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Seagull Updates Bartender Software to Version 10.1

Posted July 12, 2013

Seagull BarTender 10.0 Barcode SoftwareSeagull Scientific has announced the immediate availability of BarTender 10.1, the latest version of its award-winning software for designing, printing and automating the production of barcodes, labels, cards, RFID tags and more.

Version 10.1 introduces features and improvements that enable more complex designs and solve tough real-world problems, including the world’s most comprehensive barcode support, new design “layers,” enhanced serialization, improved usability and new global data fields, custom page templates and conditional printing.

Recently named the Best Professional Barcode Software by TopTenREVIEWS, BarTender is available in four, progressively more powerful editions: Basic, Professional, Automation and Enterprise Automation. The variety of editions makes BarTender well suited to a wide range of printing and marking solutions, from small, stand-alone printing environments at SMBs to large, automated printing infrastructures at the largest enterprises.

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Datamax Releases An Update To Their NETira Label Designer Software

Posted December 27, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil has just released a new version of NETira Label Designer. This software tool is one of several offered in the recently released NETira Software Suite. The new release of NETira Label Designer now supports 2-D bar codes and enhanced support for the I-Class Mark II and E-Class Pro/Pro Plus printers. NETira Label Designer offers users the ability to design custom labels from an intuitive easy-to-use label creation program that is included with every Datamax-O’Neil stationary printer. Users can print industry barcode labels that can include text, graphics, images and logos.

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TEKLYNX Implements First Subscription Licensing Program in Barcode Software, Label Design Industry

Posted December 17, 2012

New business model saves money, increases flexibility for users and resellers

TEKLYNX, a worldwide leader in the barcode and labeling software industry, has launched a new subscription licensing program applicable with all its products. This change highlights TEKLYNX as the only barcode label design company to offer this option to clients and resellers.

The new subscription licensing option benefits a variety of end users, whose label design needs often range from stand-alone applications to complex programs. Lower upfront costs, maintenance agreements included, and optional upgrades are all staples of this new program geared to directly impact the end user’s bottom line. There’s no need to purchase an additional Software Maintenance Agreement, and resellers are saved the hassle of dealing with the potentially complex process of SMA renewals. In turn, long term relationships between businesses and clients grow, and customers get the best possible buying experience.

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Citizen Introduces the CL-S6621 – The World’s Smallest 6-inch Label Printer

Posted November 6, 2012

Citizen has launched the CL-S6621, the smallest 6-inch label printer on the market, saving valuable desk space for customers as well as offering a range of powerful features. The CL-S6621 is a remarkable 60% smaller than the next largest 6-inch printer, and half the price, making it not only the smallest but also the best priced 6-inch printer on the market.

The CL-S6621 is a 6-inch version of the successful CL-S621, bridging the gap between 4 and 8-inch printers and enhancing the highly successful range of Citizen industrial desktops that combine robustness with high performance. The printer is packed with technology that boosts print quality and reliability, including the ARCP automatic tension system that enables clearer prints. The CL-S6621 also incorporates Citizen’s Hi-Lift Mechanism, which enables precision printing and, along with an ergonomic paper lifter, easier media loading.

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Buying a Barcode Printer : 4 Questions Before You Buy

Posted October 12, 2012

Compared to a laser or inkjet printer, thermal based barcode label printers are a much more economical option to create high quality labels and tags. These printers can create single labels instead of on whole sheets that are not really suitable for on-demand printing . In the long run, thermal barcode printers require less maintenance, have less expensive media, and print faster while maintaining excellent print quality.

Finding the right printer for your needs, however, can be challenge with all the available models and options.

The next 4 questions will help make the decision process easier and get you closer to best printer for your needs.

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Intermec PM43c Now Shipping

Posted September 11, 2012

Intermec PM43c Barcode PrinterThe Intermec PM43c industrial mid-range printer, a compact version of the PM43, is available for orders and is now shipping.

The PM Series are shipping with multi-command language firmware that includes Fingerprint and Direct Protocol, IPL and competitive emulations for ZPLII and DPL. While customers can take advantage of the ease of use provided by multi-command language firmware, only Fingerprint and Direct Protocol offers the most features and best performance: fastest throughput, easiest configuration, wizards and tools, XML, and Smart Printing and INprint for printing without a host application. Fingerprint and Direct Protocol is recommended for all new applications and current custom applications where a change is possible.

The full-sized PM43 is a direct replacement for the PM4i, and the compact PM43c directly replaces the PF4i industrial printer

For more information or to order a new PM43c feel free to contact us at Barcodes Inc.


A Guide to Smart Printing

Posted August 16, 2012

Understanding the Capabilities, Use Cases and Advantages of Smart Printers

Businesses are continually looking for ways to work smarter. Printing operations provide an excellent – and often overlooked – opportunity. One growing trend among companies with bar code printing operations is to leverage the capabilities of “smart” printers, which are printers that integrate the power of a personal computer. Smart printers enable businesses to change the way their printing operations are structured, to streamline and improve processes in ways that reduce operating costs while improving reliability.

Smart printing takes advantage of the memory and processing power available in advanced printers to run printing operations independently, without a PC or network connection to another host computer. Smart printers can run software applications and can function as PLCs to control other devices, including scales, scanners and label applicators. By using the computing power that’s in the printer, organizations can reduce their IT hardware, networking and support requirements, lower the total cost of printing operations, and create work processes that improve productivity and reduce opportunities for errors.

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Smart Printers. Smart Investment.

Posted July 10, 2012

People generally relate to industrial printers as they do to their desktop printers. It’s a “dumb” device that prints whatever a computer sends it. As long as it does that well and keeps working, people really don’t think too much about it.

Bar code printers have generally fallen into the same “dumb” and reliable category, but are also rugged and fast at producing labels.

However, there is a different type of industrial-strength printer that’s in a class by itself. It has the same characteristics as other bar code printers—rugged, fast, and reliable—but these printers are “smart.” Smart printers have built-in intelligence that enables them to perform a wide variety of operations that normal printers cannot.

First, smart printers do not require a computer to be able to produce labels. The immediate benefits are you save the cost of a computer dedicated to controlling the printer and you save space by reducing the number of devices needed to perform operations. Smart printers’ intelligence also allows them to actually run processes and devices. Smart printers can act as programmable logic controllers (PLC) to run other devices in production applications.

Smart printers are not new; they have been manufactured for over a decade. The latest generation delivers even more capability than before, adding advanced bar code printing capabilities, errorproofing, the ability to print directly from ERP systems via XML data, and RFID labeling and data management capabilities.

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The Common Sense Case: Why Thermal Trumps Laser for Label Printing

Posted July 6, 2012

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” said Benjamin Franklin, a printer and purveyor of common sense. This paper, makes the common-sense case for using thermal printers in label applications. In fact, the advantages of thermal over laser are so compelling that the only reason to continue using laser printers for labeling must be habit. Before enumerating the advantages of thermal printing technology over laser, it will be useful to consider the use of laser printers for labeling.

Laser Printing Labeling: History and Concerns

Laser printers have long been used in label printing applications, chiefly because a base of laser printers are usually already installed—primarily for forms, letters, and other narrative communications and documentation. Their multi-function capability made it relatively easy to adopt the laser printer hardware for printing labels. Since adoption was easy, a thorough examination of the technology’s appropriateness was rarely undertaken. Parameters such as operating costs, total cost of ownership, materials and energy usage, ergonomics, and other relevant factors were simply not considered in the label printing context.

After laser label printing applications became the de facto standard, users began to see the shortcomings of using laser printers for this function. While many are now demanding better label printing solutions, they are challenged by inertia in the form of a huge installed base of laser printers.

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Intermec’s Most Innovative Industrial Printers – PM43 and PM43c

Posted June 18, 2012

Intermec’s PM43 and PM43c ares some of the most capable and reliable mid-range industrial printers on the market today. These printers were designed for a wide range of applications within distribution center/warehouse and manufacturing environments. With full color touch displays, preloaded leading programing languages, support for mobile devices, and an incredible 12 inchs per second print speed, these printers are at the top of their class and will  fit right in to your existing enterprise.

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