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Native Barcode Generator for FileMaker User Manual

This user manual is for the native product that supports FileMaker Pro Advanced and FileMaker Go 12 & up; previous versions of FileMaker must use the 32 bit Native Generator Plug-in. Portions of this product utilize IDAutomation Patent 7,637,436. Databases containing this object may only be distributed outside the licensed organization with the purchase of a Developer License.

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Overview and Compatibility

This product is a set of FileMaker objects that generate barcodes without any other dependencies. It returns a high resolution SVG image within a form or report. Once installed, no other components or fonts need to be installed to create barcodes; it is the complete barcode generator embedded within the database.

Tutorial

This tutorial is for the 2016 and later versions of this product that generates an HTML5 SVG image within a barcode object. Previous versions of this product should refer to the FileMaker Custom Function Tutorial.

  1. Extract or decompress the files from the package. To obtain the product, download the evaluation version or order the fully functional version.
  2. In layout view, copy & paste the barcode object into your database.
    In layout view, copy & paste the barcode object.
  3. Open the barcode object by right clicking and selecting Web Viewer Setup and choose Specify Calculation. Notice that the DataToEncode line is set to static text within parentheses.
  4. Modify the DataToEncode line to equal the table and field that is to be encoded, eliminating the parentheses. This will allow dynamic information from the field to be encoded as text within the symbol.
    Field Options
    • Text may also be appended, for example to encode "~1" before the field:
      DataToEncode = "~1" & ProductTable::GS1Number
    • Multiple fields may also be encoded in the same symbol, for example the following encodes two fields placing a tab function between them:
      DataToEncode = ProductTable::Field1 & "~d009" & ProductTable::Field2
  5. Change to browse mode and verify the object updates dynamically with the data field. If it does not, verify the table and field are accurate and remove comment characters "*/" if they were added to the beginning and ending of the code. These comment characters are sometimes added after pasting the object into a new database when the specified field does not exist.
    Change DataToEncode and remove comment characters.
  6. Change to browse mode and verify the object updates dynamically with the data field.
  7. In some cases information on a form may be blocked out because of automatic autosizing. To solve this, switch to Layout mode, choose the barcode object and choose View - Inspector or CTRL-I. Locate the Autosizing section to disable the offending autosizing areas.
    Disable oversizing of the web viewer.
  8. If necessary, change parameters at the top section of the code; "1" is True and "0" is False.
  9. If it is necessary to show the text interpretation below the barcode, ensure the ShowHRText option is set to "1". To automatically format and show GS1 HRI in 2D symbols, open the GS1 version of the product and paste the HRI object into the database in the same way as the barcode object. If necessary, refer to the example provided in the download.
    GS1-DataMatrix HRI object

Functions and Paramaters

DataToEncode is the only required parameter in the functions provided. Optional parameters may be changed by modifying the top section of the code as demonstrated in step 5 above.

Technical Support

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Priority phone, email and forum support is provided up to 30 days after purchase. Additional priority phone, email and forum support may be obtained if the Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription is active.

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