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In addition to label design and printing, Kodiak’s built-in interface offers several other functions.
This utility shows the currently loaded supplies, and how much of each is remaining. Click the supply rolls on Kodiak’s main toolbar to open this utility.
To print, Kodiak requires a label stock and two printing ribbons. This utility shows which supplies are present and how much of each is remaining. The catalog number for each loaded supply is also shown.
If you need to trim the edge of your label stock (after clearing a jam, for example) this utility also offers a Trim function, which will “print” a short, blank label, and cut it cleanly. The window also includes an option to cancel any current print jobs or check your printing preferences.
These are the detailed controls for how your Kodiak will handle print jobs. When you load supplies, Kodiak will automatically adjust many of its settings to match those supplies, so you may only need to change these settings for unusual tasks.
The same overall settings are available whether they are accessed from Kodiak’s built-in interface, or from the driver software on a PC.
Click the printer icon on Kodiak’s main toolbar to open these settings. You can also reach these settings through the label design modules.
This window has six tabs, with different options:
If you access these controls from the main Kodiak toolbar (by clicking the printer icon) or through the Supply Status Utility, the window title will be shown as System Preferences. These will be the default controls used for all programs, but any changes you make here will not affect programs that are currently running.
If you access these controls through a program’s individual options, the window title will be shown as Printing Preferences, and any changes will only affect print jobs for that session of labeling. The Manage Presets tab will not be present.
Negative printing, an effect available on the Basic Setup tab of this window, only uses the label stock and the ribbon loaded in position 1. Multi-color designs will be reduced to single-color with this effect.
The printing offsets, available on the Alignment tab of this window, should only be used when there is a serious misalignment. Ordinary printing will have a tolerance of up to 1/32 inch (under 1 mm) horizontally, and up to 1/16 inch (under 2 mm) vertically. If your Kodiak seems to be farther out of alignment, please contact Graphic Products for support by calling 800-788-5572 or visiting GraphicProducts.com.
When accessing the Printing Preferences for your Kodiak from a PC, the orientation setting (landscape/portrait) will be the only option immediately available. Additional options for unusual needs, or for troubleshooting, can be reached by clicking the “Advanced…” button:
If you have questions on the correct network settings for your system, check with your IT team.
These utilities are used for advanced functions or system troubleshooting and can be found in Kodiak’s Utilities menu.
Several of the labeling modules in your Kodiak use internal databases to store and retrieve data for label printing. With the Database Manager utility, you can create a new database for a fresh start, import or export databases, or set up a network connection for using an external database with Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).
Start by selecting the database type with the dropdown menu. To create a new database, enter a name for the new database and press the Add Database button. To adjust, import, export, or copy an existing database or connection, select the existing database from the list, and use the buttons below the list or the editable fields to the right to fill in the appropriate information.
If Kodiak’s touchscreen seems to respond strangely, you can recalibrate it with the Touch Calibration utility. You will be asked to touch a series of targets on the screen; when each target has been touched, the calibration will be complete. Calibration may be repeated any number of times.
The Updater utility shows the currently installed software on your Kodiak. If an internet connection is available, the utility will check if any updates are available from Graphic Products and give you the option to download and install them. If you have a USB flash drive or other USB-connected storage device with software updates on it, you can install those updates using the Updater utility by clicking the USB button.
While the Updater allows updates to Kodiak’s existing software and may allow additional software from Graphic Products to be added in the future, no user software may be installed.
By default, Kodiak will not be locked; any person can use the system. To require a password, use the Users and Passwords utility to add an authorized user. Each individual user will have their own password, and there is no limit to the number of users that may be added.
Once an authorized user has been added, you can click the Lock button in this utility to lock the system. Any authorized user can also add or remove other authorized users in this utility.
If your Kodiak has been locked, but all user passwords have been lost or forgotten, contact Graphic Products for support at 800-788-5572 or at GraphicProducts.com.
If you have any questions about using your DuraLabel Kodiak printer, get help from Graphic Products’ world-class support team by calling 800-788-5572 or visiting GraphicProducts.com. We’re here to help with all your labeling needs!