Allow me to be the one to give a thumbs down to T.L. Ashford.

To me, the one big reason to use such a product is to allow you to move a particular label format from
one printer to another without having to redo the label However, T.L. Ashford really doesn't do that
well. I've even had problems moving from one Intermec printer to another. At least they finally came
out with v3 which I believes ships with a 32bit GUI interface for designing the labels instead of the
16bit Windows program they were shipping.

You certainly don't need T.L. Ashford to print to thermal printers. Assuming the thermal printer uses
a text encoded language, which AFAIK they all do. All you need to do is create a print file with the
text commands embedded properly. The characters convert from EBCDIC to ASCII just fine.

At a prior job, we had Zebra's attached to twinax terminal that I printed to all day long using just

If I was going to set this up today, I'd consider a IPP enabled printer server and just have a *DEVD
that used the *IBMIPP protocol.

The only catch I can think of would be if you wanted to print .JPGs or .GIFs on your labels.

The new GUI designer might be nice if you have lots of labels to do. But, for a single label...T.L.
Ashford and the like is probably overkill.


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chuck Lewis
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 4:20 PM
To: 'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'
Subject: RE: Question on printing from System i to "UPS"
thermal printer

And there's another vote for TL Ashford :-)

Thanks Nick !


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 4:12 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Question on printing from System i to "UPS"
thermal printer

Hi Chuck,

We use TL Ashford for all of our needs.

Works great and is easy to use.



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