Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Barcode Label Printing Software Basics

by Nate Schubert

If you have been keeping up with our recent articles, then you know that IDAutomation provides three basic types of barcode generation software:
  • Barcode Fonts allow for barcode generation on a variety of operating systems, in a variety of applications like Microsoft Excel, Office, Access and much more.
  • Barcode Components are environmental barcode generation products like Java. .NET and ActiveX controls which allow for barcode generation in environments where the particular component is installed on the user machine.
  • Barcode Generation Applications which do not require fonts or components, and can be run from an executable for an all-in-one solution.
While we have discussed the basics of barcode fonts as well as information about ActiveX Barcode Controls, no barcode generation conversation is complete without talking about Stand-alone applications like the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software.

What is a Stand-Alone Application?

Simply put, a stand-alone application is a software program that can run independently of other components. In the case of barcode generation, our stand-alone applications do not require other fonts or components in order to work, and intead simply need to be downloaded and installed on the computer where they can be run as needed.

What Can Barcode Label Software Do?

IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is a stand-alone WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) label design interface application that allows you to create, design and print labels which can include barcodes. This product is useful for anyone who needs to print labels of any kind since it can include text, images, shapes and barcodes. The IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is especially useful when there is a need to create barcode labels to adhere to products, documents, or anything that may need to be tracked in an inventory system.

Benefits of IDAutomation Barcode Label Software

While barcode fonts or barcode components may offer greater compatibility with operating systems and environments, the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software can offer high-powered barcode label generation within Windows operating systems from Windows 98 up to Windows 7. Barcode label templates that are created and customized can be saved for later use, and custom label dimensions can also be saved for later printing. Because this is one of our flagship products, it is often updated to include the latest capabilities which means our customers can stay on the cutting edge of barcode label generation.

While it's great that the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software allows for barcode label generation on a variety of printers, label types, barcode types and windows operating systems, the database connectivity is perhaps the greatest benefit to businesses that need an easy fix in terms of connecting the database to the label software for large barcode label printing runs. The standard Barcode Label Software has built-in support for comma delimited text files, CSV, Microsoft Access and Excel files as a data source. The Barcode Label Software Pro version allows database connection with all of these types in addition to ODBC, DSN, Oracle and SQL Servers.

Another significant benefit to the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is it's ability to use incremental features which can include numeric barcodes and text, and can be incremented at specific intervals. This allows the user to skip ahead to a specified numeric range without stopping the process entirely. Additionally, advanced printing capabilities allow the start label to be specified when unused labels exist on a page.

Drawbacks

While there aren't many drawbacks to the IDAutomation Barcode Label Printing Software, there are indeed some in terms of compatibility. Stand-alone applications are great because they contain everything you need to get the job done, but they aren't flexible for use outside of that specific purpose. Barcode fonts, for example, can be used in a variety of operating systems, applications, mediums while this product can be used only on Windows operating systems 98 and later. Macintosh users should consider using barcode fonts to meet their barcode label printing requirements, as those are compatible with Macintosh systems.

Final Words

There are a couple of different versions of the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software that you should be aware of, depending on different factors. Perhaps the most important factor is which type of barcode you actually need to print. If you're looking for a barcode label printing product that can print linear barcodes like Code 128, Code 39, Intelligent Mail, UPC and others, then the Barcode Label Software will be sufficient for your needs. If you need those linear barcode types in addition to 2-dimensional barcodes like Data Matrix, PDF417, QR Code or the MICR fonts, then the Barcode Label Software Pro version is what you need.

Since the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is one of our most powerful products for creating and printing barcode labels, our technical support staff has provided a variety of video tutorials that may be useful, whether you have purchased the product or are still testing with a demo:
The IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is available online via instant download with pricing from just $139 for a Single User License with options that range all the way up to company-wide use.

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