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What you get with the Carolina Barcode Fonts demo

What about the full version...

Before you start...

Creating 3 of 9 barcodes

Creating UPC barcodes 

One Size Fits All...

Barcode (3 of 9) Styles

Standard 3 of 9 Characters

Extended 3 of 9 Code

Recap of Requirements for the use of Barcode (3 of 9)


What you get with the Carolina Barcode Fonts demo

All of our fonts include tall, short, with and without text underneath.  In order to see these extra styles, simply change the font style to Bold, Bold-Italic, or Italic.  It will not change the font to be bold face, etc, but will change the look of the font to represent the codes below. 

*Please note that the codes in this document had to be converted to bitmaps which do not have the precision that the TrueType font does, therefore they may or may not scan.   

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The demo has the S, E, and 0 (zero) removed.  This should allow you to test the fonts with your applications.  When you get ready to purchase, you get the complete set of the demo and much more. (back to top)

 


 

What about the full version...

In the full version, you will get the complete set of characters for the demo.  In addition to that you will also receive all of the fonts that Carolina Barcode produces.   This includes all upgrades in the future.   UPC, 2 of 5, and Extended 3 of 9 are scheduled to be delivered soon.  After that, we will be developing different variations on the current sets.  These variations include changes in bar width, font heights, etc.   (back to top)

 


 

One Size Fits All...

The trouble with that phrase is that they don't tell you how well it fits.  At Carolina Barcode we are producing a wide range of sizes for you to choose from.  The name inculdes the sizes so if one is not quite right in certain area, just look for the adjustment that you need.  Here is how Carolina Barcode fonts are named.

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This would mean that if you needed the characters under the bars to be a little taller, you would download the file where font height number (158) was greater than 158.     (back to top)

 


 

Before you start...

There is a feature in Microsoft Word that keeps code 3 of 9 from being scanned.   By default, if you put the * around any characters, it will boldface that item, and remove the * characters.  Since code 3 of 9 requires the * to start and stop the code, this feature needs to be turned off. The example below is given in Word 97, and is not fundamentally changed for any version of Word or Excel. If you have specific problems getting it to work, just contact us.

Choose [Format] from the menu bar, followed by [AutoFormat...]images/word_format_autoformat.gif (4648 bytes)
Choose [Options...]images/word_autoformat.gif (3371 bytes)
On the [AutoFormat] tab, make sure that the *Bold* option is UNCHECKED.   This window shows the correct way.images/word_autocorrect.gif (5172 bytes)
On the [AutoFormat As You Type] tab, make sure that the *Bold* option is UNCHECKED.  This window shows the correct way.

 

Press [OK] on all windows to save your changes.

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Creating 3 of 9 barcodes

To start off, you must use the asterisk (*) to start and stop your codes.  If you want to scan "123" then you must enter *123*.   Without the asterisk, you codes will not recognized by the scanner.

 

The asterisk looks like this character here..images/Image9.gif (246 bytes)The asterisk will also provide a border for your codes.images/correctcode.gif (1117 bytes)

The second most important thing is to make sure that the printed results have enough white space between the bars to be read properly by the scanner.  If your codes do not scan the first time, increase the point size.  Check to make sure the asterisk is starting and ending the code, and that there is no spaces in the code.   If you need to enter a space character, use the ~ to replace the space.   (back to top)

 


 

Standard 3 of 9 Characters

Code 3 of 9 includes all uppercase characters, numbers, and the period, hyphen, plus, forward slash, percent, and dollar. There are restrictions on the +,/,%, and $ however.   These codes are used in order to make up the extended 3 of 9 set.   I have included a section in this document that describes what codes make up which extended codes.  For example, if you wanted to scan a !, you would need to code /A.  I do offer an extended 3 of 9 font, at no extra charge, if you need any of the extended 3 of 9 set.   (back to top)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Barcode (3 of 9) Styles

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Extended 3 of 9 Code

(These functions may not work with your barcode reader if it cannot read Extended characters) Click Here to read how to program your barcode reader to read these functions!

The extended code 3 of 9 set is included in the full version.  However, you can create the extended set from the basic set - this is called the Full-Ascii Character Set.  In order to produce these extended characters it takes two of the basic characters.  For example, if you wanted to create a !, you would have to scan /A. The "/" is a precedence character and the "A" is a standard character. You can see that the characters below are combinations of a precedence code and a standard character. That is how you make the special characters. 

AsciiCodeAsciiCodeAsciiCodeAsciiCodeAsciiCodeAsciiCode
NUL%USOH$ASTX$BETX$CEOT$DENQ$E
ACK$FBEL$GBS$HHT$ILF$JVT$K
FF$LCR$MSO$NSI$ODLE$PDC1$Q
DC2$RDC3$SDC4$TNAK$USYN$VETB$W
CAN$XEM$YSUB$ZESC%AFS%BGS%C
DEL%TES%DUS%E      
!/A"/Bbarcode-fonts-code-a-17.html#/C$/D%/E&/F
'/G(/H)/I*/J+/K,/L
//O:/Z;%F<%G=%H>%I
?%J@%V[%K]%M^%N_%O
`%W{%P}%R|%Q~%S  
a +Ab+Bc+Cd+De+Ef+F
g+Gh+Hi+Ij+Jk+Kl+L
m+Mn+No+Op+Pq+Qr+R
s+St+Tu+Uv+Vw+Wx+X
y+Yz+Z        


Recap of Requirements for the use of Barcode (3 of 9)

In order to use Barcode (3 of 9) you must start and stop each text phrase with the * character.

If your text phrase includes a space, you MUST use the ` or ~ character to represent this space.

When you print your barcodes, make sure that there is a definate contrast between the bars and spaces. The size of the barcode you print depends on your scanner and your printer.

If you find this Barcode (3 of 9) useful, and would like to receive the full version, there are a few billing options available to you. To find the latest pricing, please go to

http://carolinabarcode.com

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