Create a Custom Tag

Printing a price tag just requires you to create a fillable PDF form. You can use any PDF editing software to create a PDF form. Note this is different than a PDF viewer which are widely available for free. Most PDF editors such as Foxit PDF editor, Nitro PDF, or Adobe Acrobat Editor are paid products and are very high quality. One free option is Libre Writer, which we will cover in this article.

Install Libre Office

Libre Office can be downloaded from their official website. Libre Office is a free open source alternative to Microsoft Office, and includes a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), and other office applications. The version used in this article is 6.2.8, which is the latest stable version at this time. Once installed, we will open Libre Writer by clicking Start > Libre Office > Writer.

Create Custom Tag

Once you have Writer open, the first step will be to verify the form editor toolbar is visible. To enable the Form Editor toolbar, select View > Toolbars > and verify the Form Controls option is selected. This will display the Form Control toolbar if it is not already shown.

Set Form editor to visible
Click View > Toolbars > Form Controls to show the form control toolbar

Next, you will want to set up your page settings. If your tag is a full size sheet of paper, you can skip this step. However, if your tag is smaller, select the Page Settings icon on the right side of the screen to display the page settings options. Set the page width and height to the desired size.

Custom Tag - Page Settings
Set your page size in Page Settings

Now we are ready to add fields. Watch the following clip to see how to add text fields to the tag. Select the Edit Mode icon in the top right of the Form Control toolbar, then select the Text Box option to add a text box. Drag the desired text box size onto the tag. Double click the newly created field to edit the field properties. Set the field name to one of the following:

item_title, item_description, item_qty, item_sku, item_builder, item_price, item_barcode

Add tag fields
Add text fields to your tag

To add a barcode to your tag, just select a barcode font for the item_barcode textbox. You can download the Code39 font or the Code 128 font for your barcode. Once downloaded, open the downloaded Zip file and double click the contained .ttf font file. This will show you a preview of the font, with a Install button at the top. Click Install to install the font onto your computer. You may now need to close Libre Writer and restart in order for the new font to be available in the Font property as set in the clip above.

Install Font
Click Install to install the barcode font

OrderTrac will replace the entire contents of each field with data from OrderTrac. So if you would like for there to be a label before a field, such as Price: $123, you cannot enter Price: in the price field, as it will get overwritten with the price. You will need to add a separate text field for the price label. You can either use a Textbox field or the Label field (the icon that looks like a price tag) for this.

Once all fields have been added to your tag with the desired formatting and the correct names set, you are ready to export the tag as a PDF file. Click File > Export As > Export as PDF… to display the export options dialog.

Tag export as PDF
Click File > Export As > Export as PDF…

Select the following options. Verify Create PDF form is checked, and verify Archive PDF/A-1a is not checked, and click Export. Choose a name for your tag and place the new pdf in C:\Users\<username_here>\Documents\ordertrac\tags

Export options
Export options

Now that the tag template has been created, open OrderTrac, and on the Items tab, right click an item and select Print Tag.

Print tag from OrderTrac
Right Click and select Print Tag to print a new tag

The print tag form will show. Select the tag template you just created. (Note, tag must be in C:\Users\<username_here>\Documents\ordertrac\tags in order to show in the dropdown)

Print tag form
Select a tag template, and update the fields as necessary

One all fields are set how you want them, click View to generate a tag. The tag should open in your default PDF viewer. You can print the tag using the print functionality in the PDF viewing software.