Choosing the Right Barcode Label Software for You
Before choosing barcode software, it’s important to consider your needs—will you be using a few barcode fonts, or many, and what quantity will need to be printed? Also, what kind of vendor are you—small retail, or a high-volume seller?
When looking at software, it’s also important to consider what features are available and how they will benefit your business. First and foremost, consider the assortment of barcode fonts included in the software and make certain that the one(s) you need is included! Also, be sure to check compatibility, i.e., is your data import/export program (ex: excel) compatible with the barcode label software. Also, consider if you will need to include anything else besides the barcode on the label—does the software offer editing options such as color, size, orientation, or adding images? In addition, take into consideration the skill set of the person using the software; will they need an easy-to-use solution, or a highly advanced one? Most importantly, be sure that the software comes with plenty of help and support you need. While manufacturers sometimes provide support, if you’re looking for a full-service support system, it would be best to purchase your barcode label software from a value added reseller so that you are properly set-up and have 24/7 tier 1 and 2 support.
Now that you know what to consider when looking at barcode label software, let’s take a look at two of the most popular solutions out there; NiceForm and BarTender.
NiceForm Barcode Software by NiceLabel
NiceForm is a professional labeling software for desktop and enterprise users that provides an easy-to-use interface that integrates well with most Windows-based applications. NiceForm offers:
- Authentic Print Previews
- Database Tables
- Multiple Screen Applications
- Pre-defined Values and Data Control
- Label and Printer Type Selection (Optional)
- VB Scripting for advanced needs (Optional)
- Distributed Printing
BarTender Barcode Software by Seagull Scientific
BarTender is an easy-to-use, professional barcode label software program that includes powerful features required for compliance labels and integration with enterprise software. BarTender makes it easy to combine barcodes, text, and graphics into professional quality labels in minutes. BarTender features:
- Custom Component Library (for easy re-use)
- Drag and Drop Object Creation
- Drag and Drop Barcodes
- Extensive Barcode Font Library
- One-degree Object Rotation
- Industry Stock Database
- Industrial Graphic Symbols
- Bearer Bar Support for Interleaved 2-of-5 Symbology
- FREE Trial Version
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