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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let's make a difference!

We want to support breast cancer research to finally put an end to this deadly disease.

In October, when you make a purchase on ID Security Online, you help us make a difference. At the end of the month, we will donate 1% of our Photo ID Systems sales to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:

Make your printer evolve with your needs!

If you purchased an ID card printer, you might be part of the vast majority who buy “Basic” printers: no encoding, single-sided capabilities, USB only.

Those printers are perfect to personalize ID badges with names, pictures, logos and barcodes. But what happens if one day, you are asked to print and encode magnetic cards or if you need a dual-sided printer to add more information on the back of your cards? Should you just get another printer?

Here is the thing with card printers today: many machines can easily be upgraded onsite! Let’s say you have a single-sided printer and you want dual-sided capabilities, you can get an upgrade kit and do it yourself in no time! With some card printer manufacturers, this can be done with an activation key or a special upgrade ribbon.

Standard YMCKO vs. Half-panel color ribbon: make the right choice!

If you want to print color badges, you will need a color ribbon but if you look closer at the options, you will find YMCKO ribbons and Half-panel YMCKO ribbons. What’s the difference?

YMCKO ribbons are standard color ribbons. YMCKO stands for Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black and Overlay. The printer uses the YMC panels to print in full color, the Black (K) panel to print in real black and then applies a clear coating overlay (O) to create durable plastic badges.

Half-panel color ribbons are different: the Yellow, Magenta and Cyan panels are half the size of the regular panels of a YMCKO ribbon. The K (Black) and O (Overlay) are full size panels. This means that up to half of the card can be printed in full color while black text or images can be printed anywhere on the card.

Call for entries: design a unique photo ID badge and win amazing prizes!

ID Security Online is thrilled to launch its first Graphic Design Awards contest!

From Monday, September 9 to Friday, December 6, 2013, undergraduate and graduate college and university students in the United States are invited to design a unique photo ID badge to win amazing prizes.

Students can submit their design on the official contest page or upload it on the Facebook page of the competition. Each student can submit up to two entries.

Tips to fix ribbon breaking issues

You are trying to print your badges but your ribbon keeps breaking. The good news is that this issue can easily be fixed.

  • The first step is to clean your card printer. Follow the recommendations of your card printer manufacturer to clean printer and printhead. Dust and debris can damage your printer and considerably impact print quality.

How to choose your ID cards

Your card printer and card application will determine which ID cards are right for you.

Here are a few tips when choosing ID cards:

  • Card thickness: ID card printers will only accept specific card thicknesses. Most printers are built to print 30mil cards (thickness of a credit card) so if you need to personalize thinner cards (10-20mil), check the specs of your printer. 

Huge deals on all our top selling solutions!

At ID Security Online, you know that you get the best ID card products at unbeatable prices.

To make you save even more on dozens of items, we have just launched a brand new section with great deals on our top selling photo ID systems, ID card printers, and supplies.  You can check it out at

This page will help you compare different products, find reviews, and get more information on what you are looking for.

New Zebra ZXP Series 1 printers: superior print quality at a great price!

Zebra has launched a brand new line of single-sided card printers called ZXP Series 1. You can now print high-quality ID cards and badges on the spot without breaking the bank.

The main features of the printer include:

  • Single-sided printing
  • Edge-to-edge printing on standard CR-80 cards
  • 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) print resolution
  • Load-N-Go™ drop-in ribbon cassettes to load and replace ribbons in a snap
  • Auto calibration of ribbons

Small businesses: get an extra discount on your ID purchase!

As a small business, ID Security Online understands the challenges small structures have to face daily, especially in this economy. It is hard to invest in long-term solutions but it is critical to make sure that your employees and visitors are safe and secure at all times.

That is why we have decided to offer special pricing to small businesses with less than 50 employees. You will get unbeatable deals on any ID card printer or photo ID system available on our website. We are so confident that we have the best deals that if you find a lower price at another retailer, send us the quote and we will beat that price!

Enhanced version of the Zebra ZXP Series 3 printer: what’s new?

Zebra has launched a new version of its ZXP Series 3 card printer. Available as a single or dual-sided printer, the ZXP Series 3 printer is a cost-effective solution to print high-quality ID cards and badges on the spot. Packed with user-friendly features, the ZXP Series 3 offers incredible value with dazzling print quality at a low cost of ownership.

This enhanced version includes a wide array of new features:

  • New eco-friendly, high-capacity ribbons for increased productivity
  • New printer enclosure with updated color scheme
  • Improved reliability and performance enhancements
  • Card feeder design for improved card feed

How to choose the right ID card software

If you have already implemented an ID card program, you know how important your ID card software is. Not only does it help you design professional badges but it also manages your cardholders’ data and adds various features to your cards.

Before making a buying decision, identify your needs and consider these key features:

  • Database functionality: some programs come with an internal database, which allows you to save your cards and cardholder data for easy reprints. Entry-level software typically does not have this option so check the specs of your software carefully.

Which supplies do I need for a retransfer card printer?

The list of supplies that you need for your retransfer printer is quite different from what you would get for a direct-to-card printer. Follow this quick checklist to get stunning badges and protect your investment.

1.     Retransfer film: In retransfer printers, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card: your card design is printed into a clear film called retransfer film. This film is then is fused onto the surface of the card to produce over-the-edge badges in vibrant colors.

Meet the new Nisca PR-C201 card printer!

Retransfer technology, dual-sided printing, 24-bit images, standard Ethernet connectivity: these are just a few features of the new ID card printer from Nisca: the PR-C201.

The Nisca PR-C201 retransfer ID card printer delivers perfect dual-sided badges even on irregular surfaces such as smart cards or ABS, PET, PVH and Polycarbonate cards.

The print quality of the Nisca PR-C201 ID card printer is astonishing: 600 dpi, 24-bit images for flawless colors. Not only do you get perfect badges but you get them at the amazing speed of 160 color cards per hour! For an even faster throughput, the printer is equipped with 250-card input and output hoppers.

Loaded with easy-to-use features, the Nisca PR-C201 offers an LCD display for instant printer status, quick-change ribbon cassettes and easy cleaning.

Finally! The first Mac-compatible photo ID systems are here!

Mac users, we have big news! You can now design and print professional ID cards and badges from your Mac. We have designed unique ID card systems that include everything that you need to create all types of ID cards such as employee badges, student IDs, membership cards and more.

And yes, each package includes ID card software! CardPresso is the first ID card software designed for Mac OS X. Easy-to-use and packed with powerful features, this intuitive platform simplifies the creation of any type of badges.

Win up to $2,500 for your school!

We are very excited to announce the launch of our first-ever back-to-school sweepstakes. School safety has always been a priority for us and this year, we want to go further and help schools realize their projects by giving them valuable funding.

Our contest will run from June 10 to September 30, 2013. To participate, just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Purchase $100 or more in printers, supplies or accessories. All items on our website qualify!
  2. Use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout.
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