This article outlines how to use the free Zebra ZDesigner software to create text based label codes for use in System 5. Commercial software like Taggit or Labelview can be used to do this as well although the steps will be slightly different (The concepts are the same for those though).
You may already have it installed as it comes with some Zebra printers on the driver CD.
If not, you can acquire it here:
The label will primarily be built using the Barcode and Text menu options. The line and rectangle tools are fine to use as well, however the ellipse is not as it will result in graphics being sent to the printer codes.
The System Five specific barcode and text variables available for use in the label design can be located in the help file here
The help file also provides examples of how the variables work. The graphic below shows the System Five variable to print the first 30 characters of the Description field. System Five will fill in this value prior to the codes being sent to the printer. If you print preview your label when printing from System Five, you will see the codes in Notepad and can confirm System Five is filling in these values as expected.
When you are ready to test your label in System Five, simply select the Print button in ZDesigner and check the Print to File box.
This will prompt you for a file name. Save the file somewhere handy with a name of your choosing and add a .txt extension to it.
You can then open your saved text file and copy and paste the codes into one of the appropriate fields in the Barcode Label Print code section of System Five.