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Welcome to BarTender 2016!

The BarTender Suite underwent significant changes in BarTender 2016.  This article will guide you through updating to BarTender 2016.

For more information on new features and updates to the BarTender software, please review the following resources:

What's New in BarTender 2016

Making an update plan

As with any software update, we recommend that you create an upgrade plan that covers your entire BarTender installation. A typical upgrade plan for BarTender 2016 might look like this:

  1. Backup BarTender documents
  2. Backup BarTender System Database
  3. Create a test environment that closely replicates your production environment
  4. Complete comprehensive testing in the test environment
  5. Upgrade the live environment during a stoppage (or slowdown) in production
We strongly recommend creating a test environment before updating your version of BarTender.

What you need before updating

You'll need access to a few things before you can update BarTender.

  • The latest BarTender 2016 installer. You can download this here. Choose Other versions and options on that page.
  • Your Product Key Code for BarTender 2016 (you cannot use Product Key Codes for older versions). You can find this in the PKC certificate that was emailed to you when you bought BarTender.
  • Administrator access to the computer(s) that you will updating.


When you're ready, you can install BarTender 2016 "over the top" of an existing BarTender installation. This means you do not need to remove your older version of BarTender. Simply run the BarTender 2016 installer to perform the update.

Installing BarTender 2016 Basic and Professional

Installing BarTender 2016 Automation and Enterprise Automation

Application Changes

A few of the applications within the BarTender Suite have undergone significant changes in BarTender 2016.

When launching BarTender Designer you will immediately notice the updated look of the software.  The user interface has been updated, but many of the core concepts remain the same. Objects, substrings (now called data sources), database connections, and data entry forms still exist, and any files made in v6.2 or higher will be usable in BarTender 2016.

Using A Commander Task List With Integration Builder

Commander has been removed from the BarTender Suite and has been replaced with Integration Builder. Integration Builder is able to do everything Commander can and much more, such as monitoring a database directly and automatically printing labels when a new record is entered.  However, there is no need to recreate or rebuild the integration because you can easily convert your old Commander Task List (.tl file) into an Integration Builder file at the click of a button.

Using A Commander Task List With Integration Builder

For more information on integration with BarTender 2016 please review the following resources:

Transitioning from Commander to Integration Builder

BarTender Integration Methods

Integrating with BarTender Integration Builder

System Database and Security Center Are Now In Administration Console

The System Database and Security Center are still part of the BarTender Suite, however, they are no longer separate applications and have instead been consolidated into one application called Administration Console.

For more information on using Administration Console please review the following resources:

Administration Console

BarTender System Security

Configuring Permissions to the System Database

Updating Web Print Server To Print Portal

Web Print Server has been remade from the ground up into Print Portal.  While many of the core concepts remain the same, the application is more efficient in the background and the user interface is updated.  New features are available, such as restricting access to labels based on Windows user accounts.

Updating Web Print Server to Print Portal entails:

  • Installing the update
  • Ensuring connectivity to a System Database
  • Migrating BarTender documents from Web Print Server repository folder to Print Portal repository folder
  • Setting the same permissions to Print Portal that were used for Web Print Server within Windows Internet Information Services (IIS).

Updating Web Print Server To Print Portal

For more information on Print Portal please review the following resources:

BarTender Print Portal

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