bar code support

dlwild at gmail dlwild at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 10:06:54 EST 2009


Hi Michael,

I´m acquired the bundle 09, so quartam will be included. I´ll see what  
I can generate with it. However, as you probably read in another post,  
I´m particularly interested in the possibility of creating a data  
input-output  option using pdf417 type barcodes. I have a friend who  
knows how to program pdf417s but he doesn´t know how to use runrev,  
and I just started looking into it myself as I´ll have that need for  
my company.

All the best,


Leonardo
On Dec 30, 2009, at 9:13 AM, Michael Kann wrote:

>
> 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.
>
> --------------------------------------------------------
>
> --- 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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