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What barcode product do I need?

Where do I begin?

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Over the last three months, Emma Richardson, 32, a Project Administrator, has worked for MJA, Inc. Though Emma has only been with the company for a short time, she has been tasked with finding a barcode replacement for company reports. Each report contains various financial information. An ID Number, placed near the top right of each report, allows the data processing members in Emma's department to identify the report group before keying it into the system. The current process leaves room for errors as it is possible to mistype the number or even select the wrong department. The IT department has developed a system that will take in the ID Number and, based on the first few digits, identify the appropriate department. With help from the IT department, Emma must contact a barcode company and decide on a product to purchase. Already overwhelmed and overworked, trying to understand barcodes and barcoding within a short period of time, has increased her stress level.

Unfortunately, this is a familiar situation for individuals that do not have experience with barcode technology. Unless it is the QR Code that sends you to a cool site, barcodes are not exciting. It is a technology that takes a bit of time to understand. Therefore, when you explore the documentation and think it is impossible to learn, do not get discouraged. I am going to suggest a few tips that may help make the process a bit easier. So, you need to generate barcode? Where do you begin?


05-15-13     2522 day(s) ago    

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Consider asking the questions:

• What operating system will I run to generate barcodes?
• What application will I use to generate barcodes?
• Do I have any barcode requirements?
• Can I create a barcode as an image or with a font?
• What is my experience level using the technology?



What operating system will I run to generate barcodes?
Though IDAutomation has barcode products available for many operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, LINUX, and UNIX), not every product is compatible with every operating system. Verify that the prospective product can run on the desired operating system.


What application will I use to generate barcodes?
Consider the application used to generate the barcode. There are products available for many applications. However, not every product is compatible with every application. Verify that the prospective product is available for the chosen application. Barcode can be created in Excel, Crystal Reports, FileMaker, on the web, and in development environments (Visual Studio, Java, SSRS)


Do I have any barcode requirements?
Verify the purpose for creating the barcode. Certain barcode types (symbologies) are recommended for specific industries. For example, the United States Postal Service uses the Code 128 barcode type to generate the GS1-128 barcode standard for delivery confirmation. In the healthcare industry, Code 39 produces the Health Industry Barcode.

Become familiar with the data requirements/barcode standard by reviewing the specifications at least a couple of times before getting started.

Once all of the data is obtained, IDAutomation can explain how to encode the data using our methods. However, we cannot interpret the entire specification or make assumptions about various data fields that are required. For example, a barcode standard may require the <GS> (Group Separator) character to separate fields of data when transmitted from the scanner in the data that will become the barcode. In many IDAutomation products, this requires the user/developer to adjust a property and enter the <GS> using ~029 (for Code 128 and PDF417 barcode types) or ~d029 (for 2D barcode types).

Verify the amount of data required for the barcode. Some barcode types have maximum data limitations. For example, Code 39 can handle up to approximately 20 characters, while Data Matrix (a 2D barcode) can handle hundreds of characters.

Verify the type of data. Though most barcode symbologies can encode alphanumeric data, a few can only encode numeric data, such as UPC, Interleaved 2 of 5, and Intelligent Mail.


Can I create the barcode as an image or a font?
There are several ways to generate a barcode: barcode font, barcode component, or barcode application.

A barcode font requires a font encoder to encode its data. Encode means to take data in one form and change it to another form. To ensure that the encoded data is properly generated and has the start/stop characters, the encoder runs a calculation. Once the data is encoded, the barcode font can be applied.

A barcode created with a component or application performs the encoding within the control/product and then paints the barcode on a canvas as an image.


What is my experience level using the technology?
The reason barcode technology is complicated is because there are so many barcode types, barcode standards, and product options. It is possible to get so oversaturated with information, it becomes difficult to find a starting point. When the ultimate goal is to generate barcodes, taking the time to learn about a symbology, standard, or product can be time consuming.

With all things considered, if you are a novice to barcoding, consider using user friendly products such as the Barcode Image Generator, Code 39 Fonts, or the Barcode Label Software.

For all individuals thinking about generating barcodes, I highly recommend the material:



Barcoding for Beginners Video:




How Barcodes Work?


What is the difference between Barcode fonts, Components, and Applications?



Barcode Educational Guide

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