ugh - label printing

I have a 'Library' module where I am going to have to print apparently 5
different types of labels depending upon whether they are for books,
cd's, audio tapes, video tapes, etc.

Is anyone printing labels with Rails?

Anyone have any suggestions for doing this?

As I see it, I can either export the data as CSV and use that CSV to
mail merge with Word/OpenOffice.org or beat myself up trying to make it
work out with pdf-writer.

I am hoping that someone has blazed this trail already...googling hasn't
turned up anything of significance.

Craig

If you don't mind MS Word, you could go WordML and generate XML via
Builder - surprisingly viable out in the real world - we use it at work
to generate orchestra schedules dynamically... (not RoR... yet)

Craig White wrote:

I have a 'Library' module where I am going to have to print apparently 5
different types of labels depending upon whether they are for books,
cd's, audio tapes, video tapes, etc.

Is anyone printing labels with Rails?

Anyone have any suggestions for doing this?

Hi,

not with Rails (yet), but with PHP (the application I'm trying to port).

I have PHP create a temporary LaTeX file and then run "pdflatex" to compile
this file to a PDF on the server, then have PHP pass it through to the
browser as application/x-pdf. It's so simple that it's a ten-liner even in
PHP. *g*

There are lots of pre-made classes especially for the myriad of different
Zweckform sticky labels available for LaTeX, including margin settings for
most common printers. You're bound to find labels for CDs and DVDs and the
like too, otherwise you can modify an existing class rather easily.

I came to the conclusion that this is the easiest method. You don't depend
on the users' Word or OOo versions, they can view it before they print it,
adjust printer settings if they want, or just save the file. Plus, the user
can't break anything.

Craig White wrote:

>
> I have a 'Library' module where I am going to have to print apparently 5
> different types of labels depending upon whether they are for books,
> cd's, audio tapes, video tapes, etc.
>
> Is anyone printing labels with Rails?
>
> Anyone have any suggestions for doing this?

Hi,

not with Rails (yet), but with PHP (the application I'm trying to port).

I have PHP create a temporary LaTeX file and then run "pdflatex" to compile
this file to a PDF on the server, then have PHP pass it through to the
browser as application/x-pdf. It's so simple that it's a ten-liner even in
PHP. *g*

There are lots of pre-made classes especially for the myriad of different
Zweckform sticky labels available for LaTeX, including margin settings for
most common printers. You're bound to find labels for CDs and DVDs and the
like too, otherwise you can modify an existing class rather easily.

I came to the conclusion that this is the easiest method. You don't depend
on the users' Word or OOo versions, they can view it before they print it,
adjust printer settings if they want, or just save the file. Plus, the user
can't break anything.

Craig White wrote: