Apparent Software’s Barcode Producer 6 lets you create barcode graphics for a variety of uses, including packaging and books. Barcodes are saved in EPS, PDF or TIFF format for use in any application. You can add borders and colors to the barcodes — barcode types include all major symbologies, such as UPC, ISBN, EAN, POSTNET, DataBar and ITF-14.
A built in Symbology Guide helps you find the exact barcode type you need with descriptions, preview, and instant search.
The newest version of this $199 utility adds new barcode types, the ability to add customizable text, and to generate barcode reports. It can also send barcodes directly to Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator.
A special Automator plug-in is available for creating barcodes in bulk for catalogs and retail operations, while a DataBar plug-in creates specialized barcodes for coupons and inventory.
If you need to make barcodes on a regular basis, the Barcode Producer is a powerful and cost-effective solution.
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.