Smead’s ColorBar Express™ Internet Product Offers a Simple way to Create, Print and Manage Color Coded Labeling

HASTINGS, Minn. (January 3, 2007) — Smead® (, a leading provider of filing and organizational products and inventor of the color-coding concept, today announced the launch of its new Internet version of the ColorBar® color labeling software product – ColorBar Express™ (

ColorBar Express offers customers an efficient and highly flexible technology for the design and production of color labels through an online service. Now users can create color coded files faster than ever before. ColorBar Express gives the efficiency of color coded indexing without the time consuming task of applying individual sticky labels to file folders - users simply connect to the Internet to print labels quickly and easily! With no software installed and no need for maintaining inventories of multiple labels, ColorBar Express allows users the freedom to print a custom label from any computer and with virtually any printer!

Color coding technology allows medium to large businesses to file and retrieve documents in a fraction of the time of other filing methods. Color coding works because people recognize colors much faster than they can read text. Shelf filing allows all records to be seen at once, making it easy to find any file. A misfiled folder stands out among the others because it breaks the color pattern on the shelf. Misplaced files are virtually eliminated, along with the frustration and wasted time spent looking for them. Simply put, ColorBar products increase filing and retrieval productivity by providing better access to paper files.

The web-based ColorBar Express product provides functionalities to make label designing and product use simple, including: Easy-to-use and understand user interface, label library with design templates, label design ‘Wizard’ to build custom labels, security features to ensure data confidentiality, and automatic new feature updates delivered via the web.

“The release of ColorBar Express provides Smead customers with the flexibility to meet their color label demands while rounding out Smead’s robust color labeling software product line. With the well-known ColorBar® brand and this latest release of the web-based ColorBar Express product, we have delivered a product that gives our customers the most feature-rich, easy-to-use label design software in the market place,” says Neil Simons, SmeadSoft Product Manager.

The ColorBar suite of color labeling products provides users the power to produce labels with maximum ease and flexibility. Whether printing one label at a time, designing custom labels, or printing from multiple locations, ColorBar meets businesses color labeling needs. ColorBar products include:

ColorBar Express -- Print color coded strip labels without software installation; Print labels online from anywhere and on virtually any color printer.

ColorBar Print— A stand-alone application, ColorBar Print prints labels from virtually any data, any printer. Perfect for file rooms printing one or many labels at a time, ColorBar print works with unlimited label designs.

ColorBar Network—Perfect for those applications requiring multiple users, ColorBar Network provides flexibility and usability with concurrent seat licensing and unlimited label design support.

ColorBar Design—A stand-alone design application, ColorBar Design offers unmatched label design features for creating custom label designs in-house.

ColorBar Data Director – Print management software that allows enterprise-wide label printing, moving label printing from the desktop to the server for a true enterprise color label printing solution.

ColorBar ClickStrip—Perfect for the small business application, ClickStrip is a one-at-a-time label printing solution. Easy to use, with the ClickStrip form – the exact size of a #10 envelope – printing color labels has never been easier.

ColorBar ClickFile—ClickFile is a unique way to print color indexing for filing. Print directly on ClickFile patented file folders – no label necessary.

Services & Supplies- Smead software resellers offer the most complete selection of folders, labels and software for filing systems. Smead software resellers can help with folder selection, label design, database integration, high-volume production, custom colormaps and custom folder design.

ColorBar Express™ and all ColorBar® products are currently available through Smead software resellers. Contact your local Smead Software Representative or contact us at

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Smead,, is a worldwide leader in office f iling products and records management systems. For 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering 5,000 organizational products with 2,700 employees in 14 manufacturing plants located across North America and Europe, including its Smead-Europe operations in The Netherlands.