Printing Address Labels Now IMPOSSIBLE or is it
For many years I have kept a spreadsheet with all the addresses for my Christmas Card list and faithfully updated it as people have got married, moved house or died. Each year I used that list to print out roughly 80 address labels for the envelopes. One year, I even created labels for the inside of the cards to save scrawling my signature and a few words of greeting. But I decided that was too impersonal, so I now write the inside of the cards.
Address Labels Suddenly Impossible
A couple of years ago, it got more difficult to print the address labels because Microsoft did not provide a 64 bit piece of software that other programs needed for converting spreadsheet or database addresses into a format that could be printed onto labels. The program I used suggested a work around that fixed that for a few years. But this year ..... suddenly soomeone who is reasonably tech savvy could not print the Christmas address labels. I used 3 different programs, one wanted me to provide a java runtime environment and when I did - couldn't "see" it. Another wanted the spreadsheet converted into a database, which I did but still couldn't use it .... I thought I was going nuts.
Then I Googled it
I searched for something on the lines of "Why can I not print address labels". It may have been slightly stronger language than that! The top result that came up used even stronger language! And it had so many comments agreeing. One commenter said that something that was easy in 1995 could no longer be done. Another said it had ruined her wedding invites.
How Has Technology Got us Here?
A few years ago, computers were 32 bit. Now they are 64 bit but the software that converted a spreadsheet into a usable format for a desktop publishing program did not keep up. And it appears that the publishing programs have not (or maybe cannot - possibly because of patents?) write their own converters.
Hand Write The Addresses?
I spent 2 days on it. My husband suggested I hand write the addresses, though he said that his own handwriting was too bad to be of any help!!! My handwriting has gone south since I started using a keyboard so I went for one last possibility.
I still had one of my OLD desktop publishing programs, dating back to 2007. I installed that on my computer and the labels got printed perfectly first time, including the same graphic I have added on here!
Do You Want This Program?
You can buy brand new unopened copies of this program on Ebay for about £5. About $6 in the US. They will be posted from the UK. The program is called Serif PagePlus X3. You need a 32 bit desktop publishing program to print labels. Some of the later ones may also be 32 bit but I know that PagePlus X8 and PagePlus X9 are both 64 bit so you can't use those.
Image Credit » This is PLR graphics that I have purchased and have the right to use.