3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 22, 2017 8:28 AM by philmodjunk

    Looking for suggestions

    dporada

      I am updating a legacy system that prints product labels using old macintoshes running OS9, FileMaker, MacThermal, and Zebra printers.

       

      In the legacy system has six different printers each with different labels and multiple layouts for each label.  When a label is needed, the part number is entered and a button for the label type is pressed.  This starts a script that determines what layout is used and exports the data to MacThermal and selects which of the 150 MacThermal layouts to use.

       

      The replacement system runs on OS10 and will use a FileMaker and thermal printer driver to replace MacThermal.

       

      My question is, is there a better way to setup all the variations of the label layouts without having a separate FileMaker layout for each one?

        • 1. Re: Looking for suggestions
          philmodjunk

          It depends on why the original system had so many layouts.

           

          If each of the layouts is for a label of a different size, you need the different layouts. But if the only difference is what is printed on the label, then you do not have to have different layouts, but you may find it easier to set up and use your system if you do use separate layouts.

          • 2. Re: Looking for suggestions
            dporada

            There are only eight different label sizes, but many variations of formatting.  When the data was sent to MacThermal, there is only data, no formatting.  There are multiple variations of the field placement and formatting requiring a different layout.

            • 3. Re: Looking for suggestions
              philmodjunk

              then you do not have to have different layouts, but you may find it easier to set up and use your system if you do use separate layouts.

              It's really up to you to look at the details and decide which is easier for you to set up an maintain.

               

              You can place a large field on the label layout and use scripts/calculations to control what text appears in that field and with what formatting or you can create a different layout for each different label.