Millie Burrell
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:43:14 PDT
You can put all your labels in an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and download it as a database file into your P-Touch software from Brother.  You can make as many labels as you ever dreamed of making in a short amount of time with whatever info you want them to contain.  You can use different fonts and font sizes.  The Brother 2600 is an incredible tool--just like Excel.

Millie Burrell
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
Norman Borlaug Center
MS 2123
College Station, TX  77843-2123 

>>> 08/24/05 9:15 AM >>>
In a message dated 8/24/2005 9:42:36 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

I'm  experimenting with the Brother 2600 label printer, which can use 
laminated  tapes (types "TZ") in various widths, mainly 1" or 1/2", with 
white or  clear backgrounds.  It is pretty good for making a half dozen to a  
couple dozen labels of the exact same thing.  Beyond a dozen or two,  there 
is no easy way to make labels.  I'm using lots of these  outdoors now; I'll 
let you know in about 5 years how well they are holding  up.

I used the Brother labeler for about a year, but it galls me to type one  
character at a time on a keyboard too small to use touch-typing. I will admit  
that those Brother labels are still intact after 7 years in the garden. Use the  
clear ones rather than the white ones so they're less obtrusive. Also, if you 
 position them not facing the sun they'll last longer.
I've used plastic stakes from the big suppliers--they get brittle after a  
couple years and break. Perhaps the references to vinyl are to something else. I 
 still like the vinyl venetian blind slats, but yes, they do heave up. But I 
find  the metal ones do too. 
I will stick with my zinc-plate on wire legs type of labels that I purchase  
from Eon Industries. I can take my database of cultivar names, do a mail 
merge,  and print 30 to a page of Avery clear address labels that I burnish onto 
the  zinc plates and be done before you've finished 10 Brother labels! And they 
last  just as long.
Bill Lee
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