New Release: GS1 DataBar Windows Forms Component

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New Release: GS1 DataBar Windows Forms Component

by Nate Schubert

July 24, 2008

(Tampa, FL.) announces the release of the GS1 DataBar Windows Forms Component, which allows high-quality, dynamic barcode generation in the .NET Framework 1.1 or greater development environment. DataBar is the new barcode type mandated in 2010 by GS1 to be used in all POS systems. DataBar barcodes encode the full 14 digit GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number), which is a limitation of UPC and EAN numbers currently used in POS. In addition to the GTIN, additional information such as country of origin, serial number, product weight, production date and expiration date may be encoded in the DataBar Expanded barcode type and scanned in for automated verification in POS systems.

The component easily integrates into Visual Studio .NET, C# and Visual Basic. The control may be used as a DLL or loaded on a form. Several methods are available that allow images to be printed directly to the printer, saved to a file or copied to the clipboard. The following GS1 DataBar types are supported: Omnidirectional, Stacked, Truncated, Stacked Omnidirectional, Limited, Expanded, Expanded Stacked Omnidirectional and Composite Components. The same DLL also supports PDF417, MicroPDF417, UPC-E, UPC-A, EAN-8, EAN-13, GS1-128 and Code 128. It includes source code for an image generation application, which was written in VB .NET.

A fully functional evaluation copy may be downloaded from their website at

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