Learning Center


1. Create a Business Card



This video shows you the simplicity of creating a business card in cardPresso.

2. How to link cardPresso to your Backgrounds Folder



In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to link cardPresso to your Local Folder with your Custom Backgrounds

3. Database Introduction



This video is a introduction to cardPresso databases.

4. Connect to an Excel DB



This video teaches how to connect to an external database, such as Microsoft Excel.

5.Layout Controlled by DB



In this video tutorial we will learn how to work with several card layouts in the same database.

6. Link image to DB field with camera capture



In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to take a photo with cardPresso and save it to the card’s database

7. Link Image to DB Field



In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to add images on you card template from a database.

8. Encoding Introduction



This video tutorial  will discuss card encoding. In CardPresso you can use any kind of encoding: magnetic, smartcard or contactless. I will focus this tutorial on the last one, contactless, or Mifare.

9. Print Mifare UID on DB Field



In this video tutorial I will teach you how to add a cardID to a database field.

10. Print Mifare UID on card area field



In this video tutorial I will teach you how to use an external encoder to read a cardID, and print it.

Basic Importing

cardPresso has the ability to import data, however you will need to upgrade to the XS edition for Excel based files (.txt, .xls, .csv) or to XM edition for Microsoft Access files (.mdb). The main difference in these two databases is photo connection. Microsoft Access allows you to populate any given cell with an image, which cardPresso can then retrieve during import.

Above and Beyond

cardPresso even offers further versions (XLXXL) for connecting to external databases via ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) so that you can retrieve all of your data with your current online database or local server.

cardPresso comes in a slew of flavours, which can be confusing at first glance. Let’s break down exactly what each version has to offer so that we can choose the package that will fit best with our printing application.

XXS Edition

This is the entry level version of the cardPresso software suite. This version allows you to create card templates, use barcodes, encode magnetic stripe cards, and create an internal unlimited database to store all of your records. This software does lack the ability to import, or connect to an external database source.

XS Edition

XS is the first version that allows importing of textual data and pictures through Excel files. This is a great application for those who already have an Excel file (.txt, .xls, or .csv) looking to quickly populate a database to print cards out. cardPresso even allows you to import images, however they have to be stored separately from the Excel database file.

XM Edition

This version works very well for those who have and are familiar with Microsoft Access or those that are currently using a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) to store their data. cardPresso is able to grab the image file that is stored in the MSAccess file to print onto the cards. This importing feature will save you loads of time, especially if you already using MSAccess. XM Edition also adds 2D Barcodes (QR codes) to the feature list, as well as automatic face detection.

XL Edition

XL Edition is crucial for those looking for ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) to connect to an external server to retrieve their data. This version allows smart card encoding, RFID encoding, and Mifare Ultralight encoding.

XXL Edition

XXL is the enterprise version of cardPresso. This version allows you to connect up to 16 computers via LAN which can all use this same software suite. XXL adds DESFire encoding, as well as the ability to print wirelessly via web server.