- 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 border to view its properties
Please note this tutorial is not compatible with BarTender UltraLite (the version that ships with all our LabelStation printers as standard). To follow this you will need to upgrade.
- Once you have designed your label click the “Database” icon.
- Click “Next”. Select the database connection type. For this example we will choose “Microsoft Excel”. Click “Next”.
- Use the “Browse” button to find the file and open it. The spreadsheet will need to be closed from all open Excel programs before attempting to open it from BarTender.
- Click the “Barcode” drop-list and choose a symbol type.
- There’s a wide selection of barcodes to choose from.
- You can scroll through the barcodes to find the type you require or enter it into the search bar, for example “code 39”.
- Once you have selected your desired barcode click somewhere on your label template to insert it.
- Double-click on the barcode to open it’s properties.
- In the navigation pane, click “Symbology and Size”.
- You can set or disable
- 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
- Click “View” menu to see the options.
- Two views are available: “Template Design” & “Data Entry Form”
- To begin with “Data Entry Form” is empty.
- So we return to “Template Design” view.
- Double-click the border of the first text box (or barcode).
- Change “Sample Text” to new default text.
- See that the “Data Type” tab is set to text.
- Click the “Transforms” tab.
- Click the “Data Entry Control” wizard button.
- Click “Create”, choose “Text Input Box”, add prompt text for the
Note: If you have downloaded BarTender directly from this site, from Seagull Scientific, or anywhere else: STOP! Uninstall that instance and install the version included on the LabelStation CD/USB or contact technical support for more help.
If you have installed the version of BarTender from the included CD/USB, you may have chosen to try the more advanced features on a 30 day trial. At the end of the 30 day trial period, you will need to enter a serial number to activate the license for it, or you can revert back to UltraLite mode in the 3 easy steps below. Please be aware that any labels saved during the trial mode, will not open without activating the full paid edition.
The version of BarTender supplied with a LabelStation printer is an edition with very basic features. It can only print to the LabelStation series of printers. Any edition other than UltraLite can print to other printer models and even unlock more advanced features such as database
Please note: this feature is not available in the Ultralite edition of BarTender.
- 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
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
Setting up a label template to be saved on a LabelStation label printer with an input keyboard (KDU) can be done very easily using the bundled BarTender.
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On the computer
- Click the “Print” icon.
- Click the “Document Properties” button.
- Go to the “Stock” tab.
- Under “Media Settings” see “Method”.
- “Use Current Printer Setting” – This is usually the default. This will continue to use the setting that are built-into the printer’s memory from the last setting change or factory defaults.
- “Direct Thermal” – This method is for printing o