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December 02, 2005

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Why no support for bar codes like PostNet when they've been requested on the OOo forums for two years now?

The EU is getting closer to standardizing on a similar bar code system, and GB already has one.

I can conceivably write a macro in some language that calls the Draw routines to calculate the check digit and generate the bars, but isn't this a bit of a kludge when it's been a feature in your main competitor for years now?

Hi Andrew,

>> "Why no support for bar codes like PostNet when they've been requested on the OOo forums for two years now?"

I've gotten that request in class before. I'm not familiar with the process for determining features, but bar codes would be nice!

Solveig

The postalnet codes in M$ Word are not longer supported, the USPS has changed the way they calculate the premise code.

Adding postalnet to openoffice (or word for that matter) if fairly trivial, once you have a postnet font.

A free postnet font is available from http://www.barcode-1.net/pub/russadam/fonts.html, specificly, I use http://www.barcode-1.net/pub/russadam/shareware/uspstt.zip as the others are crippled. The stand alone truetype font on that page is also more limited.

Once you have the font, it's a matter of calculating the postnet code, and having it available to your mail merge application.

Hi Paul,

"The postalnet codes in M$ Word are not longer supported, the USPS has changed the way they calculate the premise code.

Adding postalnet to openoffice (or word for that matter) if fairly trivial, once you have a postnet font....
http://www.barcode-1.net/pub/russadam/fonts.html, http://www.barcode-1.net/pub/russadam/shareware/uspstt.zip

That's a great tip! Thank you! I'm going to post a separate blog for that.

Solveig

Sorry but the envelope thing in open office is dreadful.

I've followed your directions over and over and over.

I have been struggling for 2 hours now.

I guess I'll go online and find an envelope addressing program.

I do hope they get this thing to work. Such a good start on a fine office suite.

Sad to say, the simplest method I've found for printing an envelope is by using the word processor in Microsoft Works (something which comes pre-installed on most, if not all, Windows PCs--not that I'd suggest actually buying it, although MS has suggested they might be making it a free download sometime "soon"). It's about as simple as using a typewriter (remember those?).

Thanks for taking the time to write this up. I had to print a bunch of envelopes for the first time ever in Open Office 2.0 this morning and I had an hour to figure it all out. I spent 45 minutes of it struggling on my own, ten minutes reading your blog post, and five minues watching the envelopes glide through my printer. You saved my butt, thanks again!

Wonderful! That's what I love to hear. Thanks for coming by to comment.

Ah! I lvoe you! You saves my butt this afternoon. REALLY usefull for a 400 person party's invitations. Just awesome. I can hear the Letters goign through my printer :p

Solvig,

Love your website - really useful - need your help.

I'm doing letters with envolopes attached. The only trouble is that the letters take on the envolope format when I print - so I'm only printing half of the text. The problem is probably easy to rectify - so can you tell me what it is?

Vince

Hi Vince,

I haven't figured out a way to make it work to have envelopes in the same document as the letter. I would just copy the address from the letter, choose Insert > Envelope, paste the address into the address field, then click New Doc. (The key part being the New Doc button; you don't have to copy and paste.)

Then when you print the envelope, be sure that the printer expects Envelope 10 (or a similar size) and print the letter normally.

Or, quite frankly, consider labels instead.

Solveig

Wow! What an awesome template! Thank you! I had tried using Insert->Envelope in OO Writer, selected #10 envelope from an OO dialogue box I believe, then sent it to my printer, which put the addressee field way low (at the bottom) of the envelope.

Using the template, it was as simple as filling the stuff in the correct fields. I DID (based on suggestions here) go into my Dell Printer settings, select landscape, and told the printer to look for a #10 envelope. Once that was done, the addressee field came out fine and was put EXACTLY where it should be on the envelope. Awesome!

For those in the USA and who don't know already, you can go to http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp and enter whatever address you're sending to. The site will automatically capitalize all words, properly abbreviate all street, road, apartment, suite, etc. designations, and give you the Zip+4 for where it's going. Copying and pasting what it gives you into where you need it is a snap.

Many thanks again.

Michael,

I'm glad it worked!

Solveig

Thanks -- I didn't notice the third tab in the Envelopes dialog where you set the orientation of the envelopes in the print-feeder. Oops! You set me in the right direction after an hour of struggle.

Thanks!

Jonathan

do you know of any printer (prefer ink jet) that can print envelopes at a decent rate per minute? I'm not looking for a $50,000 machine, just a printer for our office that has an capability of loading 50 (or more) envelopes and printing them at about 20 or more per minute. Any suggestions?

Hi Terry,

Sorry, no; I'm not up on hardware.

Solveig

that took me all of 3 min! thanks!

Great instructions!
Like Michael, I tried
Insert->Envelope in OO Writer, selected Env. 10, then sent it to my printer, which put the addressee field way low (at the bottom) of the envelope.
By picking a different "envelope orientation" than what should have been the correct one, it came out great!
The template worked well last time, but I lost the file I made. This was faster.
Thanks!

Great instructions!
Like Michael, I tried
Insert->Envelope in OO Writer, selected Env. 10, then sent it to my printer, which put the addressee field way low (at the bottom) of the envelope.
By picking a different "envelope orientation" than what should have been the correct one, it came out great!
The template worked well last time, but I lost the file I made. This was faster.
Thanks!

ARRGHTHTHTHHTH!!!

While I have no trouble printing stand alone envelopes, the insert envelope is another story. The envelope prints fine, but the letter is then printed on the envelope. Seems OO should be able to develop programing equivalent to WP which not only allows printing of an envelop easily, it automatically inserts the "to" address most of the time.

Hi Ken,

Yep, I agree that would be nice. WP has some stuff that's very specifically task-oriented that would excellent in OOo.

Hi Andrew -- back to the topic of bar codes, if you have access to a Linux machine, use Glabels. It's one of the most simple-yet-powerful programs I've seen, and bar codes are way easy.

I'm taking on the (slow and sometimes painful) process of migrating some of our employees to OO versus the newer versions of MS Office and the templates you provided above worked great. Overcoming the barriers of software changes can often be difficult... and your templates helped me overcome one of them in just a few minutes. Thanks for the great post.

Hi suacoustic,

Glad it helped! Shoot me an email if you want some tips on the settings under Tools > AutoCorrect and Tools > Options. These are essential for a good transition.

Here are some posts.
http://www.fanaticattack.com/2008/switching-office-suites-from-microsoft-office-to-openofficeorg.html

http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/configuration_and_setup_2008/

I appreciate your great work but system of envelopes printing is bad, not intuitive and it should be changed.
I have 2 printers: very old HP-LJ6 and a newer HP-LJ 1320N.
On both printers I have this same problem: when using Insert -> Envelope menu option and using centrally(!) located slot for manual feeding, I have to set envelope orientation Right(!) what is abnormal.
If I set orientation Central or Left, addresses are printed far out of their proper positions.
I decided to write here a note when I discovered the problem still persist also in the last version of O.O.

Best regards,
Chris

Hi Chris,

Oh, I'm not saying it couldn't be better. ;>

If you have access to Ubuntu, try out gLabels. Can be customized for envelopes too; nice little program.

The additional printer idea was a real gem! It worked on the first try. My dad, who is 70 was able to get this to work! Thanks for sharing the idea!

Great tips, once i had applied them the system was set up for envelopes printing every time i came to use it - thanks for the post.
http://www.officeprofiles.com/c-office-envelopes-81.aspx

Do you want to print fast your envelopes and your labels for postal mail (snail mail for any country) by simply selecting your saved contacts in your online user account? The solution is http://www.envelopedia.com
The best solution ever.

Yes, I agree that would be nice. WP has some stuff that's very specifically task-oriented that would excellent in OOo.
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Yep, I agree that would be nice. WP has some stuff that's very specifically task-oriented that would excellent in OOo.

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