Preview 1 Release Notes and FAQS
New and improved features
BarTender 2020 Preview 1 introduces significant performance improvements, a redesigned Print Portal web printing solution, and many new and improved features to help you create your document templates and data entry forms, connect to more types of databases, and manage your print environment.
Print Portal redesign
Print Portal is redesigned to have a responsive modern UI, improved performance, and streamlined functionality.
Secure Internet printing
Print operators can use any web browser to securely connect their client computers (over HTTPS) to a website that is hosted by the Print Portal web server. They can then use Print Portal to find and open the documents that they need, select a printer to send the print job to, and enter data into the data entry form as applicable at print time. Client computers do not have to have BarTender installed.
Administrators can enable authentication and single sign-on (SSO) by using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) for Windows authentication. They can also restrict access to document folders to only certain users and groups.
The web server/client model enables driverless printing, in which print jobs are streamed directly to the printer without a need to install a printer driver on the server. Additionally, the network can be configured so that print operators can send print jobs to any printer in the network, whether local or remote.
Print to PDF is now supported directly from Print Portal.
Security and authentication
Internet printing now fully supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and TLS encryption. Support is added for SSO by using IIS or AD FS. For Windows authentication, make sure that the Windows Authentication IIS feature is enabled, and then turn off Anonymous Authentication and enable Windows Authentication for the website inside IIS. For AD FS integration, manually add a new relying party trust for the root Print Portal URL. For more information, refer to the Print Portal FAQ.
Administrators can configure a new option that requires a user to re-submit authentication credentials after a specified time-out period elapses.
Administrators can configure a new option to password-protect the Administrative Settings page.
Grouping and sorting options are added to make it easier to organize your folders and documents and to find the document you need. You can group by author, category, tag, or product, and sort by name, date created, or date modified.
Administrators can configure a new option that determines whether the print operator is returned to the document selection page after a print job runs. In some cases, the print operator needs the document to stay open after the print job runs, such as when a label must be printed again with different data or to a different printer. This new option makes this scenario possible.
Support is added in Print Portal for the Repeat data entry until cancelled print option in the Print dialog in BarTender Designer. This option specifies that when a print job is complete, a new print job is automatically run. This means that you need not manually restart a print job when you run multiple consecutive print jobs that use the same BarTender document.
Support is added for form-level actions that are configured in BarTender. These actions help you to manage forms and print jobs and to communicate information to print operators at print time. For example, you can configure actions to reset or clear form data, continue or cancel a print job, display a message, and more.
Librarian is the BarTender suite companion application that provides a content management system for your BarTender documents. When you use Librarian, you create a revision history for your documents that tracks all the changes to the document design and all the user comments that accompany each revision. You can also use Librarian to create workflows so that you can easily manage a document’s status as it moves from first draft to final published state.
The Librarian revision history and any workflow states are exposed in Print Portal, so users can verify the document version, compare revisions, and add revision comments as needed.
Any changes that are made in Print Portal (such as adding a comment or changing a workflow state) are immediately reflected in Librarian, and vice versa. To perform these Librarian functions on the client requires only the web browser, which reduces or eliminates the need to install a full version of BarTender.
Librarian performance is significantly improved in BarTender 2020 Preview 1 due to database improvements that greatly increased the speed of read operations.
BarTender 2020 Preview 1 provides several new database option improvements.
New database types
Support is added for Excel Online, JSON, and Google Sheets databases.
Support is added for embedded sample data in text and XML database connections. This means that when you use the Database Connection Setup wizard to connect to a text or XML database, you can now embed sample database data directly into the wizard. No external sample data file is required when you do this.
In the Database Setup dialog, a Row column is added to the record browser that appears on the Record Browser property page. This column specifies row numbers for the data, similar to the numbering that is available in the record picker control for data entry forms.
The BarTender /d command-line parameter is expanded to support not only text files but also XML, JSON, SAP IDoc, and Excel database connections. The /dd parameter is also modified to automatically delete all files that were specified by a /d parameter when BarTender is finished with them.
New and updated features are added to BarTender Designer for both templates and data entry forms.
A new Print Job Field data source type is added for “Database File Name.” Now, the name of the database file that the BarTender document is connected to can be displayed as a print job field for a text object on a template.
Support for automation for table object databases is added. In BarTender 2019, table objects were added, to which databases could be connected and used as data sources. However, it was not always easy to use automation with these databases. With the BarTender 2020 Preview 1 improvements, automation can now be used to dynamically change the record set for a table object by using BTXML and the Integration platform.
Data Entry Form improvements
Several data entry controls (record picker, list box, dropdown record picker, and dropdown list box) now have Remember search and/or Remember filter options. You can use these options to specify that the most recently used search criterion or filter is used for these controls for the next print job that you run.
A default Back button is added to standard data entry forms. Print operators can use this new button to page backwards through multiple forms if they need to change the entered data for a record rather than having to start over.
For data entry controls that support borders (such as the text input box, list box, date picker, and so on), a new Show Border option is added, which you can use to show or hide the borders of the control.
In a scenario in which a data entry form control is configured to prompt the print operator to input data for every database record, you might want to provide an indication of which database record is the currently selected one. To do this, you can link a text input box control to the database field that you want to monitor and configure the control to be read-only. You can use the new Show Border option to remove the borders of the text input box to make it more readable at print time.
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New integration message logging options are added so that administrators can choose whether to log integration events and actions. For large load configurations, these new options help you manage the size of the system database. These logging options are exposed on the System Database page in Administration Console.
A new PowerShell Script Editor is now available from the Power Shell Command action. You can use this editor to create and edit Windows PowerShell commands when the action is configured to use embedded commands.
PowerShell is also added as a syntax highlighting option for the Visual Basic Script Editor. This new feature allows more of the script to be visible in the user interface.
An option is added in Administration Console to turn off printer redirection. There are several scenarios in which you might want a print job to fail rather than be redirected to a different printer (for example, when a printer name is misspelled or when you want to know that a printer has gone into an error state).
This new option supports these scenarios by allowing such print jobs to fail.
A new Set as template for new users feature makes it possible to specify that every new user or group that you add is automatically assigned the same permissions as a particular existing user or group. This feature can save time when you need to add multiple users or groups that are to have the same permissions. This new feature is located on the User Permissions page under the Security node in Administration Console. To access it, right-click the user or group that you want to use as a template.
Predefined stocks are added for Toshiba TEC printers. These stocks are exposed on the Predefined Stocks mini-tab on the Stock tab in the Page Setup dialog.
For continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers, BarTender is updated so that users can now change the width of a predefined raster size to accommodate CIJ printing.
Some printers can print the abbreviated day of the week (such as "Fri" for "Friday") by using the printer clock. Support is added in BarTender for this date format.
Some printers can print a one-digit year by using the printer clock. Support is added in BarTender for this date format.
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The Print Batch action is renamed to "BarTender Process." This action can now print multiple BarTender documents in a Process Builder process file (.btproc) or a legacy Batch Maker batch file (.btbat).
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When you install BarTender 2020 Preview 1, you have the option to install the redesigned Print Portal Internet printing solution. This document answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) for IT technicians, BarTender administrators, and partners about how to configure, use, and troubleshoot your Print Portal installation.