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From BeLight Software:
Labels & Addresses (former Mail Factory) is a home and office tool for printing all sorts of labels and envelopes. Merge printing capability makes the program a great tool for Holiday seasons, by helping users to design and print multiple greeting envelopes and postcards with automatically substitutable addresses and postal barcodes.
Intuitive and self-explanatory, sleek and user-friendly, powerful and flexible, this software has all the functions I need readily available, without distracting me from the job at hand.
It takes about a minute to load a database of 500 addresses. (After the database has been loaded, any changes to the template register instantly, which is good.)
I acquired this program in order to print address labels for 500 different recipients that I'd saved as a group in Google Contacts. After exporting this group as a "comma-separated values" (.csv) file, I was easily able to load it into the Labels & Addresses software and design a template that was automatically applied to all addresses in the database. I experimented with various fonts and layouts, originally placing the company name over the employee's name, then later switching them. All of these changes were easy to make and I was able to instantly preview how they would look on different addresses. The program allowed me to print a single label as a test, even choosing where this test label would appear on the page (this was practical, as I'd already removed the top left label from that page!). It was also possible to fill a plain (non-sticky) test page with labels, and print dotted lines between them in order to preview the size of the real labels. Each function I needed was easy to find without needing to read any manuals or help files. I noticed introductory videos were included in the software, but I never needed to look at them. Perfect!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Now with the release of version 1.5.1 I can now reverse my previous statement and recommendation. I have an Address Book of upwards of 3000 contacts. That apparently was causing L&A to freeze. I just installed 1.5.1 and everything seems to work as advertised.
... This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have been a fan of Belight's products and own several. But L&A, so far is unusable. Virtually anything I try to get it to do, results in the spinning ball and a force quit. Printing to an Epson R260 or R280 was impossible. Changing groups in the Address Book link was impossible. Yes, support answered right away, even sent a link to version 1.5 that I downloaded. That, too, failed to work. I'm running a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard. Every other application works just fine. They all print just fine. I would stay away from this product until it becomes reliable.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I personally downloaded and tested 9 barcode programs and found this one to be easy, friendly and exactly what I needed for my manufacturing business. We were asked by one of our large distributors to place barcoded labels on all our products. we only had two weeks to get this ready. many of the programs were difficult to understand and did not provide an easy way to create great looking labels. Labels & Addresses did everything we required, with graphics, pictures, barcodes, data fields and all in an easy to understand layout.
When we had questions their support team and forum answered us quickly and with some of the best service I have ever known. For a company in the Ukraine I was impressed with the way they explained and sent samples, a short movie file that took me step by step through the process.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Version: Mail Factory 2.6.2
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I used this to print graduation party invitation mailing labels. It was extremely easy to use, fits nicely with the Mac/Leopard user interface, and was able to do everything I needed. My only complaint was that it could read data from Excel spreadsheets but not Numbers.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. This is one of those programs which are a delight to use.
I use it mostly for envelopes, but also for labels, and in either mode it works well.
I was able (a long time back) to make a suggestion for localized address formatting, and that was very quickly acted on.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I was astonished how much nicer this is than the bundled Brother software, and found it intuitive and attractive. Much faster to setup and get great results than the archaic, ugly, and difficult to use Brother software. I've already used it for several projects and found it to be flawless and fun to use. The price is a bit steep considering that it cost almost as much as the label printer machine I bought on sale at the office supply store. I'm a bit confused by the other reviewers previous to myself on VT since I didn't share their experiences at all. Strangely, other download sites give this app an almost perfect five stars. VT users must be a more critical group.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. OK, $19.99 seemed reasonable for a program that would overcome the shortcomings of the Apple Address Book's lame printing features and help me with my Christmas mailing. 5 hours and an additional $19.99 to upgrade from the "home" edition which believe it or not, can't print a list of labels with different addresses I am no closer to my Christmas mailing. The program looks nice and has lots of good features and ideas (the "Family" option is brilliant, allowing you to change "Mr. Smith" to "The Smith Family", but unfortunately it's global and therefore useless) but it's just too flaky to use. To do a merge print you have to create a "print list" from your source database. Simple enough. Unfortunately there's a bug that's preventing any changes I make to the Print List from "sticking". I go through the steps to create one just fine and click "OK", but the Print List isn't created, or the odd times I have managed to create one, any changes I try to make are not saved. Printing mailing labels from an address book is a pretty darned basic computer function, it's hard to believe there isn't a decent one out for OSX. Ah, for the good old days of Dynodex for OS9...