Portable Receipt Printer Features Enhancements for Customized Print Design Capabilities

Extech Data Systems, a leading developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, adds extra capability to the Andes 3, the first in a series of enhanced Generation 4 printers that joins its existing family of portable printing products. Uniquely designed for harsh outdoor environments, the IP54 certified three-inch printer is inspired by and aptly named for the majestic peaks of the Andes mountain range, and is able to withstand adverse weather conditions and drops to concrete without diminished performance.

Adding to the functionality of the Andes 3 is Form Fiesta, a Windows based page printing utility that allows users to create forms such as boarding passes and parking tickets. This free, easy-to-install application provides an array of design functions to prepare visually pleasing and informative forms that include text, barcodes and tables. Using the intuitive tool bar, users choose from various text options, including size, style and text positioning. Form Fiesta also offers a selection of linear barcode types that can be inserted quickly and easily in any position on the form. As the form is created, the code is automatically generated. Once the design is completed, variable data can be embedded and the final code cut into the application. The total size of the code is only one-tenth of that required by a typical graphic based program ensuring fast printing – every time.

The Andes 3 unit features a highly integrated 32 Bit Microcontroller from ST Microelectronics and incorporates 4 MB Flash and 1 MB SRAM memory that is under user control. The lightweight printer boasts an in-field programmable CPU containing firmware, resident fonts, rotated fonts, downloadable fonts, graphics, multiple logos, and bar codes.

Extech Data Systems' Andes 3 portable printer uses state of the art technology to ensure the operator maximum ease-of-use. Incorporating a thermal print head from SEIKO, the Andes 3 performs at a rate of three inches per second at a high resolution. Built-in detectors monitor voltage and paper out, and the unit offers automatic print contrast control. Operability is effortless with an easy load clamshell style paper load system with a push button release for the paper door.

The user can choose to employ the power adapter option or the new extra capacity Lithium Ion battery cartridge. While charging, the adaptor automatically switches to AC power guaranteeing a long length of life. The Andes 3 is fully MS-DOS and Windows compatible with drivers available for Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP. The printer has a full-speed handshake and is compliant with .NET, CE and Palm based operating systems.

With a variety of resident fonts, the Andes 3 series maintains the capability to print fonts ranging from 12 to 24 characters per inch. A new Windows Driver and enhanced linear bar code capability are also available.

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