Script or program to convert .lbl file to .pdf?

I would like to use a script or program to convert a .lbl file to .pdf.  (The .lbl is a label format file).
A batch converter would be best, however if that is not possible, then a script to automatically convert the .lbl file to a 4" x 4" pdf file would be good.
(Automation is key, thus avoiding the steps to open a program, opening the file, and then saving it as a pdf.)
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
What created the LBL file?

100questionsAuthor Commented:
A labelling software program.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Can you provide a sample LBL file also?

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100questionsAuthor Commented:
No, not at this time.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Will need to know which labelling software program, LBL is not an industry standard format, like DOC or XLS or PDF, so there isn't one format only.  We will need to know what specific program created it.

100questionsAuthor Commented:
Legitronic Labelling Software.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Not sure I can help with this one.  I don't see any docs online about converting these files.  And I don't have the software so can't explore it's abilities.

The only thing that might work, would be to run the labeling software to print the label, but send it to a PDF driver.  But don't know if the software would allow that, or how it would render, etc.  And could be hard to automate if the labeling software doesn't support command line parms to start a print.

Sorry I can't be of more help.


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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You didn't mention what version of the Legitronic Labeling Software you have, but here's a link to the User Manual for Version 3.4.0:
Legitronic Labeling Software - Legitronic Secure Series Labeling Software - User Manual

On page 178 you'll find Appendix C. Automated Print Control. This shows how to do what you want, as its automation method called Batch Print Control provides the ability to control printing via commands stored in a script file. If you already have a print driver installed, like Adobe PDF, then you're all set; if not, there are many excellent (free!) PDF print drivers out there, such as:
CutePDF Writer

They have varying features and some folks prefer one over the other, so you may want to experiment to see which one you like the best. At one time CutePDF was my favorite, then it was doPDF, and my current choice is Bullzip. And there are many more besides those three.

Once you have a PDF print driver installed, you may use the FMT-GDIPRINTERNAME command (page 181 of the manual) to specify it as the printer for your batch run.

If that manual (which is more than 10 years old) doesn't match your version, look for the one that does. But even so, there's a good chance that they've maintained the automation interface over the years — otherwise, it would break all of the script files that their customers have built. Regards, Joe
100questionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Joe.
I currently use a pdf print driver, a print to pdf program, however I don't see anywhere how one can specify the size of the label when printing from batch.  That's really important since it needs to be 4"x4".
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The print driver (or even physical printer) that you use isn't what controls the size. It's the program that's doing the printing — in this case, the Legitronic Labeling Software. Look at page 33 of the manual (copied here under "Fair Use"):

label size
I haven't studied the Batch Print Control section of the manual, but I'm guessing there's a way to specify the label size, just as there is in the GUI. Regards, Joe
100questionsAuthor Commented:
Specifying the label size does not work.
I have to specify the size - manually - unfortunately using the program that creates the pdf file.
Therefore the above solution does not work.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
My guess is that the Legitronic Labeling Software supports specifying the label size via Label Properties>Size Tab as described on page 33 of the manual (and maybe even via the Batch Print Control feature), but since I don't have the software, I can't test it. If you say it doesn't work, so be it, but I'm surprised that the manual would have such a thorough section that is completely wrong. Regards, Joe
100questionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, however I never got this going.  Not sure, perhaps your suggestions might work for others.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome — and thanks to you for the update! Regards, Joe
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