Tower of Babel - Bar code devices

Jack_Crouch

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I am probably over complicating this... So perhaps someone can lay it out
for me.

It seems that there is a world of bar code printers (thermal, etc.) that
have their own proprietary printer definition/control language.

I was hoping that one could wip up a UBE using the bar code font and send
that report to a PCL or Postscript defined printer on the TCP/IP network.
Basically treat it like an HP Laserjet. In fact, you can send this sort of
thing to an HP Laserjet. I was really hoping that I could run out and buy
a bar code printer like I can buy an HP Laserjet.

But instead, I think we must (in our case) ask Optio what bar code devices
they support. Then program our bar code "form" using Optio. We must also
buy one of these printers that Optio has decided to program for - and I am
limited to those printers.

Is there not a common definition language for bar code printers that is
equivalent to PCL or Postscript?

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<FONT SIZE=3D2>I am probably over complicating this... =
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<FONT SIZE=3D2>It seems that there is a world of bar code printers =
(thermal, etc.) that have their own proprietary printer =
definition/control language. </FONT></P>



<FONT SIZE=3D2>I was hoping that one could wip up a UBE using the =
bar code font and send that report to a PCL or Postscript defined =
printer on the TCP/IP network. Basically treat it like an HP =
Laserjet. In fact, you can send this sort of thing to an HP =
Laserjet. I was really hoping that I could run out and buy =
a bar code printer like I can buy an HP Laserjet. =
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<FONT SIZE=3D2>But instead, I think we must (in our case) ask Optio =
what bar code devices they support. Then program our bar =
code "form" using Optio. We must also buy one of =
these printers that Optio has decided to program for - and I am limited =
to those printers.</FONT></P>



<FONT SIZE=3D2>Is there not a common definition language for bar =
code printers that is equivalent to PCL or Postscript?</FONT>
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loriw

Active Member
Optio has a function that creates a GDI device module for a barcode
printer using the printer driver provided by the printer manufacturer.
After spending many frustrating hours I finally talked with someone at
Optio that helped me do this. I did not purchase one of the Optio
recommended printers. I purchased an Eltron TLP2742 (VERY inexpensive
printer) and it is working great for us printing barcode labels through
Optio.

If you have anymore questions you can contact me.

Lori Waybright
Inland Empire Paper
509-924-1911
B733.2 - SP 10.1 - NT 4.0 - SQL 7.0

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