I use gLabels for printing labels with input from a .csv file. This may be similar to printing business cards. I print 3 * 7 labels on A4 sheets, many other templates are available on gLabels. I find gLabels much easier to setup than LibreOffice.
This is all new to me. I know you can get label paper for printing gummy labels, but how does one print business cards? I cant imagine putting cardboard thru a printer?
Or am I being old fashioned, are these digital business cards?
Yes, that sounds promising.
I´ve always used LibreOffice with confidence and was satisfied with it. Therefore I was astonished to find “Business Cards” not working as it should…
I´ll look into glabels.
In fact I use normal paper for printing business cards. I just give them away to a small number of people I know, just a select few…
I just want to inform them about my new telephone number and they can put the “business card” in their address book or wherever…
No, I guess not. They´re meant to be printed, I assume.
Yet I also don´t know how to print them on cardboard…
So I created a basic business card and printed it on some Avery Letter 8377 business card blank sheets I had. Worked like a charm. The Avery sheets are basic cardstock (is that cardboard enough for Rosika?), formed with microperforations into ten cards per sheet. Again, worked like a charm in Libre Office Writer.
Took a look at gLabels and gave up. Libre Office was easy, with the assistance of YouTube videos.
There needs to be a better description than ‘stumbled across.’ Anyway, I stumbled across www.avery.com and they have a free design and print business card function. Just get a package of your desired Avery business card blanks and make what you want. I used Avery 8377 because that’s what I had in my paper library/pile and very quickly had a stack of cards.
They ask that you create a (free) account, so probably that means some ads in my email. But for free, it’s darned useful.
I also took a look at FreeOffice, but it doesn’t have a business card or label function that I could find. The Avery site is probably your best bet unless there are international things I don’t know about. It works very well in the US.
Create a single card at the format you want (for ex. 85×55 mm), with whatever you want (LibreOffice, Scribus, …) and export in PDF as your master card.
Open a blank document in Scribus, create a image frame of the same format and insert the PDF as link.
Use the multiple copy feature to fill in the page with copies of this frame (automatically arranged, for example 4 rows and 2 cols).
Save and export as PDF.
This is easier than doing it all with LibreOffice and is as easy and flexible as any specialized tool.
Moreover, if you have a modification to make, just make it on the master file, export in PDF and your Scribus file is automatically updated.
This can be done for two-sided namecards. Just use 2 master cards and 2 pages in Scribus.
The advantage I see to the Avery web site is that each project is formatted to be printed exactly on the specific Avery product you’re using. I suppose it could be a problem in the UK or OZ, where the sheets of forms would have to be A4 rather than Letter, but I defer to those folks to correct me.
Thanks to you as well for your suggestion.
I have to admit I´ve never heard of scribus before, so I looked it up in the terminal and found out it´s available in the repositories.
env LANG=en_US.UTF-8 apt-cache show scribus
Scribus is an open source desktop page layout program with the aim of
producing commercial grade output in PDF and Postscript.
Scribus can be used for many tasks; from brochure design to newspapers,
magazines, newsletters and posters to technical documentation.
Scribus supports professional DTP features, such as CMYK color and a
color management system to soft proof images for high quality color printing,
flexible PDF creation options, Encapsulated PostScript import/export and
creation of 4 color separations, import of EPS/PS and SVG as native vector
graphics, Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and
Hebrew via freetype. Graphic formats which can be placed in Scribus as images
include PDF, Encapsulated Post Script (eps), TIFF, JPEG, PNG and XPixMap(xpm),
and any bitmap type supported by QT5.