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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.

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VinceSummers wrote on November 30, 2018, 8:55 PM

As you probably know, I don't "do" Christmas. However, I can completely relate to what you are saying. In fact, a piece I wrote not long ago echoes this. It is the power of technology, which moves just too fast to be healthy. And the forces behind it hasten it yet further because of their interest in, as Dickens said, pecuniary emoluments!

MegL wrote on December 1, 2018, 3:21 AM

Yes, pecuniary emoluments that don't include customer service!

Kasman wrote on December 1, 2018, 5:46 PM

Progress isn't always a good thing. Sometime the old ways are the best.

MegL wrote on December 1, 2018, 5:54 PM

Yes, that 11 year old program got the job done first time! And no technical knowledge needed.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 2, 2018, 11:18 AM

I had Avery Label Pro for Windows and was running Windows 95. But due to the fact that my system is now a 64 bit, I can not use that version of Avery Label Pro for Windows. But even the later version has changed. Here is a link to look at. It is from the avery website

Last Edited: December 2, 2018, 11:20 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on December 2, 2018, 11:23 AM

There is an Avery site online that you might like to look at.

MegL wrote on December 2, 2018, 6:53 PM

Looks useful. I must check both those out. It's always useful to have alternatives.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 2, 2018, 8:18 PM

Yes. I purchased Avery Label Pro that came on a floppy disk back when the Avery Labels were popular. Like making business cards, VHS and CD labels and greeting cards. I think lots of labels are available from templates that come with a subscription to certain programs. I mean, I once had a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and I think they had some interesting templates to look at.