USPS Intelligent Mail® IMb® Barcode Fonts
single Barcode Font Package generates all USPS Intelligent Mail barcodes
including IMb Tracing, IMpb, IM Tray Labels, OneCode Confirm and ACS, Postnet
and the IM Container Barcode.
Over 30 font encoders are provided to format data to the fonts.
Native font encoder source code is available for IMb in Visual Basic VBA, C++, C#.NET and Java.
Includes a code-128 font that is used to generate the IMpb Packing
Barcode, Intelligent Mail Container Barcode and the GS1-128 Delivery
- Examples for FileMaker, Word, Excel, Access and Crystal Reports are included.
- Includes a
Crystal Reports Formula which may be easily applied to a report.
- TrueType, PostScript, OpenType and PCL LaserJet soft fonts are included in
various intensities and sizes for maximum flexibility.
fonts are also included in this package.
- With a purchase of the Developer License or above:
- Web Fonts
are included in WOFF, EOT and SVG formats to easily display barcodes in any web
- A silent installation executable is included with source setup to create custom installations.
- Additional native font encoders are provided including C++, Java, Oracle and .NET.
- 2014 Update:
Added a pure, native Visual Basic VBA Module, silent installation option, TrueType TTF fonts as OpenType with digital signatures, plus PostScript ASCII Type 1 fonts to the package.
The Visual Basic VBA Module for IMb is only supplied in the purchased version.
- Single and Multi-User licenses for the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts
from $139 with royalty-free Developer licenses from $395.
IMb Font Features
This font package allows generation of all barcodes used by the USPS in a
variety of operating systems, environments and applications. All barcode fonts
require special formatting so that the data will create a readable barcode when
the font is applied. Over 30 royalty-free
font encoder tools,
macros and plug-ins are provided to complete this automatically.
Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is a tracing, routing, sorting and tracking
symbology type based on the 4-State symbology that is used for services including OneCode Confirm & OneCode ACS. This IMb barcode is also referred to as the OneCode Solution, 4-State Customer Barcode, USPS4CB and 4-CB. Details of the
package are as follows:
- Font Encoders Provided: Many
font encoder tools
are available to assist with application integration. These encoders automatically
format the start, stop and check characters to the data-to-encode to generate a
readable barcode from a font.
To create a single barcode, consider the
Online Barcode Font Encoder.
- User Tools:
- Developer Tools: (included in all Developer Licenses and
- Multiple Fonts Provided: Multiple font versions are provided in this
package to support various applications, implementations and printers.
|"I can print USPS barcodes on our newsletter mailing labels directly from
our database, export data to the SmartAddresser 2020 software and qualify for
Automation rates when mailing newsletters." - John Langer, USCWM, Pasadena CA
- Intelligent Mail IMb Capability: The encoding in IDAutomation's IMb fonts
allows printing of Intelligent Mail and Postnet barcodes from the same font.
Video: Generate Postal Barcodes from Postnet Fonts
- Native Source Code Available: With the purchase of a Developer
License, complete native source code to the Intelligent Mail (IMb) and GS1-128 font encoders
provided in Visual Basic VBA, C++, C#.NET and Java.
- OCR-A Barcodes Included: OCR-A is included to automate mail routing
in cases when the printed barcode is damaged or unreadable.
- Code-128 Font Included: The IDAutomationC128L font is provided for the printing
USPS-L-3216 Tray Label,
Intelligent Mail Packing Barcode,
IMb Container Barcode and
other special services such as delivery confirmation on priority mail.
- Canada Post Support: IDAutomationC128L font also
produces the dimensions required by the CANADA POST.
- Legacy Fonts: Postnet, Planet and FIM fonts are provided in the
Legacy Fonts folder of the package.
|"We chose this product because of clearly presented product descriptions and
availability of macros to help with check digits etc. We can now use the barcode
fonts in our packaging designs instead of creating a graphic and placing it in
the documents manually. It's much faster and more reliable." - Joseph Wood,
Vernon Communication, Elmhurst, IL
- Multiple Font Formats Provided: After purchasing a license for this
package, all versions will be available for download in a single ZIP file, with
the manual located in the ReadMe file. The following font formats are
TrueType TTF fonts are supplied in PC and Mac format.
The TTF fonts are OpenType with TrueType outlines and digital signatures; compatible with Mac OSX and all versions of Microsoft
Pocket PC. Mac formatted MTT
TrueType fonts are also provided.
- OpenType OTF fonts with PostScript outlines are provided
with digital signatures.
These are compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and other systems supporting the
- PostScript Type 1 fonts are supplied in binary, ASCII and
Macintosh Classic MacBinary versions. Type 3 uncompressed ABS fonts are provided in ASCII format.
- Also included in this package are PCL LaserJet soft fonts in
11.4, 12 and 12.6 points.
- With a purchase of the Developer License or above,
Fonts are included in WOFF, EOT and SVG formats to easily display
barcodes in any web browser.
Implementing USPS Barcode Symbologies
Several postal barcode implementation examples are provided with the Windows
installation executable file included in the package. These examples may be
helpful to assist with initial set up. Additionally, many of
IDAutomation's Font Encoders that are royalty free include tutorials for the
Obtaining Data to Encode
The first step in creating any USPS barcode is to obtain the data that is to
be encoded. The links below will provide the information necessary to create a
string of text that may be encoded in a function.
IntelligentMail() function uses the IDAutomationIMB font to generate the
Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb). This barcode type combines Postnet zip code
data and Planet tracking into one compact symbol. It is also referred to as the
IMb Tracing Barcode, the 4-State Customer Barcode (4CB), OneCode Confirm and
Code128() function uses the IDAutomationC128L font for the IM Container
Barcode, Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb),
IM Tray Labels and special
services such as delivery confirmation.
Postnet() function uses the IDAutomationPOSTNET font to encode the zip code
and delivery point. The USPS uses Postnet barcodes to automate the delivery of
mail, however, discounts for bulk mail printed with the Postnet barcode are no
Formatting Data to Fonts
After the data is in the proper format for the function, the text is passed
to the function and the result is a text string that the font is then applied
to, to produce a proper barcode symbol. The functions are available in many
to automatically format data to the font. When a font encoder cannot be utilized, it
is recommended to access a database that contains the text string already
formatted for the font. The Word mail-merge example included in this package
works in this manner; a merge field in Word is linked to a column in Excel that
contains the text string formatted for the font.
Postal Barcode Printing and Font Size
After the data is formatted to the USPS font and the appropriate font has
been selected, it will display and print properly. The font size of 12 points
should be used when printing all Intelligent Mail, Postnet and Planet barcodes.
FIM symbols should be printed with a font size of 36 points. The Code 128 font
used for GS1-128 should be printed at 16 points for USPS Special Services. More
information about the sizing of fonts is provided in the
USPS Barcode Font Package Specifications
IDAutomation suggests printing USPS fonts at the recommended point sizes
specified in this section. When TrueType, PostScript or OpenType fonts are used,
the size may be further adjusted by changing the font point size. For example,
to print the 12-point Postnet barcode font slightly wider, increase the font
size to 12.1 points.
IMb, Postnet & Planet Font Specifications
Approximate Font Dimensions at 12 Points
USPS Specification Tolerances
|X Dimension (width of bars)
||.015" - .025"
|Width of space between bars
||.012" - .040"
|Full vertical size of Intelligent Mail
||.125" - .165"
|Vertical size of Intelligent Mail tracker
||.039" - .057"
|Height of Postnet short bar
||.040" - .060"
|Height of Postnet tall bar
||.115" - .135"
|Number of bars per inch
|| 22 - 24
Approximate Font Dimensions at 16 pt
USPS Dimension Standards
||.013" - .020"
|Height of bars
||.75" - .80"
Approximate Font Dimensions at 21
|Height of bars
Supported Implementations, Font Names and Compatible
Font Encoder Function
or IDAutomation_Uni_OneCode() **
|Code 128 Barcode
* Fonts ending with N1 or N2 signify different narrow intensities:
- n1 is a narrow-version font that generates the smallest possible
barcode allowed by the specification, which is 24 bars per inch and a narrow bar
width of .015 inches.
- n2 is an extra narrow-version font also produces 24 bars per inch but
with the bars narrowed by an additional 10%. This font may be used with ink jet
printers or others that print much darker than normal.
** Intelligent Mail barcode fonts are currently supported by
Level 7 or greater font encoder tools such as the
Microsoft VBA for Excel and Access and the
All OneCode() and IntelligentMail() encoding methods are identical and may be
Intelligent Mail (IMb) barcodes may be created from IDAutomation's fonts and font
encoder tools, as well as other encoders, such as the encoders provided by the
US Postal Service. To accommodate both types of encoding, each 4-State symbol
element is positioned at two character locations within the IDAutomationIMB font according
to the following table:
4CB Symbol Element
The USPS uses uppercase letters for encoding while IDAutomation font encoders
use lower case letters. The lower case letters used provide complete
compatibility with the
Universal Barcode Font, which allows generation of Intelligent Mail, Postnet
and Planet, as well as Code 128, Code 39 and Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode symbols
from a single font.
Order USPS Intelligent Mail IMb Barcode Fonts
orders include a complimentary 30-day Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription.
Support and upgrades may be provided beyond 30 days with the purchase of a
Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription that correlates with the original
USPS, Intelligent Mail, IMb, IMpb, Planet Code, OneCode ACS, OneCode Confirm,
OneCode Solution and OneCode Vision are trademarks of the United States Postal