Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Code 128 Fonts : 2016 Update Details

As a leader in the barcode generation software field, IDAutomation is constantly working to update our barcode fonts, components and software applications to meet the latest standard specifications as well as compatibility requirements for common and popular environments like Crystal Reports, Access, Oracle, FileMaker, SSRS and many others. As such, we are pleased to announce the release of our latest update for the 2016 version of the Code 128 Font Advantage Package. Updates to this popular barcode font product include:

  • Security update with new digital signatures in TrueType and Open Type font files.
  • Added the Code 128 Font Encoder Software Application in the package.
  • Updated Symbol fonts to better show font sizes in Microsoft Office dialogs.
  • Added Symbol-only setup installation files.
  • Updated "FileMaker 12 and up" examples to include custom functions instead of requiring a special plug-in.
  • Resolved an issue where the uninstall icon may not appear in the start menu on Windows 10 systems.
  • See the release log for more details.

Current license holders may download the latest version of this product with a purchase of the Priority Support & Upgrade Subscription which will remain active for a full year. This support service is also useful for connecting with our technical support staff in the event that you are having problems using the fonts in your intended application or environment. For those who do not already own a license, you can receive the latest version of the Code 128 Font Advantage Package with purchase.

Monday, November 09, 2015

FileMaker Barcode Compatibility Explained

FileMaker is one of the most common and useful database environments, and it is used by businesses across the world for gathering and maintaining control over their information. Adding barcode functionality for FileMaker reports can significantly increase efficiency and productivity, in part by reducing the instances of human error that, while natural, can create problems in an otherwise smooth workflow or process.

IDAutomation has been a leading provider for FileMaker barcode solutions for years. Our products support FileMaker versions as far back as 7, and as recent as the latest update. Our products allow generation of popular barcodes including Code 39, Code 128, DataBar, Intelligent Mail and UPC, as well as 2D barcode types like Data Matrix, QR Code and PDF417.

Since we have a lot of solutions to meet various FileMaker environments and versions, it stands to reason that deciding which product is best for your company can sometimes be confusing. Although our sales and tech support staff are ready, willing and able to assist customers in any inquiries they may have, many customers prefer to make these determinations on their own. 

IDAutomation's FileMaker Pro Compatibility Chart acts as a map that allows you to visualize which products are compatible with which FileMaker versions and environments. We’re pleased to have created an excellent compatibility chart to help our customers do just that.

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: