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Barcode Tools For Software Developers

What the Heck is a barcode "plug-in"? Plug-ins are computer programs that interacts with a host application. This page lists a variety of barcode plug-ins that allow program developers to add barcode printing or reading capability to their programs without developing their own barcode printing or reading subroutines.

If your company has a shareware or demo version of a barcode plug-in and would like to be listed on this page, send an email to BarCode-1. Please include a brief description of the product and a link.

MS Access Barcode Tools

  • ABarCode v2.0 [Shareware] draws bar codes in MS Access 2.0 reports while printing or previewing, without OLE or DDE complications. Symbols provided are UPC-A, EAN-8, EAN-13, Ean-128, Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF), and Code 39, Extended Code 39, Code 128, and Postnet. Size, scale, and security margins are automatically computed. Documentation in English and Spanish. Unregistered version prints up to 10 fully readable bar codes each time you runs MS Access. Registered version (Fee is USD $60) has no limit. For more information contact ABarCode.

  • ABarCode v7.0 [Shareware] draws bar codes in MS Access 7.0 reports while printing or previewing, without OLE or DDE complications. Symbols provided are UPC-A, EAN-8, EAN-13, Ean-128, Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF), and Code 39, Extended Code 39, Code 128, and Postnet. Size, scale, and security margins are automatically computed. Documentation in English and Spanish. Unregistered version prints up to 10 fully readable bar codes each time you runs MS Access. Registered version (Fee is USD $60) has no limit. Date 960318. For more information contact ABarCode. The latest version of ABarCode can be downloaded from the ABarCode site.

  • IDAutomation.com, Inc. Barcode Macros for Access for Microsoft Access support PDF417, POSTNET, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128, UPC-A, EAN-13, EAN-8, UCC-128, MSI / Plessey, Code 11, RM4SCC, SSCC-18 and SCC-14 barcode fonts and specifications. The macros will format the return string for one of our barcode fonts. The macros can be easily integrated into your application for automation purposes and you don't have to be a programmer to use them. The barcode macros and functions are easy enough for intermediate and advanced users of Access. Compatible with Access 97 and 2000. More information is available at the IDAutomation.com site.

  • Barcode39.mdb v1.0 creates Code 39 on MS-Access 97 reports (Barcodes.txt, included in the zipped file, contains documentation.). Barcodes are created on reports by using Access Basic command to actually draw the barcodes as rectangular boxes. This code is submitted as FreeWare and can be freely distributed with your application royalty-free. For more information contact the Author James Mercanti.

  • Postnet97.mdb v1.0 creates Postnet code on MS-Access 97 reports. Barcodes are created on reports by using Access Basic command to actually draw the barcodes as rectangular boxes. This code is submitted as FreeWare and can be freely distributed with your application royalty-free. For more information contact the Author James Mercanti.

  • Sample code for Visual Basic, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and ActiveX DLL that allows you to automate the necessary start, stop, and check digit information that is required by some bar code symbologies as well as the particular character mapping and compression that is sometimes needed is available at Azalea Software site.

  • This is a Access database that will generate a report that will list the data and the 128B barcode that represents it. It is easy to copy the Report and the module into another database and modify it slightly to get it to print out what ever you need. Thanks for the contribution to Rod Marr.

ActiveX Barcode Control

  • The TAL Bar Code ActiveX control easily adds professional quality bar codes to Windows applications in minutes. The barcode ActiveX will work flawlessly with any Windows application that supports ActiveX technology including VB, C++, Internet Explorer, MS Word, Excel, Access, Active Reports, etc. Full support for all major bar code symbologies including 2D bar codes. Also supports: Data Binding, Rotation, Precise Size Control, Check Digits, Bearer Bars, Quiet Zones, Bar Width Reduction, Colors and many more. This is the best bar code programming tool currently available for Windows. For more information, see the TAL Technologies site.

  • X-BARZ ActiveX Control by Unibar provides professional quality barcodes for Microsoft Applications. X-BARZ creates Microsoft metafile graphics, which are scalable, device independent, and highest resolution capable of the printer (the target printer’s actual DPI is used in the calculations). Very simple to install and use for any program supporting ActiveX controls. This includes Access, VB, C++, Excel and many more. X-BARZ supports data binding, rotation, set narrow bar width, ratio, all popular 1D, 2D, descender bars, and more. Developer version comes with 10,000 free runtimes. Free demo and additional information from Unibar.
  • XBarCode(XBarCodePro) is an ActivcX Component for easy display and printing of Code 11, Codabar, MSI, Code 39,Extended 39, Code 93, Code 128, EAN 128, UPC A, UPC E, EAN 13, EAN 8, interleaved 2 of 5, POSTNET, HIBC, PDF 417, DataMatrix, MaxiCode, QRCode, AztecMesas, etc. For more information visit their web site at http://www.dsxtech.com.

  • The IDAutomation.com, Inc. Barcode Linear ActiveX Control is implemented in single ActiveX Control file (under 160K) and supports the following barcodes: Code 39, UPC, EAN, UCC-128, Code 128, POSTNET, Codabar, Bookland, Interleaved 2 of 5, non-interleaved 2 of 5, Code 93 and Code11. It is an easy to use "drag and drop" barcode tool that works in any Windows application that supports ActiveX technology including Visual Basic, C++, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage, etc. A fully functional evaluation version can be downloaded from their web site.

  • ActiveBarcode is a ActiveX Component for generating barcodes. They also have Visual Basic source code showing the simple use of ActiveBarcode. You can see how properties are set and how to react on events coming from ActiveBarcode. Developers learn best from source code! C++ and other developers will also easily understand this piece of code. There is also a Borland Delphi version of this demo available.

  • TBarcode ActiveX produces and prints bar codes from within your application (e.g. VB, VC++, Access, WinWord, ASP, Delphi...). Simply insert it with a few mouse clicks and print all of the popular bar code formats, including UPC, EAN, 2of5, 39, 128 (...) and also MaxiCode, PDF417 and Data Matrix. You can adjust all barcode parameters like print ratio, module width, checksum calculation.. Also you can save the barcode as image (BMP, JPG, TIF...). In addition, it has web server capabilities (ASP,PHP) for producing barcodes as http/bitmap data stream. Also data-binding for easy integration of bar codes into reports (e. g. Access) without programming is supported. From Tec-It.

  • The Bars & Stripes 2000 ActiveX Control supports the following symbologies: Codabar, Code 128, Code 39 (3 of 9), Code 93, EAN 8, EAN 13, Interleaved 25 (2 0f 5), MSI/Plessey, Postal, UPC-E, UPC-A. For more information contact Bars & Stripes.

OCX and VBX Barcode Controls
  • With ActiveBarcode for Windows you have barcodes at your fingertips. By simply entering the desired barcode text and selecting the barcode type the barcode is generated into your document: what you see is what you get. It is the easiest way to add barcodes to your word processing, database or DTP application. Even barcode automation becomes child play: Bind a field from your database to ActiveBarcode and you will get the correct barcode in your forms, labels and reports. Thanks to 100% C++ 32bit code it´s the most reliable solution, money can buy. There is more information at the company's web site.

  • Barcod from Mabry is a Bar Code Custom Control VBX, 16-bix OCX and 32-bit OCX in a self-extracting executable (EXE)[Not crippled]. BarCod makes bar code display and printing really easy. Just pick the orientation, set the size, and pick the bar code style. Then, set the text to whatever you want the bars to be. Nothing else to do! Supports UPC, EAN, Code 39, and many more. The product was from Mabry Software which does not appear to be in business any longer.

  • BarCode/VBX [Shareware, Fully Functional] is a custom control used to create and print barcodes. 19 different symbologies are provided including Code 3 of 9, Extended Code 3 of 9, Code 93, Extended Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPCA, UPCE, EAN, Codabar, Plessey, and POSTNET. Allows rotation of barcode. Printing via properties or function calls. Registered users may distribute the 'barcode.vbx' file with any application they write that uses BarCode/VBX. There are no royalties. For more information contact the Author Jeff Gottschalk.

  • BARCODE ActiveX CONTROL is a bar code generator available as ActiveX control (OCX) and 32-bit DLL. The tool is tested with the Microsoft Office Suite and developer tools like Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual FoxPro, Microsoft Access or Delphi. All common as well as some exotic bar codes are supported. Special features: adjustable print ratio and module width, selectable check digit calculation, full subset control for code 128 including compressed mode, free start/stop character selection for codabar. Trial version and application samples are available at TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung, Austria.

  • dLSoft software is for use with Microsoft Windows. The dLSoft range of Windows barcode software includes products for label and form printing with barcodes, database applications and barcode printing, as well as barcode fonts and VBX, DLL, OCX and Delphi components for developers creating their own barcodes and bar coding software.

  • Easybar/VBX 1.22 Barcode Custom Control [Shareware, Fully functional] is a Visual Basic 3.0 Custom Control for printing bar codes. Twenty bar code types are included (new: postnet), of which 12 are basic types and 8 with add-ons. Supports various drawing styles and rotation. All bar code parameters are adjustable. Moreover, it allows retrieving the specification of each bar of any bar code, so you may write your own drawing routines or create bar code fonts. Registration is $35 (free for previous registered users), and as a registered user, you may distribute, without royalty, the "easybarx.vbx" file with any application you develop using Easybar/VBX. The Easybar/VBX (v1.22) source code is also available separately for US $95. Date: 950731. Contact the Author: Bokai Corporation

  • Easybar/OCX v 2.0 is a 32-bit OLE Barcode Custom Control for printing barcodes. It can be used by developers in programming environments supporting 32-bit OCX's. It can also be used as an OLE object by end-users in some document-editing applications like WordPad in Windows 95. Date: 960513. Visit their web page.

  • Scan Tools(TM) Fast and reliable engines for: Barcode recognition from bitmaps and barcode write into bitmaps. Skew correction, noise removal, crop, annotate, line removal, TIFF read/write and de/compression. All engines are available as 16 or 32 bit DLLs and OCXs, no VBXs. For more information visit the Axtel site.

  • Sample code for Visual Basic, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and ActiveX DLL that allows you to automate the necessary start, stop, and check digit information that is required by some bar code symbologies as well as the particular character mapping and compression that is sometimes needed is available at Azalea Software site.

DLL and OLE Barcode Tools

  • BARCODES.DLL DEMO PACK [Crippled] is a comprehensive windows dll for drawing barcodes. It supports all major barcode symbologies and includes lots of functions. Includes two sample applications plus Source code for Visual C++ and Word 6.0. For more information contact HEX TECHNOLOGY.

  • TBarcode DLL is a developer tool for producing and printing bar codes within VC, C++, VB, Delphi (...). Supports all common bar code symbologies like UPC, EAN, 2of5, 39, 128 (...) and also MaxiCode, PDF417 and Data Matrix. The check-digits are computed automatically and all bar code parameters are adjustable (e.g. module width, bar/space ratio, subset control,...). Based on ATL-Libraries, therefore no MFC dependencies. A fully functional demo including a Visual C++ sample application (source code) can be downloaded. From TEC-IT.

  • BAROLE 2.6 - OLE Server [Crippled] is a complete OLE bar code server for Windows. You can embed bar code objects in Word, Pagemaker, Visual Basic, Access, Paradox, Corel, or any application that supports OLE-2. Note that the program requires OLE 2.01 files (e.g.: ole2.dll, compobj.dll), and the unregistered version prints a bar through the bar code. Registration Fee is $160 USD. For more information contact HEX TECHNOLOGY.

  • BizFonts.com ActiveX DLL contains functions for PDF417, POSTNET, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128, UPC-A, EAN-13, EAN-8, UCC-128, MSI / Plessey, Code 11, SSCC-18 and SCC-14 barcode fonts and specifications. Using the DLL, your application will pass data to the appropriate barcode function. The function will then return a string formatted to the barcode font. For more information contact BizFonts.com

  • Windows dll is a dll from DATHO, a German company.

  • dLSoft software is produced by dL Technology for use with Microsoft Windows. The dLSoft range of Windows barcode software includes products for label and form printing with barcodes, database applications and barcode printing, as well as barcode fonts and VBX, DLL, OCX and Delphi components for developers creating their own barcodes and bar coding software.

  • TAL BarCode dll (demo) supports all major bar code symbologies, including Codes 39, 128, 93, UPC, EAN, EAN/UCC 128, I 2 of 5, Codabar, PDF417, Maxicode, DataMatrix, Aztec, etc. Create exceptionally high quality, device independent, Windows MetaFile graphics. More information is available at the TAL Technologies site.

  • Sample code for Visual Basic, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and ActiveX DLL that allows you to automate the necessary start, stop, and check digit information that is required by some bar code symbologies as well as the particular character mapping and compression that is sometimes needed is available at Azalea Software site.

  • TBarcode DLL is a fully functional demo including Visual C++ sample application (zipped). Supports all common bar code symbologies. New: based on ATL-Libraries (no MFC), additional bar code type: MaxiCode. The source code (C++) is also included. From Tec-IT.

.NET Barcode Controls
  • .NET Barcode Linear Forms Control integrates bar coding with 100% managed code .NET Barcode Controls. These advanced controls allow the creation of barcodes that can be easily sent to the printer or to graphic images and they do not use fonts or bitmaps. Our bar code Windows Forms Controls support several linear symbologies including Code 39, Extended Code 39, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, LOGMARS, Codabar, EAN-128, USS Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, MSI, EAN-8, EAN-13, Code 11, Code 93, Industrial 2 of 5 and POSTNET. From IDAutomation.com, Inc.

  • X-BARZ .NET Control by Unibar provides professional quality barcodes for Microsoft Applications supporting .NET. This is a managed .NET Control. Very simple to install and use for any program supporting .NET controls. This includes Access, VS.NET, Excel, Crystal Reports version 9, and many more. X-BARZ creates GDI+ graphics consistent with the target device). X-BARZ supports data binding, rotation, set narrow bar width, ratio, 1D, 2D, descender bars, and more. Developer version comes with 10,000 free runtimes. Free demo and additional information at Unibar.

Delphi Barcode Tools
  • BarComp is a set of Barcode Components for QuickReport for Delphi and C++ Builder. Code 128, Code 39, EAN-8, EAN-13, ITF (Interleaved 2 of 5). For more information contact Zorn Software.

  • bc2o5dph.zip is a delphi unit to print interleaved 2 of 5 bar codes. It's freeware and includes the source code, an example of use and a readme file. Visit the web site at etitech.net

  • dLSoft software is for use with Microsoft Windows. The dLSoft range of Windows barcode software includes products for label and form printing with barcodes, database applications and barcode printing, as well as barcode fonts and VBX, DLL, OCX and Delphi components for developers creating their own barcodes and bar coding software.

Other Barcode Tools

  • MS Office Bar Code Macros & VBA Functions for Excel and Access are macros (which consist of VBA code and functions) that will generate check digits, add the start and stop characters and format the return string for one of our barcode fonts. The macros can be easily integrated into your application for automation purposes and you don't have to be a programmer to use them. Source code included. For more information contact BizFonts.com.

  • WBC4 is compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7 and produces barcode images as EPS, TIFF or JPEG files. There is more information at Computalabel.com.

  • Seagate Crystal Reports UFL for Bar Code Fonts is a UFL (User Function Library) for Crystal Reports is a special DLL can be easily integrated into your Crystal Reports for barcode automation purposes. For more information contact BizFonts.com.

  • Epson DM Code 39 is a Basic program for printing bar codes on an Epson DM printer.

  • On-Tap/VMS, On-Tap/VMS for Postscript, and On-Tap/UNIX allows you to integrate bar code printing into existing applications. For more information, visit the Integrated Software Designs site.

  • xLAB->Barcode 1.0 works with Adobe Illustrator 5.0 and 5.5, and Macromedia Freehand 5.0 To start using them just put the files into the PlugIns-Folder (Illustrator) or XTras-Folder (Freehand) and start your application. Illustrator users will find the Filters-Menu, Freehand users in the XTras-Menu. BarCode features EAN-8, EAN-13 and UPC-A, UPC-E BarCodes. For more information contact xLAB.

Other Barcode Plug-in Sources

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