EAN-13 Barcode Wizard™
 
http://BarcodeFontShop.com
 
Congratulations! The Barcode Wizard™ is the easiest and fastest way to perfect EAN-13, EAN-8, Jan-13, Bookland (ISBN) Bar Codes, necessary to sell packaged products all over Europe, Japan, and magazines all over the planet.
 

 
What was installed?
 
Once the Barcode Wizard™ app has been added to your Applications folder, you can start creating bar codes immediately.

As default, the application activates fonts internally for itself only. If you need to use the fonts in the rest of your applications, click "Activate fonts". They will become available to other standard macOS applications, such as Pages, or Open Office. Note that if an application is already running when you activate, you will need to quit it, and launch it again, for it to become aware of the EAN13 fonts. Some applications show them in the list in their own style. You will then see them as bar codes. 

If for any reason you required TrueType TTF or OTF PostScript fonts, for instance for typesetting requirements, select “Save font files” in the Files menu. Then select where you want the package to go. The saved zip file will contain fonts in TrueType and OpenType PostScript format (OTF), as well as this documentation.

You may need them to pass your work to a typesetter.

 
What else do I need?
 
To print bar codes that will scan fine with all systems, you need dense, very dark black stripes. You must make sure that the printer contains new toner and appropriate paper. Especially with ink jet printers, common technology today, the right paper must be used to insure proper density. If you are using this package to devise labels that will be part of a 4-colors printing package, please make sure in your desktop publishing program that all color layers are used, so density will be higher.

Black ink by itself may not be dense enough for modern laser scanners. It is especially important that you use blue ink so it reads with red laser scanners (black ink is poorly seen in red and infrared).

Any standard application can print bar codes. They are, in fact, seen by your system like any other font. Desktop publishing layout programs may often be preferred because they manage better placement of the bar code, especially in packaging projects. As a matter of fact, the Barcode Wizard produces not only character chains (bits of “text”), but also graphic BMP files, which can be used by your existing programs. So you will not need to change your methods. Finally, the printing module within the Barcode Wizard™ will help quickly produce sheets of bar codes for a set of products, without any additional program. Of course, you will need to purchase the proper label sticker sheets.
Note the references that appear when you select File/Print or key Command-P before going to the store, if you intend to print from the Barcode Wizard.
 
How will I decide on the content of the bar codes ?
 
Millions of products have their own individual UPC code (Universal Product Code) in the U.S, and millions as well in Europe and worldwide using EAN. None of these codes is generated at random.
 
In Europe, GS1 EAN International and its local subsidiaries will assign codes, supplier’s codes and retailer’s codes. Their web site is :

http://www.gs1.org/

You must get a code assigned by this organization to be able to market your product.
 
The organizations mentioned above will help you apply their standards, so you make sure any scanner in the world will recognize your product. Even if for the moment you need only one bar code and find this procedure a burden, imagine what would happen if two very different products, from two different companies, had the same code. Let us say you create appliances, and discover that the department store you worked so hard to approach scans it as a $2.95 pink Teddy Bear ? You need your own unique code.
 
Barcodes assignments are the major key to selling worldwide, and putting products on the shelf.
 
How does it work?
 
Bookland is a format derived from EAN-13 used to enter ISBN bar codes for books and magazines. The code always starts by 978, and can support additional (supplemental) data for the price, in two of five digits.
 
EAN-13 bar codes are used widely in Europe and gradually all over the planet to print product codes that will be recognized by point of sales scanners, as well as robots or hand held devices, used to manage inventory.
 
EAN-8 is rarely used today but is present for legacy.
 
JAN-13 has been derived from EAN-13 and is used in Japan. For all intents and purposes, it is identical to EAN-13, but usually reserved for Japanese products.
 
Bar codes are the closest graphic representation of the series of zeros and ones used by computers to represent numbers. Without going too much into technical details, bar code fonts are not as easy to use as regular fonts, because computers need to verify the value of the product code, and the way they “think” is widely different from the human way. Because of that, some calculus is required to print correct bar codes. This is the job of the enclosed Barcode Wizard.
 
Our exclusive Barcode Wizard™ program will let you very simply enter the product code, and process it to obtain right away the data you need to print. Here is an example of bar code created in seconds, then pasted as graphic into this document :
 
 

Just for the fun of it, here is the way the “check character” is computed for 123456789012.
 
The parity check character is computed from the total of even position digits, multiplied by three, plus the total of odd position digits, then subtracted from the closest multiple of ten.
Parity check character = 2 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 22 * 3 = 66 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 5 + 3 + 1 = 92
Then, look for the closest multiple of 10 to 92, which is 100 and subtract the total.
100 - 92 = 8 (Parity check character)
 
There is no doubt the Barcode Wizard™ will save you Aspirin™ and time!
 
First run of the Barcode Wizard™
 
The Barcode Wizard™ takes out of creating bar codes all the cruel calculus usually needed for bar code fonts. All you need to know is the product code ; the program will automatically generate the intricate character chains needed to print bar codes that scan.
 
Let us try it out. More follows, but you will quickly see how simple it is to go from code, to bar code.
 
The Barcode Wizard is extremely simple to use. Here is how you do it :
 
1 – Enter the item (product) code in the top box

You may copy the code from a household item. If you live in the US, and there is a digit on the right hand side of the bars, chances are it is UPC-A. In Europe, it is more often EAN-13 (one digit on the left hand side, no digit on the right hand side of the bars). If you copy from the cover of a magazine, chances are it is the Bookland standard. Select your preferred format next to “Process”. Do not be concerned by the last digit : it will be computed automatically by the Barcode Wizard™.

 
That’s it! Voila ! In two steps and a few seconds, the Barcode Wizard™ has automatically created the bar code itself.

The bar code characters have been copied by the program into the clipboard. If the fonts have been activated, you can now paste into any standard Windows program such as word processors, desktop publishing programs, Excel, Word, Access or any graphic program (even Windows Paint). All you got to do to paste the result in your favorite application is to use the Edit/Paste menu command, or the standard Control-V keyboard shortcut (in standard Windows programs).

You may want instead to obtain a picture in the clipboard. Check "Copy picture" on the app main window. You will then get a picture in the clipboard, which can be pasted in app such as Photoshop.

Note that the size of the copied picture can be set in Preferences.
Preferences
Here, we need to explain that, because at the heart the app uses fonts, the value at the center of the window is not a picture size, but a font size. By default, the setting is approximately 478x366 pixels, which corresponds to 300 points. That is probably optimum for a good printing in a desktop publishing application. But you may choose much smaller, down to 30, or much bigger, up to 1000. Adjust as needed.
 
Barcode Wizard™ features
 
You have seen in the previous chapter how easy it was to generate a bar code. However, this program is far from being a toy. It is really powerful. The Barcode Wizard can generate 3 different standards, in 5 different aspects ratios (shapes M1 to P2) and any font size. This means many different combinations to suit best your needs.
 
From code to bar code
 
When you enter the product code into the top box, and click “Process”, the Barcode Wizard™ creates several pieces of useful information. The first one being the bar code you see in the middle box of the program window. It has been copied into the clipboard, so all you have to do to use it into any text program is to go into it, place the cursor where you want the bar code, and paste it (usual command is ctrl-V or Edit menu/Paste).
 
Please note that in case you entered a product code shorter than the required length, it will automatically be padded by zeros. The same thing occurs when you switch to EAN-8 and back, as the product code will be shorter for EAN-8. On the other side, do not concern yourself with the last digit of the product code. In UPCA, for instance, you will not be able to enter it. Following the standard, the Barcode Wizard™ will automatically calculate the last digit, to insure the data integrity.
 
Once the bar code itself has been created, it can be manipulated several ways to fit your documents.
 
First, you can change the size of the font with the popup menu on the top right corner of the bar code box. The default size is 80, you can push it up to 120 within the Barcode wizard. In practice, these limits are only true within the Wizard. If you want to produce very small or much bigger bar codes, you can paste it into any application that uses font directly. Word, for instance, can produce any size you enter directly in the font size box (at the right hand side of the font name). For instance, paste into a word document, select the bar code, and enter “300”. It will fill the whole screen !
 
The aspect ratio slider changes the height of the bar code. As a default, the generated bar code is pretty much square. If you push on the left, other fonts, with different shapes, will be used, to make the lines shorter (M1, M2). On the right, lines are taller (P1, P2).
In the present document, screen copies have been used, which are not very sharp. The advantage is that they can be seen even if the fonts are not in the system. For maximum resolution, though, you may need to use the fonts with graphic programs such as Adobe Illustrator©, Corel Draw© or other programs that do not quite understand fonts the way a word processor would, so ‘Paste’ does not work quite the same way.
 
The second piece of information generated by Barcode Wizard™ is the character chain used to generate the bar code with the EAN13 Match™ font. In effect, what a standard font would show instead. This information can be useful to understand the complexity involved, if you where to use the font without the help of this lifesaver program! This bit of information can also be useful for printers and programmers. Essentially, it is the very same as what is copied to the clipboard, but with a standard font.
 
In Illustrator or other vector-based programs, the entry of text may be separated from the actual rendition with the font. So, you can set usage for the font you want, for instance ‘UPCA-M1’, and enter the character chain, or simply paste the bar code in the text field, to get the proper bar code digitized.
 
Using a picture instead

 
Let us imagine you want to place the bar code on a cardboard layout, to hang in a self-service display, a widely used way of applying bar code. You may use the font in a text field. But in some layout programs, it is much easier to use a picture. Well, in the file menu, you will find the command “save as picture”. It will create from the current content of the Barcode box a Jpeg picture file, which you will then be able to use in your layout program. This is also convenient if a business partner or customer wants a picture of the SKU (another current name for product code).
 
Printing an assortment, printing labels
 
You can also print the bar code, to see how it will look on paper, by using the File/Print command, as in any standard Windows program. For a quick glance, the “sample print” will show you various sizes and label types, so you will gain an idea of how it may look.
 
We also added a few standard labels, both in US Letter size, or in European A4 sheet size. In general, this application is convenient if you create labels for a product in your store, and want to assign an SKU for a limited number of products. Please note that for optimal results, you will need to nudge the margin sizes until the code fits on each label. This is usually obtained with the Printer setup command. We recommend you start with the smaller possible margin (seldom zero, more often ¼ inch), and the increase carefully. This will require a few sheets of paper, until you are satisfied and can switch to stickers. This feature is difficult to use and is provided only for small operations or quick print, when creating a layout is not possible or necessary.
 
Bar code printing size has been set for optimal rendition. You can change the size of the accompanying text.
 
Most U.S. Made products use a different bar code standard, called UPC, which is quite different. In general, EAN-13 codes do not start by zero, but rather by 3 (France) or 5 (Germany) for instance. Another difference is that usually, UPC bar codes have small digits on each side of the bar code, when EAN codes usually do not have small digits on the right hand side. At any rate, if you enter an UPC code in the Barcode Wizard™ for EAN-13, it will not look at all like the original, where an EAN-13 bar code will look identical. You can change the standard by using the standard popup menu, at the bottom left corner of the Barcode Wizard™. If possible, the bar code is changed to the new selected standard. Otherwise, you may need to click ‘Process’ again.  
 
Fonts, printing, sharing
 
The TrueType fonts used by the Barcode Wizard™ can be digitized for optimum rendition. No limit has been placed on their usage. They can be transformed into vectors for PDF or PostScript documents (PSF or .PS files). They can be embedded into PDF documents.

If you rather want to use the fonts themselves for Desktop Publishing, you must first save the fonts, then install them into Font Book. Save the fonts as a zip file by pressing ‘Save fonts’ on the main screen, then double click on the zip file to extract it. Inside, select the fonts and drag them over Font Book. You can also click on each font file and click Install.

Using the fonts in a document is pretty simple : after you have generated a bar code with the Barcode Wizard, the styled bar code font has been copied to the clipboard. So in most standard Macintosh applications, just hit Command-V, or use the Paste option in the Edit menu. In some Desktop Publishing programs, you may have to select one of the EAN13 fonts first.

For typesetting, when passing both documents and fonts to the printer, please make sure no to forget the appropriate UPCA xx or EAN13 xx font in the package. In general, competent printers can today use OpenType OTF fonts. If that was not the case, read below where to locate TrueType fonts.
 
Plain and simple efficiency
 
This simple to use, affordable package is not meant to introduce users to the beauties of rocket science EAN-13 parity check calculus, as some other packages out there seem to. Our goal is rather, to provide a convenient tool for the business community. With a simple font set and program, you can start producing bar codes in 4 different standard formats that scan, to package your products in minutes, and center your energies towards selling, the very reason why bar codes are so widely used today.
 
If you need more assistance, you can send a message here. We will reply right away.
 
Disclaimer : This document is copyright Match Software. All rights reserved. Match Software™, Barcode Wizard™, EAN13 Match™ fonts, are trademarks of ABCWARE, LLC dba Match Software. All other intellectual properties, such as copyright and trademarks, mentioned in this document, belong to their respective holders.