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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a bar code printer?

No. Bar codes can be created on your PC and printed on most standard office printers. Applications such as Bars & Stripes were designed to produce bar codes on standard office quality Windows printers. Printers using laser, thermal or inkjet technologies are acceptable as long as the printer resolution is at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). 600 dpi is even better and is the de-facto standard for today's computer printers. That said, a better quality printer will produce better bar codes that are easier to read. The same can be said for the paper you use. In general, you should use a good printer, good paper, and make sure your toner or inkjet cartridge is in good condition. Other than these common sense precautions, you should have no trouble producing good bar codes.

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Do I need to register my bar codes?

No, with one exception. If you need to put UPC bar codes on your retail products that you are selling through 3rd part channels, you will want to become a member of the Uniform Code Council and get a company registration number to incorporate into your bar codes. Otherwise, you don't need to. More information about UPC bar codes

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How does Bars & Stripes work with other applications?

Bars & Stripes can work with other windows applications in a number of ways. First, every bar code Bars & Stripes makes is available through the Windows clip board. You can paste bar codes in most windows applications which accept image formats.

Second, Word offers robust import capabilities which can be used to import documents and database information. For example, if you maintain a customer list in a database such as ACT, you can imported it directly into Word. Bars & Stripes can use this file to automatically create bar coded labels complete with clipart or fancy fonts.

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What about all the different Standards?

Bars & Stripes gives you access to most of today's bar code industry standards. Whether you need UPC, Postnet, Code 128, CodaBar, Code 39, code 93 or Interleaved 2 of 5, MSI, EAN 8 or 13. Bars & Stripes can do it. All you have to do is click on the desired bar code format and Bars & Stripes does the rest.

If you have considered using bar codes in the past but thought your company was too small, or you couldn't afford the expense of a bar code printer, think again. Bars & Stripes can give any company access to this important information tracking tool for just a fraction of what it cost with other software or hardware products.

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How do I get a UPC bar code?

If you want to use bar codes inside your business - for applications such as inventory, document management, asset tracking, or any other application that does not involve 3rd party retail channels, you do not need to register your bar codes or obtain any special permit or permission. If, however, you are required by your sales channel or customer to bar code your products, you may need to get a formal UPC number.

For this special case, your company will need to become a member of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC). When you become a member, your company will be assigned an identification number licensed for your company's use (UCC Company Prefix). You will use this number to create your own 12-digit UPC bar codes.

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Become a member of the U.C.C

UPC Bar codes consist of the symbol made of patterns of black and white bars and the numbers at the bottom of the symbol. The numbers are encoded in the symbol and uniquely identify the product. These symbols are scanned by equipment in retail stores and are used in conjunction with computer systems to track sales and order products.

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