MAC OS 10.5.2 includes Drivers for Zebra Thermal Printers How to
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MAC OS 10.5.2 includes Drivers for Zebra Thermal Printers
How to set it up and what it means for you
With the release of Mac OS 10.5.2, there is now direct
driver support for Zebra thermal printers.
While Dymo printers are great for low-volume use,
printers like the LP2844 are built for high-volume use.
Previously, developers (like NRG) needed to use OS
work arounds to print to these devices, and end users
needed to purchase costly third-party drivers.
PRINTER SET UP
• Simply plug the Zebra printer in to
your Mac via USB.
• Go to Print Setup, you will just need
to select the proper driver.
• If your printer is a LP2844 variant (the
kind provided by UPS and FedEx) then
pick the Zebra EPL2 Label Printer, 1.3
• If your printer is the beefier LP2844Z
model, then you need to pick the Zebra
ZPL Label Printer, 1.3 driver.
Once you’ve added the printer, you can
print from any Mac application.
PRINTING ADDRESS LABELS FROM FROM FILEMAKER
Create new layout by selecting Layouts->New Layout/Report…
Select the Labels layout type and press Next
Adjust the layout to use custom measurements for the label size you will
be printing. In this example, we will be printing to a 4x6 label. Make sure
to zero out the page margins. Press Next to continue.
Select the fields you want to print on the layout and click Next
You’re all set. Click the Finish button to return back to Layout mode.
Select File->Page Setup… to select the label size you will be
printing to and press the OK button.
Now you are all set to print.
Select File->Print, press Print button and your label will be printed.
Note that the websites for
shipping carriers like UPS,
FedEx, DHL and USPS are setup
to print shipping labels to
8-1/2x11 laser printers.
For fully featured Mac-based
shipping, please see our
Kudos to Spencer Williams at
West Paw Designs for the initial
tip about the 10.5.2 update.