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We've written and compiled several articles and tech resources together to help you better understand the technologies behind our products.

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Barcode Basics

What is a Barcode? How is it read? What can you encode in one?

Which Barcode Software is Right for Me?

Discusses the most efficient applications for each of our barcoding tools.

Raster vs Vector Images and How They Relate to Barcodes

Explains the important difference between different graphic formats commonly used to create barcodes. Which format is best for producing the highest quality barcodes?

How a Barcode Reader Works

Barcode scanners can be extremely simple devices made up of a light source, a photo diode and a simple decoder or complex CCD or camera based scanners. Learn how barcode scanners work and how to scan barcodes into a computer.

Which Barcode Scanner Interface is right for me?

Modern barcode scanners are normally available with one of three "output options" - either "Keyboard Wedge" output, RS232 serial output, or USB output. The following is a description of each of the three output options and how they work and the differences between them.

Print Perfect Barcodes to any Printer

How to ensure compliant, readable barcodes from any printer.

GTIN - Global Trade Identification Numbers

UCC strongly recommends enhancing systems to accept barcode data of up to 14 digits in preparation for a new numbering system called GTIN beginning in Jan 2005.

Reading Barcodes Directly from a Computer Screen

It is entirely possible to read barcodes directly from a computer screen however there are a number of considerations that must be dealt with first.

Using the built in PostNet barcoding features of Microsoft Word 2000

Walks you through creating a mail merge document with PostNet barcodes.

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