Embedding Barcodes into various documents and reports

Kerry Wilson
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We have for several years been using a product by Wasp Barcode (waspbarcode.com) named Wasp Fontware.  It has enabled us to generate Word, Excel, Crystal Reports and Access Forms and Reports with barcodes embedded by selecting the proper fonts.  This has been, until now, primarily Office 2000 programs with O/S WinXP Pro and a few Crystal Reports.

We are now upgrading our WinXP computers to Win7 Pro and Office suite to 2007.  However, the Fontware will not install.  Wasp advises us that Microsoft made some significant changes to Win7 that prevents the Fontware from installing/running and they do not intend to or are not able to update the program for Win7.

I am looking for alternatives that others may be using that provide this functionality.
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Top Expert 2011
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Wasp have Wasp Barcode Maker, there is also Wasp Barcode Maker Pro which supports Office and Crystal reports. I don't know if this is the same version as yours.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Here are are two free bar code fonts that I've been using for quite a while and recommend:

https://www.barcodesinc.com/free-barcode-font/
http://www.dafont.com/barcode-font.font

Both work well, and I have both installed in W7 Pro 64-bit. I suggest you install both to see which one you like better. I just tested them with Word 2013 and they work fine (and I've used them in the past with Word 2007). Regards, Joe
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Kerry WilsonNetwork Administrator

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Vasto,

I was told initially by the Wasp people I would need Barcode Maker.  But, when I called back and spoke to a different person, they said Labeler sounded like the correct solution.  I'm confused and have found them very unhelpful.  I don't even see Barcode Maker Pro listed on their web site.  Are you sure it's a current product??
Top Expert 2011

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The Pro version is available as an upgrade . Search for part number 633808105198
Here is a link on CDW
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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I participated in an EE thread earlier this year where I made my usual recommendation of the two free bar code fonts, but it turns out that they don't work in Access:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28649182/Bar-Codes.html

The Accepted Solution was this product:
http://www.idautomation.com/barcode-components/access-native/

Perhaps it will work for you. Regards, Joe
Kerry WilsonNetwork Administrator

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Thank you Joe.  I will take a look at that.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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> I will take a look at that.

Please let me know what you think of it. I haven't used it myself and am very interested to get your feedback on it, especially if you use it (but even if you don't use it, your feedback on its specs would be valuable). Thanks!
Kerry WilsonNetwork Administrator

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I got a trial version of the Wasp Barcode Maker Pro and it appears to be a functionally equivalent replacement/upgrade to the Wasp Fontware.  It's not a direct replacement because it will require re-formatting my reports, etc.  But, it works essentially the same.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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> I will take a look at that.

Glad to hear that Wasp Barcode Maker Pro worked out well for you, but I'm curious if you tried IDAutomation's Native Barcode Generator for Microsoft Access and have any feedback on it. Thanks, Joe

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