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Hi ptoye,

About 4 or 5 years ago when doing labels for our Christmas cards, I ran across the table style forms mentioned by NoOp below. I will never go back to the standard frame type forms standard in OO and LO. I've had absolutely no alignment problems. I'll also paste here some assistance if you are using a database to fill out the forms:

*LibreOffice Labels*
Go to insert/fields/other. In that window choose the Database Tab, then select mail merge, and drag the fields you want to your label form. Then in the same column as the mail merge selection choose next record and click insert. Copy the information from the first cell to the other cells in the template. I don't know if this might help anyone or not. I had an OpenOffice form problem using the table template with a standard 30 label sheet (3 x 10). I have all of our Christmas card addresses in an OpenOffice database. I have the form setup, etc, to automatically pull the address information in when I click print and select the database, etc. It works great with one exception. Last year my wife said I missed having a few addresses included. I didn't think anything about it, and honestly, didn't think that was possible. This year before giving her the printed labels I thought I would check that everyone was there. I set the printing so it is sorting to print A_Z based on the last name. It takes three sheets. I have 78 names in the database, but only had 76 printed labels. What happened was when the printing went from the first sheet to the second sheet, it misses one record. The rest of the second page is fine. When I went from the second sheet to the third sheet, once again, it skipped the next label, then printed fine for the balance. When I say it skipped it, the missing record just disappears. It isn't that I end up with a blank label at the top of the sheet. The next one in line to be printed on the first label on Page 2 vanishes and the one that should be the second one on the second page becomes the first one on the second page. The same with the third page. A person would never pick this up unless checking the database against the printed labels. To solve this problem, if you need three sheets of labels, you need three sheets in your template. Also, LibreOffice and OpenOffice (at least past versions) print out one blank page between each sheet of labels. If you print the document (without importing the information, so you just have the fields) as a text file, then delete out the blank sheets, and then save the text file back to your template, that problem is solved.


On 12/14/2012 03:18 PM, NoOp wrote:
On 12/14/2012 11:12 AM, ptoye wrote:
Trying to produce labels, but they don't fit the paper! I'm using the
built-in L7163 address label format.

It's a bit complicated as I don't have a printer attached - I have to make a
PDF document and print it on another machine. As "Export to PDF" just gives
a sheet with the fields names on rather than the filled-in values, I use a
PDF printer and am getting different (and wrong) PDFs from both OO and LO.
Interestingly, the results are different between LO and OO, and also between
the printers I use, so there seems to be a problem with the printer

With OO using CutePDF I get a US letter size document (8 by 11 inches),
using Bullzip I get a document 20.8 by 28.2 cm (a bit smaller than A4). The
pitches are also wrong.

With LO I get the same from both printers: a correctly sized document. But
the pitch is wrong: 9.2 by 3.6 cm instead of 9.9 by 3.8.

How on earth can I get OO and/or LO to produce my labels? It's too late for
my Xmas cards now - I've gone back to an ancient Lotus SmartSuite which
works perfectly. But won't run on Windows 7 unfortunately.

I think this will help:
That will provide a template (table format) for your labels. You might
consider ordering from Worldlabel... they are the only vendor that I
know of that provide OOo/AOO/LO templates for their products.



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