Differences between NiceLabel 2019 and NiceLabel 2017

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NiceLabel 2019 is built upon NiceLabel 2017 and shares the same core components.

NiceLabel 2017 files are fully compatible with NiceLabel 2019. You can use all your existing solutions from NiceLabel 2017 without any need for conversion or migration.

NiceLabel 2019 brings some changes and improvements. Some functionalities are processed differently than in NiceLabel 2017.

For more information about what is new in NiceLabel 2019, see Release Notes.

Label design and print

Local database replacements don't work without manual reconfiguration

NiceLabel 2019 centralizes the database replacement strings configuration on the Control Center. All NiceLabel print clients use that central configuration. If you make an upgrade from NiceLabel 2017 and want to use the per-client configuration of the connecting string replacements, reconfigure clients to use local configurations.

  1. Go to NiceLabel system folder.

    c:\ProgramData\NiceLabel\NiceLabel 2019

  2. Make a backup of product.config file.

  3. Open product.config in text editor.

  4. Add an XML element UseLocalReplacementStrings inside /Common/General node.

  5. Set its value to True.

  6. Save the file.


The connection string replacements only have an effect on NiceLabel printing clients (NiceLabel Print, NiceLabel Automation, NiceLabel Web Client), not on the NiceLabel Designer.

Clipart library

The cliparts are no longer included with NiceLabel 2019. The cliparts need a major update to be in line with the regulatory compliance changes in recent years.

If you upgrade from NiceLabel 2017, installation keeps the existing version of the cliparts on your system.

NiceLabel 2019 and NiceLabel 2017 cannot be installed on the same computer

NiceLabel 2019 and NiceLabel 2017 cannot coexist on the same system. When you upgrade to NiceLabel 2019, NiceLabel 2017 is removed and is replaced with NiceLabel 2019.

Printer settings from the printer driver is a default setting

When you create a new label and select a printer driver, settings from your printer driver are default settings in V2019. These are the settings that control the label printer, such as speed, darkness, offsets, and similar fine-tuning of the printer.

The default option in V2017 was printer properties saved in each label.

When you print your labels, the printer settings now load from the printer driver.

The experience from the printer usage suggests that the best practice is configuring these settings in the printer driver. These settings can be modified for the production environment on the stop. Typically, the production users do not have access to the label design, but they have access to the printer driver.

This new default does not affect your existing labels.

If you prefer the old default, you can select it in program options: File > Options > Designer.

NiceLabel Print doesn't connect to Web locations

NiceLabel Print no longer supports loading labels and Web solutions from the Web Printing server. You can use NiceLabel Print to load labels and solutions from your local or network-accessible locations.

To use labels and to run solutions from the Web Printing server, use the NiceLabel Web Client.

Document management system

Reconfiguration of web applications recommended after an upgrade

NiceLabel 2019 converts the Web printing applications from the old "Web Clients" into new "Web Applications" in the Control Center. The application registration is changed, but the label and solution files remain unmodified.

You can reconfigure the registration of Web Applications and merge some of them into one to make the list tidier. NiceLabel 2019 no longer requires you to create separate "Web Clients" to run the same solution. Now, you can assign the same user to run several Web Applications. If the user is assigned to two or more applications, a selector will display on startup.

Licensed printers moved in Printers tab

The view of all currently occupied printer seats moved from Administration tab into the Printer tab. The page displays an aggregated list of all printers that have been used in your print environment in the last 7 days. On the Printer tab, you can also reserve printers.

Printer management and monitoring

NiceLabel Label Cloud continues to display the printer status and printing activities in real-time and delivers printer "remote control" by issuing pause/resume/delete commands for print jobs in the queue.

The Control Center monitors and lists only licensed printers. These are printers that occupy a license through a label print or via manual reservation.

Label Cloud vs on-premise LMS Enterprise

See the KB article Differences between Label Cloud and on-premise LMS Enterprise.