USPS Intelligent Mail (IMb) Generator Overview
A single Crystal Reports RPT file (USPS-IMb.rpt)
provided in this package supports all USPS Intelligent Mail barcode types.
The Intelligent Mail (IMb) combines a Tracking Code with a Routing Code to
create a single string of combined numbers, which is referred to as the DataToEncode.
The following is an example of generating a standard IMb:
||Delivery Point ZIP Code
|DataToEncode = combined numbers from data above:
|Intelligent Mail symbol generated from
|Before mailing, IDAutomation suggests verifying the result with a verifier or
PQA function, which is provided in
IDAutomation's 2D Barcode Scanner.
The proper size of the symbol (23 bars per inch) is achieved when the font
point size is set to 3.5. This setting may be verified or set with the Format
Editor - Font dialog. In most versions of Crystal Reports, this dialog is
opened by right clicking on the field and choosing the Format Field
option. In addition, ensure the font selected is a mono-spaced font such as
Courier New (recommended).
* Due to limitations within Crystal Reports formulas, complex barcode types,
including USPS Intelligent Mail, require the installation of the IDAutomation
(version 2014 or later) to perform a portion of complex calculations required
for proper barcode generation. Installation of this UFL is automatic when
running the installer for this product. In addition, a silent installer is
provided with all developer licenses of this product to easily install the UFL
when distributing reports.