Migrate Colos Label To Bartender Folgen

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Is there a way to migrate labels done in markem-imaje COLOS software to bartender formats?

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We call this the "file conversion question;" converting brand A's label files to brand B's.  There are basically two answers to this question:  the short answer and the long answer.  The short answer is "no, but sorry, we really do not have any tool for this."  Sorry.
 
However, if you do need help in getting started with BarTender, then we do offer a free telephone service to guide you through label creation for up to 5 labels.  We have never had to go above 2 or 3 labels before the customer said, "This is easy, I got it.  Thanks."  This is not a solution to the problem, but it can help ease the transition process.  And designing label files from zero with BarTender really is relatively easy.
 
The long answer explains why the answer is "no," and I personally believe it is important that people understand why, because some label softwares (BarTender included) have tried to do this in the past, and some may still advertise it - but beware!!.
 
a)  All label software's have features that the other programs do not.  For example, a user could create a label file in BarTender with a connection to SAP IDocs which only we support.  Then how would a different label software "import" this functionality?  Not possible, so what would result?
 
b)  We all do the same things differently.  For example, we all support ODBC connections with Queries, but, internally, we all have slightly different code sequences to handle the Query.  This can cause the Query to malfunction.
 
c)  You may have MANY label files, which would actually be better served by having just a few label files but using a database with different records.  Consolidating and controlling a company's data in a database is almost always the better solution in the long-term.  The change to a new label software can be taken as an opportunity to reorganize a your label printing in a proper manner with a proper database.  Not always, but very often.
 
d)  Even when such a utility does exist, they can only convert about 60% of a label file about 60% of the time.  This may sound like better than nothing, but it actually is a negative.  Why?  Because after running a label file through a conversion process, then getting the resultant, converted file in the second label software, some user still needs to open the label file and examine it/tweak it VERY CAREFULLY.  Serial numbers could be misconverted, "best before" dates could be misconverted, check digits could be misconverted, etc.  The user ends up spending more time hunting and pecking within converted label files, than they would have if they had just created the label from zero initially.
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Thanks for your answer Ian, I wish I had to migrate just 3 or 4... a migrating tool is neccesary when you have a bunch of labels to convert (in our case is more than 200), the user even would accept a migrating tool to convert 60%.

But having to rewrite all this labels from scratch reopens the posibility to keep the other software and support both (and... belive me I would love to move up all to Bartender!  :) 

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