Monday, January 17, 2011

Access Barcode Integration

by Nate Schubert

Generating barcodes in Microsoft Access can add a variety of capability to your database. Assigning a barcode to products, customers or other types of inventory can add to efficiency in terms of reducing human error and actual labor. IDAutomation provides a variety of different products, based on your needs, to generate barcodes in Microsoft Access.

ActiveX Barcoding in Access

Like many Microsoft products, Access supports ActiveX components. Simply install the IDAutomation ActiveX Barcode Control into Access and you will be able to drag these controls into the design area and connect it to database fields which will generate a graphic dynamic barcode image.
  • Supports All Versions of Access
  • Single Users From $199
  • Developer & Commercial From $395
  • Purchase or Demo

Access Native Barcode Generator

Where ActiveX Controls need to be installed on each user computer, the Access Native Barcode Generator actually lives within the report itself, meaning no special fonts or components need to be installed on user computers. Additionally, this solution can be preferred for distributed databases or applications.
  • Supports Access 2000 to 2007
  • Single Users From $149
  • Developer & Commercial From $295
  • Download a Demo

Using Barcode Fonts in Access

If your data consists of numbers and/or letters, then a Code 39 or Codabar barcode font may be your best option. While not created solely for Access, barcode fonts are compatible with many other applications and operating systems, making them the most flexible option.

Linking To Access With Barcode Label Software

If you have a wealth of data that you would like to use to print barcode labels directly from your database, but need a label design interface from which to work, then the Barcode Label Software will likely be the best choice moving forward because it can link to Microsoft Access columns as a data source for a text or barcode object.
  • Supports All Versions of Access
  • Single Users From $139
  • Developers & Commercial From $1,990
  • Purchase or Demo

Paste Barcode Images Into Access

The IDAutomation Barcode Image Generator is a stand-alone application that will allow you to generate many different barcode types which can then be copied and pasted directly into your Access database.
  • Supports All Versions of Access
  • Single Users From $129
  • Developers & Commercial From $995
  • Purchase or Demo
Whatever your method of implementation, IDAutomation provides easy solutions for generating barcodes in Microsoft Access. If you have a favorite method of implementation or if there is a method here that is not touched on, please don't hesitate to leave a comment and let us know.

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