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Command control/P-touch template

Introduction of command control

Brother label and mobile printers can use two types of command modes (Raster and ESC/P).

Raster commands

Using the Raster command interface, it is possible to make labels as bitmap images.
When you are printing from applications, raster commands are used. You need to install the driver to use this command mode.

ESC/P commands

Brother ESC/P commands can be used with Brother printers which have barcode and font data stored in the printer's internal memory.
When using ESC/P commands, there is no need to configure the printer or install the printer driver.

Introduction of P-touch Template

P-touch Template is a tool to transfer ASCII text & binary data from a host device to a template stored in the machine. This transferred data can be inserted into a text object or barcode object in a transferred template.
Transferred template data is created by P-touch Editor. This means there is no need to program label template layouts.
Therefore P-touch templates can save you time compared with using ESC/P.
You can easily change the template layout with P-touch Editor. (No need to change the command).
In addition it is possible to add various functions (copy, numbering and database-linked printing).

Printing of templates controlled from various device

P-touch template helps you to develop a printing system which connects directly from the host device. Some examples of host devices are as below.

  • Scales, Measurement devices
  • Medical devices
  • Barcode readers
  • Control devices and any system environment

Comparison of ESC/P and P-touch template

 ESC/PP-touch Template 
Preparation for Printer Good Average Template mode must transfer label templates to the printer before use.
Command compatibility Good None Brother ESC/P commands are compatible with general ESC/P commands.
Easiness of Programming Average Good You can enter basic P-touch template commands using the P-touch template setting tool.
Layout arrangement Average Good P-touch Template can arrange layouts in the P-touch Editor - no need to use commands.
Optional functions Average Good P-touch Template can control many of the same settings as P-touch Editor(Copy, Numbering).

Print procedure of ESC/P

Print procedure of ESC/P

Print procedure of P-touch template

Print procedure of P-touch template

Comparison of print procedure between ESC/P and P-touch template

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Command reference

The latest manuals can be downloaded from the following website.

http://solutions.brother.com 
[Select your region/country] - [Choose your product] - [Manuals]
<Target printers: PT-9700PC, PT-9800PCN, TD-4000, TD-4100N>

P-touch Template tools

The latest command tools can be downloaded from the following website.

http://solutions.brother.com 
[Select your region/country] - [Choose your product] - [Downloads]
<Target printers: PT-9700PC, PT-9800PCN, TD-4000, TD-4100N>

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