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Evolis Tattoo 2 New Features and Improved Warranty

THE EVOLIS TATTOO2 PRINTER is no longer in production and is no longer available for purchase. The information below is for reference purposes only. Thank you!



Today Evolis has released the following p

ress release about the Evolis Tattoo2 color printer:

The Evolis Tattoo2 color printer
New features and extended warranty


Angers, France, April 23, 2009. Evolis, the European leader in solutions for plastic card personalization, announces new features for Tattoo2, its entry-level color printer, ideal for instantly personalizing cards, singly or in small runs.

Evolis leverages technology and commits to quality

Tattoo2, Evolis’ entry-level printer for personalizing badges and plastic cards with text, pictures, logos and barcodes, is now available with new printing and encoding features: direct transfer onto thermosensitive cards, printing on paper tickets, ISO-compliant magnetic encoding*. These new features position Tattoo2 as a sound entry-level printer for use in applications such as loyalty cards, ticketing, or access control. Tattoo2 also carries an optional Ethernet port for networking it when required, for example, in distributed deployment.

Furthermore, Evolis increases its standard warranty to two years for the Tattoo2 color printer. This warranty covers all components of the printer and includes an unlimited number of printouts. The multiple quality control implemented throughout the manufacturing process, and the expertise earned during the past years, have helped Evolis confidently commit to quality for both channel partners and end-users.

With Tattoo2, Evolis taps the entry-level segment of the market and addresses the needs of small organizations (SMEs, sports clubs, associations, branch offices, libraries, canteens and local authorities) that are looking for simple way to issue cards.

Tattoo2: the most compact printer in its category

Tattoo2 makes a difference thanks to its size. A lightweight printer (just 2.4 kgs – 5.5 lbs), Tattoo2 is a follow-me printer that will personalize cards and badges for mobile applications, and for trade shows and events as well. Its elegant and contemporary design makes it the ultimate printer at reception counters and welcome desks of any organization. Tattoo2 features a standard 100-card detachable feeder as well as a manual feeding mode for printing cards singly or in small batches.
As a user-friendly printer, Tattoo2 benefits from a clamshell-designed access that eases ribbon installation or replacement, and offers an exclusive « Push & Twist » system that makes print-head replacement mere child’s play.

*only available after study

About Evolis (

Evolis designs, manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of personalization solutions for plastic cards. The Evolis printers include all features for graphical, magnetic and electrical personalization (smart card, with
contact or contactless – RFID) of multi-purpose cards (employee badges, student IDs, bank cards, etc.).
Headquartered in Angers, France, Evolis has branch offices in Miami (USA) and Singapore as well as a representative office in Tokyo (Japan) and in Shenzhen (China). The company achieved a turnover of EUR
36.7 million (54,3M$) in 2008. Evolis has 140 employees and is represented in 90 countries worldwide.

For more information about Evolis id card printers, contact us toll free or visit the links below:
Evolis Tattoo Printer
Evolis Pebble Printer
Evolis Dualys Printer
Evolis Quantum Printer
Evolis Securion Printer

Asure 2009 ID Card Software – Setting RGB Font Colors

Steps to set custom colors using RGB settings.
1. Click the font color box.
2. Select the “Custom” tab
3. Right click on one of the white boxes near the bottom of the custom page.  This will open the color window that will allow you to define custom colors using RGB settings.
4. Click the “add to custom colors” button and the new color will be added to the color palate.


The white box that was selected with the right click will contain the new color. The RGB settings will be displayed on the font color box.


More Asure 2009 installation tips:

Installing Asure ID 2009
Attaching a My SQL database to Asure ID 2009

Download a trial version of Asure ID 2009 software.

Purchase Asure ID 2009 ID Card Software.

ID Flow Software Screen Shots

ID Flow is premier software for card design, production and data management. The software provides a method to design and print id badges on plastic or paper. Bar codes, biometrics and mag stripes can be added to the cards. With the software, connect and manage the cardholder database.

Following are screen shots from the software:

ID Card Designer

Lobby Track

Card Issue Center

Lobby Track

Cardholder Record Lookup

Lobby Track

Report Center

Lobby Track

Record Center

Lobby Track

For brochures and specific information about Lobby Track or ID Flow software, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

Asure ID 2009 – Installation Instructions

1. Place the Asure ID 2009 software CD in the computer. The program should start automatically.  If it does not start, browse to the CD ROM drive and run the “Asure_ID_2009_Setup.exe”.

2. The Select Setup Language screen should appear. Choose the appropriate language and select “ok”.

Select Setup Language

3. The Wizard will begin by checking for required pre-requisites. Click “Next” to load the pre-requisites.

Installation Wizard

4. The next screen is the first screen of the actual loading of the software. Keep in mind, that if the computer already has all of the pre-requisites installed this will be the screen shown after the start of the installation. Click “Next” to begin installing the software on the computer.

Installation Wizard

5. The Software License Agreement will display next. The Terms of the Agreement MUST be accepted to continue with the installation.

Installation Wizard

5. The next screen is the final screen before the files are copied to the computer. Click “Next” to start copying the files to the computer.

Installation Wizard

6. This is the final screen shot showing that the software has been installed and is now ready to use.  Please make reference to the Note on this screen:

The User ID and Password to use on first use is “admin””.

Click “Finish” to exit the installation program.

Installation Wizard


Assistance in setting up a MySQL database for Asure ID 2009 is also available.

For more information about Asure ID 2009 ID Card Software, contact our id card specialists at 888-485-4696.

Asure ID 2009 – Setting up a MySQL as the Native Database

Steps to setting up a MySQL database for Asure ID 2009

1. Have your SQL database administrator create a database instance for Asure ID 2009 to use. The administrator needs to grant full read/write privileges for the security setting for this database instance.

2. The SQL database adminstrator needs to run the table creation script. Normally you will find this script in C:\Program Files\HID Global\Asure ID 2009\Scripts

3. Once the script has been run to create the tables, Asure ID 2009 can now be connected to the database.

4. Under the start menu, choose the “Data Connection Wizard”. To do this, go to your All Programs option down by your start function. Choose HID Global. Select Asure ID 2009. Then, select Data Connection Wizard.

5. Follow the attached screens to use the wizard.

Click next to continue setting up the customer database configuration for Asure 2009in your screen shot as shown below.

Data Connection Wizard

b. Next the wizard will need to confirm the type of custom database Asure ID 2009 will connect to. In this case, choose “Microsoft SQL Server” and click “Next”

Data Connection Wizard

c. Next is the general data connect window for SQL Server. Under “Server Name” the name of the SQL Server needs to be entered. Then, under “Initial Catalog” the place the name of the Database Instance that the SQL Database Administrator set up for Asure ID 2009 to use. For the “User Name and Password” use the information the SQL Database Admin set up. It can either be a specified user name
and password or it can be set up to “Use Integrated Security” which means that who ever logged on to the computer could access it. Once it is all filled out, click “Next”.

Data Connection Wizard

d. The wizard is now complete. You can click the “Test” button to test the connection to the SQL Database.

Data Connection Wizard

e. Click “Finish” to exit the wizard.

The log in for Asure 2009 now that it is connected to the SQL Database is:
User Name: admin
Password: admin

Free trial download of Asure ID 2009 ID Card Software is now available.

Additional information about Asure ID 2009 ID Card Software is available from our website or our ID card experts.

Asure ID 5.x Software Upgrade

Asure Enterprise


If you have an earlier version of Asure ID 5.x before the Asure 5.7 version, you may find it necessary to update the software if you wish to add a signature tablet or scanner to the id card software.

To update the older version of software, you can download the Zip file for the Asure ID 5.7.3 update patch here: <link removed – obsolete>

Just download and save the files onto your computer. Once finished, you will be able to update your software to this version.

Asure ID is a quality id card design software product. Learn more about Asure ID 2009 on our website. A 30 day trial version of the Asure ID 2009 software is on our blog.

Lobby Track Visitor Management Screen Shots

Lobby Track 4 is premier software for visitor and member management. The software registers visitors and members. The software will issue permanent and temporary badges as well as track time and attendance. The software can be used to monitor many activites throughout the organization.

Following are screen shots from the software:

Main Menu

Lobby Track

Visitor Check In

Lobby Track

Successful Visitor Check In

Lobby Track

Record Center

Lobby Track

Charts in the Record Center

Lobby Track

ID Flow Four Badge Designer

Lobby Track

For brochures and specific information about Lobby Track or ID Flow software, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

iCLASS and MIFARE Authentication Process

Proximity Badges

The HID iCLASS and MIFARE cards have embedded information inside to activate a door so that the cardholder is able to access the area to complete authorized tasks. The cards are considered contactless smart cards.

The basic process of authorization is almost identical to the process in our How an HID card works blog post. The card is read by the appropriate scanner or reader. The reader transfers the internal binary code to the access controller which interprets the card information in accordance with it’s programming and the database of cardholder information. The controller reviews the length of the data string and the format of the information prior to proceeding further in the sequence. If the format and data string pass, the card is analyzed for facility and site codes. Card numbers are reviewed for access authorization.

In addition to the above processes, an iCLASS and MIFARE card will go through an additional security step. These cards will compare security keys found in both the card and the reader. This process is called mutual authentication. This process happens prior to the forwarding of information from the card reader to the access controller. If the security keys match, the reader activates the process of forwarding the information. If they keys do not match, the reader does not forward the information to the controller as the card is not able to be activated.

For more information about proximity cards or smart card badge holders, contact our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.

Asure ID 2009 Software Download – Trial

Want to test the new Asure ID 2009 ID Card Software? Use the link below for a free trial download.

Asure ID 2009

Download Asure ID 2009 Trial

Asure ID 2009 is a card personalization software which provides id card issuers with a new interface and a complete package of custom card printing options.

The software is easy to learn and is full of features that will provide capabilities of card issuance and card management for both small and large organizations.

Download the Asure ID 2009 Brochure.

For further information about id card software or id card printer systems, contact our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.