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Nancy Eisenberg
06-27-2000, 07:51 PM
Has anyone successfully used something like a Smart Label/Dymo Labelwriter using Alpha4V6? I need to be able to print small size labels with a bar code and other info on them. I know I need to use typeset which is fine but I also need to use a label printer with a small desk footprint!
Any help would be appreciated!

Ken L Herrold
07-01-2000, 07:29 PM
Dymo Label PRinters come with software, "Addressmate" and that program can read Alpha's DBF databases.

I did it so long ago that I can't remember for sure, but I know that Address Mate can either read Alpha directly or import Alpha's DBF format.

Our client is using alpha's DBF and then labeling out of the Dymo program. I think that's about as good as it is going to get. Don't believe Alpha would be able to run that printer - never even tried.

If this information doesn't get it off the ground, get back to me a kherrold@csisnet.net and I'll look into exactly what we did.


Ken L Herrold
07-03-2000, 06:59 PM
More thoughts Nancy:

I recall and have confirmed that the Dymo Label printer uses a SERIAL port and DOES NOT accept dos printer commands. With that in mind, it is highly unlikely that any printing can be done directly from Alpha. Alpha's printer configuration prints only thru LPT ports.

If you're familiar with the Windows Batch command 'Start' you could Open Address Mate from Alpha; run the label machine; and then return to Alpha - all with dos/windows batch commands. I frequently use buttons on forms to open windows apps. I.E.

Batch File.... Call it Address.bat and start it in alpha with a script using {EXEC,"Address.bat",0,0}

rem This will open Address Mate and place Alpha on the taskbar, minimized

When your user is done making the label(s) he can close address mate and maximize Alpha from the taskbar, returning where he left it.

Just somemore thoughts on your problem.

Allen Palmer
07-04-2000, 07:26 PM
I have either misunderstood something in the preceding note or I must take exception to the statement that you can't print to a serial port using Alpha 4. I have been printing labels on an old serial printer with Alpha 4 under DOS, under WFWG 3.11, and under WIN 98 SE. It's very simple and reliable.


Nancy Eisenberg
07-06-2000, 07:27 PM
Thanks for your help. I have printed out both your repsonses and will try them out and yell for help once I have played with it. I have been struggling to get a small size label printer to work easily under Alpha 4 for over year and you are the first person who has actually given me hope!

Ken L Herrold
07-12-2000, 06:05 PM

Should have re-phrased 'You can print to a serial port' guess you can, and I've learned something here,I guess.

The problem with the Dymo Label Printer is that it is thermo and prints ONLY in graphics mode. I'll bet that you can't find a printer driver in alpha's list that will run it and I'll be that Dymo can't furnish a dos driver either.
Been there and done that.

Frankly, with that printer, I don't think that Alpha could run it with a chainsaw!

I stand corrected.