Loftware Print Server, Starter Edition

Loftware Print Server, Starter Edition

Loftware Print Server, Starter Edition


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The Loftware Print Server, Starter Edition is the perfect solution for companies that want to begin using the LPS client/server technology at an entry-level price. This edition allows two (2) printer seats and one (1) client seat. This edition is expandable to multiple printer seats. The purchase of the Loftware Print Server includes a one-year renewable support contract, which features on-going software upgrades and unlimited technical support from Loftware's Technical Support Call Center.

Basic Features:
Includes 2 Printer Seats/ 1 Client Seat Configuration

The Loftware Print Server, Starter Edition is an economical way to start driving all your label printers from a central server and application within your enterprise. This Edition comes standard with 2 printer seats and 1 client seat. All Loftware Products are sold with a one year, renewable Annual Support Contract, which includes unlimited technical support from Loftware's Technical Support Call Center and free software upgrades.

Basic Features

Create a New Label with Ease!New Label Wizard: The first time you open design mode in Loftware, the New Label Wizard is displayed, allowing you to create a new label, open a compliance label template for custom editing, or open a pre-existing label.

Label Design Mode: Easily design a label format using the intuitive Label Design Mode. Place and size bar codes, text, line, box and graphic fields onto the designer screen. Select one field or a group of fields on your label and instantly view and/or change field properties. Dynamically select and edit Native and True Type fonts, bar code symbologies, densities, ratios, and specialized check digits. Quickly and easily define field names, input prompts, operator instructions, help text, non-printing fields, and field positions. Directly assign variable field data sources with a double click of the mouse. Create and edit multiple types of Data Sources.

Configuring Your Printers is a SNAP!The New Printer Configuration Wizard in Version 7x - Configuring printers has never been easier than it is in Loftware Version 7x. There are two fast methods available, the Printer Configuration Wizard, or the Printer Configuration Grid. Either way you go, your target printer is set up in seconds. Choose your printer "family" (manufacturer), the model, and the type of connection you are using (i.e., TCP/IP) and away you go!

Technical Specifics

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems include:
    Windows 95B, 98, NT 4 - SP5+, Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2003 Server
  • Minimum Requirements:
    NT 4 = Processor: PII-233 Mhz / Memory: 96MB or higher
    Windows 2000 = Processor: PII-233 Mhz / Memory: 128MB or higher
    Windows XP / 2003 = Processor: PII-300 Mhz / Memory: 256MB or higher
  • Minimum MB Based on Load Type:
    Light - Less than 20 Printers = 32 MB
    Medium - Up to 50 Printers = 64 to 128 MB
    Heavy - 50 to 250 Printers = 256 to 512 MB


  • High-speed, multithreaded print engine handles heavy labeling loads without slowing down.
  • Multi-processor support with load balancing between processors.
  • Multiple LPS's can be used to "divide" the load if necessary.
  • High-speed support for up to 500 target printers across the LAN/WAN and Internet.
  • High-speed input thread is notified of incoming print jobs and launches them instantly, regardless of how busy the LPS is servicing other requests.
  • High-speed printer drivers communicate with the printers in their own native language.
  • Printer output streams directed across the Internet are compressed.
  • Label Formats and graphics are pre-downloaded to the printers, only data that changes between jobs is sent.
  • Printers and labels can be added to the system without the need for shutting down.
  • Runs as an NT service with all applicable security.

Error Detection and Recovery

  • Print jobs are automatically recovered and restarted in the event of an unscheduled system shutdown.
  • Client programs are notified of system shutdown so that they can take appropriate action. In the event that a client continues to send requests when the LPS has been shut down, all jobs will be printed upon system restart.
  • If a printer is offline for any reason, jobs are queued and printed when the printer comes back Online.
  • Event logging of warnings and errors in the NT/2000 event log.

Printer Connections

  • Local serial (COM), parallel (LPT) and Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are supported.
  • TCP/IP socket connections are supported for network printers on the LAN or WAN.
  • Choice of using the Windows Spooler for small systems or the high-speed Loftware spooler for large systems.

Clients - No programming required

  • Clients - No programming required
  • Thin On-Demand Print Client allows the prompting of operators for print requests across the LAN or WAN. This program is fully featured and is "thin", which means that no installation is required. Up to 500 thin clients can connect.
  • On-Demand Print Client can also be run in a Citrix, or Terminal Server environment.
  • Applications that can export CSV or XML files can interface the LPS without the need for programming.
  • The LPS can handle up to 500 clients.

General Features

  • Host and client programs are printer independent.
  • Automatically handles complex barcode symbologies such as RSS, UCC128, Maxicode with compression, PDF417, MicroPDF, and Datamatrix.
  • Supports a wide range of Windows and Thermal Transfer printers.
  • Fully featured Label Designer makes it easy to design labels.
  • Label Wizard makes it easy to adhere to automotive, healthcare (UPN), and DOD standards.
  • Direct connections to WMS systems from Oracle, Lilly Software, Catalyst International, EXE Technologies, Midguard information systems, Intrepa, etc.
  • Tightly integrated with AS/400 host systems when used in conjunction with a "bridge" from Patrick Townsend Associates.
  • Auditing features for tracking what has been printedConfigurable housekeeping feature for purging old jobs and status information on a periodic basis.
  • Connect to Oracle, SQL Server, Access, Excel, and any other database supporting 32 bit Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).
  • Support for Citrix Metaframe and Terminal Server environments.
  • Print foreign character sets for international labeling requirements.
  • Extensive serial number and date time format support.
  • Automatic data parsing and mathematical calculations.
  • Constrain label design mode to only allow fields that your program knows how to send.
  • Scan multiple directories simultaneously.
  • WDPING utility for system troubleshooting.
  • Control Panel Applet for configuring all aspects of LPS.
  • Java based servlet for connecting across the Internet.
  • Extensive printed as well as on-line documentation.
  • "World class" Technical Support and System Analysis.

Technical Support

  • Your purchase of a Loftware Product includes an Annual Support Contract.
    This contract is renewable each year and extends the return on your investment, with on-going FREE upgrades of your Loftware Software for one full year.