How to correctly encode a multi line text in a barcode?

  1. Creation of the source text

First create a text object, by filling in the data on one line. When you need to add a line break, do not use the “Enter” key on the keyboard, but instead insert the special character “Carriage Return”, using the character map of cablabel S3 Pro.

Source text

Then disable the interpretation of Unicode syntax, to display the text as it is in the software. And if you do not want to print this source text, just make it invisible for printing.

  1. Creation of the multi line text

Then create a new text object, having as datasource the text object created previously.
Since the interpretation of Unicode syntax is by default enabled, the text is then displayed over multiple lines, because the carriage return is automatically interpreted by the software.

Gedruckter Text

And of course, this multi line text is printed as shown on the screen (What You See Is What You Get).

Notice: since the content of the multi line text is dynamic, this object is sent to the printer as a picture.

  1. Creation of the barcode

Finally create the barcode, having also as datasource the text object created at first.
In this way, when you need to update the data, only modify the source text. The changes are then automatically propagated to linked objects, in this case the multi line text and the barcode.

Datamatrix to read

Good to know: the carriage return is encoded as well and can possibly be interpreted when reading the barcode. This will depend on used reading device and its configuration.

  1. To go further

In order to check the contents of a barcode, you can use an app with the smartphone, but not all show the special characters. Another method is to simply connect a barcode reader to the computer, then to create a new text file with Notepad++ and to show all characters.

Notepad

Finally, this DataMatrix can then be used to automatically fill in the input fields of another label, for example in cablabel S3 Print or even in standalone mode. Thus the operator will perform only one action, that is reading the barcode, instead of having to fill in and validate individually each prompt field.

cablabel S3 Print

Attention: in this case, it is strongly recommended to first configure the barcode reader, in order to add a delay after the validation of a prompt field. Because depending on the response time of the computer or the printer, the read information may arrive too fast to be processed correctly.

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Connecting to an Excel workbook or a database

First, to better understand the vocabulary from this environment, here is a correspondence of the main terms used in Excel and a database:

Excel Access or other databases
Workbook or Excel file Database or Access file
Sheet Table
Column Field
Row Record
Cells Data

With cablabel S3 Pro, it is possible to define a connection to an Excel and Access file or any other database, allowing to create new data sources that can be used dynamically by the label objects.

Datasource

Of course, the choice of the database depends particularly on, the advantages and disadvantages of each solution, the hardware and software budget, the knowledge of each, etc.

Good to know: it is not mandatory to install Excel or Access on all computers with cablabel S3 Pro or Print, because the OLE DB provider “Access Database Engine” from Microsoft is sufficient to connect to the data files.

Database configuration

Thereby, the Excel workbook is often favoured for creating and managing a data source, since it has the advantage of being relatively simple and convenient to use. But in order to be fully exploitable with cablabel S3, there are nevertheless some precautions to take:

  • Do not use spaces or other special characters in the name of the sheets.
  • Do not add empty rows, titles or other texts at the beginning of the sheet.
  • The first row of a sheet must imperatively contain, either the field names or the first record.
  • Raw data should be preferred, by avoiding applying to the cells a format or a formatting specific to Excel.

Excel workbook

Without forgetting that the Excel spreadsheet does not have all features of a database, and that some disadvantages are also to be taken into account:

  • Depending on the versions, it is possible to have only one access per file. The same data source can therefore not be used simultaneously by Excel and the cablabel S3 software.
  • There is no optimization, like that brought by indexing data. Queries on large tables are therefore longer.
  • The field type “BLOB” does not exist. It is therefore for example impossible to save the label in the database.

More information on this subject is also available on the Microsoft website:

In summary, a properly structured Excel workbook, is very suitable for creating a small data source with a dedicated use for cablabel S3.
However, as soon as you have a need for simultaneous access or better performance, it is then better to opt for Access or another database, knowing that the data can be transferred quite easily.

Text tags

When designing a label in cablabel S3, the different properties of a text (bold, italic…) are applied to the entire content of the object.

With the Pro and Print version, the keywords plugin allows to highlight automatically specific words in a sentence or text, as for example for the allergens.

Since the version 1.2.0.1 of the software, you can now use text tags.
Based on the principle of HTML language, this new feature provides the ability to change manually the formatting of a text part.

Text tags

Moreover, you can also insert these tags in other editable fields, such as the prefix or the suffix of a text, the operations of a formula, or even directly into your database.
The software will then interpret them and display the result of the formatting on the screen, as it will later be printed on the label.

The whole list of the text tags is available in the Operator’s manual of software (PDF, 5 MB).

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It is possible to reactivate cablabel S3 Pro or cablabel S3 Print?

Yes of course, but only according to the case and under certain conditions.
Here is a summary of different situations needing the activation of the software and how to proceed.

  1. Update

In order to benefit from the latest features provided by the addition of plugins, as the keywords, the variable information or the compound prompts, sometimes a reactivation of the software is required after its update.

Plugins

In this example, some plugins are not correctly loaded. Then you mostly just have to redo an activation procedure through the wizard, reachable from the “About” button in the General tab.

  1. Reinstallation

If you need to reinstall the software, for example due to change of computer or operating system, there is the possibility to perform a request for reactivation, by filling in the form available on our website:

Once your request has been considered, you will then receive the necessary instructions by email at the address indicated.

  1. Additional installation

On the other hand, when you wish to use the software on an additional workstation, you first have to purchase either an additional license or a new license.

License Agreement

For more information about this subject or to know all the modalities, you can contact directly your usual reseller.

Counter with a start value from a datasource

When designing my label, I created a counter and set a starting value.
But how can I change this value dynamically, without having to edit each time the properties of my counter?

In order to perform this easily in standalone mode, you need:

  1. To create a prompt field asking the start value.
  2. To insert a basic counter of numeric type.
  3. Then to add together both values with a formula.

Counter with a dynamic start value

And to go further, here is a more complex design in formular mode with:

  • a decremental counter.
  • a dynamic formatting in relation to the number of digits entered.
  • an automatic reset of the counter, when the current value reaches 1.

Decremental counter

Attention: if an operation of the “Math” category is calculated directly on the printer (for example using operands from a datasource), the result is printed by default with 2 digits after the comma.
To change this behaviour, you have as in these cases, to add a “Formatting” operation.

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cablabel S3 Lite or cablabel S3 Pro?

You want to create your labels with cablabel S3, but you don’t know which version to choose?

In order to help you to make this decision based on your needs, here is a summary of the main differences and exclusive possibilities:

cablabel S3 Lite cablabel S3 Pro
Delivered with every printer License per computer on request
Compatible with
cab printers only
Supports all printers
detected and installed on Windows
Multiline texts Additional text options:
max width and hyphenation
Text box with various markups
by keyword detection (e.g. allergens)
Character map wizard
for inserting special characters
Raster graphics only
of type bmp, jpg, tif, …
Also vector graphics
of type dxf, plt, svg, …
About 30 types of barcodes
linear, 2D, GS1 and composite
About 35 types of barcodes
including the EAN 18/128 variants
Barcode wizard for creating
GS1/EAN /UCC-128, FACT/MH10 and QR
Barcode verifier option
Prompt fields with free entry Additional prompt field options:
input mask and choice list
Wizard for creating
compound prompts
Counters basic of type
numeric and increment +/-1
Counters advanced of types
alphanumeric and increment +/-n
Additional counter options:
frequency, resetting
and saving of the value
Date and time including offsets
and wizards for creating the format
Formula: mathematical operations,
manipulate strings, etc.
ABC basic compiler
with code library
Variables: data sources with
information about the label,
the printer, the computer, etc.
Connection to:
Access, Excel files,
OLE DB, ODBC, ASCII databases,
Database Connector in stand alone mode
JScript code viewer
for an overview on the fly
Import of JScript files in LBL format
Saving only in
STC format
Also export to
PDF format and PNG image

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How to correctly set the layout of my label? (part 2)

The gap

Another property to check in the layout is the “gap”, even if the default value of 3 mm is suitable for most of the labels.

This dimension corresponds to the distance between the labels, and is also measured in the printing direction or in the unwinding direction of the label roll.

Label Creator WizardThereby, the gap added to the label height, determines the total height of the page and therefore also the minimum material feed during printing.

In case of using a material with a gap, you have therefore to be careful that the value indicated in the layout is simply lower or equal to the value measured between the labels:

Layout
Label roll

This avoids some detection problems by the label sensor of printer and especially the emergence of non-printed labels.

And in case of using a continuous material, you are free to set a gap value:

  • for example to print the labels one after the other.
  • or to intentionally leave more space between each label.
Continuous printing 1
Continuous printing 1

Error message “ACE OLEDB” when connecting to an Excel or Access file

When you try to connect with cablabel S3 Pro to an Excel or Access file, created with the version 2007 or later, and you get the following error message:

Error Message

Then it is necessary to download and install the 32-bit version of the OLE DB provider “Access Database Engine” from the following Microsoft website:

Notice: if the setup of Access Database Engine warns you that a 64-bit version of Microsoft Office is already installed, you must start it manually by the command prompt “cmd”, from the file location and also with the parameter “/quiet” behind the file name.

Command Promt

How to correctly set the layout of my label? (Part 1)

The size

Let’s see some tips, to find more easily the size of a label and especially to avoid mixing the measures.

Label Creator WizardThe easiest way is, to use the information given in the label designation, or if applicable on the packaging and inside the roll.
The first number corresponds to the width and the second to the height.

Label formatThereby, with a:

  • Format 60×40 mm ⇒ width = 60 mm and height = 40 mm
  • Format 100×150 mm ⇒ width = 100 mm and height = 150 mm

You can also directly measure the size of the label. But in this case, you must be careful to correctly identify the width.

Printing width
Label width
compared to
Printing width
compared to
Label roll width
Label roll

The height coincides then with the label feed, in the printing direction or in the unwinding direction of label roll. The size of the label is therefore independent of its orientation and also of the reading direction!

Click on the following link, to see some examples of measurements:

Install and configure a printer connected to the network

You will use cablabel S3 with a cab printer connected to the network?

To connect the printer, you need first to:

  1. Connect the cab printer to the network with a not provided Ethernet cable or if appropriate by Wi-Fi.
  2. After that restart the printer.
  3. And search in the « Short status » menu, the information about the IPv4 address corresponding to your used connection type.

Short status information

Attention: for the assignment or reservation of an IP address, please contact your system administrator.

To configure cablabel S3 you need to:

  1. First, install or update your cablabel S3 version.
  2. After that add a new device corresponding to your model.
  3. Then select the « TCP » port type and fill in the IP address previously collected on the printer.

Port settings

Notice: the installation of the Windows driver is only necessary for the MACH1 and MACH2 printers, or if you want to use a cab printer from the network with any other software.

For more information or for an installation of the Windows driver, download the detailed guide: