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.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

SSRS Barcode Printing & Reporting

SSRS Barcode

Commonly known as SSRS, SQL Server Reporting Services is a powerful reporting platform that enables organizations to build complex reports that improve understanding of a wide range of factors in business including revenue analysis, quality of service, and even the efficiency of a store or websites’ layout. Many organizations choose to integrate SSRS barcodes into their environments which adds an entirely new level to inventory control, document tracking, marketing promotions and more. SSRS does not include barcode generation capability by default, however, and so most organizations look to a third party like IDAutomation for a solution they can rely on.

The best SSRS barcode solution is the .NET Assembly which is a font encoder tool that may be used in conjunction with any IDAutomation linear barcode font. This special encoder is designed to format the data-to-encode so that it generates a readable barcode when the font is applied to it according to spec of the particular Symbology as noted by the AIM or ANSI standard.

It is important to note that the .NET Assembly in this article is only going to work with the linear barcode fonts, as IDAutomation’s 2D barcode font package include their own .NET Forms Controls which can be used to achieve this same SSRS barcode integration goal.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Code 128 Font Package Available

IDAutomation has released the latest update to their Code128 Font Advantage Package, and it is now available in both demo and purchased versions from IDAutomation.com. This package includes some new features and changes that are not available in the prior version, released in September 2013:

  • TrueType font files have been updated to OpenType with Digital Signatures, which authenticates IDAutomation as the author of the files. This shows users that the files are of high quality, and can be trusted not to do something terrible like crash your application.
  • TrueType fonts have been updated with Symbol Encoding, which means users can select the font by it's name rather than what it looks like. This is beneficial because barcodes can be very difficult to tell apart in a list!
  • Added PostScript ASCII Type 1 fonts.
  • Updated Crystal Report Formulas.
  • Added examples for FileMaker
Purchase the Code 128 Fonts and download this latest version if you haven't already done so. If you currently own a license to this product and would like to download the latest version, you may do so by activating your Priority Support & Upgrade Subscription.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Optional Integration Makes Sense, and Here's Why

After the great economic downturn of 2008, it’s no secret that businesses across the nation have significantly tightened their belts. In the slow recovery that the economy has experienced following, businesses have kept a watchful eye on spending habits. In fact, many businesses have found that by cutting spending, they are able to keep more employees and even become more profitable. This change spells trouble for many B2B companies who make the bulk of their revenue by selling the components that their customers need to continue to do business. As these customers continue to place their spending habits under a microscope, B2B companies may well see a drop in revenue because these companies are going with more affordable options.

There are many companies that offer a wide range of barcode generation solutions that are suited to an even broader base of customers throughout a multitude of industries and businesses both large and small. One of the most important things is the ability for developers to bundle these products into their own, and then distribute them to their own customers, retail or otherwise. The authority to do this does not always come cheap, however, and prospective customers can find it quite challenging to pinpoint a company that has an affordable alternative.

While IDAutomation does provide commercially-focused developer licenses which allow our customers to bundle our products with their own custom applications which are then distributed via resale, we also offer a little-known, low-cost alternative. The Optional Integration is an excellent and extremely cost-effective way of integrating our products into applications that are meant for distribution or resale. There’s just two simple steps, and here’s how it works:

Integrate Our Product into Yours

To integrate our product into your custom application, you must purchase a Single User License or you can integrate one of our free demo's instead. These are the lowest-cost options and will allow you access to the product API so that you can make sure it works when installed. Please do not distribute the purchased fonts within your application, however, as that is a choice left up to your customer.

Notify Your Customers!

Since the purchased fonts will not actually be installed in your custom application, your customers will need to be made aware. This is a great time to provide your customers with a hyperlink to our website, or better yet, a hyperlink directly to the product they need to install. They can use that link to purchase and then install into their system. This is the part where your customer incurs the cost of this added feature instead of you.

Here are some other important things to consider when utilizing our Optional Integration License:
  • Make it Easy!
    Additional installation steps can be dangerous for customers. During the integration phase of your development, don't forget to make it as easy as possible for your end users to add our component or font/encoder to your custom application. For instance, it is a great idea to develop your software so that the customer need only purchase and install our software on their system in order to use it in yours. IDAutomation can provide some assistance to your end users if there are any problems installing.
  • Want to Add a Revenue Stream?
    One really great thing about the Optional Integration License is the potential for a new revenue stream. IDAutomation's Barcode Affiliate Program allows software developers to receive a 20% commission on purchases that customers make when they purchase from a link on your website, in an email from you, or within your application itself. Utilizing the IDAutomation Affiliate Program is a great way to get a piece of the action when your end users do decide to take advantage of the barcode generation feature, and need to complete a purchase with us in order to do so.
If you like the idea of paying a low-or-no cost to give your end users the ability to add barcode generation to your software, AND you like the idea of potentially making 20% off of each of those sales, we encourage you to take a serious look at our Optional Integration License, and contact us with any questions you may have.