Issue: One of the fields on my label requires the time of printing. We print several thousand copies of a label daily, and to differentiate them the time is necessary. The printers we are using are the SATO S84-ex print engine and the SATO Lt408 print engine.
Current Behavior: Bartender does not allow usage of the printer's clock if the printer is set up using drivers directly from the manufacturer, SATO. Seagull provides drivers that enable this functionality. However, Seagull's provided drivers for the aforementioned printers are horrible and do not function well. They also lack downloadable fonts, which makes little sense as SATO's drivers allow for this on both the S84 AND the Lt408. Seagull's drivers also have unusual interactions with the printers in question, essentially locking the quantity to 1 (as in, 1 job), when using SATO's drivers displays the number of labels.
Suggested Resolution: Enable Printer Clock usage on third-party drivers, or update the Seagull-provided drivers for these printers.
Personal Comments: I do not, for the life of me, understand why this is so difficult. SATO produces printers with onboard real-time clocks. The software we currently use from two decades ago manage to leverage the real-time clock on our S84 models without issue, while still utilizing SATO's driver. SATO's driver has so much more functionality and customizability, so I really think Seagull should just enable printer clock features on 'third-party' drivers. In this case, SEAGULL's drivers are third party, old, hopelessly out of date.
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