XPressBadge is an ID Card Design, Printing and Management software. While ID card designing is the main purpose of this application, it can nonetheless be used for almost any design and publishing tasks such as brochures, flyers credit cards and product labels. XPressBadge uses vector graphics to ensure highest print quality and tiny file sizes. It can run on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Some of the great features of XPressBadge are:
- Vector graphics
- Layout customization
- MDI interface
- Two-sided printing
- 페이지 템플릿
- Supports data binding with plethora of data sources including SQL Server, Oracle, SQLite and text files
- Drag-n-drop binding with database fields
- SQL Query support
- Album View
- Alpha Masking
- Green screen (a.k.a. Chroma Key)
- Interactive Page setup window
This manual discusses all salient features of XPressBadge in detail. Before shedding light on each individual feature, it is pertinent to provide the big picture.
2.Bird-eye view of the process
The following illustration shows XPressBadge in Design layout. As you can see, the application contains a main designer surface (center), several tool windows (left and right) and a Ribbon (top) containing application commands and options. All these components, except for the Ribbon, can be moved/docked freely, to create the layout that works best for you. Get yourself familiar with the names of these components as we’ll use these names throughout the manual.
Now that you have basic knowledge about the names of application components, it is time to understand how to get things done with XPressBadge. Note that this section is a brief overview of XPressBadge designing and printing process. For detailed information, see User Interface, Working with Designer and other relevant sections of the manual.
Application workflow can be divided into the following major steps:
Selecting a page template
When starting with a new project, you need to have the following information beforehand:
What is the size of your drawing/badge/label, and the size of your page in case you’ll be printing several drawings/badges/labels per page?
If you’re going to print this drawing/badge for several subjects (e.g. ID card for an entire class of students), you’ll need to have subjects’ data in a data source such as a text file or Microsoft Access database.
Once you have this information available, start XPressBadge and click 새로운 button from the Ribbon (top left). XPressBadge comes with a bunch of predefined page templates. A page template defines page size, card size, number of rows and columns on the page and horizontal/vertical distances between the cards. XPressBadge includes standard ID card templates and many common templates from companies like Avery® and Worldlabel®. You can define your own templates too.
Once you select a template, click OK and XPressBadge will create a new drawing for you. You are now ready to proceed to the next step.
This is the heart of the entire workflow. Here you create the actual layout of your drawing/badge/label. These badges and labels use drawing objects such as text, shapes, barcodes, lines, and gradients to create a great-looking and informative output. These drawing objects are available in the Toolbox. You can drag-n-drop these objects onto designer surface to create their new instances. Thereupon you set each object’s properties using the Properties pane. You can design one or both sides of your drawing using XPressBadge using the Front/Back toggle button.
Once you are done with the design phase, it is time to connect to your data source. If your drawing does not involve injecting unique information for individual subjects, you can skip this and the following sections completely and instead choose Print (Design) 그리고, commands from the application menu (blue button at the top left of the Ribbon). Those commands print your drawing directly and do not require subjects’ data.
Your data source could be a text file such as CSV or Tab-delimited, or it could be a database. XPressBadge can connect with many popular data sources. It also provides the ability to use SQL queries to fetch custom projections. For more information about data sources and how to connect to them, see Data Source section. In summary, you choose a data source type and then tell XPressBadge about your data source through a connection string. XPressBadge then display the list of available tables and views and available columns within the selected table/view. These columns can then either be dragged directly into the drawing to create new data-bound objects, or you can manually set bindable properties of existing drawing objects to these columns. See Drawing objects, Variables and Properties topics on how to use variables to bind your drawing objects to database columns.
Once you have specified your data source, the Data Preview tool window will display resulting data rows. Each row will normally correspond to one subject. Data Preview window allows you to select the subject rows that you want to get printed. XPressBadge will print one copy of your drawing for each selected row and inject subject’s data in place of the variables, thus creating that subject’s ID card, badge or label. This process is known as 빵 굽기.
You can review these baked versions before actual printing using the Album tool window or 인쇄 미리보기 button from the main Ribbon (note that this is different from the Print Preview command available in the application menu, which show the preview of design version only). Once you’re satisfied with the output, you can use 인쇄 button from the main Ribbon (again note that this is different from the Print (Design) command available in the application menu).