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Online help center

Loftware is constantly evolving our NiceLabel help with a more powerful search, enhanced responsiveness, and better organization for increased ease of use.

This release introduces online NiceLabel help based on a new platform to provide a modern UI, search, and better navigation through our existing content. Online help ensures continuously updated documentation so you're always up to date with the latest knowledge. The online help center combines all our technical assets in one place, including Knowledge Base articles and all user and installation guides.

NiceLabel help opens in your browser when you click Help or press F1 in NiceLabel programs.

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The new NiceLabel online help center.

Support for "bar width reduction/pixel shaving" on barcodes

Bar width reduction or pixel shaving is a method of adjusting the graphics output of barcodes to compensate for press gain. Press gain (or ink spread) is a common cause of poor barcode performance. When you print with an inkjet printer, the barcode is produced from very small drops of ink. As the ink drops are sprayed on the media, they dry quickly, but there is often some time for the drops to spread a little bit before they set permanently, causing the elements to be slightly larger than intended. This can result in barcodes not printing within specifications.

Pixel shaving reduces the black bar widths by the amount you choose, so barcode elements are printed with less ink in fewer pixels. The ink still spreads in all directions, but the overall size and position of the barcode stay within your specifications.

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A new option to compensate for ink spread.

Note

Bar width reduction/pixel shaving is only supported on linear barcodes and works best combined with Space correction. While pixel shaving reduces ink spread, the Space correction increases the space between bars in barcode objects.

MySQL databases managed through the MariaDB connection provider

NiceLabel connects to various data sources for label printing, including many SQL-type database servers. Previously, the MySQL database server was natively supported in NiceLabel. From this release, connectivity to the MySQL server is handled by the MariaDB connection provider.

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Connections to MySQL databases are handled through the MariaDB database provider.

Updated support for data-encoding and business communication standards

This release includes the following updates:

  • Updated support for GS1 general specifications. GS1 General Specifications V21.0.1 define the following new Application Identifiers: 4300, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4305, 4306, 4307, 4308, 4310, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4316, 4317, 4318, 4319, 4320, 4321, 4322, 4323, 4324, 4325, and 4326.

  • Updated support for Data Identifier and Application Identifier Standard ANSI MH10.8.2. In the update from February 11, 2021, the following data identifiers are new: 15N.

Updates of external components used in NiceLabel

The majority of NiceLabel is built with the proprietary code from NiceLabel developers. However, NiceLabel also uses some third-party components to speed up product development. In this release, the following external components have been upgraded:

  • SQLite library. The library to save NiceLabel system data to SQLite databases.

  • Debenu library. The library that NiceLabel uses to read and create PDF documents.

  • Neodynamics library. The library that creates some barcodes that NiceLabel does not create internally.

  • IEvolution library. The library that handles the graphics formats in NiceLabel.

Application designer

Embedding fonts when creating PDF documents

The Redirect Printing to PDF action has a new option to embed fonts in PDF. Enabling this option stores the fonts used in the label template inside the PDF document.

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A new option to embed fonts into PDF documents.

Embedding fonts ensures your label templates look consistent on every computer. All necessary fonts are provided in the PDF so you can open a PDF and view it as intended even if the fonts used are not installed on your computer.