Copyright © 2002-2017 Timothy R. Rude
in association with Ashland Tax & Business Services, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
When will the next version of Envelope Maker be released?
The annual release of each major version of Envelope Maker takes place shortly after Drake Software* releases their next year's tax program (usually sometime in December). This allows us to test and tweak the Drake-specific features of Envelope Maker with the new tax program to ensure compatibility.
Previously licensed users are automatically notified when the new version is available. If you wish to be notified also, please send us an email.
What are the minimum system requirements for using Envelope Maker?
Pretty much any computer running Windows NT4, 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.0, 8.1, 10, or later with any printer that can handle envelope stock.
Can I try the program before I spend any money on it?
Of course! When you download and install the program it intially runs in evaluation mode. It allows you to create a small database of addresses and print as many envelopes as you want. Once you decide you like the program, you can purchase a license code to unlock all features.
Do I need to reinstall the program to switch from evaluation mode to licensed mode?
No. All you have to do is enter your license code on the License screen and the program automatically switches modes.
Do I have to use Drake* tax software to use Envelope Maker?
No. Envelope Maker is a stand-alone program that doesn't require any other program to work. However, it has special features built-in for users of Drake* tax software.
I am a Drake* tax software user, but all of the tax returns I prepare are electronically filed. Why would I need Envelope Maker?
Although you send the tax returns electronically, what about the payments? Many clients prefer to mail payments rather than allow the IRS or state agencies to autodraft their accounts. Also, there are some returns that cannot be electronically filed. Many tax preparers also like to mail client organizers or other materials to their clients. In addition, you may also have other needs for envelopes such as payroll filings, paying your own office bills, etc. When you think about it there are many uses for Envelope Maker, even when the tax returns themselves are all electronically filed.
Will Envelope Maker work with my printer?
Any printer that works with Windows and can physically handle envelopes will work with Envelope Maker. This includes laser, inkjet, etc.
Will Envelope Maker handle the special sized envelopes that I use?
Envelope Maker allows you to define any custom envelope size that you need. If your printer can handle the envelope size, so can Envelope Maker.
Can I print on envelopes that already have a pre-printed return address (such as a company logo, etc.)?
Yes. Envelope Maker allows you to print either the mailing address, return address, or both. If your envelopes already have a pre-printed return address you can print just the mailing address and leave the return address blank.
Can I specify the font to be printed on the envelopes?
Yes. You can specify both font and text-color (if you have a color printer). Envelope Maker allows you to specify separate settings for Return Address, Mailing Address, and Envelope Tagline.
Is it better to order a CD or to download the program?
It's your choice. The files are exactly the same. It's less expensive to download the program but some prefer to have a CD. The license works the same with either method.
How many computers can I install Envelope Maker on?
If you purchase a single license, you are allowed to install the program and use the same license code on any number of computers at one physical location. This means you could put it on every computer in your office. However, if you have multiple offices you are required to purchase a license for each individual office.
Does Envelope Maker work over a network?
Yes. Networked computers can share the same Address Database, custom envelope definitions, and license information. Information is provided in the help manual for configuring the program for network access.
Does this program print labels?
No. Envelope Maker was designed to print Envelopes, as the name suggests.
I have a file of addresses that I commonly use. Is it possible to import this list into Envelope Maker or will I have to retype all of them?
Envelope Maker can import addresses that are in comma-delimitted text files (also known as CSV files). It's import feature is very flexible and allows you to specify which fields of information from the file are to be imported. Detailed information about importing addresses from CSV files is provided in the help manual.
I have multiple copies of Envelope Maker running at different locations and each has it's own list of addresses. Is there some way I can copy some or all of the addresses from one copy of Envelope Maker to another?
Yes. Envelope Maker has a built-in export utility to create a CSV file of addresses that you select. You can then import this file into the other copy of Envelope Maker.
I've got another question that I don't see any answer to here or in the help manual. How can I contact you?
You can email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call (256) 354-3166. Please ask to speak to Tim.
* Drake tax software is owned, copyrighted, and licensed by Drake Enterprises, Ltd., Franklin NC. Use of the name is for reference only, and in no way implies any claim of ownership.