Label Mix HomePage 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 process of designing a label consists of:
1. selecting an object;
2. drawing (inserting) the object on the surface area of the label;
3. editing or/and specifying the object's properties.
The steps assume that you have already created an empty label design and that the label is on the designer's editor workplace.

1, 2. Selecting and drawing(inserting) objects on the surface area of the label
Object actions are located in the Objects section of the main menu and also on the toolbar as icons. 3. Editing or/and specifying object properties
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.
labels object inspector label-objects-toollbar
object icons on the toolbar

objects on designer editor
example of label design objects
Objects menu item

List of available objects in Label Mix

Label's Text Object Simple text, single line of text, including punctuations and spaces. Text can be formated: font face, size, color,  alignment, transparency etc.
Label's Compund Text Object Compound text. single line of text consisting of three parts: (prefix, Text and suffix). 
Label Object - PolyText Polytext. Combines 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.
Paragraph. multiple lines of text Paragraph. multiple lines of text sharing a common format.
Label Object: Line Lines. Creates linear objects
Label design object: Rectangle Rectangle. Creates rectangular shapes
Label design object: Ellipse Ellipse. Circle object with unequal width and height. Creates elliptical shapes. See Rectangle , Circle
Label design object: circle Circle. Creates circular shapes - same as an ellipse, but with equal height and width.
Label design object: Barcode  Barcodes an optical machine-readable representation of data to uniquely identify an item.
BarCode 2D PDF417 BarCode 2D PDF417 used for encoding large amount of data, usually up to one or two-hundred characters are encoded in a single symbol.
Label design object: symbol

predifined sysmpol
Symbol. Symbol can be a special character transformed from a particular font character or a specific symbol from a predefined list (collection).
Lable design object: Picture or Images  Picture or Image
Label's Circle Object 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 Properties Inspector. 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.

Special Text DisplayFormats
Text , 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 database.
Example 1:  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:

DisplayFormat string result
d-m-y 8-6-11
dd-mm-yy 08-06-11
dd-mmm-yyy 08-jun-2011
d/mmmm-yyyy 8/June-2011
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:
DisplayFormat string result
00000 04590
###,##0.00 4.590,18
#####0 € 4590 €
#####0.0000 € 4590,1780 €
#####0.0 4590,2 €

Border property
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 Properties Inspector. Specify the necessary options for the border appearance:
object-prop-border2object border property
Locked property
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 is activated (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.
Locked: additional property for image objectA locked image object on Label Design editor

Additional Object Editors
Image, Symbol, Paragraph, Table and PolyText, Barcode 2D PDF417 objects have additional property editors which, when clicked, will open either a dialog box (for Image object) or windows for text input or enables selection from list.