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Barcodes Code - 128 Help

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Lester Mosley, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Lester  Mosley

    Lester Mosley
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    I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.


    Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.


    Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
     
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  3. David McRitchie

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    Hi Lester,
    Perhaps the problem is with the resolution on your printer.
    Try printing the barcode larger. Perhaps even turn off print to fit under
    print, page setup.
    ---
    HTH,
    David McRitchie, Microsoft MVP - Excel [site changed Nov. 2001]
    My Excel Pages: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/excel.htm
    Search Page: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/search.htm

    "Lester Mosley" <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote in message news:1132068220.616422.308090@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    > public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    >
    >
    > Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    > direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    > work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.
    >
    >
    > Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
    >
     
  4. Brendan Reynolds

    Brendan Reynolds
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    We had similar problems with freeware fonts, but I have seen posts from
    others who used freeware fonts successfully, so it may be that we were just
    unlucky, and you may simply need to keep looking for a better quality font.

    We gave up on the freeware fonts and bought fonts from IDAutomation
    (www.idautomation.com). They're not free, but they do work.

    --
    Brendan Reynolds

    "Lester Mosley" <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1132068220.616422.308090@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    >I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    > public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    >
    >
    > Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    > direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    > work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.
    >
    >
    > Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
    >
     
  5. Lester  Mosley

    Lester Mosley
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    I have tried this.. Using Excel and access. Using a truetype public
    domain font
    I am using a Zebra Termal printer as well.

    Use 3of9 and it pronts the bardcode fine and readable.

    Any other sugestions?


    David McRitchie wrote:
    > Hi Lester,
    > Perhaps the problem is with the resolution on your printer.
    > Try printing the barcode larger. Perhaps even turn off print to fit under
    > print, page setup.
    > ---
    > HTH,
    > David McRitchie, Microsoft MVP - Excel [site changed Nov. 2001]
    > My Excel Pages: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/excel.htm
    > Search Page: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/search.htm
    >
    > "Lester Mosley" <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote in message news:1132068220.616422.308090@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > > I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    > > public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    > >
    > >
    > > Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    > > direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    > > work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.
    > >
    > >
    > > Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
    > >
     
  6. Fred Boer

    Fred Boer
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    Dear Lester:

    Does the barcode need any special characters? 3of9 needs asterisks before
    and after the number. Is something similar needed for your barcode? Maybe it
    isn't a printing issue, but a formatting issue... A very quick google search
    pulled up this page:

    http://www.makebarcode.com/specs/code_128.html I see that there is Access
    VBA code to create a barcode checksum...

    Maybe its some sort of checksum issue?

    HTH
    Fred Boer

    "Lester Mosley" <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1132071556.518765.187940@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    >I have tried this.. Using Excel and access. Using a truetype public
    > domain font
    > I am using a Zebra Termal printer as well.
    >
    > Use 3of9 and it pronts the bardcode fine and readable.
    >
    > Any other sugestions?
    >
    >
    > David McRitchie wrote:
    >> Hi Lester,
    >> Perhaps the problem is with the resolution on your printer.
    >> Try printing the barcode larger. Perhaps even turn off print to fit
    >> under
    >> print, page setup.
    >> ---
    >> HTH,
    >> David McRitchie, Microsoft MVP - Excel [site changed Nov. 2001]
    >> My Excel Pages: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/excel.htm
    >> Search Page: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/search.htm
    >>
    >> "Lester Mosley" <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1132068220.616422.308090@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    >> > I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    >> > public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    >> > direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    >> > work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
    >> >

    >
     
  7. Thomas Lutz

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    Code 128 is a fairly complex bar code symbology that can encode data
    in a number of different ways and it alsu requires special start and
    stop patterns as well as a calculated check digit. You cannot simply
    select some text in a document, change its font to a Code 128 bar code
    font and expect to get a readable bar code. You need to first
    calculate and append the checksum character as well as add the start
    and stop codes. Bar code fonts also generally produce very poor
    quality bar codes that can be difficult to scan.
    You will find it much easier to use a bar code ActiveX control that
    takes care of all the messy details for you instead of trying to use a
    font. The best bar code ActiveX control on the market is available at
    http://www.taltech.com/products/activex_barcodes.html
    There is a demo version that you can download from the above URL with
    samples for Access, Excel, Word, VB, C++ and Internet Explorer.
    It's not free but with bar code software, you get what you pay for.



    On 15 Nov 2005 07:23:40 -0800, "Lester Mosley"
    <lestermosley@gmail.com> wrote:

    >I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    >public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    >
    >
    >Is there any suggestions... Or if anyone can point me into the right
    >direction on how to do this or point me in direction of one that will
    >work with access or excel 2000 or 2003. Much appreciated.
    >
    >
    >Or help me figure out WHY it isnt producing a readable one in 128..
     
  8. info2@elfring.com

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    Lester Mosley wrote:
    > I am trying to print a barcode in the 128 code. Though it seems the
    > public domain/GPL ones of the truetype do not print a scanable barcode.
    >


    Bar code 128 has well over 100 characters in- more than show up on your
    keyoard. In addition, you have to add Start codes, calculate a
    checksum, and add a Stop code to each bar code you want to make. Do you
    have a chart with the character mapping for your free font?

    Building bar code 128 requires software. You need a full bar code 128
    package- try the one below, there's a free trial verison:

    http://www.barcodingfonts.com/bar128.htm

    The full version costs $99.
     

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