Dymo LabelManager PnP on Linux CUPS

I’m into organization these days, and one thing I really wanted was to print a nice labels on folders and boxes. So, I bought myself a Dymo LabelManager PnP.
I printed a couple of labels on Mac, and out of curiosity, I wanted to use it on Mint box. (I don’t know I should call Mint box Ubuntu box or Linux box. I am so not religious purist.)

Here is the step you need to use the Dymo on it.

Step 1: Download Dymo Linux SDK.

You’d get something like “dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0.tar.gz“.

Step 2: Install libcups2-dev libcupsimage2-dev

sudo apt-get install libcups2-dev libcupsimage2-dev gcc g++

Step 3: Install the SDK

mkdir dymo
cd dymo
tar xzf dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0.tar.gz
cd ./dymo-cups-drivers-1.4.0.5/
./configure
make
sudo make install

Now the driver is installed.

Step 4: Set up the CUPS
Now, go to the CUPS admin page. Don’t forget to connect the Dymo to your machine.

Here are the screen shots of how I set it up.

001-add-printer002-choose-dymo-labelmanager004-name-labelmanager005-choose-driver006-general

Step 5: Install gLabels

gLabels is a GNOME application for printing labels. Thanks for whoever developed this. It is well designed and made. I tried LibreOffice writer and was totally lost at beginning. It was just a matter of “aptitude search label” and gLabels showed up.

Step 6: Set up the template

I had to try a few times to get the template working. Ones showing here is not 100%, but it is working OK.

010-tempate 1011-template 2012-template 3013-template 4

After that, you hit a couple of “Continue” buttons. If you see the template carefully, the layout is not horizontal. I tried the horizontal layout and could not make it work. You’ll see the “bad template” result in later.

Step 7: Create a label.

020-new label or card021-choose normal

Now, in gLabels, you create a label. New document and pick the template you created. So, this results in somewhat awkward label design screen.

040-design screen

This is the only way I can make it work for now. I printed a label. This is for a AC adapter for my rechargeable LED flash light. There are so many adapters that only way to keep track of them is to label them all.

099-result

Ones on the left is the failed attempts. One on right is the result of this post. Apparently, the margin is not right, and the end is too close to the cutting blade. The adjustments are probably increase the margin all around and for the label’s template, “waste” needs to be set up some. But, at least it’s printed and the letters are right.
I think this is an OK start.

 

3 thoughts on “Dymo LabelManager PnP on Linux CUPS

  1. Excellent article, thank you!

    With your guide I was able to get my LabelManager PnP working with Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi printer and scanner server. There was one thing though that I needed to do to get it connected in printer mode instead of the default storage mode: sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data
    After that I’m able to use the LM PnP from any computer on my home network, be it Windows, OSX or Linux. 🙂

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the article!
    And also thanks to Simo Apell, without “usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data”, the printer isn’t discovered in CUPS.

  3. Hi,

    Thank you very much for this usefull informations. I was able to print to the Dymo in less than 5 minutes!

    Please note that the driver is now present in repositories for Ubuntu 14.04 as “printer-driver-dymo”. Instead of compiling all the stuff, you just need to install that package.

    David.

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