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    Avery has an online template application that works well enough for my purposes. I hit their site, pick the type of label I am using (05667 at the moment). It has served my purposes so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmonkey View Post
    I've never heard the term "graftware". In fact, google for "graftware office". This actual post is #2!!!

    So, what's it mean? If you don't want to use Office but a document template would work, LibreOffice is what you need. It can read/write Office formatted documents and it's open source (free).

    If you don't want to use a word processor template with any software suite... I got nothin'.
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    I should explain

    The idea of "graftware", though probably not correct, vocabulary wise, came to me as I was thinking about this ultra-fancy 4 digit $$$ computer that I am on now. Paid mucho dollars for my machine and Microsoft can't include an Office program? They give you a teaser

    So I said "screw 'em" and went open source. Which is free.

    Enter "LibreOffice"
    http://download.cnet.com/LibreOffice...-75337651.html

    All the goodies of Windows office but 100% free!


    Anyway,
    I appreciate all y'alls ideas. I didn't even think of a label maker

    Brilliance!
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    I'm a dinosaur, so I use Microsoft Works.

    The mail-merge function has a gazillion label templates built in. Anyone want to label their bottles with 5½ inch floppy labels? I can, thanks to the miracle of Microsoft Works.

    Just for grins, I googled "Microsoft Works." You can get version 9 for about $20. Mine, of course, is version 3. It came chipped on flint spearheads. Took me forever to enter all that assembler code.
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    My second vote would be for the Avery software too, especially if you want/need to include your own artwork. That's what is gonna be missing from the labeler option. I've used the Avery software in the past and it does work well, especially if you need to turn out a boat load of stuff. But if you only need a few quick labels something like the Brother labeler is the hands down winner.

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    If you are against using Office, which I understand, there is another alternative. Open Office is free and can even save or open Office docs. I use their spreadsheet and word processor all the time. You can download it free at Open Office free download
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    Well someone already beat me to the Open Office suggestion, but I really think a label maker is just easier. Even at full price, you can get a Brother P-touch for like $20 and the tape is cheap. I don't DIY, but I sometimes have to cut the nic, and do that in empty bottles. Properly formatted, the labels can be small, and they can be easily removed.
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    I just use my Smart Label Printer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammerfly View Post
    If you are against using Office, which I understand, there is another alternative. Open Office is free and can even save or open Office docs. I use their spreadsheet and word processor all the time. You can download it free at Open Office free download
    Actually, that is exactly what I use, mostly, it's on my other machine. Both of them are born from Linux and Libre is the newest office program (meaning supposedly "new and improved" from OO and) included in Linux Distributions, intended to replace OpenOffice.

    OO is really good though.

    As far as the labeling machine, eh..the price is awesome, but I am thinking about delving into Avery a bit deeper

    Thanks, all

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    Just to clarify, LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice because Oracle acquired the trademark. They're nearly identical right now.

    Oracle rubs the open source world the wrong way, so expect to see LibreOffice pull ahead rather quickly. If you're getting one now, get Libre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickajho View Post
    Not free, but Radio Shack has a Brother P-Touch labeler on sale for this weekend for $9.99
    Thanks so much!!! I have been wanting to get one of these and for this price I did!!!
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