NiceLabel, what exactly is it and what can it do for you and what not? NiceLabel comes in many versions, from the free SE version for Epson ColorWorks to complete cloud label printing solutions with document management including complete workflow automation.
Regardless of the application, every NiceLabel solution requires a bit of customization and advice. Businesslabels can help you automate label printing processes or simply print labels by offering complete custom solutions. Based on the NiceLabel software licences, a “custom application” is build to fit the specific needs of the customer.
Creating applications based on NiceLabel sounds simple, but quickly gets more complex than previously thought. A good inventory of the requirements and wishes is therefore logically very important. Perhaps even more important is to identify and limit the number of exceptions in advance and determine the origin of the data.
It is therefore very important that a clear plan is drawn up before a custom NiceLabel application can be considered. What is the expectation of the solution, where does the input and data come from and what should be done with it. Where people work very flexible (and time-consuming) based on knowledge, NiceLabel automation can only work properly if there is a logical structure and workflow.
Businesslabels has experience and knowledge in creating logical applications based on NiceLabel. In addition to building applications completely, Businesslabels also offers support to companies and IT professionals who want to be able to make and adapt the NiceLabel application themselves. This often takes a few extra hours at the start, but in the long term it will yield significant savings in costs.
Of course, there are also such complex solutions that even Businesslabels says, we can’t build that by our own. Every application is tailor-made and sometimes requires more than just knowledge about NiceLabel and a label printer. You can also contact Businesslabels in those cases, but in those cases we will contact external experts that deal with this on a daily basis together with our customer. This expert will (partially) take over the project if needed.
Due to the “NiceLabel designer (PRO)” version, there is sometimes some confusion about NiceLabel. Therefore, to give clarity immediately, NiceLabel is not a software package for the graphic “design” of labels. Other software packages are better suited for this, such as Afinity Designer.
What does NiceLabel do? In principle, Nicelabel is intended to simplify and (partly) automate the printing of labels. This can vary from simply formatting the labels with a background, a barcode and some text in the free SE version to fully automating and managing the printers and labels in the cloud for multiple international locations.
Which version is suitable differs per situation, company and expectations. In the end, of course, budget also plays a role. NiceLabel is available in many variants and which version fits is not just 1 + 1 = 2, it takes a bit more than that
Custom applications require a NiceLabel package which offers the possibility for a user interface and automation. The aim of this is almost always ease of use, error reduction and to make an efficiency step in the process of label printing.
This version of NiceLabel is free and comes on a CD with the Epson ColorWorks printers. Optionally, the software can also be downloaded so that the latest version is used and also easy because many now no longer have a CD-Rom player.
The free version offers very limited possibilities, in a sense there is not much more to do than placing a background, some text and a barcode. Sufficient for a number of users, far too little for many (which is why it is free).
The NiceLabel Designer version offers many possibilities when it comes to working with variables and databases. This includes linking to a database file, automatically placing the best before date and assigning batch numbers.
The Designer PRO also offers limited options for creating a print form to simplify the printing of the labels. However, the possibilities are limited and therefore almost always insufficient for custom applications.
NiceLabel Powerforms suite is the most used version of the NiceLabel software packages for creating and managing custom solutions. This NiceLabel version offers an almost unlimited possibility for building, managing and customizing printing solutions for labels.
Powerforms offers advanced database possibilities, including automatic processing of print jobs. In addition, with NiceLabel’s Powerforms you can build your own user interface. NiceLabel Powerforms is often extended with a NiceLabel print license, this license is ideal for operator stations where printing is only allowed and where restrictions are required for customizing the labels.
The NiceLabel packages mentioned above are all available as so-called single user variants, whereby the license can only be installed and activated at 1 workstation. The advantage of this license form is that the number of printers to be controlled is unlimited. The disadvantage is of course that there is only 1 place to print and work from.
In addition, Nicelabel offers, with the exception of the Express version, licenses based on the number of printers, usually for 3 printers, 5 printers and 10 printers. This license form is exactly the other way around. Where this license looks and limited the number of printyers that are used, these licenses can be installed on an unlimited number of workstations if they are in 1 network domain.
These NiceLabel licenses are often used by large companies such as multinationals and offers extra cloud solutions and possibilities to easily manage multiple physical locations from one or more central managed locations.
For example, a multinational like IKEA can adjust all documents at the touch of a button so that the labels are printed in the same way at every location. The NiceLabel Label management System licenses are only offered based on customization.
So there is enough choice and possibilities. But what next? To build a custom application and make an initial estimate of the costs, there are a number of standard questions that must always be answered. Below is a small first checklist with standard questions that must be answered before starting the inventory. In addition, the willingness to change certain workflows is important, because to improve the workflow changes must be made, often also outside the printing itself.
This is of course a logical question, and it is also a question that is impossible to answer in general. What we can betray, an initial inventory conversation is always free and already offers a lot; perspective (and often a whole list of additional questions to answer).
After the first interview and receiving all requested information, it will be decided whether it is possible to make an initial cautious cost estimate. It may also be necessary to schedule a second call and / or involve an external contact person. In those cases it remains a free inventory.
Businesslabels likes the contact with their customers and the easiest way is usually to call. Given the complexity of a custom NiceLabel application, mail contact is much more effective. The choice is ultimately up to the customer, but the conversation will always end with the request to put all information on the mail, so we are sure that we are going in the right direction.