
The syllabary (or, syllabic alphabet) used to write the Korean language.
Shift JIS
Common Japanese character set consisting of around 7000 characters,
which also includes a single byte set and is able to interpret ASCII hex
codes correctly
Common Native Double-byte Character Sets
Term
Definition
Big 5
Traditional Chinese used in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
GBK
Encoding standard for Simplified Chinese, used in the People’s
Republic of China and in Singapore.
Hangul
The syllabary (or, syllabic alphabet) used to write the Korean
language.
JIS
Common Japanese character set consisting of around 7000
characters.
Shift JIS
Common Japanese character set consisting of around 7000
characters, which also includes a single byte set and is able to
interpret ASCII hex codes correctly.
Unicode
An international standard for representing a broader character set
using a multi-byte encoding for each letter. This allows the encoding
of 65,536 characters in a single font instead of 256: essentially all the
characters for every language in the world, each with a unique ID.
Printing Hierarchy with Character Sets
The printing of both multi-byte and single byte characters in Loftware can take place on a per-printer,
per-label, or a per-field basis. It is important to understand this terminology and the hierarchy in which
label printing takes place. The order of precedence in which labels are printed is described below.
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Per-Printer – When you configure a printer in Loftware Label Manager Design Mode, if you set a
particular Character Set in Printer Options (F6 or File | Devices) and print the label, the label is
printed per-printer, which means that all labels printed with this printer use this character set.
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Per-Label – If you change the Character Set in Label Options, this overrides the printer’s (perprinter) setting for the Character Set, and the label is printed per-label, for this label ONLY.
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Per-Field – If you open a label, click a field, and use the Language Properties Wizard, you can
override the multi-byte character set in BOTH Printer and Label Options for that field only; make
sure the Override box is checked. Or, if printing a TrueType Font sent as a bitmap, this bitmap is
basically set per field as any other bitmap would be. Hierarchy Example
The printing hierarchy example below is with a Zebra 170xiIII printer. You can test any printer by
completing the following.
Look at the Device Options (LLM Device Configuration Options button). The default Character Set is
USA 1,and the default DB (Double-byte) Character Set is Unicode, as seen in the following
figure: Changes to the Character Set here are per printer.
Figure 6.2: Character Set settings in Printer Options (Per-printer)
When the label options for this printer are opened, the following defaults for Character Sets (single and
double-byte) are displayed:
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Figure 6.3: Character Set defaults in Label Options
The default Label Options (in this particular printer) for both double and single character sets are set to
Use Printer Option in the figure. This means that the Character Set seen in Device Options is used when
printing the label. If you wanted to change this default character set, per label, meaning for this label
only, select a different character set. The choices vary for each family of printers.
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Click OK, and the character set is changed, thus overriding the Device Option, for this label
ONLY.
Related Information
To override both the Device and Label Options Character Set, and set these options per field, follow the
instructions in the Language Properties Wizard section of this guide.
Single Byte Fonts
Single-byte Character fonts are the standard fonts that Loftware has always supported. The fonts cover a
wide range of languages, including those of Western Europe and the Middle East. Most languages
outside of the Asian continent are mapped through single-byte fonts.
Default Single byte Character Set
The default single byte character set has always been available on a per-printer basis, as displayed
below:
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Figure 6.4: Character Set in Printer Options Dialog Box
When chosen in the Device Options dialog box, this sets the Character Set, Symbol Set, or Language
(these are synonymous terms depending on the Printer Family to which you are printing) for any labels
that are printed to that Printer. The method described in the following section outlines how to create an
Operator Input Prompt in an international language.
The single byte characters are also available on a per label basis through Media Setup/Label Options in
Design Mode. This presents a great time-saver to companies wishing to send labels to the same printer,
but print them in a variety of languages. An example of per-label printing of international characters
follows the next section.
Prompting in International Languages
Creating an input prompt in an international language allows the operator to add the required
information quickly and accurately, as the prompt for each field is displayed in their natural language.
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The figure below is an example of a customized On-Demand Print Form displaying the operator inputs
in Spanish, while the actual data fields the operator has entered are in English.
Note: These instructions are for single byte fonts only.
Figure 6.5: Sample K-Mart Compliance Template with Operator Input in Spanish.
Loftware has developed some sample templates and labels that have operator input prompts and/or
field names in French, German and Spanish. These may be found on the Loftware Web site,
www.loftware.com under the Support Section or on your Loftware CD.
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Note: Creating an Operator prompt with international character sets is NOT the same as printing labels with
international character sets. More information on printing these labels follows.
Related Information
For information on adding input prompts in an international language, refer to Creating International Language
Input Prompts in LLM ODP in this guide
Creating International Language Input Prompts in On Demand Print
1. In Loftware Label Manager, open a label in Design Mode, or create a new label in Design.
2. Open the operator input screen (On-Demand Print Form) by clicking the switch icon
. The On-Demand Print Form and its accompanying Properties box are displayed. For the following
example, the Properties box is used to change the Input Prompt for the 3rd line, top section Company
Name field to the Spanish equivalent, which is “Nombré de la Compañía.”
Figure 6.6: Properties Box with Spanish Input prompt for the operator
To create international language characters in the Properties box.
Creating International Language Characters
1. Highlight the Input Prompt field.
2. Type "N o m b r". And then while holding down the Alt key type "130", let go of the Alt key. The
character é is displayed.
Note: Numerals must be entered by using the numeric keypad and with NumLock on.
3. Continue typing as in the previous steps, and when an international character is needed, add it in
the same manner.
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Commonly used characters
Lett
er
Key Combo
Lett
er
Key Combo
Lett
er
Key Combo
é
ALT 130
ë
ALT 137
ê
ALT 136
á
ALT 160
ä
ALT 132
â
ALT 131
í
ALT 161
ï
ALT 139
î
ALT 140
ó
ALT 162
ö
ALT 148
ò
ALT 149
ú
ALT 163
ü
ALT 129
û
ALT 150
ñ
ALT 164
Ñ
ALT 165
à
ALT 133
You may have to try different fonts to get the desired result.
It is important to understand that prompting the operator is not the same thing as printing labels using
international characters. Prompting is what you see on the screen that facilitates data entry, while
printing what you see on a label to a printer is a much more complicated endeavor.
Related Information
For more information, refer to the Designing Labels and On Demand Print sections of this guide.
A more complete extended ASCII table is found in Reference Tables section of this guide.
Printing Encoded Data, Per-Printer Method
With barcode label applications traversing all industry segments and becoming more internationalized,
there are increased requirements for printing characters that fall outside of the traditional American
English alphabet character sets. While getting the Operator Input Prompt written in an international
language is relatively easy, getting labels printed using international characters is a different and
sometimes complex matter. Three examples of possible printing methods follow. These examples were
created using typical Native printer fonts and are intended to give you a cursory understanding of this
subject . Keep in mind that if you are using a special TrueType font, such as Wingdings or a Native OCR
type font, the results you get are guaranteed to NOT be what you are looking for.
In your day-to-day operation, it is not feasible to have your input operator look up characters in tables
and convert them. Creating a database that utilizes these characters is time saving; an example of how
to do this follows:
Note: The following examples assume the use of the U.S. English Version of Windows, as well as a U.S. English
Keyboard.
Method #1: Using the IBM Extended ASCII Chart
The following example uses the ASCII Extended Chart found in the Reference Tables section of this
guide. Most of the international characters you may want to use are located on this chart, and they work
as displayed with most of the popular Native Fonts.
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1. Create a database using any database utility. The database below is a sample included on the
CD.
Figure 6.7: Sample Microsoft Access© Database
2. Enter international characters by following the steps from the previous section and the Extended
IBM ASCII Chart.
3. Connect the database to the fields on your label, and save the label. See the Data Sources section
in this User’s Guide if you are not sure how to do this.
4. Click the ODP icon, and use the browse feature to choose the data you want to print.
See “Filtering and Browsing a Database” for a more detailed description of browsing.
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Figure 6.8: Sample ODP Using a Database Containing International Characters
5. Print the label using the print icon, or File | Print from the menu bar.
Method #2: Using a specific Printer’s International Character Set
If the Extended ASCII Chart does not have a specific character that you want to print, you may be able to
find it by utilizing an International Character Set chart for a particular Printer Family and Printer Model,
such as the one displayed in the following table. To understand how to use Loftware’s international
language settings combined with a printer’s International Character Set, please investigate your printer’s
manual thoroughly first. Using one of the tables, find the character that you want to use.
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Example: A label is created for an Intermec EasyCoder PX4i in which the character “ç” is to be used (as
in the term “Français”). This character is not found on an U.S. ASCII Keyboard, but it can be added in
the following manner, as can other printers with similar options:
1. Open the label in design view, or create a new label
2. Open File | Devices, or F6.
3. Highlight the line that contains the Intermec printer.
4. Click Options.
The options for the Intermec printer are displayed:
Figure 6.9: Intermec Printer Options
5. Choose France from the Language drop-down list in the Advanced Options section.
6. Save the label, enter a fixed or variable text field, enter:
Fran\ais
7. Print the label. The character “\” is displayed as “ç”, thus adding the desired character.
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A portion of the advanced character table from an Intermec Manual is displayed below to visualize what
has transpired between Loftware and the Intermec printer, that is the conversion of characters from one
character set to another. The top row contains various characters in the (Extended) U.S. ASCII character
set, while the fourth row contains the French counterpart, or what is displayed upon completion of the
first example. On a U.S. keyboard, type the character in the top row, and the corresponding character in
the selected character set is printed for the corresponding language.
Intermec Advanced Character Table for Intermec Easy Coder 4400
Country/Language Character Substitutions
U.S. ASCII
# $ @ [
\ ] ^ ` {
| } ~
U.K. ASCII
₤ $ @ [
\ ] ^ ` {
| } ˉ
Germany
# $ § Ä Ö Ü ^ ` ä ö ü ß
France
₤ $ à º
Norway/Denmark
# $ @ Æ Ø Å ^ ` æ ǿ ǻ ˉ
Sweden/Finland
# Ì É Ä Ö Å Ü é ä ö ǻ ü
Spain
₤ $ § ¡
Ñ ¿ ^ ` º
Switzerland
# $ à º
ç é ^ ù ä ö ü è
Italy
₤ $ § º
ç é ^ ù à ò è ì
ç § ^ ` é ù è ¨
ñ ç ~
Note: What you see on your screen in Loftware Design Mode or On-Demand Print is the “\” character, and what
is printed when Language is set to France is the “ç”.
Figure 6.10: Label Displaying International Characters
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Method #3: A Combination Method Using 2 Sets of Charts
Continuing printing scenarios, you could use a combination of Methods #1 and #2. First, enter all the
characters you are able to using the IBM ASCII Chart. Then use the second method to enter a different
character. However, be aware that you may have problems when combining the two methods.
For example, if the same label is slightly altered, such as the second line in the From section is changed
to read “shipping@loftware.com”. When this line is printed using the Intermec Printer’s Advanced
Character Table and language in the Loftware’s Devices | Options | Language section set to France, the
symbol @ is changed to à. See the Intermec Advanced Character Table to understand this conversion.
Windows Printers and Laser Jets
International Language options in Printer Setup are not available when using Windows Printers. Since
they use TrueType fonts, the IBM ASCII Chart can be used as an option to add characters, as well as
inserting the symbols that are available through various fonts. Each font uses a different Char Map.
Note: This same method may also be used for .pas files with the Loftware Print Server.
Related Information
For the extended chart, refer to the Reference Tables section of this guide.
Printing Encoded (Single byte) Data, Per-Label Method
When would you use the per-label method?
Suppose you are designing a label that you would like to be able to send to several different countries,
and you would like to use the same printer for this label. With the per-label method, you can design the
label as a template, and then configure the label in different languages, changing the Character Set for
each label to meet the language requirements.
The methods used in this section are quite similar to those used in the Per-Printer section, with some
minor differences, as listed below:
1. Create a label in Loftware Design Mode.
2. Press F5, or select File | Media Setup, and then click Label Options.
3. Choose the language in which you wish to print under the Symbol Set or Character Set list.
Using either method, the options are sent to the printer for the label being printed. However, when
setting the single byte character set, a check is made to see if a setting in Label Options has been made,
and if it has, this setting overrides any value set in the Printer Options.
Getting Character Sets and Fonts (Language Packs)
What are Character Sets? Character sets are collections of characters that include the different glyphs that
make up a particular natural (human) language. While the English Character Set has about 200+ glyphs
associated with it, natural languages such as Japanese have thousands. So, a Character Set is a human
language.
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Is a Character Set the same as a Font? No. A Character Set may include several fonts, for example the
Asian Character Set Chinese Big 5 has at least four fonts.
In order to print a certain character set, you need to have it on your computer. Most character sets have
certain fonts associated with them, as well. In order to print these fonts, you must have this font on your
Operating System. To get the appropriate character set and font, complete the following:
Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003
Note: You must have your Windows CD in the Computer.
1. Start | Control Panel | Regional and Language Options
2. Under the Languages tab, click Details. Use Add to add the input languages you need.
3. Click OK.
4. Reboot your computer to enable the new language settings.
Note: Most of the double-byte character set files have fonts with them. If you install a character set, but you
have no font on your system to support it, you have to get the appropriate font.
Most fonts are readily found on the Internet.
Enabling a Right-to-Left or Complex Script
When attempting to print in a language that is read and printed right to left, such as Arabic, there are
certain files and settings that must be added and/or enabled. Have your OS installation media available
before starting the following steps. These files are found and enabled using the operating system
installation media.
Windows XP Professional /Windows Server 2003
1. Start | Control Panel | Language and Regional Options
2. Click the Languages tab.
3. Check the box Install files for complex script.
4. Click Apply and OK.
Windows 7
No additional steps, beyond changing the operating system language/keyboard should be necessary to
enable right-to-left printing and display.
Printing Vertical Text
To print vertical text, common in Far Eastern languages, fonts are available that support display of text
vertically. When installed, these fonts are listed in the font selection dialog prefaced by the @ sign. For example
@Arial Unicode MS.
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Related Information
More information on Vertical Writing and Printing is available on the Microsoft Web site's Global Development
section.
Language Properties Wizard
The Language Properties Wizard facilitates the creation of both single and double-byte fonts for printing.
It allows you to choose a language, font category (Native or TrueType), and a font character on a perfield basis. The Printing Hierarchy with Character Sets discusses printing hierarchy on a Per Printer and Per
Label basis. Multiple language fields can be printed on the same label using the wizard. The figure
below displays an example warning label with a warning printed in 8 languages, including 3 doublebyte character sets. This label is attached to a database that contains the translated text. The advantage of
the Language Properties Wizard is that one or several fields on the label may override the Device or
Label Options, making it a versatile printing tool.
Figure 6.11: On-Demand Print view of a sample label with 8 different character sets attached
Starting the Language Properties Wizard
1. Open a previously designed label, or create a new label in Loftware Design Mode.
2. Click a field on the label to display the Properties box for that field.
3. Click anywhere on the Language Properties line in the Properties box to reveal the browse button
(...) then click the browse button (...).
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Figure 6.12: Language Properties Wizard Welcome
4. From the Welcome page of the Language Properties Wizard, click Next. The Font Language
Selection page appears.
Related Information
A flow chart of the Language Properties Wizard logic is found in the Reference Tables section.
Font Language Selection
The Language Properties Wizard presents different choices depending on which language group that
you choose.
Asian (Double-Byte) Language Choice
1. From the Font Language Selection dialog, choose the language you wish to print:
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Non-Asian (Single Byte)
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Asian (Double Byte).
2. Click Next.
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Note: Single-byte Character Sets such as Thai and Vietnamese are included in the Non-Asian Section rather
than with the Double-byte Character Sets such as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
Figure 6.13: Choosing a Non-Asian or Asian (Double Byte)
Font Category Selection
With this choice, one of two dialogs is displayed, depending on whether or not the target printer is
capable of printing Asian (double-byte) fonts natively.
If your printer is capable of printing double-byte fonts natively, the following is displayed. Note: You still may choose to print the double-byte font as a bitmap by clicking True Type Font.
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Figure 6.14: Choosing a Native or True-Type Font
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Choose Native Font or True Type Font, and click Next.
If your printer is not capable of printing the double-byte font natively, the following is displayed:
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Figure 6.15: Font Character Set
If the above dialog is displayed, this font (character set) is printed as a TrueType font bitmap. Follow the
instructions in the Printing with TrueType Fonts section.
Pros and Cons of Native and TrueType Choice
Native Fonts
TrueType Fonts
Choice of font types is limited.
More font choices.
Hardware considerations and configurations
necessary.
No hardware considerations or configurations necessary.
Consultation with Printer Manufacturer and Manual
involved.
Little if no consultation with Printer Manufacturer or
Manual
Printing is faster.
Printing is slower, as TrueType Fonts are sent as bitmaps to
printer.
Printing with Native DBCS Printer Fonts
The following page appears if Asian Language is chosen, and your target printer is capable of printing
double-byte fonts; otherwise, Loftware defaults to TrueType Fonts. Loftware queries the target printer’s
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driver to determine the capability of the driver.
If you chose Native Font in the Font Category dialog box, the following dialog is displayed:
Figure 6.16: Native Printer Font Selection for a Zebra Printer
Native Font Printer Selection
1. Choose the Native Printer Font from the drop-down list.
2. Select Override Printer and Label Character Sets at Field Level if you want to select a specific
Printer Character Set for this field. If the Override box is not selected, Printer Character Set
remains disabled.
3. Choose the Data Format and Byte Order, click Next.
4. The Summary screen is displayed.
5. Press Finish to set this property for the field, Back to change the settings, or Cancel to close
without saving.
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Native Font Printer Page Options
Option
Description
Native Printer Font
Choose the type of Native Printer font you want to
print. The fonts available in the drop-down list are
dependent on the target printer you have chosen.
Override Printer and Label
Character Sets at Field
Level
Select to set the Language Properties for this field as per
field, which overrides any Printer and Label Character Sets. This selection allows you to change the printer character set
at the field level, overriding any setting in the PSO or LSO
(Printer or Label Options). This list is only enabled when
Override is selected. This option only works if your printer
supports different character set encodings for any particular
DBCS font.
Character Set
For example
Datamax and Zebra printers can accept Shift JIS, JIS,
or Unicode Data for their Japanese Fonts. SATO, UBI, and Printronix can only accept one type of
data for any of their fonts, meaning that the font
chosen implies the data encoding.
Data Input for Unicode
Character Set Section
This section sets the data format and byte order. This gives
information on how the data is coming to Loftware; that is,
what form it is in.
This is the format that you wish to use to send data for the
field.
Data Format
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Single Byte: In this case, Loftware does not
transform the data format, the code page for that
character set is used.
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Unicode UTF-16: Choose this data format if your
data is represented in this manner, especially if
linking to a Unicode field in a database
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Unicode UTF-8: 8-bit transformation - use this
setting if your data format is set to UTF-8 encoded
Unicode.
The byte order by default is Auto. When this is set to Auto,
Loftware looks for a marker before the data, and interprets
the data as Big or Little Endian according to the marker.
Byte Order
Warning Section
If you know the specific byte order, you may set this
manually as Big Endian or Little Endian. If you are not
sure, leave this setting at the default (Auto), except in the
case of database data files, in which case you must specify
Big or Little Endian.
This section displays additional information pertinent to the
Unicode Data Format.
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Printing with TrueType Fonts - Non-Asian (Single-Byte) Language Choice
Font Character Set (Non-Asian)
The following figure displays the drop-down list for Non-Asian characters. This screen is displayed if:
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You chose Non-Asian Language on the first page of the wizard.
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Your target printer does not support Native Fonts.
TrueType Fonts are useful if you wish to use different character sets, or if you want to use Unicode Data
for a single-byte language such as Greek or Hebrew.
The edit controls (data entry) and input prompts displayed in the On-Demand Print Form (Label
Design), the On-Demand Print Application, the On-Demand Print Client, and the Web Client for newly
created TrueType font fields inherit the characteristics of the selected TrueType font. Labels containing
pre-existing TrueType font fields are not affected unless modified. By default, the applications listed
above use the character set based on the system locale. For example, if the system locale is English, the
character set that is used is ANSI. Selecting a different character set in the Language Properties Wizard
sets that same character set for the input prompt, the edit control and the printed field. If the user desires
that specific characters print, it is important to ensure that the characters are supported in a particular
font. There are several utilities available that examine a computer for font and character availability,
such as CharMap (standard on Windows computers), BabelMap, TTE (TrueType Explorer) and ListFont.
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Figure 6.17: Choosing a Single Byte Font Character Set
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Choose the type of character set that you would like to print from the Font Character Set list, and
click Next. If you do not have a font for the selected font character set on your system, an error
message is displayed, forcing you to go back and make another choice. Otherwise, the Font
Selection dialog is displayed:
Figure 6.18: Selecting the True Type font and Data Input
TrueType Font
This list is filtered based on the previous selection, and displays the TrueType fonts that are associated
with that character set.
Why is the TrueType Font I want to print not visible in this list?
You must have the font you wish to print installed on your computer. Loftware populates the dropdown list based on a query of your computer, and if an installed font does not support the chosen
Character Set, it is not displayed in the list. Vertical Fonts
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When creating a field in Design that is utilizing these fonts, you should rotate this field on your label, so
an appropriate space is created on the label. This is useful for Asian Fonts that are normally printed in
vertical columns, right to left.
The Latin character “H” for a visual example, would look something like: If this field is not rotated, it prints horizontal.
if rotated.
Figure 6.19: Vertical Printing in LLM
Data Input Section
Option Description
Data
Format
This is the format that you wish to use to send data for the field, which is also dependent on whether or
not the printer supports Unicode.
Single
Byte
In this case, Loftware does not transform the data format, the code page for that character set is used.
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Option Description
Unico
de
UTF16
Choose this data format if your data is represented in this manner, especially if linking to a Unicode field in
a database.
Unico
de
UTF-8
8-bit transformation - use this setting if your data format is set to UTF-8 encoded Unicode.
Byte
Order
The byte order by default is Auto. When this is set to Auto, Loftware looks for a marker before the data,
and interprets the data as Big or Little Endian according to the marker. If you know the specific byte order,
you may set this manually as Big Endian or Little Endian. If you are not sure, leave this setting at the
default (Auto), except in the case of UTF-16 database data files, in which case you must specify Big or
Little Endian. Note: Some programs such as Microsoft Access© encode the data as Unicode (UTF-16) but they may need to
be re-encoded as UTF-8 using the Language Properties Wizard in Loftware in order to print.
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Click Next when finished with your choices. A summary of the Language Properties for the field
is displayed:
Figure 6.20: Summary Screen displaying the chosen Field Properties
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Click Finish to set this field’s properties, Back to change properties, or Cancel to revert to the
default properties.
Changing or Resetting the Override Field
Once a field’s language properties have been set to override the Printer and Label Options, you have
choices in terms of changing this setting, or changing the language properties of the field.
Reset Default Field Properties
1. Click the field in Loftware Label Manager, and then click the browse button (...) on the Language
Properties line of the Properties box.
2. The Summary screen is displayed with an added button at the bottom called Reset Defaults.
3. Click Reset Defaults and the field override setting of this field changes to Default. This is the
default setting for the Printer or Label. This field is now set as if the Language Properties Wizard
had not been used; however, the font choice remains the same.
Reset Font or Category
1. Changing the Font Category or the Font in the Properties box for a field override field sets the
Language Property for this field back to Default.
2. Double-clicking in the Font or Language Property line in the Properties box opens the Language
Properties Wizard.
Change Language Properties
1. Click the field in Loftware Label Manager, and the browse button (...) in the Language Properties
line of the Properties box.
2. The Summary screen of the currently selected field properties is displayed.
3. Click Next to change the previous settings, such as a change from Native to TrueType font, or a
change in the Character Set or the font.
Considerations when Printing with Native Fonts
Each Printer Family (and Printer Models within that family) has different requirements for International
printing; therefore, you have to do your homework in advance to define what it is you want to do, and
what your printers support. As a start, ask yourself and/or your Printer Manufacturer the following
regarding printing in an international language:
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Is there a special card or module required?
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What are the memory requirements?
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Are the fonts you want to use included, or do you need to download them to the printer?
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Does your printer allow setting the Character Set natively on a per-field basis?
Printers and Double Byte Font Support
Loftware has developed our international printing capabilities to encompass all of our supported Device
Families and Models, either natively, or with TrueType fonts sent to the printer as bitmaps.
Native Font Support
Datamax
Datamax supports scalable resident DBCS fonts in printers that support their International Language
Print Capability (ILPC).
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Supported Printer Models:
I-4206, I-4212, I-4308, I-4406, I-4604, E-4203, E-4304, W-6208, W-6308, and W-8306.
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Fonts Added to the Properties Box:
Scaleable Japanese, Gothic B and E Kanji, Scalable GB, BIG5 Traditional Chinese.
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Supported Encodings:
EUC, JIS, ShiftJIS, Unicode, GB, BIG5
Intermec-UBI
Fonts may be downloaded to the printer memory, or may be added through PCMCIA cards.
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Supported Printer Models:
Easy Coder 201, 301, 401, 501, 601, 501XP, 601XP, E4, F4.
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Fonts Added to the Properties Box:
HonMincho Light (Japanese, SHIFT JIS Encoding)
DLC Ming Medium (Traditional Chinese, BIG5 Encoding)
Ming Cho Medium (Korean)
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Supported Encodings:
Multiple encodings per font are not supported at this time.
Printronix
Double byte support in Printronix printers requires special printer firmware. Four different models may
be ordered:
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Hangul (KSC code table for Korean).
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HanziGB (GB code table used in People’s Republic of China).
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HanziBig5 (Traditional Chinese Hanzi used in Taiwan and Hong Kong.)
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JAP, supports Shift-JIS for Kanji character used in Japan.
When ordered, each of these firmware packages includes a default DBCS font.
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Supported Printers in Loftware: Printronix 5204, 5206, 5208, 5304, 5306, 5308, IBM_4400-004 (203 dpi) IBM_4400-004 (300 dpi), IBM_4400-006 (203 dpi), IBM_4400-006 (300 dpi), IBM_4400008 (203 dpi), IBM_4400-008 (300 dpi).
Note: IBM Printers are OEM Printronix.
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Fonts Added to the Properties Box: “TwoByte” – This font selection is used for all of the DBCS
settings. The printer includes the DBCS Font itself; there is no ability or need to differentiate
between them in Design Mode.
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PSO DBCS Option – This allows you the ability to set a default double-byte character set for use
ONLY in “test print” mode in Loftware Design. LLM Design generates appropriate test print data
for the printer firmware you are using.
Note: Loftware does not convert the data from UTF-8 to DBCS at this time.
SATO
The following fonts have been added to the SATO driver for Loftware:
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Kanji 16x16 dot, JIS data
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Kanji 24x24 dot, JIS data
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Kanji 16x16 dot, Shift-JIS data
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Kanji 24x24 dot, Shift-JIS data
These fonts are bitmapped, meaning that representative glyphs reside in the SATO printer and may be
selected as you would select any other font in the Properties box. Remember to enable the use of DBCS
under Options | Preferences in Loftware Design mode.
Since SATO only supports the previously mentioned double-byte fonts, they may be chosen under the
fonts section rather than in Device Specific Options. Note: The choice of JIS and Shift-JIS is included in the font (rather than on the PSO/LSO) because Japanese is
the only DBCS language SATO supports, and only JIS and Shift-JIS are supported. When one of these fonts is
selected, the Language Properties Wizard opens. Also, the SATO driver does not currently use the "character
set" option from the PSO at all, as the other printers do.
Note: The SATO manual also lists a 22x22 Kanji JIS font, but in testing with a CL408e this does not work so it
has not been enabled through Loftware.
Hardware
The SATO fonts are supplied on a small printed-circuit board (PCB) containing an EPROM chip. This
PCB is swapped for one already in the printer.
Other Properties
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Bold - Bold property may be set YES/NO. (The SATO manual refers to this as “emphasis.”)
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Spacing - Spacing property may be set to “Smoothing” or “Non-Smoothing.”
The following SATO printers have the Kanji fonts available in Loftware:
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SATO_CL408, SATO_CL408E, SATO_CL412, SATO_CL412E, SATO_CL608, SATO_CL608E, SATO_
CL612, SATO_CL612E, SATO_M5900E, SATO_M8400RVE, SATO_M8459SE, SATO_M8460SE, SATO_
M8485SE, SATO_M8490SE.
Zebra
Zebra supports a number of DBCS fonts, via several media. Loftware has focused on those Printer
Models that support PCMCIA Cards, primarily the XiII and XiIII models, as well as Z4M and Z6M.
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Printer Configuration and Label Options dialogs:
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Default Single byte Symbol (Character) Set
The default single byte character set on a per-printer or a per-label basis as described earlier. There is a Japanese single byte Character Set that should not be confused with the Japanese
double byte character sets.
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Supported Encodings
Japanese – JIS, Shift JIS, Unicode, EUC
Chinese – GB, BIG5, Unicode
Thai – Angsana
Korean – Hangul, Wansung, Johab, Unicode
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Fonts Added to the Properties Box: The following DBCS fonts have been added to the properties
box for supported Zebra printers:
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Monotype Mincho (Japanese)
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Gothic Hangul (Korean)
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Monotype Kai (Traditional Chinese BIG 5 encoding)
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Monotype Sung (Simplified Chinese, BIG5 encoding)
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Monotype Times New Roman (Thai Angsana encoding)
Creating a Double-Byte File in Microsoft Word
The following information is designed to give you a high-level overview at how you can create a double
byte database data source and database file source using Microsoft Word. A file needs to be created as an
input to the DBCS field on the label. The field may ONLY be created as Database-Data, File Data Source,
or Database-File. A keyboard source cannot add the double-byte font correctly. The method used below is
only one way to create this file.
Step 1 – Install the Global Input Method Editor (IME)
1. Click Start | Control Panel, select Regional and Language Options.
2. Under the Languages tab, click Details.
3. Under the Settings tab, click Add. Select the Input language for the double byte language you wish
to use. Select the Keyboard layout/IME. Click OK. The added Input language should now be
listed.
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4. Click Apply. If you wish to change Preference settings, use the Language Bar and the Key Settings
buttons. Language Bar preferences include showing additional language bar icons on the taskbar.
5. Click OK.
Step 2 – Entering characters from the Symbol List
1. Choose the language from the systray (for this example, Japanese), and a floating keyboard is
displayed.
2. Click the down arrow next to the “Soft Keyboard” text.
3. Select Symbol List from drop-down menu.
4. Click the down arrow under the Symbol List heading, change symbol to Shift JIS.
5. Select the proper font for your printer, in this case, Kanji 1.
6. Open Microsoft Word.
7. Select the symbol(s) you need to print on your label from the floating keyboard.
The symbols are displayed in the Word Document.
Step 3 - Saving the Symbol File
1. Click Enter on the Input Method Editor. The symbols/characters are visible, but are not saved to
the Word document prior to clicking Enter.
2. Change your input type back to English using the icon in the systray.
3. Save the file with Save as Type set to Encoded Text (*.txt). When you click Save, you are prompted
with the message “Styles, pictures and other formatting cannot be saved in an Encoded Text file,
do you want to save name of file.txt anyway?”
4. Click OK.
The file is now saved in the encoded txt format and can no longer be opened nor viewed in Word, but it
does have the correct raw data to be sent to the printer in Shift-JIS format.
Related Information
For more information on Data Sources, refer to the Data Sources section of this guide.
Creating DBCS Font Fields using a Database or Files
It is also possible to add double-byte fonts to your label by sending the data for the field using Data
Source in the Loftware Properties box. Data Sources
Adding a DBCS font field with data sources is very similar to using any database or file datasource with
Loftware.
Note: Asian Characters are not displayed in Design View at this time, but are printed. ASCII characters are
displayed in the Design View.
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1. Open a label in Design Mode, click a field to select it.
2. Set the data source for the field to Database-Data, Database-File, or File in Data Sources. The data source must contain the double-byte encoded data (GB, BIG5, JIS, Unicode).
Note: You MUST select a byte order for data sources. See the Language Properties Wizard for information on
how to do this.
For example:
1. Click File in Data Sources.
2. Browse to the directory that contains the Encoded Text, and select it.
Figure 6.21: Adding the File Data Source
3. Click OK.
When the file (or data source) is sent to the printer, it is displayed exactly as it was created.
Database File Data Source
Note: Read the Data Sources section for more information on Database File Data Sources.
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The Database-File Data Source is used to connect a field on a label with a field in the database, similar to
the Database-Data datasource. The difference is that the Database-File assumes that the matching
database field contains the name of a file that contains the data for the field.
Example
A manufacturer of time-dated materials might have several message labels in different languages. Rather than
repeating this information for every product in the database, the user could create a set of Message Label text
files in different encoded data and tell Loftware Label Manager to use the database to look up and retrieve an
appropriate file in response to a number or code entered by the user. That is, the database file may be named
korean.txt or spanish.txt, and contain different encodings appropriate for the country to which the label is sent.
The Database-File setup dialog defines the connection to the database.
Figure 6.22: Database Browse Screen for a Unicode Database
Related Information
For more information on database connections refer to the Data Sources section in this guide.
Unicode Input Methods with the Loftware Print Server
The following sections are only for use with the Loftware Print Server.
Method 1 – ODBC Linked Label
Most production printing companies have databases with Unicode data that can be linked to a label and
printed in that manner. In this case, Loftware simply gets the data as it is, and prints it.
Note: The data format MUST be set to UTF-16 in the Language Wizard for Unicode fields to be displayed in the
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Method 3 – Pas file with Unicode UTF-8 Encoding
There is a way to create a test file whereby your Unicode UTF-16 data is converted to UTF-8 for printing
by Loftware. Keep in mind that the following example is not recommended in a production
environment, but is included here to give you an example of how to create a pas file that expresses the
data in an ASCII-compliant format, thereby allowing representation of double-byte fonts as TrueType
bitmaps.
How to create a .pas file with UTF-8 Encoding
1. Open a text editor such as Notepad on your computer.
2. Type in the beginning of a .pas file.
3. Copy data from your database.
4. Paste the data into the file, after FieldName.
Using Notepad to create the sample .pas file
5. Click File | Save As. Enter a File name.
6. Select text from Save as type, and UTF-8 from Encoding
If the characters are not displaying correctly, verify that you are using the correct font in your text editor.
Japanese characters, for example, might display using MS Gothic or MS Mincho.
Method 4 – Pas file with File Source
A .pas file option, DELINKFILESRC, allows the file name for a file data source to be specified in a .pas
file. The default action for a field with a file data source is to use the file name saved with the label, but
this command allows the file name to be overridden in the PAS file, in other words, to be delinked from
the field.
To use DELINKFILESRC
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Note: In this case, the Database File Field has a File datasource!
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Example
.PAS File with DELINKFILESRC
Commands and Field Specifiers
Explanation
*FORMAT,fileSrc_zeb_KOR_3ENC.lwl
*JOBNAME,zeb_korean1
*QUANTITY,1
*PRINTERNUMBER,22
*DELINKFILESRC
Allow the file name for a file data source to be specified in the PAS
file.
Company, Loftware
Data for the field “Company” is “Loftware”
FILEFIELD1,comment1.txt
Data file for the field “FILEFIELD1” is “comment1.txt”
FILEFIELD_DBCS1,dbcs_korHangul_
cmn1.dat
Data file for the field “FILEFIELD_DBCS1” is “dbcs_korHangul.dat”
*PRINTLABEL
Print the label
Note: In this example, the Korean data file was given a .dat extension to distinguish it from the ASCII text files
with .txt extensions, but this is not required.
Related Information
For more information on Pass files, refer to the Loftware Print Server User's Guide.
For more information on Data Sources, refer to the Data Sources section of this guide.
Troubleshooting Font Fields
International Printing can be very valuable in expanding your shipping capabilities. If you encounter
problems, check the following:
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If you are trying to print double-byte fonts natively, make sure that you have read information
regarding how your printer stores double byte fonts and that you have the appropriate firmware,
PCMCIA card or module to print the characters you need. Loftware does not support any Printer
Firmware issues.
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Check Printer Options and Label Options to ensure that the correct language has been chosen in
Loftware.
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Go through the steps for the Language Properties Wizard a few times to thoroughly understand
how the wizard works.
Note: The paragraph feature in Loftware Label Manager (Design) was designed for single-byte character sets,
and as currently implemented, does not work consistently with the double-byte data used for DBCS fonts.
In some cases, doubling the size of the paragraph fields on your label may work, if the data is consistently
double-byte. However, many "double-byte character sets" may have both single-byte and double-byte
characters, as listed below:
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Japanese Shift-JIS(MS Code page 932)
Simplified Chinese GBK MS code page 936)
Korean Hangul(MS code page 949)
Traditional Chinese BIG5(MS code page 950)
A printer manufacturer may support these in slightly different ways, so it is best to review the actual code pages
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Using Templates and Wizards
This section describes Loftware’s pre-designed label templates used to create production printing labels
in less time and with less potential errors. It provides guidance to users who routinely produce
customized labels for production printing - unique labels with barcode, text, lines, boxes and graphics.
This section also contains information on creating custom templates.
Loftware has many templates to choose from, including a template for the 1724-A label for General
Motors Suppliers, as well as a wizard that creates the complex PDF-417 barcode that accompanies this
label. This section explains how to customize your labels, how to open a template, and how to use some
of Loftware’s Wizards, specifically the GS1 Barcode, the General Motors (GM), the GS1 Code 128, and
the UPN Healthcare Barcode Wizards. The wizards help you to create a custom formula that becomes a
part of the barcode, helping you to comply with labeling standards the world over, as well as saving you
time and effort. Using a template and a wizard together makes production label printing a far easier
task than it has ever been.
The following is the default directory for Templates created during a new installation:
<Program Files Folder>\Loftware Labeling\TEMPLATE\GENERAL.
What is a Template? A label template is a “master” copy for labels of a certain type. A template can include the boilerplate
fields you want to be displayed in each label of that type. You can select from the templates provided
with Loftware Label Manager or design your own.
Creating a New Label based on a Template
When you select a template from the label template selection dialog of the New Media Wizard, a
thumbnail preview of the label template and a description are shown.
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Figure 7.1: New Label Wizard dialog box displaying a thumbnail preview of UPS Template
If you select the normal (default) template, Loftware Label Manager displays the default label size (4x6);
otherwise, the size stored in the template is used. With other templates, such as the Kmart or JCPenney
template, you need to adjust the format and field data sources to fit your particular application.
Note: Not finding the Template you are looking for? Be sure that the correct path to the Templates has been
chosen by selecting Options | File Locations, and verifying that the path to Templates is correct.
Creating Your Own Template
The compliance templates that ship with the Loftware Label Manager system are saved in the label
designer as templates, with a .lwt extension. To make your own template, you may do one of two things:
1. Open a template in LLM design mode.
2. Select File | Save As.
3. Save the label with a .lwt extension in the \Template folder.
4. Change the label to fit the requirements desired, save the label again, but this time with an .lwl
extension.
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1. Design a new label in Loftware design mode.
2. Save the label, choosing the template option in the Save File As Type combo box.
3. Change the label as needed in design mode.
Note: You may have to change the extension of the label from lwl to lwt manually.
The template is available as a useful starting point the next time the File | New is selected; however, it is
necessary to save the template as a label, using the .lwl extension
Related Information
For information on using the New Media Wizard to create a new label based on a compliance template, refer to
the Using an Industry-Specific Label Template in this guide.
Barcode Wizards
A barcode wizard is a program that builds a barcode based on a particular specification, and includes a
list of the symbologies available for that specification. Using a wizard, you can build the barcode step by
step by choosing which components to add as you respond to each dialog box presented to you.
The next sections describe three of the barcode wizards available in Loftware Label Manager, the GM
Wizard, the GS1 Code 128 and the UPN Wizard. By following this tutorial, see how the wizard helps
you to:
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GS1 DATABAR and GS1-128 Wizards
Loftware's GS1 Barcode Wizard can guide you through step-by-step creation of the formula for the data
carrier. When a data carrier is chosen, the wizard knows which element strings are available for that
data carrier, which helps to guard against entering incorrect data and helps you build the correct data
structure.
It may be helpful to review the GS1 at http://www.gs1us.org before using the wizard to understand when
and where different symbologies or data carriers are used.
GS1 Wizard, Part 1 – Choose a Data Carrier
1. Select Insert | Barcode Wizard in Loftware Label Manger Design.
Note: The Barcode Wizard is not available for RFID tags.
2. From the Barcode Wizard Selection page, expand the list of wizards by clicking the + symbol to
open the tree view.
The following choices are displayed.
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Figure 7.2: Barcode Wizard Selection
3. Select a Data Carrier or Wizard from the expanded list, and then click Next.
A preview at the bottom of the list displays a graphical representation of the selected Barcode. The Element String Selection page appears.
GS1 Wizard, Part 2 – Element String Selection
Once the Wizard is selected, the possible Element Strings that can be encoded in the chosen Wizard
(data carrier) appear. Some of the Element Strings have specific formats with an example of the format
displayed to the right of the data carrier. In some instances, certain element strings are required, and are
automatically added to the element string list for that data carrier, as well as to the formula. In addition,
if the chosen data carrier is a composite symbology, a Composite Delimiter is added to the formula. An
example of a required element string and a composite delimiter that divides a linear and a 2-D
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symbology is displayed in the following figure. (The 2-D portion of the formula has not been added yet)
Field Name
A default Field Name is assigned. This name can be changed. If the label to which you are adding the
barcode uses LST files a drop-down list is displayed from which the field name may be chosen.
Figure 7.3: Element String Selection
Element Strings – Availability
The list of possible element strings is dependent upon the chosen data carrier. An example of possible
choices for the previously chosen barcode follows.
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Figure 7.4: Partial List of Element Strings for the GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional Composite Barcode
Element Strings – Adding and Moving
1. Select an Element String from the list, and click Add. The string is added to the Element Strings
for this field list in the center of the dialog and to the Formula section at the bottom of the dialog.
Note: If the selected Element String's application ID displays an "n", the spin control is enabled, allowing you
to choose the appropriate value for the "n" position in the Application Identifier. When the value is changed,
the formula is updated. The following figure displays the element string (310n) – Net Weight in
Kilograms. Listed below this element string is the Implied Decimal Position (6). See the General
Specification sheet for more information on the meaning of the "n".
2. Highlight an Element String and click Remove, Up or Down to remove or move the string.
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Note: The formula is automatically updated when any of these buttons are clicked.
Figure 7.5: Adding, Moving or Removing Element Strings
Why move an Element String up or down? Element strings that are variable in length (and some fixed
length strings), such as a Serial Number, require a terminator character (FNC1[]) at the end of the data, unless
they are placed as the last field in the data carrier. It is recommended that these fields be placed at the end of
the formula when possible to save the extra space that the terminator character takes. Also, some applications
require that the strings be placed in a specific order. See the barcode standard or label specification for your
barcode to determine the appropriate placement of the element strings.
GS1 Wizard, Part 3 - Element String Modification
Highlight a string, and click Modify to change the source of the element string.
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Why modify an Element String's Source? The default source for each element string is a new, nonprinting field. The term Modify applies to the source of the data. If you would like to change the source of the
element string's data to come from an existing field on the label, or a fixed string, then click Modify.
Figure 7.6: Element String Modification
Fixed Data – This allows the data to be added to the data carrier as a fixed string in the resulting
formula. As an example, in the figure displayed above, the source for element string called "Country of
Initial Processing" is changed to fixed data named "840" in the formula, which is the ISO code number
for the United States.
Existing Field – This indicates the data is going to be taken from an existing field on the label.
New Field – This is the default datasource, which creates a new non-printing field. Note that if this label
has been constrained using an LST file, those fields are displayed in a drop-down list just as the field
name was.
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Click OK when you are finished modifying the Element String, or Cancel to exit without
modifying the element string.
GS1 Wizard, Part 4 – Wizard Summary
The Wizard Summary screen is displayed:
Figure 7.7: GS1 Barcode Wizard Summary
The summary screen contains the following information:
Field Name – The name given to the Field.
Formula – The complete formula as created in Parts 1 and 2. The formula displayed here is not directly
editable.
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Data Carrier – The title of the Data Carrier as chosen in Part 1, along with a visual representation of the
chosen barcode below.
1. Click OK if you are finished with the data carrier.
2. Click Back to return to previous screens to make changes.
3. Click Cancel to exit the Wizard.
Additional Information
If you add the same element string twice, the Wizard lets you know that another instance of this element
string exists, and that you may remove one if you did this in error. Duplicate field names are not
permitted in the GS1 Barcode Wizard. For example, if an SSCC element string is added when there is an
existing field named SSCC, a message is displayed which states that the default name for the second
element string "SSCC" has been changed to "SSCC_2".
Changing the Formula
After you finish creating your barcode using the Barcode Wizard, it is possible to go back and alter the
barcode's formula.
1. Double-click the barcode in design view. A warning message informs you that the formula you
are about to edit was created with the Barcode Wizard, and therefore, any changes you may make
to it may render the barcode nonfunctional.
2. Click OK to open the Data Source dialog.
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Figure 7.8: Data Source Dialog
3. Edit the formula directly, or make changes to the formula using the Fields, Operations, or
Functions columns.
4. Click OK when finished, or Cancel to exit without making any changes to the formula.
Related Information
For more information on non-printing fields, refer to the Designing a Label section in this guide.
GM Barcode Wizard
Introduction
In 1999, General Motors adopted a uniform global parts labeling template that enables suppliers to use a
common label for shipment to all GM facilities worldwide. All suppliers shipping production parts to
GM facilities were required to begin using the label by March 2000. Loftware developed both a template
and a Barcode Wizard for the GM1724 Label Specification in 1999 to meet this requirement, as well as
updates as changes to this standard were made.
The wizard guides you in creating the complex PDF417 2D Barcode formula for the label.
Requirements
In order to utilize the powerful components of the GM Wizard, note the following:
1. The Security Level is set to 5 by default and must remain at 5 in order to print the PDF417
barcode with GM's compliance standards.
2. You will need a printer that has the ability to natively print PDF417 Barcodes.
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See Printers on the Tech Support section of the Loftware Web site to view the supported
models.
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Of the supported Printer Families, be aware that not all models within these families are
capable of printing the PDF417 Barcode.
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Of the models that are capable of printing the PDF417 Barcode, not all of them have the correct
firmware to print the PDF417 Barcode correctly. In some cases, firmware upgrades or changes
may need to be made. Check with your hardware manufacturer for details.
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Fonts: Loftware does NOT recommend the use of TrueType Fonts for labels, as these are
downloaded as images which can significantly decrease the throughput time. GM does NOT
require you to use TrueType fonts at this time; however, any Native Fonts utilized must be
equivalent.
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to print the PDF417 barcode before calling Loftware for support.
3. A PDF417 scanner or viewer is not required but is recommended in order to view the accuracy of
your design and formula prior to submission to GM. GM mentions laser raster scanners and
viewers in its documentation.
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Specifications
Figure 7.9: GM label 1724-A created using the GM Barcode Template and Wizard
You may find current specification information including contacts and telephone numbers by visiting
the GM Supplier Web site. Link to the GM Supplier site that contains pertinent information about format
and font specs, data sources, and data layouts. Templates and layover information are also displayed.
The GM1724 was replaced with the new standard as in the following table:
Standard Description
Individual Containers: a label for productive parts used on containers of like part numbers. (Sequenced
GM1724-A parts, modular parts, and non-productive parts are not currently covered under this standard, but service
parts are included).
GM1724-B Master Label: Suppliers are notified if this label is required by their customers.
GM1724-C Mixed Label: Suppliers are notified if this label is required by their customers.
Note: Please read these specifications completely before proceeding with the GM Barcode Wizard.
GM Barcode Wizard: What it Does and Does Not Do
Loftware's GM Barcode Wizard automatically builds the complex PDF417 Barcode, and inserts it into a
pre-made GM template. The template contains all the sub-blocks needed to meet the new standard. The
barcode is built by systematically adding together a data sequence that creates a formula designed for the
specification. When placed into the template, this completes the required GM Label. This facilitates
designing both the required and recommended fields for this label. As you enter your specific data, the
formula is automatically updated to reflect each addition you make.
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To ensure compliance, Loftware advises you to design your label and submit it to GM for approval
before printing production labels. The GM Supplier Site has label submission information.
Warning! If you delete any fields created with the wizard, all the data and any formulas you have designed are
lost. If you change the formula for this label after you have designed it, then the label may not print correctly,
and may not be in compliance.
GM Template and Wizard Instructions
Select a GM Template
1. Select File | New from the menu bar in the Loftware Label Manager Design.
2. Select Compliance Template in the New Media Wizard, and click Next.
3. Select a Device Manufacturer and Model from the drop-down lists, click Next
The following is displayed:
Figure 7.10: Choosing a Template
4. Select the template for the GM label you want to design, and click Next.
5. Click Finish when the summary screen is displayed, or click Back to change any selection.
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Note: Some of the library of templates listed have printer names associated with them. Choose a template from
the template list that matches the printer previously chosen.
The template for the label is displayed in design view.
Figure 7.11: GM Label Template
6. Continue creating the PDF417 barcode using the GM Barcode Wizard:
GM Wizard, Part 1: Getting Started
From Loftware design mode:
1. Select Insert | Barcode Wizard from the Design menu.
2. Select GM/HIBC/TLC39 Barcode Wizards from the list of available wizards, and click Next.
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Figure 7.12: Wizard Data Structure Screen
GM Wizard, Part 2: Building the GM Data Structure
1. Select PDF417 from the Symbology List, and click OK. The first dialog box, regarding Kanban
information, is displayed.
Note: Kanban is a term used to describe the flow process in Production Ordering. Kanban specifies the item and
the production quantity, the materials required, where to find them, and where to store the finished item.
Note: If you make an error in selection, click the Back button on the GM Barcode Wizard, and make the correct
choice.
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Figure 7.13: Kanban dialog box
2. Select Yes or No, and click Next.
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Note: What is Container Type? Container type information is a descriptor of the actual container that holds the
parts. The descriptor should match the designated container type within the GM Plant(s).
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Figure 7.14: Container Type Dialog Box
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Figure 7.15: Reference or PO Information Dialog Box
4. Select Yes or No, and click Next.
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If No is selected, the Container Type dialog box is displayed.
5. From the Field Name dialog box, enter a Field Name, or accept the default name, and click
Finish.
6. From the Container Type dialog box, select Yes or No, and click Next. The Field Name dialog
box is displayed.
7. Enter a field name, or accept the default name, and then click Finish.
GM Wizard, Part 3: Finishing and Printing the Label
After you have entered a name for the label and clicked Finish, the field is placed on the label in the
upper left corner. Use the cursor or the keyboard arrows to move the barcode field into place at the upper
right corner of the label (for GM1724-A labels, as shown in this section).
The completed GM Label, with the PDF417 barcode in place, is shown:
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Figure 7.16: GM label, with PDF417 Barcode Inserted
You can print this label using Loftware technology such as:
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On-Demand Print Module
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The Loftware Print Server Technology
Or, from other Windows Applications using:
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Note: You may have to make changes on the On-Demand Print Form to configure any non-printing fields you
may have. Advanced Information
GM Formula Data
Double clicking the newly created barcode displays the formula created by the Loftware GM Wizard:
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Figure 7.17: Formula Dialog Box
Data Fields
The following data fields are included in the PDF417 symbol on the GM-1724-A label:
Note: “*” Indicates a required field, however, this is subject to change by General Motors without notice. As
suggested previously, verify all GM specifications with GM.
Part Number*
Part Quantity*
Kanban
Reference
Purchase Order
Plant/Dock*
License Plate*
Material Handling Code*
Container Type (Recommended)
Weight (Recommended)
Note: The License Plate field is a combination of the supplier ID, combined with the supplier generated ship
pack serial number.
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GM - Additional Components
In addition to the data fields, there are additional components that are required by GM for processing of
the label. These components are detailed in the following table:
Component
Fixed
Data
*Compliance Indicator
[)>
*Format Trailer
Functio
n
RS()
*Format Header
06
*Part Number Data ID
P
*Part Number
Part_Number
*Data Element Separator
*Quantity Data ID
GS()
Q
*Ship Qty
Quantity
*Data Element Separator
Kanban Data ID
GS()
15K
Kanban
Reference
Data Element Separator
Reference Data ID
GS()
K
Reference
Reference
Data Element Separator
*License Plate Data ID
GS()
1J
ASSIGN_AUTH & DUNS_NO & SERIAL_
NO
*License Plate
*Data Element Separator
Material Handling Code Data
ID
GS()
20L
*Material Handling Code
Mat_Hand_Code
Data Element Separator
Container Type Data ID
GS()
B
Container Type
Container_Type
Data Element Separator
Weight Data ID
Variable Data Field Name
GS()
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Component
Fixed
Data
Functio
n
Weight
Variable Data Field Name
Weight
*Weight Qualifier
GT
*Format Trailer
RS()
*Message Trailer
EOT()
The functions from the table above result in the encoding of the following characters into the symbol:
Functio
n
H
ex
Decim
al
GS()
1D
29
RS()
1E
30
EOT()
04
04
Related Information
Refer to the printing sections in this guide, and The Loftware Print Server, Clients, and Internet Printing in the
Loftware Print Server User’s Guide to review how to print this label.
UPN Healthcare Wizard
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GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128)
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barcodes
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This section walks you through the entire barcode creation process using Loftware’s Barcode Wizard.
Instructions include how to:
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Create Primary, Secondary, or Combined barcodes for your label file that require UPN (Universal
Product Number) barcodes.
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UPN Barcode Options
Loftware Label Manager and the Loftware Print Server use the Loftware GS1 Barcode Wizard to help
create barcodes that comply with the UPN specification for both the GS1 and HIBC. The wizard walks
you through a series of screens asking specific questions about the information you want in your
Primary and/or Secondary barcode.
The barcodes contain these options:
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Option
Description
Primary
Labeler Identification Code, Manufacturer ID, Product/Catalog Number, and Unit of
Measure.
Seconda
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Information such as Lot Number, Quantity, and/or Date.
Combine
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Combines the Primary and Secondary information into one barcode.
The questions you answer automatically create a formula that produces the barcode for your label.
Creating a Primary and Secondary LIC Barcode
UPN Wizard, Part 1: Getting Started
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Choose UPN
To get started
1. Click Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Design 32. A blank label on the left side of the
screen and a blank Properties Box on the right side are displayed.
Note: If you do not see the Properties Box, use the View | Properties menu command to display it. If you do
not see a blank label, select the File | New menu commands and create a new label. To adjust the label size,
use the File | Media Setup menu command.
2. Select Insert | Barcode Wizard menu at the top of the screen.
3. Select GM/HIBC/TLC39 Barcode Wizards from the list of available wizards, and click Next.
UPN Wizard, Part 2: Building A LIC Data Structure
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Add specific and optional information to a Primary Barcode.
To build a LIC data structure
1. Select UPN Wizards at the end of the Data Structure list. The first Barcode Wizard dialog is
displayed.
2. Click Primary.
UPN Wizard, Part 3: Creating a Primary Barcode
To create a primary barcode:
1. Select the LIC option from the Data Structure screen.
2. Select the barcode symbology you want to use.
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Figure 7.18: Symbology selection Screen
If this is the first time this symbology has been selected, the following screen is displayed:
Figure 7.19: Labeler Identification Display Screen
3. Type in a New Entry, (Example: A234), and the Entry Description (Example: ‘Flag Character’),
and click OK.
4. Select the Labeler Identification Code from the box, and click Next.
Note: To add another identification code, click Add New Entry and follow the instructions on the screen. To
delete a code, select the Identification Number and then Click Delete Entry. Warning! Once you delete the ID,
you cannot undelete!
The following screen is displayed:
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Figure 7.20: Product/Catalog Number dialog box
5. Select Yes or No, click Next.
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have to enter the part/catalog number at print time.
6. Type in new values for Field Name and Length or leave the default values in place, and click
Next.
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7. Enter up to 13 digits, and click Next.
The Unit of Measure ID screen is displayed.
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Figure 7.21: Unit of Measure ID at Print time Dialog Box
8. Select Yes or No, and click Next.
9. Enter a field name for Unit of Measure, and click Next.
10. Enter a Unit of Measure value (see the following), and click Next.
0 = unit of use
5 = case
1 = unit of sale
6 = reserved
2 = reserved
7 = master case
3 = carton
8 = reserved
4 = reserved
9 = variable quantity container
11. Enter a name for the Primary barcode, and click Finish.
Note: If data is entered from a keyboard or database for non-printing fields, select On-Demand Print Form from
the View menu, or click the Customize On-Demand Print icon from the toolbar. Then, DOUBLE-Click each field
to change its data source.
You may see the following screen (after adjusting the fields) depending on your choices:
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Figure 7.22: Primary Field Creation
UPN Wizard, Part 4: Creating a Secondary Barcode
You can create a LIC or a GS1 Secondary Barcode containing information such as Lot Number, Quantity,
and/or Date. This example allows you to:
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Create a LIC Secondary barcode
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Add Julian date
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Add Lot Number
To create a Secondary Barcode
1. Follow the steps from UPN Wizard, Part 1, in the preceding section.
2. Select and press the UPN Wizard button. The following is displayed:
3. Click the Secondary button; select LIC as the Secondary barcode data structure, and click Next.
4. Select the barcode symbology you want to use, and click OK.
The following screen is displayed:
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Figure 7.23: Selecting the HIBC Flag Character
5. Select the flag you want to use, and click Next.
UPN Wizard, Part 5: Create a Barcode with Julian Date and Lot Only
Creating an Expiration Date in Julian format and a Lot/Batch number in the barcode:
1. Select the Symbol to encode, “Only the Julian Date” and “Lot Number” (+), and click Next.
2. Enter a field name for the date.
3. Enter the number of days until the product expires, and click Next.
Example
If the product expires in one year, enter 365. The date printed on the label is one year from the day the label is
printed.)
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Figure 7.24: Lot Field Creation
4. Enter a field name and length for the Lot, and click Next.
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Figure 7.25: Name Secondary Barcode Symbology
5. Enter a field name for the Secondary barcode, and Finish.
Note: If data is entered from a keyboard or database for non-printing fields, select On-Demand Print Form from
the View menu, or click the Customize On-Demand Print icon from the toolbar. Then, DOUBLE-Click each field
to change its data source.
The Secondary Barcode is placed on the upper left corner of the label. Use the mouse cursor, the
Properties Box, or the arrow keys to move the new barcode and the human readable field into place
below the Primary Barcode.
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Figure 7.26: Secondary Barcode placed on the Label.
UPN Wizard, Part 6: Create LIC Secondary Barcode with Lot Only
For a product with a secondary barcode and lot only:
1. Select +$ from the HIBC LIC Secondary Barcode Creation dialog box7, and click Next.
2. Enter a name for the Lot and a field length, and click Next.
3. Enter a name for the Secondary barcode, and click Finish.
Note: If data is entered from the keyboard or database using non-printing fields, select the On-Demand Data
Entry form from the View menu, or click the Switch Views icon from the toolbar. Then, double click each field
to change its data source.
UPN Wizard, Part 7: Creating LIC Secondary Barcode Using Other Data Formats
1. Select +$$ (to encode other data structures) from the HIBC LIC Secondary Barcode Creation dialog
box, click Next.
2. Selecting +$$ allows you to include Quantity, Date and/or Lot and Batch Number on your
Secondary Label. First, decide if you want to include a Quantity on your label by choosing Yes or
No.
3. Select Yes or No and click Next.
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4. Select the 2 or 5 digit quantity format you want, and click Next.
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5. Enter a name for Quantity, and click Next.
Note: If you did not select Quantity, then the references to that field are not in the Formula, Description, and
Non-Printing Fields boxes.
6. Select Yes or No, and click Next.
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7. Select the date format you want (scroll through the list for more options), and click Next.
8. Enter a name for the date and the number of days until the product expires, and click Next.
Example
If the product expires in one year, or 365 days, enter 365. The date printed on the label is one year from the
day the label is printed.
Note: If you did not select Quantity or Date, then the references to those fields are not in the Formula,
Description, and Non-Printing Fields boxes.
9. Enter a name for the Lot and a field length, and click Next.
10. Enter a name for the Secondary barcode, and click Finish.
Warning! Barcodes and human readable fields are not validated on the WYSIWYG screen. TEST print does not
show your actual encoded data. You must go to a Loftware Label Manager printing application such as OnDemand or Range Printing to encode and validate your actual data.
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Configuring Data Sources
The Loftware Label Manager allows you to extract data from a variety of sources, including external
databases, to help you produce labels exactly the way you want them.
Note: Block Configuration data source for RFID fields and Keyboard data source, as it applies to RFID fields, are
discussed in the RFID section. Data Sources can be assigned to any variable field on the label including text, barcode and image fields.
Data sources cannot be assigned to fixed text fields, and RFID field values can only be assigned using
the Keyboard or the Block Configuration data source. In addition, while fields added to an RFID label,
other than the RFID field represented by the antenna icon, can obtain values from the data sources
described in this section, variable text fields added to an RFID tag can obtain their values only from the
Keyboard data source.
This section explains how to get the most out of the Loftware Label Manager’s data source functionality.
Field Type
Data Source
A keyboard (Data Entry) field
Keyboard
Character types allowed on input
Keyboard
A database key field with ODBC
Database-Key
Other database fields with ODBC
Database-Data
Database field referencing a file name that contains the
data
Database-File
Database field referencing a serial number file to be used
for this record
Database-Serial
Key fields for multiple databases
Database-Key
Standard date or time fields
Date/Time
Custom date or time field
Date/Time
Data from a text file
File
Fixed text input
Fixed
Math calculations
Formula
“Copy-from” other fields
Formula
Several fields combined together
Formula
Check digits or special functions
Formula
Combined calculations
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Field Type
Data Source
Sub-strings copied from other fields
Formula
Paragraph text
Any Data Source
Serial Number Files
Serial Number
Formula for HIBC barcode
Formula
Formula using non-printing fields
Formula
Number increment or decrement
Data Source
Character set to use with incr/decr
Increment/Decrement
Increment or decrement and store result
Serial Number
Non-printing fields
Specify its Data Source, and then set its Printing Field
property to No.
RFID fields
Block Configuration
Keyboard
Variable Images from Database
Database-Data
GS1 Code 128 Barcode
GS1 Wizard
UPN Healthcare Barcodes
UPN Wizard
Value or visual properties of a field based on the result of
an executed script
Script
ISBT barcode
Script
An image that does not change from label to label
Fixed-Image
With Data Sources, you can:
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Identify the source (for example database) from which the Loftware Label Manager obtains the
data that is included on a label.
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Control what a user can enter on a label when preparing a print run using an On-Demand Print
form.
Data sources can be defined for any variable field, text, barcode or image. The default data source for all
fields other than image is Keyboard, which assumes direct user input for the data at print time, for
example, a data entry station on the shop floor. The default data source for an image is Fixed.
Related Information
For more on data concepts, refer to the About Data Push section of the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
For information on RFID fields, refer to the RFID section of this guide .
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To access the Data Source dialog box:
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Select the field for which you want to define the data source. l
Right click the field and select Edit Data Source from the pop-up menu. l
Click the browse button (...) next to the Data Source property in the property box.
This displays the Data Source dialog box which lists available data sources. The right side contains the
information to set up the selected data source. As you select different Data Sources, the information on
the right side changes to display information specific to the selected Data Source.
Non-RFID Field Data Source List
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Keyboard (default)
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Databases (Key, Data, Serial and File)
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Date/Time
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File
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Fixed
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Formula
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Increment/Decrement
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Script
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Serial-Number
RFID Field Data Source List
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Keyboard
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Block Configuration
About Force Max # Chars
The Force Max # Chars option allows you to set the display, data entry, and printing behavior of label
fields in cases where the value of a field exceeds the Max #Chars property for the field. You can select a
behavior for each field on a label individually from the Data Source dialog box. You can also set a global
Force Max # Chars setting preference for all fields.
Note: By default Force Max # Chars is set to Do Not Force Max # Chars. This may impact keyboard data
entry for labels designed in or prior to version 9.6. For example, if you previously limited operators to entering
10 characters for a phone number, after upgrading to version 9.6, operators may now be able to enter 11 or
more characters. To restore the Max # Chars enforcement on all fields, enable Force Max #Chars globally.
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Force Max # Chars Settings
Setting
Description
Use Global Setting
(Default)
The field will follow the global preference.
Force Max # Chars
The field will truncate to the setting for Max # Chars for the field.
Do Not Force Max # Chars
The field will display the full value entered or retrieved for the
field.
To Set the Global Force Max # Chars Preference
1. Open the Preferences window: Select Options | Preferences or click F8.
2. Expand Print Modules, and then expand All Print Modules.
3. Select Force Max # Chars.
4. Click OK. You must restart Loftware Label Manager for the new setting to take effect.
Figure 8.1: Force Max # Chars Setting
To Truncate Fields Per Their Max # Chars Setting
1. Select a field on a label.
2. Open the Data Sources window: Double click the setting for the property.
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3. Select the setting from the Force Max # Chars field.
4. Click OK.
Figure 8.2: Force Max # Chars Field
Keyboard Data Source
The Keyboard data source is used for fields that get their data from the On-Demand Print Form, ActiveX
Control, or the Loftware Print Server (LPS). For keyboard fields, you must define rules for the user to
follow when entering data .
Note: For RFID fields using the Keyboard data source, data must be in hexadecimal format.
Options for Keyboard Data Source
Note: Some of the following parameters may not apply to LPS and ActiveX/.NET controls.
Entry Type
Define the entry as Optional, Must Fill or Mandatory.
Option
Optional (default)
Description
Allows the user to make an entry in the field or bypass the field.
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Option
Description
Must-Fill
Requires the user to make an entry in the field that matches the
maximum number of characters specified in the properties box
for that field.
Mandatory
Requires the user to make an entry in the field but allows any
number of characters up to and including the maximum
number of characters specified in the properties box.
Update Method and Clear Value
The Update Method instructs the Loftware Label Manager what to do after a label is printed.
Option
Description
Clear (default)
Clears the field after a label is printed. The field is cleared to
whatever is in the Clear Value field. By default, the field is
cleared (set to blank), but you can assign a Clear Value (for
example, you may want to have a Pack Quantity field clear to a
standard pack quantity of 100). The Clear Value field is only
active if the Update Method is set to Clear.
Remember
Retains the user input data for successive print runs of the same
label. For example, if the packer number is displayed on a label
and the same packer is responsible for several print runs of the
same label, there is no need for the packer to re-enter Packer
Number.
Remember Across
Labels
Retains the user input data across successive print runs of the
same or different labels. If the packer number is displayed on
several different labels and the same packer is responsible for
printing these labels over time, there is no need for the packer
to re-enter Packer Number for each print run.
Remembering Data Across Labels
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Each label to be printed must have a field with the same name, for example, “Packer”.
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Assign a Keyboard data source for each field.
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Set the field as Remember Across Labels on each label format.
Character Mask and Custom Mask
Character Mask allows you to define or limit the types of characters the user may enter. Note that for
RFID fields, the only choice is Hexadecimal.
Mask
Description
None (default)
Enter any keyboard character.
Alphanumeric
Enter upper or lower case alphabetical characters (A through Z,
a through z) and numeric digits (0 through 9).
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Mask
Description
Alpha Only
Enter upper or lower case alphabetical characters (A through Z,
a through z) only.
Code 39
Enter characters in the Code 39 ASCII character set.
Code 93
Enter characters in the Code 93 character set.
Custom
Specify exactly which characters the user can enter in the
Custom Mask field. Custom allows you to create your own
character masks.
Full ASCII
Enter any character (in the Code 39 extended ASCII character
set). See the ASCII-Code 39 Reference Table.
Hexadecimal
Enter hexadecimal digits (0 through 9, A through F) only. For
RFID fields, this is the only accepted choice.
Numeric-Only
Enter numeric digits (0 through 9) only.
UCC
Enter numerals, spaces, or parentheses only. For building GS1128 SSCC or GS1-128 Generic barcodes.
UCC-128
Enter numerals, spaces, parentheses, or alphabetic characters
only. For building GS1-128 SSCC or GS1-128 generic barcodes.
Uppercase
Alphanumeric
Enter uppercase alphabetical characters (A through Z) and
numeric digits (0 through 9) only.
Uppercase Alpha-Only
Enter uppercase alphabetical characters (A through Z) only.
Custom Mask Examples
Custom masks are not available for RFID fields.
Example 1: (Custom Character Mask)
You have a production line field for which the valid values are 1, 2, 3 or 4. To create the appropriate
character mask:
1. Select Custom as the Character Mask type.
2. Type "1234" in the Custom Mask field.
Example 2: (Custom Character Mask)
You want to let the user type a decimal point and a number anywhere in the field, for example 1.235 or
123.5. To create the appropriate Character Mask:
1. Select Custom as the Character Mask type.
2. Type "1234567890" in the Custom Mask field.
Be sure to enter a decimal point.
Note: The Custom Mask field is only active if the Character Mask is set to Custom.
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Help Text - The Help Text field allows you to enter a customized prompt that is displayed in the Status
Bar on On-Demand Print Form. This assists the user in data entry.
For Example
For a User ID field, you might want to add the following help text:
ENTER 4-digit employee ID number
Whenever the cursor is moved to this field in On-Demand printing, this customized help string is
displayed in the status bar.
Block Configuration Data Source
The Block Configuration data source is used to specify values for RFID fields. It allows selection of RFID
tag type, EPC/DoD/URI data structure and encoding type.
Related Information
Block Configuration data source for RFID fields and the fields available on the Block Configuration dialog are
discussed in the RFID section of this guide.
Date and Time Data Source
The Date/Time data source allows entry of the print date and time on a label in a variety of formats.
Important: The print date and time reflect your computer system’s current date and time at the time of
printing, which is tracked by your system’s internal clock/calendar. Thus, if you plan to print Expiration Date
using the Date/Time function, you must calculate the expiration date based on the date the item is labeled and
shipped. You may also use keyboard entries in a variable text field to enter any date desired on your labels.
Data Source Options
Date/Time data source fields have the following options:
Format Dates and Times
Select from a list of predefined Date/Time format options. As you choose a format, a sample date or time
is shown in the sample field.
Custom Dates and Times
You can, if you wish, create your own custom Date/Time options or customize one of the predefined
format options, using this key:
Key code
Description
d
day
ddd
day (for example Tues)
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Key code
Description
dddd
day (for example Tuesday)
h
hour
mm
minute (or month)
mmm
month (for example Mar)
mmmm
month (for example March)
ss
second
yy
year
WW
week number (for example, Jan 1 through 7 = Week
01)
JJJ
day no. (Julian calendar, for example, Jan 1 = Day
001)
AM/PM
time AM or PM indicator is to print
Here are a few examples of the versatility of the Date/Time option:
Custom Format ...
LLM prints the date and/or time as...
d-mmm
27-Mar
d-mmm-yy
27-Mar-00
ddmmyy
270300
h:mm:ss
3:01:03 PM
m/d/yy
3/27/00
h:mm “EST”
15:01 EST
Note: You can also add literal text to a format by enclosing text in quotation marks.
Single-Digit Date Formats
To set the single-digit option, in Design Mode, select Options | Preferences. Under the Design Options
section, select one or more of the single digit date options. When a single-digit date option is enabled,
any date over one digit is represented by the first letter of the alphabet, thus the 10th month is
represented by an A, the 11th month B, the 15th day F. See the following figure and table for examples.
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Figure 8.3: Setting Single-digit Day, Month, Year
Custom Date
String
Date...
Single Digit
date
m/d/y
11/27/0
2
B/ R/ 2
y-m-d
99-1231
9 -C-V
d_m_y
26_7_
03
Q_7_3
mmm-d
Oct. 20
A-K
Add and Delete Buttons
If you want to add your custom format to the list of available formats for future use, click Add. This
action adds the new entry to your list of formats. You can use the Delete to remove any of your custom
formats. You cannot delete the predefined formats.
Calculate Expiration Date
If you require an expiration date calculation, enter number of days to be added after the date is retrieved
from your system’s internal clock. Please note that the day the label is printed should be the same day
the item is shipped.
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File Data Source
The File data source directs Loftware Label Manager to retrieve the data for the selected field from the
specified text file. For example, if you prepare labels for pharmaceutical products, chemicals or
hazardous substances, your labels may require Warning or Special Handling messages.
Using text files to store these warning messages allows you to update an external text file and have it
reflected in the next print run without having to change every label that contains the message.
To use the File data source, type in the name of the text file to use or use the Browse button to search for
the file. The File data source is used primarily for importing large amounts of data into a single field on
your label.
The File data source works very well with paragraph fields since paragraphs can automatically wrap
data to the next line. Two-dimensional barcodes are also examples of fields that may require a file data
source.
Fixed Data Source
As implied by the name of the data source, the data is fixed - it remains the same across all labels. For
text fields, using the Fixed data source with a variable text field is similar to using the Fixed Text Tool.
For barcodes and images, using the Fixed data source is the only way to the field’s data fixed. To use the
Fixed data source, type in the text to use for the field data. Fixed data does not show up on the OnDemand Print Form, but will show up on the printed label.
Note: UTF-8 data input is supported for fixed fields.
Formula Data Source
The Formula data source is one of the most powerful and versatile features of LLM. Using formulas, you
can:
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Perform math operations and print the result on the label
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Copy data from another field and incorporate it into the selected field
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Combine data from two or more fields using the combine operator “&”
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Create special field setups, such as Code 128 functions or special check-digit capability)
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Use the quantity of labels printed as data to create n of m labels (For example, 1 of 20, 2 of 20
where the value is the quantity of labels entered by the user). See Knowledge Base article 2009276.
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Perform string manipulations (For example: left, Part_Number, 10) extracts the first 10 characters
of the data in the Part_Number field)
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Combine any or all of the above functions in a single field
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Use formulas that use the results of other formulas. Loftware Label Manager automatically
calculates all dependent fields first.
Loftware Label Manager uses spreadsheet-like syntax for its formulas. If you are an experienced
spreadsheet user, you can type formulas in manually. However, to make it easier to use Loftware Label
Manager’s formulas, the Formula data source dialog box has a Formula Assistant.
This section provides a general overview of how to take advantage of Loftware Label Manager formula
features. It is useful to experiment and practice with your own formula combinations to discover the
functions that work best for your own applications.
The Importance of Meaningful Field Names
Giving your fields a meaningful name makes it easier to work with formulas.
Example1
The formula (Gross_Weight – Tare Weight) / Piece_Weight is much easier to understand than (TXT0000 –
BAR0001) / BAR0002.
Example2
Building a complete name string out of three input fields is easier to read as: FirstName & “” & Middle Initial & “”
& LastName
Creating a Formula
Loftware Label Manager provides two basic methods for creating formulas:
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Type the formula directly into a text box. This is similar to typing a formula into a spreadsheet.
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Use Loftware Label Manager’s Formula Assistant capability. This allows you to build your
formulas from lists of field names, operations (for example, mathematical calculations) and
functions.
You can also combine both methods when creating a formula.
Using the Formula Assistant
The Formula Assistant consists of three columns:
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Fields: A list of all of the variable fields on the label that you can include in the formula. Any
non-printing fields that you may have dropped on the custom operator input screen also show up
in this list.
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Operations: The mathematical operators and string functions you use in conjunction with fields.
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Functions: A list of special barcode functions, check digits and system values.
Using the Formula Assistant, you can build a formula by pointing and clicking on Field Names,
Operations and Functions.
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Mathematically adding Two Fields Together
1. In the list of Fields, click the name of the first field you wish to include in the formula.
Note: The field name is displayed in the formula edit box.
2. In the list of Operations, click the plus button (+). (It is displayed in the text box, following the
name of the first field.)
3. Return to the list of Fields and click the next field that you wish to include in the formula.
You can use point-and-click methods to create virtually any combination of fields and calculation for a
formula.
Note: Loftware Label Manager does not require you to use point-and-click techniques to create formulas. If you
wish, type your formulas directly into the text box using regular keystrokes.
Formula Examples
The following table provides four examples of Loftware Label Manager’s Formula Assistant capabilities:
Operation
Procedure
Example
Combine
text from
two or more
fields
Select each field by name and separate field names with the Combine
operator (&).
FirstName & " " & LastName
Perform
basic
mathematic
al functions
Select each field by name, separated by functions using values from
the appropriate mathematical symbol selected fields. (*, -,+, /). Use
parenthesis to override normal math precedence.
(GrossWeight - TareWeight)
/ PieceWeight
Copy data
from
another
field
Enter the field name of the field you want to copy from in the
formula.
Copy from the PackType
field. Example: PackType
Use the LEFT(), MID() or RIGHT() string functions.
LEFT (Description, 10) =
Copy from the first 10
characters of the Description
field.
Copy part of
another
field
The Formula Assistant’s Operators and Functions
Loftware Label Manager uses standard spreadsheet-type operators and string functions.
Mathematical Operators
Operators
Description
*
Multiplies the values of two selected fields.
/
Divides one field by another.
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Description
+
Adds the values of two selected fields.
-
Subtracts the value of a field from the value of the previous field.
( )
Parenthesis is used to override normal math precedence.
String Functions
Function
Description
Concatenates the values of two strings or fields of data.
Combine (&)
Syntax: “fixed_string” & field_name or field_name &
“fixed_string”
Example: Concatenate a text field TXT001 with a fixed
string “1234”. TXT001 & “1234”
Copies the contents of one field into a secondary destination
field.
Copy-From
Syntax: CopyFrom(fieldname)
Example: Copy the contents of field BAR001.CopyFrom
(BAR001)
Inserts a fixed string of characters within a formula. (Is
displayed in text field as “ “.)
Fixed String
Syntax: “fixed string”
Example: Create a fixed string with the characters
“Loftware” “Loftware”
Pads stated character onto the beginning (or leftmost side)
of the field.
Left-Pad
Syntax: lpad (‘pad_char’, max_width, fieldname) pad_
char: character to be padded into printed field
max_width: maximum total size of field to print
including padded characters fieldname: the field to
extract data from
Example: Pad the character L onto the leftmost side of
the field TEXT0000, making the printed field eight
characters long. LPAD(‘L’,8,Text0000)
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Function
Description
Returns the first (or leftmost) character or characters from
the selected field.
Left-String
Syntax: left(fieldname, num-chars)
fieldname: the field to extract data from
num-chars: the number of characters to copy
Example: Returns the first (or leftmost) four characters
from the selected field TEXT0003. LEFT(Text0003,4)
Removes stated characters from the beginning (or left most
side) of the field.
Left-Trim
Syntax: ltrim(‘trim character’,fieldname) trim_char:
character to be trimmed from field
fieldname: the field to extract data from.
Example: Removes all consecutive occurrences of the
character N from the leftmost side of the field
TEXT0002. LTRIM(‘N’,Text0002)
Returns a specific number of characters from the selected
field, starting at the position you specify.
Mid-String
Syntax: mid(fieldname, start_pos, length)
fieldname: the field to extract data from
start_pos: is the position of the first character you want
to extract. The first character in a field has tart_pos 1
and so on.
length: the number of characters to copy.
Example: Extract 10 characters from the Description
field, starting at the fifth character. MID(Description, 5,
10)
Parenthesis
Inserts a set of parentheses into the formula. You can move
the cursor inside the parenthesis to enter more operations
into the parenthesis. Note the text cursor auto positions
inside the parenthesis.
Pads stated character onto the end (or rightmost side) of the
field.
Right-Pad
Syntax: rpad (‘pad-char’,max-width, fieldname)
pad_char: character to be padded into printed field
max_width: maximum total size of field to print
including padded characters
fieldname: the field to extract data from
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Function
Description
Returns the last (or right most) character or characters from
the selected field right (the field to extract data from, the
number of characters to copy)
Right-String
Syntax: right (fieldname, num-chars). fieldname: the
field to extract data from
num-chars: the number of characters to copy.
Example: Returns the last (or right most) three
characters from the selected field TEXT0004. RIGHT
(Text0004,3)
Removes stated characters from the end (or rightmost side)
of the field. Right-Trim
Syntax: rtrim(‘trim character’,fieldname)
trim_char: character to be trimmed from field
fieldname: the field to extract data from
Example: Removes all consecutive occurrences of the
character 1 from the rightmost side of the field
TEXT0003. RTRIM(‘1’,Text0003)
Special Functions
Loftware Label Manager contains some special functions for advanced applications.
Function
Description
ASCII BEL
Inserts an alert (bell) character (an audible signal)
ASCII CR
Inserts a carriage return (Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII CRLF
Inserts a carriage return line feed (Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII EOT
Inserts an end of transmission (Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII FF
Inserts a form feed
ASCII FS
Inserts a file separator character, common in Maxi-Code (Decimal
and Hex values)
ASCII GS
Inserts a group separator character, common in Maxi-Code
(Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII HT
Inserts a tab character (Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII LF
Inserts a line feed (Decimal and Hex values)
ASCII RS
Inserts a record separator character
ASCII SO
Inserts a Shift Out character to extend the graphic character set
Code128: Code A
Upper alpha, numeric and ASCII function calls.
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Function
Description
Code128: Code B
Upper and lower case alphanumeric.
Code128: Code C
Numeric only
Code128: Code UCC
Makes a standard Code 128 barcode with a Subset C and Function
1.
Code 128: Shift
Inserts a Code 128 Shift character for switching subsets
Composite Delimiter
Inserts a character that separates the composite data portion
Duplicates
The field uses the number of duplicate labels to be printed,
entered at print time, as its data.
FNC1
Inserts a Function 1 character into the barcode.
FNC2
Inserts a Function 2 character into the barcode.
FNC3
Inserts a Function 3 character into the barcode.
FNC4
Inserts a Function 4 character into the barcode.
Link check character
Inserts a Link check character into the barcode. Both the HIBC LIC
Standard data structures and the HIBC UCC/EAN Primary field
employ a Link Character for additional data security
Mod10
Inserts a Modulus 10 check character based on all of the preceding
digits in the field.
Mod43
Inserts a Modulus 43 check character based on all of the preceding
characters in the field.
Mod7
Inserts a Modulus 7 check character based on all of the preceding
digits in the field.
Quantity of Labels
The field uses the number of labels to be printed, entered at print
time, as its data.
Example: In conjunction with an incrementing field, you can use
this feature to build a label counter (For example, 1 of 5, 2 of 5)
where the “of” count automatically matches the number of labels
printed.
UCCMod10
Inserts a Modulus 10 check character based on the preceding
digits, back to, but not including, the Application Identifier. Using
this function allows multiple UCC128 data fields to be combined in
a single barcode.
Examples
A field has the data:
(00) 00100 28028 99999999 & UCCMOD10()
The first UCCMOD10() function calculates a Mod 10 Check Digit
for the data back to but not including the (00).
(01) 9323403 & UCCMOD10()
The second UCCMOD10() function calculates a Mod 10 Check
Digit for the data back to but not including the (01).
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Function
Description
*Inserts the specified Code 128 function into a barcode field. Text fields ignore this function. The function
commands behave differently for different printers. Consult Loftware Label Manager Online Help for specific
information pertaining to your printer and examples of different Code 128 applications.
Other Formula Examples
The following example shows the power of formulas in setting up a complex HIBC barcode.
In practice, it may help you to use the UPN Healthcare Barcode Wizard. The Wizard builds the formula
for you as it guides you through the specification.
Related Information
For information on Wizards if you are using GM, UPN, HIBC or GS1 barcodes, refer to Templates and Wizards in
this guide.
Creating an Application Using HIBC Barcodes
Using the Loftware Label Manager Formula data source enables you to build complex label formats such
as those used in HIBC (Health Industry Business Communications Council) applications.
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Figure 8.4: HIBC Label with Primary and Secondary Barcodes
In the previous example, the label format contains two barcodes that are linked by a check digit
character. These barcodes can be set up as either Code 39 or Code 128 symbology. These example labels
(HIBC_128.LWT and HIBC_39.LWT) are provided in the Loftware Label Manager general template
directories. To use this feature:
1. Set up the CheckDigitManually options in the parameter file (Preferences instructions)
LLMWDN32 Configuration file (Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | System Folders |
Configuration). This forces the check digit to be calculated by Loftware instead of the printer.
2. Create a variable barcode named PRIMARY. This is your primary barcode. The primary barcode
must be long enough to hold your Labeler Identification Code (LIC), your Product Code and your
Unit of Measure. 3. Create a variable barcode named SECONDARY. This is your secondary barcode. The secondary
barcode must be long enough to hold your Expiration and Lot/Batch information.
Related Information
For more information about creating variable fields and variable non-printing fields, refer to the Designing Labels
and On-Demand Printing sections of this guide.
Creating HIBC Formulas
The following are the formulas for the example label's primary and secondary HIBC barcodes.
Primary Barcode (PRIMARY)
“+M34YAH1289J3”& MOD43()
Characters
Description
“+M34YAH1289J
3”
Is a fixed string containing your information. (This data could be taken from variable field
using a non-printing field.)
mod43()
Calculates the modulus 43 checkdigit for the primary barcode.
Secondary Barcode (SECONDARY)
“+97048A123456B”& right(PRIMARY,1) & MOD43()
Characters
Description
“+97048A123456
B”
Is a fixed string containing your information. (This could be taken from a variable field using
a non-printing field).
right(PRIMARY,1)
Takes the rightmost character of PRIMARY (which is the check digit) and adds it to
SECONDARY. You can access this string function by double-clicking the “right-string”
function.
mod43()
Calculates the modulus 43 checkdigit for this barcode (the secondary barcode).
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Increment/Decrement Data Source
The Increment/Decrement (Incr/Decr) data source allows you to print increasing or decreasing values in
a field (Increments or Decrements). The starting value for each print run is entered by the user at print
time or it is set using a clear-to value. The difference between the Incr/Decr data source and the Serial
Number data source is that the Serial Number data source remembers the last value printed in a file.
This value can be shared among different labels. Serial files can also be shared system wide across a
network. Be sure that you understand both data sources before choosing one.
Extended Mode vs. Native Mode
Most thermal transfer printers have the capability of incrementing or decrementing data in the printer’s
firmware. This allows the printers to print much faster than having to send a different label (with the
incremented value) each time a field has to be incremented. The Loftware Label Manager design mode
allows you to set up any incrementing situation you need. For example, the incrementing scheme may be
alphanumeric or may be embedded in a formula.
The printing subsystem evaluates the nature of your increment/decrement request to see if the printer is
able to handle it internally. If the answer is yes, the job is sent to the printer and the printer is told to
increment between labels. This scenario is called Native Mode. If it is determined that the printer cannot
handle the request, the printing subsystem performs the incrementing for the printer and sends the new
data for each label. This is called Extended Mode and is slower than Native Mode.
Rule of Thumb: If a formula is a copy-from field and is incr/decr or serial, it is printed natively. If you have a
formula which is concatenated with an incr/decr or serial field, it is printed in Extended Mode.
When the Number Wraps
You should provide enough zeros during your print run so that the incrementing number increments
through significant digit positions before resetting to zero. For example, a starting number of 00
increments through 99 before wrapping back to 00. A starting value of 000 wraps at 999 and so on. You
may trim the leading 0 using the L-Trim formula function on a non-printing field that you have defined
as incrementing.
Note: Using the L-Trim formula function may force the printer into the slower Extended Mode.
Options for the Increment/Decrement Data Source
Type
Type allows you to select Increment (count up) or Decrement (count down).
Mode
This function allows you to specify the character set used to Increment or Decrement.
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Behavior
Numeric-Only (default)
Increments/Decrements an integer counter.
Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ...
Uppercase
Alphanumeric
Increments/Decrements an alphanumeric counter.
Example 1: AA8, AA9, AAA, AAB…
Example 2: AZX, AZY, AZZ, B00, B01, B02…
Uppercase Alpha-Only
Increments/Decrements an alpha-only counter.
Example 1: AAA, AAB, AAC, AAD, ...
Example 2: AZX, AZY, AZZ, BAA, BAB, BAC…
Increments/Decrements a hexadecimal counter
Hexadecimal
Example 1: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F, 10, 11, 12..
Specifies exactly which characters to use in the increment / decrement
sequence.
Custom
Custom Sequence
If you choose to create a Custom increment/decrement sequence, you must enter the allowed characters
in the Custom Sequence field.
Example
(Custom Inc/Dec Definition)
If you want to feature an alphanumeric field without the letters I, O, S and Z (to avoid possible confusion with
the numerals 1, 0 and 5). Select Custom; type in the desired custom sequence in the Custom Sequence text
box:
0123456789ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRTUVWXY
(The above example eliminates I, O, S and Z).
By Value
Sets the interval by which the field increments or decrements at print time.
Update Method and Clear Value
The Update Method instructs Loftware Label Manager what to do after a label is printed.
Option
Clear
(default)
Behavior
Clears the field after a label is printed. The field is cleared to whatever is in the Clear Value
field. By default, the field is cleared (set to blank”), but you can assign a Clear Value later in
the dialog box. The Clear Value field is only active if the Update Method is set to Clear.
Example
Create a box counter (1 of x, 2 of x) that always starts at 1.
Use the Clear update method and set the Clear Value to 1.
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Option
Behavior
Update
to Next
Value
Sets the field to the next available value in the sequence. Use this option to create a
continuing series of labels.
Reset to
Original
Value
Resets the counter to the starting value entered by the user.
Help Text (Inc/Dec)
The Help Text field allows you to enter a custom prompt that is displayed in the Status Bar at the
bottom of an On-Demand Print Form to assist the user in data entry.
Serial Number Data Source
If Serial Numbers are an integral part of your company’s operation, please read the following:
Most thermal transfer printers have the capability of serializing data in the printer’s firmware. This
allows the printers to print much faster than having to send a different label request (with the
incremented value) each time a field has to be incremented. The Loftware Label Manager Design mode
allows you to set up many serial number schemes. For example, the serialization scheme may be
alphanumeric, or may be embedded in a formula. The printing subsystem evaluates the nature of your
serial number request to see if the printer can handle it internally. If the answer is yes, the job is sent to
the printer and the printer is told to increment between labels. This scenario is called Native Mode. If it
is determined that the printer is not able to handle the request, the printing subsystem must perform the
incrementing for the printer and send the new data for each label. This is called Extended Mode and is
significantly slower than Native Mode.
The Serial Number option is similar to the Increment/Decrement option, but the serial number offers
these additional features:
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Serial numbers when used in conjunction with the LPS are never repeated; however, if a job does
not print or is restarted, the serial numbers that did not print are skipped.
Example
Serial number starting at 000. If 50 labels are printed and the job is restarted after 25 labels, the LPS
restarts printing with serial number 076.
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Serial numbers can be attached to more than one label, i.e., several labels can share a common
sequence.
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Serial file names may be specified in a database so that you can select which Serial file pertains to
which part number.
Related Information
Read and understand the Extended vs. Native Mode and When the Number Wraps sections from the
Increment/Decrement data source. This information applies to Serial data sources as well.
Create a Serial Number File: Example
Assume that you are labeling cartons of Router Blades, and you have two types of customers to whom
you must ship the blades: Wholesalers and Retailers. Your wholesalers and retailers require two
completely different labels, but you want the product serial numbers (production lot number) to appear
sequentially, regardless of which label you are printing. Follow these steps:
1. Create a serial number file containing the router blade production lot number, call it ROUTER.
2. Design the wholesaler label and attach it to the ROUTER serial number.
3. Design the retail label and attach it to the ROUTER serial number.
You assign the same serial number file to each label and Loftware Label Manager begins each print run
with the next available value regardless of how many print runs occur and how many different labels
use this serial number.
Creating a Serial Number File
You should provide enough leading zeros when setting your serial number file up so that the
incrementing number increments through significant digit positions before resetting to zero. For example,
a starting number of 00 increments through 99 before wrapping back to 00. A starting value of 000
wraps at 999 and so on. You may trim the leading 0 using the L-Trim formula function on a nonprinting field that you have defined as incrementing.
Note: Using the L-Trim formula function may force the printer into the slower extended mode.
1. Select the field on a label that is attached to the Serial Number file.
2. Edit the Data Source; select the Serial-Number data source.
3. In the Serial File section, click New. The Serial Number File window opens.
4. Enter a File Name for the Serial Number file (for example FORD).
5. Tab to the Description field and type a brief description of the file.
6. Specify the Type, Mode, Custom Sequence (if applicable) and By Value. These attributes are the
same for the Incr/Decr fields.
7. Set the Length of the serial number.
8. Enter a Start Value, and then click OK.
Note: If you need to create more than one Serial File, follow this procedure multiple times.
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Changing an Existing Serial Number File
1. Select the field on a label that is attached to the Serial Number file.
2. Edit the Data Source.
3. Select the Serial Number data source.
4. Select the Serial Number you wish to change, click Edit.
5. Change the serial number setup as desired, click OK.
Warning! Changing an existing serial number file affects any subsequent printing for all labels which reference
that serial number. Changes to serial number definitions should be done with extreme caution. Also, the
Loftware Sample Serial Files are samples only, and are not intended for a production label. Problems when
upgrading can occur if they are used in a production environment.
If you are moving your Loftware Label Manager installation from one computer to another, make sure to
either move the serial file or set up the serial number file on the new computer.
Options for the Serial Number Source
Display on Form (Serial #)
Check this option if you want the field displayed on the On-Demand Print Form. The current value of
the serial number file is displayed on the On-Demand Print Form but cannot be changed.
Note: If several users are centrally sharing a serial number using a network, the current value of the serial
number may change before labels are printed (if another user prints labels after the label is loaded but before it
is printed). If this happens, the user is notified that the starting value has changed.
Help Text (Serial #)
The Help Text field allows you to enter a customized prompt that is displayed in the Status Bar on the
On-Demand Print Form. This assists the user in data entry.
Script Data Source
With the Script data source, you can specify the data value or alter the visual properties of a field based
on the result of an executed JavaScript. The Script data source can be used for Variable Text, Paragraph, Barcode, and Image fields. It is not
currently supported for RFID fields. Note: Loftware does not support changing fixed images via a script.
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values of other fields on the label, it is necessary to first resolve the values of fields that a scripted
field is dependent on.
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positions set in inches.
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Changing the Human Readable property to / from Free floating, Fixed below, or None is not
currently supported using scripts.
Figure 8.5: Data Source Window Using Script Source
Syntax
JavaScript is the scripting language currently supported by the Script data source. The JavaScript engine
utilized for LLM's Script data source conforms to ECMA-262 Edition 5 specification
A script can be used to
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in the data stream, database fields on the label or data sources. For example, the script may
specify that the font size of a field be changed based on the number of characters supplied.
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Note: While the JavaScript environment provides some functionality similar to the Formula data source, the
syntax is not exactly the same.
Accessing a Label Field
In order to specify or change the value or properties of a label field, you must be able to access the
field. The following syntax is used to access the desired fields and properties on a label:
label.fields.field.(@name == 'xxxxxxxx').@posLeft = 3.0;
where 'xxxxxxxx' is the name of the field on which the script will be applied. Field, font, and barcode
properties must be preceded by the at sign (@), as shown in the example above. This script will set the
left position of the label field 'xxxxxxxx' to 3 inches. There are field, font, and barcode properties that can be accessed and modified, and there are also field,
font, and barcode properties that can be accessed but not modified. Note: Case and punctuation are significant. Keywords must be lower case. The use of parentheses, quotation
marks, and semicolons is governed by the ECMAScript specification.
Keywords
The following keywords are used to access the label fields. Keywords must be lower case and use the dot
notation as shown in the examples provided below.
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Field Properties
Field properties must be preceded by the at sign (@). The following is a list of the available field properties and corresponding values. These are the properties
that can be modified by the script:
Field properties that can be modified by the script
data
String value enclosed with quotation marks (“my data”)
posLeft
Floating point value
posTop
Floating point value
padding
“none”, “leadingZeros”, “leadingSpaces”, trailingSpaces”,
“centerWithSpaces”
rotation
“0”, “90”, “180”, “270”
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printingField
“true”, “false”
The following field properties are used to reference the field, but cannot be modified by the script. With
the exception of name, modifications to these properties will be ignored.
Field properties that cannot be modified by the script
name
String value enclosed with quotation marks ("fieldname")
prompt
String value enclosed with quotation marks (“fieldPrompt”)
type
"label", "text", "line", "box", "image", "paragraph", "RFID", "barcode",
"block"
length
Integer value
width
Floating point value
height
Floating point value
Examples of Field Properties Modified by Scripts
Change the left position of Field_A to 3 inches
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@posLeft = 3.0;
Change the top position of Field_A to 2 inches
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@posTop = 2.0;
Change the padding of Field_A to leading zeros
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@padding = "leadingZeros";
Change the padding of Field_A to leading spaces
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@padding = "leadingSpaces";
Change the padding of Field_A to trailing spaces
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@padding = "trailingSpaces";
Change the padding of Field_A to centered with spaces
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@padding = "centerWithSpaces";
Turn off padding for Field_A
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@padding = "none";
Change the rotation of Field_A to 90 degrees
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@rotation = "90";
Change the rotation of Field_A to 180 degrees
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@rotation = "180";
Change the rotation of Field_A to 270 degrees
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@rotation = "270";
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Change the rotation of Field_A to 0 degrees
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_A').@rotation = "0";
Change the contents of Field_B to "CHANGED"
label.fields.field.(@name == 'Field_B').@data = "CHANGED";
Font Properties
Font properties must be preceded by the at sign (@).
The following is a list of the available font properties and corresponding values. These are the properties
that can be modified by the script. Font properties that can be modified by the
script
bold
“true”, “false”
inverse
“true”, “false”
italic
“true”, “false”
spacing
"proportional", "mono"
strikeout
“true”, “false”
underline
“true”, “false”
charRotate
“true”, “false”
Additional font properties
pointSize
Integer value
charHeight
Floating point value
charWidth
Floating point value
magHeight
Integer value
magWidth
Integer value
height
Floating point value
Note: Not all the additional font properties listed above are supported by all printers and fonts.
The following is a sample of the font types and additional properties supported, and describes the order
that the additional properties will be processed for the different font types:
Point Font
For example: Avery 6404, Native Font - Scalable Times Roman. Additional properties supported:
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magWidth
TrueType Font
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pointSize
Flexi Font
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Hybrid Font
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Barcode Properties
Barcode properties must be preceded by the at sign (@).
Consider the following when modifying barcode properties with a script.
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are displayed below the bold line in the Properties box for the selected barcode symbology (the
value just above the bold line).
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line Width (barLineWindth) property on a barcode, the X-Dimension value and % Nominal value
(if available) change automatically.
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Some printers can only print values that fall within a specified range. For example, 37%, 75%,
113%, 150% of nominal.
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Barcode properties that can be modified by the script
barHeight
Integer value
barRatio
String value (“2.0:1” ¸”2.25:1” , “2.3:1” , “2.5:1” ,” 2.7:1”,
“3.0:1”)
barLineXDim
Floating point value (004.9, 009.8, 014, 7)
barLineWidth
Integer value
barPercentNominal
String value (75, 113, 150)
Note: For barcodes that support the Ratio property, if the string value specified in the script for barRatio does
not match any of the values shown above, the default of “3.0:1” is used.
ASCII Characters in Scripts
You can insert Lower ASCII characters into a script by using an escape sequence around the
hexadecimal value of the ASCII character. In this context, lower ASCII is the first 31 characters of the
ASCII character set.
Note: Loftware converts Upper ASCII characters, so they can be included in a script without the escape
sequence.
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For example
#x08;
This sequence would send the Backspace character.
Lower ASCII Character Set
Character
Description
Decimal
Hexadecimal
NUL
Null Character
0
0
SOH
Start of Header
1
1
STX
Start of Text
2
2
ETX
End of Text
3
3
EOT
End of Transmission
4
4
ENQ
Enquiry
5
5
ACK
Acknowledgement
6
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Description
Decimal
Hexadecimal
BEL
Bell
7
7
BS
Backspace
8
8
HT
Horizontal Tab
9
9
LF
Line Feed
10
A
VT
Vertical Tab
11
B
FF
Form Feed
12
C
CR
Carriage Return
13
D
SO
Shift Out
14
E
SI
Shift In
15
F
DLE
Data Link Escape
16
10
DC1
Device Control 1 (XON)
17
11
DC2
Device Control 2
18
12
DC3
Device Control 3 (XOFF)
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13
DC4
Device Control 4
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14
NAK
Negative Acknowledgement
21
15
SYN
Synchronous Idle
22
16
ETB
End of Transmission Block
23
17
CAN
Cancel
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18
EM
End of Medium
25
19
SUB
Substitute
26
1A
ESC
Escape
27
1B
FS
File Separator
28
1C
GS
Group Separator
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1D
RS
Record Separator
30
1E
US
Unit Separator
31
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Creating a Script Data Source For a Field
1. Add a field to the label, and open the Data Source configuration window using one of the
following methods.
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From the Properties box, select the Data Source property, and click the browse button.
2. Select Script from the Data Sources field.
3. Create the script by typing it in the Enter Script field. You can also copy and paste an existing
script into the field. 4. Click OK to save the script.
Note: See the Scripting section of the Loftware Knowledge Base for some specific examples of how to use
scripts on a label.
Verify a Script
You can test the syntax of your script.
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field.
The possible results are SUCCESS or FAILURE.
If the syntax is correct, the Results field will display "Script verification completed successfully." If the syntax is invalid, the Results field will display the first error encountered
For example
Line 2: ReferenceError: x is not defined"
Clear a Script
You can clear the text from the Enter Script and Results fields.
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Find a Script on the Label
On labels with many fields, it may become difficult to find the field with the script. Use the Find Script to
open the Data Source configuration window for a label's script without first locating the field.
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The Data Source configuration window opens, and the field that contains the script is selected on the
label.
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Data Source configuration window after locating script using Find Script
ISBT 128 Barcode Label
Note: Registration and licensing with ICCBBA are required if you apply ISBT 128 labels. Requirements and
registration forms are available on the ICCBBA Web site (http://iccbba.org).
The ISBT 128 standard (International Society of Blood Transfusion) is used in the healthcare industry for
transferring information on identifying, labeling, and processing human blood. It mandates that ISBT
barcodes conform to a specific layout. Technical specification on ISBT barcode data structure (data identifiers and content) used to deliver ISBT
28 data structures is published on the ICCBBA Web site (ISBT 128 Standard Technical Specification
V3.1.0). Other requirements, including additional Code 128 barcode rules, barcode dimensions and
visual representation of data on the label quadrants, are also described in this document. Also available
on the Web site is a link to a program that will calculate the mod 37-2 check character required with
some ISBT 128 data structures to help verify the accuracy of the input (http://iccbba.org/tech_tools.html).
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The LLM Script data source provides a means for applying the ISBT 128 standard to your barcode
labels. For example, you can enter a script to compute the checksum character based on the mod 37-2
algorithm. Appendix D of the ICCBBA technical specification document describes the steps in this
process and includes a sample C language function that can guide you in creating a JavaScript for the
Script data source.
In the sample ISBT 128 label below, barcodes 1 to 4 are required. These and their recommended
positioning on the label are also described in the ICCBBA technical specifications document.
Figure 8.6: Sample ISBT Label
Database Data Source
Using databases can greatly simplify the printing process and eliminate the chances of data entry error.
In a typical application, the user enters a key piece of information (for example a part number) and
Loftware Label Manager retrieves other data for the label based on the key.
For every database table that is connected to a label, one field (and only one) must be identified as the
key field. This means that the key field is used to look up data information from the database.
The Database Data Sources and ODBC
Loftware Label Manager features 32-bit ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) functionality. This allows
Loftware Label Manager to retrieve information from database applications supporting the ODBC
standards.
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Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC).
Using Multiple Databases
Loftware Label Manager allows you to attach as many different databases to the label as you want. For
example, you might attach to the shipping database for ship-to address information and to the product
database for product information such as weight, description, and color.
Using Different Key Fields for Each Database Connection
When you attach multiple databases to a label, each database must have a key field so that Loftware
Label Manager knows what information to retrieve from each database. In the example above, you might
set up two separate database connections, each with their own key field. In this case, this creates two
unrelated database “lookups” by typing a Customer name and retrieving the ship to address and then
entering a part number and retrieving the product information.
Using the Same Key Field for Multiple Database Connections
Other applications may require a label to be attached to two separate databases that used the same key
field. For example, a label might retrieve some product information from a product structure file using a
part number and then look up the on-hand balance from an inventory file, also using the part number.
Loftware Label Manager can handle this case as well by making the key field for the second database
copy from the key field of the first database. This is done using the Database-Key data source dialog
boxes Get Value From/Copy From function.
Using Data from One Database as the Key to Another Database
In a third application, you may have a situation where you need a relational lookup - where data that
was returned from the initial lookup is used as a foreign key into a secondary database. This can be
accomplished by defining a secondary Database-Key field and then setting the Get Value From/Copy
From value as one of your Database-Data fields.
Relational Lookup Example
A part number database, such as LESSON2.DBF in the LLMWIN/DBASES directory contains information such as
stock numbers, descriptions, UPC numbers, finishes pertaining to the stock item. If another field was added to
the part number database, such as Customer Number, this database could be relationally linked to another,
different database containing comprehensive company address information.
Related Information
For help on registering databases with ODBC, refer to the Windows Control Panel, the ODBC section of this
guide or the Loftware Knowledge Base.
For examples and details of using multiple databases with your labels, refer to Help or the Knowledge Base .
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The following options determine what happens when fixed images are embedded in a label.
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Always Update - Automatically update the image embedded in the label if the image has been
updated on the file system.
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Prompt Before Update - Display a prompt asking if the embedded image should be updated with
the latest image on the file system.
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Never Update - Do not update the embedded image with the latest image on the file system.
Note: If Always Update or Prompt Before Update are selected and a new image is updated, you must save
the label before the embedded image will be updated.
Loftware Label Manager's Database Connection Types
You can use Loftware Label Manager to create the following types of database connections :
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Database-File
If you wish to include image names for a variable image field in your database, you must specify the
name and extensions (for example, BOLT.BMP). Do not specify a path because the default Images
directory is assumed. Select Options | File Locations to change the default image directory.
The sample screen that follows depicts a database calling out an image file name:
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Figure 8.7: Database calling out an image file name
Database-Key
Note: The Loftware Label Manager subsystem uses ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) to access external
databases.
When you want to retrieve information from a database, Loftware Label Manager requires a key
connection. This connection is a look-up command that instructs Loftware Label Manager to locate the
appropriate record for the required data.
In Loftware Label Manager, select the Database-Key option from the Data Source dialog box to identify
your data key.
To better understand Database-Key and its look-up function, think of searching for a telephone number.
In a telephone listing, Name is the key connection. That is, you locate a telephone number by searching
for the name first. An individual’s name provides the key to other pieces of data, such as a street
address and telephone number.
Loftware Label Manager’s ODBC works the same way. When you identify the look-up key, for example,
Part Number, you are providing the user with the key that allows Loftware Label Manager to retrieve
critical data for your labels. The Database-Key is unique because even though the data source is
Database, it also requires keyboard input from the user. It is both a keyboard entry field and the look up
key for the database.
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Every label that is attached to a database must have one field that is designated as the Database-Key.
The Database-Key field is a dual-purpose field:
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It accepts keyboard input from the user or LPS pass file.
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It retrieves data from a database like a Database-Data field.
Note: A Database-Key may not be linked to a Unicode field in a database.
The Database Connection section of the Database-Key setup dialog defines the connection to the
database. Database-Key / Data Source fields have the following options:
Key
Description
Data
Sour
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Select the name of the database to which you want to connect. This is the data source name (DSN) you
assigned to the database in the ODBC Control Panel. For some ODBC drivers, this name is the name of a
single database. For other ODBC drivers, such as the .DBF driver, this name is the name of a group of
databases.
Table
Select the name of the specific table in the database to which you want to connect. For relational
databases, like Microsoft Access, this is the name of a table in the selected database. For flat-file databases,
like .DBF files, this is the name of the specific database. For Microsoft Excel workbooks, this field contains
the name of the specific worksheet in the workbook.
Field
Select the name of the field in the database that you want to associate with this field on the label.
The On-Demand Print Form Setup section of the Database-Key setup dialog defines how this field is set
up on the On-Demand Print Form. The options are:
Option
Description
Get
Value
From
The Get Value From field defines from where the key field entry comes. For simple database connections,
this is always Keyboard (the default).
Entry is
Optional
Check this option if you want to allow the user to bypass the look-up function and omit database data
from selected labels.
Disable
Browse
Select Disable Browse to prevent users from selecting from multiple database values.
Help
Text
The Help Text field allows you to enter a custom prompt that is displayed in the Status Bar (at the
bottom of an On-Demand Print Form) to assist the user in data entry.
Related Information
For information on how to connect to your database using ODBC, refer to the ODBC section of this guide.
Database-Data
Note: Variable images can be useful if you wish to have a different picture of each of your products on their
corresponding label. Variable images may be specified as coming from a database or the keyboard.
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The Database-Data data source directs Loftware Label Manager to retrieve data for the field from a
specified field in the database. This is the most common type of look-up.
Returning to the telephone directory example, assuming that you have defined some other field as
Database-Key (Name field in the telephone database), we could then attach the Database-Data to the
Phone Number field in the telephone book database. At print time, whenever you type a Name in the
associated Database-Key field and press Enter, the telephone number is automatically entered into the
field associated with the Database-Data.
The top part of the Database-Data setup dialog defines the connection to the database. This connection is
the same as described above for Database-Key.
Important Note: If you want to link to a Unicode Field, you must set up the field via the Language Properties
Wizard and set the data format to UTF-16.
Options for Database-Data Data Source fields
Optio
n
Description
Data
Source
Select the name of the database you want to connect to through ODBC. This is the data source
name (DSN) you assigned to the database in the ODBC Control Panel.
Table
Select the name of the specific table in the database to which you want to connect.
Field
Select the name of the field in the database from which you want to retrieve data.
Note: If you have previously made a database connection, Loftware Label Manager remembers the last
database and table selected. If you are setting up a number of fields from the same database, the database and
table are automatically pre-set for you. You need only specify which field in the database contains the
information for the field on your label.
The bottom part of the Database-Data dialog box defines how this field is set up on the On-Demand
Print Form. The options are:
Display on Form
Defines if the retrieved data is displayed on the On-Demand Print Form and if the user is able to
override the retrieved data.
Option
Description
Don’t
Display
Retrieves and prints the data, but it is not displayed on the On-Demand Print Form
Display, Do
Not Allow
Changes
Retrieves and displays the data in the On-Demand Print Form so the user can verify that
the correct data has been retrieved. The user, however, cannot change the data.
Display And
Allow
Changes
Retrieves and displays the data in the On-Demand Print Form so the user can verify that
the correct data has been retrieved, as well as allowing the user to make changes to the
retrieved data.
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Data: Help Text
The Help Text field allows you to enter a customized prompt that is displayed in the Status Bar (at the
bottom of an On-Demand Print Form) to assist the user in data entry.
Related Information
For more information on connecting database data to your labels, refer to Database Key in this guide.
Database-File Data Source
The Database-File data source is used to connect a field on a label with a field in the database, similar to
the Database-Data data source. The difference is that the Database-File assumes that the matching
database field contains the name of a file that contains the data for the field.
Example
A manufacturer of cleaning solvents might have several different In-case-of-contact warnings. Rather than
repeating this information for every product in the database, the user could create a set of Warning Label text
files and tell Loftware Label Manager to use the database to look up and retrieve an appropriate file in response
to a number or code entered by the user.
The Database-File setup dialog defines the connection to the database. This connection is the same as
described previously for Database-Data.
Option Description
Data
Sourc
e
Select the name of the database to which you want to connect. This is the data source name (DSN)
you assigned to the database in the ODBC Control Panel. See Database Key for notes on Data Source
Name.
Table
Select the name of the specific table in the database to which you want to connect.
Select the name of the field in the database that contains the name of the file from which you want to
retrieve data.
Field
Note: Loftware Label Manager checks the Data subdirectory for the file if you do not specify a
full pathname. You can change the default directory using the Options | File Locations | Text
Data Files menu.
Note: Fixed data does not show up on the On-Demand Print Form but does show up on the printed label.
Database-Serial Number
The Database-Serial data source is used to connect a field on a label with a field in the database, similar
to Database-Data. The difference is Database-Serial assumes that the matching database field contains
the name of a Serial Number file to use for this field.
Note: You may not specify a full path name or extension for your serial file names in the database. The
subsystem checks the Serial subdirectory for the file. If you wish to use a different directory, you may change it
using Options | File Locations. Make sure that all of your serial number files exist in this directory before trying
to use your system!
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Using this advanced technique, you could set up one AIAG label for all your automotive customers, but
have FORD part numbers use a FORD serial number sequence, and GM part numbers use a GM serial
number sequence. Loftware Label Manager can look up which serial number to use from the database.
You must create all serial files specified in your database before you can do any printing. Refer to the
section below for a technique for creating multiple serial files.
The Database-Serial setup dialog defines the connection to the database. This connection is the same as
described above for Database-Data.
Key
Description
Data
Sour
ce
Select the name of the database to which you want to connect. This is the data source name (DSN) you
assigned to the database in the ODBC Control Panel. See Database-Key notes on Data Source Name.
Table
Select the name of the specific table in the database to which you want to connect.
Field
Select the name of the field name in the database that contains the name of the serial number file that you
want to retrieve data from for this field on the label. Note: Full pathnames should be supplied if other than
the default. Not all serial files specified in the database contain extensions.
The following example shows a sample section of a database that calls out serial file names in the
Serial_Num column.
Figure 8.8: Database calling out serial file names
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Creating Multiple Serial Files
1. Create a variable text field on your label that is later deleted.
2. Double-click this field to open the Data Source screen.
3. Click Serial Number.
4. Click New to create as many serial files as you need.
5. Delete the variable text field.
Quantity and Duplicate Values from a Database
Quantity and Duplicate can be specified at print time. Optionally, you can override the quantity (or
duplicate) setting through new values retrieved from your database.
Setting Quantity and Duplicate Values
1. Create a field in your database and enter quantity values appropriate for that record.
2. Create a non-printing field on your label and assign it (via the Properties box) an exact Field
Name of **QUANTITY (or **DUPLICATES)
3. Follow the procedures for changing the data source for this label field to Database-Data and attach
it to your database field containing the quantity information.
Once configured, Loftware Label Manager uses the new value derived from your database for every print
run of labels, regardless of the value shown in the Quantity field on the printing screen.
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There are three ways to print labels On-Demand with Loftware Products. This section describes the
method of prompting the operator for label data and making label requests.
The On-Demand Print Client works as a client to the Loftware Print Server and has most of the
functionality of On-Demand Print. The Thin Client does not require that LPS be installed on the Client
computer and can be far easier to maintain if you have several print stations.
The WebClient is similar to the traditional On-Demand Print but runs across the Internet to print labels
on-demand. To print from within Loftware Label Manager using Loftware's On-Demand printing module, enter data
into the On-Demand Print Form generated from the label that you designed. On-Demand printing allows
labels to be printed on an as needed basis. You can produce a single label or several identical copies of
the same label. All data sources, serial numbers, formulas, check digits, and calculations are evaluated
on-the-fly based on the data requested at print time.
Every time you create a label, Loftware Label Manager automatically creates a default On-Demand Print
Form for use in the On-Demand Print Module and the Thin Client Module.
Figure 9.1: Default On-Demand Print Form
For more information about on-demand printing options, refer to the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
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Starting On-Demand Printing
1. Choose one of the following methods to start On-Demand printing:
a. Click the On-Demand printing icon in Loftware Label Manager’s design view.
b. Click Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | On-Demand Print 32. The On-Demand
application is displayed with the file open dialog box. The listed labels are those in the labels
directory specified in Options | File Locations. The default is the Loftware Labeling\Labels
subdirectory.
2. Select the label you wish to print from the list of files and click OK. The On-Demand Print Form
for the selected label is displayed.
3. Enter data in the fields displayed on the On-Demand Print Form, or select fields from a database. Press Enter or Tab to move to the next field; press Shift+Enter or Shift+Tab to move to the
previous field.
4. Click the active printer icon to print labels, or use the File | Print menu command, F9.
5. The Print Labels dialog box lets you specify the number of labels you want to print, as well as a
default quantity of labels. This dialog box is not displayed when you use the printer icon to
request a print.
6. Click OK to print labels.
7. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to print additional labels or use the File | Open menu command to load
and print a new label. The On-Demand Print application with a sample On-Demand Print Form
is displayed.
Figure 9.2: The On-Demand Print application with a sample On-Demand Print Form
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Entering Data
When you first load a label, the top left data entry field is selected - it contains a flashing cursor. Type
data into the selected field and edit the data using the cursor keys, backspace key, or standard copy, cut,
and paste operations. If your label is connected to a database, the cursor defaults to the field defined as
the Database-Key. A browse button (...) is also displayed when a label is connected to a database. See the
next section for more information on browsing in a database.
Entering RFID Data
If you are using On-Demand Print to print an RFID label, the procedure is much like an ordinary OnDemand Print job, except that the data that you supply must be in a hex format. Only the numerals 0-9
and letters A-F are accepted in the ODP application. RFID data will normally be derived from other
fields or will be in a database. It is rare that you would actually type it in.
Setting Quantities and Duplicates
Occasionally, a label may feature more fields than can be displayed at one time on the On-Demand Print
Form. If this occurs, a scroll bar is displayed on the right hand edge of the On-Demand Print Form. As
you TAB through the On-Demand Print Form, the screen automatically scrolls to display the next data
entry field. When you TAB through the last (bottom) field, the screen scrolls back to the first (top) field,
setting Quantity and Duplicate Copies.
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When performing data entry prior to printing, Loftware Label Manager allows you to select the
desired quantity of labels and duplicate copies.
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The Quantity value specifies the number of labels you want to print. The Duplicates value
specifies how many duplicates you want of each label. The following examples clarify the
difference.
Assume a label has an incrementing numeric Serial Number attached to it (a counter). The starting
number for the following examples is 1.
Set Quantity to 8 and Duplicates to 1
Eight total labels are printed.
The labels are sequentially numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Set Quantity to 5 and Duplicates to 2
Ten total labels are printed.
There are five sets of two labels numbered 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4 and 5, 5. There are 5 (Quantity) of labels with a
duplicate of each.
Set Quantity to 1 and Duplicates to 5
Five total labels are printed.
There are five identical (duplicate) labels produced, numbered 1, 1, 1, 1 and 1.
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The total number of labels printed is always Quantity x Duplicates.
If your label does not have a Serial Number or an incrementing or decrementing counter field, changing either
Quantity or Duplicates has the same effect.
Quantities and Duplicates Methods
In the On-Demand Print Application:
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Click in the Quantity or Duplicates box, type in the new value, and press Enter.
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Alternatively, enter the Quantity and Duplicates in the Print Label Reset dialog box if you use the
File | Print menu command to print. Default Quantity and Duplicates are also entered into this
dialog box.
Note: You may specify Quantity and/or Duplicate amounts directly from a database.
Printing with On-Demand Print
Using Printing Shortcuts
Typically, in a production printing environment, an operator prints many requests. To speed up the
printing process, On-Demand printing has four printer icons on the toolbar, one for each assigned
printer.
After all of the data for a label have been entered, the operator can click the appropriate printer icon. You
can also press ALT+1 to print to Printer 1, ALT+2 to print to Printer 2, ALT+3 to print to Printer 3 or
ALT+4 to print to Printer 4.
Associating .LWL files with On-Demand Print
You may want to have On-Demand Print rather than Design open .lwl files.
To set up an .LWL file to open in On-Demand print
1. From the Windows Explorer, select Tools | Folder Options.
2. Select the File Types tab.
3. Scroll through the list and select LWL Label Document.
4. Click Change.
5. Select On-Demand Print from the list.
6. Click OK on all the dialog boxes.
Note: You may use this same technique to associate .lwl files with other Loftware applications such as Range
Print.
Printing Labels Connected to a Database
There are a few special considerations for printing using database connections:
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When you attach your label to a database, you must designate one input field as a key field. This
is the field that the operator enters data into or chooses from the Database Browse window that
tells On-Demand Print which record to retrieve from the database.
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In On-Demand printing, when you type a value into a key field and press Enter or Tab, OnDemand printing retrieves the associated record and displays the data from that record.
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If you type in a database key and multiple matching records exist for the key, Loftware Label
Manager displays a list of possible matching fields. Select the appropriate record from the list.
Note: It is possible to override a key field value by enabling Allow Empty Records During Database Retrieval in
the Options | Preferences | Options tab or setting AllowEmptyRecordSet=1 in the LLMWDN32 Configuration file
(Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | System Folders | Configuration).
Filtering and Browsing a Database
The following sections describe how to gather data from a database for a label using a variety of
timesaving methods.
Filtering a Database
If you have a large database, you can save time by using LLM’s filtering option. If you type in one or
more characters, you can select only a part of the database and specific records.
1. Open the desired label; place the cursor in the key field.
2. Type one or more characters into the text box, click the browse button (...),
or press Ctrl + B.
Figure 9.3: Browse Filter Dialog Box
3. Select one of the three options listed, click OK.
4. Scroll to select the record, or browse further using the Search Key. Browsing a Database
To find the key field at print time, you can perform a browse of available database records by:
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Moving the cursor to the key field.
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Using the Edit | Browse menu command or pressing Ctrl+B.
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Clicking the browse button (...) to view a list of available records.
Loftware Label Manager displays a Database Browse window that contains a full list of the records in
the database.
Retrieving a Record
You can retrieve a record one of the following ways:
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Select the desired record and click OK.
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Type in the first character (or characters) of the record in the Search Key text box.
See the following examples:
Figure 9.4: The Database Browse Window
The list speed searches to the area of the database you are seeking. For example, if you type in “T” in
the Search Key box, the database scrolls to the first instance of the parameter “T”; in this case, “T100”.
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Figure 9.5: The Database Browse Window with a parameter in the Search Key Box.
Disabling the Database Browse Option
The ellipses buttons that enable browsing a database are displayed by default in On-Demand
Print. These buttons as well as the Edit | Browse option in the Menu Bar may be hidden or disabled in
On-Demand Print. To do this,
1. Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | System Folders | Configuration, and open the
LLMWDN32 Configuration file in a text editor.
2. Scroll to the [Options] Section, and add the following:
HideBrowse=1
3. Save the Configuration file, and re-open Loftware. All Database browse buttons (...) as well as the
menu option are disabled or hidden.
On-Demand Print Form
The default On-Demand Print Form is a column of data entry fields, one for each variable field that
requires operator input. By default, each data entry field has the name of the field for a prompt.
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Figure 9.6: Sample On-Demand Print Form
If you have given the fields meaningful names, the default On-Demand Print Form allows you to begin
printing labels immediately. There are three choices when using On-Demand Print:
1. You can accept default entries for On-Demand Print Forms, or
2. Keep the entries assigned when you designed the label, or
3. Customize the screens to meet your unique printing requirements, including international
language characters or special instructions for Data Entry for example.
Many users of Loftware Label Manager find that the default On-Demand Print Forms are satisfactory for
their applications and may never use the On-Demand Print Form editing functions.
This section provides the following information on On-Demand Print Forms:
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Customizing an On-Demand Print Form
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Organizing an On-Demand Print Form in a meaningful way
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Creating nonprinting fields on an On-Demand Print Form
Related Information
For examples of ODP customization in international languages, refer to the International Printing section.
Customizing the On-Demand Print Form
1. Open or select the label you wish to edit, use the View | On-Demand Print Form menu command
or the Switch Views button on the Loftware Label Manager toolbar to switch to the On-Demand
Print Form view.
2. Loftware Label Manager displays a Properties box for the On-Demand Print Form, just as it does
in design.
3. Edit properties for any field while the On-Demand Print Form is displayed.
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Important: Fields which are seen on the On-Demand Print Form but which cannot be changed (display only)
have their field name displayed on a grayed out background.
Organizing the On-Demand Print Form
Loftware Label Manager provides you with flexibility to arrange On-Demand Print Forms in ways that
enhance your label and are meaningful to your operators. Essentially, you use the same editing
techniques available in label design, including:
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Menus and Toolbars.
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Click and drag methods.
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The Properties box.
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Change field prompts, and change the font sizes for the field prompts.
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Arrange the fields so that the data is entered in a natural or pre-defined order.
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Use lines and boxes to organize groups of related data items.
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Customize the prompts by defining them in meaningful and descriptive terms.
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Add fixed text instructions to the On-Demand Print Form, or add prompts in the natural language
of the operator.
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Resize the edit controls for visual effect.
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Setting the order in which fields are entered
In the Loftware Label Manager, data is always entered from top left to bottom right. If you need to set the
order that data is entered, you must move fields so that they are sorted from top left to bottom right. Resizing a Field’s Data Entry Area
By default, the Loftware Label Manager creates all data entry fields with the same width to create a
columnar input screen. If you rearrange fields on the On-Demand Print Form, you may wish to resize
these data entry fields to more closely match the size of the data that fits in them. The figures below
show a sample mailing label and an On-Demand Print Form.
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Figure 9.7: Sample mailing label format
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Figure 9.8: Default mailing label On-Demand Print Form
In the figure, “Address_2” is not in the natural place in the entry order. Fields are added to the OnDemand Print Form in the order that they are created on the label. To illustrate our point about
customizing On-Demand Print Forms, we added this field last as an after thought.
The rearranged layout, with French input prompts added, looks like the following:
Figure 9.9: Revised mailing label On-Demand Print Form
Using Non-Printing Fields on the On-Demand Print Form
Occasionally, your applications require you to include fields on an On-Demand Print Form, which are
not displayed on the label itself. This may happen when you are working with formulas that require an
operator to enter a certain value. When this is combined with another value, the result is displayed on
the label.
Take a simple mailing label for example. The way it is usually designed, the city name, state and zip
code are separate fields. Consequently, the spacing on the printed labels is inconsistent. For example
RyeNH03870
West ChesterfieldNH03466
Instead of the more natural:
Rye, NH 03870
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West Chesterfield, NH 03466
As an alternative, consolidate the City, State and Zip fields on the label into one long field named City_
State_Zip.
Consolidate City, State and Zip, Part 1
1. Open Label1.lwl, the example label created in the label creation section of this guide, in Loftware
Design Mode. It is a label with City, State, and Zip are 3 separate variable text fields.
2. Select the City field. Change its name to City_State_Zip and change its length to 32 characters.
3. Select the Zip_Code field and press Delete (or use the Edit | Cut menu command) to delete it.
4. Select the State field and press Delete (or use the Edit | Cut menu command) to delete it.
These changes to the label design produce the following:
Figure 9.10: Revised label with consolidated City, State and Zip fields
Making this change removed the State and Zip Code entry fields from the On-Demand Print Form.
Consolidate City, State and Zip, Part 2
1. Switch to the On-Demand Print Form using the View | On-Demand Print Form menu command
or by clicking the Switch Views icon.
2. Select the Variable Text Tool. This creates a non-printing field since we are creating the field on
the On-Demand Print Form instead of on the label.
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3. The field is shown when you click the form. Do not worry about the location right now. Name
the field City, change its max chars to 32 and change its input prompt to City, State, Zip.
4. Create another non-printing field by placing another variable field on the Print Form. Do not
worry about the location right now. Name the field State, change its max chars to 2 and delete its
input prompt.
5. Create a third non-printing field. The location is not important right now. Name the field Zip_
Postal_Code, change its max chars to 5 and delete its input prompt.
The in-process results of these steps is shown below:
Figure 9.11: Label with non-printing fields selected
Now set up our formula so the City_State_Zip field on the printed label gets its data from our new City,
State and Zip/Postal Code non-printing fields.
Consolidate City, State and Zip, Part 3
1. Double-click the City_State_Zip field on the On-Demand Print Form.
2. Change this field data source to Formula, enter the formula:
“City &” “State &” “Zip_Postal_Code” and press Enter.
Note: Notice that the City_State_Zip data entry field disappears from the On-Demand Print Form. Because it is
derived from a formula, this field no longer needs a user’s input. To edit this field, you must toggle back to
Label Design.
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3. Move and resize the data entry fields associated with our new non-printing fields so that our OnDemand Print Form looks the way it should.
This simple example demonstrates the basic technique for using non-printing fields. As the Loftware
Label Manager’s features, such as the formula data source are used, the use of non-printing fields
increases.
Note: Non-printing fields may be defined using the Properties box instead of using the switch-view approach
on the label design screen. This technique is more confusing since you actually see the field on the label design
screen. Future designers may not understand what you have done and accidentally delete the field.
On-Demand Print Options
The following section covers:
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Command Line Parameters
Using Print Preview
When in the On-Demand Printing application, you can preview how the label looks prior to printing it.
1. Open the label you wish to preview in On-Demand Print.
2. Enter data for the label using keyboard entry or the database browse/filter method.
3. Choose File | Print Preview. The Print Label Reset dialog appears.
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Figure 9.12: LLM On-Demand Print Window showing Print Preview option.
4. Click OK, and the Print Preview window opens.
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Figure 9.13: The Print Preview Dialog Box
5. Choose from the following options:
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Click Print if you want the label to print as you see it.
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Click Cancel if you would like to change the label before printing.
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Select Force Preview on Print if you wish to see a print preview before the label is printed.
The Force Preview on Print is not enabled by default. When it is selected, a preview of the label is
displayed each time you click the print icon, or you choose File | Print. The check box is only visible
when you choose File | Print Preview.
Related Information
For more information on Padding, refer to the Designing a Label section.
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On-Demand Print Command Line Parameters
Several command line parameters are available for the On-Demand Print module. However, you do not
normally automate On-Demand print since the program requires running interactively. The following
command line parameters are available to On-Demand Print.
LLMWOD32 {label} {arguments}
Parameter
Description
{label}
Optional. The specified label is opened automatically. The dialog box that prompts
you to select a label is not displayed. Example: mylabel.lwl
-A
The application is displayed maximized.
-I
The application is displayed minimized.
-N#
Set the default quantity to the specified number. Example: -N5
-D#
Set the default duplicates to the specified number. Example: -D2
-G#
When running non-interactively, specifies the number times each page is printed. Only applicable if a layout is associated with the label or using a printer installed
through control panel.
-T
Creates a report file containing the tab Order for the fields on the label. If this is used,
you must specify a label. The label name with a .tab extension is created in the
directory where the label is located. The tab order of the label is changed by
customizing the operator-input screen in label design mode. You may only generate
a .tab file with a command line call, the syntax of which is: “LLMWOD32 -T Llabelname.”
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Do not provide the Warning Message Box if in demo mode. This should only be used
when giving a demo of the product
The following table represents a text file with the tab order for a label with three fields (a variable text
field, a variable barcode field, and a variable image field). The descriptive text provides field name field
length, tab order, and field type:
Field Name
Length
Tab Order
Field Type
Barc0001
6
1
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Text0002
8
2
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Imag0003
12
3
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Audit Files in On-Demand Printing
All the Loftware Label Manager print modules (On-Demand Print, Database Range Print and the Clients)
have the ability to capture label information that is requested and printed. Related Information
Information on Audit Files is found at the end of the Customize section of this guide.
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About Page Layouts in Loftware Label Manager
A page layout refers to a single sheet of labels or the number of labels produced before the label stock is
ejected or advanced.
A page layout describes both the dimensions of your label stock and the number of labels printed on one
page.
Labels that are ejected are typical of Windows printers such as the LaserJet, and labels that are advanced
to the next page or group of labels are typical of thermal transfer or Windows printers such as
continuous laser or dot matrix.
In the Loftware Label Manager design module, you attach or reference this layout description to your
label format by using the File | Media Setup menu.
The Page Layout description defines:
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Label and page dimensions
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Gap and margin sizes
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Information on how many labels can fit across or down the page of your label stock
Loftware Label Manager provides a comprehensive set of tools for convenient management of your page
layouts. For example, you can easily add new layouts, change existing ones or delete layouts that are no
longer relevant.
Using Page Layouts
You use page layouts to lay out multiple labels (multi-up labels) when you wish to print:
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Two or more labels on a single sheet of label stock on a Windows printer, such as a LaserJet,
DeskJet, bubblejet, dot matrix printer or any other Windows printer listed in the Control Panel.
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Multi-across labels on a roll of thermal or thermal transfer label stock.
Layouts are particularly useful if each label contains a serialized field or a field that contains unique
database information. In these cases, you are able to use the full power of the Loftware Label Manager to
obtain information from several, dissimilar sources of data, including:
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Local and remote databases
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Date/time fields
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Formulas
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Data files
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Incrementing/decrementing fields, including serial number files
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For example, assume you need to create a small, narrow label used to serialize electrical circuit boards
and you need to print a 4-up layout on a 3 by 4 inch section of thermal transfer label stock.
Figure 10.1: A serialized label printed 4-up on a thermal transfer printer
In this example, each label contains a single barcode field consisting of a serial number that has a prefix
and two incrementing numbers side by side. Other typical layouts include matrix-style layouts such as
the popular 8.5" x 11" sheets of 14-Up or 30-Up labels.
The Loftware Label Manager print modules (On-Demand Printing, Database Range Printing) can print
labels in either row order (default) or column order.
The figures below display two examples of common page layouts.
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Where Page Layouts are Stored
Figure 10.2: 30-Up label stock printing in row order, 14-Up label stock printing in column order
Labels similar to those shown here are typically found in office environments, but are increasingly used
in applications requiring specific barcode information.
Where Page Layouts are Stored
Loftware Label Manager creates a page layout list based on file names in the LAYOUT subdirectory. To
determine which folder is used for your page layouts, check Options | File Locations from any Loftware
Label Manager module.
The page layout description is stored in layout files that feature the LWY extension. For example, a
layout file for a barcoded shelf label might be named BCSHELF.LWY. If the correct layout subdirectory is
not chosen, or it cannot be found by the printing module, the following error message is displayed:
“Unable to load layout associated with label. No layout used”.
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Figure 10.3: Label Setup dialog box with label format attached to Avery 5162 (14 up) labels
Managing Page Layouts
To access the Manage Layout dialog box:
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From the Loftware Label Manager design module, click the Page Layout tab under File | Media
Setup. Alternatively, press F5, or select Options | Layouts from the Loftware Label Manager
menu bar.
Note: Do not make a 1-up layout for your label. It is not necessary and causes the printer to go into extended
mode at print time.
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Figure 10.4: Manage Layouts Dialog Box
You can reference the starting label of a print job by using Loftware Label Manager printing applications
(On-Demand, Database Range). Any subsequent page layout editing, however, must be done in the
Loftware Label Manager design mode.
Note: The default page layout is NONE. Therefore, if you do not reference a page layout with your label,
Loftware Label Manager prints just one label per page at print time. For most printing applications, this is the
standard.
Attaching an Existing Page Layout to your Label Format
1. Open the label format to which you want to attach a page layout in Loftware Label Manager
Design.
2. Select File | Media Setup.
3. Select a layout appropriate for your label from the Layout drop-down list.
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Figure 10.5: Selecting a Layout from Label Setup and Properties Page Layout Tab
If there are no layouts that apply for this label format, select the Layouts button and proceed to either
add a new layout or change an existing one.
Modifying Page Layouts
Adding a Layout
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Click Add to add a new layout option; give your new layout a name (8 or less alphanumeric
characters) and a meaningful description.
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Figure 10.6: Add Layout dialog box
Changing an Existing Page Layout
Highlight the layout and click the Change button under the Manage Layout menu. The Change Page
Layout menu is displayed and presents the same layout attributes (label width, page height) as the Add
Page Layout menu. The Add or Change Layout dialog box contains all of the attribute details for your
layouts. These include:
Layout Identification
Layout Name
Name of the layout file using standard file names. Note: Loftware Label Manager automatically adds
the “LWY” file extension
Layout
Description
Provides a brief description of the layout used in the Manage Layout and Label Setup dialog box
Layout Detail
Label Width
Width of label in default units (inches, centimeters, pixels, millimeters - these can be set in the
Options | Units menu).
Label Height
Height of label in this layout.
Page Width
Width (from edge to edge) of your label stock.
Page Height
Height (from edge to edge) of your label stock.
Horizontal
Gap
Horizontal spacing between labels.
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Layout Detail
Vertical Gap
Vertical spacing between labels.
Multi-Up
On/Off toggle for printing multiple labels on a single page or on a sheet of label stock.
Use Column
Order
Orders labels through a row of columns that start from top left and proceed to bottom right. The
default value is Row Order.
Top Margin
Margin from the top of label stock to the top of the first row of labels.
Left Margin
Margin from left of label stock to the left edge of first column of labels.
Labels
Across
Number of labels across one page of label stock.
Labels Down
Number of labels down one page of label stock.
Deleting a Page Layout
From time to time, you may want to edit your layout list by deleting old layouts that are no longer
required by your label printing applications.
1. Back up your current layout subdirectory.
2. Select the layout name that you want to delete from the Layout list.
3. Select the Delete menu option or press Ctrl+ D.
4. Respond to the Are you sure want to delete layout: 4Up? question.
Printing Using Page Layout
When you open a label with an attached layout, the Loftware Label Manager printing modules (OnDemand Print, Database Range Print) feature an additional Layout toolbar on the screen:
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Figure 10.7: Page Layout Toolbar with Clear Print Queue and Eject Page Buttons
The layout toolbar provides valuable information about printing labels that use layouts. For example, at
the far right of the toolbar, there is a queue counter, which tells you how many labels are currently in the
print queue. This number is helpful when printing small labels up to large multi-up sheets of label stock.
As you enter label data and select Print (by pressing F9 or clicking Print), the queue counter reflects the
change. As soon as a complete page of labels is in the queue, the page is automatically ejected from the
printer.
You also see two button on the toolbar:
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Use the Clear Print Queue button to erase labels that are in the print queue but have not yet been
printed.
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Use the Eject Page button to eject a partially printed page of labels.
These icons are identical to actions within the Options | Layouts menu.
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Current Label
As mentioned in the previous section, the layout toolbar includes the print counter that references the
current label on your layout. You can change the value by clicking the mouse pointer into the editing box
or by pressing F4.
Here are two ways to use this option:
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You may find that a print job uses several sheets of label stock and finishes on the last sheet, but
several labels on that sheet are unused. To re-use the label stock and print to the remaining labels,
change the current label to reflect the label number you want to start printing. This number takes
into consideration whether you are printing labels in row or column order. If you are queuing
labels to print in an on demand mode, the current label counter increments to reflect the current
position on your page of labels.
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Suppose you are printing to a sheet of label stock with 30 labels per sheet. You queue 15 and then
realize that labels 12 through 15 contain incorrect information. By resetting the current label
counter to 12, you effectively clear labels from 12 on. This allows the operator to re-key the label
data for these labels.
Clear Previously Queued Labels
Clicking the Clear Print Queue button clears any labels that may be in the print queue that have not
been printed. This assumes that you have queued a partial page of labels that have not been printed.
End of Job Action
If there is a partial page of labels queued when you open a new label format or you exit one of the
Loftware Label Manager printing modules (On-Demand, Range Print), you are given the option of
printing (and ejecting) the partial page of labels.
Figure 10.8: Print Queued Labels Dialog
Note: Clicking No results in clearing the queue of all labels that have not been printed.
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Layouts and Pages
For increased printer throughput and speed, use the Page value in addition to quantity and/or
duplicates. Select File | Print Preview to open the Print Label Reset window.
Note: This option is available only when your label is attached to a layout.
Figure 10.9: Print Label Reset Dialog Box
The concept of pages is especially relevant to on-demand, thermal printers. When a page value is used,
Loftware Label Manager print modules image the entire multi-up label, send it to the printer once, and
specify to the printer x-amount of pages.
Mixing Label Formats on a Page (Multi-Label Layouts)
Windows printers allow you to switch between different label formats while you fill a page layout.
Follow these rules:
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Open a new label in Design and keep printing. The software keeps track of which box you are
printing to and whether the page needs to be ejected.
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The label must be the same size as the label size specified in the layout.
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Do NOT mix label formats on a layout if you are using a thermal transfer printer.
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Printing Ranges of Data-Driven Labels
Range Printing extracts data for printing from another source. You must create a query that instructs
Loftware Label Manager to print a selected group of records from a database. In addition, Range Printing
is used only with labels that are attached to a database.
Within Range Printing, you can:
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Use the Query Assistant to select a range without using SQL queries.
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Create an SQL query and print a selected range of labels.
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Save queries for frequently printed ranges.
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Create an icon on the Windows desktop to run frequently used queries.
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Launch Range Printing from your own application, using command line parameters to control the
printing process.
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Launch Range Printing remotely from Loftware’s LPS utility program.
Related Information
For additional information regarding integrating the Loftware Print Server with your own applications, refer to
The Loftware Print Server section of the Loftware Print Server User’s Guide.
Range Printing Example
Assume that you are working with an inventory label named INVTAG.LWL that has the following fields
attached to a database:
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Item number, attached to database field PARTNO
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Item description, attached to database field DESC
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The warehouse row location of the part, attached to database field ROW
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An illustration of the part, attached to database field IMAGE
You want to print a series of inventory labels for selected locations (for example Rows A through H),
sorted by part number.
Range Print a Series of Labels
1. Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Range Print 32
2. The Range Printing application is displayed and the file open dialog box is presented.
3. Select the label you wish to print, (in this case INVTAG.LWL), and click OK.
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4. Define the Query in the Define Query dialog box following these steps:
a. Click Select From in the Range group box.
b. Set the Select From field to ROW.
c. Set the Starting Value to A and the End Value: to H.
d. Set the Field to PARTNO. Click OK.
5. Print labels by selecting File | Print or click the printer icon for the printer to which you want to
print.
Labels That Can Be Range Printed You can range print:
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Any label that is connected to a single database or relational database.
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Any label with one and only one database-key field (Get Value From = Keyboard).
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Any label connected to multiple databases if all databases share the same database key field. For
multiple database connections, you can only select records using the key field.
Related Information
For more information on attaching a database to a label and creating a Database-Key, refer to the Data Sources
section in this guide.
Creating a Query
Loftware Label Manager uses standard SQL queries to retrieve information from a database. Fortunately,
you do not have to know anything about SQL to use Range Printing. Using the Query Assistant, you just
specify the records you want to select and which field you want to sort on (if any) and the Query
Assistant creates the SQL statements for you.
Accessing the Query Assistant
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Whenever you load a new label, Range Printing presents the Define Query dialog box.
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Figure 11.1: The Define Query dialog box
Range Section
Select the range of labels you wish to print. The default value is All Records. If you accept the default,
Loftware Label Manager prints all of the records in the database. You can, however, select a discrete
range for printing by choosing the Select From option. When you select this option, Loftware Label
Manager allows you to define a range from a selected field on the label.
Choosing the Start and End Value of Select From Field
1. Choose the field from which you want the records to print. This can be different from the key
assigned in label design. Only those fields in the database that are attached to the label are
displayed in this list.
2. Enter a start value in the Start Value box. For example, type “A100” if you are beginning the print
run with Part No. A100.
3. Enter an end value in the End Value box. For example, type “C300” if you are ending the print
run with Part No. C300.
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Ordering Section
The Ordering function allows you to arrange the sequence of your print run. For example, by part
number in ascending or descending order. The default value (None) prints the records in the order that
occur in the database.
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Select the appropriate Field that orders the print run from the list of available fields.
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Select Ascending or Descending, depending on how you wish your labels to print.
Advanced Section
Using a Custom Where Clause
If you have special needs, you can define your own SQL statements to determine which records are
selected for printing.
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If you check the Use Custom Where Clause check box, the Select From range definition (in the
Range group box) is not used.
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In this case, you can type a SQL statement into the Where Clause edit window, if you are familiar
with the SQL language.
The following are examples of possible syntaxes of a Custom Where Clause written in Range Print when
defining a specific query, using the Custom Where Clause option.
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Figure 11.2: Using the Custom Where Clause
The database table used for this example is called Lesson2.database and it has a label with a database
key field attached to the STOCKNUM column in the database. The following table displays the operators
that could be used in the query and what they mean.
Operat
or
Comparison
=
Exactly Equal
LIKE
SQL LIKE
<> != #
Not equal
>
More than
>=
More than or equal
to
<
Less than
<=
Less than or equal
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WHERE PARTNUM = ‘A100’
Prints only the record A100
WHERE PARTNUM <> ‘A100’
Prints all the records in the database except
A100
WHEREPARTNUM >= ‘A100’
Prints all records in the database including
A100
WHERE PARTNUM=’A100’ OR
PARTNUM=’A300’
Prints record A100 and A300
Saving a Query
It is always a good idea to save your queries to avoid the need to reconstruct them again if you need to
reprint the same labels in the Range Printing mode.
1. Click Save in the Define Query dialog box.
2. Enter a name for the query file, using .lwq as the filename extension.
3. Click OK.
Opening an Existing Query
To load an existing query:
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Click Open in the Define Query dialog box; select the appropriate file name from the list of .lwq
files.
Automating the Range Printing Process
The Range Printing application supports several command line parameters that let you automate the
printing process. Using these command line parameters, you can launch range printing without any
operator intervention.
When you run Range Printing from your application or from a Windows program icon, the Command
line parameters are specified after the program name.
Automated Range Print Examples
Example 1
LLMWRP32 invtag.lwl -Qinvtag.lwq
Runs the specified label and query and then exits the range printing application.
The range print application (LLMWRP32.EXE) recognizes the following command line parameters:
Command
Line
Parameter
label_filename
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The name of the label to print.
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Line
Parameter
Definition
-Qquery_
filename
The name of the query to use.
-W “sql query”
A custom where clause must be enclosed in quotation marks.
-Pn
Assign range to printer n, where n is the printer number (for example, -P2 assigns the
job to Printer No. 2).
-Nn
Sets the Quantity value to n (for example, -N3 produces three copies of the label).
-Dn
Sets the Duplicates value to n (for example, -D2 produces two duplicates of the label).
-M
Manual printing. Loads the label and the query and then waits for the operator to
initiate printing.
-A
Maximize the application window using a command line.
-I
Minimize the application window using a command line.
-Rn
(non-interactive) Job Repeat count (for example, -R3 means job runs 3 times).
-E
Do not display Demo Mode warning screen message.
-J
Tells Range Print not to re-download formats and graphics. This saves throughput
time when making back-to-back calls to Range Print modules with the same label
format.
Example 2
LLMWRP32 invtag.lwl -Qinvtag.lwq -P1 -N2 -D1
Would load the invtag.lwl label and invtag.lwq query, set the selected printer to Printer 1, set Quantity to 2 and
Duplicates to 1, print the entire selected range and then exit back to the calling program.
Create an Icon to Run Range Print
If you have a range print that must be run repeatedly, you can create an icon on the Windows desktop
that the operator can use to run the range print by double clicking the icon.
For Example
Create a shortcut to Range Print that the operator double clicks to print a range of inventory labels. In this
example the name of the label to print is INVTAG.LWL and the name of query is INVTAG.LWQ.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Loftware Labeling\Llmwrp32.exe" INVTAG.LWL -INVTAG.LWQ
Note: Both a label name and query must be specified in the Target field of the shortcut's Properties.
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Related Information
To enable Audit Files, see the Audit Files section of the Customize section of this guide.
Automated Range Print Examples
Example 1
LLMWRP32 invtag.lwl -Qinvtag.lwq
Runs the specified label and query and then exits the range printing application.
The range print application (LLMWRP32.EXE) recognizes the following command line parameters:
Command Line
Parameter
Definition
label_filename
The name of the label to print.
-Qquery_filename
The name of the query to use.
-W “sql query”
A custom where clause must be enclosed in quotation marks.
-Pn
Assign range to printer n, where n is the printer number (for example, P2 assigns the job to Printer No. 2).
-Nn
Sets the Quantity value to n (for example, -N3 produces three copies of
the label).
-Dn
Sets the Duplicates value to n (for example, -D2 produces two duplicates
of the label).
-M
Manual printing. Loads the label and the query and then waits for the
operator to initiate printing.
-A
Maximize the application window using a command line.
-I
Minimize the application window using a command line.
-Rn
(non-interactive) Job Repeat count (for example, -R3 means job runs 3
times).
-E
Do not display Demo Mode warning screen message.
-J
Tells Range Print not to re-download formats and graphics. This saves
throughput time when making back-to-back calls to Range Print
modules with the same label format.
Example 2
LLMWRP32 invtag.lwl -Qinvtag.lwq -P1 -N2 -D1
Would load the invtag.lwl label and invtag.lwq query, set the selected printer to Printer 1, set Quantity to 2 and
Duplicates to 1, print the entire selected range and then exit back to the calling program.
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Create an Icon to Run Range Print
If you have a range print that must be run repeatedly, you can create an icon on the Windows desktop
that the operator can use to run the range print by double clicking the icon.
For Example
Create an icon that the operator double clicks to print a range of inventory labels. The name of the label to print
is INVTAG.LWL and the name of query is INVTAG.LWQ.
Range Print Audit Files
Range Printing has the ability to capture label information that is requested and printed. Related Information
To enable Audit Files, see the Audit Files section of the Customize section of this guide.
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Working with ODBC
Note: If you are using the LPS, you may not need ODBC. Please refer to the Loftware Print Server User Guide for
more information.
ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) is Microsoft’s strategic interface for accessing data in an
environment of relational and non-relational database management systems (DBMSs). ODBC allows
applications to access multiple data sources without having to understand the underlying format of the
data being read. It is through this mechanism that the Loftware system is able to access your data.
The standard Loftware setup program installs Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) which
includes the following ODBC drivers: Microsoft Access, dBASE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft FoxPro,
Paradox, Text (CSV and Fixed Length), SQL Server, and Oracle. 16-bit drivers are not included. If your
data is in a different format, such as DB2, Sybase, or Btrieve you must obtain a 32-bit ODBC driver that
is compliant with your database. You can often find these drivers by contacting your provider or by
searching on the Internet.
Note: During installation of a Loftware upgrade, the schema.ini file located in the <Program Files
Folder>\Loftware Labeling\dbases\ folder is overwritten. The schema.ini file is used by ODBC for connectivity
to text files. Several text files can share one schema.ini file, but there can only be one such ini file per
folder. Because Loftware supplies sample text files for ODBC, the upgrade installation must update, and
therefore overwrite, the schema.ini file located in the <Program Files Folder>\Loftware Labeling\dbases\
folder. It is therefore recommended that if you are using text files with ODBC, use a folder other than the
<Program Files Folder>\Loftware Labeling\dbases\ folder.
ODBC manages databases through the use of registered data sources. A data source consists of a specific
set of data (for example, a database), the information required to access that data, and the location of the
data source.
Examples of Data Sources
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A directory containing a set of dBase files you want to access.
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An SQL Server database, the server on which it resides and the network used to access that
server.
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A Microsoft Access database
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An Oracle database through a gateway to a Vax or AS/400
Connecting to a data source means establishing communications with a DBMS in order to access that
data source’s data. When you connect to a data source from an application through an ODBC driver, the
driver makes the connection for you, either locally or across a network.
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How Loftware Label Manager Uses ODBC
All databases are accessed using ODBC in Loftware Label Manager. The advantage of this is that
Loftware Label Manager connects to any data source for which there is an ODBC driver.
Before you can use a database as a data source in Loftware Label Manager, you must set up an ODBC
data source for the data. The Loftware setup program creates 4 sample data sources for you, each of
which points to sample databases in the <Program Files Folder>\Loftware Labeling\dbases
directory. These datasources can be viewed and changed from the ODBC control panel applet as
described below.
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Loftware dBase Sample – Sample Data Source for dBase IV and V files
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Loftware Access Sample – Sample Access database
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Loftware Excel Sample – Sample Excel database
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Loftware Text Sample – Sample ASCII text databases
Related Information
If you are using the Loftware Print Server (LPS), data from your database is usually pushed to the LPS. Refer to
the Data Push section in the Loftware Print Server Users Guide.
ODBC Data Source Administrator
Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC) to open the ODBC Data Source
Administrator window. All Datasource editing is done from this window.
There are several different categories of data sources: User, System, and File.
Note: The following figure displays the Administrator dialog box after several User Data Sources have been
added.
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Figure 12.1: ODBC Data Source Administrator Screen
Related Information
For information on how to configure data sources, refer to Adding a Data Source section of this guide.
User Data Source Tab (User DSN)
Adds, deletes, or sets up data sources with User DSNs. (DSN = Data Source Name). These data source
configurations are local to a computer, and may only be used by the current user.
Note: A networked database can be accessed with a User DSN.
Option/Button Description
User Data
Sources List
A list of all user DSNs that includes the name of each DSN and the driver associated with the
DSN. Double-clicking a user DSN displays the driver-specific data source setup dialog box.
Configure
Displays the driver-specific data source setup dialog box that enables you to change the
configuration of an existing user data source. You must select the name of a user data source
from the list before clicking Configure.
Add
Adds a new user data source. If you click Add, the Create New Data Source dialog box is
displayed with a list of drivers. Choose the driver for which you are adding a user data source.
After you click Finish, a driver-specific setup dialog box is displayed.
Remove
Removes an existing user data source. You must select the name of the user data source you
want to remove from the list before choosing the Remove button.
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Option/Button Description
OK
Closes the Administrator dialog box. OK does not have to be pressed to accept changes to the
User Data Sources list. Changes to the list have already been accepted once OK in the data
source setup dialog box has been pressed.
Cancel
Closes the Administrator dialog box. Note that changes to the User Data Sources list are not
rejected if Cancel is clicked.
Help
Displays the Microsoft ODBC Help screen.
System Data Source Tab (System DSN)
Adds, deletes, or sets up data sources with system DSNs. These data source configurations are local to a
computer, but are not dedicated to a user. The system, or any user having privileges, can use a data
source set up with a system DSN.
Note: A networked database can be accessed with a System DSN.
Option/Button Description
System Data
Sources List
A list of all system DSNs that includes the name of each DSN and the driver associated with the
DSN. Double-clicking a system DSN displays the driver-specific data source setup dialog box.
Configure
Displays the driver-specific data source setup dialog box that enables you to change the
configuration of an existing system data source. You must select the name of a system data
source from the list before the Configure.
Add
Adds a new system data source. If you choose this button, the Create New Data Source dialog
box is displayed with a list of drivers. Choose the driver for which you are adding a system data
source. After you Finish, a driver-specific setup dialog box is displayed.
Remove
Removes an existing system data source. You must select the name of the system data source
you want to remove from the list before choosing Remove.
OK
Closes the Administrator dialog box. OK does not have to be pressed to accept changes to the
System Data Sources list. Changes to the list have already been accepted once OK in the data
source setup dialog box has been clicked.
Cancel
Closes the Administrator dialog box. Note that changes to the User Data Sources list are NOT
rejected if Cancel is clicked.
Help
Displays the Microsoft ODBC Help screen.
File Data Source Tab (File DSN)
Note: Loftware Label Manager does not support File DSNs. Use System and User DSNs.
ODBC Drivers Tab
Displays information about the installed ODBC drivers. The ODBC Drivers list shows you which drivers
are already installed on your computer.
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Option
Description
ODBC Drivers List
Displays the name, version, company, file name, and file
creation date of each ODBC driver installed on the
computer.
OK
Closes the Administrator dialog box.
Closes the Administrator dialog box. Cancel
Help
Note: This dialog box does not include the
functions to Add or Delete. An ODBC driver must be
added or deleted through the driver’s setup
program.
Displays the Microsoft ODBC Help screen.
Tracing Tab
Enables you to specify how the ODBC Driver Manager traces calls to ODBC functions. The Driver
Manager can trace calls all of the time, for one connection only; dynamically; or can allow tracing to be
performed by a custom trace DLL.
Note: Tracing is typically only used for troubleshooting ODBC connections. Most Loftware Label Manager users
do not need to enable tracing.
Option/Button Description
Machine-wide
tracing for all
user identities
If selected, tracing is automatically performed at all times, for all connections on the
machine.
Start Tracing
Now
Enables dynamic tracing that is performed as long as the ODBC Administrator dialog
box is displayed. Dynamic tracing can be enabled whether a connection has been
made or not. After it is clicked, Start Tracing Now is replaced by Stop Tracing
Now. When Stop Tracing Now is clicked, or the ODBC Administrator dialog
box is closed, dynamic tracing is disabled.
Log file path
Displays the path and file name for the file that stores the tracing information. The
default path and file name (sql.log) are taken from the system information, but a
new file is specified by either entering a new path and file name, or choosing the
Browse button and selecting a directory and file.
Browse
Allows you to select the path and file name for the log file by browsing machine
directories.
Custom Trace
DLL
This control allows the user to select a trace DLL other than odbctrac.dll to perform
tracing. The odbctrac.dll file that is shipped with the ODBC SDK can be replaced by a
custom DLL of the user’s choice. Enter the path and file name of the custom DLL, or
click Custom Trace to browse the directories for the custom DLL.
Custom Trace
Allows the user to browse the directory structure for a custom trace DLL. When a DLL
has been chosen, the path and file name of the DLL are entered in the Custom
Trace DLL text box.
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Option/Button Description
OK
Accepts changes to tracing and closes the Administrator dialog box.
Cancel
Closes the Administrator dialog box without accepting changes to tracing.
Apply
Accepts any changes that have been made to tracing without closing the
Administrator dialog box. The Apply button is grayed if no changes have been
made.
Working with Data Sources
Adding a Data Source
1. Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC).
2. Select Add in the Data Sources dialog box
3. Select the driver’s name from the installed ODBC Drivers list in the Add Data Source dialog box
and click OK. If the driver for the Data Source you are trying to add is not there, go back to the
ODBC installation program and install it.
4. Enter information to set up the data source in the ODBC Setup dialog box. Note: Description entry is optional and cannot exceed 79 characters.
Adding a System Data Source
A data source can be set up with a system data-source name (DSN) that can be used by more than one
user on the same machine. The system DSN can also be used by a system-wide service, which can then
gain access to the data source even if no user is logged onto the machine.
1. Choose Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC).
2. Choose the System DSN button in the Data Sources dialog box
3. Click Add in the System Data Sources dialog box.
4. Select the driver’s name from the installed ODBC Drivers list in the Add Data Source dialog box
and click OK.
5. Enter information to set up the data source in the ODBC Setup dialog box, and click OK. Note: The Description entry cannot exceed 79 characters.
Modifying a Data Source
1. Choose Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC).
2. Select the data source from the Data Sources list in the Data Sources dialog box, and click
Configure.
3. Enter information to set up the data source in the ODBC Setup dialog box.
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Note: Description entry is optional and cannot exceed 79 characters.
Deleting a Data Source
1. Choose Start | All Program Files | Loftware Labeling | Data Sources (ODBC).
2. Select the data source from the Data Sources list in the Data Sources dialog box.
3. Click Remove, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
Data Source Conversion
The 32-bit data sources used with the ODBC Desktop Database Drivers version 2.0 are automatically
converted to new 32-bit data sources for version 3.5 drivers. No conversion is provided for 16-bit data
sources. To change a 16-bit data source to a 32-bit data source, create a new 32-bit data source, and then
(optionally) delete the old 16-bit data source. A 32-bit data source and a 16-bit data source cannot share
the same name.
Hints and Troubleshooting ODBC
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If you are moving your label from one computer to another, and it is connected to an ODBC
datasource, make sure that the computer you are moving to has the exact same datasource name
in the ODBC Control Panel. If you are unsure of what datasource name was used, you may
double click a field on your label that is connected to a database in design mode. The datasource
name, table, and field are reported.
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Datasource names are not case sensitive.
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Be aware of illegal and reserved datasource names. Stay away from names like Table, Field,
Database, and Text. Do not include special characters like \ , . - +.
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If you get a Type Mismatch error when retrieving data, it means that the field column type in the
database has changed since the connection was made. Reconnect the associated field on your
label.
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Do not create a subdirectory with the same name as your database under the directory in which
your database resides. This creates a "Couldn’t open file unknown" message.
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If using Microsoft Access, make sure that you have checked Read/Design permissions. If they are
not checked, you may get a situation where you can see table names but no field names.
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Avoid using ODBC indexes whenever possible.
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When first choosing a datasource, you may get an error message. Continue by clicking either OK
or Cancel, and try to reconnect to your database. Loftware Label Manager always accesses the
first DSN by default. If the DSN is not valid, a warning alerts you to choose another DSN. The
chosen DSN becomes the default DSN after connecting to your database.
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Records added to the database from an external location while printing from another may not be
immediately available to the Loftware print modules.
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If you are using the Database-Image datasource and you get a message saying that the image is
not found, try making the field length property of the image field 12 or more characters.
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DOUBLE database fields are rounded to six decimal places.
See the Loftware Knowledge Base at www.loftware.com for information regarding ODBC, such as error
messages, reserved words and more troubleshooting hints.
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Loftware supports the following bar code symbology. Not all symbology are supported on all printers. If
Loftware Label Manager does not support a symbology, it will not appear in the Symbology drop-down
field.
See the documentation for your printer for information on native symbology support.
Note: The bar code properties described in this section are provided as a supplement to your printer's user
guide or programming manual and the specification for the bar code.
Supported Symbology
Options
Aztec Code
Aztec Code Properties
Code 39
Code 39 and Code 39 (FULL
ASCII) Properties
Code 39 (Full ASCII)
Code 93
Code 93 (Full ASCII)
Code 93 and Code 93 (FULL
ASCII) Properties
Code 128
Code 128 Properties
DataMatrix
DataMatrix Properties
Notes
EAN 8
EAN 8 and EAN 13 Properties
EAN 13
HIBC Primary (Code 39)
HIBC Primary and Secondary
Properties
HIBC Secondary (Code 39)
Interleaved 2-of-5
Interleaved 2-of-5 Properties
micro PDF417
micro PDF417 Properties
PDF 417
PDF 417 Properties
POSTNET
No Properties Available
Available on Intermec
printers using IPL
Available on Intermec
printers using IPL
Does not support FNC1
modes.
QR Code
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Supported Symbology
Options
GS1 Databar
GS1 Databar Composite
GS1 DataBar and GS1 DataBar
Composite Properties
TLC39
TLC39 Properties
GS1-128 Generic
GS1 Generic Properties
GS1-128 SSCC
GS1 SSCC Properties
UPC-A
UPC E 6 digit
UPC-A and UPC E 6 digit
Properties
UPS MaxiCode
UPS MaxiCode Properties
USPS Intelligent Mail
USPS Intelligent Mail
Notes
Unique Barcode Properties
Several Loftware Label Manager editing features are unique to barcode fields. Here are some suggestions
that may help you get the most out of the barcode editing functions when using Properties boxes:
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Interdependent Properties: Some properties are dependent on other properties for their values.
For example, when you change the Line Width property on a barcode, the X-Dimension value and
% Nominal value (if available) change automatically.
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% Nominal: For some barcode symbologies, (For example, the EAN and UPC series), a “%
Nominal” property is available. Some printers can only print values that fall within a specified
range (For example, 37%, 75%, 113%, 150% of nominal).
For more information on your printer’s print density or dot size, refer to your printer documentation.
Barcode Symbology Terminology
The following terms may be useful to understand as you go through the following section.
Term
Description
ANSI
American National Standards Institute, a non-governmental organization
responsible for the coordination of voluntary national (United States)
standards.
Application Identifier (AI)
A specified string of characters that defines the general category or
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Term
Description
Barcode
An array of parallel rectangular bars and spaces arranged according to the
encodation rules of a particular symbol specification in order to represent
data in machine-readable form. For the purposes of this guideline the term
“bar code” includes linear (for example, Code 39 and Code 128), twodimensional (for example, Data Matrix and MicroPDF417), and composite
(for example CC-A linked to GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional) machinereadable symbols.
Barcode Character
A single group of bars and spaces that represent an individual letter,
number, punctuation mark or other symbol.
Barcode Density
The number of data characters that can be represented in a linear unit of
measure. Barcode density is a function of the “X” dimension, element
width ration, and intercharacter gap.
Barcode Symbol
An array of rectangular bars and spaces that are arranged in a
predetermined pattern following specific rules to represent elements of
data that are referred to as characters. A bar code symbol contains a
leading quiet zone, start pattern data character(s) including a check
character (if any), stop pattern, and a trailing quiet zone.
Bar Height
The bar dimension perpendicular to the bar width. Also called bar length.
Bar Width
The perpendicular distance across a bar measured from a point on one
edge to a point on the opposite edge. Each point will be defined as having
a reflectance that is 50 percent of the difference between the background
and bar reflectance.
Character
Term
Description
Data Character
A letter, digit, or other member of the ASCII character set.
Symbol Character
A unique bar and/or space pattern, or a dark and light cell pattern, which is
defined for a specific symbology. There is not necessarily a one-to-one
unique correlation between symbol characters and data characters. Depending on the symbology, symbol characters may have a unique
associated symbol value.
Character Set
Those characters available for encodation in a particular automatic
identification technology.
Check Character
A digit or character calculated from the data and appended as part of the
data string to insure that the data is correctly composed and transmitted.
Code 39
The 3 of 9 bar code is a variable length, discrete, self-checking,
bidirectional, alphanumeric bar code. Its character set contains 43
meaningful characters: 0-9, A-Z, -, ., $, /, %, *, and space. Each character
is composed of nine elements: five bars and four spaces. Three of the nine
elements are wide (binary value 1), and six elements are narrow (binary
value 0). The character (*) is used for both start and stop character.
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Term
Description
CLEI™ Code
COMMON LANGUAGE Equipment Codes. A 10-character coding structure
maintained by Telcordia® Technologies that identifies communications
equipment, in a concise, uniform feature-oriented language, describing
product type, features, source document and associated drawings and
vintages.
Data Field
The specific portion or area of a label designated to contain human
readable, bar code or graphic information.
Data element separator
A specified character used to delimit discrete fields of data.
Data Identifier (DI)
A specified character string which defines the specific intended use of the
data that immediately follows. The identifier shall be an alphabetic
character or an alphabetic character preceded by up to three numeric
characters as defined by ANSI.
Global Trade Item
Number (GTIN)
The Global Trade Item Number is used in GS1 System for the unique
identification of trade items. A trade item is any item (product or service)
upon which there is a need to retrieve pre-defined information that may be
priced, ordered or invoiced at any point in any supply chain. This includes
individual items as well as their different types of packages. The GTIN is
defined as a 14-digit number to accommodate the different structures. Human-readable
Interpretation
The letters, digits or other characters associated with specific symbol
characters and printed along with the linear bar code, two-dimensional
symbol, or RFID Tag.
Module
In a linear or multi-row bar code symbology, the nominal unit of width in a
symbol character. In certain symbologies, element widths may be specified
as multiples of one module. This is equivalent to X dimension.
Overhead characters
Those characters included within a symbol that are not data characters, for
example, start, stop, error checking, concatenation, and field identifier
characters.
Quiet Zone
Areas of high reflectance (spaces) surrounding the machine-readable
symbol. Quiet zone requirements may be found in application and
symbology specifications. Also called the Clear Area or Margin.
Standard Product
Identification
The numbering scheme used to uniquely identify a product for reference
among all participants of the supply chain. More simply put, it is the one
number that is used by all members in the supply chain to reference that
particular product.
Structure
The order of data elements in a message.
Symbol
A machine readable pattern typically comprised of quiet zones, start/stop
or finder pattern(s) and symbol characters (which include special function
and error detection and/or correction characters) required by a particular
symbology.
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Term
Description
Syntax
The way in which data is put together to form messages. Syntax also
includes rules governing the use of appropriate identifiers, delimiters,
separator character(s), and other non-data characters within the
message. Syntax with Barcodes and RFID Tags is the equivalent to grammar
in spoken language.
Unique Serial
Identification
A series of alphanumeric characters which consists of two segments, the
manufacturer identification segment and the serial number segment. The
combination of these two segments ensures uniqueness within a
company. See the TCIF document TCIF-98-005, Product Serialization
Guideline, for additional information.
Universal Product Code
(UPC)
The Universal Product Code is 12 characters in length and contains: (1) a
number unique to the manufacturer assigned by the Uniform Code Council
(UCC), (2) the product number assigned by the manufacturer (or owner of
the label) and (3) a check character.
X Dimension
The specified width of the narrow element (bar or space) in a bar code
symbol.
Printing Non-Native Barcode Symbologies
Printing certain barcode symbologies can be a challenge given that not all printer models have the
ability to support all symbologies. If the printer has the ability (appropriate firmware), Loftware sends
the barcode to the printer, and it prints natively. Because not all Loftware supported printers have the
appropriate firmware, Loftware has created the ability to add certain barcodes to a label as bitmaps. This
means that these barcode symbologies can be printed despite not being natively supported by the printer.
At this time, Loftware supports sending non-native barcode symbologies as bitmaps to all printer
families. The ability to send certain barcode symbologies natively is supported in some Printer Families.
Printing may be slower when sending barcodes as bitmaps, but the barcode symbology can be printed to
any printer despite the lack of printer support. Aztec Code Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Description
Cell Width
The symbol's module (or cell) height in printer pixels
(dots).
Error
Correction
The level of error checking and correction employed
in the symbol.
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1-10 Pixels
Auto
1-99 - Error Correction level in
percentage.
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Property
Symbol
Size
Description
Values
The number of rows and columns in the symbol.
Auto
A range of options
Building Aztec Code Barcodes
1. Create a bar code.
2. From the Properties window, select Aztec Code from the Symbology field.
3. Set the properties for your bar code.
Code 39 and Code 39 (FULL ASCII) Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Check Digit
Description
Values
The height of the barcode.
Decimal
Add an optional check digit to the barcode.
None
The listed check digits are optional forms of the selected
symbology (For Example: Code 39 or Code 39 with check).
Mod 43
Special purpose check digits can be added to the barcode
using the Formula data source.
Validate User
Entered Mod
43
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode but
will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the
field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of P
contains a part number, a data identifier of Q signifies a
quantity field and a data identifier of S signifies a serial
number field.
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
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For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
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Property
Description
Values
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
The ratio of the wide bar to the narrow bar. The ratio
can be used to create 'in between' sizes between
different X-dimensions.
Ratio
For Example
1-16 Pixels
003.3 to
066.0 mil in
set
increments
2.0:1 to
3.0:1 in .1
increments
For Ratio 3:1, the wide bars are three times the size of
the narrow bars.
Show Start/Stop
Specifies if the Start/Stop character is to be displayed in the
human readable text for the barcode.
Yes/No
Code 93 and Code 93 (FULL ASCII) Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Description
The vertical measurement of the barcode.
Values
Decimal
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode but
will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the
field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of P
contains a part number, a data identifier of Q signifies a
quantity field and a data identifier of S signifies a serial
number field.
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Property
Description
Values
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-20 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
Show Start/Stop
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
Specifies if the Start/Stop character is to be displayed in the
human readable text for the barcode.
003.3 to
165.0 mil in
set
increments
Yes/No
Code 128 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Description
Values
The height of the barcode.
Decimal
Add an optional check digit to the barcode.
Check Digit
The listed check digits are optional forms of
the selected symbology (For Example: Code
39 or Code 39 with check).
Special purpose check digits can be added to
the barcode using the Formula data source.
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Property
Description
Values
Data entered in this field will be encoded in
the barcode but will not print in the human
readable text field for the barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner
identify the field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data
identifier of P contains a part number, a data
identifier of Q signifies a quantity field and a
data identifier of S signifies a serial number
field.
Specifies if a text representation of the
barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable
text can be positioned anywhere on the label
(free floating). Some barcode types require
the human readable text to be in a fixed
position.
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width
in printer pixels (dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width
in thousandths of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
Show Start/Stop
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
Specifies if the Start/Stop character is to be
displayed in the human readable text for the
barcode.
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Property
Start Code
Description
Values
n
Auto: Printer selects
subset Code A
Uppercase letters,
numbers and control
characters.
n
Start A: ASCII
characters 00 to 95
(0-9, A-Z and
control codes),
special characters,
and FNC 1-4
n
Start B: ASCII
characters 32 to 127
(0-9, A-Z, a-z),
special characters,
and FNC 1-4
n
Start C: 00-99. Code
C is a double density
barcode and
produces the
smallest barcode.
n
Start UCC: Inserts
Function 1 (FNC1).
Numbers only,
leaves parentheses
and spaces in
human readable.
Specify the subset for the Code 128 barcode.
Building GS1-128 (Formerly UCC-128) Barcodes
Most thermal printers today include a GS1-128 SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) symbology
option. This barcode symbology is available in all Loftware Label Manager printer drivers. As a
minimum, this code is a Code-128 barcode that includes a FNC1 character, an application identifier, user
data, and two check digits (a Modulus 103 and a Modulus 10 check character).
GS1 Barcode
To build other GS1 barcodes, such as the SCC-14, Loftware Label Manager provides Code-128 attributes
available in the Properties box in Loftware Label Manager. These attributes provide the tools to build a
GS1 barcode for any printer defined in Loftware Label Manager that includes both the barcode data and
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human readable interpretation with one set of entered data. However, Loftware recommends that you
use the GS1 Barcode Wizard to create all Barcodes.
1. Select Code 128 Symbology.
2. Select UCC Mod 10 from the Check Digit field to add a modulus 10 to the end of the barcode. This option strips out parentheses and spaces in your data before calculating the Check Digit. For
example, if you enter from the On-Demand Print form (00) 0 0012345 5555555555,
“00012345555555555” is used as the data to calculate the Check Digit. Notice the (AI) Application
Identifier (00) is excluded from the data when calculating the Mod 10 Check Digit.
Note: Like all Code 128 barcode symbologies, the Mod 103 Check Digit is automatically added to the end of
the barcode field.
3. Select Start UCC from the Start Code field. This option prefixes the Code 128 barcode with a Start
Code C option and a FNC1 character.
Related Information
For information on the Barcode Wizard, refer to the Templates and Wizards section of this guide.
DataMatrix Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Cell Width
Description
The symbol's module (or cell) height
in printer pixels (dots).
Values
Pixels
ECC 0
ECC 50
Error Correction
The level of error checking and
correction employed in the symbol.
ECC 80
ECC 100
ECC 140
ECC 200
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Property
Description
Values
1 - Numeric digits 0 to 9 and the
space character
2 - Upper case alpha A-Z and the
space character
Format ID
Defines the type of data that may be
encoded in the symbol.
3 - Upper case alphanumeric A-Z, 0-9
and the space character
4 - A-Z, 0-9, space, minus, period,
comma & forward slash (/)
5 - 7 bit ASCII - all ASCII characters
between ASCII to ASCII 127
6 - 8 bit ASCII - all ASCII characters
between ASCII 0 to ASCII 255
Symbol Size
The number of rows and columns in
the symbol.
Square Form: 10 - 144 Rows and
Columns
Rectangular Form: 8 - 16 Rows 18-24
Columns
EAN 8 and EAN 13 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Extension
Description
Values
The height of the barcode.
Decimal
Specify whether a 2 or 5 digit extension is to be used. UPC
extensions are used to extend the range of available part
numbers that can be encoded.
None
+2
+5
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
Fixed Below
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
372
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
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Property
Description
Values
The barcode's module width as a percent of nominal
tolerance. UPC/EAN barcodes have a nominal module width
of .0013".
Line: % Nominal
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line:Width
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
25-1269%
003.3 to
066.0 mil in
set
increments
HIBC Primary and Secondary Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Note: HIBC Primary (Code 39) and HIBC Secondary (Code 39) symbology are only available on certain
Intermec printers.
Property
Bar Height
Description
The height of the barcode.
Values
Decimal
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode but
will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of P
contains a part number, a data identifier of Q signifies a
quantity field and a data identifier of S signifies a serial
number field.
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
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Property
Description
Values
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
003.3 to
066.0 mil in
set
increments
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
HIBC Primary from which the link character is taken.
Primary Field
Note: Primary Field is only available on HIBC Secondary
(Code 39) symbology.
The ratio of the wide bar to the narrow bar. The ratio can be
used to create 'in between' sizes between different Xdimensions.
Ratio
For Example
Field Name
2.0:1 to
3.0:1 in .1
increments
For Ratio 3:1, the wide bars are three times the size of
the narrow bars.
Interleaved 2-of-5 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Bar Width Adjustment
Description
Values
The vertical span of the barcode.
Decimal
Adjust the width of the bars to improve readability of
a barcode in cases where ink spread or ink drying
-59 to 59 pixels
depending on
may affect readability.
Notes: This property is only available when using the
Generic Windows Driver.
Line: Width
setting
None
Bearer Bars
Bearer bars are used to reduce the chance that a non-fixed
length symbol is incorrectly read.
Top/Bottom
Rectangle
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Property
Description
Add an optional check digit to the barcode.
Check Digit
The listed check digits are optional forms of the selected
symbology.
Special purpose check digits can be added to the barcode
using the Formula data source.
Values
None
Mod 10
Validate User
Entered Mod 10
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode
but will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the
field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of
P contains a part number, a data identifier of Q
signifies a quantity field and a data identifier of S
signifies a serial number field.
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer
pixels (dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in
thousandths of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
The ratio of the wide bar to the narrow bar. The ratio can
be used to create 'in between' sizes between different Xdimensions.
Ratio
For Example
For Ratio 3:1, the wide bars are three times the size of the
narrow bars.
Show Start/Stop
Specifies if the Start/Stop character is to be displayed in
the human readable text for the barcode.
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003.3 to 161.7
mil in set
increments
2.0:1
2.5:1
3.0:1
Yes/No
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micro PDF417 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Code 128
Emulation
Description
Values
n
None - No emulation
n
C0 - Simple Code 128
emulation
n
C1 - GS1-128 FN1 in
1st position
n
C2 - GS1-128 FN1 in
2nd position
n
C1 with 1D symbol
n
GS1-128 C1 linked to
1D barcode
The height of the barcode.
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer
pixels (dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in
thousandths of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
003.3 to 066.0 mil in set
increments
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
Micro PDF417
Size
The discreet size of the symbol expressed as columns x
rows.
Row Height
The symbol's row height in printer pixels (dots).
1-4 columns
rows vary depending on
columns used.
dots
PDF 417 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Columns
376
Description
Values
The number of columns in the symbol, each column is
made up of 17 individual modules.
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Property
Description
Values
Auto
Compression Type
Selects data compression method and determines the
number of codewords per character based on text,
numeric and binary compaction methods..
Numeric-Only
Alpha-Only
AlphaNumeric
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode
but will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the
field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of
P contains a part number, a data identifier of Q
signifies a quantity field and a data identifier of S
signifies a serial number field.
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer
pixels (dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in
thousandths of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
1-50 Pixels
003.3 to
165.0 mil in
set
increments
Row Height
The symbol's row height in printer pixels (dots).
dots 1
Security Level
A higher number will increase the amount of destruction
the symbol can withstand, while also increasing the size of
the symbol.
0-8
Truncate
A truncated PDF symbol occupies less printed area than a
standard symbol; however, there is a slight degradation in
decode performance.
No/Yes
1For Datamax "class" models, the max value for Row Height is 61. You can enter a higher value, but the actual printed row height is
limited to 61 pixels. Class models include: A-4212, A-4310, A-4408, A-4606, A-6212, A-6310, E-4203, E-4204, E-4304, H-4212X, H4310X, I-4206, I-4208, I-4210, I-4212, I-4308, I-4406, I-4604, M-4206, M-4306, W-6208, W-6308, W-8306, DPL (Family Driver).
For other Datamax models, the max value is 24. You can enter a higher value, but the actual printed row height is limited to 24 pixels.
Other Datamax models include: Allegro, Allegro 2, Ovation, Ovation 2/3, PE4X, Prodigy, Prodigy 6.5, Prodigy Plus, Prodigy MAX, Prodigy
MAX 300, ST-3210, ST-3306, Titan 6200, XL.
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QR Code Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Note: The current Loftware implementation of QR Code does NOT support FNC1 modes.
The current Loftware implementation of QR Code does NOT support Extended Channel Interpretation (ECI)
mode.
Property
Cell Width
Description
Values
The symbol's module (or cell) height in printer
pixels (dots).
Pixels
Auto
The type of information encoded in the symbol.
Data Input Mode
Note: Alpha characters must be in
uppercase. To use lower case letters select
Binary mode.
Numeric
Alpha
Binary
Kanji
Mask
Model
This option is only used when QR Codes are
printed natively to Toshiba TEC or Zebra
printers.
0-7
This option is only used when QR Codes are
printed natively to Toshiba TEC or Zebra
printers.
1
None
Auto Selection
2
Level L Approximately 7%
error correction.
Error Correction
The level of error checking and correction
employed in the symbol.
Level M Approximately 15%
error correction.
Level Q Approximately 25%
error correction.
Level H Approximately 30%
error correction.
The number of rows and columns in the symbol.
Symbol Size
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Note: Specific Row and Column selections
are not used when printed natively.
Barcodes will always use Auto.
Auto
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Print QR Codes Natively to Zebra Printers
Loftware Label Manager and the Loftware Print Server allow you to design and print QR Code symbols
and print them as bitmaps to any of the barcode label printers that Loftware supports. Certain Zebra
printers have the ability to print QR Codes natively. If you were printing QR Codes natively to Zebra
printers before installing or upgrading to the Loftware Print Server or Label Manager version 10.0, you
may notice a decrease in performance when printing labels with QR Codes. Switching QR Codes back to
native mode for your Zebra printers should restore your previous performance.
Requirements
l
Identify the printer models that will be used to print the QR Code symbols natively.
Identify the Printer IDs to Configure for Native QR Code Printing
1. Open the prslst32.lfw file in a text editor. The default location for this file is <Program Files
Folder>\Loftware Labeling.
2. Locate the names of the printer models you identified in the Requirements section.
For Example
Find the entries for the Zebra 130 and 140
"Loftware
"Loftware
"Loftware
"Loftware
"Loftware
"Loftware
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
130",3040,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
140",3041,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
140xi",3042,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
140xiII",3074,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
160S",3057,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
170xi",3043,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
3. Note the 4-digit numbers after the printer model. This is the Loftware Printer ID.
"Loftware Zebra 130",3040,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
"Loftware Zebra 140",3041,"ZEBRA32.DLL",1,9600,8,2,1,0,6
Enable Native QR Code Printing in LLMWDN32.ini
1. Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | System Folders | Configuration, and create a
backup copy of the LLMWDN32 configuration file.
2. Open the LLMWDN32 configuration file in a text editor
3. Add the [NativeOverride] setting to the file on a new line.
4. Under the [NativeOverride] setting, add QRCode= and the Loftware Printer IDs that you
identified.
For Example
[NativeOverride]
QRCode=3040,3041
Note: It is not necessary to add Windows printers to the INI file.
Note: The NativeOverride setting will apply to all printers of the model that you add to the INI file.
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If the Loftware Print Server is Configured to use Windows Registry Settings
If your Loftware Print Server is configured to use settings in the windows registry you must perform the
following additional steps to enable [NativeOverride] of QR Code printing to certain Zebra printers.
1. Select Start | All Programs | Loftware Labeling | Print Server | LPS Configuration. The Loftware
Print Server Configuration Utility opens.
2. Press Shift | F2. The Advanced tab appears. Select the Advanced tab.
3. Clear the Remap Ini Files to Registry checkbox, and click OK.
4. Add the [NativeOverride] setting to the LLMWDN32 configuration file as described in Enable
Native QR Code Printing in LLMWDN32.ini.
5. Repeat steps 1 and 2, and then reselect the Remap Ini Files to Registry checkbox. Click OK.
Building QR Code Barcodes
QR Code is a high capacity, two-dimensional square matrix symbology that is made up of a pattern of
dark and light square modules, packing information in two directions. It supports encoding modes for
numeric, alphanumeric, 8-bit byte, and Kanji data. Depending on the data encoding mode, a QR Code
symbol can include up to 6743 characters. There are 39 QR Code symbol versions ranging from 21 x 21 (Version 1) to 173 x 173 (Version 39)
modules per side. Each higher version increases by 4 modules per side.
In LLM, you can use a Keyboard or a Formula data source for the QR Code data. You can pass the data
using a .pas, a .csv. or an .xml file.
1. For the barcode symbology, select QR Code.
2. Default Cell Width depends on the printer dpi capability. The options are 1 to 52 pixels. 3. Select a Data Input Mode:
l
Auto - With Automatic data input, data with any character greater than character value 126 is
assumed to be Kanji data and automatically converted to Shift JIS before it is sent to the
printer.
l
Manual mode - With one of the Manual data input options selected, you can control character
mode switching (Numeric, Alphanumeric, Binary, Kanji). You can use a formula with the
necessary ZPL data commands embedded. Kanji data must be passed as Shift JIS. For
information on ZPL programming, refer to the Zebra ZPL II Programming Guide.
4. Select an Error Correction level. Error Correction is used to restore data and improve reading if
the code is partially damaged. There are four levels of Error Correction.
5. Select a Mask pattern. This is used to balance the light and dark modules and minimize patterns
that may interfere with processing. Auto Selection applies the most appropriate masking pattern.
6. Select a Model number. Model refers to the QR Code specification. Model 1 is the original
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specification.
7. Select a Symbol Size.
Related Information
QR Code is established as an ISO (ISO/IEC18004) standard and defined in the document ISO/IEC 18004:
Automatic identification and data capture techniques — Barcode symbology — QR Code. This is available from
the ISO Web site.
Refer to AIM International Symbology Specification 97-001 for more information. Model 2 is the enhanced QR
Code symbology.
Refer to the ISO/IEC FCD 18004 specification for more information.
GS1 DataBar and GS1 DataBar Composite Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Description
Values
The vertical span of the barcode.
Recommended ratios for
each of the GS1 DataBar
Types:
n
GS1 DataBar
Omnidirectional
33x
n
GS1 DataBar
Truncated 13x
n
GS1 DataBar
Limited 10x
n
GS1 DataBar
Stacked 13x
n
GS1 DataBar
Stacked
Omnidirectional
69x
The ratio of the barcode height compared to the
narrow line width.
Bar Height Ratio
This property can not be explicitly set, it is
calculated from the bar height and line width
properties and displayed for informational
purposes.
For the stacked GS1 DataBar types, the ratio is
fixed and cannot be changed.
GS1 Databar
Omnidirectional
GS1 DataBar Type
GS1 DataBar symbologies consist of several
variations, this property specifies which one is
used for this field.
GS1 Databar Truncated
GS1 Databar Limited
GS1 Databar Stacked
GS1 Databar Stacked
Omnidirectional
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Property
Description
Values
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is
to print.
For most barcode types, the human readable text
can be positioned anywhere on the label (free
floating). Some barcode types require the
human readable text to be in a fixed position.
Human Readable
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in
printer pixels (dots).
This property is related to:
Line: Width
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-50 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in
thousandths of an inch.
This property is related to:
Line: X-Dim
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
1.7 - 102 Mil
TLC39 Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Description
Values
Code 39 Bar
Height
The height of the Code 39 portion of the TLC39 symbol.
Code 39 Ratio
The ratio of the wide bar to the narrow bar in the Code 39 portion of the
TLC39 symbol.
Decimal
2.0:1
2.5:1
3.0:1
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels (dots).
This property is related to:
1-10
Pixels
Line: Width
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths of an inch.
This property is related to:
3.3 - 33
mil
Line: X-Dim
Micro PDF417 Bar
Height
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n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
The row height in printer pixels (dots) of the micro PDF417 portion of
the TLC39 symbol.
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Property
Micro PDF417 Size
Description
The discreet size of the symbol expressed as columns x rows
Values
4
column
s
4-44
rows
Building TLC39 Barcodes
TLC39 is a composite symbology designed for the Telecommunications Industry. TLC39 combines a
Code 39 symbol, encoding a part number (for items such as plug-in boards at central switching stations)
with a linked MicroPDF417 symbol encoding a serial number and other optional information. The first 6 characters must be numeric and include the ECI number. The 7th character is a delimiter
between the linear data portion and the composite data portion, typically a comma, but other delimiters
are allowed. The next piece of data is a mandatory unique Serial Number.
There can be other data fields after the Serial Number, usually either AppIDs or DataIDs, which are
governed by whether or not there are alpha characters in the serial number. Country Of Origin is another
typical data field that is included in this symbology.
Loftware supports the native printing of this symbology to both Zebra and Datamax; however, this
ability is firmware dependent. Contact Zebra or Datamax to find out more information. Loftware is able
to print this symbology as a bitmap to all of our supported printers.
GS1 Generic Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Description
The vertical span of the barcode.
Values
Decimal
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode but
will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of P
contains a part number, a data identifier of Q signifies a
quantity field and a data identifier of S signifies a serial
number field.
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Property
Description
Values
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
003.3 to
165.0 mil in
set
increments
GS1 SSCC Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Bar Height
Description
Values
The vertical span of the barcode.
Decimal
Data entered in this field will be encoded in the barcode but
will not print in the human readable text field for the
barcode.
Data Identifiers are used to help the scanner identify the field.
Data Identifier
For Example
For an AIAG label, a barcode with a data identifier of P
contains a part number, a data identifier of Q signifies a
quantity field and a data identifier of S signifies a serial
number field.
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
384
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
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Property
Description
Values
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
003.3 to
165.0 mil in
set
increments
UPC-A and UPC-E 6 digit Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Description
Values
Bar Height
The vertical span of the barcode.
Decimal
None
Extension
Specify whether a 2 or 5 digit extension is to be used. UPC
extensions are used to extend the range of available part
numbers that can be encoded.
+2
+5
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a
fixed position.
None
Free Floating
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in printer pixels
(dots).
Line: Width
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line %-Nominal
1-16 Pixels
The barcode's module width as a percent of nominal
tolerance. UPC/EAN barcodes have a nominal module width
of .0013".
Line: % Nominal
This property is related to:
n
Line: X-Dim
n
Line:Width
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Property
Description
Values
The barcode's module (or narrow bar) width in thousandths
of an inch.
Line: X-Dim
This property is related to:
n
Line: Width.
n
Line:%-Nominal
003.3 to
066.0 mil in
set
increments
UPS MaxiCode Properties
Note: Not all of the properties described in the table will be available to all printers.
Note: Value ranges may be printer dependent.
Property
Current Symbol
Description
Values
When used with the structured append format, the position of
the symbol in a set.
0-8
Specifies if a text representation of the barcode is to print.
Human Readable
For most barcode types, the human readable text can be
positioned anywhere on the label (free floating). Some
barcode types require the human readable text to be in a fixed
position.
None
Modes 0 and 1 are part of the original MaxiCode specification
and are now considered obsolete.
0
Mode 2 is used for Domestic U.S. destinations.
Mode
Mode 3 is used for non U.S. destinations.
Mode 4 is free form data entry.
Mode 5, if supported by the printer, is used for free form data
entry with Full Enhanced Error Correction.
Total Symbols
1
2
3
4
5
Mode 6 is used for reader programming only.
6
When used with the structured append format, the total
number of the symbols in a set.
0-8
Version 1 - Implements an ANSI-compliant UPS MaxiCode
format for compressing data and increasing data storage.
UPS Compression
Free
Floating
None - No compression is performed on the data. The format of
the data is governed by original MaxiCode specifications and
the requirements of the printer command language.
None
Version
1
Building MaxiCode Symbols
As companies across the world strive to improve productivity, efficient management of goods and
materials is becoming increasingly important to the manufacturing and distribution sectors. That is why
MaxiCode was developed. MaxiCode provides a way to store a lot of information in a small space.
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MaxiCode is a two-dimensional symbology that can encode about 100 characters of data in a one square
inch. Within this small space are two MaxiCode components; black and white hexagons that pack
information in two directions, and a target-like central pattern that allows the symbol to be easily located
at high speeds. A MaxiCode symbol is displayed in the template below.
Figure 13.1: UPS MaxiCode Template
MaxiCode has been recommended by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the twodimensional symbol most appropriate for the sortation and tracking of unit loads and transport
packages. MaxiCode has high information density and can be read at high speeds in a large field of
view. MaxiCode can be decoded in any orientation and offers the security of high data integrity even if
the symbol is damaged. Because of their small size, MaxiCodes are easily incorporated into label
designs. In fact, many printer manufacturers have the capability to print MaxiCodes on
labels. MaxiCode is the best symbology to use any time a large field of view is required, a label is
moving, the label orientation is random, or if label space is limited.
MaxiCode is supported in all Loftware printer families, including Windows printers. The templates are
included in the Loftware product and are available for download from the Loftware Web site.
Note: A sample label named MaxiCodeCompressionTest.lwl has been added to the ..\labels\samples\maxicode
directory in Loftware. The label has 2 maxicode symbols, each with compression properties turned on and a
clear value set. One of the symbols is not compressed; the other is compressed. It may be used as a
troubleshooting tool to test compression.
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To open a UPS MaxiCode template
1. Open Loftware Label Manager in Design Mode.
2. Select File | New from the menu bar.
3. Select New Label, and then Compliance Template in the New Label Wizard.
4. Select the Target Device, Manufacturer, and Model.
5. Select the UPS Template you wish to use from the list. The template you choose contains the
MaxiCode Symbol.
6. Click Next and Finish.
Related Information
For more information on Templates, refer to the Templates and Wizards section of this guide.
MaxiCode Compression
Compression is a means to allow more data to be included in the MaxiCode symbol. The following
fields are present in a non-compressed UPS MaxiCode symbol:
Ship To Postal
Code
Shipment ID
Ship To ISO Country
Code
Shipment N of X
Class of Service
Weight
Tracking Number
Address
Validation
Origin Carrier SCAC
Ship To Address
Shipper ID
Ship To City
Julian Date of Pickup
Ship To State
A compressed UPS MaxiCode symbol also contains the following fields:
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On-Demand Printing
Figure 13.2: MaxiCode Template On-Demand Print Screen
Using MaxiCode Compression
Loftware has included templates for each label in the Label Examples by Service section of the UPS GUIDE
TO LABELING document, February 2001 Edition. Contact UPS for this document. The MaxiCode
formulas on each of these templates are constructed to conform to the UPS Compression Tool
requirements. The easiest way to implement MaxiCode compression is to use the template that matches
your specific labeling requirement. Information on how Loftware implements the UPS Compression Tool
follows.
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UPS Compression is found in the MaxiCode Properties box. Note that the options in the drop-down list
are either None or Version 1. If you select None, then no compression takes place. This is the default
setting. If the MaxiCode Template is used, the default is Version1. If you select Version 1, then Loftware
runs the compression tool if possible. Loftware calls the UPS Compression Tool Version 1 as this tool
may be revised by UPS at a future date.
MaxiCode Data Format
Another advantage to using the Version 1 setting is that the same data structure is utilized for all
printers; therefore the same formula works for all the different printer families that Loftware supports. Use one formula and Loftware takes care of the rest. Loftware's UPS templates are designed using a
formula datasource for the MaxiCode symbol. The formula is constructed so that you can supply your
data as separate, individual fields, using any of the Loftware label printing methods (For example, ODP,
ActiveX). The formula then formats the data into the correct ANSI compliant string (ACS). (More on the
ANSI compliant string follows.) Alternatively, if you are using the LPS, you can change the data source
to “Keyboard” and supply the entire ACS via a PAS, CSV, etc. It is NOT possible to print a MaxiCode
Mode 2 or Mode 3 symbol correctly in On-Demand Print using the Keyboard Data Source, as the nonprintable ASCII characters such as GS, RS and EOT cannot be added in the input screen.
Figure 13.3: MaxiCode Formula
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MaxiCode .PAS File Format
From_Name,SHIPPERS INTERNATIONAL
From_Address1,5TH FLOOR
From_Address2,1550 W AWHERE STREET
From_City,PHOENIX
From_State,AZ
From_Zip,85027-1550
From_PhoneNo,(321)456-7890
To_Name,JOSEPH COHEN
To_Company,MOTOR CITY CORP
To_Address2,ROOM 202
To_Address1,813 KREMENETSKI ST
Department,ENGINEERING DEPT
City,SHAMBALA
State,CA
Zip,98760
ZipExtension,1211
To_Phone,(987) 654-3210
PkgNum,1
Total_Packages,3
Weight,140
Building_Code,8419
Inbuilding_Indicator,06
ServiceTitle,UPS GROUND
ServiceIcon,GND
Shipper_Number,123456
Class,001
RefNum,1234567
CheckDigit,5
Shipment_ID,8897
Day,123
Country,840
SCAC,UPSN
Addlinfo1,ANSI COMPLIANT STRING
AddlInfo2,BUILT BY FORMULA
*PRINTLABELModes - Modes are set in the Properties box. The compression option should only be
used for Mode 2 (domestic shipping) and Mode 3 (international shipping). If you have chosen Mode 3
in the Properties box, the data is not compressed; however, it is formatted for the specific printer family . With Mode 2, the data is both compressed and formatted, and then sent to the printer.
The following conditions apply when MaxiCode Compression is set to Version 1.
The Symbol prints with compressed data if:
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The Symbol prints with uncompressed data if:
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It is a Mode 2 Symbol and the UPS Compression Tool fails to compress the data.
The Symbol prints with incorrect data if:
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The first 9 characters of the data do not match the header ( [)>Rs01Gs96 ) in the formula and the
data supplied is not in the correct format for the printer.
The Symbol does not print if:
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The Symbol is Mode 2 and the data could not be compressed and; either the Postal Code has nonnumeric characters, or is not a valid length (5 or 9 characters).
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The data is not compressed (either because the UPS Compression Tool fails to compress the data,
or it is not a Mode 2 Symbol) and the data length is greater than the allowable character amount
(99 for Mode 2, 96 for Mode 3).
Note: In general, the UPS Compression Tool fails to compress the supplied data if one of the fields contains
invalid data. For instance, an alpha character in the Postal Code field (Mode 2) or 3 characters in the State
field.
ANSI-Compliant String
The following table shows the fields for the MaxiCode symbol and the maximum allowable size for each
field.
Note: Fields marked with an * are NOT allowed to be truncated.
KEY:N=Numeric only (ex: 9N means 9 numeric characters)
AN=Alphanumeric (ex: 6AN means 6 alpha-numeric characters)
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Field Name
Max Size
(Bytes) &
Type
Comment
Ship To Postal Code
*
Mode 2, 9N
Mode 3, 6AN
This field should be populated as left justified.
Ship To ISO
Country Code *
3N
Class of Service *
3N
Tracking Number *
10AN
Origin Carrier SCAC *
UPSN
4
Shipper ID *
6AN
Julian Date of Pickup
*
N3
Indicates the date the package was labeled. This field contains
the numerical day of the year (0-999).
Shipment ID *
AN0…30
Contains a number that identifies a shipment. This field is
optional.
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Field Name
Max Size
(Bytes) &
Type
Comment
Shipment N of X *
N0..3/N0..3
Contains package “n” of “x” total packages in a shipment.
Weight *
N0…10
Contains the gravitational weight of the package (lb.)
Address Validation
(Y/N)*
1
Set to Y if Content of Postal Code, City, and State have been
validated using CASS*-certified software).
Ship To Address
AN0..35
Ship To Address, Line 1, Suggested: Primary Address. This is
typically the Street Address.
Ship To City *
AN0…35
Ship To State *
A2
Ship To Address Line
2 Application
Identifier (20L)
AN3+AN0…3
5
Suggested: Secondary Address (1). This is typically the
Room/Floor or Urbanization.
Ship To Address Line
3 Application
Identifier (21L)
AN3+AN0…3
5
Suggested: Secondary Address (2). This is typically the
Department.
Ship To Address Line
4 Application
Identifier (22L)
AN3+AN0…3
5
Suggested: Consignee (1), typically the Company Name. (This
is typically the portion of an address that is tied to an address
book mechanism)
Ship To Address Line
5 Application
Identifier (23L)
AN3+AN0…3
5
Suggested: Consignee (2), typically the Attn: field content.
*CASS - Coding Accuracy Support System certification by the United States Postal Service
USPS Intelligent Mail®USPS Intelligent Mail is a 4-state barcode that consists of 65 bars that can encode up to 31 digits.
Including:
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Barcode Identifier
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Service Type Identifier
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Mailer Identifier
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Serial Number
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Deliver Point ZIP Code
See the USPS Intelligent mail Barcode (4-State Customer Barcode) specification for complete information on
encoding USPS Intelligent Mail barcodes:
https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_mailpieces/documents/tech_guides/SPUSPSG.pdf
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Property
Description
Values
Small
Symbol Size
Changes the relative height and width of all the bars in the symbol.
Medium
Large
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This section describes Loftware-supported standard barcode and RFID printers. It also includes block
and tag configuration information on the RFID HF and UHF tags available for supported RFID devices. Printer
Family
Supported Options
Family Driver Supported
Avery
Avery Options
C.Itoh
Datamax Options
Citizen
Datamax Options, Zebra Options
ZPLII
Datamax
Datamax Options
DPL, ZPLII (PL-Z), EPL2 (PLE), IPL (PL-I)
Eltron
Eltron Options
EPL2, ZPLII
EXE
SATO Options
Fastmark
Datamax Options, Eltron Options
Fox IV
SATO Options, Datamax Options, Zebra Options,
Intermec Options, Printronix Options
ZPLII (ZSim), IPL, Direct
Protocol
InfoPrint
Solutions
Printronix Options
ZPLII (ZGL), IPL (IGL)
Imtec
Zebra Options, Intermec Options
Intermec
Intermec Options, Intermec and UBI Options
Meto
Datamax Options
Novexx
Novexx Options
Paxar/Monarc
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Paxar MPCL1 Options, Paxar MPCL2 Options
PCL5
PCL5 Options
Pressiza
Datamax Options, Avery Options
Printronix
Printronix Options
QuickLabel
Datamax Options
SATO
SATO Options
Toshiba-TEC
TEC Options
UBI
Intermec and UBI Options
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ZPLII (ZSim), EPL2 (ESim),
IPL, Direct Protocol
ZPLII, EPL2
ZPLII (ZGL), IPL (IGL)
ZPLII (ZGL), IPL (IGL)
Direct Protocol
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Printer
Family
Supported Options
Family Driver Supported
Windows
Windows Printer Options
Zebra
Zebra Options
ZPLII, EPL2, IPL
Label Printers and RFID Printers
Unless otherwise noted, the Loftware-supported RFID printers described in this section are UHF
printers. These are printers that support encoding to UHF tag types.
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Avery Dennison Printers
This section provides information specific to the Avery Dennison family of printers.
Avery Dennison also owns the Paxar and Monarch brands of printers. Refer to the following sections for
information on these printers.
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Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Avery printer models.
Datamax
Language
Barcode Label Printers
6404
ALX 924
TTK
AP 4.4
DP
M
4
TDI
S-262
6404
ALT
ALX 925
TTK ALT
AP 5.4
DP
M
5
TDI ALT
S-362
6405
ALX 926
TTX 1050
AP 5.4 ALT
DP
M
6
6405
ALT
TTX 1050 ALT
AP 7.t
textile
6406
TTX 300 OFL
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6406
ALT
TTX 300 OFL-ALT
6408
TTX 300 ONL-ALT
6408
ALT
TTX 350
Datamax
Language
TTX 350 ALT
TTX 450
TTX 450 ALT
TTX 650
TTX 650 ALT
TTX 674
TTX 674 ALT
TTX 675
TTX 675 ALT
TTX 950
TTX 950 ALT
Loftware supports the following RFID printer models.
RFID Tag Printers
64-04
RFID
ALX 924
RFID
DPM 4
RFID
64-05
RFID
ALX 925
RFID
DPM 5
RFID
64-06
RFID
ALX 926
RFID
DPM 6
RFID
64-08
RFID
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Avery Dennison printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer
Family Drivers can be selected with Avery Dennison printers.
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EPL
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Avery Denison
RFID printers.
Avery Dennison Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial, and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface and a parallel interface. Some models support USB and
have NIC Ports.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(standard interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port, and
connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard interface)
Check with manufacturer for cable information. The hardware license key is not part of the
serial interface since it must always be plugged into an LPT parallel port.
USB Interface (standard Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in either a
or optional interface)
USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the computer.
Network Port
Included or optional on some printers.
Avery Dennison Options
Avery Dennison Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. Avery Dennison Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5). Label Options Section
Print Speed
The range of available print speed varies with the
selected printer type. This setting controls the speed
at which the stock moves during printing. The
combinations of print speed and head temperature
control the print quality of the label.
Feed Speed
This setting affects the speed at which the paper is
fed when advancing over non-printing areas. This
setting may affect printer throughput.
Head Temp
This allows you to control the darkness of the print.
Job End Flag Label
When this option is set, the last label printed in a batch
is longer than the previous labels, signifying that it is
the last label of the batch.
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Label Options Section
Inverts the entire label, black prints as white, white
space prints as black.
Label Inverse
Printer Overrides Section
These settings override the Print Options Section in Printer Specific Options.
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Batch Mode - The whole surface of the label is printable.
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Normal 1:1 Mode - The first 18 mm of the label is not printable. The printing on the label is
automatically shifted past the empty space.
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Real 1:1 Mode - Total surface of the label is printable, and the label is retracted after each
label.
Print Mode
Character Set
Several printer languages are available that can print international characters that are not available
in the U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the corresponding
hex codes used to select the desired character
Gap Offset
This command is for determining the beginning of the label when labels are printed with irregular
gaps.
Cut Interval
This sets the number of labels to be printed before the stock is cut.
Dispense
Position
This adjusts the distance the label is fed after printing.
Avery RFID Options Section
These options apply to Avery RFID printers.
Use Label
or Printer
Options
This setting determines whether to use the options set in this section or those set in the Avery RFID
Printer Specific Options. From this dialog, label setup options can be set when the Use Label RFID
Options setting is selected.
RFID Tag
Type
Select one of the supported tag types: Autodetect, EPC Class 0, Alien EPC Class 1, and Philips UCODE
EPC 1.19 tags.
Note: If you are using an Avery RFID printer to print your label, from the Avery RFID PSO dialog, set RFID Tag
Type to Autodetect which automatically determines the tag type. Otherwise, you must set the tag type from the
Avery PSO dialog to match what is set in the Block Configuration dialog.
Tag Position From Start of Label
This is the distance of the chip from the leading edge. This defaults to 60 mm.
Number of Write Retries per Label
This setting determines the number of times to retry in case of initial failure.
Number of Labels to Retry in Case
of Tag Access Failure
This setting determines the number of retries before displaying an error
message and requiring user intervention.
Verify
This is set to Off, by default. When Verify is enabled, it detects whether the tag
about to be written to is an Alien tag or not.
Avery Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
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Stock Type
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Die Cut - Stock that has gaps between each label.
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Continuous - No gaps, notches, or perforations
between labels.
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Thermal Transfer (Ribbon) - Uses ribbon and nonheat sensitive label stock to print. The print head is
activated as the label moves underneath, heating the
ribbon material and melting it onto the label. To
increase the quality of the print, decrease or increase
the speed and/or the heat as necessary.
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Direct Thermal (No Ribbon) - Uses heat sensitive label
stock without the ribbon. The print head is activated
as the label moves underneath heating the label stock
and activating the heat sensitive material in the stock
causing darkening of the material. To increase the
quality of the print, decrease/increase the speed
and/or heat as necessary.
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Ribbon Autoecon On/Off - This command turns on
the ribbon saver "auto economy" feature in supported
printers. Printers that do not support this feature
ignore the command. When this feature is turned on,
the ribbon usage is economized by lifting when the
minimum amount of white space is exceeded.
Media Type
Gap Offset
This command determines the beginning of the label when
printing labels with irregular gaps.
Gap Length
For continuous stock, this setting is used to add space
between printed labels. The settings are in increments of 1
mm.
This sets the number of labels to be printed before the stock
is cut. This setting may yield poor results if you use a value
that is not an even multiple of the Quantity and/or
Duplicates value. For example: If Quantity = 2, Duplicates =
3, and Cut Interval = 2, your labels may print/cut in the
following sequence:
Label 1 Duplicate 1
Cut Interval
Label 1 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 1 Duplicate 3
Label 2 Duplicate 1
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 2
Label 2 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
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Media Options Section
Get Printer Status
This returns a message providing status on the printer. If
there is a problem communicating with the printer, a
corresponding error message is displayed. This option is
only supported by certain printers.
Print Options Section
Do Not Send Options
When this is checked, Loftware does not send any Printer
Specific Options or Label Specific Options to the printer.
The availability of the Print Modes depends on the printer.
Print Mode
Character Set
n
Batch Mode - The whole surface of the label is
printable.
n
Normal 1:1 Mode - The first 18 mm of the label are not
printable. The printing on the label is automatically
shifted past the empty space.
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Real 1:1 Mode - Total surface of the label is printable,
and the label is retracted after each label.
Several printer languages are available to print international
characters that are not available in the U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the
corresponding hex codes used to select the desired
character.
Dispense Options Section
This is only for printers with the dispenser attachment.
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Batch Mode - The entire label is not printable; the label
is not retracted after feeding to the Dispense position.
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1:1 Mode - The entire label is printable since the label
is retracted before printing the next label.
Dispense Mode
Dispense Position
Adjusts the distance the label is fed after printing.
Use Single Start function
Only one label is printed at a time. Printing is then
suspended until the correct action has been taken. The
required action depends on the settings of the printer, and is
either the removal of the presented label or the use of a foot
pedal.
Graphics Options Section
Store Images
This setting overrides the normal image behavior and always
stores all images.
Images as Binary
All images are sent to the printer in binary format.
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Custom Command Section
The Custom Command option is used when a non-typical printing function is required. Refer to the printer's
programming manual for commands that may be used.
This button is used to send a command to the printer
immediately.
Send to Printer
This selection determines at which point in the print stream that
the custom command will be inserted.
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After #!A1
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After #ER
n
After #Q
n
Before #ER
n
Before #Q
n
Do Not Send
Command Location
Related Information
Commands are printer model and firmware specific. Contact the appropriate printer representative for
programming language questions.
C.Itoh Printers
This section provides information specific to the C.Itoh family of printers.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following C.Itoh printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
C4
S4
T4
C4 TT
S4 Plus
T4
300dpi
S4
400dpi
These C.Itoh printers use the same language as Datamax-O'Neil Printers. Please refer to the DatamaxO'Neil Printers section for error messages and other information. Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Citizen Systems Printers
This section provides information specific to the Citizen Systems family of printers.
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Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Citizen printer models.
Datamax or Zebra Language Datamax
CLP
2001
CLP 1001
CLP
4081
CLP
6001
CLP
7001
CLP
4121
CLP
6002
CLP
7002
CLP
6401
CLP
7201E
CLP
7202E
CLP
7401
Citizen Systems printers use the same language as Datamax printers. The CLP 1001 can also use the
same language as Zebra printers. See the appropriate printer section for options, error messages, and
other information regarding Citizen printers. Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Citizen printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Citizen printers.
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Datamax-O'Neil Printers
This section provides information specific to the Datamax-O'Neil family of printers. Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Datamax printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
40
0
Allegro
A4212
E4203
H4212X
I4206
M4206
Ovation
ST-3210
43
0
Allegro
2
A4310
E4204
H4310X
I4208
M4208
Ovation 2/3
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60
0
A4408
80
0
A4606
E4304
I4210
M4306
PE4X
Titan
6200
I4212
Prodigy
W-6208
A6212
I4308
Prodigy 6.5
W-6308
A6310
I4406
Prodigy Max
W-8306
I4604
Prodigy Max
300
XL
Prodigy+
Loftware supports the following RFID printer models.
RFID Tag Printers
A-4212 RFID
H-4212X RFID
I-4210
RFID
A-4310 RFID
H-4310X RFID
I-4212
RFID
A-4408 RFID
I-4308
RFID
A-4606 RFID
I-4406
RFID
A-6212 RFID
I-4604
RFID
A-6310 RFID
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Datamax
RFID printers.
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Datamax printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Datamax printers.
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
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Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial, and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Supported Features
Feature
Description
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer’s image memory. Loftware Label Manager
remembers images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is
changed.
Supported
Fonts
Datamax printers support a variety of native fonts and certain printers support TrueType fonts
as well. Consult your printer manual for the specific native and TrueType font information.
Printer Control
and
Configuration
The Loftware Label Manager Design application allows you to configure printer settings that are
saved in the label format using File | Media Setup.
Individual workstation printer settings may be configured using File | Devices from within the Design
or any of the Print applications: On Demand, Range.
Many of the settings in the printer do not take effect until the printer is re-booted. In the device Options
dialog box, pushing the Send To Printer button sends the currently selected options to the printer. All
Label-Specific options are sent to the printer every time a label is printed.
Datamax Options
Datamax options may be label-specific or printer-specific. Datamax Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
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Print Speed
The range of available print speed varies with the selected printer
type. This setting controls the speed at which the stock moves
when printing. The combinations of print speed and head
temperature control the print quality of the label.
Slew Rate
This setting affects the speed at which the paper is fed when
advancing over non-printing areas. This setting may affect printer
throughput.
Backup Speed
This controls the rate of label movement during backup
positioning for start of print, cutting, or present distance.
Head Temperature
This allows you to control the darkness of the print. 10 is
nominal; setting the temperature higher than 10 causes the label
to print darker. Temperature settings lower than 10 cause the
label to print lighter.
Label Overrides Section
This section contains options used for Cutters, Label Presentation, and Symbol
Sets.
Advanced Options Section
Symbol Set
The Symbol Set option selects the scaleable font’s symbol
set. Consult the appendix section of your printer manual for a
description of the character set.
Double-byte Symbol
Set
This option allows you to choose a variety of Double-byte symbol
sets, if your printer has the capability.
Clear Memory Module
When checked, the memory module is cleared each time a label
format is sent. If unchecked, the memory module is not cleared
before each label format is sent, thus potentially saving time. This
option should only be used if enough memory is present to allow
the module to remain uncleared when a format is sent.
Override Printer Setup
When checked, this allows you to override the Clear Memory
setting in the PSO. This may be useful if you have a label that uses
a lot of memory, and clearing the memory module is important.
WARNING! Printing Blank Labels? If you are printing labels in thermal transfer mode, and blank labels are
advancing out of the printer, try increasing the head temperature in Label Options (F5) and test print your label
again. This symptom may occur if the ribbon being used requires hotter head temperatures to transfer the ink
from the ribbon onto the paper substrate.
Datamax Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking on Options while configuring the printer or
by selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
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Supply Type
Buffer Mode
n
Die Cut - Stock that has gaps between each label.
n
Continuous - No gaps, notches, or perforations between
labels.
n
Mark Stock - Black mark found opposite print side.
n
Double - Selecting the double buffer mode instructs the
printer to erase and format only incremental fields that have
changed.
n
Single - Selecting single buffer mode instructs the printer to
erase and format both incremental fields and the rest of the
label format.
This feature is only active when the labels being printed are less
than half the maximum size of the printer’s print buffer.
Ribbon Saver This command turns the ribbon saver feature on in supported
printers. The command is ignored by printers that do not support
this feature. When the ribbon saver feature is turned on, the
ribbon saver automatically lifts when the minimum amount of
white space is exceeded.
Forms Control Section
Note: Settings for Tear Off, Form Edge, and Label Gap are in dots. Use the dots per
inch (dpi) for your printer to find the proper value. Datamax settings increment each
1/100 of an inch.
Present Distance
Tear Off (Label
Retract)
This specifies an additional amount to advance the label after
printing.
The Tear Off control enables the label retract feature of the
printer. The printer advances the label “tear off” dots after the
label is printed so the label can be torn off. It automatically
retracts the label back to the proper start position before printing
the next label.
The length should be set longer than the form edge.
Form Edge (Top of
Form)
The Form Edge control determines where printing begins on your
label. If you want the printer to print nearer to the leading edge
of the label, decrease the form edge offset. If you want to move
the start of print position away from the leading edge of the label
(into the body of the label), increase the form edge offset.
Note: In order for the form edge settings to take effect, you must download the
format 2 or 3 times. This is an idiosyncrasy of Datamax printers.
Label Gap
For continuous stock, this setting is used to add space between
printed labels. The settings available are in increments of 1/100 of
an inch.
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Column Offset
This command allows horizontal adjustment of the point where
printing begins. This feature is useful when a single format must
be printed on several different types of labels that already have
printed information.
Row Offset
This command allows vertical adjustment of the point where
printing begins. This feature is useful when a single format must
be printed on several different types of labels that already have
printed information.
Label Applicator
Enables integration with equipment that picks the label from the
printer and places it on a package.
Label Present
The printer presents each label and waits for the label to be
removed before continuing. While in “label present” mode,
Loftware Label Manager receives status information from the
printer indicating that a label is being sensed by the sensor and
the printer does not print labels if a label is detected.
Internal Batch Mode
Internal batch mode enables communication between the
Datamax printers and a dumb terminal When internal batch mode
is enabled, the Datamax printer directly sends information that is
displayed on the terminal.
Cutter Engaged
This option turns the cutter on or off. Consult your printer manual
for hardware availability.
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Forms Control Section
This option instructs Loftware Label Manager to download
TrueType fonts to the Datamax printer’s memory module. If this
option is not enabled (or is not available for your model) and a
TrueType font is selected, the TrueType font is sent to the
Datamax printer in the form of a graphic. To download TrueType
fonts into the printer’s memory, you must have the appropriate
memory module and firmware versions, which are 2.01 or higher. Consult your manufacturer’s manuals for details.
Download Truetype
Fonts
Note: The Download TrueType Fonts function, when
enabled in Printer Setup, does not download TrueType fonts
into the printer’s memory module when test-printing label
formats from Loftware Label Manager. When this feature is
enabled and TrueType fonts are defined on your label, test
printing is extremely slow. Loftware suggests disabling the
Download Truetype Fonts feature temporarily while
designing and test printing labels. This downloads TrueType
fonts as images, speeding up the test printing process.
Once the label format is designed and you are ready to start
using Loftware’s On-Demand or Range Printing modules, go
back into the printer setup dialog box and enable TrueType
fonts. The very first time you print a label format using
TrueType fonts in one of these modules, the initial download
time is extended while fonts are downloaded to the printer’s
memory module. Subsequent downloading of these fonts
does not occur again until a new label format is requested.
Note: Refer to your printer manual to determine whether a
specific printer has native TrueType font downloading
capabilities.
Set Label Length
When enabled, the label length is sent to the printer. The length
of the label is the height or width value specified in Label
Specifications section of the Label Setup dialog box. Whether
height or width is used is dependent on print orientation.
Pre 2.01 Firmware
Changes in firmware affect the commands that the printer
accepts. Line properties including boxes and borders are
affected. Check this box if your Firmware is Pre 2.01.
New Firmware
Checked by default. Allows for larger line widths in barcodes.
Send Options
(Label/Printer)
When enabled, all label and printer options set are sent to the
printer.
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Advanced Options Section
Memory Module
The Memory Module option is used to specify which memory
module(s) to download formats, graphics, and fonts to. The
choices are: None, Module A, Module B, or Module C (Emulation
Mode) Prodigy Plus Printers, for example, have an A or B Memory
Module Card Slot in the front of the printer. Citizen Printers have an
internal Memory Module C. If you have a Citizen Printer that you
are running in Prodigy Plus Emulation, you would choose Module
C (Emulation Mode) from the drop down list. Consult your printer
manual or representative for more information about what
modules are available for each printer model.
Clear Memory Module
When checked, the memory module is cleared each time a label
format is sent. If unchecked, this prevents the memory module
from being cleared before each label format is sent, thus
potentially saving time. This option should only be used if enough
memory is present to allow the module remain uncleared when a
format is sent.
Symbol Set
The Symbol Set option selects the scaleable font’s symbol set.
Consult the appendix section of your printer manual for a
description of the character set.
Double-byte Symbol
Set
This option allows you to choose a variety of Double-byte symbol
sets, if your printer has the capability.
Scaleable Font
Processor
This allocates scaleable font processor memory on the printer, but
only if the option send to printer is checked. This option works
with the XL, Ovation 2, Datamax Prodigy Max, Datamax Prodigy
Max 300dpi, DMX 300, 800 and PE42.
Custom Command Section
Note: The Custom Command option is used when a non-typical function is required when printing. Refer to
the printer’s programming manual for commands that may be used.
DPL Command
Send Command
Note: Commands are printer model and firmware specific. Contact the appropriate printer representative for
programming language questions.
RFID Options Section
Retry
Attempts
This setting determines the number of times to retry in case of initial
failure.
Datamax Printer Capabilities and Limits
Capability
Faster Throughput
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Description
Printed Barcode Does Not
Match the Design
Datamax
Incrementing/Decrementin
g Fields
Datamax: Label Size
It is possible to define a combination of attributes, such as line width and ratio that
the printer cannot produce, or might print in one orientation but not another. Under
these conditions, the printer may print the closest possible barcode. This usually
occurs when you define a barcode with line width 1. The printer sometimes promotes
this to a line width 2 barcode, resulting in a printed barcode that is twice as long as
desired.
When the printer is capable of doing the incrementing/decrementing internally, it is
instructed to do so. This is called Native Mode. When printing in Native Mode, control
returns to the computer almost immediately.
Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the
printer cannot do it internally and sends down a different set of data for each
label. This is called Extended Mode. In Extended Mode, the Printing dialog box
shows the line “Printing Label x of y” and control does not return to the computer
until the entire series of labels is printed.
The label size is used as a frame of reference. When you rotate your label, or when
you rotate the printing of a label, it is imperative that Loftware Label Manager Design
knows the exact size of the stock on which you are printing.
Datamax Error Messages
Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Error message. Does
not let you retry, label
does not print.
Error message. Lets you
retry, the label prints
when the error is
corrected.
LPT
Error message. Does not Error message. Does
let you retry, label does not let you retry, label
not print.
does not print.
COM
Error message. Lets you
retry so the label prints
Error message. Lets
you retry so the label
prints.
Error message. Lets you
retry so the label prints.
Error message. Lets you
retry so the label prints.
USB
Received ‘port not
found’ error. USB port
not shown in Port
combo of Printer
|Connection
Error Message. Printing
starts when cable
reconnected.
Error Message. Printing
resumes when stock
added.
Received ‘port not
found’ error. Label
prints when head is put
down.
Spooled
Locally
No Loftware printer
No Loftware printer
error but has a
error but has a Windows
Windows printer error. printer error. Lets you
Lets you retry, the label
retry, the label prints.
prints.
No Loftware printer
error but has a
Windows printer error. Lets you retry, the label
prints.
No Loftware printer
error but has a
Windows printer error. Lets you retry, the label
prints.
Spooled
to Shared
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
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Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
Direct IP
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message.
Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
No error message. Prints the labels when
the error is corrected.
Eltron Printers
This section provides information specific to the Eltron family of printers.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Eltron printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
2044/4
6
364
2
Companion
+
UPS
2348
2242
374
2
Eclipse
UPS
2442
2348
LP Plus
UPS
2443
2542
Orion
UPS
2543
2622
Strata
2642
Transport
2722
2742
2746
2824
2844
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Eltron printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Eltron printers.
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l
ZPLII
l
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Supported Features
Feature
Description
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer’s image memory. Loftware
Label Manager “remembers” images that are sent to the printer and only resends
an image if the image is changed.
Some of the native fonts supported by Eltron printers:
n
8X12
n
10X16
n
12X20
n
14X24
n
32X48
Supported Fonts
TrueType fonts are
downloaded as graphics on
the Eltron printers.
Printer Control and Configuration
The Loftware Label Manager Design application allows you to configure global printer settings, which
are saved in the label format using File | Media Setup | Label Options.
Individual workstation printer settings may be configured using File | Devices | Options from within
the Design or any of the Print applications: On Demand, Range.
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Many of the settings in the printer do not take effect until the printer is re-booted. In the Device Options
dialog box, clicking Send To Printer sends the currently selected options to the printer. All Label Options
are sent to the printer every time a label is printed.
Eltron Options
Eltron Options may be label-specific or printer-specific.
Eltron Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click the Label Options from the Label Setup
and Properties dialog (F5).
Label Options Section
Print Speed
The range of available print speeds varies with the selected printer type. This setting controls the
speed at which the paper is fed when printing. The combinations of print speed and head
temperature control the print quality of the label.
Print
Direction
This setting affects the orientation at which the label is printed. The Eltron printers can internally
rotate the label 180 degrees. When Top is selected, the printer begins printing at the top of the label.
When bottom is selected, the label is rotated 180 degrees and printing begins at the bottom.
Head
Temperatu
re
Allows you to control the darkness of the print. 5 is nominal, setting the temperature higher than 5
causes the label to print darker. Setting the temperature to lower than 5 causes the label to print
lighter. Values from 0 to 7 for 2122/2142 and 0 to 15 for 2242/2044/2046/2642.
Form
Number
Eltron printers have the ability to store multiple forms in memory. In order to store multiple forms, a
unique name must be generated for each form. This option is used to provide a unique form name.
WARNING! Printing Blank Labels? In some instances while printing labels in thermal transfer mode, blank
labels advance out of the printer. If this happens, try increasing the head temperature in Label Specific Options
(F5) and test print your label again. This symptom may occur if the ribbon being used requires hotter head
temperatures to transfer the ink from the ribbon onto the paper substrate.
Label Cut Options Section
Cutter
Use Printer Cut Options uses Cut Options set in the Printer Specific Options section. When enabled, an
optional label cutter is set to cut a label after printing using settings specified in this dialog.
Cut
Every
Allows the cutter to skip a given quantity of labels before cutting.
Cut
Positio
n
This command is sent to a printer to provide precise cut placement. The default is 100 dpi.
Custom EPL
Command
Field
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You can enter printer commands otherwise not available in the Loftware Label Manager
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Select when to send the printer command.
Send
Command
n
After Control Strings
n
After Label
n
Before Label
Eltron Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
The printer options available will vary based on the printer model selected. Certain options are only
available with the EPL2 Family Driver.
Settings are in dots. Use the dots per inch (dpi) for your printer to find the proper value. For example, if
your printer has 203 dpi and you want to set a skip distance of 1 inch, specify a value of 203 for the skip
distance.
Label Options and Reference Point Sections
Stock
Type
Supply
Type
n
Direct Thermal (No Ribbon) - Uses heat sensitive label stock without the ribbon. The print head is
activated as the label moves underneath heating the label stock and activating the heat sensitive
material in the stock causing darkening of the material. To increase the quality of the print
decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Thermal Transfer (Ribbon) - Uses ribbon and non-heat sensitive label stock to print. The print
head is activated as the label moves underneath, heating the ribbon material and melting it onto
the label. To increase the quality of the print decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease
the heat as necessary.
n
Die Cut - Stock that has gaps between each label.
n
Continuous - No gaps, notches, or perforations between labels.
n
Mark Stock - Black mark found opposite print side.
Gap
Length
The space in between labels. When printing on continuous stock, this setting can be used to add space
between printed labels.
Offset
Length
This is a setting found on Butterfly Labels. It sets the length between the top edge of the label, and the
indented portion of the label. The Offset Length is set in dots per inch.
X
Coordina
te /
Y
Coordina
te
These values are measured in dots. This command is used to move the reference point for the X and Yaxes. The reference point command functions similarly to the Label Home command found in File |
Media Setup. Default reference points vary depending upon whether the selected print direction is top
or bottom.
Print Adjustment Section
Note: This section is available with the EPL2 Family Driver.
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X
Coordinat
e/
Y
Coordinat
e
These values are measured in dots. This command is used to move the reference point for the X and Yaxes. The reference point command functions similarly to the Label Home command found in File |
Media Setup. Default reference points vary depending upon whether the selected print direction is top
or bottom.
Gap
Length
The space in between labels. When printing on continuous stock, this setting can be used to add space
between printed labels.
Offset
Length
This is a setting found on Butterfly Labels. It sets the length between the top edge of the label, and the
indented portion of the label. The Offset Length is set in dots per inch.
Media
Feed
Adjustme
nt
The amount of stock to advance after printing measured in dots.
Send
Media
Feed
Adjustme
nt
Sets whether or not the Media Feed Adjustment is sent to the printer.
Options Section
Set
Label
Width
This command should be set on when labels narrower than the print head are printed. If the label width
equals the print head width, you may leave Set Label Width off and the printer automatically centers the
printing of the label.
Tear
Off
Mode
The tear off mode is the default mode.
Form
Backup
This command instructs the printer to retract the label before printing.
Sensor
Reverse
This option reverses the Through Sensor Operation, which interprets a blockage of light as a gap. This
option allows the through sensor to be used when printing transparent labels with a black stripe backing.
Dispen
se
Sensor
When enabled, the printer presents each label and waits for the label to be removed before continuing.
On the P2242 printer, the feed button must be pressed to print the next label. Available on Orion, Strata,
and P2242 only.
Dispen
se Tap
When enabled, the printer presents each label and waits for the feed switch to be pressed before printing
the next label. This mode is commonly used when printing multiple copies of liner-free labels. Available
only on the P2242.
Batch
Print &
Cut
When enabled, this option uses the Print Quantity and Copies values to control the cutter operations. The
cut instruction is executed when a batch of jobs has completed printing.
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Enable
Dump
Mode
When enabled, the printer is set in diagnostic dump mode. Available on the P2242 only.
IRDA
Interfa
ce
Enables optional IRDA Interface. This option is only available on the P2242.
When selected the following options are sent to the printer with each label.
Send
Options
n
Label Options
n
Print Adjustment
n
Options
n
Cut Options
n
Advanced Options
When send options is not selected, only Custom Commands and if Memory Allocation | Send Command is
selected, Memory Allocation options are sent to the printer
Cut Options Section
Label
Cutter
Enables an optional label cutter. When enabled, the cutter is set to cut a label after printing. Cut
Every
The “Cut Every” settings range from 1 label to 250 + labels. The label is cut after the number specified. For
example, if "2" is specified, the label is cut after every 2 labels.
Cut
Positio
n
This command is sent to the printer to provide precise cut placement. The default is 100 dpi.
Memory Allocation Section
Send
Comman
d
Select Send Command to enable the Memory Allocation options, and send them to the printer when a
label is printed.
Formats
If you have a very large number of fields on your label, you may need to increase this value; otherwise,
the default of 5k should be fine.
Write
Graphics
to Image
Buffer
In printers that support sending images directly to the image buffer, selecting Write Graphics to Image
Buffer may improve print speed. If this setting is not selected, images are saved to the printer's memory,
and recalled in the label format. Contact your printer manufacturer to find out if your printer supports
sending images directly to the image buffer.
Graphics
To use images on your labels, you may need to increase the memory allocated for Graphics. This allows
the printer to store the image files sent to it by Loftware Label Manager. If the value set is too small,
Loftware Label Manager displays an error message.
Image
Buffer
The image buffer memory is the area where the active print image is temporarily stored. To calculate the
exact memory needed using the following formula:
Printer Width = 2” - Label height in inches x 12 KB
Printer Width = 4” - Label height in inches x 22 KB
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Note: You cannot allocate more memory than is installed in the printer.
Advanced Options Section
Character
Set
This command selects a character set for printing. Consult your printer manual for a more complete
description of supported character sets.
Custom Command Section
The custom command option sends printer commands otherwise not available in the Loftware Label Manager dialog
boxes.
Eltron Printer Capabilities and Limits
Capability
Description
Faster
Throughput
For faster throughput always use a parallel port interface.
Printed Bar
code Does
Not Match
the Design
It is possible to define a combination of attributes, such as line width and ratio that the printer
cannot produce, or might print in one orientation but not another. Under these conditions, the
printer may print the closest possible bar code. This usually occurs when you define a bar code
with line width 1. The printer sometimes promotes this to a line width 2 bar code, resulting in a
printed bar code that is twice as long as desired.
Eltron
Incrementin
g/
Decrementin
g fields
Label Size
When the printer is capable of doing the incrementing / decrementing internally, it is instructed
to do so. This is called Native Mode. In Native Mode, control returns to the computer almost
immediately.
Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the printer cannot
do it internally and sends down a different set of data for each label. This is called Extended
Mode. In Extended Mode the Printing dialog box shows the line “Printing Label x of y” and
control does not return to the computer until the entire series of labels is printed.
The label size is used as a frame of reference. When you rotate your label, or when you rotate
the printing of a label, it is imperative that Loftware Label Manager design knows the exact size
of the stock on which you are printing.
Eltron Error Messages
Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
LPT
Error message. Does not
let you retry, the label is
not printed.
Error message. Does not
let you retry, the label is
not printed.
Error message. Does not
let you retry, the label is
not printed.
Error message. Allows
you to retry, the label
prints.
COM
Not Tested
Not Tested
Not Tested
Not Tested
USB
Received ‘port not
found’ error. USB port
not shown in Port
combo of Printer
|Connection
Error Message. Printing
starts when cable
reconnected.
Error Message. Printing
resumes when stock
added.
Error Message. An
inconsistent result with
printing when head is
put back down.
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Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Spoole
d
Locally
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Allows retry,
labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Allows retry,
labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Allows retry,
labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Allows retry,
labels print.
Spoole
d to
Shared
No Loftware error
message but has
Windows error
message. Allows retry
so labels print.
No Loftware error
message but has
Windows error
message. Allows retry
so the labels print.
No Loftware error
message but has
Windows error
message. Allows retry
so the labels print.
No Loftware error
message but has
Windows error
message. Allows retry so
the labels print.
Spoole
d to
Print
Server
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is turn back on.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is reconnected.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is re-stocked.
No error message. All
labels print after the
print head is put down.
Direct
IP
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is turn back on.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is reconnected.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is re-stocked.
No error message. All
labels print after the
print head is put down.
EXE Printers
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following EXE printer models.
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MR400
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MR400e
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MR410
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Related Information
These printers use the same language as SATO Printers. Please refer to the SATO Section for error messages and
other information regarding EXE printers.
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
AMT Datasouth (Fastmark) Printers
This printer guide section provides information specific to the AMT Datasouth Fastmark family of
printers. These printers use both Datamax and Eltron Languages. The following sections show which
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Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following AMT Datasouth (Fastmark) printer models.
Note: Refer to the Datamax Options section or the Eltron Options section depending on the model.
Datamax
Eltron
FM403 PPLA FM402 PPLB
FM4402 PPLA FM403 PPLB
FM4602 PPLA FM4402 PPLB
FM4603 PPLA FM4602 PPLB
FM6602
FM4603 PPLB
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Fox IV Information
This section provides information specific to the Fox family of printers. These printers use SATO, Zebra,
Datamax, Intermec and Printronix Printer Languages, the following table identifies which printer section
to look under regarding PSO’s, error messages, and other information. Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Fox IV printer models.
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Datamax OEM
Zebra OEM
Intermec OEM
RFID Printers
Printronix OEM
FOXIV Model
6159
FOXIV Model 2000
FOXIV Model
5113
FOXIV Model 4051
203dpi
FOXIV SLPA 7204e RFID
FOXIV Model
6160
FOXIV Model 2000
300dpi
FOXIV Model
5143
FOXIV Model 4051
406dpi
FOXIV SLPA 7304e RFID)
FOXIV Model
6185
FOXIV Model 3000
FOXIV Model
5173
Printronix OEM
FOXIV Model
6190
FOXIV Model 3600
FOXIV Model
6210
FOXIV Model 7002
FOXIV Model
6270
FOXIV Model 7003
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Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Fox IV printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Fox IV printers.
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ZPLII (ZSim)
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IPL
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Direct Protocol
Related Information
See Printronix Options page for LSO and PSO settings.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the FOXIV RFID
printers.
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
InfoPrint Solutions (Formerly IBM) Information
This printer section provides information specific to the InfoPrint family of printers. The supported
InfoPrint printers include:
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following InfoPrint Solutions printer models.
IBM
Infoprint
RFID
IBM 4400-004
(203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R40 (203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R40
(203 dpi) RFID
IBM 4400-004
(300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R60 (300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R40
(300 dpi) RFID
IBM 4400-006
(203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R40 (300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R60
(203 dpi) RFID
IBM 4400-006
(300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R60 (203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R60
(300 dpi) RFID
IBM 4400-008
(203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R80 (203 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R80
(203 dpi) RFID
IBM 4400-008
(300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504R80 (300 dpi)
Infoprint 6700 Model 5504-R80
(300 dpi) RFID
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain InfoPrint (IBM) printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer
Family Drivers can be selected with InfoPrint (IBM) printers.
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Related Information
These printers use the same language as Printronix Printers. Refer to the Printronix Section for printer-specific
options, error messages and other information regarding InfoPrint printers. Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the IBM RFID
printers.
PCM Image-Tek (Imtec) Information
This section provides information specific to the PCM Image-Tek printers. PCM Image-Tek products
incorporate printers from Intermec and Zebra families. Please refer to the appropriate printer section for
the printer specific options, error messages, and other information.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Imtec printer models.
Zebra Printers (OEM)
Intermec Printers (OEM)
Imtec Apply Pro w/140xiII
Imtec Value Pro w/3240
Imtec Apply Pro w/170xiII
Imtec Apply Pro w/4220E
Imtec Apply Pro w/90xiII
Imtec Protector w/3440
Imtec Apply Pro w/90xiII 600dpi
Imtec Value Pro w/90xiII
Imtec Value Pro w/140xiII
Imtec Protector w/90xiII
Imtec Protector w/90xiII (600
dpi)
Imtec Protector w/140xiII
Imtec Protector w/170xiII
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Intermec and UBI Printers
This section provides information specific to the Intermec family of printers.
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Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Intermec printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
3100
4000
4100
4406
4630
8625/38
8635/36
8646
Easy Coder 3240
Easy Coder 3400
Easy Coder 3400B
Easy Coder 3400C
Easy Coder 3400D
Easy Coder 3400E
Easy Coder 3440
Easy Coder 3600
Easy Coder 4400
Easy Coder 4400B
Easy Coder 4400C
Easy Coder 4400D
Easy Coder 4420A/B
Easy Coder 4420e
Easy Coder 4440A/B
Easy Coder 4440e
Easy Coder 4830
Easy Coder 501E
Easy Coder 501XP
Easy Coder 601E
Easy Coder 601XP
Easy Coder 7421
Easy Coder 7422
Easy Coder 91
Easy Coder C4
Easy Coder E4
Easy Coder F2
Easy Coder F4
Easy Coder PC4 (EPL)
Easy Coder PC41
(IPL)
Easy Coder PD4 (203
dpi)
Easy Coder PD4 (300
dpi)
Easy Coder PD41
(FP)
Easy Coder PD41 (IPL)
Easy Coder PF4i (FP)
Easy Coder PF4i
(IPL)
Easy Coder PM4i (FP)
Easy Coder PM4i (IPL)
Easy Coder PX4i (FP)
Easy Coder PX4i (IPL)
Easy Coder PX6i (FP)
Easy Coder PX6i
(IPL)
Loftware supports the following Intermec RFID printer models.
RFID Tag Printers
Easy Coder PM4i RFID
(FP)
Easy Coder PM4i RFID
(IPL)
UBI Printers
This section provides information specific to the UBI family of printers.
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Note: The following printers are in End-Of-Service status with Intermec. See the The Intermec End-of-Life
(EOL) Process Web page for more information and a list of replacement printers.
Barcode Label Printers
301
501E
601E
Printer Status (Serial only)
If the status report is positive, the level of firmware in the printer is also displayed. If there is a status
problem, a corresponding error message is displayed.
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Intermec printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Intermec printers.
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ZPLII (ZSim)
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EPL2 (ESim)
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IPL
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Direct Protocol
Pass Through Fields
Intermec printers using IPL printer language support the use of Pass Through fields. A Pass Through
field allows you to fully define a label field with the field's data. You can insert printer language directly
into a label field and pass IPL commands through the Loftware native driver directly to your printer.
This may allow you greater control over a barcode, and give you the ability to include options that may
not be supported by Loftware's native driver.
See Pass Through Fields in the Customizing Labels section of this guide for more information and
instructions on creating Pass Through fields.
Related Information
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Intermec RFID
printers.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
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Interface
Description
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Intermec (IPL) Supported Features
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer's UDC (image) memory. Loftware Label Manager
remembers images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Supported Fonts
Name
Notes
5x7 (1)
Magnify 1 to 90 horz. and vert.
7x9
Magnify 1 to 90 horz. and vert.
7x11
Magnify 1 to 90 horz. and vert.
10x14
Magnify 1 to 90 horz. and vert.
8 Point
Magnify 1 to 33 horz. and vert.
12 Point
Magnify 1 to 20 horz. and vert.
20 Point
Magnify 1 to 20 horz. and vert.
OCR A
Magnify 1 to 33 horz. and vert.
OCR B
Magnify 1 to 33 horz. and vert.
Outline Swiss (2)
0.005" to 2.94" (<1 to 212 points)
Outline Swiss Bold
(3)
0.005" to 2.94" (<1 to 212 points)
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Name
Notes
Dutch Roman (3)
0.005" to 2.94" (<1 to 212 points) 3240 3440 prtrs
only
Pointable (4)
Point sizes 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24; Magnify 1 to 20 times
Pointable Bold (4)
Point sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24; Magnify 1 to 20
times
Notes: (1) The 5x7 font is not available for the 4400 and 4406 printers. (2) For the 3400 printer, firmware
version 1.2 or higher and extended memory are required to access the Outline Swiss font. For the 4100 printer,
firmware version 2.4 or higher and extended memory are required to access the Outline Swiss font. (3) The
Outline Swiss Bold and Dutch Roman fonts are currently not available with the 3100 printer. (4) The Pointable
and Pointable Bold fonts are currently available for the 4400C, 3400B, 3600 and 3240 printers.
Intermec Fingerprint/Direct Protocol Supported Features
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer's image memory. Loftware Label Manager remembers
images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Supported Fonts
Most Direct Protocol printers come standard with scaleable fonts. Consult your printer manual for
available fonts. TrueType fonts are downloaded to the Intermec Direct Protocol printers as graphics.
Intermec - Printer Control and Configuration
The Loftware Label Manager Design application allows you to configure global printer settings that are
saved in the label format using File | Media Setup and File | Media Setup | Label Specific Options.
Individual workstation printer settings may be configured using File | Devices from within the Design
or any of the Print applications: On Demand, Range.
Many of the settings in the printer do not take effect until the printer is re-booted. In the device options
dialog box, clicking Send Options sends the currently selected options to the printer. All label-specific
options are sent to the printer every time a label is printed.
For 4400 / 4400A / 4400B 4400C / 4400D / 4400E users, the File | Media Setup | Label Specific Options
duplicate some of the functionality of the printers control panel. For 3400 and 4100 users, Loftware Label
Manager provides the only way to configure many of the settings in the printer.
Intermec Printer Language (IPL) Options
Intermec Printer Language Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. These options are for
Intermec printers that use the Intermec Printer Language or IPL.
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Intermec Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Option
Description
Format
Number
Specifies the areas of RAM in which the label format is to be stored. Print Speed
The range of available print speeds varies with the selected printer type. Note that the
printer may user a slower print speed than you specify in order to maintain print quality.
Certain Intermec printers allow print speeds in .5 IPS increments.
Head
Temperature
Head Temperature allows you to control the darkness of the print. Zero (0) is nominal,
setting the temperature higher than 10 causes the label to print darker. Settings lower
than 10 cause the label to print lighter.
Media
Sensitivity
This number specifies the amount of heat required by the printhead to image a label.
Look at the sensitivity label located on the label stock, and check the last three digits of
the 15-digit number. These three numbers stamped on the label give you the number
you use for this setting.
This value is used to determine how many labels to print before cutting. This option is
only used when “Use Label Specific Options Cut Interval” is enabled.
Cut Interval
Note: Loftware Label Manager defaults to using the Cut Immediate command
(<SO>) in conjunction with disabling the cutter (<SI>c0) per Intermec
recommendations. Example: The cutter is enabled, (<SI>c1) and the printer
prints a quantity of 5. The job is native, and the printer cuts after each label. The
only way to enable the cutter to cut after a certain number of labels is to either: Set [INT44xx]CutImmediate=0
Use custom command of <SI>c1 in the PSOs.
Using #2 and unchecking Force Extended should allow the cutter to cut after the
print job.
Custom
Command
The custom command field allow you to enter and send label commands otherwise not
available in the Loftware Label Manager dialog boxes. This command is sent to the
printer regardless of the state of the Printer Specific Option Custom Command.
Use Label
Specific
Options Cut
Interval
Enabling this feature disables any cutting options enabled in the Printer Options section
under Label Handling. All cutter system information is overridden and stored directly in
the label format.
Use Direct
Graphics
Enables Direct Graphics mode on printers that support this option. The download time
of the image is reduced, but images are sent for each label. This eliminates the graphic
size limitations that are normally encountered when storing graphics in non-volatile
RAM. The only size limitation when using direct graphics is the amount of memory
installed on the printer.
Use Direct Graphics is selected by default.
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Option
Description
Media
Sensitivity
Guide
The sensitivity for a particular type of media and ribbon is critical to achieving high quality
printing. If the Media Type you are using is listed, select it, and then click Apply to
achieve the recommended sensitivity setting.
Intermec Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
The printer options available will vary based on the printer model selected. Certain options are only
available with the IPL Family Driver.
Advanced Options Section
Language
Several printer languages are available to print international characters that are not available in the
U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the corresponding hex
codes used to select the desired character.
Enable IBM
Translation
Enabling IBM Translation allows IBM compatible characters to replace standard ASCII characters
based on the current printer language selected.
Print Mode
Displays Use Label Setup Resolution to set printer Emulation.
Custom
Command
The custom command option sends printer commands otherwise not available in the Loftware Label
Manager dialog boxes. For example, to switch an advanced printer to 86xx mode, send the custom
command: <ESC>c
Send Options
(Label/Printe
r)
When enabled, all label and printer options set are sent to the printer. Disable this option to retain
the settings set at your printer.
Label Options Section
Media Type
Label Stock
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Thermal Transfer (Ribbon) - Uses ribbon and non-heat sensitive label stock to
print. The print head is activated as the label moves underneath heating the
ribbon material and melting it onto the label. To increase the quality of the
print decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Direct Thermal (No Ribbon) - Uses heat sensitive label stock without the
ribbon. The print head is activated as the label moves underneath heating the
label stock and activating the heat sensitive material in the stock causing
darkening of the material. To increase the quality of the print
decrease/increase the speed and increase / decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Die Cut - Stock that has gaps between each label
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Continuous - No gaps, notches, or perforations between labels
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Mark Stock – Stock with a black mark found opposite print side
Label Handling Section
Batch
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Applicat
or
A specialty device that is integrated with the printer that allows labels to be picked up from the printer
and placed on a product. Typical for assembly line production.
SelfStrip
Self-strip handling requires that the stock in the printer be properly fed through the self-strip attachment
on the printer. Consult your Intermec manual or service technician for further assistance. While in selfstrip mode, the printer presents each label and waits for it to be removed before continuing. The printer
does not print labels if there is a label at the strip pin.
Cut Options Section
Cut or
Label
Cutter
These options require that a cutter be installed on the printer. With some Intermec printers, specifically
the Intermec 4400, you may have to set certain options on the printer.
Cut Every
Allows the cutter to skip a given quantity of labels before cutting.
Forms Control Section
Settings are in dots. Use the dots per inch (dpi) for your printer to find the proper value. For example, if your
printer has 203 dpi and you want to set a skip distance of 1 inch, specify a value of 203 for the skip distance.
Top of Form
This setting determines how close to the leading edge of the label printing occurs. Valid values
are -20 to 4000, with 20 as the default setting. If you need to move the printing closer to
leading edge of the printer, lower the value. If you need to move the printing away from the
leading edge of the printer, choose a higher value. This setting is usually only critical when
you are using small labels.
Max Label Length
Maximum label length increases the allowed printing length of the label. Valid values are 200
to 4800 dots. For example, a 203 dpi printer allows you to set a value from .5" to 24". Setting
maximum label length to 2400 allows you to print a 12" label on an advanced Intermec
printer. The default for maximum label length is 1000 dots.
Image Bands
The Image band setting is used by the printer to decide how much of the label's format to
"image" before starting to print. If the image bands are set correctly, they can greatly improve
printer throughput. However, if they are set incorrectly, they can degrade performance. The
number of image bands available is determined by the amount of memory installed in your
printer. Consult your printer manual for the available range of image bands. If this parameter is
set to 0, the LLM uses the current printer setting.
Retract Distance
If this value is a non-zero value (try 1 or 2), the label is ejected this many “dots” after
printing. The printer retracts, or backfeeds, before printing the next label. This is useful for
advancing labels to the tear bar or cutter. Depending on your version of printer firmware, the
label may only advance/retract a set amount when you are using die cut or mark stock,
regardless of the value specified in the Retract parameter. Consult Intermec for information on
possible firmware upgrades.
Note: If you are using die cut stock or mark stock and have a 3400 or 4100 printer, you
must also check the “Feed After Print” option to enable the retract feature.
Skip Distance
(Continuous
Stock Only)
This setting is the distance to advance the label after all the fields have been printed. This
setting is used to create white space between labels.
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Forms Control Section
Label Rest Point
Label rest point adjusts the point at which the printer presents the labels for removal. This
command is commonly used with the self-strip option. Label retract is available to retract the
label back to the correct starting position for the next printed label.
Enable Label
Retract
This feature causes the printer stock to move back into the printer under the printer head, print
the label, then feed the label out to the tear off bar.
Feed After Print
Feed After print instructs the LLM to add a Form Feed (<FF>) after the label is
printed. Generally, this is not necessary but it may be required for certain applications.
Set Label Width
(440x printers only) The 440x printers have a centered paper path so the label width is used to
position the printing on the label. This option should be enabled in most cases.
Intermec Fingerprint/Direct Protocol Options
Fingerprint/Direct Protocol Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. These options are for
Intermec printers that support the Fingerprint/Direct Protocol printer language.
Direct Protocol Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
UBI Label Specific Options
Format
This allows you to choose a unique format number for storage in the printer's memory. Read the
Owner's Manual as all files in the printer may be permanently erased by using this instruction.
Print Speed
(mm/s)
The rate that the printer prints. The range is 50-400 millimeters per second. See the documentation
for your printer to find the allowed values.
Performan
ce
The performance range varies with the selected printer type. In this case, the choices are Normal,
High, or Ultra High.
Label Cut Options Section
Cut
Option
Choose Printer Cut Options (as set in PSOs, which is the default setting) or the Label Cut Options which
may be chosen along with the following setting.
Feed
Length
Zero is the default, but the Cut Interval may be set to cut after any number of labels.
Advanced Options Section
Character Set
Allows you to choose from a list of Character Sets or use the Character Set from the
PSOs.
Direct Protocol RFID Options
The following sections are available when designing RFID tags for Intermec Fingerprint (FP) language
RFID printers.
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Printer Options
Use Label or Printer
Options
This allows you to use either the Intermec Label Specific Options or the options set in Printer
Specific Options (PSOs).
Write Protect RFID
Data
When checked, this protects the RFID data written to the tag from being overwritten.
RFID RFID Setup Options Section
Send Setup Options
to Printer
When checked, selected settings will be used.
Void Text
This is the text that will be printed across the label after write retries fail.
Label Retries per
Label
This sets the number of attempts to write to the label after an unsuccessful try. Tag Adjust
The position of the label will, if necessary, be adjusted before trying to write data to the tag.
The Unit of Measure is Dot Rows.
Direct Protocol Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options. The printer options available will vary based on the printer model selected. Certain options are only
available with the Direct Protocol Family Driver.
Forms Control Section
Start
Adjust
This can be a negative or a positive number of dots. A positive Start Adjust value will feed out the
specified length of media before the printing starts. A negative value will pull back the specified
length of media before the printing starts.
Stop
Adjust
This can be a negative or a positive number of dots. A positive Stop Adjust value will increase the
normal media feed by the specified value after printing is finished. A negative value will decrease the
normal media feed by the specified value after printing is finished. Refer to your printer guide for recommended feed adjustment settings.
X-Start
This specifies the start of the printable area.
Label
Taken
Sensor
This detects if the printed label has been removed before the next one is printed. Disable
Print Key
This disables the <Print> key requiring the key to be pressed to print a label.
Ribbon
Saver
This turns the ribbon saver "auto economy" feature on in supported printers.
EasySet
System
This uses the optional EasySet barcode wand or scanner. Certain printer options are disabled.
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Cutter Options Section
Feed Length
Zero is the default, but this may be set to cut after any number of labels.
Enable
Cutter
Enables an optional label cutter. When enabled, the cutter is set to cut a label after
printing. Media Options Section
Med
ia
Typ
e
Pap
er
Typ
e
n
Fixed Length Strip – This is used for continuous stock. The length of the media that will be fed out
depends on the length of the print window.
n
Label With Gaps – This is used for adhesive labels mounted on liner.
n
Ticket With Gaps – This is used for tickets and tags with detection slits.
n
Ticket With Marks – This is used for labels, tickets, or continuous stock provided with black marks at
the back.
n
Variable Length Strip- This is used for continuous stock. The length of each copy depends on the size
of the print images.
n
Thermal Transfer - Uses ribbon and non-heat sensitive label stock to print. The print head is activated
as the label moves underneath heating the ribbon material and melting it onto the label. To increase
the quality of the print decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Direct Thermal - Uses heat sensitive label stock without the ribbon. The print head is activated as the
label moves underneath heating the label stock and activating the heat sensitive material in the stock
causing darkening of the material. To increase the quality of the print decrease/increase the speed and
increase / decrease the heat as necessary.
Media Settings Section
Contrast
Controls the darkness of the printed label.
Ribbon Constant
Heat Setting. The range is 50-115.
Ribbon Factor
For thermal transfer printing. The range is 10-50.
Material
Displays the Material type based on the selected Media Type.
Select one of the following options to change the available settings in the Media Sensitivity
Guide.
Media Settings
Type
n
Material
n
Media Codes
n
Media Values
Media Sensitivity Guide Section
The sensitivity for a particular type of media and ribbon is critical to achieving high quality printing. If the Media
Type you are using is listed, select it, and then click Apply to set the recommended sensitivity setting. The
corresponding settings in the Media Settings section will be refreshed. Change the way you select the Media type by
selecting a different option from the Media Settings Type field.
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Advanced Options Section
Memory
Module
If a memory card is attached to the printer, you can select it. This option is not sent to the printer when
labels are printed, nor is it sent when Send Options is clicked. The value you select is stored, so it can
be used for informational purposes.
Charact
er Set
Several printer languages are available that can print international characters that are not available in the
U.S. character set. If your printer supports it, select a different Character Set.
Ext Font
Locatio
n
Specify the source of additional fonts.
Custom Command Section
Custom
Comman
d
Send
Options
Specify printer commands otherwise not available in the Loftware Label Manager dialog boxes. Click
Send To Printer to send the commands to the printer.
Note: These commands are NOT sent when labels are printed. This is different behavior than other
Loftware drivers that allow custom commands.
When enabled, all label and printer options set are sent to the printer. Disable this option to retain the
settings set at your printer. Advanced Options are always sent to the printer.
Note: This option is only available with Direct Protocol printers.
Direct Protocol Printer Commands
The printer command buttons are available after selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid
and clicking Options.
Command Description
Send to
Printer
Send commands to the printer.
Beep
Sends a command to the printer telling it to make a sound (A 1/4 second beep).
Reboot
Printer
Sends a command to the printer telling it to restart. This has the same effect as turning the
printer off and on.
Intermec RFID Options
The following sections are available when designing RFID tags for the Intermec IPL RFID printers. To
access RFID Options click RFID Options from the Intermec Label Options dialog.
Printer Options
Use Label or Printer Options
This allows you to use either the Intermec Label
Specific Options or the options set in Printer
Specific Options (PSOs).
Write Protect RFID Data
When checked, this protects the RFID data written
to the tag from being overwritten.
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RFID Setup Options Section
Send Setup Options to
Printer
When checked, settings selected in this dialog will be used for printing the label.
Void Text
This is the text that will be printed across the label after write retries fail.
Tag Adjust
The position of the label will, if necessary, be adjusted before trying to write data to the
tag. The Unit of Measure is Dot Rows.
Labels to Retry on Tag
Access Failure
This sets the number of attempts to write to the label after an unsuccessful try. Settings
range from 0 to 10.
Intermec - Printer Capabilities and Limits
Capability
Description
Faster
Throughput
For faster throughput always use a parallel port interface.
Maximum
Number of
Fields
The maximum number of fields per label format is between 40 and 200, but this varies between
printer models.
Maximum
Image Size
The maximum size of any image varies among printers. The physical size of the image depends on
the resolution of your printer. For 203 dpi printers, this is roughly 3" by 3". Note that the actual size
of images that your printer can handle is determined by the amount of RAM installed in your printer.
Images Do
Not Print
If images are displayed in Loftware Label Manager label design but do not print, the printer probably
does not have enough memory to store the image. If you are using a 440x printer, a "Memory
Overflow" message is displayed on the control panel. If you are going to be working with large
images, you may need to add additional UDC RAM to the printer. Contact Intermec for information
on memory upgrades for your printer.
Printed
Barcode
Does Not
Match the
Design
It is possible to define a combination of attributes, such as line width, ratio, etc, that the printer
cannot produce, or might print in one orientation, but not another. Under these conditions, the
printer may print the "closest possible" barcode. This usually occurs when you define a barcode with
line width 1. The printer sometimes "promotes" this to a line width 2 barcode, resulting in a printed
barcode that is twice as long as desired.
Disappearin
g Fields
The Advanced printers do not print any field with an invalid definition. For example, if you define a
UPC-A barcode, which requires exactly 11 digits, and then provide alphabetic data at print time, the
printer does not print the field. If your label test prints correctly but fields do not print in production
printing, check your data carefully to make sure it is valid.
Using CODE
128
The Intermec Advanced printers use “auto-discriminating” Code 128 logic. This means that the
printer decides which subset of Code 128 to use based on the data for the barcode. The printer
automatically shifts subsets if necessary. While this technique produces the densest possible
barcodes, it makes it difficult to implement a specification that requires explicit control of subsets or
shifts between various subsets.
Note: Refer to the section on how to build a GS1-128 (UCC-128) symbology in this guide.
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Intermec
Incrementin
g/
Decrementin
g Fields
Label Size
Description
When the printer is capable of doing the incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do
so. This is called Native Mode. When printing in Native Mode, control returns to the computer almost
immediately.
Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the printer cannot do it
internally and sends down a different set of data for each label. This is called "Extended Mode." In
Extended mode, the Printing dialog box shows the line “Printing Label x of y” and control does not
return to the computer until the entire series of labels is printed.
The label size is used as a frame of reference when you rotate your label or when you rotate the
printing of a label. It is imperative that Loftware Label Manager Design knows the exact size of the
stock on which you are printing.
Intermec - Font Download and Re-map Instructions
Some Intermec printers are capable of storing fonts. Intermec provides a utility called PrintSet™ that
allows TrueType Fonts (TTF) to be downloaded to a memory location.
Note: Contact Intermec for information regarding your printer’s capability of storing fonts and for the latest
version of PrintSet™.
Loftware Label Manager takes advantage of font re-map by substituting native fonts in the printer and
re-mapping them to pre-downloaded TTF fonts. You may re-map and define up to two different fonts in
the printer by choosing Options | Preferences | Intermec tab.
Note: The Loftware Label Manager Font Re-Map capability is in addition to the True-Type font category
selection in the Loftware Label Manager Design mode Properties Box.
Downloading a True-Type Font from your computer
1. Determine which system font you wish to download. The fonts are typically stored in the
WINDOWS\FONTS or WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory as .TTF files.
2. Run the Intermec PrintSet™ utility program. (Make sure all the printer communication settings for
PrintSet™ are the same as the Loftware Label Manager printer connection settings.)
3. Select the system font that you want to download under the Configuration menu.
4. Select a user definable font location in printer memory to download this font. (Typically, FONT03
to FONT06 are the first user-definable font locations.)
5. Select To Printer from the DataXfer menu. This option sends any current update information to
the printer.
Important: Do an Options | Test Print from PrintSet™ to verify that the font is successfully downloaded to the
printer.
Font Remap Instructions
1. From the Loftware Label Manager Design Mode, Select Options | Preferences.
2. Double-click Intermec or click the + symbol to open the drop-down list.
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3. Click Remap First Font.
An example of available options is shown to the right in the Preferences dialog box.
Figure 14.1: Preferences dialog box
4. Type in a number from the list, a comma, and the location in the printer where you want the
custom font to be stored.
5. Click Load Defaults, choose OK or Cancel.
Remapped QR Code barcodes allow embedding control characters (Barcodes\PDF417
Substitution\Create QR Symbol Instead of PDF417 setting in the Intermec section of the Preferences
dialog). Characters 0x80 to 0x255 used in ASCII formulas are handled properly in the print stream. Low
ASCII characters that work for PDF or DataMatrix also work for per field remapped QR Code barcodes.
Intermec IPL Error Messages
Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
LPT
Error message. Does
not let you retry, the
label does not print.
Error message. Does let
you retry so the label
prints.
Error message. Does let
you retry so the label
prints.
Error message. Does let
you retry so the label
prints.
COM
Error message. Does let
you retry, the label
prints.
Error message. Does let
you retry, the label
prints.
Printer stock error.
Does let you retry, the
label prints.
Print head error. Does
let you retry, the label
prints.
Spooled
Locally
No Loftware printer
error, but has a
Windows printer error. Does let you retry, the
label prints.
No Loftware printer
error, but has a
Windows printer error. Does let you retry, the
label prints.
No Loftware printer
error, but has a
Windows printer error. Does let you retry, the
label prints.
No Loftware printer
error, but has a
Windows printer error. Does let you retry, the
label prints.
Spooled
to Shared
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
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Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
Direct IP
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The
labels print when the
error is corrected.
Intermec Fingerprint/Direct Protocol Error Messages
Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
LPT
Error message, no retry;
the label is not printed.
Error message, no retry;
the label is not printed.
Error message, no retry;
the label is not printed.
Error message, no retry;
no label is printed.
COM Port
No error message. LLMWIN behaves as if the
labels have printed.
Printer turned back
on= no labels
No error message. When reconnected, all
the labels print.
No error message. When you re-stock, all
labels print.
No error message. When you put the print
head down, all labels
print.
USB
Received ‘port not
found’ error. USB port
not shown in Port
combo of Printer
|Connection
Error Message. Printing
starts when cable
reconnected.
Error Message. Printing
resumes when stock
added.
Error Message.
Inconsistent results
with printing when
head is put back down.
Spooled
Locally
No Loftware error
message, displays
Windows error
message. Lets you
retry; labels print.
No Loftware error
message, displays
Windows error
message. Lets you retry;
labels print.
No Loftware error
message, displays
Windows error
message. Lets you
retry; labels print.
No Loftware error
message, displays
Windows error
message. Lets you
retry; labels print.
Spooled
to Shared
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but displays
Windows error
message. Does let you
retry, the labels print.
Direct IP
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is turn back on.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is reconnected.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is re-stocked.
No error message. All
labels print after the
print head is put down.
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Meto Information
This printer guide section provides information specific to the Meto family of printers. These printers are
created with Datamax language; therefore, see the Datamax section for error messages and other
information regarding Meto printers. Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Meto printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
mi4206
mi-4212
mi6208
mn4203
ST321
0
mi6308
mi-4308
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page. The supported printers include:
Novexx Printers
This section provides information specific to the Novexx family of printers. The Novexx printer family is
now part of Avery Dennison. Most of these printers are being manufactured by Avery Dennison using
new model numbers. See the Avery Dennison section for information on the Avery Dennison versions of
theses printers.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Novexx printer models.
Barcode Printers
ALX
924
Chess
4
Cobra
OFL
DPM
4
Lion
ALX
925
Chess
5
Cobra
ONL
DPM
5
Lion
Plus
ALX
926
Chess
6
Ocel
ot
Puma
Puma
Plus
Texxti
le
Tiger
Xxtre
me
Tiger
XXL
DPM
6
Chess
8
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial, and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface and a parallel interface. Some models support USB and
have NIC Ports.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(standard interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel
port, and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard interface)
Check with manufacturer for cable information. The hardware license key is not
part of the serial interface since it must always be plugged into an LPT parallel
port.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug
(standard or optional in either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
interface)
computer.
Network Port
Included or optional on some printers.
Novexx Options
Novexx Options may be label-specific or printer-specific.
Novexx Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Label Options Section
Print
Speed
The range of available print speed varies with the selected printer type. This setting controls the speed at
which the stock moves when printing. The combinations of print speed and head temperature control the
print quality of the label.
Feed
Speed
This setting affects the speed at which the paper is fed when advancing over non-printing areas. This
setting may affect printer throughput.
Head
Temp
This allows you to control the darkness of the print.
Job
End
Flag
Label
When this option is set, the last label printed in a batch is longer than the previous labels, signifying that it
is the last label of the batch.
Label
Invers
e
Inverts the entire label, black prints as white, white space prints as black.
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Printer Overrides Section
Note: These settings override the Print Options Section in Printer Specific Options.
n
Batch Mode - The whole surface of the label is printable.
n
Normal 1:1 Mode - The first 18mm of the label are not printable. The printing on the label is
automatically shifted past the empty space.
n
Real 1:1 Mode - Total surface of the label is printable, and the label is retracted after each
label.
Print Mode
Character Set
Several printer languages are available that can print international characters that are not available
in the U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the corresponding
hex codes used to select the desired character.
Gap Offset
This command is for determining the beginning of the label when printing labels with irregular
gaps.
Cut Interval
Sets the number of labels to be printed before the stock is cut.
Dispense
Position
Adjusts the distance the label is fed after printing.
Media Overrides Section
Note: This section overrides the Printer Specific Options for Gap Offset, Cut Interval, and Dispense Position.
Gap Offset
This command is for determining the beginning of the label when printing
labels with irregular gaps.
Cut Interval
Sets the number of labels to be printed before the stock is cut.
Dispense Position
Adjusts the distance the label is fed after printing.
Printer Overrides Section
Note: These settings override the Print Options Section in Printer Specific Options.
n
Batch Mode - The whole surface of the label is printable.
n
Normal 1:1 Mode - The first 18mm of the label are not printable. The printing on the label is
automatically shifted past the empty space.
n
Real 1:1 Mode - Total surface of the label is printable, and the label is retracted after each
label.
Print Mode
Dispense
Position
Adjusts the distance the label is fed after printing.
Character Set
Several printer languages are available to print international characters that are not available in the
U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the corresponding hex
codes used to select the desired character.
Novexx Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
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Stock
Type
Media
Type
n
Die Cut - Stock that has gaps between each label.
n
Continuous - No gaps, notches, or perforations between labels.
n
Thermal Transfer (Ribbon) - Uses ribbon and non-heat sensitive label stock to print. The print
head is activated as the label moves underneath, heating the ribbon material and melting it onto
the label. To increase the quality of the print, decrease or increase the speed and increase or
decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Direct Thermal (No Ribbon) - Uses heat sensitive label stock without the ribbon. The print head is
activated as the label moves underneath heating the label stock and activating the heat sensitive
material in the stock causing darkening of the material. To increase the quality of the print,
decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease the heat as necessary.
Ribbon
Autoeco
n
When on, this command turns the ribbon saver "auto economy" feature on in supported printers. Printers that do not support this feature ignore the command. When this feature is turned on, the ribbon
usage is economized by lifting when the minimum amount of white space is exceeded.
Gap
Offset
This command determines the beginning of the label when printing labels with irregular gaps.
Gap
Length
For continuous stock, this setting is used to add space between printed labels. The settings are in
increments of 1mm.
This sets the number of labels to be printed before the stock is cut. This setting may yield unexpected
results if you use a value that is not an even multiple of the Quantity and/or Duplicates value. For
example: If Quantity = 2, Duplicates = 3, and Cut Interval = 2, your labels may print/cut in the following
sequence:
Label 1 Duplicate 1
Cut
Interval
Label 1 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 1 Duplicate 3
Label 2 Duplicate 1
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 2
Label 2 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
Print Options Section
Do Not
Send
Options
When this is checked, Loftware does not send any Printer Specific Options or Label Specific Options to
the printer.
The availability of the Print Modes depends on the printer.
Print
Mode
n
Batch Mode - The whole surface of the label is printable.
n
Normal 1:1 Mode - The first 18mm of the label are not printable. The printing on the label is
automatically shifted past the empty space.
n
Real 1:1 Mode - Total surface of the label is printable, and the label is retracted after each label.
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Charact
er Set
Several printer languages are available to print international characters that are not available in the U.S.
character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to find the corresponding hex codes used
to select the desired character.
Dispense Options Section
This setting applies only to printers with the dispenser attachment.
Dispense
Mode
n
Disable – The default setting, dispense mode disabled.
n
Batch Mode - The entire label is not printable, the label is not retracted after feeding to the
Dispense position.
n
1:1 Mode - The entire label is printable since the label is retracted before printing the next label.
Dispense
Position
Adjusts the distance the label is feed after printing.
Use
Single
Start
function
Only one label is printed at a time. Printing is then suspended until the correct action has been taken. The required action depends on the settings of the printer, and is either the removal of the presented
label, or the use of a foot pedal.
Graphics Options Section
These settings are mutually exclusive; they cannot both be set at the same time.
Store Images
This setting overrides the normal image behavior and always stores all
images.
Images as Binary
All images are sent to the printer in binary format.
Custom Command Section
The Custom Command option is used when a non-typical printing function is required. Refer to the
printer's programming manual for commands that may be used.
Send to Printer
This instructs the Loftware Label Manager system on
when to send the EasyPlug Command.
Note: Commands are printer model and firmware specific. Contact the appropriate printer representative for
programming language questions.
Paxar (Monarch) MPCL1 Printers
This printer guide provides information specific to the Paxar (formerly Monarch MPCL1) printers.
Note:Paxar was formerly known as Monarch. Both brands are now owned by Avery Dennison. These printers
are listed under the Monarch family in LLM.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Paxar (Monarch) printer models.
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l
9425
l
9445
l
9474
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Paxar (Monarch) printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer
Family Drivers can be selected with Paxar (Monarch) printers.
l
ZPLII
l
EPL2
Driver Features
Loftware Label Manager takes full advantage of the sophisticated features of the Paxar line of printers.
The fixed portions of the label format are stored in the printer’s memory to increase printing
performance.
In Label Design, when you are test printing, the label format is downloaded every time. However, during
Label Printing, the label format is only downloaded the first time. Afterwards, only the variable fields
and any new variable images are sent to the printer. If you print the same variable image on two labels
in a row, it is stored in the printer for the first label and not downloaded for the second. The image is
deleted from the printer’s memory if the image field is left blank for a printed label.
When doing a range print, or printing incrementing/decrementing fields, there may be a slight pause
between labels while the printer images the new label. When the printer is capable of doing the
incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do so. If not, all variable data for each label is
sent to the printer each time and Loftware Label Manager does all of the incrementing/decrementing.
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
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Error Messages and Handling
When printing to a Paxar printer or using Printer Status to check the state of a Paxar printer, Loftware
Label Manager may report the following error: Printer Returned <error code>
Refer to your printer documentation to reference these error codes.
Example
"Printer returned: DATA ERROR, error 571"
Error 571 means that a UPC or EAN barcode received data whose length is invalid. You should check the length
of your data.
Supported Features
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer’s image memory. Loftware Label Manager remembers
images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Printer Control and Configuration
The Loftware Label Manager Design application allows you to configure printer settings that are saved
in the label format using File | Media Setup and File | Media Setup | Label Options.
Individual workstation printer settings may be configured using File | Devices from within the Design
or any of the Print applications: On Demand, Range.
Many of the settings in the printer do not take effect until the printer is re-booted. All Label-Specific
options are sent to the printer every time a label is printed.
Paxar (Monarch) MPCL1 Options
Paxar Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. Note: Paxar was formerly Monarch.
Paxar MPCL1 Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Paxar MPCL1 Label Options
Horizont
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Cut/Tak
e-Up
Format
Number
n
Use PSO Cut Option – Uses the Cut/Takeup option selected in the device Options dialog box. Setting the cut option in the Label Options dialog box provides label specific cutting options. Whereas, setting the Cut/Takeup option in the device Options dialog box produces the same
behavior for all labels printed on that specific printer.
n
Cut each label, except last - This option only works with labels 4 to 8 inches in length.
n
Cut each label, including last - This option only works with labels 4 to 8 inches in length.
n
No Cut/No Rewind - When enabled, does not allow label to be cut, nor does it rewind after
printing.
The number of the Monarch Printer Control Language (MPCL) format to use. Refer to your MPCL
documentation for more information.
Paxar MPCL1 Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options. Label Options Section
n
Cut After Entire Batch Only – When enabled, cuts after the last
label in the batch has been printed.
n
No Cut/No Rewind – When enabled, does not allow label to be
cut, nor does it rewind after printing.
n
Cut each label, except last - This option only works with labels 4 to
8 inches in length.
n
Cut each label, including last - This option only works with labels 4
to 8 inches in length.
Cut/Takeup
Note: There are extensive differences in the cut behavior between Extended and Native Modes with the 98XX
Series Printer. Information regarding the expected behaviors for each is found in Loftware’s Knowledge Base.
Label Mode
n
Separator Off - No separator prints between batch jobs.
n
Normal Length Separator – A normal length separator with 3mm
black stripe prints between batch jobs.
n
Double Length Separator - A double length separator (typically
used for 924 or 925 stacker) prints between batch jobs. On the
920 stacker, a 3mm extra length tag prints between batch jobs.
n
Extra Length Tag – A 3mm extra length tag with 6mm stripe prints
between batches.
Paxar MPCL1 - UPC and EAN Barcodes
Note: Paxar was formerly Monarch.
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Using UPC/EAN Extensions
Loftware Label Manager allows you to specify that UPC/EAN barcodes should print with an extension.
In addition, PAXAR printers automatically enable UPC/EAN extensions based on the length of the data.
Note: The user must enter an ‘extra’ character of data when an extension is enabled. This extra’character is
ignored by the printer. For example, using UPC-E with the +2 extension, the user must enter 9 characters of
data, the first 6 of which are encoded in the barcode and the last 2 are encoded in the extension. The 7th
character of data is ignored and replaced with the barcode check digit.
Paxar (Monarch) MPCL2 Printers
Note:Paxar was formerly known as Monarch. Both brands are now owned by Avery Dennison. These printers
are listed under the Monarch family in LLM.
This printer guide provides information specific to the Paxar printers. The Paxar/Monarch printers
include:
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Paxar (Monarch) printer models.
Barcode Label printers
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5
9401/02/0
5
980
5
Monarch 9855
RFID
9403
982
0
Monarch 9855
RFMP
9412/13E
982
5
9414E
983
0
9414M
983
5
9416
984
0
9433
985
0
9446
985
5
9460
985
6
9490
986
0
9494
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Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Paxar (Monarch) printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer
Family Drivers can be selected with Paxar (Monarch) printers.
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ZPLII
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EPL2
Driver Features
Loftware Label Manager takes full advantage of the sophisticated features of the Paxar/Monarch line of
printers. The fixed portions of the label format are stored in the printer’s memory to increase printing
performance.
In Label Design, when you are test printing, the label format is downloaded every time. However, in
Label Printing, the label format is only downloaded the first time. Afterwards, only the variable fields
and any new variable images are sent to the printer. If you print the same variable image on two labels
in a row, it is stored in the printer for the first label and not downloaded for the second. The image is
deleted from the printer’s memory if the image field is left blank for a printed label.
When doing a range print or printing incrementing/decrementing fields, there may be a slight pause
between labels while the printer images the new label. When the printer is capable of doing the
incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do so. If not, all variable data for each label is
sent to the printer each time and Loftware Label Manager does all of the incrementing / decrementing.
Printer Status (Serial only)
If the printer reports that everything is OK, the level of firmware in the printer is also displayed.
This function can be a valuable tool. If there is a problem communicating with the printer, a
corresponding error message is displayed.
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Monarch (Paxar)
RFID printer.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
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Interface
Description
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
For all other Paxar printers, use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of
the serial interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port.
Error Messages and Handling
When printing to a Paxar printer or using Printer Status to check the state of a Paxar printer, Loftware
Label Manager may report the following error:
Printer Returned <error code>
Example
“Printer returned: DATA ERROR, error 571”
Error 571 means that a UPC or EAN barcode received data whose length is invalid. You should check the length
of your data.
Related Information
Refer to your printer documentation to reference these error codes.
Supported Features
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer's image memory. Loftware Label Manager remembers
images that are sent to the printer, and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Supported Fonts
The following are the standard fonts provided in the 9446, 9490, and 9494:
Name
Dots
Features
Reduce
d
8 by
18
magnify height and width from 1 to 7
Standar
d
16 by
24
magnify height and width from 1 to 7
OCR-A
16 by
23
magnify height and width from 1 to 7; no
lowercase
BOLD
32 by
48
magnify height and width from 1 to 7; no
lowercase
On the 9490 and 9494, the following additional fonts are available:
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Features
Pointable
Vector
height and width values in points from 4 to
90
CG Times
height and width magnification from 1 to 7
CG Times Bold
height and width magnification from 1 to 7
Additional ROM Fonts
Additional ROM Font sets are available for Paxar printers. If an additional ROM set is installed in your
printer, select File | Media Setup and choose the appropriate ROM Set in the Additional Installed Fonts
list. Afterwards, the font choices for the selected ROM Set become available in Label Design. If after
doing this, you try to print and the printer beeps or returns an error, you may have chosen a ROM Set
that the printer does not really have.
Printer Control and Configuration
The Loftware Label Manager Design application allows you to configure global printer settings, which
are saved in the label format using File | Media Setup and File | Media Setup | Label Options.
Individual workstation printer settings may be configured using File | Devices from within the Design
or any of the Print applications: On Demand, Range.
Many of the settings in the printer do not take effect until the printer is re-booted. In the Printer Options
dialog box, clicking Send To Printer sends the currently selected options to the printer. All Label-Specific
options are sent to the printer every time a label is printed.
Paxar (Monarch) MPCL2 Options
Paxar MPCL2 Options may be label-specific or printer-specific.
Note: Paxar was formerly Monarch.
Paxar MPCL2 Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Option
Description
Print Speed
The range of available print speeds varies with the selected printer type. This setting
controls the speed at which the paper is fed when printing. The combinations of print
speed and head temperature control the print quality of the label.
Head Temperature
This allows you to control the darkness of the print. 0 is nominal; setting the
temperature higher than 0 causes the label to print darker. Temperature settings lower
than 0 cause the label to print lighter. Values from –390 to 156.
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Option
Cut Options
Description
n
Use PSO - Uses the cut option selected in the device Options dialog box. Setting
the cut option in the Label Options dialog box provides label specific cutting
options. Whereas, setting the cut option in the device Options dialog box
produces the same behavior for all labels printed on that specific printer.
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Cutter Off - Disables the cut mechanism on the printer.
n
Cut After Every Tag - Cuts before first tag, cuts each tag and cuts after last tag.
n
Cut After Every Batch -Cuts before first tag, cuts after batch. Cuts in strips, not
each tag.
n
Cut After Last Tag in Batch – Cuts before first tag, cuts each tag, cuts after the last
tag and feeds one or two tags past the printhead when it cuts the last tag in the
last batch.
n
Cut Every Tag and After Batch – Does not cut before the first tag in a batch, but
cuts between each tag and after the last tag in the batch. The feed key must be
pressed to feed the last tag out far enough to be cut.
Note: When using the cutter with 98x Printers, please review Loftware Knowledge Base Article #2009218 for
information regarding different behaviors in Modes, Versions, and Cut Intervals.
Backfeed Options
n
Use PSO Backfeed - Uses the backfeed option selected in the device Options
dialog box. Selecting a Backfeed Options setting in the Label Options dialog box
applies label specific backfeeding behavior to each label, that is, all labels printed
on that specific printer.
n
Disable Backfeed - No backfeed motion occurs.
n
Enable Backfeed - Backfeed motion occurs after each printed label. This option
can be used on any printer without a knife.
n
Extended Backfeed - An extended backfeed motion occurs after each printed
label. This option is only valid on the 9835 and 9840 printers.
Paxar MPCL2 Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
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Normal Ribbon - The standard ribbon is
installed.
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No Ribbon - Ribbon is not installed. Direct thermal stock is required for this
option.
n
High Energy Ribbon - High Energy
Ribbon is installed. In this mode, the
print head is elevated to a higher
temperature and therefore requires a
ribbon that withstands high
temperatures. A print speed of 2.5 IPS
must be used with this ribbon. Peel
mode should not be used with High
Energy Ribbon. Please consult the Paxar
Operator’s Handbook for other
limitations.
n
Center Aperture Supply - Hole, gap, or
other type of opening found in the
center of the stock.
n
Continuous - No gaps, notches, or
perforations between labels.
n
Die Cut Labels - Stock that has gaps
between each label.
n
Mark Stock - Black mark found opposite
print side.
n
Continuous operation - Default mode for
printing when peel mode is not desired
or a rewind motor is not installed.
n
On-demand mode - While in On-Demand
mode the next label prints when the
previous label is removed or when the
feed button is pressed. The pause light
blinks until all of the labels in the batch
are printed. This option should be used
with a peel module.
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Rewind – This option is peel mode with a
rewind motor. The label backing should
be properly fed and attached to the take
up reel.
Ribbon Type
Supply Type
Label Mode
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Cutter Off - Disables the cut mechanism
on the printer.
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Cut After Every Tag - Cuts before first tag,
cuts each tag, and cuts after last tag.
n
Cut After Last Tag in Batch - Cuts before
first tag, cuts each tag, cuts after the last
tag and feeds one or two tags past the
printhead when it cuts the last tag in the
last batch.
n
Cut Every Tag and after Batch – Does not
cut before the first tag in a batch, but
cuts between each tag and after the last
tag in the batch. The feed key must be
pressed to feed the last tag out far
enough to be cut.
Cutter Mode
Cut Interval
This sets the number of labels to be printed
before the stock is cut.
Forms Control Section
Horizontal Adjust
Horizontal offset (in printer dots) used during
printing.
Supply Position
Supply (label) position at beginning of print job
(-99 to 99).
Vertical Adjust
Vertical offset (in printer dots) used during
printing.
Cut Adjust
Adjusts where the tag is cut. The printer adjusts
the cut position according to the black marks
on the supply. You may need to adjust for
aperture supplies. Increase to move the cut up,
decrease to move the cut down.
Slashed Zero
When checked, prints slashes through zeros.
When checked, prints a separator ticket.
n
Single - Prints a single separator ticket (all
printers).
n
Double - Prints 2 separator tickets (9835
V5.0 or 9840 V6.0 only)
Print Separator
Note that Double is disabled in Version 7.0.29
for the 9835, 9840, and 9850 Models.
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Old Firmware
Does not send new firmware options if
checked. If you are having difficulty
communicating with the printer, try selecting
this option. By choosing this option, you
disable status checking and other commands
that are only supported in newer versions of the
printer firmware. If using this option allows you
to print, you may wish to consider purchasing a
printer firmware upgrade. After your printer
firmware upgrade is installed, you should
uncheck this option.
Only Resend Fields that have
changed
When checked, only the data that has been
changed is re sent for printing.
Note: The Paxar 9403, 9805, and 9856 printers do not support backfeed.
Backfeed Control Section
Use Backfeed Control to enable or disable the backfeed option, set the dispense position and the backfeed
distance. Backfeed works by advancing each printed label to the desired dispense position. Once that label is
removed, the next label to be printed is backed up underneath the printhead. In continuous mode, only the last
label in the batch is advanced to the dispense position. You may need to adjust the dispense position to allow labels
to be removed, die cut labels to be removed easily, or to prevent them from falling off.
The dispense position and backfeed distance are optional parameters and do not have to be specified. However,
they allow for greater precision when positioning the supply. You cannot change the backfeed distance while the
printer is active.
Dispense Position
Adjusts the stopping point of the label. 50 to 200 dots
(default 65 dots).
Backfeed Distance
Amount to move label backwards. 10 to 200 dots
(default 65 dots). Cannot be greater than the dispense
position.
Extended Backfeed
Backfeed
Disable Backfeed
The backfeed distance should equal the dispense position. An exception is if you are tearing instead of peeling. Then, the backfeed distance must be 30 dots (.150 inches) less than the dispense position. However, the result is a
30 dot non-print zone on your supply. Font Style Section
Opaque
The font and its envelope are opaque and blot
out any lines or other fields that it overlaps.
Transparent
The font and its envelope are transparent, and
any lines or other fields that it overlaps are
visible.
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Advanced Options Section
Language
Selects the language of the country chosen.
Defaults to United States.
Symbol Set
Selects the symbol set used for fonts.
Graphic Storage
Choose Flash or Volatile RAM or Non-Volatile
RAM. Flash Memory is a special type of EEPROM
that can be erased and reprogrammed in blocks
instead of one byte at a time. Volatile RAM loses
its contents when the power is turned off,
whereas Non-volatile RAM retains its contents.
The 30-dot difference accounts for improper
tearing of butt cut supplies, because you do
not want any exposed adhesive under the
printhead. For more information, consult your
Printer manual.
Note: If the graphic is larger than .5 by .5 inches, the graphic is stored in Temporary Storage in the printer
buffer, regardless of the PSO selected. The image is held only until it is sent.
Custom Command Section
The Custom Command option is used when a non-typical function is required when printing. Refer to
the printer’s programming manual for commands that may be used.
Note: Commands are printer model and firmware specific. Contact the appropriate printer representative for
programming language questions.
Paxar MPCL2: More Information
Note: Paxar was formerly Monarch.
Incrementing/Decrementing Fields
When the printer is capable of doing the incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do so. This is called Native Mode. In Native Mode, control returns to the computer almost immediately.
Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the printer cannot do it
internally and sends down a different set of data for each label. This is called Extended Mode. In
Extended mode, the Printing dialog box shows the line “Printing Label x of y” and control does not
return to the computer until the entire series of labels is printed.
Label Size
The label size is used as a frame of reference. When you rotate your label or when you rotate the printing
of a label, it is imperative that Loftware Label Manager Design knows the exact size of the stock on
which you are printing.
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Using UPC/EAN Extensions
Loftware Label Manager allows you to specify that UPC/EAN barcodes print with an extension. In
addition, Paxar printers automatically enable UPC/EAN extensions based on the length of the data. The
user must enter an ‘extra’ character of data when an extension is enabled. This ‘extra’ character is
ignored by the printer. Example
Using UPC-E with the +2 extension, the user must enter 9 characters of data. The first 6 characters are
encoded in the barcode and the last 2 are encoded in the extension. The 7th character of data is ignored and
replaced with the barcode check digit.
Communications Settings
The communications settings for the Paxar 9490 and 9494 are controlled by software instead of switch
settings.
Note: This feature is not supported on the Paxar 9446 printers.
To set the printer’s communications parameters, use the Send Settings button in the Device Connection
dialog box. Setting the printer’s communications parameters is only possible immediately after turning
on the printer.
To print out the current communication settings of these printers shut the printer off, press the printer
feed button, turn the printer on, and immediately release the feed button when the yellow LED light on
top of the printer blinks. A label feeds out of the printer showing current settings.
For more information, see the “Configuring the Printer” section of your printer manual.
Creating a Price Field
To format a field as a price field:
Example: $19.68
Define field as variable and preface the name of the field with
$$.
Example: $$Price
To have $19.68 printed on the label, supply 1968 as data.
Paxar Error Messages
Note: Paxar was formerly known as Monarch.
LPT
Printer Turned
Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Error message. Does
not let you retry, the
label does not print.
Error message. Does
not let you retry, the
label does not print.
No error message. Behaves
as if the labels are printing.
Press feed to get the first
two labels; press feed
again.
No error message. Behaves
as if the labels are printing.
Press feed to get the first
two labels; press feed
again.
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Printer Turned
Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
COM
Error message
comes up when you
restart the printer.
Allows retry, labels
print.
Error message
comes up when you
reconnect the
printer. Allows retry,
labels print.
Error message comes up
right away. Allows retry,
the labels print.
Error message comes up
right away. Allows retry,
the labels print.
Spooled
Locally
No Loftware error
message, but a
Windows printer
error is displayed. All
labels print.
No Loftware error
message, but a
Windows printer
error is displayed. All
labels print.
No Loftware error message,
but a Windows printer
error is displayed. All
labels print.
No Loftware error message,
but a Windows printer
error is displayed. All
labels print.
Spooled
to Shared
No error message.
All labels print.
No error message.
All labels print.
No error message. Labels
print after stock is added.
No error message. Labels
print after the print head is
put down.
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No error message. All labels print.
No error message.
All labels print.
No error message. Labels
print after stock is added.
No error message. Labels
print after print head is
down.
Direct IP
No error message. All labels print.
No error message.
All labels print.
No error message. Labels
print after stock is added.
No error message. Labels
print after print head is put
down.
PCL5 Information
Printer Control Language (PCL) is a printer language created by Hewlett-Packard®. PCL is also used by
a number of other printer manufacturers. PCL is listed as a Loftware native driver among the available
printers. Loftware’s PCL driver operates with any printer that supports PCL5.
The native PCL fonts enabled for PCL5 are Univers, CG Times, Courier, and Arial. Univers is the default
font for the driver.
Pass Through Fields
PCL 5 printers using PCL printer language support the use of Pass Through fields. A Pass Through field
allows you to fully define a label field with the field's data. You can insert printer language directly into
a label field and pass PCL commands through the Loftware native driver directly to your printer. This
may give you the ability to include options that may not be supported by Loftware's native driver.
See Pass Through Fields in the Customizing Labels section of this guide for more information and
instructions on creating Pass Through fields.
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PCL5 Options
PCL5 Label Specific Options
PCL5 Page Size options include: A3, A4, A5, B4(JIS), B5(JIS), Com-10 Envelope, Custom, Executive,
Hagaki Postcard, International B5 Envelope, International C5 Envelope, International DL Envelope,
Ledger, Legal, Letter, Monarch Envelope, and Oufuku-Hagaki Postcard. Options supported by different
PCL5 printer models may vary.
The Custom page size option allows printing on custom paper size page stock to a PCL 5 Printer that
supports the custom size.
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A label can be designed with specified dimensions and then printed on a target PCL 5 printer that
supports the custom size and has been set up with the custom-sized paper. (These configuration
settings are made from the printer’s configuration interface (Control Panel).) The label dimensions
should correspond to the custom paper size.
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A label can also be configured with a page layout of specified label / page width and height, and
then printed on a target PCL 5 printer that supports the custom size and has been set up with the
custom-sized paper. The layout dimensions should correspond to the custom paper size. Paper Source
Because of the variety of PCL5 supported page sizes, this setting allows you to configure the paper
source (tray) at the label level. By default, the Paper Source is set to the selection in the printer's PSO (Use
Printer Setup), but you can select any of the other options described in the PCL5 Printer Specific Options
section below. If a different option is selected and saved in the label format, then that option is used
whenever that label is printed, UNLESS a job containing a *TRAY command is submitted through
LPS. The *TRAY command overrides both the printer setting and the label setting. Note: Different manufacturer’s printers may implement the handling of the Paper Source selection differently.
For example, one manufacturer may map the Lower Tray command to the printer's Lower Tray while another
manufacturer may map the same command to its Optional Tray. Additionally, these mappings may be
configurable, again depending upon the manufacturer.
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When driving printers with PCL5, note that there is typically a ¼” margin on all sides of the page that is
not printable. Additionally, along the top of the page, the unprintable margin area can have label
elements (text, lines) positioned within it, creating a clipping effect. For this reason, it may be best to
define the label or page layout size in Loftware to be ½” (2 x ¼”) less than the physical paper size. For
example, a label designed for a Letter sized page would be 8” x 10½”.
The optimal settings and dimensions for different PCL5 printer models may vary.
PCL5 Printer Specific Options
Printer Options with PCL5 printers are different from most of the other supported printers. The figure
displays default options:
Figure 14.2: PCL5 Printer Options dialog box
Option Description
Duplex
Printin
g
n
Simplex – Simplex mode prints images and characters on one side of a sheet / page.
n
Duplex Long Edge – Prints images and characters on two sides of a sheet/page. Long
means that the duplexed pages are bound along the length of the physical page.
n
Duplex Small Edge - Prints images and characters on two sides of a sheet/page. Short
means that the duplexed pages are bound along the width of the physical page.
Printers that support this feature provide a means of identifying one print job from others by
slightly offsetting the first label of each print job.
Joggin
g
Output
Tray
458
n
First Label in Job – When a print request is initiated, the paper tray is shifted slightly or
“jogged” before the first label or page prints. n
No Jogging – Jogging is disabled. There is no print job separation even for printers that
support this feature.
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Upper – The default output bin for paper.
n
Lower - Prints to the lower output bin. If this command is received by a printer that does
not contain the dual-bin feature, it is ignored.
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Paper
Source
Use
Macros
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Auto – This option feeds paper from a printer-specific tray.
n
Current – Prints the current page from the location last used.
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Envelope Feeder – This option prints using stock from an optional envelope feeder tray.
n
Envelope Manual – Prints the envelope as manually inserted on the top of the tray.
n
Lower Tray – Prints using stock from the lower tray.
n
Manual – This option allows manual insertion of paper.
n
Optional Source – This allows insertion of stock from an optional location that may exist
on a specific printer.
If this is checked, Loftware uses the PCL5 Macro commands to store fixed fields, lines and
boxes. Depending on your labels, this may significantly speed printing throughput, especially
when there are large fixed images, text, or barcode fields on your label.
PCL5 USB Issues
USB Printing and PCL5
Loftware tested printing to a USB-connected HP LaserJet 1200 series PCL 5+ printer using various
Loftware applications such as Design Mode and On-Demand Print. The results are documented in very
general terms below. Your results depend on the printer manufacturer and printer you are using and are
quite likely to be different.
Loftware Applications are designed to open, write, and then close the USB Printer port when processing
a print request. As long as the USB Printer allows this to happen, printing continues without incident. If
the printer is not connected or is turned off, the Loftware application cannot open the port; a message is
displayed or an error condition is created which states “Error Opening Port (printer name).” If the printer
is out of stock and it shuts the USB port down, the Loftware application cannot write to the port. A
message is displayed, or an error condition is created stating “Error Writing to Port (printer name).” If
the printer is out of stock but the printer has a buffer, an error message may not display until the buffer
is full.
USB Printing and the LPS
Various expected behaviors occur when printing to the LPS using a USB Printer with error conditions,
such as Paper Out. After the printer buffer is full, jobs stay in pending folder. After about 2 minutes, the
Status displays media problem or “Error writing to/opening port (Printer Name)” message. After
correcting the error condition, the jobs in the buffer print out, and the pending job completes.
It is important to read all available printer manufacturer information on USB Printing with your printer
before attempting to print using Loftware applications. Remember to install any USB Drivers before
connecting, configuring or printing in Loftware.
Retail Systems International, Inc. (Pressiza) Printers
This section provides information specific to Pressiza printers.
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Please refer to the appropriate printer section for the printer specific options, error messages, and other
information.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Retail Systems International, Inc. (Pressiza) printer models.
Datamax (OEM) Avery/Novexx (OEM)
406+
512-64
406-400+
408
F-422
412-64
F-428
610-64
F-438
808-64
F-446
TX408
F-464
XT-10
Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Printronix Information
This printer guide provides information specific to the Printronix printers, and IBM OEM Printronix
printers. See the InfoPrint Solutions (formerly IBM) Section for a list of IBM printers. Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Printronix printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
L102
4
LPA8204r
P5005
B
SL4M
SLPA520
4r
SLPA5204r
RFID
T4M
T4M RFID
L152
4
LPA8304r
P5010
SL5204
SLPA530
4r
SLPA5304r
RFID
T520
4
T5204
RFID
L502
0
LPA8204r
RFID
P5205
B
SL5304
SLPA720
4e
SLPA7204e
RFID
T520
4r
T5204r
RFID
L503
1
LPA8304r
RFID
P5215
SL5304r
SLPA730
4e
SLPA7304e
RFID
T520
6
T5206r
RFID
P5210
SL5204r
SLPA820
4r
SLPA8204r
RFID
T520
6r
T5208r
RFID
L503
5
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Barcode Label Printers
L552
0
P5220
L553
5
SL4M RFID
SLPA830
4r
SLPA8304r
RFID
T520
8
SL5204
RFID
T520
8r
SL5304
RFID
T530
4
T5304
RFID
SL5304r
RFID
T530
4r
T5304r
RFID
SL5204r
RFID
T530
6
SL5306r
RFID
T530
6r
T5306r
RFID
T530
8
T530
8r
T5308r
RFID
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Printronix printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Printronix printers.
l
ZPLII (ZGL)
l
IPL (IGL)
Related Information
To view updated Printronix information, go to Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See the section on
Printers on the Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Printronix RFID
printers.
Printer Status
This function can be a very valuable tool when printers are connected using the Serial Interface. If there
is a problem communicating with the printer, an error message is displayed. By default, Printer Status is
disabled for Printronix printers. To enable Printer Status, you must first enable One Char Enquiry on the
printer via the menu controls, and then uncheck the Disable Status Checking check box in the Device
Connection dialog box in Loftware.
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Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Printronix Options
Printronix Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. Printronix Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Label Options Section
Print Speed (IPS)
The range of available print speeds in inches per second (IPS)
varies with the selected printer type. Note that the printer may use
a slower print speed than you specify in order to maintain print
quality.
Slew Rate (IPS)
This setting affects the speed in inches per second (IPS) at which
the paper is fed when advancing over non-printing areas. This
setting may affect printer throughput.
Darkness
This allows you to control the darkness of the print. -3 is nominal;
setting the temperature higher than -3 causes the label to print
darker. Temperature settings lower than -3 cause the label to print
lighter. The valid values range from -15 to 15.
Format Number
Specifies the areas of RAM in which the label format is to be stored. The valid values are 1-100.
This setting only applies to the P5000 Series line matrix printers
and is somewhat similar to the darkness control on the thermal
transfer printers.
Print Quality
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n
Best - prints the darkest images, but at the slowest speed.
n
High - prints at a faster speed than Best, but the characters
are not as dark.
n
Data Processing - This mode should be set if the highest
speed is desired, printing is not as dark as High.
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Label Overrides Section
Symbol Set
Send
Options
n
Use Printer Symbol Set – Label uses settings from Printer Specific
Options.
n
User Defined – Label uses an added CodePage.
n
Other Symbol Sets (Arabic to Turkish)
n
Use Printer Setup - Label uses settings from Printer Specific
Options (PSO).
n
No – Overrides any Send Options set in PSO, nothing set.
n
Yes – Overrides Do Not Send Option in PSO
Cutter
Enables cutter for this label only.
Cut Interval
Sets Cut Interval for this label only.
Printronix RFID Options Section
Use Label or Printer
Options
This allows you to use either the Label Specific Options settings or those set in Printer
Specific Options (PSO).
Single Protocol
Firmware
Changes in firmware affect the commands that the printer accepts. Check this box if your
firmware is single protocol.
Send Options to
Printer
This will use the currently selected options.
Tag Type
Auto Detect determines the tag type. Select No Tags if none is available.
Passcode Write
Retries
Number of passcode write retries. Printronix Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
Since none of the printer options are sent from Loftware, the Printer must be properly configured through
its front panel for this to work. Be sure to enable HOST FORM LENGTH on the printer.
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Media Options Section
Stock Type
(Gap Sense)
Media Type
(Print Mode)
n
This option specifies the method used to detect the media
top.
n
Advanced Gap Stock -Media being used has liner gaps
between die cut labels with black background.
n
Advanced Notch Stock – Media being used has notches or
holes that interrupt a black vertical line on the underside of
the media.
n
Continuous Stock - Continuous media with no black stripe
and no gap is being used.
n
Die Cut Stock - Media with a space or “gap” between die cut
labels is being used, where the media backing or liner is
present between labels. Also for media with pre-punched
notches or holes.
n
Mark Stock - Media with a horizontal black stripe on the
backside of the liner is being used.
n
Direct - Direct Thermal type of printing (no ribbon) requires
special heat sensitive media.
n
Transfer - Thermal Transfer type of printing (ribbon
installed).
This option specifies how the printer handles the media.
n
Continuous operation - Printer prints on the media and
sends it out the front.
n
Cut Each Label - Media is cut after printing each page
(requires optional cutter).
n
Peel-Off - Prints and peels die-cut labels from the liner
without assistance. The printer waits for you to take away
the label before printing the next one. The label backing is
rewound on the internal rewinder. A “LABEL
PRESENT/Remove Label” message reminds you to remove
the label before the next one can be printed.
n
Tear-Off - After each label is printed, the printer positions the
label over the tear-off bar and waits for you to tear-off the
label before printing the next one. A “LABEL
PRESENT/Remove Label” message reminds you to remove
the label before the next one can be printed.
n
Tear-Off Strip - Printer prints on the media and sends it out
the front until the print buffer is empty, then positions the
last label over the tear-off bar for removal.
Media Handling
Forms Control Section
Cut Interval
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Sets the printer to cut after the specified number of
pages (requires optional cutter).
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Forms Control Section
Tear Off Pause Count
Sets the printer to pause after the specified number
of pages. The paper must be completely torn
before the printer resumes normal operation.
Offline Pause Count
Sets the printer to pause (offline) after the specified
number of physical pages printed.
Send Cut Command
Include the cut command in the print stream.
Specifies whether the printer ejects the last page of
a job if the page is not full.
Auto Eject Labels
When this setting is checked, the printer ejects the
last page after the entire job has been processed
and printed. By default, this setting is deselected; the printer
does not eject the last page unless you send a Page
Eject command or until the printer receives another
print job.
Specifies whether the printer performs a Form Feed
when a Form Feed command is received and the
printer is already at the Top of Form. Form Feed at Top of Form
When this setting is checked, the printer advances
media from the present Top of Form position to the
next Top of Form position upon receipt of a Form
Feed command, causing a blank form. The factory
default is Enable.
When this setting is deselected, the printer does not
advance media from the present Top of Form
position to the next Top of Form position upon
receipt of a Form Feed command.
Host Form Length
Determines how the physical label size is affected
upon an EXECUTE command.
The physical label length changes to match the form length (defined in CREATE
mode). The physical label size remains at the new setting until another EXECUTE
command is received, or the PRINTER CONTROL menu settings are changed. The
factory default is Enable.
Forms printed in EXECUTE mode do not change the physical label size. Therefore,
the size of the form (defined in CREATE mode) must fit within the current label
dimensions, or errors may occur.
Note: Changing the form length via the EXECUTE command changes the ASCII Emulation logical dimensions.
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Field Options Section
This parameter allows you to print barcode descenders when
human readable data is not present in the UPC/EAN barcodes
n
Always - UPC/EAN barcodes are printed with descenders,
even if there is no human readable data.
n
With HR Enabled - UPC/EAN barcodes are printed with
descenders only when the Human Readable text field is
enabled.
Print UPC Descenders
Force Uppercase
When checked, any lower case data supplied for text fields are
converted to uppercase. When unchecked, lower case data
supplied for text fields print in lowercase.
Slashed Zeros
This option applies to all character sets except OCR A and OCR B.
When checked, zeros are printed with a slash. When unchecked,
zeros are printed without a slash.
Advanced Options Section
Symbol Set
Accesses one of the printer’s internal multinational or international
character sets.
This option sets the error reporting capability of the printer.
n
Debug - Puts the printer in debug mode whenever a label
format is defined. Each line of the format is printed along
with any printer language errors.
n
Fault – If a printer language error occurs, the error is printed
on the media, the message “IGP Error” is displayed on the
front panel, and then the printer goes offline.
Error Report
The error must be cleared before the printer can resume normal
operation.
Double-byte Symbol
Set
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n
Off – The printer does no physical boundary checking
whatsoever. Fields are clipped if they are beyond the page
boundaries.
n
On - Full physical boundary checking is performed. Any field
that falls off the current page is reported as an error.
This option allows you to choose a variety of Double-byte symbol
sets, if your printer has the capability.
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Advanced Options Section
n
PPM = Printronix Printer Manager – Printronix version, only
works with Printronix printers
n
PMU = Print Manager Utility – IBM version, only works with
IBM printers
The PPM/PMU is a program that provides status and control of
multiple printers of the associated type on a network.
PPM/PMU
Don’t Send Options
To use this Loftware feature, enter the IP Address of the computer
where the PPM/PMU is running, and click the Browse button. This
feature assumes you have a browser on your system and that the PPM/PMU is running on the computer whose IP Address is
displayed. If you are successful, a login screen is displayed where
you can enter your credentials and configure the system. Refer to
your Printronix Manual for information on the actual workings of
the PPM/PMU. The IP Address is persistent across all
IBM/Printronix printers; each time you enter any IBM / Printronix
PSO dialog, the display reflects whatever was typed in that box the
last time the IBM/Printronix PSO dialog was closed.
When this is checked, Loftware does not send any PSOs or LSOs to
the printer. This is useful if you have an older printer or a printer
with an older emulation that does not support one or more of the
current commands that Loftware sends.
Custom Command Section
Custom Command
The Custom Command field allows you to add additional commands to the
data stream that is sent to the printer. Please consult your IGP/PGL manual for
custom command syntax.
Send to Printer
Click to send custom commands to the printer.
Note: The custom command is sent after the ~CONFIG command and before the ~CREATE command.
Printronix RFID Options Section
Use Label or Printer
Options
This allows you to use either the Label Specific Options settings or those set in Printer
Specific Options (PSO).
Single Protocol
Firmware
Changes in firmware affect the commands that the printer accepts. Check this box if your
firmware is single protocol.
Send Options to
Printer
This will use the currently selected options.
Tag Type
Auto Detect determines the tag type. Select No Tags if none is available.
Passcode Write
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Printronix Error Messages
Printer turned Off
Cable disconnected
No stock
Print Head up
LPT
Error message: “Printer not
Initialized” No retry allowed
Error Message. Lets you
retry to Print label. Error Message. Lets
you retry so you
can print label.
Error Message lets
you retry so you
can print Label.
COM
Error Message. Lets you
retry, label prints.
Error Message. Lets you
retry, label prints.
Error Message. Lets
you retry, label
prints.
Error Message. Lets
you retry, label
prints.
Spooled
Locally
Windows error message:
“Device not connected”
Allows retry, reprints when
error corrected.
Windows error message:
“Device not connected”
Allows retry, reprints when
error corrected.
Windows error
Message. Allows
retry, reprints when
error corrected.
Windows error
Message. Allows
retry, reprints when
error corrected.
Spooled
To
Shared
No error message. Labels
print when error is
corrected. No error Message. Labels
print when error is
corrected. No Error Message.
Label Prints when
error is Corrected.
No error Message.
Label Prints when
error is corrected
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No Error Message. The
labels print when error is
corrected
No Error Message. The
labels print when error is
corrected
No Error Message. The labels print
when error is
corrected
No Error Message. The labels print
when error is
corrected
No error message. The
labels when the error is
corrected.
No error message. The
labels when the error is
corrected.
No error message. The labels when the
error is corrected.
No error message. The labels when the
error is corrected.
Direct IP
QuickLabel Information
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following QuickLabel printer models.
l
Pronto 442
l
Pronto 472
l
Pronto 474
l
Pronto 843
Related Information
QuickLabel printers use the same language as Datamax Printers; therefore, pertinent information regarding
printer options, label options, and error messages may be found in the Datamax section in this section.
SATO Information
This section of the printer guide provides information specific to the SATO family of printers. RFID
Printers are italicized in shaded cells.
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Supported Printer Models
Loftware Supports the following Sato printer models.
Barcode Printers
M5900
M84 Pro
203, 305, 609
dpi
XL400
CX20
8
M5900E
M8400
XL40
0e
CL412
CX21
2
M5900RV
M8400RV
XL410
CL412e
CX40
0
M5900R
Ve
M8400RVe
XL41
0e
CL408
CT40
0
CX20
0
CL408e
CT41
0
GT40
8e
M1
0e
CL608
M8400S
CL608e
M8450
CL612
M8459S
CL612e
M8459Se
CL408e
RFID
M8460S
CL412e RFID
M8460Se
M8480S
M8485S
M8485Se
M8490S
M8490Se
M8485Se RFID
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Sato printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Sato printers.
l
ZPLII (ZGL)
l
IPL (IGL)
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the SATO RFID
printers.
Printer Status
If the printer reports that everything is OK, the level of firmware in the printer is displayed. This
function can be a useful. If there is a problem communicating with the printer, a corresponding error
message is displayed.
SATO Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Note: Make sure that the printer is powered off any time you plug in or remove a parallel cable from a SATO
printer. This prevents Parallel ports from malfunctioning.
SATO Options
SATO Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. SATO Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Label Options Section
Print Speed
The range of available print speeds varies with the selected printer
type.
Print
Darkness
Allows you to control the darkness of the print. 1 is the nominal
setting.
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Label Cut Options Section
Cut Option
Cut Interval
Use Printer Cut Options
Use label Cut Options
This determines how frequently labels are
cut. Custom Command Section
Allows commands not available in LLM to be sent to the printer.
Send Command
This command instructs Loftware Label Manager when to send
the custom command.
SATO Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
Settings are in dots. Use the dots per inch (dpi) for your printer to find the proper value. For example, if
your printer has 203 dpi and you want to set a skip distance of 1 inch, specify a value of 203 for the skip
distance.
Label Options Section
n
Continuous - No gaps or separations between labels.
n
Die Cut - Gap or separation between each label.
n
Mark Stock - Black line or mark on the label stock backing.
n
Tag Stock - Notch in corner of stock.
Stock Type
Character Set
Print Length
Several printer languages are available to print international characters that are not
available in the U.S. character set. See the appendix section of your printer guide to
find the corresponding hex codes used to select the desired character.
n
7 Inches sets the printer to the standard print length.
n
14 Inches sets the printer to the expanded print length (not available for some
models).
Note: The M-84XX printers have two choices for maximum label length: 7" (187mm) or 14" (356mm). When
using the 8450 printer at 300 dpi, the printer has a maximum print length of 7" and it ignores this setting.
Expanded Memory
Expanded memory requires the use of a PCMCIA card. Using a PCMCIA card does not
add on to existing memory, it replaces it. You must also select the Memory Slot in
which the card is located. The length of the label that can be printed varies by printer
and resolution. Consult a SATO Technical Reference Manual (not available for some
models).
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Label Options Section
Selects the Memory Card slot.
Memory Slot
n
None - No memory card is installed.
n
Slot A - Memory card is installed in location A or 1 in the printer.
n
Slot B - Memory card is installed in location B or 2 in the printer.
When enabled, all label and printer options set are sent to the printer. Disable this option
to retain the settings set at your printer.
Send Options
Note: Some printers refer to slot 1 instead of A; A = 1 and B = 2.
Cutter Options Section
Print/Cut
Offset
This is useful for aligning labels to the cut position.
Cut Interval
This determines how frequently labels are cut – a cut interval of 2 cuts every two labels, a cut interval
of 1 cut every label.
Base Reference Point Section
The base reference point is the Horizontal and Vertical setting on the label where fields (lines, text,
barcodes and graphics) may start printing.
Horizontal
Specifies a field’s location in the X direction from the current base
reference point measured in number of dots at 0 degree
orientation.
Vertical
Specifies a field’s location in the Y direction from the current base
reference point measured in number of dots at 0 degree
orientation.
Applicator Options Section
Opposite Hand Printer
SATO manufactures two applicator engines, a
Standard Hand Model and an Opposite Hand
Model, identified by looking on the identification
tag of the printer or by looking directly at the front
of the printer. If the label stock width is less than
the print head width and the stock is right
justified, this is a Standard Hand Model. An
Opposite Hand Model is oriented at lower left as
are many of the SATO tabletop printers.
Custom Command Section
Allows commands not available in LLM to be sent to the printer.
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Custom Command Section
Start, End, and Escape commands (STX, ETX, and ESC) are not required at the start
and end of the commands. Example
For a base reference point of 10 Horizontal and 10 Vertical, you would only
enter the following command:
A3H010V001
Press the Send To Printer button to issue command to the printer.
Custom Firmware
SATO manufactures two applicator engines, a
Standard Hand Model and an Opposite Hand
Model, identified by looking on the identification
tag of the printer or by looking directly at the front
of the printer. If the label stock width is less than
the print head width and the stock is right justified,
this is a Standard Hand Model. An Opposite Hand
Model is oriented at lower left as are many of the
SATO tabletop printers.
Serial Communications Section
Bi-Com Mode
To enable Printer Status capabilities, this box must
be checked and the proper dip switch must be set on
the printer.
Get Printer Status Button
Establishes if printer is communicating with the
software. Use File | Devices | Connection to make
sure settings are correct.
Send to Printer Button
When using Custom Commands, press this button to
send them to the printer.
SATO RFID Options
Use Old RFID Command
When selected, the old read and write commands for the printer are used.
Tag Type
Select from: EPC Class 0 +, EPC Class 1, EPC 1.19, EPC Class 1 Gen 2.
Number of Retries Per
label
This setting determines the number of times to retry writing to the label in case of initial
failure.
Transponder Position
This is the distance of the chip from the leading edge. This defaults to 26 mm.
SATO - Fonts and Images Information
Sample of Supported Fonts
The following list represents only a small portion of the fonts available for SATO Printers. Consult
SATO's manual or their web site for further information.
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Font Name
Font Type
* 5x9
Dot Font
* 8x15
Dot Font
* 13x20
Dot Font
* OCR-A
Dot Font
* OCR-B
Dot Font
* 18x30
Smooth Dot Font
* 28x52
Smooth Dot Font
* Vector
Font
Vector / Scalable
Font
Dot Fonts can be magnified up to 9X horizontally and 9X vertically. The Vector font can be scaled to any
size between .05" to 4.88" high.
Printer Capabilities and Limits
Maximum Number of
Fields
These printers have no set limit on the number of fields a
label may have. However, the size of the entire print job,
(excluding image or graphic data), cannot exceed the size
of the printer's receive buffer of approximately 8k.
If the printer reports a receive buffer overflow, you have to reduce the number of fields on the label. The
best way to assure that your label does not exceed the printer's buffer size is to do test printing while you
are designing the label. When you test print, variable data fields are printed at their maximum length. If
you are able to test print a label, it should to fit in the printer's receive buffer.
If your label becomes too large to print, you must reduce the number of fields on the label.
Model
Min Print
Length
Max Print
Length
8400 200
dpi
0.25"
14.0"
8400 150
dpi
0.25"
14.0"
8450 300
dpi
0.25"
7.0"
8450 150
dpi
0.25"
14.0"
8450 100
dpi
0.25"
14.0"
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Image Fields Size Limitations
Up to ten images or logos can be used on a label. The maximum image sizes that the printer can handle
are shown below. The actual size of the images that your printer can handle may be smaller depending
on the available memory in the printer.
Model
Maximum Image Size in
Pixels
8400 200
dpi
832 x 832
8400 150
dpi
768 x 768
8450 300
dpi
1536 x 1536
8450 150
dpi
768 x 768
8450 100
dpi
512x512
Performance Considerations
Vector Fonts
(also called “Scaleable”
Fonts)
The LLM supports all of the Proportional Vector fonts
available on the SATO M-84XX printers. These fonts can be
scaled to any size between .05” to 4.88”. The quality of
these fonts is excellent; however, vector fonts must be
“imaged” in the printer before the label is printed, and that
process can slow down printing times. It is not uncommon
for a label with several sizes of vector fonts to encounter a 3
to 15 second delay per label. Obviously, there is a trade off
between font quality and print speed. In addition,
Proportional Fonts may not center properly.
Images
When an image is downloaded to the printer, any white
space surrounding the actual image is also downloaded to
the printer. This wastes printer RAM and increases the
amount of time required to download the image. Always
crop your images as tightly as possible.
SATO Error Messages
LPT
Printer Turned
Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
Error message. Does
not let you retry, the
label does not print.
Error message. Lets you
retry, the label does not
print.
Error message. Does
not let you retry, the
label does not print.
Error message. Does not
let you retry, the label
does not print.
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Printer Turned
Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
COM
Error message after the
printer is turned back
on. Lets you retry, the
label prints.
Error message after the
cable is re-connected.
Lets you retry, the label
prints.
No error message. Once
stock is added, all labels
print.
No error message. Once
the print head is put
down all labels print.
Spooled
Locally
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
Spooled
to Shared
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message. A Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No Loftware error
message, a Windows
error message is
displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message, but a
Windows error message
is displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message, but a
Windows error message
is displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
No Loftware error
message, but a
Windows error message
is displayed. Lets you
retry, the label prints.
Direct IP
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is turn back on.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is reconnected.
No error message. All
labels print after the
printer is re-stocked.
No error message. All
labels print after the
print head is put down.
Toshiba TEC Printers
This section provides information specific to the Toshiba TEC family of printers.
Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Toshiba TEC printer models.
Barcode Label Printers
B372
B419
B572
B852
BSX4
BSA4T
B431
B672
B858
BSX5
BSP2D
B452
B682
B872
B- SV4
B882
BSX6T
B472
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Barcode Label Printers
B482
BSX8T
B492
Loftware supports the following Toshiba TEC RFID printer models.
RFID Tag Printers
B-SX4 RFID
B-SX5 RFID
Related Information
Updated printer information is available on Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page. See also the Toshiba section for supported Toshiba printers.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Toshiba TEC
RFID printers.
Connections
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(standard interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel
port, and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard interface)
Check with manufacturer for cable information. The hardware license key is not
part of the serial interface since it must always be plugged into an LPT parallel
port.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug
(standard or optional in either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
interface)
computer.
Network Port
Included or optional on some printers.
TEC Options
TEC Options may be label-specific or printer-specific.
TEC Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
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Label Options Section
The range of available print speeds in inches per second (IPS) varies with the selected printer type.
Note: The printer may use a slower print speed than you specify in order to maintain print quality.
Print
Speed
Print
Density
Note: The actual maximum value supported by the printer varies among different models & different
print speeds. Consult your printer manual for further information.
Adjusts the print density, on some printers, this is known as darkness, or head temperature. The valid
range is from 10 to 10. When the value exceeds the range, the printer automatically corrects it to the
maximum value.
Tag
Rotatio
n
n
Bottom First – The bottom edge of the label is the leading edge as it is fed out of the printer.
n
Top First– The top edge of the label is the leading edge as it is fed out of the printer.
n
Bottom First Mirrored – The bottom edge of the label is the leading edge as it is fed out of the
printer, the entire label is printed as a mirror image.
n
Top First Mirrored – The top edge of the label is the leading edge as it is fed out of the printer, the
entire label is printed as a mirror image.
Label Overrides Section
Media Options, Issue Settings, Backfeed Settings, and Fine Position Adjustments each have label overrides. This
means that the Label Options settings are used instead of the Printer Options.
Media Options Section
Gap Length
When die cut stock is used, this specifies the size (in .1mm) of the gap between each label.
Override Printer
Setup
If this is checked, the Gap Length value is used; otherwise, the Printer Options setting is
used.
Issue Settings Section
n
Batch Mode - Normal printing mode; labels are continuously printed and fed out of
the printer.
n
Strip Mode - While in strip mode, the printer presents each label and waits for it to be
removed before continuing. The printer does not print labels if there is a label at the
strip sensor.
n
Use Printer Setup – Use the setting from the device Options dialog box.
n
Applicator Mode – Similar to strip mode except that the printing of each subsequent
label is controlled by a pause signal from an expansion I/O device (typically an
applicator) rather than the strip sensor.
Issue Mode
Batch Mode must be selected and the optional cutter is required.
n
After Every Job – Cutting occurs after all labels from each print request are done
printing.
n
After Every Label – Cutting occurs after every label that prints.
n
Disabled – No cutting occurs
n
Use Cut Interval – Uses the value that is selected in the Cut Interval.
Cutter
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Issue Settings Section
Note: When using the LPS, note that each occurrence of a *PrintLabel command constitutes a print request.
Designates the number of pieces to be printed before the label is cut. The range is 000 to
100 (no cutting occurs when set at 000)
Cut Interval
The Cut Interval setting may yield unexpected results if you use a value that is not an even multiple of
the Quantity and/or Duplicates value. For example
If Quantity = 2, Duplicates = 3, and CutInterval = 2, your labels may print/cut in the following sequence:
Label 1 Duplicate 1
Label 1 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 1 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 1
Label 2 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
Backfeed Settings Section
n
Don’t Send Backfeed – No backfeed commands are sent to the printer.
n
Send Backfeed - Before printing the first label in a print request the printer backfeeds the specified
distance (in .1mm) and after printing the last label it forward feeds the same distance. Use this
setting to present the label for manual tear off after printing. This setting is not used when printing
multi-up layouts.
n
Use Printer Setup - Use the setting from the device Options dialog box.
n
Distance - All measurements are in tenths of a millimeter.
Backfee
d
Note: When using the LPS, note that each occurrence of a *PrintLabel command constitutes a print request.
Fine Position Adjustments Section
Don’t
Send
Settings
No Fine Position Adjust commands are sent to the printer.
Send
Settings
Use this setting for making fine adjustments( in .1mm increments) in the Feed Distance, Cutting or
Stripping Position, or Backfeed Distance. Consult your printer manual for further information on setting
these values
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Fine Position Adjustments Section
Use
Printer
Setup
Use the setting from the device Options dialog box.
Feed
Range is set between –500 to +500 mm.
Cut/Stri
p
Range is between from –500 to +500 mm.
Backfee
d
Range is between from –99 to +99 mm.
Graphics Method Section
Use Printer Setup
This is the default setting and applies the setting selected in the Printer Setup
dialog.
Overwrite Drawing example
OR Drawing example
Custom Command Section
You may enter a custom TPCL command string here. You must
include the command prefix and terminators (“{“ and “|}”).
Command
This command is sent when printing a label and when clicking Send To Printer. It is sent
immediately prior to the buffer clear command.
RFID Option Section
Override
Printer
Setup
When checked, the Tag Position setting on this dialog will be used, overriding the selection made
from the Printer Specific Options dialog.
Tag
Position
This sets the feed amount to adjust the RFID tag position before data is written to it. Tag Position can
be adjusted in units of 0.1 mm. Feed direction: + : forward, - : backward
TEC Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
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Media Options Section
Stock
Type
Media
Type
n
Continuous Stock - Continuous media with no black stripe and no gap.
n
Die Cut Stock - The label-to-label gap is automatically sensed by the transmissive sensor and the
paper position is finely adjusted for every piece.
n
Mark Stock – The black mark provided on the back side of the stock is automatically sensed by the
reflective sensor and the paper position is finely adjusted for every piece. (See the Threshold Set
command for more information.)
n
Mark Stock on Print Side - The black mark provided on the print side of the stock is automatically
sensed by the upper reflective sensor and the paper position is finely adjusted for every piece.
n
Preprinted Die Cut Stock - The label-to-label gap is automatically sensed by the transmissive sensor
and the paper position is finely adjusted for every piece according to the value set by the threshold
setting (Consult your printer manual for further information on setting the threshold).
n
Punched Hole Stock - The marginal punched holes (round holes) on the fanfold paper are
automatically sensed by the lower reflective sensor. Several round holes are automatically sensed
according to the specified length of label, and the paper position is finely adjusted for every piece.
n
Direct Thermal - Direct Thermal type of printing (no ribbon), requires special heat sensitive media.
n
Thermal Transfer - Thermal Transfer type of printing (ribbon installed).
Gap
Length
When die cut stock is used, this is the size (in .1mm) of the gap between each label.
Threshol
d Set
When Mark Stock is used, the black mark provided on the back of the stock is automatically sensed by
the reflective sensor and the paper position is finely adjusted for every piece, according to the value set
by the threshold setting. (Consult your printer manual for further information on setting the threshold.)
Ribbon
Saver
When checked, if there is a non-print area (in the feed direction) of 20 mm or more in the batch mode,
cut mode, or strip mode, ribbon saving is performed automatically.
Note: On some printers, the required non-print area is different; consult your printer manual for more
information.
Issue Settings Section
Issue
Mode
n
Batch Mode - Normal printing mode; labels are continuously printed and fed out of the printer.
n
Strip Mode - While in strip mode, the printer presents each label and waits for it to be removed
before continuing. The printer does not print labels if there is a label at the strip sensor.
n
Applicator Mode – Similar to Strip Mode except that the printing of each subsequent label is
controlled by a pause signal from an expansion I/O device (typically an applicator) rather than the
strip sensor.
Batch Mode must be selected and the optional cutter is required.
Cutter
n
After Every Job – Cutting occurs after all labels from each print request are done printing.
n
After Every Label – Cutting occurs after every label that prints.
n
Disabled – No cutting occurs.
n
Use Cut Interval – Uses the value that is selected in the Cut Interval.
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Issue Settings Section
This designates the number of pieces to be printed before the label is cut.
The range is 000 to 100 (no cutting occurs when set at 000).
This setting may yield unexpected results if you use a value that is not an even multiple of the Quantity
and/or Duplicates value. For example
If Quantity = 2, Duplicates = 3, and CutInterval = 2, your labels may print/cut in the following
sequence:
Label 1 Duplicate 1
Cut
Interval
Label 1 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 1 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 1
Label 2 Duplicate 2
<CUT>
Label 2 Duplicate 3
<CUT>
Backfee
d
When this check box is enabled, printer backfeeds the stock prior to the printing of the next label a
specified distance from 30 to 2000 dpi.
Note: When using the LPS, note that each occurrence of a *PrintLabel command constitutes a print request.
Note: All measurements are in tenths of a millimeter.
Fine Position Adjustments Section
Enable
When checked, the adjustments listed below become active, and can be
set.
Feed
Range is set between –500 to +500 mm.
Cut/Strip
Range is between from –500 to +500 mm.
Backfeed
Range is between from –99 to +99 mm.
Graphics Method Section
OR Drawing
Overwrite
Drawing
Overwrite Drawing is the default PSO setting. Graphic data is drawn, overwriting data in the
image buffer.
Custom Command Section
Command
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You may enter a custom TPCL command string here. You must include
the command prefix and terminators (“{“ and “|}”).
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Custom Command Section
This command is sent when printing a label and when clicking Send To Printer. It is sent immediately prior to the
buffer clear command.
RFID Option Section
Tag
Positio
n
This sets the feed amount to adjust the RFID tag position before data is written to it. Tag Position can be
adjusted in units of 0.1 mm. Feed direction:
+ : forward
- : backward
Supported Features and Limitations
Toshiba-TEC Incrementing/Decrementing Fields - When the printer is capable of doing the
incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do so. This is called Native Mode. When
printing in Native Mode, control returns to the computer almost immediately.
Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the printer cannot do it
internally and sends down a different set of data for each label. This is called Extended Mode.
In Extended mode, the Printing dialog box shows the line “Printing Label x of y” and control does not
return to the computer until the entire series of labels is printed.
Number of variable fields
There are limits to the number of variable Outline Font, Bitmapped Font and Barcode fields that be
printed on a single label. Variable Field
Field Limit
Variable Outline Font fields
99
Variable Bitmapped Font fields 199
Variable Barcode fields
31
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer’s image memory. Loftware Label Manager remembers
images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Codabar and other Barcode Symbologies
Loftware has created barcode remaps that are built in to our supported Toshiba-TEC Printers. These are
implemented through the use of reserved field names. Here is how it works. Add a barcode to a label
designed for a Toshiba-TEC Printer. Look at the table below, and in the Properties Box, choose a
symbology from the left column, then start the field name of the barcode with one of the reserved remap
names in the right-hand column.
Properties Box Symbol Reserved Remap Name
Code93
CODABAR
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Properties Box Symbol Reserved Remap Name
DataMatrix
QRCODE
PostNet
ROYALMAIL
PostNet
KIX
Start/Stop Codes
The default Start/Stop Codes for Codabar are “A” and “D.” To change the default Start/Stop Code, from
Design Mode, choose Options | Preferences, click the + symbol beside the TEC folder, and follow the
instructions to the right to customize the Start/Stop Codes.
Figure 14.3: TEC Codabar Remap String
TEC Error Information
Error
Description
Paper Jam (on LCD screen)
There is a problem with the media. The problem must be
corrected, then turn the printer off & back on.
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Error
Description
Time Out
If Loftware times out in the middle of sending a large
amount of graphic information (images, TrueType fonts),
the printer may be left in a state where it cannot accept
any further commands. If this occurs, you must turn the
printer off and back on. Try increasing the timeout value
for the printer in the Advanced Settings section of the
device Connection dialog box.
Printer Commands displayed
on LCD screen
If the printer receives commands that are not formatted in
a way that it understands, it displays a portion of the
command string on the LCD screen. It may look
something like the following:
{PC001:0120,0680,
Contact Loftware technical support, and please have the following information ready:
Loftware version number
Printer Model and program version number
A specific example or a description of a way to reproduce the error
Windows Printers
Windows printers can be configured from the Loftware Label Manager Device Configuration grid Options button or from a label's LSO page.
Note: If you are working in an environment with multiple LPS installations and versions, be aware that sharing
LLM / LPS version 9.5 or later Windows printer configuration files with a pre-9.5 version will wipe out any
Windows printer configuration settings made in Version 9.5. Windows printer settings made in 9.5 or later are
not supported in pre-9.5 versions. Refer to Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions in the
Upgrade and Import section of the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation Guide for a bestpractice solution.
Windows printer settings available when you select File | Print | Properties from Microsoft Office
applications and other popular programs can be set from LLM. This includes settings for Orientation,
Page Size, and Paper Source. The default for each of the settings is the setting selected in the Printers
and Faxes control panel. However, these can be overridden at the label level (LSO) or at the application
level (PSO).
A configuration setting that will be used to print a label depends on where the setting is enabled. l
Label Level: When set from a label's LSO page, a print setting for the specific label supersedes any
setting selected at the application level (PSO) or system level. l
Application Level: When set from the printer's PSO page, a Windows printer setting applies to all
Loftware label printing and supersedes the system level setting unless a specific label's LSO page specifies a different selection. l
System Level: When set from the printer's Properties page accessed from the system's Printers and
Faxes, a Windows printer setting applies to all printing, not just to Loftware labels, unless a
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To summarize, configuration settings for a Windows printer apply to printing in the following sequence:
1. If the LSO setting is enabled and valid for the printer, #1 (the Label Level setting) is used to print
the label. Otherwise, the Application Level setting is used.
2. If the LSO setting is disabled and the PSO setting is enabled and valid for the printer, #2 (the
Application Level setting) is used. Otherwise, the System Level setting is used.
3. System Level setting is used if both #1 and #2 (LSO and PSO settings) are disabled.
4. If a job containing a *TRAY command is submitted through LPS, the *TRAY command Paper
Source setting overrides the label setting. (Refer to the *TRAY command section of the "Print
Request Data Structures" topic in the LPS guide.)
Validation
Internally, the selected Paper Size and Paper Source PSO configuration items, when saved, are identified
by both a string and an ID value. The following steps are taken to validate the configuration setting
with the capabilities of the printer.
1. If the saved ID matches one of the IDs in the printer’s list, then the saved string is compared to
the printer’s string for that ID. If the strings match, then that ID is used. Otherwise, see #2 below.
2. If the saved string matches one of the strings in the printer’s list, then the printer’s ID for that
string is used. Otherwise, see #3 below. 3. If a matching ID is found in #1 but the saved string does not match the printer’s string for that ID,
then that ID is used. Otherwise, see #4 below.
4. Validation failed; the setting is not applied (the printer’s control panel configuration is used).
Note: Different printer drivers are not necessarily in synch with these strings and IDs. The table below and the
validation scenarios that follow provide an example:
Win Printer 1
Win Printer 2
Win Printer 3
Win Printer 4
Printer Auto Select –
257
Printer auto select - 257
Auto Select - 7
Auto Select - 262
Manual Feed (Tray 1) –
4
Manual Feed (Tray 1) 258
Manual Feed - 4
Manual Paper Feed –
4
2000 Sheet Input Tray 259
Tray 3 - 259
Some Validation Scenarios
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A label designed for Win Printer 1 with a “Manual Feed (Tray 1)” setting, when printed to Win
Printer 2 would result in the Paper Source ID value of 258 being set in the print time
configuration (Validation step # 2).
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A label designed for Win Printer 3 with a “2000 Sheet Input Tray” setting, when printed to Win
Printer 4, would result in the Paper Source ID value of 259 being set in the print time
configuration (Validation step # 3).
Windows Printer Options
Windows Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options can be set for a Windows printer, except when the target printer is the Generic
Windows Printer.
Leave the settings unchecked if you wish to use Windows Printer settings to print the label. Configuring a Windows Printer from the label's LSO page will apply the settings to the specific label
only. The settings are applied for all printing of this label until changed. To set an option, click the
check box, and then select from the drop-down list. Print settings specified for a label from the LSO page supersede settings selected from the system
(Printers or Faxes) or from the PSO page. Note that because the settings from the LSO page apply to the
label and not to the printer, the Printer Control Panel button that is accessible from the PSO page is not
available.
Refer to the Windows Printers topic for information on how configuration settings are applied to print a
label when these settings are specified from different properties pages.
Note: Loftware Label Manager Design ignores the margins set in Windows printer drivers. This may result in the
fields on your label shifting by the size of the margin. You can reposition the label fields by the size of the
margin to properly position the fields on the printed label.
Windows Printer Specific Options
Note: If you are working in an environment with multiple LPS installations and versions, be aware that sharing
LLM / LPS version 9.5 or later Windows printer configuration files with a pre-9.5 version will wipe out any
Windows printer configuration settings made in Version 9.5. Windows printer settings made in 9.5 or later are
not supported in pre-9.5 versions. Refer to Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions in the
Upgrade and Import section of the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation Guide for a bestpractice solution.
Leave the settings unchecked if you wish to use the system's Windows Printer settings to print the label. From the printer's PSO page, you can configure settings for this Windows printer that affect printing at
the application level. The settings are applied not just to the specific label but for all label printing,
unless a specific label has a different label level setting specified in its LSO page. To set an option, click
the check box, and then select from the list. Clicking Printer Control Panel takes you to the Windows printer properties box after you respond to the
warning message. Windows printer configuration changes are applied at the system level. This will
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System printer settings apply if PSO or LSO settings are not set for the label. PSO options when set
supersede the system settings and will be used to print the label and all labels, unless a label's LSO
printer settings are specified. When LSO settings are specified, they will be used to print the specific
label. Related Information
Refer to the Windows Printers section for information on how configuration settings are applied to print a label
when these settings are specified from different properties pages.
Zebra Printers
This printer guide provides information specific to the Zebra family of printers. Supported Printer Models
Loftware supports the following Zebra printer models.
EPL Language
Printers
ZPL Language Printers
90A
105
170PAX
4
A300
R110PAX3
S4M
(DPL)
Z400
0
2443 Orion
90xi
105S
170xi
DA40
2
R110PAX4
S4M
(EPL)
Z4M
2684
90xiII
105SE
170xiII
HT146
R110XiIIIPl
us
S4M
(IPL)
Z4M
Plus
2722
90xiII
600dpi
105SL
170xiIII
Px40
0
R110Xi
S4M
(ZPL)
Z600
0
2742
90xiIII
110PAX
3
170xiIII
Plus
QL22
0
R140
Stripe
300
Z6M
2746
90xiIII
Plus
110PAX
4
17XPAX
QL32
0
R170Xi
Stripe
400
Z6M
Plus
2746e
91
110xiIII
Plus
17XPAX
2
QL42
0
R2844-Z
Stripe
500
ZM40
0
2824
95
130
220xi
R402
Stripe
600
ZM60
0
2844
96xiIII
140
220xiII
R4M Plus
T300
2844-Z TLP/LP
96xiIII
Plus
140xi
220xiIII
RW420
TA402
3742
140xiII
220xiIII
Plus
3842
140xiIII
221
3844-Z TLP/LP
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Plus
160S
Loftware supports the following RFID Printer Models
RFID Tag Printers
R110 PAX3 RFID
R110 PAX4 RFID
R110XiIIIPlus RFID
R110Xi RFID
R140 RFID (HF)
R170Xi RFID
R402 RFID (HF)
R4M Plus RFID
R2844-Z RFID (HF)
Supported Printer Family Drivers
Certain Zebra printers may support the use of other printer languages. The following Printer Family
Drivers can be selected with Zebra printers.
l
ZPLII
l
EPL2
l
IPL
Pass Through Fields
Zebra printers using ZPLII printer language support the use of Pass Through fields. A Pass Through
field allows you to fully define a label field with the field's data. You can insert printer language directly
into a label field and pass ZPL commands through the Loftware native driver directly to your printer.
This may allow you greater control over a barcode, and give you the ability to include options that may
not be supported by Loftware's native driver.
See Pass Through Fields in the Customizing Labels section of this guide for more information and
instructions on creating Pass Through fields.
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Related Information
Updated printer information is available at Loftware’s Web site, www.loftware.com. See Printers on the
Technical Support page.
Refer to the RFID Devices and Tag Types section for information on tag types supported by the Zebra RFID
printers.
Interface Cables (Parallel, Serial and USB)
These printers usually have a serial interface. A parallel interface is available as an option. Generally,
newer models support USB, but this may or may not be standard.
Interface
Description
Parallel Interface
(optional
interface)
Using a standard parallel cable, plug the hardware license key into a LPT parallel port,
and connect the cable between the key and the printer.
Serial Interface
(standard
interface)
Use an RS232-C null modem cable. The hardware license key is not part of the serial
interface since it must always be plugged into a LPT parallel port. Some Datamax may
require other serial configurations.
USB Interface
Use a standard USB cable between the printer and computer (or server), and plug in
(standard or
either a USB or Parallel hardware license key to one of the other ports on the
optional interface) computer.
Supported Features
Image Support
Images are downloaded and stored in the printer’s image memory. Loftware Label Manager remembers
images that are sent to the printer and only resends an image if the image is changed.
Supported Fonts
Most Zebra printers come standard with 8 bitmapped fonts, and 1 scaleable font. Additional
downloadable fonts are also available. Consult your printer manual for available fonts. TrueType fonts
are downloaded to the Zebra printers as graphics.
Zebra (and ZPLII) Options
Zebra Options may be label-specific or printer-specific. Zebra Label Specific Options
Label Specific Options (LSOs) can be accessed when you click Label Options from the Label Setup and
Properties dialog (F5).
Label Options Section
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This option allows the user to vary the speed at which the label
prints. The range of available print speeds varies with the
selected printer type.
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Darkness
Darkness allows you to control the darkness of the print. 0 is
the nominal setting.
Label Top
This command moves the entire label format up or down from
its current position. Inputting a negative value moves the
format toward the top of the label. Inputting a positive number
moves the format away from the top of the label.
Flip Label 180 Degrees
This command prints a label that has been inverted 180
degrees.
Print Mirror Image of
Label
This command instructs the printer to print the entire label as a
mirror image. The image is flipped from left to right.
Print Label as White on
Black
This instruction reverses the printing of all fields on the label
format. The fields are printed as white on a black background.
Character Options Section
Character Set
Default is set to using the Character Set specified in Printer
Options (PSOs) but the list displays other Character Sets that
may be chosen.
Double Byte Character
Set
Default is set to using the Character Set specified in Printer
Options (PSOs) but the list displays other Double Byte Character
Sets that may be chosen.
Custom ZPL Section
ZPL Command
The ZPL command option sends printer commands otherwise
not available in the Loftware Label Manager dialog boxes.
This command instructs Loftware Label Manager when to send a
ZPL command.
Send Command
n
After Label
n
After ZPL Control Strings
n
Before Label
n
Last Command After ^PQ
n
Last Command Before ^PQ
Label Cut Options Section
Cut Option
Choose Printer Cut Options (as set in PSOs which is the default
setting)
Cut Interval
Zero is the default but the Cut Interval may be set to cut after
any number of labels
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Field Locations Section
Select the location of DataMatrix fields on the label.
DataMatrix Field Origin
n
Use Global Setting - Select to use the setting for Zebra
printers set in Options | Preferences.
n
Use Default Setting - Select to use the default location for
DataMatrix fields (top-left).
n
Use Bottom Left - Select to cause DataMatrix fields to be
located on the bottom left corner of the field in relation to
the field's true rotation.
Zebra Printer Specific Options
Printer Specific Options (PSOs) can be accessed by clicking Options while configuring the printer or by
selecting the printer from the Device Configuration grid and clicking Options.
The printer options available will vary based on the printer model selected. Certain options are only
available with the ZPLII Family Driver.
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Printer Options Section
The Print Mode instruction determines the action the printer
takes after a label or group of labels has been printed. There are
five different modes of operation:
n
Cutter - The web separating the printed label and the
next blank label to be printed is extended into the cutter
mechanism. The label is cut; the blank label is then
retracted into the printer so that it can be printed.
n
Peel Off – After printing, the label is partially separated
from the backing. Printing stops until the label is
completely removed. Peel off handling requires that the
stock in the printer be properly fed through the peel off
attachment on the printer. Select only if printer is
equipped with an internal rewind spindle.
n
Rewind - Label and backing are rewound on an optional
internal rewind device. The next label is positioned under
the printhead.
n
Tear Off - After printing, the label is advanced so that the
web is over the tear bar. Label, with backing attached,
can then be torn off manually.
n
Applicator – After printing, the label may be
mechanically removed and applied to an object.
n
Don't Send - The PrintMode instruction is not sent to the
printer. Select this option if you want to retain the
printer's PrintMode setting.
PrintMode
Note: The Don't Send option is only available if you
select the ZPLII family driver as the printer Model.
If the Label Cut Option, Cut Option, is set to Use Label
Cut Options, the Print Mode setting IS sent to the printer
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n
Thermal Transfer (Ribbon) - Uses ribbon and nonheat sensitive label stock to print. The print head is
activated as the label moves underneath heating the
ribbon material and melting it onto the label. To increase
the quality of the print decrease/increase the speed and
increase/decrease the heat as necessary.
n
Direct Thermal (No Ribbon) - Uses heat sensitive label
stock without the ribbon. The print head is activated as
the label moves underneath heating the label stock and
activating the heat sensitive material in the stock causing
darkening of the material. To increase the quality of the
print, decrease/increase the speed and increase/decrease
the heat as necessary.
n
Don't Send - The Media instruction is not sent to the
printer. Select this option if you want to retain the
printer's Media setting.
Media
Note: The Don't Send option is only available if you
select the ZPLII family driver as the printer Model.
The default is the default for the selected Print Mode. Other
options include:
n
After Print - causes the printer to backfeed (retract)
between each label that is printed.
n
Before Print - causes the printer to backfeed (retract)
before each label that is printed.
n
Suppress - causes the printer to suppress the
backfeeding or retracting action before print and after
print.
n
Suppress Except Last Label - causes the printer to
suppress the backfeeding or retracting action before print
and after print, except before or after the last label has
printed.
n
Don't Send - The Backfeed instruction is not sent to the
printer. Select this option if you want to retain the
printer's Backfeed setting.
Backfeed
Note: The Don't Send option is only available if you
select the ZPLII family driver as the printer Model.
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Stock Type
n
Continuous - No gaps or separations between labels.
n
Non-Continuous – Gap, perforation or separation
between each label.
n
Mark Stock - Black line or mark on the label stock
backing.
n
Web – Perforation, gap, or separation between each
label.
n
Don't Send - The Stock Type instruction is not sent to
the printer. Select this option if you want to retain the
printer's Stock Type setting.
Note: The Don't Send option is only available if you
select the ZPLII family driver as the printer Model.
Character Set
Default is set to using the Character Set specified in Printer
Options (PSOs) but the list displays other Character Sets that
may be chosen.
Double Byte Character
Set
Default is set to using the Character Set specified in Printer
Options (PSOs) but the list displays other Double Byte Character
Sets that may be chosen.
Download Graphics To
n
DRAM – The default location for graphic storage is the
printer’s internal memory. This is volatile memory; if the
printer is powered off, the graphics are lost.
n
EEPROM - This is a battery-backup type memory. If the
printer is powered off, the graphics remain in memory.
n
PCMCIA - This is a memory card which can be removed
from the printer.
Cut Interval
Number of printed labels between cuts. If the cutter is enabled,
and the cut interval is set to 0 (zero), then the printer cuts the
label after the batch.
Tear Off
Adjusts the rest point of the media after a label is printed, which
changes the position at which the label can be torn off or
cut. By default, the Tear Off settings are sent to the printer. If
you do not want any Tear-Off settings sent to the printer, this
may be disabled in Preferences. In LLM Design Mode: Options |
Preferences | Zebra.
Always Download
Format
Instructs the Loftware Label Manager system to send the label
format with every print request.
Override Pause Count
This overrides the Paused Count setting, which is controlled by
the Cut Interval selection.
Enable Zebra Network
This setting enables the printer to connect with the Zebra
Network.
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Printer Options Section
Ignore Printer Status
When this option is enabled, data is sent directly to the printer
without checking the printer's status. In this mode, the
Loftware Label Manager system does not get messages back
from the printer in the event an error occurs.
Use ZPL II
This function enables the use of ZPL II commands. ZPL II is
enabled by default. See the ZPL II Programming Guide for
information on commands.
Z64 Compression
This function enables the use of Z64 compression. Z64
Compression is enabled by default. See the ZPL II Programming
Guide for information on Z64 compression.
Only re-send fields that
have changed
When checked, only the data that has been changed is re-sent
for printing.
When enabled, all label and printer options set are sent to the
printer. Disable this option to retain the settings set at your
printer.
Send Options
[Label/Printer]
Note:If you are using the ZPL II family driver as the printer
model, you can selectively not send certain options
(PrintMode, Media, Backfeed, and Stock Type) by
selecting Send Options (Label/Printer) and selecting
Don't Send for the options that you do not want to sent
to the printer.
Font Options Section
Character Set
Several printer languages are available to print international
characters that are not available in the U.S. character set. See
your printer guide to find the corresponding hex codes used to
select the desired character.
DB Char Set
The list displays options for Double Byte Character Set.
Custom Command Section
ZPL Command
The ZPL command option sends printer commands otherwise
not available in the Loftware Label Manager dialog boxes. See
the ZPLII Programming Guide for printer commands.
Send Command
Send Command instructs the Loftware Label Manager system
when to send the ZPL Command.
Send To Printer
Click to immediately send the ZPL Custom Command to the
printer.
Real Time Clock Section
These settings will apply only if the Real Time Clock option is supported by and installed in the
printer. This will place a time/date stamp on the label.
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Option
Field
Clock
Indicator
s
Set
Date/Ti
me
Set Clock
Offset
Specify the character(s) that will precede and indicate a time/date value. For example, the
default indicator for the primary clock is %. There are no default indicators for the
secondary and tertiary clocks. Most printable characters are acceptable except those that
conflict with ZPL II commands. Refer to your ZPL II manual (volume 2) for more
information. If indicators for secondary and tertiary clocks are entered, separate the characters with a
comma. This displays options for the current clock date/time. Select AM, PM, or Military time format.
This displays options for the secondary and tertiary clocks. Time and date are determined by
adding the offsets to the primary clock reading. The Language selection determines the
language to use for the days and the months. In Start Time mode, the time printed on the label is the Real Time Clock time when label
formatting begins. In Time Now mode, the time printed on the label is the Real Time Clock
time when label is placed in the print queue.
Real Time Clock can be set either in the printer's LCD or from the printer's PSO dialog. Fields that will be
using Real Time Clock should be defined as “fixed fields” in Loftware. The fields must use the reserved
field name of ZtimeFieldxxx, where x allows for unique identification. Only the first 10 characters of
the reserved field name are evaluated, and so the field can be uniquely defined after the reserved portion.
The fixed fields must provide the date formatting as data. As a minimum, the Field Clock Indicator should contain a % for use with the primary clock. If all three
clocks are used the suggested syntax for the Field Clock Indicators might look like: %,#,@
Note: The symbols ^ and ~ are excluded from use. Any symbol not expected to be used in the printed output
may be used.
Sample data in the fixed field may be as follows based on the above field indicator settings:
Field Name (in Properties dialog) – ZtimeFieldCurDate
Primary clock data: %A, %B %d, %Y %I:%M
Printed result: Monday, January 01, 2001 01:06
Field Name (in Properties dialog) – ZtimeFieldSecDate
Secondary clock data: #A, #B #d, #Y #I:#M
Secondary clock offset values all set to 3
Printed result: Sunday, April 4, 2004 04:07
Field Name (in Properties dialog) – ZTimeFieldTerDate
Tertiary clock data: @A, @B @d, @Y @I:@M
Tertiary clock offset values all set to 5
Printed result: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 06:12
Zebra RFID Printer Options
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Use Label or Printer
Options
This allows you to use either your settings in the Label Specific Options or those set in the
Printer Specific Options.
Set Up Options Section
Send Setup Options to
Printer
When checked, the setup options selected on this dialog
are used for printing.
Tag Type
Auto-detect automatically determines the tag type by
querying the tag. Select “None” if no tags are available. If
the printer supports it, select from: EPC Class 0, EPC Class
0 Plus, EPC Class 1 64-bit, EPC Class 1 96-bit, ISO 1800006B, EPC Gen2, Philips HF I-Code, Philips HF I-Code ISO
15693, TI HF Tag-it, or TI HF Tag-it ISO 15693. (Note that
not all tag types are supported by all printers. Refer to the
RFID Devices and Tag Types section.)
Transponder Position
From Top of Label
The position in Dot Rows from the top of the label to the
RFID Transponder embedded in the label. The default
position is 8 Dot Rows from the top of the label. '0' dot
rows means that the Transponder is not to be moved from
its default position.
Length of Void Printout
This lets you determine how much of the label is printed
with a "VOID" warning when the encoding or reading of
the RFID tag fails. The default of "0" prints the VOID
message the entire length of the label.
Number of Labels to Retry
in Case of Read/Encode
Failure
This setting allows you to determine how many retries are
allowed after a failure while encoding the RFID tag or
label. As the cost of RFID smart labels and tags is still fairly
high, setting this to a low number may be advisable.
Write Options Section
Number of Times to Retry
This setting determines the number of times to retry
writing to the tag in case of initial failure. The default
setting is 0.
Feed Label After Writing
When checked, the label is fed from the printer for
removal and use after writing.
Enable RFID Motion
By default, labels automatically print at the end of the
format. When deselected, the label is not moved when it
reaches the program position. Note that this setting must
be specified for each label; it is not automatically carried
over from one label to the next.
Write Protect
When checked, the data written to the tag is protected
and the tag may not be written to again. This could be
used for example, as a pre-emptive step to prevent a label
in transit from being altered, thus rendering the original
encoding to the tag invalid.
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Read Options Section
Number of Times to Retry
This setting determines the number of times to retry
writing to the tag in case of initial failure. The default
setting is 0.
Enable RFID Motion
By default, labels automatically print at the end of the
format. When deselected, the label is not moved when it
reaches the program position. Note that this setting must
be specified for each label; it is not automatically carried
over from one label to the next.
Feed Label After Reading
When this is checked, the label is fed from the printer for
removal and use after reading.
Zebra Printer Specific RFID Options
Set Up Options Section
Send Setup Options to
Printer
When this is checked, settings are used for printing.
Tag Type
This is set to Auto-Detect, by default, which automatically
determines the tag type by querying the tag. Other choices
are None (no tags available), Texas Instruments Tag-it, and
Philips I-Code.
Transponder Position
From Top of Label
The position in Dot Rows from the top of the label to the
RFID transponder embedded in the label. The default
position is 8 Dot Rows from the top of the label. '0' dot
rows means that the media should not to be moved from
its default position. This setting may be particularly
important if you are not using Zebra RFID label stock in
your printer, as the transponder position may be quite
different.
Length of Void Output
This lets you determine how much of the label is printed
with a "VOID" warning when the encoding or reading of
the RFID tag fails. The default of "0" prints the VOID
message the entire length of the label. This may or may
not be helpful, as the VOID printing would use up more of
the printer's ribbon, but on the other hand, it would make
the failure of the tag's encoding or reading more visible
and therefore more evident.
Number of Labels to retry
in case of read/encode
failure
This setting allows you to determine how many retries are
allowed after a failure while encoding or reading the RFID
tag.
Detect Multiple Tags in
Encoding Field
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Write Options Section
Number of Times to Retry
This setting determines the number of times to retry
writing to the tag in case of initial failure. The default
setting is 0.
Enable RFID Motion
By default, labels automatically print at the end of the
format. When deselected, the label is not moved when it
reaches the program position. Note that this setting must
be specified for each label; it is not automatically carried
over from one label to the next.
Write Protect
When checked, the data written to the tag is protected,
and the tag may not be written to again. This could be
used, for example, as a pre emptive step to prevent a label
in transit from being altered thus rendering the original
encoding to the tag invalid. The default setting is not
checked.
Read Options Section
Number of Times to Retry
This setting determines the number of times to retry
reading the tag data in case of initial failure. The default
setting is 0. This setting only applies if you have set the
Human Readable property of the RFID field to "Read Tag.” Enable RFID Motion
By default, labels automatically print at the end of the
format. When deselected, the label is not moved when it
reaches the program position. Note that this setting must
be specified for each label; it is not automatically carried
over from one label to the next.
Use Old RFID Firmware
This check box is available for multi-protocol printers (R4M
Plus RFID, R110Xi3 Plus RFID and RPAX3 RFID Zebra
printers). When selected, the old Write Tag and Read Tag
commands (^WT & ^RT) for the printer are used, instead
of the new Zebra command set.
Zebra Printer Capabilities and Limits
Capability
Description
Maximum
Number of
Fields
The maximum number of fields per label format is 200.
Maximum
Image Size
The maximum size of any image is 600 dots x 600 dots. The physical size of the image depends on
the resolution of your printer. Note that the actual size of images the printer is able to handle is
determined by the amount of RAM installed in your printer If images are displayed in Loftware Label
Manager label design but do not print, the printer may not have enough memory to store the image.
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Capability
Description
Printed
Barcode
Does Not
Match the
Design
It is possible to define a combination of attributes, such as line width or ratio, that the printer cannot
produce, or might print in one orientation but not another. Under these conditions, the printer may
print the closest possible barcode. This usually occurs when you define a barcode with line width
1. The printer sometimes promotes this to a line width 2 barcode, resulting in a printed barcode that
is twice as long as desired.
Disappearin
g Fields
The Advanced printers do not print any field with an invalid definition For example, if you define a
UPC-A barcode, which requires exactly 11 digits, and then provide alphabetic data at print time, the
printer does not print the field. If your label test prints correctly but fields do not print in production
printing, check your data carefully to make sure it is valid.
Using CODE
128
Refer to the section on building Code 128 or GS1-128 (UCC-128) symbologies.
Zebra
Incrementin
g/
Decrementin
g Fields
Set Label
Size
When the printer is capable of doing the incrementing/decrementing internally, it is instructed to do
so. This is called Native Mode. When printing in Native Mode, control returns to the computer
almost immediately.
Note: Loftware Label Manager does incrementing/decrementing in software when the printer
cannot do it internally, and sends down a different set of data for each label. This is called
Extended Mode. In Extended mode, the Printing dialog box shows the line “Printing Label x of
y” and control does not return to the computer until the entire series of labels is printed.
The label size is used as a frame of reference. When you rotate your label, or when you rotate the
printing of a label, it is imperative that Loftware Label Manager Design knows the exact size of the
stock on which you are printing.
Zebra TrueType Font Handling
Some Zebra printers are capable of storing fonts. Zebra provides a utility that allows TrueType Fonts
(TTF) to be downloaded to a memory location in the printer. The advantage to this is that you do not
have to remap a font and guess at what size it prints on the label.
Note: Contact Zebra or your printer's documentation to determine if your printer can store fonts.
Download Fonts to the Printer
Download the required TrueType Fonts (TTF) to the Zebra printer via the ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise
application.
Configure Fonts in Loftware Label Manager
The effect of this is that the fonts downloaded to your Zebra printer and configured in Loftware Label
Manager are available from the Font field of the Properties box when Native Fonts is selected as the Font
Category.
1. Select Options | Preferences from the menu. The Preferences window opens.
2. Expand Zebra.
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3. Enter the font information in one of the DBCS# Ext Scalable Font fields. Use the following
information to construct the font reference.
Extended Scalable Font Configuration
The following is the structure of the font reference you must enter in the DBCS# Ext Scalable Font field
to reference a TTF stored on the printer.
[Font Number],[Font Storage Device]:[Font Name],[Encoding Type],[Encoding Table Storage Device]:
[Encoding Table Name],[Font Display Name]
Setting
Description
Font Number
The number of the font in the printer
Font Storage Device
Options
The storage location, in the printer, where the font is saved
R=DRAM
B=Memory
Card
E=Eprom
Z=Built In
Extension
Types
Font Name
The name of the font as it is stored in the printer
FNT
TTF
TTE
Encoding Type
Encoding Table Storage
Device
14-Default
15=ShiftJIS
16=EUC-JIS
17=Unicode
28=UTF-8
The encoding type
The storage location, in the printer, where the encoding table is
saved.
Note: When referencing TTF fonts, this name should be left
blank.
R=DRAM
B=Memory
Card
E=Eprom
Z=Built In
The name of the encoding table as it is stored in the printer.
Encoding Table Name
Font Display Name
Note: When referencing TTF fonts, this name should be left
blank.
The name of the font as you want it to display in Loftware Label
Manager
Text
For Example
When referencing a TTF font, the Encoding Table Storage Device and the Encoding Table Name are not
required.
Reference a TTF: 1,B:ArialUni.ttf,28,:,Arial
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Reference an FNT: 1,B:MINCHO.FNT,15,B:JIS.DAT,Arial
Zebra Error Messages
Printer Turned Off
Cable
Disconnected
No Stock
Print Head Up
LPT
Error message. All labels
print when the printer is
turned back on.
Error message. When
the printer is reconnected, all labels
print.
Error message. When the stock is
added, all labels
print.
Error message. When
the print head is down,
all the labels print.
COM
Not tested.
Not tested.
Not tested.
Not tested.
Spooled
Locally
Error message. The
labels print once the
printer is turned back on.
Error message. The
labels print once the
printer is reconnected.
Error message. The
labels print after
stock is added.
Error message. The
labels print fine after
print head is down.
Spooled
to Shared
No error msg. When the
printer is turned back on,
all labels print.
No error msg. When
reconnected all labels
print.
No error msg. When
stock is added all
labels print.
No error msg. When
print head is put down
all the labels print.
Spooled
to
PrintServ
er
No error msg. When the
printer is on, all labels
print
No error msg. When
reconnected, the labels
print.
No error msg. When
stock is added, all
labels print.
No error msg. When
head is down, the labels
print.
Direct IP
No error msg. When the
printer is turned back on
all labels print.
No error msg. If
reconnected, the labels
do not print.
No error msg. When
stock is added, all
labels print out.
No error msg. When
print head is put down,
all the labels print.
Tag Configuration
This section outlines relevant block configuration of the RFID tags supported by Loftware RFID devices. HF RF tagging system uses the 13.56 MHz frequency range. Currently, HF tag types are supported by
some Loftware RFID printers. See the next section on RFID Devices and Tag Types.
HF Tag Type
Configurable Data Blocks
Blocks 5 to 15 can be encoded, each with a block size of 4 bytes.
Philips HF ICode
(16 blocks total; blocks 0 to 4, which are not user-accessible, contain the serial number, writeaccess conditions and configuration bits.)
Supports Lock Tag after Writing, Overflow, EAS, and AFI features.
Philips HF ICode ISO
15693
The higher blocks – 0 to 27 – are used for user data, each with a block size of 4 bytes. RF
interface is defined by the ISO 15693 standard. (32 blocks total; the lowest blocks (-4 to -1), which are not user-accessible, contain the unique
identifier, write access conditions, and other special data.)
Supports Lock Tag after Writing, Overflow, EAS, AFI, and DSFID features.
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TI HF Tag-it
TI HF Tag-it ISO
15693
Configurable Data Blocks
User data is contained in blocks 0-7. Each block consists of 4 bytes.
Supports Lock Tag after Writing and Overflow features.
User data is organized into 64 blocks (0 to 63). Each block consists of 4 bytes. RF interface is
defined by the ISO 15693 standard. Supports Lock Tag After Writing, Overflow, AFI, and DSFID features.
The following UHF tag types are supported by Loftware. See also the next section on RFID Devices and
Tag Types.
UHF Tag Type
User-accessible Data Blocks
UHF 64-bit Class 1
PC block = 1 byte - used to lock the tag
EPC block = 8 bytes - used for EPC / DOD / URI
UHF 96-bit Class 1
PC block = 1 byte - used to lock the tag
EPC block = 12 bytes used for EPC / DOD / URI
UHF 96-bit Class 0+
KC block = 3 bytes - used to lock the tag
EPC block = 12 bytes used for EPC / DOD / URI
USR block = 13 bytes - used for user specific
data
UHF UCODE EPC
1.19
Block #0 = 12 bytes
UHF ISO 18000-6B
Block #0 = 200 bytes
UHF Class 1 Gen 2
32-bit Access Password
32-bit Kill Password
96-bit EPC
32-byte USR block
RFID Devices and Tag Types
In order to encode data on RFID labels and tags, an RFID device must support specific RFID
commands. Some RFID printers exclusively support encoding to UHF tag types. Others will write only to
HF tags. A few printers support both UHF and HF tags.
The tables below list current Loftware RFID printers and the tag types each supports.
RFID UHF Printers
This table shows Loftware RFID Gen 1 and Gen 2 UHF printers for smart labels and the UHF tag types
each supports.
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UHF Gen 1
UHF Gen 2
64bit
Class
1
96bit
Class
1
Avery 6404 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery 6405 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery 6406 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery 6408 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery ALX 924 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery ALX 925 RFID
X
X
X
Avery ALX 926 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery DPM 4 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery DPM 5 RFID
X
X
X
X
Avery DPM 6 RFID
X
X
X
X
Datamax A-4212 RFID
X
X
Datamax A-4310 RFID
X
X
Datamax A-4408 RFID
X
X
Datamax A-4606 RFID
X
X
Datamax A-6212 RFID
X
X
Datamax A-6310 RFID
X
X
96-bit
Class
0+
UCODE
EPC
1.19
ISO
1800
0-6B
Impi
nj
Monz
a
X
TI
Dall
as
X
Datamax H-4212X
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax H-4310X
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax I-4210 RFID*
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax I-4212 RFID*
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax I-4308 RFID*
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax I-4406 RFID*
X
X
X
X
X
X
Datamax I-4604 RFID*
X
X
X
X
X
X
FOXIV SPLA 7204e
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
FOXIV SPLA 7304e
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
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UHF Gen 1
506
UHF Gen 2
64bit
Class
1
96bit
Class
1
96-bit
Class
0+
UCODE
EPC
1.19
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R40 (203 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R40 (300 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R60 (203 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R60 (300 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R80 (203 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
IBM Infoprint 6700
5504-R80 (300 dpi)
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Intermec EasyCoder
PM4i RFID (FP)
X
X
X
X
X
X
Intermec EasyCoder
PM4i RFID (IPL)
X
X
X
X
X
X
Monarch 9855 RFID
X
X
Monarch 9855 RFMP
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix LPA8204r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix LPA8304r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SL5204
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SL5204r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SL5304
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
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1800
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UHF Gen 2
64bit
Class
1
96bit
Class
1
96-bit
Class
0+
UCODE
EPC
1.19
Printronix SL5304r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SL5306r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SL4M RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA5204r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA5304r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA7204e
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA7304e
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA8204r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix SLPA8304r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T4M RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5204 RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5204r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5206r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5208r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5304 RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5304r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5306r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Printronix T5308r
RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
SATO CL408e RFID*
X
X
X
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Supported Printers and Drivers
UHF Gen 1
UHF Gen 2
64bit
Class
1
96bit
Class
1
SATO CL412e RFID
X
X
SATO M8485Se RFID
X
X
TEC B-SX4 RFID
X
X
X
TEC B-SX5 RFID
X
X
X
Zebra R110 PAX3 RFID
X
X
Zebra R110 PAX4 RFID
X
X
Zebra R110 XiIIIPlus
RFID
96-bit
Class
0+
UCODE
EPC
1.19
ISO
1800
0-6B
X
X
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X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Zebra R110 Xi RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Zebra R170Xi RFID
X
X
X
X
X
X
Zebra R4M Plus RFID
X
X
*The Datamax I-4210 RFID, I-4212 RFID, I-4308 RFID, I-4406 RFID, I-4604 RFID, and the SATO CL408e
RFID also support HF encoding. See Table B-3 below.
RFID HF Printers
The table below shows Loftware RFID HF printers for RFID smart labels and the HF tag types that each
supports. Note that the Datamax printers on this table also support UHF tags. The SATO printer also
supports UHF tags. (These are listed in the tables above and/or below.)
Philips HF
I-Code
508
Philips HF I-Code ISO
15693
TI
HF
TI HF Tag-it
Tag- ISO 15693
it
Datamax I-4210
RFID*
X
X
Datamax I-4212
RFID*
X
X
Datamax I-4308
RFID*
X
X
Datamax I-4406
RFID*
X
X
Datamax I-4604
RFID*
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TI
HF
TI HF Tag-it
Tag- ISO 15693
it
Philips HF I-Code ISO
15693
SATO CL408e*
X
X
X
X
Zebra R140 RFID
X
Zebra R2844-Z RFID
X
X
X
X
Zebra R402 RFID
X
X
X
X
X
*The Datamax I-4210 RFID, I-4212 RFID, I-4308 RFID, I-4406 RFID, I-4604 RFID, and the SATO CL408e
RFID also support UHF encoding. See Table B-3 below.
RFID HF / UHF Printers
This table shows Loftware RFID printers for smart labels that support both HF and UHF and the tag
types each supports. UHF Class 1
HF Gen 1
Gen 2
UHF Gen 1
6
4bit
Cl
as
s1
9
6bit
Cl
as
s1
9
6bit
Cl
as
s
0+
UCO
DE
EPC
1.1
9
Data
max
I4210
RFID
X
X
X
Data
max
I4212
RFID
X
X
Data
max
I4308
RFID
X
X
ISO
180
006B
TI
Ta
g-it
ISO
156
93
TI
Dal
las
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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I-Code
ISO15
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TI
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UHF Class 1
HF Gen 1
Gen 2
UHF Gen 1
510
6
4bit
Cl
as
s1
9
6bit
Cl
as
s1
9
6bit
Cl
as
s
0+
UCO
DE
EPC
1.1
9
Data
max
I4406
RFID
X
X
X
Data
max
I4604
RFID
X
X
X
SATO
CL40
8e
X
X
ISO
180
006B
TI
Ta
g-it
ISO
156
93
TI
Dal
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X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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Reference Tables
The following section contains tables to use as reference when creating labels.
l
ASCII Code 39 Reference Table
l
Code 128 Character Sets
l
Wedge Reader Conversion Chart
l
IBM ASCII Chart
l
IBM ASCII Chart Extended
l
Language Properties Wizard Flowchart
References
The following sources were referenced for this section. See these sources for more information.
http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_ascii.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_ASCII
ASCII Code 39 Reference Table
ASCII – Code39
ASC
II
CODE3
9
ASC
II
CODE3
9
ASC
II
CODE3
9
ASC
II
CODE39
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SP
SPACE
@
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a
+A
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!
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A
A
b
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B
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C
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CODE3
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CODE3
9
ASC
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CODE3
9
ASC
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CODE39
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DC3
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Code 128 Character Sets
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512
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A
SP
Code
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SP
Code
C
00
Val
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A
D
Code
B
D
Code
C
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A
BS
Code
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A
Code
B
Code
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Val
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Code
A
Code
B
Code
C
Val
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Code
A
Code
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17
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89
18
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SHIFT
98
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CodeC
99
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CodeB
100
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a
65
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FNC4
101
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b
66
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FNC1
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(CodeC) 105
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f
70
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Wedge Reader Conversion Chart
DEC
KEYBOARD
ASCII
0
NUM+
NUL
I
NUMLOCK
SOH
2
SCROLL LOCK
STX
3
NUM –
[MINUS]
ETX
4
INS
EOT
5
DEL
ENQ
6
SYS REQ
ACK
7
N/A
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8
ALT GR
BS
9
TAB RIGHT
HT
10
CAPS LOCK
LF
11
TAB LEFT
VT
12
ALT
FF
13
CR/ENTER
CR
14
CTRL
SO
15
SHIFT
SI
16
F1
DLE
17
F2
DC1
18
F3
DC2
19
F4
DC3
20
F5
DC4
21
F6
NAK
22
F7
SYN
23
F8
ETB
24
F9
CAN
25
F10
EM
26
HOME
SUB
27
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ESC
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DEC
KEYBOARD
ASCII
28
PAGE UP
FS
29
PAGEDOWN
GS
30
PRINT
SCREEN
RS
31
END
US
32
SPACE
SP
123
CURSOR UP
{
124
CURSOR
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|
125
CURSOR LEFT
}
126
CURSOR
RIGHT
~
127
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BACKSPDEL
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Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions
In versions 9.5 or later, Windows printers can be configured from the Loftware Label Manager Device
Configuration grid. Before Version 9.5, Windows printers could not be configured within Loftware.
Clicking on a Windows printer's Options button from the LLM Device Configuration grid would direct
you to the Windows Control Panel's Printer dialog. Note: If you are working in an environment with multiple LPS installations and versions, be aware that sharing
LLM / LPS version 9.5 or later Windows printer configuration files with a pre-9.5 version will wipe out any
Windows printer configuration settings made in Version 9.5. Windows printer settings made in 9.5 or later are
not supported in pre-9.5 versions. Refer to Sharing Windows Printer Configuration Across LPS Versions in the
Upgrade and Import section of the Loftware Print Server and Label Manager Installation Guide for a bestpractice solution.
This problem can occur when the sequence of LLM / LPS usage is Version 9.5 to Version pre-9.5, back to
Version 9.5, or upgrade, downgrade, upgrade. When you configure a Windows printer in Version 9.5 or
later and then open the printer grid in LLM / LPS Version pre-9.5, the Windows printer configuration
settings you had set in Version 9.5 are lost. When you re-open the Windows PSO dialog in Version 9.5,
you will have to re-configure the printer.
To work around this problem, back up 9.5 printr32.cfg and printr32.ini printer configuration files so that
they can be restored when needed, as demonstrated below:
1. In Version 9.5 and later, configure your Windows printer options (from its PSO page) to the
desired settings.
Figure 16.1: Printer Specific Option Window
2. Click OK.
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4. Back up these files – copy and paste them to another folder, for example, \9.5 Win_Printer Config
Files.
The next time you switch back and forth between 9.5 and a pre-9.5 version, simply copy the backed up
9.5 printr32.cfg and the printr32.ini files to the 9.5 Loftware Labeling folder.
Note: Windows printer configuration settings that you select from a label's options page (LSO) in Version 9.5
are not affected by version switch-overs. Any of the Windows LSOs configured in 9.5 will not have an effect in
versions before 9.5.
Importing and Converting Labels
Loftware Label Manager gives you the flexibility of importing:
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LLM-DOS label formats including label specific options (LSO’s)
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Printer specific data streams for Intermec IPL, Monarch MPCL, Zebra ZPL
Converting Printer Specific Hardware Data Streams
Hardware data streams for specific printer types (Intermec IPL, Monarch MPCL and Zebra ZPL) can be
accurately imported directly into the Loftware Label Manager designer and merged to any supported
printer type by using the File | Import menu option.
Alternatively, you can perform a mass convert of these data files by creating an icon or running the
Loftware Label Manager designer with a special command line argument using these switches:
Switch Description
-e
Printer Type Data Extension
.LAB
(LLM-DOS label formats)
.FMT
(Intermec IPL data streams)
.HDF
(Monarch MPCL data
streams)
.ZPL
(Zebra ZPL data streams)
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Originating Directory
.rad
Radley...Raduform
64-bit Windows Example
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Loftware Labeling\LLMWDN32.EXE" -e.zpl -cc:\zebra\labels
When converting hardware specific data streams, you are asked to select the target printer and
resolution.
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Figure 16.2: Selecting the Target Printer and Resolution
Note: Loftware Label Manager does not convert graphical images embedded into these hardware data streams.
An exception to this is the importing of LLM-DOS labels.
Conversion Log
There is a file called CONVERT.LOG located in the labels subdirectory of Loftware Label Manager. It
contains a history of all the labels that have been imported along with any associated error messages.
This is a flat file edited with any text editor such as Notepad or Edit. This file may contain important
information regarding certain aspects of your label that may not have come forward in the conversion
process.
Testing Converted Labels
You must test and possibly modify all of your converted labels before you go into production with
Loftware Label Manager. Do not delete your LLM-DOS directory until you are confident that your system
is working to specification.
Recovering from Import Errors
Generally, the importer uses a best-guess approach to decide how to default a field with an error. For
example, if your DOS label contains a Code 11 barcode, an error is logged and the field defaults to Code
39. You may then load the label into Loftware Label Manager and make any necessary adjustments. This
method works for most import errors.
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Viewing Application Logs
Note: You must purchase and license LPS to use the Loftware Print Server.
The following tables list various messages that the LPS posts to the Application Event Log. The log can
be accessed from the Start menu: Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Event Viewer. LPS entries
are listed in the Application log.
Note: Many of these messages are only visible if Event Logging is enabled in the Logging section of the LPS
Configuration Utility. You can also refer to the different log files generated by the Loftware Label Manager or the Loftware Print
Server. Much of the information in these files is informational and lists a history of application tasks on
the machine.
Example
[02 Mar 2007, 07:03:47] This user has the required permissions to launch and access
the Batch Print OLE Server.
ID#
Loftware Message
100
The <name> service was installed.
101
The <name> service was removed.
102
The <name> service could not be removed.
103
The control handler could
not be installed.
Occurs during service startup, possible cause: low resources
104
The initialization process
failed.
Failure during service startup
105
The service was started.
Date and time of service start
106
The service received an unsupported request.
108
The service was stopped.
Date and time of service stop
109
Found and processed
Command File: <name>
Command file passed.
110
Passed Batch File: <name>
to Batch Print
Named file passed. This is logged if Log Jobs is enabled in LPS
Configuration Utility
111
Passed Pas File:<name> to
Batch Print
Named file passed. This is logged if Log Jobs is enabled in LPS
Configuration Utility
112
Batch Print has issued Job
Number: <number>
Batch Print assigns a job number to each job passed to it if Job
Numbers is enabled in LPS Configuration Utility
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Loftware Message
Explanation
113
User <name> has modified
the configuration settings for
the Loftware Print Server.
Named user has modified settings in LPS Configuration Utility
114
Failed to create scan thread
due to low memory
resources.
System could not allocate the requested resources to create a
thread.Check resources, correct, reboot, and retry.
115
Failed to create scan thread.
Failure on startup; reboot (power off) and retry.
116
Failed to initialize the OLE
libraries.
Error initializing OLE libraries (dlls); usually caused by a
[separate] install that incorrectly overwrites one of the OLE
DLLs.
117
Failed to connect to Batch
Print.
Most common reason is either incorrect Key (there is a Loftware
key on the computer, but it is NOT a Loftware Print Server key)
or invalid default DCOM permissions.
119
Failed to remove file <name>.
120
File <name> already exists! Renamed to <name> before call to BatchPrint.
121
Cannot rename/move file
<name>, file does not exist.
Most likely caused by passing an invalid batch filename in a
command file or by a user/process deleting a pass file after
dropping but before processing.
122
Invalid directory/Cannot
create for <name>, Dir
name: <name>.
If the ‘OLEBP’ directory does not exist off the scan folder, an
attempt is made to create it. Invalid access rights to the path or
an incorrect scan path can cause it to fail.
123
Cannot determine path to
ConfigPrinters.
Usually occurs when there are no printers configured. From
LLM, configure a printer and then restart the LPS.
124
File <name> does not exist.
Caused by dropping a command file before dropping the batch
file (.bch). In this case, the command file is renamed to *.cme
125
Warning, Loftware Print
Server is configured to run in
Demo Mode.
There is no hardware key on system.
126
Call to Remote Batch Print
generated an exception!
Contact Loftware.
127
Passed Csv File: <name> to
Batch Print
Named file passed. This is logged if Log Jobs is enabled in LPS
Configuration Utility
128
The polling directory
'<name>' is inaccessible.
Polling requires read, write and delete permissions to the
folder.
129
Loftware Print Server
detected another running
instance of LPS.
An attempt to start LPS interactively when LPS service is
already running
130
Failed to create poll thread..
Failure on startup; reboot and retry.
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Explanation
131
Failed to create poll thread
due to low memory
resources.
System could not allocate the requested resources to create a
thread. Check resources, correct, reboot, and retry.
132
Cannot access <name>.
Possible causes include invalid access rights to the resource or
that the named resource does not exist.
133
<name> thread reset due to
thread failure.
Thread failure
134
Loftware Print Server reset
due to severe failure.
LPS reset
135
Failed to create Sock Server
thread.
Thread failure
136
Failed to create Sock Server
thread due to low memory
resources.
System could not allocate the requested resources to create a
thread.
137
Failed to create DGram Server
thread.
Thread failure
138
Failed to create DGram Server
thread due to low memory
resources.
System could not allocate the requested resources to create a
thread.
139
Failed to set Worker Thread
Affinity Mask of <name>
Bit mask indicating thread
140
Unable to obtain UNC
equivalent for <name>. Must
be shared as LOFTWARE$
Possible causes: UNCPath is not properly configured, the path
to the Labels, Layout and WDDrop directories is not set up to
share to the network. Refer to KB article# 2009147 on the
Loftware Knowledge Base.
141
Failed to connect to Batch
Print. (Attempt #
<number>)
Possible causes can include out of client seats.
142
Batch Print reset for Memory
Threshold.
LPS reset
143
Batch Print reset for Memory
not using Threshold.
LPS reset
144
Batch Print reset for remote
print fail.
LPS reset
145
Batch Print reset for remote
print exception.
LPS reset
146
Batch Print reset due to
configuration change.
LPS reset
147
Batch Print reset initing
LPS reset
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Loftware Message
Explanation
148
Batch Print reset on reset
event.
LPS reset
149
Invalid key detected.
Loftware Print Server requires
an LPS key.
Loftware Print Server requires an LPS key.
150
Passed Xml File: <name> to
Batch Print
Named file passed. This is logged if Log Jobs is enabled in LPS
Configuration Utility
151
The Loftware Print Server is
shutting down due to a key
failure detected by Batch
Print!
Hardware key problem
152
The Loftware Print Server has
shut down due to a key
change detected by Batch
Print!
If any changes were made to the hardware key configuration,
LPS must be restarted in order for the changes to be
recognized.
153
A General Error has occurred:
Contact Loftware.
154
The Loftware Print Server
failed to initialize due to a key
failure detected by Batch
Print!
Hardware key problem
155
The Loftware Print Server
failed to initialize due to a key
change detected by Batch
Print!
If any changes were made to the hardware key configuration,
LPS must be stopped and then restarted in order for the
changes to be recognized.
158
This version of LPS has not
been successfully installed!
Reinstall LPS.
159
The use of clustering is not
authorized for this install.
Contact Loftware Sales for
upgrade information.
Contact Loftware Sales for upgrade information.
160
A Fatal Socket error has
occurred (Error <name>).
Verify connection parameters.
161
Failed to create Direct Sock
thread due to low memory
resources.
System could not allocate the requested resources to create a
thread.
162
Failed to create the Direct
Sock thread.
Thread failure
171
Batch Print key failure.
Recovery successful.
Attempts: <number>,
NodeType: <name>
LPS has recovered after initial key failure.
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Loftware Message
Explanation
172
Batch Print key failure.
Retrying. Attempt:
<number>, NodeType:
<name>
LPS is trying to recover from key failure.
173
Batch Print key failure.
Recovery failed. Attempts:
<number>, NodeType:
<name>
LPS key failure.
174
LPS is currently running in
Emergency Mode. There are
<number> Day(s)
remaining.
Displays Emergency Mode after a key or password failure.
Contact Loftware.
175
The LPS was told to shut
down by <name> for the
following reason:<text>.
Troubleshoot reason for shutdown
176
LPS is currently running in
Backup Mode. There are
<number> Day(s)
remaining.
Displays number of days left that LPS will run in Backup Mode.
Contact Loftware.
177
There are <number> day(s)
remaining on this LPS
license.
Displays number of days left on a temporary LPS license.
Contact Loftware.
178
LPS is currently running in Backup Mode.
179
Loftware Print Server Purge
Start.
Start of purge operation
180
Loftware Print Server Purge
Complete. Purge Duration:
<time length>, Jobs Purged:
<number>.
Info on completed purge
ID#
Web Listener Message
600
The Loftware Web Listener Main Thread Failed To Create!
601
The Loftware Web Listener Started!
602
The Loftware Web Listener Stopped!
603
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Send a Keep Alive!
604
The Loftware Web Listener Logged In!
605
The Loftware Web Listener Logged Out!
607
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Start!
608
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Stop!
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ID#
Web Listener Message
609
The Loftware Web Listener Failed due to an Unknown Error!
610
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Login!
611
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Logout!
612
The Loftware Web Listener Lost Connection!
613
The Loftware Web Listener Re-Logged In!
614
The Loftware Web Listener has Detected a Configuration Change! Restarting Threads...
615
The Loftware Web Listener was Denied Login by the Servlet!
616
The Loftware Web Listener Disconnected due to a response from the Web Server!
617
Printer Thread Number Failed To Connect!
618
The Loftware Web Listener is Not Properly Configured!
619
The Loftware Web Listener Failed To Start As A Service!
620
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Create the Printer Threads. Please Verify that at Least One
Printer is Currently Configured.
621
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to Start because WinInet is Enabled! You may NOT use
WinInet while trying to run the Loftware Web Listener as a Service.
622
The Loftware Web Listener Failed to retrieve the Print Stream due to the Main Thread being
disconnected!
ID#
Loftware Notification Agent Message
400
The <name> service was installed.
401
The <name> service was removed.
402
The <name> service could not be removed.
403
The control handler could not be installed.
404
The initialization process failed.
405
The service was started.
406
The service received an unsupported request.
408
The service was stopped.
409
User <name> has modified the configuration settings for Loftware Agent Service.
410
There was an error connecting/logging in to the Loftware Print Server '<name>'.
411
Loftware Notification Agent Logon to Server '<name>' is not authorized.
412
Agent Logon to Server '<name>' is authorized, but remote logon is not.
413
Memory Allocation error.
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Loftware Notification Agent Message
414
There are no configured recipients, please configure Loftware Notification Agent before
starting!
415
This version of the Loftware Notification Agent has not been successfully installed! Please
rerun setup.
418
Failed to initialize socket libraries!
424
Loftware has detected that Hotmail is the default mail client. User interaction is required with
Hotmail which will cause the Notification Agent to lock up. Email Notifications have been
disabled for this session.
Avoid using Hotmail as a mail client with the LNA. 425
Loftware has detected that Eudora is the default mail client. Eudora cannot be reliably run from
the Loftware Notification Agent Service. Email Notifications have been disabled for this
session.
Avoid using Eudora as a mail client with the LNA.
Other common messages shown in the LPS Status Client or written to log files include:
LPS Status Client or Log
File Messages
Explanation
Label not designed for selected
device <devicenumber>
Labels designed for one printer may not work for a printer from a
different family or is a different model number within the same
printer family. See Knowledge Base Article 2009021.
Error opening port
There are many possible causes for this error, but the most common
cause is that a driver is already using the same port that Loftware is
trying to use.
Failed to open specified Label
Format <format>
Reasons could be that the label format does not exist in the
specified path, that one of the files needed for the LPS to print a
label is missing, that the LPS user does not have access to the
directory specified under Options | File Locations. See Knowledge
Base Articles 2009229 and 2009230.
Selected Device Not Configured
This may occur when LPS tries to send a job to a printer that has
not been set up in the LLM Device Configuration. It may also recur if
the LPS does not have permission to use. See Knowledge Base
Article 2009053.
Device Down <device>
No servers were found on the
network
This usually occurs when attempting to run the On-Demand Print
Client without having first starting the Loftware Print Server. See
Knowledge Base Article 2009244.
Printer is busy
If you are receiving this error when your printer is clearly not busy,
it is most likely due to a connection problem.
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File Messages
Explanation
Invalid Device Name <name>
used
No printer is configured using the alias specified in the job.
Could not determine/locate the
device number
(*PRINTERNUMBER or
*PRINTERNAME)!
Printer name or printer number is not specified in the pas file.
Could not determine/locate the
label format (*FORMAT)!
Label name is not specified in the pas file.
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