How to Print a Quick Title With the PowisPrinter?

posted this on Feb 3, 2016

Although the Fastback P31 PowisPrinter can be used as a stand alone device, it is far more powerful when used with a computer and the PowisPrint software. The P31 attaches to your computer with a 9 pin serial cable and uses a special software program called PowisPrint. Using this software you can print elaborate designs on Narrow, Medium and Wide fastback strips. This article is designed to help you learn to both print and save your first Fastback strip with the P31 and your computer. There are eleven steps to follow…

1. Open the PowisPrint software by going to your Start menu. Select Programs, and locate PowisPrint.

2. When you open the software, a new Design Window automatically opens. The Design Window says “Design Window 1″ in its title bar, and opens with default settings, so you can immediately begin designing your strip.

3. Enter a word (for example, your name), using your computer keyboard.

4. Now go to the File menu and select Print, or click on the small printer icon in the main window.

5. The Print Window appears on your screen. Wait momentarily while the PC creates a communication link with the PowisPrinter. When the “Please wait” message disappears, the “Online” and “Ready” lights will turn green. For now, don’t worry about the rest of the Print Window contents. Simply click the “Print” button. A message appears at the top of the Print Window, telling you which width strip to insert.

6. Insert the correct width strip into the printer, adhesive side up. It’s very important that you insert the strip the proper way, to avoid damaging your printer. The strip is gently curved, as is the strip guide, to help you insert it properly.

7. While the PC is sending data to the printer, the green “Receiving Title” light blinks. When printing begins, the “Printing” light turns green. When the printer is finished printing, it ejects the strip from the PowisPrinter Feed Exit (below the purple chute).

8. To exit the Print Window, press the “OK” button.

9. Now save the title you just printed. Saving a title design is exactly like saving any other document. Select Save or Save As… from the File menu, or press the shortcut button with the small floppy disk icon on it. This opens a standard Windows dialog box.

10. Designate a destination for the file.

11. Use your name (for example) as the file name. Press “Save.” (Note the title extension for PowisPrint title designs is “ttl”)

These set of simple instructions will help you to print your first Fastback strip using the PowisPrint software. However, there are a huge number of great features included with the software that allow you to fully customize your printed strip. Play around with some of the other features and look for more articles on some of the more advanced functions of the PowisPrint software.

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