Feature Request: Ladder Style 'fine' Adjustments Follow

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Okay, so we all know that a barcode's X dimension size is dependent on the printer DPI we're using, and that it will jump between various possible layouts. For example: on a 300 dpi printer, 6.6 mil or 9.9 mil is possible, but 8.5 mil isn't because of the physical print head limitation.

However, this limitation is eliminated when a barcode is flipped on it's side, to be printed ladder style. But BarTender still forces me to choose one of the X sizes it thinks are the only ones possible. How great would it be if we could get full range of motion freedom on ladder style barcodes?

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Shotaro Ito
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Mmmmm. As most of barcode printer's dots are square form (ex. 305 x 305 dpi, 203 x 203 dpi etc) that's somewhat difficult.
When you have 360 x 720 dpi printer, actually ladder direction barcode gives you some more options for X dimension - not freely, though.
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Ian Cummings
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Shotaro is correct, X-dimension still applies although I suppose you would call it Y-dimension. It should be noted that on some printers the dot is not entirely square, so the printed barcode in each rotation might differ very slightly in real terms.
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Thanks for the information. I was unaware that the printer had to complete a full square dot before being able to turn off the head and stop printing. Now I sound pretty uninformed.
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Ian Cummings
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A dot on a thermal printer prints all of the dots at the same time. It is after all just a row of heated resistor elements strung out across the width of the print head. Each dot element has an on/off state, but of course you then have to consider analogue variability thanks to residual heat, media compatibility and speed of the media passing beneath all of which can give a "fluffy" appearance to the otherwise sharp edges. The X/Y-dimension of a barcode will still remain the same based on the absolute X/Y resolution of the printer.

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