I work for a Dutch organisation who provides care, support, education and training for partially sighted or blind people. It's name is Bartiméus.
We want to use OpenBiblio to lent out products (not books) to clients. These products are aids for those cients. For example, Daisy-players, Magnifiers, special lighting, cains, talking watches and clocks, UV-shields, special mobile phones etc.
The administration of the lents where always done on paper. Now we want to use the computer.
The OPAC wil not be used, not for now.
We want to use Dymo LabelWriters to make labels we can put on the products and on the 'membercards'
Only I can't change the existing reports to make those labels.
Please, can someone help us?
ps: info about the labelwriter: http://www.dymo-labelwriter.nl/dymo-labelwriter-400-turbo
info about the labels: http://www.dymo-labelwriter.nl/labelwriter-adresetiketten
we use no 99012 -> 36mm x 89 mm
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I said I can't change the reports. Better said, I can't write reports. I have tried. If there is a step by step manual, I will manage. It's not a problem that I don't have the rights on the server, but I don't have the knowledge to do it.
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Reports retrieve information from the database, layouts transform the data used in a report to a different output format.
If you know some PHP, you should be able to change an existing PDF layout for the label dimensions you need.
The labelwriter probably will not process one of the standard paper sizes that the PDF class offers, so that might be an issue. I think that can be solved.
As I've written elsewhere, it's easier to use some other program to design your labels. Use one of the existing reports or modify one to get the information you need. (I created a report based on the existing "Copy Search" report which added some fields I needed.) Set the format as CSV and save it someplace, then load it and manipulate it in some other program. Excel lets you put tabular data in labels; so does LibreOffice/Openoffice. I import the CSV into the program my (Brother) label printer came with (called "P-Touch"). Does Dymo provide something that can import tabular data? If so, that's the way to go.
Because not only our cliënts are partially sighted or blind, but also some of my co-workers, the system must be as easy as possible to use. Extra conversions just to print out a label or some labels? That's not user-friendly in my opinion. Excel and also openoffice Calc are to examples of programma's that are very difficult for the partialy sighted or blind to use.
I know that that is a fact, I myself give courses in Office Applications to my co-workers (ECDL -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Computer_Driving_Licence )
Therefore a confersion from the database Openbiblio to CSV, to Excel than to a labelsoftware is too complicated.
I'm looking for a solution in PHP, will try the two modules what came with Openbiblio.
Thanks for the help. I hope you will continue to help me with this problem.,