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    Default UPC Bar Code Printing

    I'm looking for UPC Bar Code software that will allow me to use generic labels such as Avery, etc. that can be purchased anywhere. I want to print them on my standard laser printer. I've seen several software packages that require you to buy their labels along with a special printer. That's not what I'm looking for.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Working in an office I can tell you that if they say that they require a special type of label sheet there almost certainly exists an avery (or other off brand) version of that label sheet. Avery has dozens (if not hundreds) of different types of label sheets. I would find out what the specifications on the label sheets that come with the software (from someone who already has it) and first see if there are generic or Avery versions of them. Your local supply store will almost certainly carry them in stock for you (from my experience in dealing with small town office supply businesses) if you plan to buy them frequently.
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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Quote Originally Posted by SWM View Post
    I'm looking for UPC Bar Code software that will allow me to use generic labels such as Avery, etc. that can be purchased anywhere.
    I assume you already have been assigned a UPC "Company Number". If not here is some more info:
    http://www.dataid.com/upccodeprocedure.htm

    . As far as label software, in a previous job I have used Labelview Pro. It worked fine, and can use virtually any label / printer combination. However it is several hundred dollars, and may have many more features than what you need.
    http://www.dataid.com/bcsoftwa.htm

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    ou don't necessarily need a special software package to print UPC codes. Here is a link that provides info on doing it yourself for free.
    http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator/barcode/
    Graham
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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    I just went through the bar code procedure. It cost me $760.00 to register my company prefix and then I emailed it to my printer and she set up the suffixes and printed them on the respective lables. BTW it also costs $136.00 a year to maintain my registration. I keep wondering if I got ripped off, but couldn't find another way to get the company prefix. After all this, some one told me that everyone is going to those square QR codes. I never tried to print any myself.

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    We have to create bar codes for one of our customers. We just use a standard Avery label that is designed for address labels -- nothing special. Here's what we do, copied from the customer's documentation:

    Step One: Go to Website.
    To create your free barcode go to: http://www.barcoding.com/upc/

    Step Two: Entering in Barcode SKU
    In the “Barcode Data:” field, type the code you want to make a bar code from.

    Step Three: Select the Barcode Type
    In the “Barcode Symbology” drop down menu select the UCC/EAN 128

    Step Four: Select the Output Format
    In the “Output Format” drop down menu select ‘jpg’ and click the “Generate Barcode” button

    Step Five: Select the Avery Label Wizard template
    Open a Word document and follow directions on how to use Avery Label wizard provided in the label box or in the help menu of Microsoft Word.

    Step six: ‘Copy’ barcode image from site
    Once you have selected and opened the appropriate Avery Label template go back to the barcode generator web page and ‘right click’ the barcode image and select copy.

    Step six: ‘Paste’ barcode image into the label template from site
    ‘Right click’ in the first field and ‘click’ on paste. This copies the generated readable barcode in the template field. (Note: The size of the barcode is typically larger than the space provided. So you will have to adjust the size.)

    Step seven: Adjust barcode image to fit template area
    ‘Left click’ on the barcode that you just pasted into the template. ‘Click’ and hold the bottom right ‘size box marker’ and drag your mouse to the left and upward until the barcode fits into the template space provided.

    Step eight: Centering Barcode in template area
    Select the barcode and click on center button to center your barcode and then add your description and other information required on the label.

    Step nine: ‘Copy’ barcode and description to other marked areas
    Highlight the entire template cell, ‘right click’ and select ‘copy’ from the menu. Once you have copied the information ‘right click’ the cell directly located to the right of your first cell and select ‘paste’, this places the first cells information into the adjacent cell. Repeat the paste portion of step eight in the remaining cells located to right until you form an entire row.

    Step nine: ‘Copy’ the first row into each row of the template
    Highlight the completed row that was created by following steps 1 – 8. ‘Right click’ on a portion of the highlighted area and select ‘copy’. This allows you to ‘paste’ the entire row in each of the remaining rows by ‘right click’ and ‘paste’ in each of the far left cells of the template.

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Thanks to everyone for your input.
    DeeAnna, using your step by step instructions I used the bar code generator, downloaded the Avery label wizard template and I'm well on my way to printing the bar codes! This is exactly what I needed. Thank you...

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Super!!!! Glad I could help.

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    Quote Originally Posted by SWM View Post
    I'm looking for UPC Bar Code software that will allow me to use generic labels such as Avery, etc. that can be purchased anywhere. I want to print them on my standard laser printer. I've seen several software packages that require you to buy their labels along with a special printer. That's not what I'm looking for.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.
    I have used this UPC-A barcode printer before.

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    Default Re: UPC Bar Code Printing

    I did a barcode project before, and it seems to me that most of the barcode software I tested didn't ask you to buy a printer. They only help you create a barcode image, like a UPC barcode in your case, then you can freely print it out with any printer of yours. So to sum up, you can find many barcode encoder to draw UPC barcodes, but first you need to have your UPC numbers and printer ready.

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