updated 11:00 pm EST, Mon March 14, 2005
Seiko label printer SDK
Seiko Instruments USA has released Software Development Kit (SDK) for Mac developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to create applications for the company's line of Smart Label Printers. Seiko Instruments' new SDK, now availalbe in beta form, is the first designed for Mac label printing applications; it simplifies the development process to just a few lines of code, according to the company: "We've realized there is a huge untapped market of Mac users who could use a handy small footprint printer on their desktop. Releasing this SDK is the first of many steps we plan to take in the coming months to give both consumer and office users a tool to make single label printing easy and efficient."
Seiko Instruments Smart Label Printers are designed to create one label at
a time for envelopes, media storage, bar code printing and a variety of
other office and home applications. The small footprint desktop printers
also offer the ability to print nametags and ID badges for parties, trade shows,
conferences and other business or social events. Each printer comes
complete with Smart Label Software for fast, easy production of custom
labels featuring a variety of fonts and graphics.
Seiko's new SDK supports both Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther; it provides all the necessary facilities to print synchronously and asynchronously to Seiko Instruments Smart Label Printers. The SDK comes with documentation, a sample application including source code that uses the SDK to print labels to the Seiko Instruments printers and an installer. The SDK works with both Carbon and Cocoa applications and includes sample code for each.
"With the new SDK, no complicated calls to the printing system are needed. End users won't have to worry about manually changing the default printer, and no page set-up is required. Plus, because the SDK makes a direct
connection to the label printer, users can stop printing on a dime if they
have a problem - such as running out of labels or noticing a typo at the
A final version of the SDK is expected to be available this summer.