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How do I get a barcode font to display in Crystal Reports pdf out of VS2008?

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I am designing a report using the Visual Studio 2008 embedded Crystal Reports.  In this report there are several items that must be displayed using barcodes.  The report output format must be pdf.  The report runs OK but in the pdf file the barcode font does not render.  It merely displays the numerical values in normal display format.  If you do a report preview the barcode font displays OK, but not in the pdf.  I have tried several different barcode fonts, all with the same result.  I have installed the fonts each time both on the local client machine and on the development and runtime server.  I see other people have reported this issue, but I did not see any satisfactory solution short of purchasing a complete barcode add-on package.  That seems to be a bit of overkill for what I want to do.  
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by:mohan_sekar
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Just use iTextsharp (a free PDF library) to load the pdf generated by CR and add the barcode to it. Visit http://itextsharp.sourceforge.net/ for more information on iTextsharp
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You must register the barcode font with Adobe Reader.
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mohan sekar:  I will try the open source to see if it allows me to incorporate the barcode font in a way that will make it viewable when the pdf is opened.  Thanks for the tip.
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harkerad:  I could not find anything on registering a font with Adobe Reader, only on embedding a font into a pdf.  Is there a separate process to register a font with the Reader, or did you mean embedding?
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Place your barcode fonts in the Acrobat local CIDFont or Font folder of the resource folder.
for example:  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Resource\CIDFont
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What we finally decided to do was to purchase the ID Automation Native Barcode Generator for Crystal Reports.  The suggestion to place the barcode font in the Adobe font folder did not work.  The iTextSharp methodology might have some promise but in the interest of time we've gone with the ID Automation.  I did test their demo and it worked fine to produce barcodes in pdf files from Crystal.  The other reason we're going with this approach is that the barcoded documents need to be readable on any device that can read a pdf file, even ones that have no barcode fonts installed.
Thanks to those who provided the tips for their time.
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