APPLICATIONSPAO/PRESSE ★ LABELMAKER ★

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Do you have mislaid disc problems? Not any more, as Alan Scully explains.

Labelmaker is a utility from Goldmark Systems designed to enable rapid design and reproduction of 3 and 3.5" disc labels. Just think, no more unreadable writing on discs . . . this program could change your life!?

Labelmaker supports a vast array of printers and even has specialist drivers forthe DMPs and Citoh M8510, as well as the standard Epson driver for printers such as the Star LC-10. While designing your own labels you can save and re-load at any time. This allows you to build up a library of favourite labels, if you wish. All labels are saved as standard 17K mode 2 screens. This means that they can be loaded into art packages to add more advanced graphics to them. The Advanced Art Studio is ideal for this.

Commands in the editor are split into two groups, those for 3" and those for 3.5". In most cases, the commands are the same for both labels with only a few changing.

3" Labels

Each label side consists of 10 lines each of 38 characters. Each line is indicated by a bar-marker to the left of the label window. Lines are selected using the up/down cursor keys, which will move the bar-marker to the required line. Pressing (ENTER) allows you to enter text into the selected line.

An optional title occupying the top two lines is available. This allows up to 19 double-height, double-width characters to be entered. There is also a centre line (for the spine of the disc) which allows up to 18 characters to be entered.

Text can be placed on each line in up to four different ways.

  • (A) Using RETURN on its own justifies text to the left of the line and leaves any text/graphic on the rest of the line intact.
  • (B) Using CTRL plus RETURN will centralise the text on the line and leave any text/graphic either side intact.
  • (C) Using SHIFT plus RETURN will centralise the text on the line and will delete any text/graphic either side.
  • (D) Using CTRL plus SHIFT plus ENTER will justify text to the left of the line and will delete any text/graphic to the end of the line.

Ten extra fonts are supplied, these are selected by typing F and the required number or F and RETURN to select the normal CPC font. Other commands include: Invert label, to edit the other side; Outline Toggle, which draws/erases the label outline; Save and Load.
Obviously the most important part of the program is the printing. This is fairly fast, however as the print head makes only one pass, the quality suffers. Although speed is important, a quality option would have been nice. The only way to gel a reasonable print is to use an over-inked ribbon but this usually smudges the print.

3.5" Labels

Almost all the commands for producing 3.5" labels are the same as those for 3" labels, with two exceptions.

  • (A) The Invert command now prints the write protect message andhasbeen renamed to Initialist Label.
  • (B) The command for editing the Centre line has been removed.
  • The only other difference is that the number of text lines have been increased from 10 to 18.

VerdictFor what it does, Labelmaker does it well. The missing high-quality print lets the program down badly. However, if you're looking for a disc label program, then Labelmaker is probably the only commercial one available and as such, is the one to get!

 

ACU #9202

★ PUBLISHER: Goldmark Systems
★ YEAR: 1991
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★ LICENCE: COMMERCIALE
★ AUTHOR(S): ???
★ PRICE: £12 with a 10% discount for CPC Domain subscribers.

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