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IDAutomation Barcode Fonts are based on national and international standards and are available in TrueType, PostScript, OpenType or PCL LaserJet Soft Fonts on a variety of operating systems including Windows, DOS, Mac, Linux and UNIX. To print a barcode as a font, the data-to-encode must first be formatted with an IDAutomation Font Tool, which will return a text string that, when combined with the barcode font, will create an accurate barcode.

All IDAutomation Font packages are available as an online purchase, and can be downloaded immediately and up to 30 days after the order is placed. After 30 days, access to the product and priority technical support is available with the purchase of the one year Priority Support & Upgrade Subscription.

MICR and OCR Font Advantage Packages

MICR E13B Font Advantage Package
  • MICR Fonts are used on bank checks and drafts in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama, the UK and other countries to print secure characters for magnetic recognition and optical character recognition systems.
  • CMC-7 MICR Fonts are similar to E-13B fonts in that they are used on bank checks and drafts to print secure characters for magnetic recognition and optical character recognition systems, but CMC-7 fonts are used mostly in Mexico, France, Spain, Brazil and other Spanish speaking countries.
  • OCR Fonts are used when automated systems require a standard character shape that is defined to read text correctly without the use of barcodes. These fonts are used on bank checks, passports, serial labels and postal mail among others.
  • Security Fonts are used to print secure information such as text, names and currency amounts on documents such as bank checks in a manner that cannot be easily altered, which can assist in the prevention of forgery.

Easy-to-use Self-Checking Barcode Font Packages

  • Code 39 Barcode Font Advantage PackageCode 39 Fonts are perhaps the most common barcode type and is used in labeling for badges, inventory, industrial applications and much more. These fonts support the creation of AIM USS Code 39, ANSI, EN800, LOGMARS, LIC and HIBC barcodes.
  • Codabar Fonts are used for various numeric barcoding applications such as in libraries, blood banks and parcels and was designed to be read even if printed from a dot-matrix printer. These fonts support the creation of Rationalized Codabar, USD-4, NW-7, 2 of 7 Code and other specifications based on Codabar.
  • Industrial Code 2 of 5 Barcode Fonts are low-density numeric barcodes that do not require a checksum. These fonts support the creation of Code 25 and related specifications.

Barcode Font Packages that Require Check Digits

  • Code 128 Barcode Font Advantage PackageCode 128 Fonts are high-density barcodes that encodes text, numbers, the entire 128 ASCII character set and numerous functions. Commonly used in many varied environments and scenarios. Code 128 also supports ISBT-128, GS1-128, UCC-128, EAN-128 and USS Code 128.
  • GS1 DataBar Fonts are a dependable solution in POS, grocery and healthcare where items are too small for traditional barcode types. DataBar can encode information such as product weight, expiration dates, country of origin or serial numbers. This is the only symbology approved by GS1 for use in all retail checkout systems after January 1, 2010 to encode GTIN-14 numbers and is also required by the Joint Industry Coupon Committee for use in creating coupon barcodes.
  • Code 11 Fonts are high-density numeric barcodes that require a checksum calculation.
  • Code 93 Barcode Fonts are higher-density barcodes which require two checksum calculations and were originally designed to provide a barcode with both. These fonts support the creation of Extended Code 93 and other specifications based on Code 93.
  • Interleaved 2 of 5 Fonts are numeric barcodes used to encode pairs of numbers into self-checking, high-density barcode formats. This font supports the creation of ITF-14, EAN-14, SCC-14, GTIN, DUN14 and more barcodes.
  • MSI Plessey Fonts have been used mostly in libraries and retail applications.
  • USPS Postnet & Intelligent Mail Fonts are used for a variety of postal procedures such as encoding zip code information, which can improve the speed, accuracy and delivery of mail. Intelligent Mail barcodes can be created with the Postnet barcode font. This package includes Intelligent Mail, Postnet, Planet, GS1-128, FIM and OCR-A barcode symbologies as used by the US Postal Service.
  • Royal Mail 4-State Fonts are used for automated mail sorting and addressing by printing the postcode and Delivery Point Suffix (DPS) on letters in machine-readable format throughout the United Kingdom.
  • UPC/EAN Fonts are used to encode Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), which uniquely identify products for retail checkout or tracking purposes. These fonts support the creation of UPC, UCC, EAN, JAN, GTIN-8, GTIN-12, GTIN-13, ISBN and Bookland barcodes.

Bundled Barcode Font Advantage Packages

Premiere Barcode Font Advantage Package
  • TrueType Font Package for Windows includes the TrueType version of most popular linear barcode fonts as well as MICR and OCR for Windows.
  • Premiere Font Package includes all linear barcode fonts as well as MICR and OCR in a variety of formats including TrueType, OpenType, PostScript and PCL.
  • Universal Barcode Font Advantage is designed to support most linear barcodes as a single font on multiple operating systems and locales. Supports Code 128, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Postnet, Planet, MSI and Codabar.

2D Barcode Font Packages

  • PDF417 Font and Encoder Advantage PackagesAztec Barcode Fonts encode letters, numbers, text, photos and actual bytes of data including Unicode and extended characters.
  • PDF417 Barcode Fonts are used to encode large amounts of text and data that can withstand damage without loss of data due to its' use of Reed Solomon error correction. This package also supports the creation of MacroPDF, Truncated PDF and MicroPDF417.
  • Data Matrix Barcode Fonts are popular, area efficient 2D barcodes that can encode large amounts of data such as letters, numbers, text and small photos.
  • QR-Code Barcode Fonts are used in mainstream marketing and smart phone applications and can store large amounts of data, images and web addressed which can be loaded from a smart phone.
  • MaxiCode Barcode Fonts are international 2D barcodes used by UPS on shipping labels for worldwide addressing and package sortation.

IDAutomation Barcode Font Encoder Tools

Using IDAutomation fonts in conjunction with their free barcode font tools is an easy way to automate the process of adding start and stop codes and calculating check digits for barcode fonts that require them. The following barcode font tools may be used royalty-free with the purchase of a licensed IDAutomation barcode font.

NOTE: The IDAutomation Universal Barcode Font uses a different set of font tools.

IDAutomation Fonts Technical Support

To learn more about barcode technology, read the IDAutomation Barcoding for Beginners Tutorial.

Barcode Video Tutorials

Barcode Scanners

IDAutomation offers several types of barcode scanners and readers including:

For other models of CCD, laser and image readers in keyboard wedge, RS232 and USB versions, please view the Scanner Index: USB | Linear CCD | Linear Laser | Linear + PDF417 | 2D Imagers | Omni-Directional | Wireless | RFID | Portable Memory | Wands | Verifiers | Slot Readers | Check Readers | ID Security Devices

Free Barcode Downloads

Freeware Barcode Font Piracy Notice

In many cases, other barcode fonts distributed as "freeware" or fonts that are sold very cheap are illegal counterfeits. You and your organization may be held liable for using and/or distributing these illegal software products. Learn more about how to identify and report illegal counterfeit barcode fonts.

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