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FileMaker Pro Streaming Barcode Tutorial

This tutorial uses the demo version of the Dynamic Barcode Generator Service, which includes a watermark below the generated symbol. After purchase, a unique web address will be provided that excludes the watermark.
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This FileMaker Barcode Tutorial describes how to implement cross-platform streaming barcode generation in FileMaker forms and reports without installing fonts, plug-ins or components. This tutorial uses the Dynamic Barcode Generator Service, which supports all popular Linear 1D and 2D barcode types including Code-128, GS1-128, Code-39, PDF417, Data Matrix, QR-Code and more.

  1. This method of generating barcodes supports FileMaker Pro 12 and greater; to support older versions refer to the FileMaker Barcode Integration Guide.
  2. Purchase a subscription for the Dynamic Barcode Generator Service or use the fully-functional demo. The demo version includes a watermark that will not appear in the licensed version.
  3. Download the file and open the database.
  4. Change the view to Layout Mode and copy the barcode object to the clipboard.
    Copy the barcode object to the clipboard
  5. In Layout Mode, open the form or report where the barcode is needed and paste the barcode object. If the pasted object text appends /* and *\ characters at the beginning and ending of the text, you will need to remove them.
    Remove the comment out characters if they appear in the pasted object.
  6. Open the barcode object by right clicking and selecting Web Viewer Setup and choose Specify Calculation.
    Open the barcode object and choose Specify Calculation
  7. Modify the <img src= line of code change the "" to the streaming URL and change "Table1::PartNumber" to the field that is to be encoded.
    <img src='" & Table1::PartNumber & "'>
  8. Size the barcode object so that it is large enough to contain the entire barcode, with an appropriate amount of white space surrounding the symbol.
  9. Choose Browse Mode and view the report or form to verify that the barcode appears correctly.
    Verify that the barcode appears correctly
  10. Print and scan the barcode to verify that the correct data is encoded. If a scanner is needed to verify barcodes, consider the IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanner.
  11. When using the demo version of the Dynamic Barcode Generator Service, a watermark will appear below the generated symbol. Therefore, if symbol size is being evaluated, only the purchased version should be used. The watermark does not appear in the purchased version. If the barcodes are slow to appear, it is because they are generated independently with some minor latency from the internet. If this issue is experienced, it can be resolved by implementing one of IDAutomation's streaming products on the Intranet or locally.

QR-Code and SSL Encryption Example

Within the downloaded file, a layout is included with a QR-Code that is encoding a website where the barcode is retrieved over an encrypted SSL connection.

Select the QR Code Layout

This was easily generated by changing the <img src= line of code:
<img src='" & ProductTable::WebAddress & "'>

QR-Code streaming into FileMaker Pro
NOTE: SSL encryption is enabled by changing "http" to "https" within the URL.

Combining Multiple Fields and Functions in a Barcode

Within the downloaded file, a layout is included with a Data Matrix symbol that is encoding two fields separated by a tab function. This was generated by changing the <img src= line of code:
<img src='" & ProductTable::PartNumber & "~d009" & ProductTable::ProductName & "'>

Encoding two fields separated by a tab function

The result will be "IDA82<HT>Streaming Dynamic Barcode Generator" which are the two fields separated by a tab function.

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