FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

How do I purchase BarTender?

BarTender is sold exclusively through a worldwide network of knowledgeable resellers and integrators.

Contact Sales for more information on purchasing BarTender.

 

How many times can I move my BarTender license?

You are able to move your license three times - these are considered Significant Activations. 

If an additional move is required after all moves have been exhausted, then please contact Technical Support.

 

Where can I download BarTender installers?

BarTender installers available for download are listed below.  Please review Windows Compatibility History for BarTender to verify your version of BarTender is compatible with the version of Windows you are installing it on.

Note on Product Key Codes

The Product Key Code you received when you purchased your BarTender license will only work for the version it was generated for.  If you're interested in upgrading, please contact your reseller or our sales department.

Current version:

BarTender 2016

Older versions:

BarTender 10.1

BarTender 10.0

BarTender 9.4

BarTender 9.3

BarTender 9.2

BarTender 9.1

BarTender 9.0x

 

What printers are supported with BarTender?

BarTender can be used with any printer that has a Windows printer driver, including most laser and ink jet printers. 

Seagull Scientific is the world's largest developer of Windows printer drivers for thermal printers, supporting over 3000 models from over 100 printer companies.  "Drivers by Seagull" can help you maximize your printers' performance.  

Note on Seagull drivers
If you do not see your printer available on our web site, the printer manufacture's driver will also function with the BarTender software. 

Download
Drivers by Seagull

For information regarding Seagull Scientific printer drivers please review The Advantage of Drivers by Seagull.

 

Can I import document designs from other software programs?

Tip: For help designing labels in BarTender please view our Getting Started section.

The short answer is unfortunately, no, there is no tool or way to convert the label files. 

Software applications for designing and printing barcode labels vary greatly in terms of features and methods used.  The use of closed or proprietary document file formats makes support for any import feature practically impossible.

Instead, what we at Seagull focus on is providing the user with powerful document design features, such as template background images which act as a guide while designing, or BarTender components (prefabricated label objects or object groups) that are easy to drag and drop for a rapid design workflow.

 

Technical specifications and system requirements

The system requirements outlined below are for the current release (BarTender 2016) of BarTender.

Operating system

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Windows Server 2016, Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
  • Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.

Hard disk and memory (minimum)

  • Basic and Professional Editions (32-bit)
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 2 GB free hard drive space
  • Basic and Professional Editions (64-bit)
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 3 GB free hard drive space
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (32-bit)
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (64-bit)
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Display resolution (recommended)

1024 x 768 or higher

.NET Framework

The .NET Framework 4.0 is required. The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components.

Optional database

Logging of print jobs and event messages requires either

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express or higher (Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express included with BarTender), or
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher (purchased from a database vendor)

Language support

International editions can switch the UI on demand between 23 languages: Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (European & Brazilian), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.


Barcode support

Includes over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use barcode components based on 95 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen barcode standards. Also includes a large number of sample compliance label designs.

Linear barcode symbologies

  • Codabar
  • Code 39 (Full ASCII and Regular)
  • Code 93
  • Code 128
  • EAN-8
  • EAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • GS1-128
  • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS, all four non-stacked variants)
  • Interleaved 2-of-5
  • ITF-14
  • JAN-8
  • JAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • MSI Plessey
  • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
  • Telepen
  • Trioptic
  • UPC-A (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • UPC-E (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)

2D, matrix, and stacked symbol symbologies

  • Aztec Code
  • Data Matrix
  • GS1 Composite (13 variants)
  • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS
  • 3 stacked variants)
  • GS1 DataMatrix
  • GS1 QR
  • MaxiCode
  • Micro QR Code
  • MicroPDF417
  • PDF417
  • QR Code
  • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
  • iQR

Postal and shipping barcode symbologies

  • Australia Post
  • Canadian Customs
  • Japanese Post
  • KIX Code
  • Royal Mail
  • UPS MaxiCode
  • USPS Intelligent Mail
  • USPS Planet
  • USPS Postnet

Barcode standards

  • GS1 Coupons
  • GS1 Distribution
  • GS1 General Applications
  • GS1 Health Care – Non-retail
  • GS1 Health Care – Retail
  • GS1 Pharmaceutical
  • GS1 Retail – General Distribution
  • GS1 Retail – Non-general Distribution
  • HIBC (Primary and Secondary)
  • ISBT
  • TLC (39 and MicroPDF417)
  • DUN
  • UPS Tracking Number
  • Design barcodes for almost any other standard using BarTender.

Label standards

  • AIAG
  • Caterpillar
  • DoD
  • GHS
  • GM 1724-A
  • HIBC
  • MIL 129 and 1189B (LOGMARS)
  • ODETTE
  • Oracle WMS
  • Sears
  • Wal-Mart
  • SAP AII
  • SSCC
  • TLC
  • UPS
  • USPS (includes FIM A and FIM C).
  • You can also design labels for almost any other standard using BarTender.

Data format standards

Encode text using almost any data format, including Unicode, ASCII, Western, Japanese, Chinese, or any other character encoding, plus custom formats. Predefined barcode components also support the following standards:

  • GTIN-8 (for EAN-8, JAN-8, and UPC-E components)
  • GTIN-12 (for UPC-A components)
  • GTIN-13 (for EAN-13 and JAN-13 components)
  • GTIN-14 (formerly EAN-14 and SCC-14; for GS1 components that use the (01) application identifier, for GS1 DataBar components, and for ITF-14 components)
  • SCC-18 (for GS1 barcode components that use the (00) application identifier)

Symbologies vs. Standards

Many barcode symbologies are used in more than one barcode or label standard. The standards above (which are included with BarTender) are listed by some other software companies as separate symbologies. This is misleading, because these are standards and not symbologies.


RFID tag types and data formats

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. (Note: RFID is not supported in the Basic Edition.)

 

 

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