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Dynamic PDF417 barcodes in Excel


I'm testing out your PDF417 products and having a hard time getting it right. We create a form in Excel, and the PDF417 barcode needs to be dynamic so the operator can print the form after entry and start the next entry as a continuing process.
I see mail merge in the samples but I'm not sure if that will work for us since it looks like a 2 step process.


03-23-12     2891 day(s) ago    

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2016 Update: A new product (Native Barcode Generator for Excel) has been released since this question was resolved that offers an easier method of generating barcodes in Excel.

IDAutomation offers a 2D XLS Font for generating barcodes directly in Excel; however it does have some limitations. It is compatible with Data Matrix, QR Code, PDF417 and Aztec.

Microsoft Excel may also be used as a data source for the font. Due to certain Excel limitations and the requirements of a 2D barcode (as a font), displaying the PDF417 barcode may not always generate a proper barcode (shape). Excel will not adjust to line feeds and carriage returns from within a cell, which is why Excel may also be used as a place to encode the data, and an application, such as Word, can be used to display the barcode.

2D Barcode Generation Options for Excel:

Option 1
Use the 2D XLS Font for Excel with VBA directly with some limitations.

Option 2
Encode data using the Barcode Add In or VBA in Excel and perform 2D Mail Merge into Word 2D Mail Merge into Word

Option 3
Use the ActiveX Control to generate 2D barcodes images directly in Excel. Create Barcodes in Excel using ActiveX

Option 4
Use the Barcode Label Software to link to information directly in Excel.

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