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Bar code fonts and utilities

Solutions available: Windows stand-alone font, Windows font + encoder, AFP, Xerox, PCL, and bespoke solutions.

Please email sales@terrapin.co.uk with your requirements and we will find a solution for you.

Linear or 1D Bar Codes
Currently most bar codes encountered are linear or one-dimensional in nature - the information contained in the bar code is determined by the varying widths of bars and spaces.

Some of the most popular linear bar codes include the following:
(click on a bar code for full specifications):

Barcode Singles
Download Barcode Singles demo software.
Download Barcode Singles product brochure (font-based solution).

WBC4 Software
Download WBC4 demo for PC (image-based solution).

Download WBC4 demo for PC
Download MBC4 demo for Mac (image-based solution).

Download MBC4 demo for Mac
2D Bar Codes
2D bar codes allow for very high information density (for marking small items such as computer chips or jewelry) and an ability to encode a very large quantity of information (such as on a medical ID card). For example, rather than just encoding an index to a database record that requires disk and CPU intensive lookups as well as access to the master database to resolve, a whole database entry for a customer can be encoded into a small self-contained bar code.

Terrapin can provide 2D bar code font solutions for PDF417, DataMatrix and Aztec symbologies to support the following print environments: AFP (240, 300 & 600 dpi), Xerox Metacode, HP-PCL, Windows and PostScript.

Our 2D bar code solutions have been proved to work on Pitney Bowes, Bell & Howell, Bowe and other industry standard mailing/inserting machines.

DataMatrix PDF417 Aztec

2-D Bar Code DEMOs
You can download Windows demo's of the encoders by clicking below.

  • Datamatrix 2-D encoder - [click here]
  • PDF417 encoder - [click here]
  • Linear vs. 2D bar coding from the user's point of view
    Encoding data for use with linear bar codes is fairly simple and most companies are able to assign this task to their system programmers. 2D encoding algorithms are more difficult to understand and will require significant amounts of time to comprehend by the even the most astute system programmers. Terrapin is able to offer these algorithms in 'C' programming code, which can easily be incorporated into the user's application avoiding programmers having to in essence 'reinvent the wheel.'

    Designer Barcodes

    Barcodes can now be enhanced to reflect a product image and grab attention. Please visit our sister-site Designer Barcodes.

    www.designerbarcode.comwww.designerbarcode.com

    Postal Bar codes

    Royal Mail Bar Code US PostNet Planet Bar Code

    Machine-readable bar codes are also desirable in the postal industry because the mail bar codes often have to be read under less than ideal circumstances. It was decided that a standard bar code that relied on the relative widths of bars to encode information would not produce sufficiently accurate results for mail sorting purposes. For this reason, a new type of bar code was developed using bar heights rather than widths to encode information. In the US, Postnet was developed for the US Zip Code, which is strictly numeric. The code uses bar height above the baseline to encode information.

    Because UK postal codes are alphanumeric, utilisation of the US Postnet bar code would have produced codes unacceptably long, so the concept of bar height below the baseline was added to the bar code.

    Other machine readable fonts

    OCR
    Optical character recognition fonts include OCR-A and OCR-B. OCR-B was designed by Adrian Frutiger and in addition to being machine readable, it is also very visually pleasing and may be used for non-automated applications.

    MICR
    Magnetic Ink Character Recognition is generally used in banking because magnetic ink produces the most reliable reading. E-13B was the first magnetic font produced for automatic banking, and can usually be found at the bottom of cheques for encoding account information.

    Cleanmail Font
    This is a font that conforms to Royal Mail specifications to make it more legible to reading machines. Most fonts can be modified to meet Royal Mail Cleanmail specifications. For a Cleanmail-compliant font, please contact us.

    Visit our sister site A1 Barcodes