Using Barcode Studio

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Goals (if you opt to use Barcode Studio):

Please click the [ Mark Complete ] button at the bottom of this page when you’ve achieved the following goals:

  • Be able to create commonly-requested barcode formats from Barcode Studio..
  • Know how to configure the standard sizes and dimensions of common barcodes.
  • Be able to create barcode sequences.
  • Be able to create custom barcodes for customers.
  • Know the general procedure for deciphering physical barcode formats by using Demo Barcode Studio software.
  • Know where to download Barcode Studio Demo version and where to access its associated resources, including company videos and PDF User Manual.

Barcode Studio FAQ:

 

Q:  Using Barcode Studio, can I change the font for the numbers on a barcode?
A:   YES, you can. Although Barcode Studio uses its own standard font, you can specify any font that is installed on your computer so long as it is easily human-readable.
BUT,  it is always advisable to go with standard fonts that retailers and customers recognise – imagine if in an entire supermarket, YOUR barcode numerals are in a  weird wonky font. So if you change the font, be sure to tell the customer that you are not accepting responsibility if retailers complain.

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Q:  How do I create an ITF-14 carton barcode in Barcode Studio?
A: Example: A customer supplies this number 0745110332176 and wants an ITF-14 generated from it.

  1. Open the template for ITF-14
  2. Paste the customer’s number, then change it as follows:
  3. Put a “1” in front.
    > This will cause Barcode Studio to complain with an error message.
  4. Add a 7 to the last digit (eg 6 + 7 = 13), then change the last digit in BS to the last digit in your sum result ( in the example at left, you’d change the BS last digit to a 3 ).
    So, the result from 0745110332176 = 10745110332173
    > When BS finds your number acceptable it suddenly shows the image.
  5. Use the top menu to Export > Export Barcode in digital image formats

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Q:  Your system has created the same numbers for our second series! We previously purchased ITF-14 barcodes for these same EAN13 products.  Now we need new barcodes for different quantity boxes., but your system has created the same ITF-14 number/barcode that it previously emailed to us last year!!!
A: Yes, when you ordered, our automation system assumed that you need the first ITF14 series ( starting with 1).
Do you need the second number series for all of these (i.e. the number starting with 2) ??
If so, I can recreate your order and you will receive 8x ITF14s – the ones beginning with 1 (again) and also the ones beginning with 2
I will assume this is what you want and will create these barcodes for you now..

To manually increment an ITF-14 number:
Example: how to manually increment 20745125290281 :
Increment the first digit from 2 to 3.
Add 7 to the last digit to create the checksum ( 1+7=8 )  – if the result is two digits (eg 5+8=13), then use the second (3).
Result:  20745125290281  becomes  30745125290288

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Watch our IBN Network videos:

 

   23 – How to use Barcode Studio  
You can use Barcode Studio to configure the standard sizes and dimensions of common barcodes, to create barcode sequences, and to create custom barcodes for customers.
General Settings tab: Enter Barcode Data | Un-check the Optimize checkbox if you want to specify an exact barcode size | Adjust width and height | Set font and text distances |
Captions tab: Add captions to the barcode |
Primary task in Barcode Studio: How to set standard sizes and configurations for barcodes |  Start with the EAN-13 standard size (a primary task)  38.269mm x 25mm, Resolution 600dpi with Optimize checked, Font at 10 point, Save Settings As EAN-13 Standard |
Repeat this process for all barcodes that you intend selling |
To open saved Barcode Studio files: File > Open > Browse all barcode types from the Barcodes panel at right |
To create an unusual kind of barcode |
How to create Barcode sequences (e.g. 10 000) > Create Serial Numbers and specify image formats |
How to import and create a Data List of barcodes in CSV format| How to export the Data List in different image formats |
How to create custom barcode templates for customers |
See also video 25: Barcode Studio – create ISBN 5-digit Price Code and ISSN 2-digit Issue Number supplements 

 

   25 – Barcode Studio – create ISBN+5-digit Price Code and ISSN+2-digit Issue Number supplements   
How to create an ISBN + 5-digit Price Code Supplement:  In the right column Barcodes tab, under Linear Barcodes, select the EAN13 + 5 digits template  Copy your ISBN from source document to the Barcode Studio Barcode Data field and then delete the hyphens  |  Figure out and then add to this number the currency code (one digit), followed by price in the four-digit format  |  Set width as 48.895   |  Add caption above (ISBN+ISBN Number) and add blank spaces to align it  |  Add caption below Add price, align right and add spaces to position it  |   Set appropriate height (normally around 30mm)  |  Save like a normal barcode  |
How to create an ISSN + 2-digit Issue Number Supplement:  Copy your ISSN from source document to the Barcode Studio Barcode Data field and then delete the hyphens  |  Convert the ISSN number into a 13-digit version  |  In the right column Barcodes tab, under Linear Barcodes, select the EAN13 + 2 digits template  |  Add the ISSN number to the Barcode Data field for this template > Add “01” for the supplement > get rid of the “less than” sign > Increase the size to about 46mm width  > usually not necessary for a caption above the bars > Save like a normal barcode  |  To simultaneously create multiple barcodes, simply increment the 01 on the end and Save for each |
See also video 23: How to use Barcode Studio  

 

 128 –How to decipher a barcode’s image format from a physical print
We use Tec-it Barcode Studio software Trial version / Demo version, which is all that you need to download | It has a Demo mode image creator and shows you what image options are available | We will look at how to assess the format of a given image… | Example – what format is this printed image, which has gaps between digits?  | Starting from Demo Mode, type the code from the printout into the Barcode Data field  | Barcode Studio produces an image at Code 128 – now compare the image (the bars) on-screen with the physically printed bars – how similar are they?You can also print it as a PDF and compare the two physical versions | It isn’t looking the same – try adding spaces in the Barcode Data field and changing the size under “Appearance” to make it more visible | Try displaying other Codes and keep looking for similarities | Other parameters that you can change to match imagesIn this case we were unable to decipher the image format, but you can see the procedure that we  followed |
Why do you need to know how to do this?
As a barcode reseller you need at least some general knowledge on barcodes themselves.
An occasional requirement that you may have is that a customer mails to you a physical barcode (or packaging with the barcode on it) and asks “What barcode is this?”.
So the customer wants to know whether the barcode format is a UPC-A, EAN-13 …. etc

 

 

Official Tec-it Barcode Studio Resources:

Barcode Studio software:
You can download Barcode Studio Demo version from this page:
https://www.tec-it.com/en/download/barcode-studio/Default.aspx     
The demo version can be downloaded free of charge, with no registration required.

Tec-it Barcode Studio Youtube Playlist: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL143C3D7E8333D767   

Tec-it Barcode Studio Manual (PDF):
https://www.tec-it.com/download/PDF/Barcode-Studio-15_Manual_EN.pdf