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FA-B30
Basic Label Printing Software
For Windows
User's Guide
This Label Printing Software can be used with a number of different Basic Label
Printer models.
• See
page 11
of this manual for information about supported printer models.
• Some printer models may not support certain functions of this software.
Important!
Please keep this User's Guide and all information handy for future reference.
Version 1.02
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  • Page 1: For Windows

    FA-B30 Version 1.02 Basic Label Printing Software For Windows User’s Guide This Label Printing Software can be used with a number of different Basic Label Printer models. • See page 11 of this manual for information about supported printer models.

  • Page 2

    • Other product and company names used in this manual may be trademarks or registered trademarks of others. Copyright © 2004 CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. All rights reserved. • Except as required for normal use of this software or for backup purposes, you are not allowed to copy this manual or the software either in part or in their entirely without written permission from CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.

  • Page 3

    • It is up to the user to keep backup records of important data. • The contents of this User’s Guide were prepared before the final version of the FA-B30 Basic Label Printing Software was complete. Because of this, there may be slight discrepancies between the features, functions, and operations described in the User’s Guide and how the application actual works.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    FA-B30 Basic Label Printing Software Functions ... 8 Supported Label Printer Models ... 11 Shortcut Menu Operation ... 12 Disabling Auto Startup of the FA-B30 Software ... 12 Starting Up and Quitting the FA-B30 Software ... 13 Start Up ... 13 Quitting ...

  • Page 5

    Appendix ... 60 Printing Problems ... 60 Error Messages ... 65 Label Creation Problems ... 66...

  • Page 6: About This Manual

    Note the following important points when using this manual. ■ FA-B30 Basic Label Printing Software • All mentions of “the FA-B30 Software” in this manual refer to the FA-B30 Basic Label Printing Software. • All mentions of “Label Printer” in this manual refer to a printer that is compatible with this software.

  • Page 7: Key Operations

    ■ Menus and Buttons All explanations in this manual assume that on-screen menu and button operations are performed using the mouse. • The following shows an example of executing a menu command. • The following shows an example of clicking a dialog box button. ■...

  • Page 8: Getting Acquainted

    Getting Acquainted The FA-B30 Software makes it possible for you to create and edit labels on your computer. FA-B30 Basic Label Printing Software Functions ■ Incorporate images into labels. • 136 images included (page • Screen image capture (page • The tape types you can use depend on your Label Printer model. See page 11 more information.

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    ■ Instantly print text you are inputting or editing with other software on your computer screen ■ Character size is adjusted automatically, for quick and easy printing. Selecting three lines Selecting one line (page Hold down Ctrl and then Right-click! ➜...

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    Note • Right-clicking your mouse while the FA-B30 Software is running normally displays the FA-B30 shortcut menu. You can also set up the FA-B30 Software so the shortcut menu of the application you are using for editing appears instead (“Configuring Shortcut Menu Operation,”...

  • Page 11: Supported Label Printer Models

    This type of tape is available in a wide range of types and widths. The tape width and type you can use depends on your CASIO Label Printer model. See the user documentation that comes with your Label Printer for more information.

  • Page 12: Shortcut Menu Operation

    FA-B30 shortcut menu, and configuring modifier keys to control which shortcut menu appears. Disabling Auto Startup of the FA-B30 Software If you selected the auto startup option for the FA-B30 Software when you installed it (see the “Read this first” startup.

  • Page 13: Starting Up And Quitting The Fa-b30 Software

    FA-B30 Software Start Up You do not need to perform this procedure if the FA-B30 icon is already in the status area, which indicates the FA-B30 Software is already running. Windows status area (normally located in the lower right corner of your screen) FA-B30 icon (Indicates Label Software is running.)

  • Page 14: Quitting

    Quitting Right-click the FA-B30 icon in the Windows status area. On the menu that appears, click Exit. This quits the FA-B30 Software, which causes the FA-B30 icon to disappear from the status area.

  • Page 15: User Interface

    User Interface This section explains all of the screens and menus that appear on your computer display while you are using the FA-B30 Software. For full details about operational procedures, see the pages that are referenced in this section. Input Panel...

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    4 Top Button Displays the oldest entry in the history of past print jobs. • See “To recall a past print job” on 5 Back Button Displays the next older job in the history of past print jobs. • See “To recall a past print job” on 6 Forward Button Displays the next newer entry in the history of past print jobs.

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    t Trash Button Deletes the contents of the Text Input Box. If the contents of the Text Input Box are a past print job selected using the History Box, clicking this button deletes the past job. • See “Inputting, Editing, and Printing Text” job”...

  • Page 18: Toolbar Button Name Display

    f Show/Hide Preview Button Toggles display of the print image preview on and off. • You can resize the Preview Window by dragging its boundaries. • See “Preview Window” on g Tape Length Box Specifies the tape length. • See “Inputting, Editing, and Printing Text” on Software Properties”...

  • Page 19: Preview Window

    Preview Window You can use the preview window to view the print image of a label before printing. Preview • The preview window shows what the text in the Text Input Box will look like when it is printed. • Font, tape width, tape length, and layout settings are all reflected in the preview image.

  • Page 20: Preview Dialog Box

    • Clicking the Print button starts actual printing. • Clicking the Cancel button cancels the print operation. • You can configure the FA-B30 Software so the preview dialog box does not appear before printing (“Configuring Display Settings”, page 51).

  • Page 21: Shortcut Menus

    ■ Shortcut menu that appears when you right-click the screen The following is the shortcut menu that appears when you hold down Ctrl and then right-click your word processor, mail, or browser software screen while the FA-B30 Software is running.

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    ■ Shortcut menu that appears when you right-click the FA-B30 icon The following is the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click the FA-B30 icon in the Windows status area. 1 Input Panel Displays the Input Panel. • See “Input Panel” on 2 Properties Displays a dialog box of Label Software properties.

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    • See “To access help from the status area icon” on Website” on page 59, Help submenu 5 Exit Quits the FA-B30 Software. • See “Quitting” on page 14. and “To view version information” on page 58, “Visiting the CASIO...

  • Page 24: Inputting, Editing, And Printing Text

    (page 19). • If the FA-B30 Software is not running, double click the FA-B30 icon on your Windows desktop. After the Input Panel appears, proceed with step 2. Use the Text Input Box to input and edit the text you want to print.

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    Configure Font, Width, Length, and Layout settings. • Your settings will be reflected in the preview window, so you can see what your printed label will look like. • If you have Auto selected for Layout, the size of text will be adjusted automatically so it fits within the specified tape length.

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    • If the preview dialog box appeared in step 6, click Print to start printing. Important! • Never disconnect the cable between the Label Printer and computer while printing is in progress. • Never try printing on the CW-L300 printer from the FA-B30 Software and the DISC TITLE PRINTER Application at the same time.

  • Page 27: Inserting Phrases, And The Current Date And Time

    Inserting Phrases, and the Current Date and Time The FA-B30 Software comes pre-programmed with 103 different often-used expressions and phrases that you can recall and input into a label. In addition, you can also store your own phrases for instant recall when you need them.

  • Page 28: Time Stamp Formats

    Text Input Box as well. Right-click the selected text and then click Save Phrase on the shortcut menu that appears. Note that depending on how you have the FA-B30 Software configured, the Save Phrase item may not appear. • See “Configuring Shortcut Menu Settings” on displaying the Save Phrase item.

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    Click the group where you want to save the text. The highlighted text is saved into phrase memory. ■ Editing Phrase Memory Text See “Editing Phrase Memory Text” on changing the order of phrase memory text. page 50 for information about deleting and...

  • Page 30: Importing Screen Text Into A Label

    You can connect the Label Printer to your computer any time before you click the Print button in step 6. If the FA-B30 Software is already running, highlight the text you want to print. • You can input up to 255 characters per line. A carriage return will be inserted automatically if your input exceeds this limit.

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    Important! • Never disconnect the cable between the Label Printer and computer while printing is in progress. • Never try printing on the CW-L300 printer from the FA-B30 Software and the DISC TITLE PRINTER Application at the same time. •...

  • Page 32: Multiple Text Strings And Printing A Single Label

    You can connect the Label Printer to your computer any time before you click the Print button in step 9. If the FA-B30 Software is already running, highlight the first string of text you want to import. Hold down Ctrl and then right-click the mouse.

  • Page 33

    Highlight the next string of text you want to import, hold down Ctrl and then right-click with your mouse, and then click Append. • This appends the new text to the text that is already in the Text Input Box. •...

  • Page 34

    Important! • Never disconnect the cable between the Label Printer and computer while printing is in progress. • Never try printing on the CW-L300 printer from the FA-B30 Software and the DISC TITLE PRINTER Application at the same time. Printer...

  • Page 35: Inserting An Image Into A Label

    Inserting an Image into a Label This Label Software comes with a collection of images that you can insert into your labels. You can also capture an image from your PC screen into a label. Inserting an image into a label consists of the following steps. •...

  • Page 36

    The following shows examples of what each of the available options does. L-Sm (Left Small) R-Sm (Right Small) L-Lg (Left Large) R-Lg (Right Large) Full (Full Tape) None (None) • You can overlay text and images with the Full Tape option. If you select Full Tape while the Fixed check box is cleared, a preview image does not appear in the preview window until you input some text.

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    To insert an existing image into a label Click This displays an image selection window. • Note that the Insert Image Button appears dimmed, which means it is unavailable, when None is selected in the Image Box. Click the folder that contains the image you want on the left panel of the window, and then click the image you want on the right pane.

  • Page 38: Image Folder Contents

    Image Folder Contents The FA-B30 Version 1.02 Basic Label Printing Software comes with 136 sample images. The images are contained in the folders named Illustrations and Frames, which are located in FA-B30 – Samples. The following describes the types of sample images that are available, and where you can find them.

  • Page 39: Capturing An Image From Your Computer Screen

    Capture Image button. You can use the Capture Panel to capture an image without displaying the Input Panel. See “Shortcut menu that appears when you right-click the FA-B30 icon” on • To cancel the capture operation, press the Esc key.

  • Page 40: Recalling And Deleting Past Print Jobs

    Recalling and Deleting Past Print Jobs The FA-B30 Software stores up to 100 of the last jobs you have printed. You can recall print jobs for re-printing or editing, and delete jobs you no longer need. To recall a past print job On the Input Panel, use the Top, Back, Forward, and New buttons to display the print job you want to recall.

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    To delete a past print job Display the past print job you want to delete. • See step 1 under “To recall a past print job” on Click the Trash Button. This deletes the displayed print job. The print job count is reduced by 1. page Trash Button...

  • Page 42: Feeding And Cutting The Tape

    Feeding and Cutting the Tape Perform the following steps when you want to feed or cut the tape on the printer connected to your computer. • Tape feed and tape cut operations are not supported by certain printer models. To feed the tape Click To cut the tape Click...

  • Page 43: Configuring Label Software Properties

    This should display the Printer tab of the properties dialog box. Printer tab You can also display the properties dialog box by right-clicking the FA-B30 icon in the status area and then clicking Properties on the shortcut menu that appears.

  • Page 44: Configuring Printing Properties

    • With the KL-E20/KL-P1000 Label Printer, margins (small) are inserted only during continuous printing, without tape cutting. If you want to have margins inserted, configure the FA-B30 Software as described below. • Print without tape cutting. On the Display tab, clear the Stop between prints for tape cut. check box.

  • Page 45

    Click the Layout tab. Layout tab Configure the settings described below. • The options that appear in the Font Size/Number of Lines list depend on the tape width. • When Automatic is selected under Font Size/Number of Lines, the Label Printing software automatically selects the optimum text size to fit within the specified tape length.

  • Page 46

    CW-L300 Margins* Auto Cut Style* Half Cut/Full Cut Full Cut only Small No Cut Half Cut/Full Cut Medium Full Cut only No Cut Half Cut/Full Cut Large Full Cut only No Cut EL-700 Margins* Auto Cut Style* Half Cut/Full Cut Full Cut only Small No Cut...

  • Page 47

    EL-5000W (EZ-LABEL Printer Tape) Margins* Auto Cut Style* Half Cut/Full Cut Small Full Cut only No Cut Half Cut/Full Cut Full Cut only Medium No Cut Half Cut/Full Cut Full Cut only Large No Cut You can change the Margins and Auto Cut Style settings on the Printer tab. If the length of the tape being cut is outside the tape cut range when you perform a Half Cut/Full Cut or a Full Cut only, the tape length will be longer than the specified tape length.

  • Page 48

    Click the Format tab. Configure the settings described below. • Availability of the Label Direction setting depends on your computer’s OS and the type of font being used for printing. Normally, this setting is Horizontal. The Vertical setting also becomes available if the OS you are using and the font that is specified support vertical printing.

  • Page 49

    ■ Word Wrap and Justification The following examples show how the Word Wrap and Justify settings affect label text. • Word Wrap / Justify Example • Word Wrap / Justify Example • Word Wrap / Justify Example • Word Wrap / Justify Example Carriage return inserted...

  • Page 50: Editing Phrase Memory Text

    Editing Phrase Memory Text Use the Phrase tab to edit phrase memory text you previously registered. You can cut, copy, paste, and delete text, and you can change the sequence of phrases. To edit phrase memory text On the properties dialog box, click the Phrase tab. Select the group that contains the phrase you want to edit.

  • Page 51: Configuring Shortcut Menu Settings

    Configuring Shortcut Menu Settings Use the Menu tab to configure shortcut menu settings. To configure shortcut menu settings Click the Menu tab. Select the check boxes of the items that you want to appear on the shortcut menu. Configuring Display Settings Use the Display tab to configure display settings.

  • Page 52: Configuring Shortcut Menu Operation

    When selected (checked): • Shift + right-click displays the FA-B30 shortcut menu. • Right-clicking only displays the shortcut menu of the other application you are using. When selected (checked): •...

  • Page 53: Configuring Image Settings

    Configuring Image Settings Use the Image tab to make image layout settings, specify the monochrome conversion method, and to show or hide guidelines. To configure image settings Click the Image tab. Configure the image layout settings you want. • Use the Layout box to specify the image location and size. The following shows the available settings and what each one does.

  • Page 54

    • Selecting the Resize to fit check box enlarges or reduces the image so it fits within the area specified by Layout. When this option is deselected, the image is inserted as-is at the location specified by Layout. • Selecting the Maintain aspect ratio check box causes the width-to-height ratio of the image to be maintained when it is resized.

  • Page 55: Configuring Add-in Settings

    • The Installed Add-ins lists add-ins you already have installed. Currently enabled add-ins are those whose check boxes are selected. • You can download the latest add-ins from the CASIO Website and add them as needed. See “Visiting the CASIO Website” on •...

  • Page 56

    Movie Player Add-in This add-in can be used to play a video file while printing is in progress. Simply input the path to the video file into the Video File box, and click OK. A Browse button can also be used to select the video file. You can check the contents of the selected video file by clicking the Preview button.

  • Page 57: Using Help

    You can access help from the Input Panel, the properties dialog box, and from the FA-B30 icon in the status area. You can also display version information about the software. To access help from the Input Panel or the properties dialog box Click the help button.

  • Page 58

    To access help from the status area icon Right-click the FA-B30 icon in the status area. Click Help and then Search by Topic. This displays a Windows help screen. To view version information Right-click the FA-B30 icon in the status area.

  • Page 59: Visiting The Casio Website

    Visiting the CASIO Website Perform the following steps when you want to visit the CASIO Website on the Internet for the latest information about CASIO Label Printers. To visit the CASIO Website Right-click the FA-B30 icon in the status area.

  • Page 60: Appendix

    Appendix Printing Problems Tape does not come out of the printer. EZ-LABEL PRINTER tape printer • Is the tape compartment cover closed? Securely close the tape compartment cover. See the Label Printer’s user’s guide for details. • Are you out of tape? Replace the tape cartridge or thermal roll paper with a new one.

  • Page 61

    • Did you input any text? Input some text into the label. • Label contains non-printing character codes Your FA-B30 software will not print or display a preview of a label that contains blank spaces, carriage returns and tabs only. Thermal roll paper printer...

  • Page 62

    EZ-LABEL PRINTER tape printer • Are you using a proper print density setting? Change the print density setting. See “To configure Label Software properties” page • Is the tape cartridge or thermal roll paper loaded correctly? Correctly load the tape cartridge or thermal roll paper. See the Label Printer’s user’s guide for details.

  • Page 63

    Remove the tape cartridge or thermal roll paper, and then remove the jammed label. See the Label Printer’s user’s guide for details. • Is tape cutter worn? Contact your CASIO nearest dealer to have the cutter replaced. • Is the No Cut option selected? Select a different cutting option.

  • Page 64

    Tape does not adhere properly. EZ-LABEL PRINTER tape printer • Did you peel off the backing paper? Peel off the backing paper from the label. See the Label Printer’s user’s guide for details. • Are you trying to affix the label to a compatible type of surface? Make sure the surface or area where you are affixing the label is compatible.

  • Page 65: Error Messages

    Error Messages If this message appears: No connected device Tape size setting error Cut setting error Tape is jammed inside the printer No tape is loaded in the printer or tape is jammed inside the printer The printer is busy. Wait until printing from the other application is complete and try again.

  • Page 66: Label Creation Problems

    • What to do when you can’t get to FA-B30 context menu to appear on the display The FA-B30 context menu may not appear when this software is used in combination with certain applications.

  • Page 67

    You may experience slow response when typing large amounts of text into the text box on the Input Panel while the FA-B30 preview window is on the display. If this happens, try closing the preview window and then typing or editing text.

  • Page 68

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