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how to print labels from a visual fox database in Zebra Zdesigner Gc420t (EPL) printer ?

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Hello Experts,
We have this vfp9 leggacy application that Works just fine, now we need to print labels with a recently bought printer: Zebra GC420t,
Please your guidance on how to send the data to the printer and how this printer can take the data and print it as many lables as necesary automatically.-.
Regards,
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I recently was faced with a similar scenario. I had been printing plain text to a DotMatrix Printer. With the Zebra, the story is quite different and you cannot send plain text. The steps that I took were:

1 - Design the label in Zebra Designer Software. It helps to use place holders for your text which your app will supply.
2 - Save the design (on this step, I'm not sure exactly how, our designer did that for us and gave me the text file attached)
3 - Modify your app to replace the place holders in the Zebra design file and send that to the printer. Sending plain text does not get a response from the printer.

To print as many as you want, we just send the file several times to the printer (there might be a smarter way to accomplish this, but KISS... we just needed it to work... quickly)
PatientLabelDesign.Sample1.txt
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by:RGuillermo
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We also need to work as quick as posible !!!
Thank you very much !!
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This is useless!!!
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