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New Evolis Drivers for Mac and Windows

Evolis has announced that Evolis Premium Suite (for Zenius, Primacy, and Elypso) and Badgy Premium Suite (for Badgy 100 and Badgy 200) are available for both Mac OSX (version and Windows (version

Updating your driver allows you to take advantage of the latest improvements and get the most out of your Evolis printer. Additional information about all Evolis printer firmware, drivers, and driver history can be found here.

As a reminder, you should always update your firmware with your drivers. You can do that at the link provided above.

As always, our experts are ready to help with any problems or questions and can be reached at +1 704-535-5200 or +1 888-485-4696.
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Scan Station Mobile Now Available from Jolly Technologies


Scan Station Mobile is Jolly’s new mobile tracking solution for performing actions typically performed using Jolly’s desktop software on a handheld device. The primary features are:

  • View Record Information
  • Check In
  • Check Out
  • Evacuation Report

This creates a new level of convenience and flexibility for user of Jolly products during events. Scan Station Mobile will work with any Jolly tracking product that is configured to use the full version of Jolly Server.

Scan Station Mobile supports most identification technologies including 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes, RFID HF and magnetic stripe. A CompactFlash card supporting the technology is required.

For more information on how to incorporate a mobile scan station into you event tracking give the experts at safe-Card ID Services a call.

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Ten Tips for Custom ID Card Design and Printing (Part 2)

Today we continue our discussion on the components that make for a unique and fully functional ID Card or Badge that incorporates all the features needed to serve as an important feature of workplace security. The next five are as follows:

6. Durability

ID cards are made of durable PVC and can last up to five years. These long-wearing materials have been proven to last long after paper ID cards are in the recycle bin. They are also more difficult to copy since an ID printer is required to print a PVC card. If additional durability is required, composite cards that are a blend of PVC allow for additional flexibility. These cards are great for fire and police departments.

7. Encoding

Printer and card functionality allow encoded information about the user to be included on the card through the use of barcodes, magnetic stripes, RFID tags and smart chips. These features allow an organization to sync their identification with building access or time and attendance programs. Combined with the right hardware they can approve or deny access to, doors, systems and other important areas of a company.

8. Signatures & Fingerprints

If a photo isn’t enough to visually identify an employee, include a copy of the authorized employee’s fingerprint or signature printed on the ID card. These features can be added in a digital format and printed right on a card.

9. Enhanced Security

Enhanced security is a desired quality of employee ID cards for some organizations. Various enhanced security features can be added to ID cards with the proper equipment and software. One of the easiest is a either a custom or generic holographic overlay. A wide range od printers can apply an overlay to a card that makes it virtually impossible to copy. Another advanced feature would be a holo-mark. These are small foil hologram that can be ordered on blank cards or applied by hand.

10. Personal Information

An ID card has a limited amount of space, so the personal information displayed needs to be purposeful. As employees will display their ID cards every day, the cards can be an effective vehicle for communicating job-related certifications and other important information but it all must be done in the confines of the card size.

Not all of these components will be required for your organization and the ID Card you are creating, but it is important to consider them prior to printing. It would be a costly mistake to have to go back and reprint all the cards already issued to include a feature that was not included the first time. Please contact an expert at Safe-Card ID Services for more information about card design features.

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Ten Tips for ID Badge Making (Part 1)

Over time ID Badges and Cards have become an increasingly important part of facility and workplace safety, and it’s nearly impossible to walk into an office without one. Organizations require all personnel to display an ID to easily identify who does and does not belong in the location.

Creating the right card is imperative to achieving security goals. By considering the first five of these ten ID card components, organizations can easily create the ID card that meets their needs.

1. Organization Logo

Not only does including your logo add a level of visual security to your card it can act as a walking billboard for your company. A corporate logo is a highly recognizable image by employees and security personnel. By incorporating your logo into the ID card design, it will be more difficult for fraudulent cards to be created.

2. Design

Take your time when designing your card so as to include all the security and identification features required. When done right an effective ID card design is both attractive and functional. Employees will be proud to display their association with the organization.

3. Single and Dual-Sided

The amount of information you decide to include in your card design will help determine if the design should be single or dual sided. Obviously, information that needs to be readily available and visible should go on the front of the design. While a dual sided card can allow for the inclusion of a mission statement or important phone numbers.

4. Orientation

ID Cards can be printed and displayed either horizontally or vertically, impacting how they are worn by employees. It is important to consider the different scenarios where ID Cards will be used when considering orientation. Also, do not forget to make an allowance for a slot punch if required in the design.

5. Employee Pictures

Almost all ID Cards include a picture of the employee on the front of the card. This feature makes the card unique to the individual employee and it should be easily visible. See our previous blogs on how to take a great ID Card Photo with the HD Image Cam Pro.

In part 2 of this article we will look at the next five important components to consider when designing an ID Card. They include, encoding, durability, signatures, personal information and other enhanced features. As always, contact an expert at Safe-Card ID Services to learn more.

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Thin PVC Cards – What’s the Lowdown?

Have you ever noticed that some PVC Cards are thinner than others?  No they don’t hit the gym more often – they are just a variation of PVC card stock that is used for different purposes in the ID industry. Thin PVC cards are typically only 10 mil, or 0.010″ thick.

Use Cases:

In one example, thin PVC cards are used to produce professional business cards. Doing so will produce a card that is more durable than its ordinary paper counterpart. Designed properly, it will include high-quality imagery, including photo quality logos and even a personal photograph. Not only do these PVC cards hold up better – a PVC business card will help you stand out from the pack!

Thin PVC Cards that are also adhesive-backed are commonly used with proximity-access cards, such as the HID Prox II Clamshell. Clamshell-style cards are too large and thick for standard ID-card printers. Instead, print first on a thin PVC card, and then affix it to the thicker technology card. Not only does this allow for reuse of expensive proximity access cards, but it allows them to double as photo-ID cards!

Usage Notes:

Our adhesive-backed thin PVC cards can be printed with most any direct-to-card printer, and are just slightly smaller than standard CR80 PVC cards. This smaller size allows the cards to fit neatly onto a proximity card without overlapping the edges. Note that not all ID card printers can accommodate thin PVC cards. They specifically should NOT be used in retransfer-type printers, like Fargo HDP series or the Evolis Avansia. This is due to the extremely-high heat these printer can generate. So be sure to check the usage guidelines for your specific printer model.

Final Thoughts:

We offer a variety of PVC cards in our web-store, including quality products from Evolis, HID Global (Fargo) and Magicard.

Should you have any concerns or questions about your specific needs, feel free to call us toll-free at 888.485.4696 to speak with an ID-printing expert. We’re always glad to help!

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How Long Can I Expect My ID Card Printer to Last?

As with any piece of technology, your card printer will not last forever regardless of how much money you spent on it new. The typical life of a card printer varies significantly from user to user, and in most cases has nothing to do with the actual number of cards printed but more with the maintenance schedule and the number of people using the printer. Most direct to card printers come with coverage for 2 years, like the Fargo DTC1000 and some 3 years like the Evolis Pebble or Dualys, so you should expect to have it for at least that long. For professional level systems and secure applications, choosing a re-transfer printer such as the Fargo HDP5000 will provide more peace of mind, since re-transfer card printers come with lifetime print head coverage.

So what happens when your printer stops working and the warranty coverage is up? Some repairs can be done onsite with guidance over the phone while others will require a technician to diagnose the issue. Advances in technology have pushed printer price down, so be sure to compare the cost of a repair to the cost of a new printer. Depending on the age of your printer, it is sometimes more cost effective for you to put your money towards a new printer. 

In some situations you will be forced to upgrade since older printers and drivers will not work on Vista or Windows 7. When purchasing a printer be certian to ask about the availability of an extended warranty and a loaner program so you can minimize downtime.

Call an expert at Safe-Card ID Services to learn more.


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Ways to Secure Your ID Card Program

Sometimes when printing secure ID cards we forget it is also important to secure the system that creates the cards. There are several printer models are available with advanced printer security features to deter theft and unauthorized access.

One of the easiest ways to safeguard your ID card printer is with password protection. The Fargo DTC4500 and Zebra ZXP Series 8 printers can be password protected. When activated, users must enter the security code in order to use the printer. ID software programs can also be password protected adding an additional layer of protection to your printing program.

To secure the printer to its workstation, some printers are set up to support a lock. This effective theft deterrent is available on several printers, including the Datacard SP75 plus and the Zebra ZXP Series 3.

Your card supplies are another important item to protect as replacing stolen supplies can be costly, especially expensive HID proximity or smart cards. Make certian to store them in a locked location so your printer supplies don’t get into the wrong hands reducing the risk of fraud.

For more information about ID Card Printer security, contact an expert at Safe-Card ID Services today.


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What’s the difference between HiCo and LoCo magnetic stripe PVC cards?

Magnetic stripe cards are available in two varieties, HiCo and LoCo. So what’s the difference? The difference is simple and as the name states HiCo cards are more coercive, while LoCo cards are less coercive. A higher coerciveness is more secure, but not always a better solution.

As an example, LoCo cards are more affordable. LoCo cards may not last as long as HiCo Cards, but LoCo cards are ideal for use in a card program that reissue cards frequently. With their higher level of coercivity, HiCo cards are better for long term use. They are able to hold information longer before wearing out that is why your debit or credit card is likely a HiCo card.

Magnetic stripe cards from Safe-Card ID Services are an ideal choice for access control, membership tracking, and financial transactions just to mention a few. To learn more contact an expert at Safe-Card today.

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HID Access Card Printing Tips

When printing your HID Access cards follow these instructions to achieve best results. Start by printing a test card with a regular CR80 PVC Card to ensure your template and design are up to your standards, then;

– Always check cards for manufacturing debris. Sometimes there are small pieces of vinyl on the card. Carefully clean cards using 99% pure Isopropyl alcohol and a soft, lint free cloth.

– The office where you print the cards should be neat, clean and free of airborne particles. If not purchase a dust cover for when the printer is not in use.

– Check the printer’s roller frequently. Clean the printer roller after printing 50 cards (or fewer).

– Fine scuff marks may appear on the surface of cards. These marks do not affect the printer, nor the printed images. These scuff marks occur during final inspection and testing.

– Printer manufacturers discourage printing cards which are pre¬punched. The slot edge may tear the printer ribbon or interfere with card position sensors. Therefore, print your cards first, then slot punch them. For cards that are already punched, do not print in the area near the slot. If the card has an embedded contact chip, keep the printing at least .0625 in [1.5875 mm] away from its edges.

As always for information contact an expert at Safe-Card ID Services today.

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Review: The Datacard® SD360™ Card Printer

Datacard SD360 Printer

It is good to have a chance to see what others say about a product before you purchase it.  With a review, you are able to see what the good points and negative points may be about an item prior to purchase.  Following is a look at the Datacard® SD360™ card printer.

Datacard SD360 Printer


Datacard SD360 Card Printer Review

Featuring industry-leading innovations that make desktop ID card printing simple, the Datacard® SD360™ two-sided card printer is an economical solution for numerous desktop printing applications. Standard, built-in Ethernet and USB ports as well as a browser-based Print Manager help users integrate the printers into just about any application or IT environment, including small- to medium-sized organizations such as schools, hospitals, fitness clubs, etc.

With superior speed and productivity, the SD360 prints high-resolution 300dpi full-color cards in less time than your standard printer – printing up to 155 dual-sided cards per hour. With easy operation that anyone can master, the card printer offers intuitive icons that guide users through the soft-touch control panel and LCD screen.  Cards and supplies are easy to load, and the ergonomically designed ribbon cartridges include a drop-in cleaning roller. 

One of the most unique and stand-out features for this printer is that it is engineered for Earth-friendly performance.  The printer has earned an ENERGY STAR® qualification by consuming far less electricity than others on the market, as well as features biodegradable supply cores made with EcoPure® additive, recyclable packaging and power-down button – ultimately setting new benchmarks for environmentally responsible card printing.

If you want a card printer with outstanding print quality, reliability, easy operation and efficiency in a small footprint, then the Datacard SD360 card printer is for you!


We invite your comments and feedback about the printer as well in our comments section. Looking forward to hearing from you.