Seagull BarTender 9.3 Barcode Label Design and Printing Software Now Shipping

Posted May 14, 2010

Here’s a summary of what’s new in Seagull Bartender 9.3. For more extensive details on all of the new features, please see What’s New in BarTender 9.3 (PDF).

The World’s Most Powerful Scale Support

BarTender can now directly accept data from weighing scales. Simply drag the scale control from the on-screen toolbox into a data entry form, specify the desired model, and start weighing and printing!

  • Easy Design: Simply “drag and drop” into forms. (Choose from 8 different scale displays.)
  • Compatible: Predefined support for a variety of industry-standard scale models.
  • Tare Support: Use the value built into the scale or source it from a field in your database.
  • Versatile: Have either your scale or your PC determine when you have a “stable weight.”

More Powerful Print-Time Data Entry Forms

Now it’s easier than ever to design powerful, user-friendly data entry forms when it is desirable to prompt users for certain data at print-time.

  • New Controls: Many more data entry objects, including radio buttons, check boxes, weighing scales, and pictures.
  • Drag and Drop: Create controls and link them to label data sources with simple mouse motions.
  • More Versatile: Now, optionally design forms without designing your labels first.
  • Automatic Text: Most form controls are now automatically created with text objects right next to them, which saves you that extra step.
  • Pop-Up Tips: Optionally pop up helpful hints when your users hover their cursor over selected form controls. 


“On-the-Fly” Object Automation

Programmatically change the position, size, color, and visibility of label objects right in the middle of a print job. For example, a text object for “Shipping Method” can automatically print in red when the value read from your database is “Over Night.”

Human Readable Support for 2D Bar Codes

Automatic display of the human readable version of 2D bar code data is now supported.

More Powerful Integration

Version 9.3 expands upon BarTender’s industry-leading features for connecting to peripherals and integrating with other software.

  • Serial Port Triggers: The Commander middleware application now adds integration support for a wide variety of serial devices, including weighing scales.
  • Bidirectional WebSphere Printing: Commander’s IBM WebSphere support has been improved. It now supports HTTP posting, which allows for bidirectional print communications.
  • Commander Variables: Now store values into a single location and reference them from multiple Commander commands.

Font Toolbar Now Displays Sample of Font

Font names in the Font toolbar are now displayed using the appropriate font.

For more extensive details on all of the new features, please see What’s New in BarTender 9.3 (PDF).

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