The more things change, the more they remain the same. Sure, we’ve lived in the internet age for a few years, and we’re on the cusp of a new age, too, the Internet of Things age where everything gets connected.
Guess what? We still have a postal delivery person (once known as a postman) to deliver mail and packages made of atoms, and guess what? Each one of those items they carry and deliver needs an address label. If you’re one who churns out good old fashioned snail mail– from letters to invoices to packages– snail mail still works and your Mac can do the label making work for you.
Labels, Addresses, And Names, Oh My!
The Mac has a handful of label and address management apps, but many other apps can print labels from your Mac. Labels and Databases is a more comprehensive label solution which marries label design with a database of names and addresses and delivers a package where the total is greater than the sum of the parts.
The parts are really two separate functions. Label design. And the database that holds names and addresses. Labels and Databases does both. I know, surprise, right? Label design is straightforward. Think of a mini-page-layout app but for the size of whatever label you need. Select the label size, drop in images, text, and align as needed to fit, then print.
Printing labels is easy if you’ve selected one of the many formats of label paper available for printers.
Labels and Databases offers plenty of printing options, including the ability to print any number of labels on a single sheet; from one to all, or many, many sheets for thousands of labels.
Designs can be exported as .jpg, .tiff, .pdf, .png and other file formats– perfect to be sent to a printer for very large printing jobs.
The Databases Of Data
The other end of the package is the database of names. Think OS X’s Contacts app, but with performance enhancing chemicals. This is a serious database app (based on SQL which is already running on your Mac).
Create as many databases as you need for your label projects. Import from Contacts or pretty much any other database of names and addresses you can find. Groups of names are easily created and managed with sorts and filters. It can handle tens of thousands of names.
Also built in to Labels and Databases are options for barcodes, QR codes, all from a database that’s relatively straightforward and easy to manage. Fortunately, there’s a try-before-you-buy option so you can see what the app can do for your needs. If all you need are a few labels at a time, there’s nothing to see here. If you have multiple databases of hundreds or thousands of names and print out labels regularly, this app is a good place to start.