Readable barcodes cannot be created by simply applying the font, as they require the data to first be encoded, and then combined with the appropriate font to create a readable barcode. Self-checking fonts, such as Codabar and Code 39, only require an asterisk * before and after the data-to-encode, while all other barcode fonts require more advanced formatting to create a correct barcode symbol.
IDAutomation offers several font encoder tools that allow for easy integration of barcode fonts in a variety of applications and development environments. These encoders may be used royalty-free if a license for one of IDAutomation's barcode fonts has been purchased. In the case of one-off barcode generation, consider the free Online Barcode Font Encoder, which will return an encoded text string that can be pasted into your application where the font can be applied to it. Please be aware that IDAutomation Universal Barcode Fonts use a different set of font encoders, and that these encoder tools are not compatible with the Universal Font package.
* Source code for use with Universal or DataBar fonts requires a Developer License.
** Does not support Code 128 human-readable formats due to environment incompatibilities.