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Seabreeze 04-01-2014 05:38 PM

Label maker
 
I used to design labels for packaging on my pc, which had not only many templates but had a screen that allowed entry of label specifications that allowed me to make my own templates. I can't find anything like that in pages. Does anyone have experience designing labels/multi-label pages?

chscag 04-01-2014 05:45 PM

You may be able to use one of the free Avery Label Templates for Pages by doing some editing. As long as you keep the label dimensions the same, you should be able to re-design your own and still use pre-formed stock. Once you have the label you like, save it as a template in Pages.

caribiner23 04-01-2014 06:57 PM

Whenever I make custom labels, I use the templates for Microsoft Word. The standard Avery templates that work in the Windows versions also work on Microsoft Office for Mac.

chscag 04-01-2014 07:33 PM

Templates for Microsoft Word won't work in Pages and vice - versa. He needs to download the Pages version of Avery not the MS Word version. ;)

caribiner23 04-01-2014 07:37 PM

I understand that. My point was that Seabreeze should use Microsoft Word, not Pages. I am suggesting an avenue toward accomplishing his goal. :)

For what it's worth, I have been using Pages off and on since iWork '05 and I've never been overly impressed with it. It can make pretty newsletters and resumes, but for any serious work--- especially anything that has to be shared with other users-- the standard is still the Microsoft suite.

chscag 04-01-2014 07:40 PM

Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac = $120 - $149, Pages 5.1 = Free with a new Mac. Or $19.99 otherwise. ;)

Seabreeze 04-03-2014 08:36 AM

I'm using the Avery templates to create, then saving. Creating in Avery is amazingly limited. MSO for Mac is a little better, but I was really hoping there was a better program for Macs.

Lifeisabeach 04-03-2014 09:02 AM

If you want something a bit more suited to making and printing labels, I can recommend Labels & Addresses. It has the ability to select which label out of a sheet of labels to print a single one. It can pull contacts out of the Contacts app to batch print a label for each contact. And on and on. The price is a little on the high side, but if you look out for bundled offers from MacUpdate and other sources, you can get sometimes get it in a bundle with other useful software for that same price, perhaps less. It does have a free trial.

Lifeisabeach 04-03-2014 09:05 AM

As a cheap (free) alternative to the above... check out pearLabelizer. I just ran into it on MacUpdate and though it hasn't been updated in some time, it's cheap and seems to support the basics. I'm getting ready to try it now.

Seabreeze 04-03-2014 09:28 AM

The labels I want to make aren't mailing labels. I want to design (text & graphics) labels to put on merchandise that are attractive & draw attention. I used to hear that pcs were good for business/data/numbers and macs were good for graphics, design, artsy stuff. I'm really surprised at the limits on macs.

Lifeisabeach 04-03-2014 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Seabreeze (Post 1575942)
The labels I want to make aren't mailing labels. I want to design (text & graphics) labels to put on merchandise that are attractive & draw attention. I used to hear that pcs were good for business/data/numbers and macs were good for graphics, design, artsy stuff. I'm really surprised at the limits on macs.

Well that wasn't quite clear before. There are a bazillion graphics/design apps available. Ok... maybe only a mazillion. Labels & Addresses lets you insert clip art and text into a label. Heck, you can even insert a map.

If you want to create/design your own graphics, you can use any graphics app to make the graphics you want, then insert it into a template in one of the apps I recommended (edit: pearLabelizer apparently only does text). There quite literally are dozens, maybe hundreds, of graphics-creation apps out there. I'll just post links to a handful of them. I have no idea what your budget is, or your skill level, or what you have used in the past, so I have no idea how to narrow this list down.

SketchBook Express - it's free. There's a pro version also.
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/45...be-indesign-cc
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/6319/quarkxpress
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/22953/icalamus
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/18896/swift-publisher
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/20515/the-print-shop
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/17530/mac-label-maker
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14597/gimp

Just start with those and check out the "similar software" listed on those pages.


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