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IDAutomation Monthly Newsletter

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Contents:

Font Tool Updates:
1. IDAutomation Microsoft Office Bar Code Macros & VBA Functions
2. IDAutomation Crystal Reports User Function Library (UFL)

Product Updates:
3. IDAutomation Java Barcode Package - version 5.04
4. IDAutomation Active X Control & DLL Package - version 5.04

New Hardware:
5. IDAutomation Plug 'n Play Scanner with hands-free stand

Company Information:
6. How to renew your Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription

Macros & VBA Functions and Crystal Reports UFL

Both the Office Bar Code Macros and the Crystal Reports UFL have the following improvements for the Code 128 symbology:

  • Allows encoding of ASCII characters with the format of ~ddd to specify the ASCII code of the character to be encoded.
  • May be used to Create a Mod 10 Check digit for UCC and EAN barcodes according to our Code128 Barcode FAQ.
  • FNC2 character may be inserted into the DataToEncode string by using ASCII 197.

The Code128(DataToEncode,Optional ReturnType,Optional ApplyTilde) function is used for the VBA Macros. And the Code128ApplyTilde() function is used for the Crystal Reports UFL. For more information about how to process the ApplyTilde, please visit:
http://www.idautomation.com/font-encoders/vba-macro/#ApplyTilde

Download the latest VBA Macros (New version 5.2) - Our macros will generate check digits, add the start and stop characters and format the return string for one of our barcode fonts. The macros can be easily integrated into your application for automation purposes and you don't have to be a programmer to use them - they are easy enough for intermediate and advanced users of Excel or Access. The macros consist of a VBA module with many functions which are defined here. The macros are free to use as long as you are using them with one of our licensed barcode fonts. They are compatible with Microsoft Office 97, Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003 running on Windows® or Macintosh systems. The unique encoding in our fonts and macros allow cross-platform support between Macintosh and Windows systems.

Download the latest Crystal Reports UFL (New version 5.04) - The Crystal Reports UFL is free to use as long as you are using it with one of our licensed barcode fonts. This UFL is designed to work with Crystal Reports 7.0 and above. It is also compatible with the version of Crystal Reports that is distributed with Visual Studio .NET and the implementation is the same as described in this tutorial. The UFL plug-in is supplied in an easy to install executable file. Once installed, barcode functions appear in the formula editor. These functions can be easily applied to fields on reports that require barcodes.

IDAutomation Java Barcode Package

The Linear Java Barcode Package has the following improvements for the Code 128 symbology:

  • Encode ASCII characters: the format ~ddd may be used to specify the ASCII code of the character to be encoded.
  • Create a Mod 10 Check digit: to create a Mod 10 check digit for xx number of characters add the following to the DataToEncode: ~mnn (where nn is a 2 digit number representing the number of characters preceding the tilde in which to base the Mod 10 calculation).
  • There is now support for the FNC2 character (ASCII 197).

For more information about our Linear Java Barcode Package, please visit: http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-components/java/ and to download a demo of the package, please visit: http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-components/java/#Features

If you have an active Priority Support agreement, log back into our online store and go to “Account” located in the upper right hand corner. On the Account screen, there will be a list of Recent Orders with a summary of what each order contains if there is more than one. Click on the "View Order" button of the order that contains the software to download. The download will be located under Digital Goods section of the online Invoice.

IDAutomation Active X Control & DLL Package

The Linear Active X Control & DLL Package has the following improvements:

  • Added ApplyTilde functionality for the Code 128 symbology to create mod 10 check digit.
  • Added ApplyTilde functionality for the Code 128 symbology to encode non-printable ASCII characters.
  • Fixed bug regarding rotation of the POSTNET and Planet symbology.
  • Added XDimensionMILS property.

For more information about our Linear Active X Control & DLL Package, please visit: http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-components/activex/ and to download a demo of the package, please visit: http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-components/activex/download.html

If you have an active Priority Support agreement, log back into our online store and go to “Account” located in the upper right hand corner. On the Account screen, there will be a list of Recent Orders with a summary of what each order contains if there is more than one. Click on the "View Order" button of the order that contains the software to download. The download will be located under Digital Goods section of the online Invoice.

IDAutomation Plug 'n Play USB Scanner Kit

This durable and ergonomically designed IDAutomation Plug 'n Play USB scanner kit is the best value handheld scanner, with hands-free stand, in its class for the low price of $138. It offers the performance of a laser scanner with no moving parts to wear out at a lower cost. The CCD scan engine in this scanner can focus on smaller barcodes better than most lasers scanners and still read large barcodes. It scans linear bar codes that are up to 4.2" wide from near contact to 10" away at 200 scans per second.

 The SC5USB scanner connects via a USB port, perfect for laptops and PDA devices. It contains its own built-in decoder so information scanned appears as if it had been typed from the keyboard.

For more information about the new IDAutomation Plug 'n Play USB Barcode Scanner, please visit: http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-scanners/linear/usb-barcode-scanner.html

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For customers that do not purchase Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription, support is limited to our online knowledge base. If you need to add or update your Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription, you may order it here. After your order is processed, you will receive a download link to the latest version of the product.

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IDAutomation.com, Inc.
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