Answer: All three can print labels. Really Simple Labels can produce 1D barcodes, While AnyLabels and dLabel can produce both 1D and 2D barcodes. AnyLabels also includes a barcode driver - so that scanning a barcode into AnyLabels can initiate a variety of actions. AnyLabels also has a "selection view" that provides a method for selecting labels/tickets to be printed - particulary useful for touch-screen operation.
dLabel has a built in database which can hold 16 million records or can collect data from ODBC sources; AnyLabels and Really Simple Labels use OLEDB to connect to existing databases and spreadsheets, and can create databases in csv format.
dLabel can be started by command line start-up (and can be programmed to load a file, print the labels and then close down).
Answer: All three can incorporate picture fields into their databases. WMF, BMP, PCX, GIF, JPEG and other picture filenames are stored in the database and the file loaded automatically when required. They can handle several million pictures (limited by your disk space).
Answer: Our label printing programs all print through the standard Windows driver; so if your printer is supported by Windows our software can print to it. You should be aware that label printing requires greater precision than normal page printing and most printer-related problems that we come across arise because a printer is being driven by the wrong printer driver, or the printer driver being setup for the wrong size pages. Our software supports both page printers (lasers and inkjets) and continuous stationery printers (e.g. dot matrix).
For best quality results we normally suggest a laser printer or a modern (solvent based ink) inkjet printer with a straight paper path. For inkjet printers it is always wise to check with the manufacturer whether the printer is suitable for label printing. Some older inkjet printers fold the page very sharply, encouraging the labels to un-peel and jam or damage the machine.
For barcode printing a laser printer is recommended - both because the actual resolution is high and because the ink will not smudge.