Monday, July 18, 2011

3 Easy-To-Use Barcode Generators

by Nate Schubert

There are a lot of different ways in which barcodes can be generated. From barcode fonts which require special encoders, to components which allow more powerful barcode generation within specific environments, to full-powered, stand-alone applications. It can be overwhelming to determine which method of barcode generation will best suit your needs, but there are a few excellent choices that stand out as the easiest barcode generators to use.

Code 39 Barcode Fonts

Code 39 barcode fonts are the easiest type of font to use when generating a barcode because the only formatting they require is an asterisk (*) at the beginning and end of the data. Then, simply highlight the data (with asterisks) and select the appropriate Code 39 font to turn that text into a readable barcode. Virtually every other barcode font type requires much more complex formatting in order to display a readable barcode, which makes Code 39 an excellent choice over others.

Barcode Image Generators

The IDAutomation Barcode Image Generator is a stand-alone application that is used to create barcodes in image formats like jpg, png and others. These barcode images can then be copied and pasted into other Windows applications, or uploaded to a web server for display on a web site, or used for anything else than a standard image may be used for. This barcode image generator software can create individual images, or multiple images very quickly, and effortlessly.

Barcode Label Software

While many barcode generation components or fonts can be used within existing applications to display barcodes for printing onto labels, the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software is a label design editor that is specifically geared toward generating barcode labels. This software product has a long list of pre-defined custom label stock, and also allows for custom dimensions to be set. Also, the application can be linked to an external database to draw data from, and print onto barcode labels. This is a high-powered barcode label software that is very easy to use, whether for printing individual barcode labels or large amounts of barcode labels.

Depending on your specific need, there may be other products that are more specialized, or more affordable, or allow for greater developer production. The above products are certainly some of the easiest to use in the barcode industry, but it is always a good idea to consult the expertise of a sales or technical support representative with IDAutomation before completing your purchase.

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