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Products : Labeling Software : BarTender



The BarTender software is available in different versions which offer different capabilities and functions.

Check the Product Overview tab to compare the features available in each of the four editions of the BarTender Application Suite.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows Server 2003 (SP1 and higher), Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, XP (SP2 and higher), Vista, and Windows 7. Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.

Features and Editions Comparison Chart

The following chart compares the features available in each of the four editions of the BarTender Application Suite.

Edition heading abbreviations:

EA = Enterprise Automation
A = Automation
P = Professional
B = Basic

Grid characters used:

= Feature is fully supported
= Partially supported
= Supports shareable centralized databases
= Supports local databases only
= Supports all printers and print jobs on the network
= Works for local and network printers (and print jobs) that have drivers installed on the local PC
= Only supported using RFID fonts and not BarTender's fully-featured, native RFID objects

Licensed based on the number of printers used
Licensed based on the number of PCs used
Free phone and e-mail technical support for properly-registered users
HTML-based context-sensitive help
User interface translated into 20+ languages
Commander. (Controls BarTender in response to triggers from other programs)
Security Center. (Provides security features for other applications in the suite, such as user permissions and format encryption)
Printer Maestro. (Administers to printers and print queues on the network)
Librarian. (Controls access, manages workflow, and tracks revisions to label formats and other documents within a secure database)
History Explorer. (Views the logs stored in the BarTender System Database)
Reprint Console. (Reprints previously printed labels)
Print Station. (Provides a simple "single-click" interface for selecting and printing label formats)
Batch Maker. (Defines and prints "batches" of multiple label formats)
True WYSIWYG label design
Programmatically modify label objects during print jobs
Design labels up to 128 inches (3.25 m) long and/or wide (subject to limits of printer and driver)
"New Label" wizard ensures proper label setup and
optimizes performance
Two-sided design
Drag and drop creation of all objects, including lines, boxes, ellipses, and graphic images
To simplify conversion from legacy systems, import and lighten photographs of old labels for use as design templates
Unlimited undo / redo command
Resize and reposition objects using a choice of methods: Mouse, arrow keys, typed in values
Functions for automatic alignment of multiple objects
One-tenth degree rotation of lines, boxes, text, and graphics
"Move to Front" and "Send to Back"
Group and Ungroup multiple objects
Live database view in objects in label design area
Export bar codes and labels for use in other programs
Full color support for all label objects
Combine multiple label objects into reusable components
Library of "ready-to-print" label formats
Thumbnail previews of saved label formats, viewable
both in BarTender and Windows explorer
Metric and US measurements
Any label size
Any number of label rows and columns per sheet
Automatic computation of label size from number of rows and columns
Database of thousands of name brand label sizes
Rectangular label outline
Circular and elliptical label outline
Versatile font support: TrueType, Adobe, PostScript, downloadable, and built-in printer fonts
On-screen text editing and sizing
Powerful Rich Text formatting using on-screen WYSIWYG editor
Stretch text horizontally or vertically
Automatic on-the-fly resizing of text to fit within predefined height and width
Basic Paragraph Formatting: Multiple paragraph alignment methods and line spacing control
Advanced Paragraph Formatting: Paragraph indenting and inter-paragraph spacing
Arc and circular text
User-definable tab stops
White-on-black text printing (specified with a single mouse click)
Support for RTF, HTML, and XAML
Numerous 1 and 2 dimensional symbologies
Extensive library of industry-standard bar code formats
Option to display start / stop characters
Variable and unlimited width and height
Minimum width limited only by printer resolution
GS1 (formerly UCC/EAN) Application Identifier Data Source Wizard
Automatic check digit capability
Sequentially numbered bar codes
Place "human readable" text anywhere in relation to bar codes
Customizable "human readable" character template
Independently suppress or display characters from different sub-fields
Draw lines, circles, ellipses, rectangles, rounded rectangles and filled rectangles
Import more than 70 graphic formats, including BMP, DCX, DIB, DXF, EPS, GIF, IMG, JPG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIF, WMF, WPG, and more
TWAIN and WIA support for image scanners and cameras
Basic image processing: Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, smoothing, cropping and more
Industry-specific graphic symbol font libraries
Linked graphics allow changes to external graphics without having to edit label formats
Specify background images and colors to appear "behind" label designs
More than 2,400 industrial label printers supported
True Windows drivers, can be used by other programs
Seagull drivers with status monitor display printer status in the standard Windows spooler
Two-sided ("duplex") printing
Batch Maker defines and prints "batches" of multiple label formats
Print Station supports "single-click" label selection and printing
Export printer code templates to XML enabled printers
Advanced on-screen print preview
Advanced cutter control
Set starting position on pages of partially used labels
Supports printer-based bar codes, serial numbers,
time, date, and copies
Speed optimization reuses repeating data instead of resending it
Local and network printer support
Label copy count controllable from keyboard and database
Basic serialization: Numeric (base 10), alphabetic (base 26), and concatenated numeric and alphabetic sequences with increment / decrement by any interval
Advanced serialization: Alphanumeric (base 36), hexadecimal (base 16), and custom base serialization
Separate rollover / rollunder and value reset options
Preserve or expand field length when rolling over
Design print-time data entry forms for keyboard and bar code scanner data
Data from weighing scales supported by data entry forms
Microsoft OLE DB and ODBC support, including drivers for: Access, AS/400, Btrieve, dBase, Excel, Informix, Interbase, MySQL, Oracle database, Pervasive.SQL, PostgreSQL, Progress, SQL Server, Sybase, and more
Read Excel files
Read ASCII & Unicode text files (quote & comma, fixed width, and user-defined delimitation)
SAP-certified interface to AII (Auto ID Infrastructure) XML documents
Read data from SAP IDocs
Oracle-certified interface to XML label requests
Drag and drop data linking
Versatile multiple-table data access
Import variable graphics from databases
Data query wizard and custom SQL assistant
Individual record-picking at print time
Full-system Unicode support (field names, files,
servers, printers, etc.)
Visual Basic scripting for custom data processing
Visual Basic scripting for document open, close, save, and print-time events
User-definable min and max field lengths
Use and/or exclude select portions of database fields
Customizable data-entry filters and error checking
Custom configure the handling of individual messages and alerts
Multiple sub-fields (sub-strings) concatenated per label object
Source data with keyboard, time and date (from PC or printer)
Easy entry of special and "unprintable" control characters
Shareable data fields
Can be run as "background" application
Control from other programs using ActiveX
Control from other programs using command lines
Commander Integration Utility: senses incoming data, then starts print jobs and logs results
Specify label formats and data sources from within other programs
Automated printer selection
Log to file: Errors and events
Log to database: Errors and events, plus BarTender print job details
Custom error, event and status e-mails
Export printer code templates for SAPscript-ITF, keypads, printers that accept XML, and more
Security Center manages user permissions and encrypts label formats
Security Center supports electronic signatures and logs permission requests
Lock down individual label formats with passwords
Lock down BarTender into a password-protected "print-only" mode
History Explorer audits past label jobs and other events
Include label images when logging BarTender print jobs
Log revision number and change descriptions into the document file
Librarian manages label format publishing, revision tracking, and rollback within a secure database
SAP Certified for AII
Read data from SAP IDocs
Oracle certified for WMS and MSCA
Oracle XML integration using a TCP/IP socket
Supports IBM WebSphere Sensor Events
Commander processes file, e-mail and serial port triggers
Enhanced version of Commander supports TCP/IP triggers and data transmission
Commander optimized to receive, launch, and monitor new print jobs without waiting for existing jobs to finish
Commander can return XML status response as a file or through a TCP/IP port
Detailed print job status available to other programs using ActiveX
.NET SDK to control one BarTender at a time. (C# & VB.NET examples included)
.NET SDK to control multiple instances of BarTender at once
.NET SDK for BarTender System Database allows automated review and reprinting of past label jobs
.NET SDK for Librarian allows automated file add, remove, rename, check in and out, etc.
ASP.NET sample application for customizable web browser printing
Automated conversion of different XML formats using XSL style sheets
BarTender XML Command Scripts speed up automation and simplify remote control
Full-featured native RFID objects
Basic RFID support only, using printer fonts
Encode EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It,
I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types
Supports DoD, Wal-Mart, and other EPC data formats, including SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, SGLN
Support for many single and double-byte codepages, including Asian languages, UTF-8 and UTF-16
Able to duplicate either the text or hexadecimal representation of the RFID data in text and bar code form
Supports optional write protection
Segment and Start Block support, including writing to multiple blocks
Able to configure printer's RFID options (e.g., Transponder Offset and Maximum Retries)
Display antenna, chip, and substrate on label. Select predefined or specify custom antenna bitmaps
Optimized for high-volume label requests from numerous network users to one or more servers
Browser-based network and internet printing
Windows Cluster Server supported
Reprint Console lets you search for and replace lost and damaged labels
Configure security, spooler and other selected driver settings for multiple printers at once.
Printer Maestro displays status of all Windows print jobs in one window
Printer Maestro tracks printer media usage and inventory of printer parts. Generates custom alerts.
Log printer events for Windows print jobs other than just those from BarTender
Specify custom alerts for printer events and low inventory levels

International Language Support

BarTender is available in international editions that support on-demand switching of the displayed user-interface language between the following:

Chinese (Simplified & Traditional) German Portuguese (European & Brazilian)
Czech Greek Polish
Danish Hungarian Russian
Dutch Italian Spanish
English Japanese Swedish
Finnish Korean Thai
French Norwegian Turkish

Bar Code Support

Linear Bar Codes:

Australia Post GS1-128 (UCC-EAN 128) Royal Mail
Canadian Customs GS1-DataBar (RSS) RSS
Codabar HIBC Primary SCC-14
Code 128 HIBC Secondary SSCC-18
Code 39
(Regular & Full ASCII)
Intelligent Mail Telepen
Code 93 Interleaved 2-of-5 Tri-Optic
EAN 128 ISBT 128 UCC-EAN 128
EAN Bookland ITF-14 UPC-A
EAN-JAN-8 Japanese Post UPC-E
EAN-JAN-13 KIX Code UPS Tracking

Two Dimensional Bar Codes:

Aztec Maxicode TLC39
Data Matrix PDF417 (Micro & Standard)  
EAN.UCC (GS1) Composite QR Code (Micro & Standard)

Supported RFID Tag Types and Data Formats

The Enterprise Automation and Automation editions support the EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It, I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types. All EPC data formats are supported, including DoD, Wal-Mart, SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, and SGLN, among others.

Supported Printers

BarTender supports any printer with a Windows driver. In addition to virtually all laser, ink-jet and dot-matrix printers, this includes the following, for which Seagull has developed its own enhanced Windows printer drivers:

3M Graphic Products Printronix
AMT HellermannTyton QuickLabel Systems
Argox IBM Ring
Autonics InfoPrint Solutions SII
Avery Dennison Intermec Stratge Print
Birch ISG Sumitomo
Bitek Klic-N-Print System Wave
Brady KROY TallyGenicom
bsc LabelPod Tharo
C. Itoh Linx Thermopatch
cab MAX ThermoTex
Century Systems Max Meyer TNA
Citizen Systems Mectec Toshiba TEC
Cognitive MELTH TSC
Comtec Meto Tyco
Datamax-O'Neil Metrologic Unimark
Datasouth Monarch Valentin
Dedruma Novexx Videojet
Domino Okabe Marking Systems VIPColor
Eltron OPAL Wasp
ETISYS Pitney Bowes Wedderburn
General Code Postek Zebra
Godex Pressiza

System Requirements and Compatibility

Hard Disk:

  • Minimum 400 MB free space required for English-only version of BarTender.
  • Up to 1.1 GB free space required for full, multilingual BarTender Application Suite.
  • Additional free disk space required to enable optional logging of print jobs and event messages to a database.

CPU: 1 GHz or higher

Memory: 512 MB or higher

Display Resolution: 800 x 600 (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)

.NET Framework:

The .NET Framework 2.0 (SP2) is required. Part of .NET Framework 3.5 is required for Print Station. The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components. The 32-bit versions of the required .NET components are included on the CD. For older 64-bit operating systems (XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 pre-R2), the installer requires a live internet connection to download the required .NET components. Newer 64-bit operating systems (Vista, Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7) all ship with the required components.

Optional Database:

Logging of print jobs and event messages requires either Microsoft SQL 2005 Express (included with BarTender) or Microsoft SQL 2005 (or higher) Server (purchased from a database vendor).

Web Browser:

Microsoft Internet Explorer v6 or higher required for History Explorer and BarTender help system.

(Note: TCP/IP network protocol is required for both the Automation and Enterprise Automation editions.)