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How to Make a Batch of UPC-A Barcodes

Introduction

In this guide, we will show you how to make a set of five UPC-A barcodes, which demonstrates the Batch Save feature in Just Barcodes.

If you only wish to make a single UPC-A barcode, you should follow the EAN-13 Guide instead, but select UPC-A at the appropriate time, and enter a UPC-A number instead of an EAN-13 number. (UPC-A numbers are one digit shorter in length than EAN-13 numbers.)

Before You Begin

We will assume that you already have some UPC-A barcode number which you wish to use. If you need to obtain barcode numbers for your own products, we recommend that you visit the GS1 website – www.gs1.org/barcodes/ean-upc.

Although it may appear that there are quite a lot of settings to adjust, and a lot of steps, many settings are left at their default values. You can also save the settings for future use, so apart from changing the barcode numbers, there won’t be as much to do next time.

Creating Your UPC-A Barcodes

Step 1 – Create a folder to store your barcodes.
In this case, we created one on the desktop called UPC-A Demo.

Step 2 – Download and Install Just Barcodes.
If you already have Just Barcodes installed, step this step.
Otherwise, download it from the Downloads Page on this website, then install it.

Step 3 – Open Just Barcodes.
If you are using the trial, click OK to close the reminder window.
(During the free 30-day trial, and there are no restrictions in the barcode quality during that time.)

Step 4 – Configure the Symbology and Scaling.
Change the Symbology setting to UPC-A, and also make sure the Scaling settings are set for 100% for magnification and height.

Just Barcodes UPC-A and Scaling

Step 5 – Check the Human Readable settings.
Make sure that Visible is checked, and the Arial font is selected.

Just Barcodes UPC-A Human Readable

Step 6 – Check the barcode Options.
The Auto calculate check digit must be checked.

Just Barcodes UPC-A Options

Step 7 – Set the Output Options.
The Output Options need to be set to suit your needs. We will increase the resolution from the default of 300 to 1200 dpi, as shown below.
This will give us a higher quality final image. You will normally want to set this to match the resolution of the printer you plan to use. That way, you will get the best quality barcodes.

Just Barcodes UPC-A Output Options

Step 8 – Select Batch Save from the File Menu.

Just Barcodes File Batch Save

Step 9 – Set the Batch Save Options.
Then enter your barcode numbers, set the output folder (we chose the UPC-A Demo folder created earlier on the desktop) and configure the other settings as shown below.
If the sample file name looks different, go to the ‘Destination File Names’ tab and load the defaults.
Finally click the Start button.

Just Barcodes UPC-A Batch Mode Settings

Step 10 – View the Resulting Barcodes.
The barcodes should be generated very quickly, and the Log section should show that no errors have occurred.

Just Barcodes UPC-A Batch Log

Your output folder should now contain the corresponding barcode images:

Just Barcodes UPC-A Batch Mode Images

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How to Make an EAN-13 Barcode

Introduction

In this short guide, we will show you how to make an EAN-13 barcode.

If you wish to make a batch of barcodes, you should follow the UPC-A Batch guide, but select EAN-13 at the appropriate time, and enter EAN-13 numbers instead of an UPC-A numbers. (EAN-13 numbers are one digit longer than UPC-A numbers.)

Before You Begin

We will assume that you already have an EAN-13 barcode number which you wish to use. If you need to obtain some barcode numbers for your own products, we recommend that you visit the GS1 website – www.gs1.org/barcodes/ean-upc.

Although it may appear that there are quite a lot of settings to adjust, most are actually left at their default values. You can also save the settings for future use, so apart from changing the barcode number itself, there won’t be as much to do next time, when making more barcodes.

Creating Your EAN-13 Barcode

Step 1 – Download and Install Just Barcodes.
If you already have Just Barcodes installed, step this step.
Otherwise, download it from the Downloads Page on this website, then install it.

Step 2 – Open Just Barcodes.
If you are using the trial, click OK to close the reminder window.
(During the free 30-day trial, and there are no restrictions in the barcode quality during that time.)

Step 3 – Configure the Symbology.
Change the Symbology setting to EAN-13, as shown below.

Just Barcodes EAN-13

Step 4 – Set the Barcode Number.
Enter your barcode number into the Number box (just below the Symbology setting you selected in the previous step). In this demo, we will use the number 501234567890.

Step 5 – Configure the Scaling.
Adjust the Scaling settings if necessary. We will stick with the defaults, using 100% for magnification and height, as shown in the previous screen shot.

Step 6 – Check the Human Readable Settings.
Adjust the Human Readable settings if necessary. (These control the text under the barcode.)
We will use the defaults of Visible being checked and the Arial font being selected, as shown below.

EAN-13 Human Readable

Step 7 – Check the Barcode Options.
Adjust the barcode Options if necessary. Again, we will stick with the defaults with Auto calculate check digit being checked as shown below.

EAN-13 Options

Step 8 – Set the Output Options.
The Output Options need to be set to suit your needs. We will increase the resolution from the default of 300 to 1200 dpi. This will give us a higher quality final image. You will normally want to set this to match the resolution of the printer you plan to use. That way, you will get the best quality barcodes.

EAN-13 Output Options

Step 9 – Check the Preview.
If you wish to have a look at quick your barcode before proceeding, click on the Preview tab under the Output section.

Step 10 – Use the Barcode.
Then click the Copy Image image button near the bottom of the screen, and paste the barcode into Photoshop, where any other text and images can be added, to create artwork for your product. (Alternatively, we could have saved the barcode image as a TIFF or BMP file, and opened that file in Photoshop.)

Here is our demo document, featuring the barcode we just created.

Barcode copied from Just Barcodes to Photoshop

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Version 2 Software Releases

Along with the newly updated website, all software products have been updated to version 2 - Just Barcodes, Just Barcodes CL and Sudoku Now!

To the outside world, the changes will appear fairly minor. But there have been a number of internal changes. The revision histories, accessed from the download pages, have more details.

Licence Changes

All version 2 software requires version 2 licence keys. This is a primary reason for updating all the software versions together.

Since 2004, we have provided free lifetime updates. Sadly, that has become unsustainable, and changes became necessary.

From version 2 onwards, there is a choice of the following:

Standard Licence - this is similar to before - except that major upgrades will now require a new key, for which there will be a charge. If a major upgrade becomes available within 3 months of purchase, we will provide it free of charge - just fill in a free upgrade form. Minor updates will still be free, as before.

Subscription Licence - this will work for a fixed period, starting from when the key is first used. However, there is the advantage that you are entitled to free major upgrades, for a fixed period, starting from the date of purchase. A new key will be required, but will be provided free of charge - simply fill in a free upgrade form. The period for the new key will be based on the date of purchase and the length of the subscription. Minor updates will of course be free as well.

Planned Updates

A new barcode symbology is planned for Just Barcodes and Just Barcodes CL This will be made available as an update to version 2, meaning that customers of version 2 will be able to download an install it free of charge, and without the need for a new licence key.

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New Website

Time for Change

The old Neon Sine Software website has had the same structure since it started in 2004. It was written in html, using a text editor - so it was clean, simple and fast. Those are good qualities, and we have a similar attitude towards developing software.

However, in recent years, the fact that the site was not mobile-friendly has been causing search rankings to drop.

Therefore, despite our software currently only consisting of desktop applications at present, it has become necessary to change the site and make it mobile-friendly.

We decided to use WordPress for the new site. This made it quicker to develop the new site, and should also help us to keep it up-to-date in future.

We also took the opportunity to add a shopping system, using WooCommerce and the Storefront theme. (The old site just had PayPal Buy It Now buttons.) This makes it easier for us to request things like the name required for your licence key. It also makes it easier to send temporary licence keys automatically, immediately when an order is placed.

Some screen shots of the old site are shown below.

The Old Home Page

Old Neon Sine Software Website 1

The Old Just Barcodes Home Page

Old Neon Sine Software Website 2

The Old Just Barcodes Download Page

Old Neon Sine Software Website 3

The Old Just Barcodes Purchase Page

Old Neon Sine Software Website 4