How can I change the display order of the prompt fields?

The display of several prompt fields, is simply ordered according to their positions in the layers.

Promt order

This same order will then also be used in the prompt list of cablabel S3 Print, as well as on the printer in standalone mode.

Stand alone

Attention: depending to their embedding, in for example a formula or a query, the order will be defined automatically.

Compound prompts

A compound prompt associates together several existing prompt fields of “form” type, which will then be displayed in a single input area.

Compound prompts

In order to use this new possibility, you need:
1) To insert a compound prompt through the wizard
2) Then to associate it the different prompt fields created previously

Compound prompts

Notice: to access this feature, you need cablabel S3 Pro version or above. More information is also available in the Operator’s manual of software.

GHS pictograms

You want to insert symbols according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals?

In this case, you can use the pictograms in PNG format, installed with cablabel S3 into the picture gallery at following location

  • The « Complete » folder holds the pictograms already assembled.
  • The « Partial » folder holds each object separately, allowing you for example to build your own pictogram.

GHS label

Notice: with the cablabel S3 Pro version, these pictograms are also provided in SVG vector format.

This “” label is available in the samples folder provided with your version of cablabel S3 Lite and Pro.

cablabel S3 Pro version

This cablabel S3 version provides many improvements, especially with the possibility to insert special characters in a visual form. To access this new feature, just do a right click in an editable field of a text, a formula or a barcode.

Character map

From this new character map, you can easily insert accented letters and symbols which are not available on your keyboard, or other non-printable characters like for example a carriage return, a group separator, as well as those used in barcodes.

Attention: Beginning with this version, Windows XP is no longer supported.

To update cablabel S3, download the Setup from our website, then start the install over your actual version: cab software

Download example file:

How many characters could I encode in a DataMatrix?

The maximum capacity of a DataMatrix is defined according to the standard by:

  • the symbol size: number of rows and columns of dots
  • the data type: numeric or alphanumeric

A square symbol size of 16×16, can maximally hold either 24 numeric characters or 16 alphanumeric characters.

DataMatrix Layout

The real dimensions of DataMatrix are calculated according to:

  • the size of a single dot, relative to number of rows and columns.

For example, taking a dot size of 0.5 mm with a rectangle symbol of 16×36, its resulting dimension on printing is about 8×18 mm.
This allows reducing the real dimensions of a barcode, without altering the maximum capacity!

Attention: the dot size and narrow element settings, available in the properties of 2D or linear barcodes, are depending on the resolution of the target printer.

In order not to be surprised by an automatic scaling of the dimensions on printing, it is recommend to define the layer to the resolution of used printer, before the creation of any kind of barcode.

Download example files for cablabel S3 Lite:

Install and configure a printer connected to USB

You will use cablabel S3 with a cab printer connected to USB? For this, you need first to :

  1. Install or update your cablabel S3 version.
  2. Connect the printer to computer with provided USB cable.
  3. Switch on power of printer and wait the end of its Plug & Play installation.


Then, it is also necessary to configure the Windows driver :

  1. Edit printer properties, in the list of « Devices and Printers » from Windows.
  2. Uncheck the « Bidirectional support » of USB port from printer.

Printer settings

Notice : It is not necessary to uncheck the bidirectional of port in cablabel S3.

For more information or for an installation without cablabel S3, download the detailed guide :

Faster and easier label printing for production workplaces with cablabel S3 Print

cablabel S3 Print is a software designed for production workplaces concerned with labeling or marking.
It allows opening and printing labels from files created with cablabel S3 Lite or Pro. The interface is simplified and only functions related to printing are available.

After opening a label, the operator does a visual control of the layout and if needed fills out the prompt fields and the quantity to produce before starting to print to the required device. This reduces risk of errors and avoids unintended changes on label layout.

Print diagram

Background image for pre-printed labels

Insertion of a background image in cablabel S3, helps you to place the objects on a pre-printed label, and to have a better preview of final result.

To quickly insert an image :

1) The digital image sizes ratio must match with the label sizes ratio.
2) Then simply insert the image as background in « Stretched » position.

Background image for pre-printed label

Warning : if both sizes ratios are different, the inserted image in label will be distorted.

This « » label is available in the samples folder provided with your version of cablabel S3 Lite and Pro.

To see the full description of steps or for a specific insertion in other positions, download the detailed guide:

Is it possible to create labels in different languages and with special characters?

The answer is: yes. cablabel S3 supports Unicode (UTF-8). With UTF-8 you can enter and print characters of your language but also characters of other languages and special characters.

Characters not on your keyboard you can copy from Microsoft character map. By the way: you can add different language keyboards in Windows. (For more information go to Microsoft support.)

Before printing your label please check if UTF-8 is set for your printer. These setting you find in following menue:

Settings ➪ Interface ➪ Character set


Marking allergens according to EU regulations

The new EU regulation 1169/2011 for food labeling will become effective on December 13. For more information please see the web site of the European Union.

The regulation focuses especially on allergens. These have to be highlighted in the list of a product’s ingredients and substances – for example in bold, italic or colored.

cablabel S3 Screenshot

cablabel S3 Pro offers the possibility to determine “key words” and assign a certain markup to them. While loading the ingredients list from a data base into your label, the software checks these terms according to your list of allergens and marks them as defined by your settings.

Particularly useful: The whole list of ingredients can be implemented as continuous text in a text module. If you assign a certain row width to your label, cablabel S3 Pro adjusts the list of ingredients automatically – including syllabication!

To use this feature you need cablabel S3 Pro version Please notice: to update the program you need to activate the software once more. This additional activation is for free.