Label Objects - general overview
Simply put, a typical label
is a collection of several objects
with their properties,
arranged in a particular order on the label's surface area. The label
acts as a container for the objects. The
of designing a label consists of:
selecting an object;
The steps assume that you
have already created an empty label design and that the
label is on the designer's editor
2. drawing (inserting) the
object on the surface
area of the label;
3. editing or/and specifying
the object's properties.
1, 2. Selecting and drawing(inserting)
objects on the surface
area of the label
are located in the Objects section
of the main menu and also on the toolbar
3. Editing or/and specifying object
- Select, the necessary Object
- Move your mouse cursor to the
surface area of the label and
- If you want several instances of
the same object, then just keep on clicking on the surface area of the
necessary distance between the objects.
- Select another Object item and repeat
- Notice that when you select an Object
item and move your mouse to the
surface area of the label, the mouse
cursor changes to a pointer,
similar to the object's icon, e.g.:
- After you have drawn the
object(s) on the label, to re-set your mouse cursor back to
default or normal, click on the first blue arrow on the tool bar
Each time you insert an object on the label, the Object
Properties Inspector, located
left, is activated and the object's properties are displayed. All the
properties are editable.
object icons on the toolbar
objects on designer editor
List of available objects in Label Mix
|| Simple text, single
text, including punctuations and spaces. Text can be formated: font
face, size, color, alignment, transparency etc.
|| Compound text.
single line of
text consisting of three parts: (prefix, Text and suffix).
multiple text (items) with same or different
formats into one single-line text object.
Extremely useful for mail merging or creating complex barcode (EAN128)
with multiple strings.
Each text can as well be linked to database fields or without such.
multiple lines of
text sharing a common format.
||Lines. Creates linear objects
||Ellipse. Circle object with unequal width and height. Creates
elliptical shapes. See Rectangle
Creates circular shapes - same as an ellipse, but with equal height and
|| Barcodes an optical
machine-readable representation of data to
PDF417 used for encoding large amount of data, usually up to one
or two-hundred characters are encoded in a single symbol.
|Symbol. Symbol can be a special
transformed from a particular font character or a specific symbol from
predefined list (collection).
|| Picture or
||Layout. Layout acts as
container for other objects, for organizing them into rows and columns.
Additional notes about objects properties
Most objects' properties can be
edited/specified from Object
However, some objects' properties, due to their
nature, can additionally be accessed using the the context menu or by
clicking on them. For example, image object.
Units of measurement
Object properties such as location (top, left), font size
(height), width, height, and other dimensions
are displayed using the currently active unit of measurement - mm (millimeters), cm (centimeters) or in (inches). The editor ruler also
displays its demarcation using the currently active unit of measurement.
Unit of measurement can be set either by using the Options menu item on the main menu
bar or the Units menu.
, Compound text and Polytext
objects have special property named DisplayFormats
that can be
additionally used when the objects are linked to a field from the
The text object retrieves its data from the date-time field of
the database, one of the following DisplayFormat
string can be
used to display the final output:
| d-mmmm-yyy hh:nn
|| 8-June-2011 18:04
| d-m-y h:n
|| 8-6-11 18:4
| dd 'de' mmmm 'del' yyyy
|| 08 of June from 2011
Example 2: In the same manner, if you are
linking the text object to a currency or decimal
field from database with, in this example, for a field with holding the
price data you can
specify for the text object DisplayFormat
property as follows:
| #####0 €
|| 4590 €
| #####0.0000 €
|| 4590,1780 €
|| 4590,2 €
|text and symbol
objects have additional property named border. By default, the
property is not activated. If you decide to use the property, then to
activate the property, check (mark, tick) the Show Border box
in the Object
Specify the necessary options for the border appearance:
|rectangle and image
objects have a property named Locked. By default, the property
is not activated. If you decide to use the
property, then to activate the property, check (mark, tick) the Locked
box in the Object Properties Inspector.
Additional small yellow pin-size rectangle top left corner of the image
(see the second picture) in the pic. below.
When an object is locked, you can not resize or delete it and you
can not include it in multi-selection with other objects. To select a
locked object, click on the pin-size rectangle at the top left corner.
Additional Object Editors
Image, Symbol, Paragraph, Table and PolyText, Barcode 2D PDF417 objects
property editors which, when clicked, will open either a dialog box
(for Image object) or windows
for text input or enables selection from list.