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Printing Using Fonts Transferred to the Printer

Overview

Print using fonts transferred to the printer.
This function is useful in the following types of situations:
Examples:

  • When the customer wants to print a label/receipt for a desired image using a font licensed by the customer.
  • When there were previously characters or languages that were not supported by built-in fonts.

These characters may be printed depending on the availability of this function.

Setting procedure overview

  1. 1. The customer prepares the fonts (TrueType fonts or OpenType fonts) they are using on the computer that will be used.
  2. 2. Transfer the fonts to the printer using the Font Manager (Windows tool).
  3. 3. Print using the font transferred to the printer. The transferred fonts can be called up and printed using various print commands (ESC/P command, P-touch Template command).

Note:
In the description on this page, fonts originally built into the printer are referred to as "built-in fonts", and fonts transferred to the printer with this function are referred to as "downloaded fonts".

Procedure for Preparing to Print Using Fonts Transferred to the Printer

1. Prepare the font (TrueType font or OpenType font)

Prepare a font licensed by the customer.

Regarding permission for use of fonts
To use fonts, it is necessary to have the permission of the owner by obtaining a license. Before downloading any fonts, the customer must confirm that the permission of the owner has been received, and that all licensing conditions have been satisfied for the concerned fonts.

2. Procedure for transferring fonts to the printer

  1. 1. Download the Windows version of the printer driver for the model being used from the support website in advance. Connect the printer and computer via USB and add the printer.
  2. 2. Download Font Manager.

What is Font Manager?
Font Manager is a tool on Windows computers for registering TrueType and OpenType fonts.
Fonts registered to the printer may be used as built-in fonts.

  1. 3. Start up Font Manager.
  2. 4. Choose the printer (ex: RJ-4230B) corresponding to the font download function from the Printer drop-down list.
  3. 5. Select the font (TrueType or OpenType font) by clicking the "..." button under Font.
  4. 6. Click the Transfer button to transfer the font to the printer. Successfully transferred fonts will be displayed in the Font list.
Procedure for transferring fonts to the printer

Font Manager System Requirements

Supported OSs Windows 7 or later
For use of this tool, .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher is required.
(Unnecessary for Windows 10, as .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher is already installed.)
Supported font formats ttf format (TrueType), otf format (OpenType)

3. Printing with fonts transferred to the printer

Printing with fonts transferred to the printer can be done through various print commands.

When printing using the P-touch Template command

  1. 1. Start up P-touch Editor and create a layout.
    When printing using a font transferred to the printer, set the text object to the same font as the one transferred to the printer.
    • * It is possible to save and use both fonts transferred to the printer and fonts that were already built in.
When printing using the P-touch Template command
  1. 2. Start up P-touch Transfer Manager and transfer the layout to the printer.
When printing using the P-touch Template command
  1. 3. Using the P-touch Template command, bring up the layout and print.
    • * For detailed instructions, refer to the P-touch Template command reference.
  2. Once the following fonts have been arranged, printing can be performed using this font.
  • Font information set as a text object within a layout transferred to a printer
  • Font information transferred to a printer

When printing using the ESC/P command

Print using the ESC/P command.
It is possible to set the font transferred to the printer using the font selection command in the ESC/P command.

  • * For detailed instructions, refer to the ESC/P command reference.

When printing using the ZPL® command

Print using the ZPL® command.
It is possible to set the font transferred to the printer using the font selection command in the ZPL® command.

  • * For detailed instructions, refer to the ZPL® support list in the P-touch Template command reference.

When printing using the CPCL command

Print using the CPCL command.
It is possible to set the font transferred to the printer using the font selection command in the CPCL command.

  • * For detailed instructions, refer to the CPCL command information in the P-touch Template command reference.

List of Supported Models

RJ-4230B, RJ-4250WB, TD-4410D, TD-4420DN, TD-4520DN, TD-4550DNWB

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Font Manager

Q

Are ttc format (True Type Collection) fonts supported?

A

No. ttc format fonts are not supported.

Q

Is it not possible to refer to the Windows Font folder?

A

Due to folder access authority, it is not possible to refer to the Windows Font folder from Font Manager. Use either of the following methods to select a font.

  • Copy the font to a folder location that Font Manager can refer to, and then select the font.
  • Drag and drop the font to the Font area on the Font Manager UI.

P-touch Template command

Q

What character code can be used for transferring text from a terminal?

A

It is possible to specify a character code set on the printer with the P-touch Template Setting Tool.

  • Transmit text from the terminal by UTF-8 when Unicode is specified.
  • Transmit text from the terminal by Shift_JIS when JIS X 0201 is specified.
P-touch Template command
Q

How does the printer operate when a font that is not in the printer is set in the text object of a layout?

A

The printer automatically switches to Gothic for Japanese, and Helsinki for western characters.

Batch setting fonts for multiple printers

Q

I want to batch set fonts for multiple printers.

A

It is possible to batch set fonts with the following procedure.

  1. 1. First, download the Windows version printer driver from the support website, and then add the printer by connecting it to the computer via USB.
  2. 2. Download Font Manager.
  1. 3. Start up the Font Manager tool.
  2. 4. From the Printer drop-down list, select the printer corresponding to the font download function (ex: RJ-4230B).
  3. 5. Click the "..." button under Font, and select a font (TrueType or OpenType font).
Batch setting fonts for multiple printers
  1. 6. Click the Down arrow button button next to the Transfer button, select Save in Command File..., and save the font as a bin format file.
  2. 7. Start up the Windows version P-touch Transfer Manager.
    On this application screen, drag and drop to the bin file made in step "6".
  3. 8. Click the Save Transfer File button, and save as a blf format file.
Batch setting fonts for multiple printers
  1. 9. Batch set blf files on each printer using various tools.
    Examples:
    BRAdmin Pro
    Mobile Deploy
    Data updates (Remote Update) by FTP server
    • * For instructions on how to use various tools, refer to the explanation page for each tool on this site.

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