ID Software

How to design your ID badge?

ID CardsIf you are just getting started with a badge program at your organization OR updating your program, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you design our ID badge to ensure it provides the right security, information and image for your organization.

Today’s card design software comes in many editions with varying levels of complexity but all IDs share some basic elements.

  • Orientation: VERTICAL is very common, especially if hanging on a lanyard but HORIZONTAL is great especially with long names/titles of those badged. You may also consider using VERTICAL for staff and HORIZONTAL for contractors or visitors. This provides a visual security cue for your organization.
  • Do you need to allow for a punch at the top to hang from a badge reel or lanyard? Will the card be placed inside a badge holder, thus not requiring a slot or hole punch? This will be important for your layout.
  • Do you need information on both the front and the back? Should both the front and back be the same (to account for IDs flipping around) or do you prefer to have static data on the back such as phone numbers and security information?

Once you have those basic questions answered, you can get to the design elements:

  • Do you want your logo with standard corporate/organization colors and fonts?
  • For specific badges, will you include a photo? If so, make sure you have photos of similar size and with similar lighting to make your cards look consistent.
  • Will you include employee name (first and/ last) or just initials? Are titles and departments needed? What about expiration dates or dates of hire? Also consider noting if employees are allowed be about your building unescorted? Color bars can help provide that information to others.

Whatever your ID, ASAP Identification Security can help. We not only sell card design software, but we can help you design or adjust your design, as well.

Just call (317-488-1030) or email (info@asapident.com) and we will be more than happy to help.

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CardPresso – Easy to use, easy to upgrade

cardpressoCardPresso ID software is a versatile and easy-to-use and easy to upgrade solution.

Easy to use: The cardPresso software can be installed on multiple PCs and you simply move the USB pen (1 pen per license) between those PCs to run the application. This allows multiple users to have access to the software, thus allowing workload to shift from one PC user to another. The PCs without the pen can run the software in DEMO mode but will need the pen to run fully.

Easy to upgrade: Entry level XXS is affordable (@ $75) and full of great features for a basic software. As the needs of your organization change, so do the offerings. There are 5 editions of cardPresso available and upgrades are managed easily and seamlessly through your software license key.

The cardPresso suite of software solutions ranges from simple to robust and can certainly meet the requirements of your organization.

Call (317-488-1030) or email ASAP Identification (info@asapident.com) to learn more about the cardPresso solution.

ID Card Software updates

Looking for an updated reference manual or demo videos for your ID Card software?

We get a decent number of requests for manuals for the Asure, ID Flow, and Zebra Card Studio card design software applications. Visit our ID Card Software pages to find some online tools from the manufacturers.

Jolly Tech Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing a problem with your installation of Jolly software, review the following solutions to see if they may resolve your issue.

License Key / Registration
If you are prompted to enter your license key every time you start Jolly software, your logon user account most likely does not have sufficient privileges. Try the following: Log in as Administrator, run the Jolly software again, then enter the license key. You should no longer be prompted for the key, regardless of what user you log in as.

Transferring software to new PC
In order to move your license from 1 PC to another, back up your templates and data. Then uninstall ID Flow from Jolly/Help/Activation and follow the prompts.

DO NOT UNINSTALL via Windows/Uninstall Program. You need to use ID Flow in order to get the required Hardware ID & Deactivation Code.

Once uninstalled, you can reinstall by right clicking on the file and running as administrator.

Time is Money: A Few Minutes Add Up Fast

timetrackCome in a few minutes late and leave a few minutes early: No big deal? Paying employees for non-worked time becomes expensive quickly.

In a small organization with just 25 employees earning $20/hour: 15 minutes of non-worked time each day equates to a loss of nearly $30,000 / year for the organization. Time Track more than pays for itself in two weeks!

With Jolly’s Time Track, you can design and issue badges and ID cards for employees, contractors or other groups of people. Registration can be completed on-site, online via your company’s intranet or at self-registration kiosks. Track and control access to your facility or job site while also tracking entry/exits by requiring employees and contractors to scan their badges on entry and exit. Generate time and attendance reports that can be viewed, printed or exported while centrally managing multiple locations and databases as needed.

For more information or to see a demo, please call ASAP Identification Security at 317-488-1030 or email us at info@asapid.com.

Special offer for Asure ID® 7 Solo Users

Upgrade your organization’s card personalization capabilities today and save $150! In the simple upgrade process, retain your current card templates and records, while you increase functionality.

Upgrade from Solo to Express and gain:

  • password protection
  • unlimited card records
  • reporting capabilities
  • advanced card design tools including bar code and conditional printing
  • LiveLink to a local MS Access DB
OR Upgrade from Enterprise and also gain:

  • LiveLink to Networked Databases such as a MS SQL Server
  • Supports the educational import/export from a student photo CD

To take advantage of this limited-time offer:

  • Contact your HID FARGO integrator now through December 31st, 2012 and reference promotion code “Asure ID 150.”
  • Request an upgrade or receive a demo of a more richly featured Asure ID 7 software edition.
  • Provide the serial key of your existing Asure ID product.
  • Qualifying upgrades include:
  • Asure ID 7 Solo to Express upgrade – PN 86415 / MSRP $600; now $450!
  • Asure ID 7 Solo to Enterprise upgrade – PN 86416 / MSRP $1,500; now $1350!
  • Accept your shipment by January 31st, 2013.
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ID Flow Upgrades

Last year when your boss asked you to set up your ID badging station, you did your research and selected a great system including a robust printer, Jolly Badger card design software, a slot punch and supplies. The system has served you well but you want to upgrade your ID card design software to Jolly ID Flow Standard for more capacity.

There is a not a direct route to export your current records directly from Jolly Badger and import into ID Flow but you can point your new ID software to your old database.

Before you do any installation, however, you need to back up your files. The default location for the Badger database is Program Files/Jolly Technologies/ {then the name of the program}/Sample Companies. Back up this entire folder.

Once your ID Flow is installed, point the software to connect to the same database that Jolly Badger was using by setting the database to c:\program files\jolly technologies\jolly badger\sample databases.

Once this is set up , you are ready to go!

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Asure ID7

HID Global’s Asure ID 7 is a complete line of card personalization software that is simple to learn and incorporates features to improve the issuance and management of photo IDs for any type or size of organization.

For more information on Asure ID 7 or to get a free 30-day trial of the software please contact ASAP Identification at 317-488-1030 or info@asapid.com to learn more.

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How to select the best ID card design software

When you look to invest in a new ID card system, the printer is just one critical component, but just as important to the efficiency of your ID system is your card design software.

Outside of a card design module in your access control system, there are, in general, 3 levels of off the shelf card design software available:

  • Entry level – This software supports simple designs and is good for a basic organization BUT it does have limitations, mainly in connectivity to outside databases and a cap on the number records stored (usually 200).
  • Mid-level – This level of software allows for connectivity to multiple outside data sources including MS Excel and MS Access.  This level generally has flexibility to grow with your organization.
  • Professional – The highest level of card software offers connectivity to the most data source types and the most flexibility to interface with existing enterprise systems.

Determining your needs both today and over time will help you make a smart choice and while  most systems can be upgraded, some require more steps than others.  Also, you will need to look at the system requirements v. your own system to make sure you are getting the most current program available.

Our recommendation is to download a free trial and see which software solution works best for you and compare the interface.  Once you find one you like, ASAP Identification can help set you up with your new software.  Call 317-488-1030 or email us with questions and we’ll get you started right away.

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