Printing Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, or Korean fonts using the Zebra Andale Font Pack

Article ID: 27323687

Issue / Question

What font can I use to print Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, or Korean?

Applicable To

Zebra Printers using Unicode compatible x.14 firmware (or later) and the 64 Meg Flash Memory Option.

Includes ZQ600 Series ZQ500 Series ZT600 Series, ZT200 Series, ZT400 Series, ZM Series, 105SL Plus, ZE500, Xi4, ZD-Series, GX-Series, 2824 Plus Series

Resolution / Answer

Zebra offers a larger selection of characters with the Andale font that can be added to the printer.
The font can be purchased as an additional kit and comes on a CD.
It requires the 64MB memory option and approximately 23MB of free space on the flash E: memory.
To find a local reseller who can supply the font 

Font Details 

Language Font Part Number TTF Font Name Download to Printer file name Documentation
Simplified Chinese 56080-001 ANMDS Andale_simplified.ZPL Read More>>
Traditional Chinese 56095-001 ANMDT Andale_traditional.ZPL Read More>>
Japanese 56068-001 ANMDJ Andale_japanese.ZPL Read More>>
Korean 56050-001 ANMDK Andale_korean.ZPL Read More>>

A single Andale font contains 51,905 characters, capable of supporting multiple languages.
E.g. the Andale Japanese font file can support printing Korean, Simplified Chinese, Hindi and Arabic. 

Now, you may get confused as to why Zebra is offering and labeling four different Andale font files when one font is able to support also all languages.

This has relation to the Unicode standardization. In general, there are four traditional shapes in East Asia (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korea).
Shapes here refer to the Shapes of the Character, or also known as Glyphs. 

The Unicode standard was established to encode characters (defining code points of characters), not defining the glyphs.
As such the glyph of some characters on a specific code point may appear to be different, depending on the font that is being used for printing.

The Andale font you choose the will depend on which language you will use most frequently and which region your product will be shipping to.
e,g, if you are printing more Japanese characters than other languages and most of the product will be shipped to Japan, simply purchase the Andale Japanese font. 

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Uploading the font

The CD comes with an executable file that loads the font on the printer.
If you prefer the .ZPL font file can be downloaded to the printer using the "File Send" feature in the Zebra Setup Utility or the ZebraDesigner Driver.
You can use any method such as FTP as well.

Additional Information

+ Applicable Products

  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420e
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK888d
  • GK888t
  • GX420d Product Printers
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Product Printers
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • LP 2824
  • TLP 2824 Plus
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420C
  • ZD420D
  • ZD420T
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD620D
  • ZD620T
  • ZE500 Print Engines
  • ZQ510 Mobile Printer
  • ZQ520 Mobile Printer
  • ZT210 Industrial Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer
  • ZT230 Industrial Printer
  • ZT410 Industrial Printer
  • ZT420 Industrial Printer
  • ZT510 Industrial Printer
  • ZT610 Industrial Printer
  • ZT620 Industrial Printer