Printers, ZBI Keys, & ZBI Versions
Printers, ZBI Keys, & ZBI Versions

Printers, ZBI Keys, & ZBI Versions

Information about ZBI 1.x and ZBI 2.x:

ZBI versions 1.0 through 1.5:

ZBI 1.x was available on printers with X.10 or higher firmware (such as V48.10.x). To determine if the printer supports ZBI version 1, check the firmware version loaded on the printer. This can be determined by the absence of a "Z" in the firmware version number (for example, firmware V60.13.0.12 supports ZBI version 1, while V60.13.0.12Z does not).
ZBI-Developer can be used to create programs for use on printers that support ZBI version 1.x., however, the features that are only available in ZBI v2.x cannot be used with printers running ZBI v1.x. For example, "on-printer" debugging advanced file encryption and commands added in ZBI 2 are not supported in printers running ZBI 1.x. If you do not have a printer that meets this requirement, contact your reseller.
Support for ZBI versions 1.0 through 1.5 is limited to syntax checking only. On‑printer debugging is not supported for ZBI versions 1.0 through 1.5.

ZBI versions 2.0 and higher:

Printers with firmware versions X.16 or later (for example, V60.16.x and V53.16.x) can support ZBI version 2.0 and later.
These printers can be either ZBI-Ready or ZBI-Enabled, depending on whether or not a ZBI Key file has been loaded on the printer. ZBI Keys can be loaded onto printers during manufacturing or later purchased at www.zebrasoftware.com. A Downloader Utility/ZBI Key Manager software utility is available to assist in the task of sending ZBI Keys to printers.
The ZBI.nrd file is required to be present on the printer for ZBI 2.0 to be enabled. The ZBI Key is stored on the printer’s E: memory location with the name ZBI.nrd. The file is persistent. It cannot be deleted even if the printer’s memory is initialized. For example, if the
^JB
command is used to initialize the location, the ZBI Key file will not be deleted.
When a printer is ZBI-Ready but not ZBI-Enabled, the firmware version will display a "Z" at the end of the version string (for example, V60.16.0Z). Additionally, the printer’s configuration label will show that the printer is not ZBI-Enabled.
When a printer is ZBI-Enabled, the firmware version will not display a "Z" at the end of the version string (for example, V60.16.0Z). Additionally, the printer’s configuration label will show that the printer is ZBI-Enabled.
Each single ZBI Key can only be used once. When multiple printers are to be ZBI-Enabled, multiple Keys will be needed. The ZBI Key cannot be retrieved from printer to a host system.