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IDAutomation.com, Inc. http://www.idautomation.com/
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January, 2001

Barcode MS Office Macros & VBA 2.0 Released

IDAutomation.com, Inc. has released version 2.0 of their Barcode MS Office Macros and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) source code, that allow for easy integration of barcode font technology into business applications, available at its website for free download. Version 2.0 includes performance improvements, new mode options and support for several popular barcode types. The Barcode Macros and VBA code allow technical users and software developers to integrate modern barcode font technology directly into their business applications instead of having to export the data to a proprietary label program. The update may be downloaded for free from http://www.idautomation.com/font-encoders/vba-macro/

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Barcode MS Office Macros & VBA 2.0 Released

(Tampa, FL.) IDAutomation.com, Inc. has released version 2.0 of their Barcode MS Office Macros and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) source code, that allow for easy integration of barcode font technology into business applications, available at its website for free download. Version 2.0 includes performance improvements, new mode options and support for Code 128, Code 39, LOGMARS, Interleaved 2 of 5, SCC-14, SSCC-18, POSTNET, USPS Special Services as well as other popular barcodes. The Barcode Macros and VBA code allow technical users and software developers to integrate modern barcode font technology directly into their business applications instead of having to export the data to a proprietary label program.

MICR, OCR and older bar code technologies such as Codabar and Code 39 are easy to print as a font. However, most modern implementations of barcodes require complicated check digit calculations for error correction that cannot be performed by the fonts themselves. The tools and source code at the IDAutomation.com web site will perform the proper calculations required and format the return string for the selected barcode font. Several barcode types are supported including Code 128, LOGMARS, EAN, UPC, MSI, Interleaved 2 of 5 and PDF417. The MS Office macro download includes examples of printing barcodes from MS Access reports, MS Word mail-merge and Excel spreadsheets. The MS Office macros are implemented in a single VBA module that may be easily exported and imported among MS Office applications. The Visual Basic source code provided includes a barcode printing application written in VB 6.0. Source code is also available for download in ANSI C and Java at the web site.

Barcodes can also be printed as graphic images. However, many companies prefer printing barcodes with fonts because they print fast and are optimized to generate output quickly on a variety of different printers. In addition, it usually takes less CPU time to produce output as a font than as a graphic image, because the CPU must generate a new image for each barcode.

IDAutomation.com, Inc. produces TrueType, PostScript and PCL fonts. Their flexible license agreements allow developers to distribute their fonts as a component of their application. TrueType fonts can be installed on MS Windows PCs by simply copying them into the \Windows\Fonts directory. Font usage can be automated in the UNIX environment with TrueType font servers. Other automated distribution techniques allowed in the license agreements include embedding PostScript fonts into PDF (PostScript Data Format) documents and embedding TrueType fonts into HTML web pages by utilizing TrueDoc or OpenType technology.

The macros and source code are free and may be downloaded from http://www.idautomation.com/ in the font tools section. Licenses for the barcode fonts start at $99 USD. IDAutomation.com also provides MICR fonts, OCR fonts, barcode scanners, Java applets and ActiveX controls.

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