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Hi Folks,

I'm a novice BT design user needing some help with data source prompting. I have a shipping label setup that we use currently. As expected, it has fields for consignee and notification contacts that are only needed once and then weight fields for gross, tare and net that are different for each drum. One lot is typically about 16 drums but a shipment may include several lots. Currently, I have not been able to get this to prompt for the weights to be entered for each record so the labels have to be entered one at a time. Employees would typically modify the template to include the static info (consignee, lot#, etc) along with the weights of the first drum and the drum#/total # of drums. That is then printed out in multiple copies. The process is then repeated for drums 2-16 this time changing only the weights and the drum number. It's a tedious process that has led to some errors due to the multiple entry on the drum numbers.

I've tried having the weight fields prompt on every record for the Data Entry Control while all the static content is set at "once at the start of print job", but that has only resulted in the same weights being printed on every label. Any suggestions on how this can work and be simplified? Our system is standalone and not database or ERP linked. No experience with VB script either.

Thanks,
JT

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You may be able to get this to work by setting up and linking a "dummy" database. It can simply be an excel or txt file with consecutive numbers if you want. For some reason, the "Prompt at the start of each record" only works with data-file-linked designs.
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[quote name='J. Turner' timestamp='1342463727' post='2855']
Hi Folks,

I'm a novice BT design user needing some help with data source prompting. I have a shipping label setup that we use currently. As expected, it has fields for consignee and notification contacts that are only needed once and then weight fields for gross, tare and net that are different for each drum. One lot is typically about 16 drums but a shipment may include several lots. Currently, I have not been able to get this to prompt for the weights to be entered for each record so the labels have to be entered one at a time. Employees would typically modify the template to include the static info (consignee, lot#, etc) along with the weights of the first drum and the drum#/total # of drums. That is then printed out in multiple copies. The process is then repeated for drums 2-16 this time changing only the weights and the drum number. It's a tedious process that has led to some errors due to the multiple entry on the drum numbers.

I've tried having the weight fields prompt on every record for the Data Entry Control while all the static content is set at "once at the start of print job", but that has only resulted in the same weights being printed on every label. Any suggestions on how this can work and be simplified? Our system is standalone and not database or ERP linked. No experience with VB script either.

Thanks,
JT
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Hi JT,
I think what you want is the 'Automatically Print Again' option on the Print dialog. This allows the prompt dialog to show up for each copy that prints, where you can manually change the weight and drum number. Once you've typed in all of the numbers, you can click cancel on the data entry form to stop the print job.

Hope that helps! To get to this option, open the Print dialog. Halfway down, select the Options tab, and enable 'Automatically Print Again'.
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[quote name='Jim' timestamp='1342467569' post='2858']
Hi JT,
I think what you want is the 'Automatically Print Again' option on the Print dialog. This allows the prompt dialog to show up for each copy that prints, where you can manually change the weight and drum number. Once you've typed in all of the numbers, you can click cancel on the data entry form to stop the print job.

Hope that helps! To get to this option, open the Print dialog. Halfway down, select the Options tab, and enable 'Automatically Print Again'.
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Thanks. Tried that but it gives me the entire prompt screen back and I have to re-enter all of the information. In addition, for example, on the first prompt screen I entered all of the info and the number of containers and starting label. What happens after I click print the first time is that all of the labels print with the same info (including weights) and then the prompt screen reappears. I'll see what else I can tinker with from there.
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[quote name='J. Turner' timestamp='1342474038' post='2859']
Thanks. Tried that but it gives me the entire prompt screen back and I have to re-enter all of the information. In addition, for example, on the first prompt screen I entered all of the info and the number of containers and starting label. What happens after I click print the first time is that all of the labels print with the same info (including weights) and then the prompt screen reappears. I'll see what else I can tinker with from there.
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What if you selected the option 'Update data source after print'? Then you wouldn't have to reenter all of the data, just the data that changes.

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Forgot to update this thread, but the above worked great for what we needed. Thanks.

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