Thursday, July 23, 2015

Custom FileMaker Barcode Functions

FileMaker is a powerful database application that makes it  easy for businesses to process invoices, inventory and much more. For years, IDAutomation has provided these same businesses with Plug-ins and components to generate and display barcodes in FileMaker. Now that process of generating barcodes has become even easier with our latest font encoder tool, the FileMaker Pro Barcode Custom Functions.

Our new FileMaker Pro Barcode Custom Functions allows users with barcode fonts to embed the functions directly into a FileMaker database. These functions are especially convenient because they do not require the installation of any plug-ins or scripts-- simply embed the tool directly into the database file to get started.

The FileMaker Pro Barcode Custom Functions tool is available for free for those who are using IDAutomation fonts, purchased or evaluation versions. It is compatible with FileMaker Pro 12 versions and up, and supports generation of linear barcodes for Code 128, GS1-128, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 93, MSI, Codabar, UPC and EAN. For more information, please visit our FileMaker Pro Barcode Custom Functions release notes.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The New OpenOffice Barcode Generator is Here

IDAutomation has released its newest barcode component, the Native Barcode Generator for Apache OpenOffice. Cross-platform compatible with Windows and Mac environments, this software is provided as a complete barcode generator object that stays embedded, even when distributed. Once installed, no other components or fonts are needed to create barcodes for Codabar, Code 39, Code 128, GS1-128, MSI, Interleaved 2 of 5, Data Matrix and GS1 Data Matrix.

With nearly 145 Million downloads in the past year, OpenOffice is the most widely-used open source software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, presentations and more. There are several free plug-ins that offer limited barcode generation in OpenOffice Draw, but our research has found those to be lacking in functionality and support in the event that something goes wrong. We believe this native barcode generator component to be superior in functionality and design. What's more, IDAutomation offers extensive support options including free pre-sales technical support, and a 30 day complimentary support subscription with every purchase.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Updates to the Premiere Barcode Fonts Package

The Premiere Barcode Fonts Package includes every linear barcode font type offered by IDAutomation including Code 128, Intelligent Mail, UPC, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 39 and many others. This is a bundled package, and is the most affordable option if you are interested in generating multiple barcode types from fonts in a range of applications including Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, Adobe InDesign, SSRS and many others. Some of these updates include:

  • Improved font installer support for Windows 8 and Server 2012.
  • Recompiled TrueType TTF fonts to OpenType TTF.
  • Embedded time-stamped digital signatures within the TTF fonts.
  • Added a Silent Installer for Developer Licenses and above.
  • Some symbologies: added two silent installers, a standard install and another for symbol fonts for Developer Licenses.
  • Updated WOFF (web) fonts for standard and symbol encoded ITF fonts for Developer Licenses.
  • Added Code 93 to the package.
  • Updated examples for Crystal Reports, Filemaker and other environments.
For a complete list of updates, please visit the Premiere Barcode Fonts release log.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Universal 2D Barcode Font Updates

IDAutomation's Universal 2D Barcode Font packages are available as a complete solution for generating 2D barcodes such as Aztec, Data Matrix, PDF417, QR and MaxiCode, all from a single font. One great thing about 2D barcodes is their error-correction, allowing these barcodes to be read successfully, even if a significant portion is damaged in some way. This increases productivity in many environments including retail, industrial, harsh weather conditions and more.

Recent updates to the Universal 2D Barcode Font packages offered by IDAutomation include a smaller version with a ratio and spacing of the glyphs, designed to withstand multiple generations or degradation including scanning, reprinting, faxing or scanning from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. This updated smaller font is also a benefit in that it allows precise printing to low resolution 203 and 200 dpi printers.

Complete your purchase today for instant download, or contact IDAutomation to learn how you can upgrade your existing 2D barcode font package to the one of our Universal 2D Font packages. All software purchases come with a complimentary Priority Support subscription so that users can get the assistance they need, when they need it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Crystal Reports Barcode Generators

Many businesses turn to Crystal Reports as a dependable business intelligence application that can be used to design and generate critical reports. Because of its' flexibility in terms of compatibility with a wide range of databases and ERP systems, there are plenty of ways to integrate barcodes into Crystal Reports. That said, one integration is not necessarily as good as the next, and the best Crystal Reports barcode solution will depend primarily on factors like version or environment, barcode type to generate, size of reports being generated, how the reports will be distributed and more.

An effective component that businesses use to display barcodes in Crystal Reports versions 9 and higher is with IDAutomation's Native Barcode Generators for Crystal Reports. This patented technology has been in use since 2006, and allows for barcodes to be displayed on Crystal Reports documents without the use of fonts or graphic objects. This means less moving parts, which leads to fewer problems in the report generation process. It also means that reports can be distributed electronically, and anyone who is viewing the report will be able to see the barcode.

IDAutomation offers a number of Native Barcode Generators for Crystal Reports, depending on which particular type(s) or barcodes need to be generated:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

USPS Intelligent Mail IMb for Access Update

Add Postal Barcodes in Microsoft Access

The Linear and Linear + 2D Barcode Generators for Microsoft Access have been updated. The latest versions of these components include support for USPS Intelligent Mail barcodes which will enable users to generate all of the barcodes supported by the postal service for discount mailing from a completely native .BAS VBA Module. While this may be of particular significance to users who currently have a need to generate USPS barcodes from Access, all users can benefit from this added symbology to the package.

While new users are encouraged to place their orders online for immediate download, current license owners can upgrade to the latest version of the package with a purchase of the Priority Support & Upgrade Subscription.

Display Code 128 Barcodes in Quickbooks

Quickbooks may not allow out-of-the-box barcode generation in their products, but IDAutomation has the solutions to generate linear barcodes in many different versions of this powerful accounting and business software application. Our linear barcode fonts can be integrated into Quickbooks for display on invoices, purchase orders, pick tickets and more. Take a look at our step-by-step Quickbooks barcode guides outlined below:

  • Display Barcodes on Invoices
    Created for Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks Pro 2014, this tutorial uses Code 39 fonts to add barcodes to an existing form.
  • Importing Barcodes into Forms and Templates
    Created with Quickbooks Pro 2014, this guide demonstrates using IDAutomation Code 128 fonts and free encoder tools to add barcodes to warehouse pick tickets.
IDAutomation Barcode Scanners may also be programmed to scan data from barcodes directly into Quickbooks, thus reducing errors and businesses valuable time and money. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Barcode Solutions for Cognos Environments

Used by more than 23,000 companies globally, IBM's Cognos software products have been consistent leaders in the performance management software niche of the industry since 2005. The Cognos Business Suite includes a multitude of individual software products, all designed to allow everyday individuals to utilize Cognos to build insightful reporting from otherwise complicated and overwhelming business data. Another great thing about Cognos is that third-party components can often be integrated into this Business Intelligence environment to leverage even more features for greater power over corporate data streams. Barcode technology provides the unique ability for businesses to easily identify documents, equipment, inventory and more for the purpose of tracking or reducing the probability of human error, which can cost companies a great deal of money overall.

So, how can companies take advantage of barcode technology and start saving time and money? IDAutomation provides a range of software products that allow users to generate barcodes in many Business Intelligence environments including Cognos. Our Cognos Barcode Integration Guide outlines three of the best solutions for this powerful software suite of applications:

Cognos Barcode Font Integration

Barcode fonts should be installed on the Report Server while the PDF or HTML document is generated. The font itself must also live on the local machine that is being used to view the report, or else the barcode will not be displayed. The easiest barcode fonts to use within Cognos are Code 39 or Codabar, although these are only capable of dependably encoding upwards of 13 characters in total. Higher-density barcode types such as Code 128 may possibly be generated if used in conjunction with one of our free barcode font encoder tools.

Cognos Barcode Java Integration

IDAutomation's Java Barcode Package contains the java components necessary for creating barcode images in any Cognos-supported platform. This is the preferred method for developers who have a deeper understanding of implementing Java components, and produces high-quality images for many different barcode types including Code 39, Code 128, Intelligent Mail, QR Code, Data Matrix, PDF417, GS1 DataBar and many others.

Cognos Barcode Streaming Integration

IDAutomation's Hosted Dynamic Barcode Image Generator is a hosted service that allows users to stream barcodes into Cognos by referencing an image URL in much the same way as our Java integration above. This is arguably the most effective method for users to stream dynamic data from an external URL.