Barcode Image Generator Manual
IDAutomationís Barcode Image Generator is used to create
barcode image files and paste barcodes into Windows® and
Mac® applications. It is
commonly used with desktop publishing and design applications including
Adobe InDesign, FrameMaker, Photoshop, PageMaker, Microsoft Publisher, Word
and Quark XPress.
If it is necessary to create barcode labels (instead of
image files), IDAutomation recommends the
Barcode Label Software,
which generates labels dynamically from incremented fields, lists or a database.
Image Generator Tutorial
Installing the Barcode Image Generator:
Windows System Installation:
The Windows version is compatible with any Windows operating
system that includes the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 or greater including
Windows 2000, XP and
- Download and unzip the package to a folder on a local hard drive.
It is recommended to download and install
WinZip if a program is not available
to open WinZip files.
- Run Setup.Exe to start the install utility.
- If a message is generated indicating that the Microsoft® .NET Framework
must first be installed, do so and run Setup again. The .NET
Framework may be installed by running
Windows Update from
a computer connected to the Internet or it may be
Mac System Installation:
The Mac version is compatible with any OS-X version that includes Java 1.6 or greater.
- Drag the application from the download to the applications folder.
- The application will launch when it is double clicked.
Installation on a Network Drive
for Multiple Windows Users:
- Because this product does not install any DLLs or other components in
the system directories, it may be easily installed and used from a network
or a mapped drive.
- Run Setup.Exe to start the install utility.
- When prompted for the location, select the network drive and complete
the install process.
- Create shortcuts on other computers that need to run the application.
- If errors occur on other computers, try performing the steps outlined
document about setting security rights for .NET applications.
- Ensure there is a license for each user that has access to the
Saving and Loading
the Settings XML File (New in 2010 Version):
- Image Generator properties, such as DataToEncode, Symbology, Bar Height,
and Captions, may be saved and loaded from an XML file.
- Choose File from the menu.
- To save the property settings, select Save Generator Values
and create a file name.
- To load saved property settings, select Load Generator Values
and select the XML file.
- Loading the values may also be performed
from the command line.
Save and load property values from XML file training video.
Creating and Saving Barcode Images
Pasting Barcodes into Applications:
- Choose the Copy to Clipboard button.
- In the application, choose Edit - Paste or press CRTL-V
(Mac users choose Opt-V).
If the image does not paste into the application correctly, try saving the image
first and then import it from the application.
Generating and Saving an
- Choose the Generate Image File button.
- In the Save as type dialog box, choose the image type to
create. The most common image type to create for importing into other
applications, such as Photoshop, is JPEG or EPS. The recommended image type to
use for a website is PNG. NOTE: Only the Mac version supports EPS.
- The File name dialog is automatically generated to be unique,
however it may be changed if necessary.
Barcodes from a Text File (New in 2011 Version):
Text files containing multiple values may be easily loaded into the Image
Generator to produce multiple image files.
(New in 2011 version)
- Choose File - Create Multiple Barcodes from the menu.
- Select a text file containing data values. Each line in the text
file will generate one image file encoding the text on that line.
default image extension can be modified by designating the image type in the
data file. For example, if you need the first two images to be .jpeg and the
last three images to be .png, you would put the following information into the
And following image files would be created, where it would have the image
number, data encoded and the DPI of the image:
- Barcode image files will be created in the directory where the data
- This option may also be performed
from the command line in the Windows
Create multiple barcode training video.
Creating Image Files from the Command
Line or DOS Prompt:
- NOTE: this option is not available in the Mac version
- Open the Image Generator and change any properties
as necessary. The image created will use the properties that were last set
and only the data encoded in the barcode will change. After the properties
are set, close the Image Generator. From the Windows command prompt or DOS
command line, the following parameters are available to create image files:
[ DataToEncode ] [ Optional file path, file name.ImageType
LoadValues+XML Settings File+DataToEncode+File
Path, File Name.ImageType ]
(the LoadValues option is only available in Version 2010 or later)
The following example generates a JPEG file in the current directory:
"Image Generator.exe" 123456789012
The result would be an image file named 123456789012.jpeg
An example that generates a 1 bit monochrome bitmap file in a specified
directory with a specified file name would contain the following in a batch
"Image Generator.exe" 123456789012 C:\Windows\Temp\TestFile.1bmp
The following types of files may be created: jpeg, gif, tiff,
png, bmp, wmf or 1bmp (1 bit per pixel bitmap)
In Version 2010 and greater, additional parameters may be specified
to load values from a saved xml file.
"Image Generator.exe" Loadvalues+C:\Temp\FileName.xml+123456789012+C:\Temp\TestFile.gif
Generating Multiple Image Files
From a DOS Batch File:
- NOTE: this option is not available in the Mac version.
- Multiple image files may be generated from a batch file, a text file
or dynamically with an external program that makes a call to the application
such as HP SmartStream
- The following example loads an XML properties file and creates multiple
barcodes from lines of data in a text file. Each line in the text file contains
the data that is to be encoded; each line will create a separate barcode.
"Image Generator.exe" Loadvalues+C:\Temp\FileName.xml+Createbarcodes+C:\Temp\DataFile.txt
- The following is a batch file example that makes multiple sequential
images with a loop:
CALL "Image Generator.exe" %Prefix%%Start%
echo Created image for value %Prefix%%Start%
if %Start%==%Stop% goto Exit
SET /A Start=Start+%IncrementBy%
barcode related properties are available to meet various specifications
and applications. The unit of measure (when applicable) may be changed by
choosing Edit - Set unit of measure. The default unit of measurement is
The most common properties that need to be changed are the
Bar Height and the
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