ALsoft Direct

ALsoft DIRECT is a special version of ALsoft available specifically for printers from SATO and Zebra which removes the need for a Windows print driver, instead communicating in the printers native command language and offering unrivalled performance and control of your printers features.

This provides many benefits to the user including the removal of many potential support issues (driver/software settings mismatch), a faster response from the printer and a more accurate representation of what will be printed - with ALsoft DIRECT what you see really is what you get!

Professional Label Software for SATO & ZEBRA

ALsoft Direct

ALsoft DIRECT is a label design software with a difference - by communicating with the printer in its native language and so removing the need for a Windows print driver, ALsoft DIRECT simplifies and speeds the process of designing and printing professional quality labels.

Because it's written exclusively for SATO and Zebra printer ranges ALsoft DIRECT offers direct control over all of the printers features and settings, with accurate screen representations of printer fonts, making it the first 100% WYSIWYG labelling application – a must for accurate positioning of label text & graphics, right first time.

Also, by removing the need to match the settings of the print driver to the design software, this allows a more simple user design interface, removing the many potential support issues of label software/driver mismatch which can potentially afflict virtually every other label design package on the market.

ALsoft DIRECT offers all the features you would expect from a professional labelling package including database integration, copy fitting, variable graphics, serial numbers and industry standard linear and 2D barcode symbologies.

ALsoft DIRECT is supplied out of the box with working label templates and full symbol libraries which can be used as they are or easily modified for the following applications meaning you will be up and running in minutes!

Key Features

  • Specific SATO and ZEBRA versions
  • Native language printing - what you see is really what you get!
  • Labels in less clicks!
  • Separate design & print only programs
  • Scalable symbol library
  • Link to any database
  • Supports all Windows OS, from XP to 8.1

Technical Specifications

Label Design

100% WYSIWYG. Direct display of selected element properties. Wide range of variable data types available. Drag & Drop and sizing with mouse. Grid and Guide line control for accurate layout. Full control with mouse, arrows or value entry. Layering with move elements to front/back. Settings for inverse, negative or backwards print. Group alignment & properties tools. Undo/Redo multiple levels. Customised print time prompts. Export/import of templates and associated files. Automatic addition of prefix/suffix. Metric or Imperial ruler & measurement settings. Ribbon & label colour options. Settings for max/min length, truncation and padding. Settings for constraints and coercion. Preferences setting - font, barcode, sizes etc. Optional display of pre-printed label background.

Label Settings

Large selection of standard label sizes. Straightforward creation of new types & sizes. Settings for peel-off, tear-off & cutter. Settings for continuous, gap or black line. Settings for multiple labels across web.

Text

Select printer fonts & Truetype fonts. Automatic copy-fit and left, centre, right justification. Rich text with rules based control with Macro Scripting. Currency, Weight and numeric data types. Control of no of decimal places for pricing, sizing units. Automatic formatting of currency £,p,$,¢,€ for pricing. Automatic formatting of units kg,g,m,cm,lb,oz for sizing. Constraint control for data input, Uppercase etc.

Barcodes

All common symbologies including 2D. Uses printer generated barcodes for accuracy. GS1 UCC/EAN Wizard for application identifier generation. Automatic check digit calculation. Macro Scripting for non standard check digits etc. Human readable text options.

Graphics

Lines, boxes and pictures of all graphic formats. Integrity of graphic maintained even when resized. Various algorithm choices for rendering to monochrome. Library of industry appropriate, scalable truetype symbols. Graphics or Symbol can be chosen from database field.

Incrementing, Decrementing & Serialisation

Wide range of ranges and custom ranges. Options for limit reached etc. Start value from fixed, keyboard, other element or database. Next serial number memorised for next run.

Date & Time

Wide range of formats available. Custom formats. Date/Time offsets from keyboard or database or calculated.

Option Lists

Choose predefined options at print time. Options chosen can cause print of an associated.

Print Time Processing

Basic like, Macro Script language to control label variables. Real time calculations for currency, weight etc. Linking and concatenation of label variables.

Database

Wizard for easy connection. Multiple database types and OLEDB & ODBC for all others. Connection to spreadsheets or text files (csv etc). SQL queries and sophisticated filter control. Create predefined filters or sql queries for print time. Selection of individual record or groups at print time. Copy quantity control from database fields. Print Lists creation from selected records with quantities. Datastore facility creates database from input label data.

Datastore

Create your own database appropriate to your label. Design label for keyboard input & allow database to be created from data entered at print time. Data in mdb format can be read and edited by spreadsheet. or other database software.

Printing

Full preview of data on the label before print. Data entry from keyboard and or database. Create & save print jobs using Print List setup. Print to file facility, raw printer commands. Direct, command language print for high speed. Print speed optimisation, saves fixed data in printer.

Print Only Version

Click thumbnail view of labels for selection for print. Can add records to the Datastore, if allowed to.

Job Control

Print list can be created and saved for repeat print jobs

Management & Audit control

Password and user control of Design and or Print Only. Audit history of labels printed against time and user.

Networking

No limitations or licence restrictions on use across a network. Printer can be local or network remote. Label templates & database can be remote.