USPS Intelligent Mail 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 in C++, C#.NET and Java.
Includes a code-128 font that is used to generate the Intelligent Mail Packing
Barcode, Intelligent Mail Container barcode and the GS1-128 delivery confirmation barcode.
- Examples for Word, Excel, Access and Crystal Reports are included.
- TrueType, PostScript, OpenType and PCL LaserJet soft fonts are included in
various sizes for maximum flexibility.
- Postnet, Planet,
fonts are also included in this package.
- Single and Multi-User licenses for the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts from $139 with royalty-free Developer
licenses from $395.
Postnet & Intelligent Mail 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.
Mail barcode (IMb) is a tracing, routing, sorting and tracking symbology type based on the
4-State Barcode that is used for services including OneCode Confirm
& OneCode ACS. This postal 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 Tools Provided: Many
font encoder tools
are available to assist with application integration. These tools
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
Online Barcode Font
- Multiple Fonts Provided: Multiple font versions are
provided in this package to support various applications, implementations and
- Intelligent Mail 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, source code to the Intelligent Mail and GS1-128 font encoders is
provided in C++, C#.NET and Java.
- FIM Barcode Fonts:
FIM barcode fonts
are included and are used to sort business reply mail from other mail.
- Planet Barcode Capability: The Planet barcode can be generated with the Postnet()
function in the free font tools and
is used to track mail.
|"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
- OCR-A Barcodes Included: OCR-A is included to
automate mail routing in cases when the printed barcode is damaged or
- Code-128 Font Included: A Code 128 font is provided for the printing of
the Intelligent Mail Packing Barcode, Intelligent Mail Container barcode and special services such as delivery confirmation.
- Canada Post Support: The IDAutomationC128L font is provided
to produce the dimensions required by the CANADA POST.
- 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 included:
TrueType fonts are supplied in PC and
Macintosh format. The TrueType TTF fonts are compatible with
Mac OSX and all versions of Microsoft Windows, including
Pocket PC. Macintosh formatted MTT TrueType fonts are compatible
with Macintosh System 7.1 and above.
|"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,
- OpenType OTF fonts with PostScript outlines are provided.
These are compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and other systems supporting the OpenType format.
- PostScript Type 1 fonts are supplied in binary, ASCII and
Macintosh Classic MacBinary versions. Type 3 uncompressed ABS fonts are provided
for the IMB and Postnet fonts in ASCII format.
- Also included in this package are PCL LaserJet soft fonts
in 11.4, 12 and 12.6 points.
- The Developer License grants the right to convert IDAutomation fonts into
other formats as necessary such as EOT OpenType.
- For the most up-to-date installation procedures for other
operating systems, please visit
Implementating USPS Postal 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
Font Tools that are royalty free include tutorials for the postal barcodes.
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.
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 longer available.
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 font encoders
to automatically format data to the font. When a font encoder cannot be used,
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
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 Pt
|Height of bars
Supported Implementations, Font Names and Compatible Functions
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
VBA for Excel and Access and the
DLL. All OneCode() and IntelligentMail() encoding methods are identical
and may be used interchangeably.
Intelligent Mail barcodes may be produced from IDAutomation's fonts and font
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 placed at two
character locations within the Postnet font according to the following
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 Postnet & Intelligent Mail Fonts
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and Upgrade Subscription that correlates with the original product ordered.
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License allows unlimited use at a single site within a single
organization, but disallows rights for development or distribution.
Single User License allows use of the Software for one (1) user in your
organization. However, if the Software is used in connection with a high speed
printer that prints over 55 pages per minute or a system (including all
hardware, printer and software) having a cost totaling over $50,000 USD or
equivalent in a foreign currency, a Developer License is required.
Multiple User Licenses are also available in various quantities.
Postnet & Intelligent Mail Postal Barcode Font
The C++ header file, C# file and Java Class Library source are included in a separate
download file when purchasing a Developer License and above.
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