bar code support

Michael Kann mikekann at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 30 09:13:44 EST 2009


Might this help?


http://www.runrev.com/products/related-software/quartam-reports/

Quartam Reports 

Improvements for Professional edition only:

    * Barcodes
      Another new feature in Quartam Reports 1.1 is the ability to add barcodes to your reports and label sets - currently supporting the industry standards EAN 8, EAN 13,UPC-A, Codabar, Interlaced 2 of 5 and Code 3 of 9, as well as Postnet.

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--- On Wed, 12/30/09, dlwild at gmail <dlwild at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: dlwild at gmail <dlwild at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: bar code support
> To: "How to use Revolution" <use-revolution at lists.runrev.com>
> Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 7:58 AM
> Hi Ruslan,
> 
> Check out the links:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF417
> 
> http://grandzebu.net/index.php?page=/informatique/codbar-en/pdf417.htm
> 
> In short, a pdf417 is a stacked linear bar code, and my
> particular use would be for inventory management. For those
> who don´t want to follow the link, here is an excerpt:
> 
> The PDF417 bar code (also called a symbol) consists of 3 to
> 90 rows, each of which is like a small linear bar code. Each
> row has:
> 
> a quiet zone. This is a mandated minimum amount of white
> space before the bar code begins.
> a start pattern which identifies the format as PDF417.
> Every type of bar code symbology has a unique start and stop
> pattern.
> a "row left" codeword containing information about the row
> (such as row number and what error correction rate the row
> is using)
> 1 - 30 data codewords : Codewords are a group of bars and
> spaces representing one or more numbers, letters, or other
> symbols.
> All rows have the same number of codewords.
> Every codeword contains four bars and four spaces (where
> the 4 in the name comes from).
> The total width of a codeword is 17 times the width of the
> narrowest allowed vertical bar (the X dimension). This is
> where the 17 in the name comes from.
> Each codeword starts with a bar and ends with a space.
> There are 929 codewords to choose from, 900 for data, and
> 29 for special functions.
> Each codeword is printed using one of three distinct
> clusters:
> A cluster is a bar-space pattern for each of the 929
> codewords
> No bar-space pattern is repeated between clusters
> The row number determines which cluster to use
> The cluster is the same for all codewords in a row.
> The purpose of clusters is to determine which row (mod 3)
> the codeword is in, allowing the scan to be skewed from the
> horizontal. For instance, the scan might start on row 6 at
> the start of the row, and be on row 10 at the end.
> A "row right" codeword with more information about the
> row.
> A stop pattern.
> A quiet zone.
> Along with the Data Matrix format, this symbolism can be
> used to generate postage accepted by the United States
> Postal Service. PDF417 is also selected by the airline
> industry's Bar Coded Boarding Pass standard (BCBP) as the 2D
> bar code symbolism for paper boarding passes. PDF417 is the
> standard selected by the Department of Homeland Security as
> the machine readable zone technology for RealID compliant
> driver licenses and state issued identification cards.
> 
> 
> The pdf 417 can encode up to 2700 bytes what explain its
> name of "Portable Document File". The encoding is done in
> two stages : first the datas are converted to "codeword"
> (High level encoding) then those are converted to bars and
> spaces patterns. (Low level encoding). Moreover an error
> correction system with several levels is included, it allows
> to reconstitute badly printed, erased, fuzzy or torn off
> datas.
> 
> The pdf417 symbols can store much more data than the
> regular bar codes, and it can contain redundant information
> in case the surface scrubs, get dirty, or otherwise damaged.
> It´s worth looking into if you want to produce a
> machine-readable/printable symbol that has more than the
> regular information found on bar codes and may be exposed to
> wear and tear due to storage or transport conditions.
> 
> All the best and thanks for the help,
> 
> Leonardo
> 
> On Dec 30, 2009, at 1:03 AM, Ruslan Zasukhin wrote:
> 
> > On 12/30/09 6:27 AM, "dlwild at gmail" <dlwild at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 
> > Hi Leonardo,
> > 
> >> Bar codes, great. I´m getting the 09 bundle so
> I´ll have Valentina,
> >> although I haven´t worked with it yet. Any idea
> about the pdf417
> >> reading-writing capacity?
> > 
> > Valentina Reports can produce PDFs of course.
> > Also PDFs with embedded XML.
> > 
> > I don't know about PDF417. What is this?
> > You always can add this as feature request.
> > 
> > Reports do not have need to read PDFs AFAIK.
> > 
> >> All the best,
> >> 
> >> Leonardo
> >> On Dec 29, 2009, at 10:11 PM, Lynn Fredricks
> wrote:
> >> 
> >>>> Hello (Merry Christmas and a Happy New
> Year in advance),
> >>>> 
> >>>> Anyone know if RunRev 4.0 supports or if
> there is a way to
> >>>> create, print, read, regular bar codes or
> pdf417 bar codes
> >>>> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF417
> >>>> ) in revolution or related software?
> >>> 
> >>> Valentina Reports can print bar codes, but
> necessarily its working
> >>> with data
> >>> stored in Valentina DB.
> >>> 
> >>> Valentina Reports is, however, being given
> away for free with any
> >>> new or
> >>> upgrade orders placed through the Paradigma
> Website through the end of
> >>> December (so not long) - check it out at http://www.valentina-db.com.
> > 
> > --Best regards,
> > 
> > Ruslan Zasukhin
> > VP Engineering and New Technology
> > Paradigma Software, Inc
> > 
> > Valentina - Joining Worlds of Information
> > http://www.paradigmasoft.com
> > 
> > [I feel the need: the need for speed]
> > 
> > 
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