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I am trying to print some 2x6 labels on a SATO CL408e thermal label printer. The 2x6 labels are arranged in "landscape" mode with 2 labels per "sheet." When I attempt to print "x" copies of a 1 page label document, I get "x" formfeeds and "x" wasted labels.

Is there any way to manipulate the .NET printing engine to do a over-under 2-up landscape printing? I'm thinking no, but maybe there's a way. The printer has the ability to sense the end of a label, but apparently it can't sense that there are 2 labels side-by-side on the feed.

I am thinking that the only solution is to treat the two labels as 1 4x6 landscape label and just always print an even number of labels.

I am including the code that I am using to generate and print the labels:
/// <summary>/// /// </summary>/// <param name="Quantity" ></param>public void PrintBoxLabel(s hort Quantity){ short labelQty = Quantity; printDoc = new PrintDocument() ; printDoc.PrintP age += new PrintPageEventH andler(this.pri ntDoc_PrintBoxL abel); printDoc.EndPri nt += new PrintEventHandl er(this.printDo c_EndBoxPrint); printDoc.Printe rSettings.Print erName = (string)App.Con fig["boxCartonPalle tPrinter"]; printDoc.Docume ntName = this.stockCode; printDoc.Printe rSettings.Copie s = labelQty; printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.L andscape = true; foreach (PaperSize psz in printDoc.Printe rSettings.Paper Sizes) { if (psz.PaperName == (string)App.Con fig["boxCartonPalle tPaperSize"]) { printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.P aperSize = psz; break; } } printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.M argins.Left = 0; printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.M argins.Right = 0; printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.M argins.Top = 0; printDoc.Defaul tPageSettings.M argins.Bottom = 0; printDoc.Origin AtMargins = true; printDoc.Print( );}private void printDoc_PrintB oxLabel(object sender, PrintPageEventA rgs e){ Graphics grfx = e.Graphics; SizeF sizef; Font cooFont = new Font("Lucida Console", 10); Font uomFont = new Font("Lucida Console", 14); Font stkFont = new Font("Lucida Console", 16); string spanishText = ""; string frenchText = ""; string baseLabelText = (string)stk["CountryOfOrigi n"]; string boxCode = (string)stk["BoxLabelCo de"]; int unitOfMeasure = (int)stk["UnitOfMeas ure"]; float barWidth = (float)(26.7 * .00254); float barHeight = (float)1.5; float barRatio = (float)2.81; switch (baseLabelText) { case "Made in USA": spanishText = "Hecho en E.U.A."; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 en Etats Unis"; break; case "Made in Turkey": spanishText = "Hecho en Turqu\x00EDa"; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 en Turqie"; break; case "Made in India": spanishText = "Hecho en la India"; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 en Inde"; break; case "Made in Italy": spanishText = "Hecho en Italia"; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 en Italie"; break; case "Made in Mexico": spanishText = "Hecho en M\x00E9xico"; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 au Mexico"; break; case "Made in Philippines": spanishText = "Hecho en Filipinas"; frenchText = "Fabriqu\x0 0E9 en Philipines"; break; } // Draw the stock code in the upper left sizef = grfx.MeasureStr ing(this.stockC ode, stkFont); grfx.DrawString (this.stockCode , stkFont, Brushes.Black, (float)37.5, 25); // Draw the Unit of Measure in the upper right grfx.DrawString (unitOfMeasure. ToString(), uomFont, Brushes.Black, 415, 25); // Draw the "Each","Chaque" , "Cada Uno" in the upper right grfx.DrawString ("Each", cooFont, Brushes.Black, 470, (float)12.5); grfx.DrawString ("Chaque", cooFont, Brushes.Black, 470, 32); grfx.DrawString ("Cada Uno", cooFont, Brushes.Black, 470, 50); // Draw the horizontal line across the label grfx.DrawLine(n ew Pen(Brushes.Bla ck, 1), 0, (float)62.5, 600, (float)62.5); //Draw the barcode on the label RectangleF rect = Barcode.DrawInt erleved2Of5(box Code, "", true, BarcodeLabelAli gnment.BelowCen ter, barWidth, 0, barHeight, barRatio, (float).5, false, new RectangleF(25, 82, 350, 110), new Font("Lucida Console", 14), Color.Black, grfx); // Draw the country of origin strings on the right side of the label sizef = grfx.MeasureStr ing(baseLabelTe xt, cooFont); grfx.DrawString (baseLabelText, cooFont, Brushes.Black, 375 + ((225 - sizef.Width) / 2), (float)87.5); sizef = grfx.MeasureStr ing(spanishText , cooFont); grfx.DrawString (spanishText, cooFont, Brushes.Black, 375 + ((225 - sizef.Width) / 2), (float)120); sizef = grfx.MeasureStr ing(frenchText, cooFont); grfx.DrawString (frenchText, cooFont, Brushes.Black, 375 + ((225 - sizef.Width) / 2), (float)150); e.HasMorePages = false;}Thanks in advance,Matthew BelkBizSpeed Inc.
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