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rob stacey Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
Can anyone tell me if Apple has finally incorporated mailing label templates (Avery Labels for example) into Pages 09?

I know that you can print mailing labels from the Address Book but there is no flexibility in the Address Book labels. Try printing a full sheet with the same address on every label or printing a label in a specific position on an already used sheet with some blank labels left.

iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • AnttiU Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Not as fas as I know. I've tried to find that, but I haven't found a clue. I guess it's not implemented. It's a shame, in otherwise most satisfying release...

    -antti-
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,780 points)
    Pages is designed to merge addresses in documents.
    It's not designed to print pages of Labels.

    Some workarounds where given in the iWork '08 forum.

    The 'search in existing threads' feature is at your disposal

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE mercredi 7 janvier 2009 21:56:27)
  • rob stacey Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Yvan Koenig says Pages is "not designed to print pages of Labels." Why isn't it? Microsoft Word is. Apple seems to be more occupied in designing fancy, useless templates rather than producing an application that is useful and one that is a valid competition to Microsoft Word.

    It should not be necessary to perform 'workarounds' to make Pages do what a decent word processor should do.
  • fuzzydog Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)
    If it doesn't fit your needs don't use it. Why is a circle round? Why isn't it square?
  • Adam White Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
    Then try Avery DesignPro. It will integrate with Address Book and is completely free. Maybe that is why Apple has chosen not to incorporate that feature.

    Try googling "labels mac" sometime and you might be quite surprised.

    Adam
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,480 points)
    Address Book does labels & envelopes, so I guess that Apple doesn't feel the need to duplicate function. There is no reason you can't create your own label layout or use Word templates in Pages.

  • Adam White Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
    See... even a better solution for labels.

    Thanks Peg.

    Adam
  • AnttiU Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    I do share the same feelings with Rob. Using Address book isn't even close to what you can accomplish with Word & Excel. And the most important thing is that usually you don't have those addresses in Address Book, they are for temporary uses and best administered using a spreadsheet.

    But that Avery Pro thing is new to me, I will check that out. And I do have to admit, that labels is one of those few things, when I still open my Windows Pc and use Office 2007.
  • rob stacey Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    MacFixIt now has posted an article on this subject "How-To: Using label templates in Pages" (December 9) http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20090108215717582

    But I reiterate:

    "I know that you can print mailing labels from the Address Book but there is no flexibility in the Address Book labels. Try printing a full sheet with the same address on every label or printing a label in a specific position, defined by row and column, on an already used sheet with some blank labels left."

    If Address Book had these features then there would be less need for mailing label templates in Pages. But even if Apple adds these capabilities to Address Book they should also make address label templates available in Pages too.
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,780 points)
    From my idisk
    <http://idisk.me.com/koenigyvan-Public?view=web>

    you may downoad
    For_iWork:iWork '09:forNumbers09:firstscript.zip

    Expanding it, you will get:
    preparemerge_2labels.applescript

    It grabs the addresses from a table and store them in a new table accordingly to the number of labels which you want to print in a sheet.
    So, you may use this new table as a source for a merge task.
    Just build a Pages template grabbing values from this table.

    The script is far from perfect but it works.

    I will enhance it on several points:

    (a) no longer pasting values thru GUIscripting
    (b) no longer grab the entire original table but only the selected area if there is one.
    (c) maybe I will write a variant grabbing predefined columns allowing us to work from a multipurpose source table.

    Stay tuned.

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE vendredi 9 janvier 2009 22:11:14)
  • Eric Sasaki Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I found a site that has Avery templates for pages. http://www.iworkcommunity.com/. This might help.
  • antiorario Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    You can also try Mail Factory:
    http://www.belightsoft.com/mailfactory/
  • sshogrin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Great Suggestion, I've had Mail Factory for years and love it. I use it for ALL my envelope and labeling needs. I can't think of any other program that does as good of a job, or is as easy to learn.
  • dwb Level 7 Level 7 (20,805 points)
    As a Microsoft certified trainer for Office I can tell you that there are dozens and dozens of things that Word can do that Pages cannot. There are features in Word just for lawyers; just for doctors; just for researchers... If some group wanted a feature and asked for it, Microsoft obliged because marketing morons just love features.

    Word is a bloated feature laden program which, by Microsoft's own admission most people don't know about and don't use. Or, to put it as my first trainer did: "You are about to learn features that 80% of your trainees will never use or miss." This from a Microsoft employee!

    So Word can do labels. If that's an important feature for word processors in your mind then buy Word. If you want a good label maker look at another program.
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