Released: 07/30/2002


The following NEW printers are supported:
cab E2/200Diagraph ALP/4500 – 203
cab E2/300Diagraph ALP/4500 – 300
Synergystex CF1000 PlusZebra 105SL-3 (300 DPI)
Tharo A2 GeminiSato M-5900RV
Diagraph PA/4000Intermec 3400e/200 (203 DPI)
Intermec 3400e/400 (406 DPI)

 The following has been Changed or Corrected:

1. Common properties and Arithmetic fields

When trying to view the common properties of multiple fields, if one of the fields had source of data as “Arithmetic”, an error “Undefined or ineligible field name” would be displayed. This has been corrected.

2. Datamax printer and “Presentation Position”

Corrected problem where the presentation position of -999 (a special value which means don’t set presentation position) would display incorrectly after entry.

3. Empty “When Printed” text and barcode fields

Corrected a problem where empty “when printed” fields caused a font to be downloaded or a blank graphic to be sent to the printer.

4. Custom Numeric format and incremented hidden fields

Corrected a problem where an incremented field that is hidden (“Enable Printing” set to “No”) and had custom formatting would not copy or link correctly. A copy or link would pick up the previous value, not the incremented or decremented value.

5. Datamax printer label length

For the Datamax I and W class printers using the standard driver, expanded the label length to 99 inches. The previous limit was 39 inches.

6. Sato CT series printers and UPC-A

Corrected printing of descender bars and interpretation for the UPC-A symbol on the CT series of Sato printers.

7. Zebra bi-directional parallel

Added bi-directional parallel capability to the following Zebra printers: 90XiII/90XiIII, 90XiII-6/96XiIII, 105SL, 105SL-3, 140XiII/140XiIII170XiII/170XiIII, 220XiII/220XiIII.

8. Apollo A series printers and QR-Code

The Apollo A series printers (A3, A3/300, and A8) allow for internal printing of the QR-Code symbol. Previously, this symbol was sent as a graphic image.

9. Apollo A series and 2 digit “week of year”

The Apollo A series now allows for the option of a two digit week of the year field with leading zero (if needed). Previously, the week of the year was always printed zero suppressed resulting in a 1 or 2 digit field.

10. Datamax I and W class QR-Code support

As of firmware version 6.05, the Datamax I and W class printers have internal support for the QR-Code symbol. In the printer configuration, set “Optimize QR-Code” to Yes to enable this feature.

11. Datamax printers and Interleaved 2 of 5

Corrected a problem where an incrementing Interleaved 2 of 5 symbol sometimes printed with an extra leading zero in the interpretation.

12. Sato UPC-E1 symbol is really a UPC-E0

The symbol selection list for Sato printers shows the UPC-E1 symbol. The Sato printers do not support this symbol and it is printed as a UPC-E0 symbol.

13. “Name when printed” data entry field

For fields that use the “Name when printed” option to enter a filename of an external file, the “Browse” button was cut off by the edge of the data entry window. This has been corrected.

14. Novexx printers have new print speeds

The Novexx Chess and DPM series, and the Avery Dennison 640x and ALX924x series have new firmware available that allow up to 16 inches per second for print speeds. These new print speeds can now be selected in the label setup.

15. Aspect Ratio for variable picture fields

Added a new prompt “Maintain Aspect Ratio” to the field properties for a variable picture field. If this is set to “No” then pictures are stretched to fit the available area defined for the picture. This may result in distortion of the picture. Setting this to “Yes” will maintain the aspect ratio of the picture when fitting the picture to the defined field size, eliminating picture distortion.

16. Duplex printing

Corrected a problem if duplex printing was selected, user had to select all of the available alternate printers before continuing.

17. ODBC data sources and blank search keys

Corrected a problem where a blank search key would not select a blank field in an ODBC database, resulting in a “Cannot find record” error.

18. Gemini printers and Windows NT/2000/XP

Corrected a problem where labels would sometimes get corrupted while being sent to the printer.

19. Increased speed of IP socket printing

When printing to an IP socket connected printer, job processing is noticeably faster. The socket connection is kept open as long as possible, instead of being closed between jobs. The printer drivers have also been optimized to eliminate delays between print jobs.

20. Apollo printers using bi-directional parallel interface

Corrected problem where using the print queue’s printer status function would display error “Unable to process request at this time”. Also improved job processing speed when using this type of interface.

21. Bi-Directional Parallel interface conflicts with Windows drivers

Printing to a printer connected using a bi-directional parallel interface did not always work correctly if a Windows driver was installed for the same port (LPT1, etc.). A message is displayed at print time if a Windows driver is detected on the port and the print job is put in the print queue in a frozen state. Either remove the Windows driver or move it to a different port before unfreezing the print job.

22. Dutch language install

When installing using Dutch as the chosen language, the language choice was not saved and defaulted back to English. This has been corrected.

23. Zebra 105SL

Allow option to select bi-directional parallel, and option to select print mode override.

24. Long user names

Corrected a problem where user names longer than 8 characters might cause a “Missing or invalid configuration file” error to be displayed.

25. Apollo printer “Memory Overflow” errors

Corrected several problems that could cause an Apollo printer to display a “Memory Overflow” error. One problem was caused by large graphic files and “Re-send downloaded data” was set to Yes (in the Program Options). The other problem was related to large numbers (over 100) of small graphic files being sent to the printer.

26. Printing in “Demo” mode

When printing labels with program in “demo” mode (no Sentinel device attached), all barcodes are filled the character “1”.

27. Image distortion when label orientation not “leading edge down”

Corrected a problem where the width and height of a picture field would be switched, causing distortion of the image. This happened if the label orientation was anything other than “leading edge down”.

28. Apollo printer incremented fields not incrementing

Corrected a problem in the Apollo driver where under certain circumstances an incremented field would be sent as a fixed value.

29. New ActiveX ELabelInfo properties

Added the ability to retrieve the prompt line for when printed or database keys. The new property names are “PromptLine1”, “PromptLine2”, and “PromptLine3”. Also added a new property “MaxFieldLength” which gives the maximum length for a when printed field or database key. See the updated ELabelOCX.doc file for more information.

30. New “Show Field List” option

Added a new option to the program options to allow the field list to always appear on the screen (except when zoomed).This list shows all fields that have field names, and indicates which field is currently selected. Selecting a name from the list selects the field. Double clicking on a field name opens the field properties window.

31. Printer model name shown in status bar

Added a new section to the bottom status bar that shows the printer model name for the currently open label format.

32. TAB key usage when entering variable data

When entering variable data in preparation for printing, the TAB key now works properly and cycles between all of the data fields and the “OK” and “Cancel” buttons.

33. Number of fonts increased

Increased the font list to allow for more fonts to be listed. The list can now show thousands of fonts instead of the old limit of 999 fonts.

34. Longer field names

Field names can now be up 32 characters long. Field names must start with a letter, and may contain letters, numbers, or the underscore character (_). Note that the format tracking report limits field names to 10 characters. The Apollo printers also have a 10 character limit. Field names longer than 10 characters will be truncated to fit these limitations.

35. Arabic and Hebrew font support

Added support for Arabic and Hebrew language fonts (which read right to left). This is enabled on a field by field basis using the new “Right to left” field property. In order to display and print these fonts correctly, the system locale needs to be set to the proper language. This works on all printer families when using TrueType fonts (with “Download Fonts” set to No). Apollo printers will work also work with “Download Fonts” set to Yes.

36. Text field headers and trailers

If a formatted text field has a header and/or trailer specified, the unformatted value is used instead of the formatted value. The work around is to make a copy of the formatted field and apply the header/trailer to that copy.

37. New “Reverse Image” option for Datamax printers

Added a new option “Reverse Image” to allow an entire label to be printed in reverse (white on black background).

38. Zebra 90XiII-6 / 96XiIII print speeds

The wrong print speeds were being set on the 90XiII and 96XiIII printers. This has been corrected to allow for printing at 1 to 4 inches per second.

39. Intermec printer memory usage

Made a change to the Intermec printer driver to use RAM memory where possible instead of FLASH memory. Not all Intermec printers allow storing formats in RAM. This change is automatic and is transparent to the user.

40. Increased number of allowable printers

Previously, there was a limit of about 80 printers that could be configured. The new limit is 255 printers.

41. Apollo linked date and arithmetic fields

Corrected a problem in the Apollo driver where a linked field containing a formatted date and an arithmetic field did not print correctly.

42. Zebra barcode width multiplier

For Zebra printers, increased the barcode width multiplier to 20. The old limit was 10.

43. Apollo incremented “when printed” fields on memory card

Corrected a problem in the Apollo driver where an incremented “when printed” field downloaded to the memory card would give a “Protocol Error”.

44. Database “memo” fields

In the property screen for a database “memo” field, the “Maximum field length” prompt appeared twice. This has been corrected.

45. Codabar / NW7 Mod 16 check digit

An incorrect check digit was being calculated for a Codabar or NW7 symbol using the Mod 16 check digit. This has been corrected.

46. Apollo cutter protocol errors

Under certain circumstances when cutting at end of batch on an Apollo printer, the printer would give a “Protocol Error”. This has been corrected.

47. Datamax bi-directional parallel

Corrected several problems with bi-directional parallel printing to Datamax printers, and also increased the speed of processing using this interface.

48. Printer setup “Concurrent Access”

When adding a new printer to the printer configuration, the “Concurrent Access” now defaults to “Yes”. In almost all cases, this should be set to Yes. It should only be set to “No” if there are serial ports that share interrupts, and only for the affected COM ports.

49. ActiveX and “BlackBox.txt” file

The ActiveX server process generated a log file and stored it in “C:BlackBox.txt”. This file has been renamed to “AxEvent.log” and moved to the EASYLABEL installation folder.

50. ODBC FILEDSN data sources

If using an ODBC FILEDSN as a data source, trying to change the FILEDSN to a different database sometimes pulled up the table information from the previous FILEDSN. This has been corrected.

51. Apollo printers and very large fonts

Changed the Apollo driver to allow for the creation of fields using fonts larger than 4 inches. The new limit is about 14 inches.

52. Sato printers using clock data as part of a barcode

For Sato printers, if a barcode field was created by linking several fields together, and one of the fields was a date or time field, the length of the barcode was calculated incorrectly. This caused the screen display to be wrong and for the interpretation of some barcodes to not be centered properly.

53. Datamax and small TrueType fonts

Datamax printers now allow the height and width of TrueType fonts to be as small as .01 inch.

54. Intermittent command file crashes
Corrected a problem with intermittent program crashes when processing command files. This fixes conflict between the command file processing thread and printer driver threads.