UPC/EAN Font Advantage Package's Description
IDAutomation's UPC/EAN Font Advantage Package is an advanced font product with tools, macros and source code that uses a single font file to create UCC-12, UPCA, UPCE, EAN8, EAN13, JAN, ISBN and Bookland barcodes. The font meets ANSI, ISO and IEC 2000 specifications (ISO 15420:2000).
To provide for easy integration into applications, IDAutomation provides several Font Tools that are free to use with IDAutomation fonts. The font tools automatically format the characters to the barcode font.
UPC, UCC, EAN, JAN, ISBN and Bookland barcodes may all be created from IDAutomation's UPC/EAN Font Advantage Package with the exception of EAN-14, UCC-128 and EAN-128; these are created with the Code 128 Barcode Fonts. The primary purpose for these barcodes is to uniquely identify a product and manufacturer for retail checkout and tracking purposes. Below is a summary of the different barcode standards:
- UPC - The Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode has been used in the retail industry in the US and Canada since 1973. UPC-A consists of 12 numbers and UPC-E consists of 12 numbers that are compressed into 8 numbers for small packages.
- UCC - The Universal Code Council creates standards for multi-industry product identification. UCC12 is another name for the UPC-A standard.
- EAN - The European Article Numbering System (EAN) is a superset of U.P.C. EAN-13 consists of 13 numbers and EAN-8 consists of 8 digits for small packages.
- ISBN and Bookland - The EAN-13 barcode for a book or periodical is generated from the ISBN number assigned to it. When encoding ISBN in a EAN-13 barcode, the ISBN number is preceded by the number 978 and the ISBN check digit is not used. When the ISBN number is encoded in the EAN-13 barcode in this way it is often called Bookland. A 5 digit add-on barcode is optional and can contain the price of the book or periodical. For more information, please review the How to Create an ISBN Barcode for a Book Tutorial.
- JAN - The JAN codes are the same as the EAN codes, except the first two characters are set to "49".
- Add-on Barcodes - An additional barcode can be created just to the right of the symbol to encode additional information. These barcodes are either 2 or 5 digits in length.
- EAN14 is a barcode type created with ITF or Code 128 and is not included in this package.
- UCC128 or EAN128 is a barcode type created with Code 128 and is not included in this package.
Key features of "UPC/EAN Font Advantage Package"
- Patent Pending Technology - The latest version of this product includes new patent pending font technology which allows extremely high-quality barcode printing.
- Advanced Font Encoding - IDAutomation's implementation of these symbologies allows a single advanced font to produce all UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, JAN & ISBN barcodes.
- Multiple Font Tools Included - For easy integration into applications, several font tools are provided that are free to use with IDAutomation fonts. The font tools automatically format the start, stop and check characters to the barcode font. Available font tools include the following:
- .NET Framework Assembly DLL (100% managed code)
- C++ header file
- C# .NET Class Library
- Check digit calculator with Visual Basic 6 and FoxPro source code
- Crystal Reports Formulas (allows distribution of crystal reports without the UFL)
- Crystal Reports UFL (User Function Library)
- DLL for Windows®
- FileMaker Pro Plug-ins
- FoxPro Program Module
- LotusScript Functions for Lotus Notes, Domino and Approach
- Microsoft® Office Macros for Word, Excel and Access with VBA source code
- Microsoft Reporting Services
- Online Font Encoder
- Oracle Reports Libraries and PLL
- OpenOffice & StarOffice VB macros
- Source Code in Visual Basic, C++, PowerBuilder, FoxPro and JAVA
- VB.NET Module
- Complete list of all font tools
- Cross-platform Support - The unique encoding in IDAutomation fonts allows cross-platform support between UNIX, Macintosh and Windows systems.
- Low Resolution Printer Support - UPC/EAN fonts are designed to print precisely on 203 DPI thermal printers and 300 DPI printers in addition to higher resolution printers. When printing at 203 DPI, the point size chosen should be a multiple of 6. When printing at 300 DPI, the point size chosen should be a multiple of 4.
- Five Different Heights Provided - Fonts with "S" in the name are "shortened height" fonts that are below what the UCC recommends. However, IDAutomation has observed these shorter symbols used with UPC-A and UPC-E barcodes and they do scan properly. Fonts with "M" in the name are "medium height" fonts and are recommended for printing EAN-8 and UPC-E barcodes. Fonts with "L" in the name are the largest with a height of approximately 22mm when printed at 16 points and are recommended for printing UPC-A and EAN-13 barcodes.
- Industry Standards - The UPC/EAN barcode fonts have been created to meet all UCC, EAN, European EN 797 and IEC 15420:2000 specifications. All symbols of this barcode specification are in the fonts including human readable characters and add-on symbols.
- Embeddable Functionality - The fonts included with the Developer License allow embedding into PDFs, Word documents and other files that support embedding, so those who do not have the fonts installed can still print the barcode.
- Non-Human Readable Fonts Provided - Fonts that exclude the normal human readable characters are provided in this package to support the printing of the human readable variation implementation.
- Multiple Formats Provided - After purchasing a license for this font package, the customer will receive all versions in a single ZIP file. The manual is supplied in a file named "readme.html" in the ZIP file. The following fonts are included:
- TrueType fonts are supplied in PC and Macintosh format. The TrueType TTF fonts are compatible with Macintosh OS X and all versions of Microsoft Windows, including Pocket PC. Macintosh formatted MTT TrueType fonts are compatible with Macintosh System 7.1 and above.
- OpenType OTF fonts with PostScript outlines are provided. These are compatible with Windows®, Macintosh OS X and other systems supporting the OpenType format.
- PostScript Type 1 fonts are supplied in binary, ASCII and Macintosh versions.
- Also included in this package are PCL laserjet soft fonts in 12, 16, 20 and 28 points.
- The Developer License grants the right to convert IDAutomation's fonts to other formats as necessary including TrueDoc and OpenType.
- For the most up to date installation procedures for Macintosh, UNIX and other operating systems, please visit IDAutomation's Technical Support Site.
- Data Sheet & Implementation Examples - For more technical information about the fonts such as character set detail and calculating the check character, please review the UPC/EAN Font Data Sheet.