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Code 39 Barcode Generated with the Code 39 FontFree Code 39 Barcode Font Discontinued

The free Code 39 barcode font has been discontinued; however, IDAutomation continues to offer the fully licensed version of the Code 39 Barcode Font Package.

If a scanning device is needed to read barcodes for testing or other purposes, consider these barcode scanners.

Using the Code 39 Barcode Font

To generate a Code 39 barcode from a font, the data-to-encode is to be surrounded by asterisks as the start and stop characters, i.e. *153969*. In Microsoft Word, the start and stop characters should be "!" instead of the asterisk because of a formatting issue, i.e. !153969!. To hide the asterisks from appearing in the human-readable below the barcode, use the parenthesis surrounding the data, i.e. (12345).

If the font is not in font selection list of the application after installation, check the application settings. Most applications allow the ability to disable a feature that lists the font names in the fonts list. For example, if the font is not in the Microsoft Office fonts list, follow these steps:

  1. Select Customize from the Tools menu.
  2. In the Options tab, unselect the "list font names in their font" check box.
  3. Click close.

IDAutomation provides Microsoft Access, Excel and Word examples in the Windows version, and additional examples for OpenOffice Calc, iWork Numbers and Pages for the Mac version of the package. After installation, there will be icons for these examples in the Start - Programs - Code 39 Font program group on Windows and Applications - IDAutomation Code 39 Font for Mac on OSX. There are also several application integration guides available to assist.

If a higher-density barcode than Code 39 is required, consider Code 128 or a 2D barcode such as PDF417 or DataMatrix for something that can withstand damage and still scan correctly. For an evaluation of barcode sizes and types, refer to that section in the Barcoding for Beginners Tutorial.

To learn more about the Code 39 barcode, refer to the Code 39 FAQ and Tutorial.

Reading and Printing Code 39 Barcodes

Code 39 is one of the most common barcodes in use today, and thus virtually every barcode scanner will be capable of reading Code 39. IDAutomation provides several Code 39 barcode readers for many different systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Barcode scanners act as an external keyboard, so that anything scanned with the scanner is output wherever the cursor is blinking on the computer screen as though it had been typed on the keyboard. This process is called keyboard emulation. Learn how to scan data into applications with a barcode scanner.

When using a printer with less than 600 DPI, the following point sizes should be used to create accurate barcodes:

203 DPI Printer (thermal printer) 300 DPI Printer
6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36... 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36...

In the Code 39 Font Advantage package, 24 different versions of the fonts are provided to support human-readable versions in addition to different height-width requirements. The last character in the font name determines the height of the barcode with the shortest being "XS" and the tallest being "XXL".

Font Name Font Height at 12pt*
Code 39 Fonts (text below the barcode)
IDAutomationHC39XS  .20" or .5 CM
IDAutomationHC39S  .35" or .9 CM
IDAutomationHC39M  .50" or 1.2 CM
IDAutomationHC39L  .70" or 1.8 CM
IDAutomationHC39XL  .90" or 2.3 CM
IDAutomationHC39XXL  1.25" or 3.2 CM
Code 39 Fonts (no text below the barcode)
IDAutomationC39XS  .20" or .5 CM
IDAutomationC39S  .35" or .9 CM
IDAutomationC39M  .50" or 1.2 CM
IDAutomationC39L  .70" or 1.8 CM
IDAutomationC39XL  .90" or 2.3 CM
IDAutomationC39XXL  1.25" or 3.2 CM

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