If you are experiencing issues with the DYMO XTL 300 machine not recognizing tapes, it may be that your machine needs a firmware update.
The first thing that DYMO recommend when your XTL 300 machine doesn't recognize the tape cartridges is to update the firmware. Below you is a step by step guide on how to do it from DYMO:
Update the XTL 300 firmware through DYMO ID:
1. Connect the printer to your computer.
A message screen should appear stating that a software update is available.
2. Follow the instructions in the update screen to update the software.
If the software update screen does not appear after connecting the label maker:
1. From the DYMO ID menu, select About > Label makers and select your label maker.
2. Select Update
Even when using one of our Labelstations to print on our loop locks, they can always seem a little tricky to set up first time. Here I will go through the details of setting up a loop lock template and how to adjust margins and sensor settings.
Our loop locks always feed off with the holes (or the “locks”) first. This doesn’t make it any easier or harder to setup but it is worth noting this should you wish to print on both sides.
Looking at the diagrams below you will see that the actual tag length (A) differs from what the printer thinks is the tag length (B). This is because of the “locking” design (C & D). The “notch” (C) for the lock is also the gap for sensing where the tag starts and finishes. The remainder of the locking design (D) will be set as an unprintable area or “margin” which will in turn leave the printing area (E) for your label design.
Ensure that your gap sensor in your printer is in alignment with any of the notches (C). If you’re using a
Please note: the following tutorial will not work with BarTender Ultralite (which is an edition supplied with some printers). The minimum edition required is BarTender Basic.
BarTender is well known for working with our LabelStation printers, Zebra, TEC and TSC printers. One question that has come to my attention, is whether or not it would work with lower budget printers such as Brother and Dymo. Obviously this needed to be investigated. I'm using BarTender Enterprise Automation, which is the highest edition available, but this tutorial will work with all editions except for Ultralite.
Does it actually work?
The short answer is yes, it works like a charm. The long answer is yes, but you need to set everything yourself. Don't be put off by the long answer. This would be the same case if
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows the very simple but important task of saving a label template.
- Click "File" and "Save As"
- Select the location you wish to save the template in
- Enter the filename and click "Save"
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to change the label sensing options with explanations for each one.
- Go to "File" and "Print" and click "Document Properties"
- Go to the "Stock" tab and under "Media Settings" change the "Type" to one of the following:
- "Use Current Printer Setting" Continue using the setting that's in the printer's memory
- "Labels With Gaps" Labels or tags with gaps between them that the printer can read
- "Labels With Marks" Labels or tags with black marks or holes that the printer can read
- "Continuous" No black marks or gaps on a continuous reel
- If you select gaps or marks you will need to set the gap or mark size
- Click "OK"
- Click "Close" to accept the new settings without printing or "Print" to accept the new settings and print
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to insert a textbox into your label design.
- In the menu at the top you can either go to "Create" and "Text" or click the "A" in the toolbar
- Click anywhere on the label to create the textbox
- To change the value and further properties, double click on the border
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to make a fixed-sized textbox for variable content.
- Double click on the textbox to open its properties
- Select "Text Format"
- Tick the "Auto Size" checkbox
- You can cap the smallest and largest font sizes
- Now select "Font" and choose the largest font suitable for your label design when fewer characters are present
- Click "Close"
- Adjust the size of the textbox to the maximum width you require
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to adjust the font size of any textbox.
- Select the textbox
- In the toolbar at the top you can change the font size from one of the presets or you can type your own value
- This feature can also be accessed by doubling clicking on the textbox to open its properties
- If the textbox is a single line (no alignment options selected) you can adjust the size by grabbing and dragging a corner or edge
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to design multi-columns labels or labels that are more than one across the web.
- Right click on an empty space in your label design and select "Page Setup"
- Click the "Wizard" button in the bottom left of the new window
- Choose "Specify Custom Settings" and click "Next"
- Choose "Multiple columns and/or rows of items per page" and click "Next"
- Adjust the "Columns" to the number required and click "Next"
- If your media has selvedges you can make these adjustments now
- Click "Next" to proceed to the next page
- Now choose whether you want your labels portrait or landscape
- Change the width and the height of the labels and check the preview is correct then click "Next"
- Choose rectangle unless
This month's most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to make an automatic date stamp. Click here to play the video
- Click the text tool "A" button to insert a text box
- Choose single line and click anywhere on the label to insert the textbox
- Double click the textbox border to view its properties
- Under "Data Sources" click the "Data Type" tab
- Change "Type" to "Date"
- Choose the "Format" of the date to be display (such as DD/MM/YYYY or YYYY-MM-DD etc)
- Click "Close" and the date will always be correct at the time of print.
- To add an offset to the date: double click the textbox