Most barcode generators use a special font to create the barcode. Soft Horizons’ Chartbot Barcodes is different: it generates a vector EPS file and places it into a placeholder box on your layout in QuarkXPress. The data for the bar code comes from text you place on top of the placeholder box. The data can come from a variable data source, or be simply typed onto the page.
It can generate 1D, 2D and postal barcodes in any combination of colors, in dozens of different variations. Powerful print-friendly features include: ink spread control for 1D linear barcodes, the ability to print or omit text below barcodes, automatic pixel-grid-fitting for low-resolution output, CMYK process colors and spot colors, overprint and rich black, RGB colors and separations.
Any size barcode can be created, and you can automatically adjust the barcode size to match the pixel size of low-resolution output media. Its price is $495.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.