LabelStation Design & Print Software Review: BarTender
The Ultralite edition ships with every current LabelStation and is included in the price of the printer. The software will allow you to produce intricate labels at ease and works much like office-style software with all the familiar keyboard commands such as Ctrl+C for copy and Ctrl+V for paste on all objects. In addition to a selection of Printer fonts and all the usual Windows fonts, Ultralite can produce barcodes in more than 90 different types. During installation you will receive a selection of new fonts for icon and symbology insertion. The many symbols include, but are not limited to, electrical, safety and packaging. With these symbols being in font format, they are vectorised and therefore can be resized without the risk of quality loss. If you choose a networked printer, you'll be happy to know that this software can be installed on as many computers as required without the need for additional licenses. The software is limited to printing to a LabelStation printer only which shouldn't be a problem in most cases as this edition is only included with a LabelStation printer and not otherwise available.
This edition is the same as above but is a single PC license that will allow you to print to more than just a LabelStation. You'll be able to produce high quality labels and print them to many other well-known brands of printers including laser and inkjet models.
With the professional edition of BarTender you will be able to produce a label template which can pull information from a database or spreadsheet. Having a folder full of many different saved labels is a thing of the past. The intelligent software displays the full list of data prior to printing. Select the rows from the database to be printed and the quantity for each one. You can even set individual quantities, using a dedicated column in the database, to produce an automated label printing system. Below is a template that we use in our warehouse for printing stock labels. This is a good example as it shows fixed text boxes, variable text boxes, a barcode and our logo. What isn't clearly shown is the option for linked data. This label was designed with the Ultralite edition. The screenshot below shows the prompt editor. As you can see from the panel on the left you can insert many different types of controls. For this prompt there are drop-down menus prefilled with the most common data the users have to enter. These drop-down boxes are also user editable so data can be entered manually. This can also communicate with the print settings, such as to adjust the quantity of labels to print.