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Barcode product recommendations

 our guide for specific applications

The suggestions below are based on ease of use. Most of our barcode products can be used with most of the applications listed. However, the recommendations point the way to the products which are appropriate in many cases. Please download a testware version to see whether the product suits your application. See Support site for help on barcodes or our How to create barcodes in... page for information on creating barcodes in specific environments.

MS Office applications

Microsoft Word:
Generally Barcodes & Labels for Office is the ideal choice (see generating barcodes in Word).
For applications that do NOT require mail-merge Active Barcode Components can also be used.

Microsoft Excel:
Generally Barcodes & Labels for Office is the ideal choice (see generating barcodes in Excel).
(For commercial distribution the dBarcode Developer Kit provides the required functionality).

Microsoft Access:
Generally Barcodes & Labels for Office is the ideal choice (see generating barcodes in Access), but note that this product is for users and its Active-X control may not be distributed. (For commercial distribution the dBarcode Developer Kit provides the required functionality).

Active Barcode Components are also suitable for use on Access forms and reports.
Barcode & Labels for Office also provides Label printing functionality from an Access data source.
For more powerful facilites for label/ticket printing we recommend AnyLabels

Label design and printing

It is usually more efficient to use a purpose-designed label printing system such as Really Simple Labels, AnyLabels or dLabel Pro . These programs can derive data from most ODBC data sources.

Developer components for label printing include the Labels.NET family.

Programming languages

Visual C/C++: dBarcode DLLs are designed for this, and include both 32-bit and 64-bit DLLs for even faster action (see generating barcodes in C/C++).
dBarcode Developer Kit also contain powerful Active DLL components that can be called from C/C++ as well as other languages.

Visual Studio (VB, C#): dBarcode for .NET Components are probably the best when fully managed components are required for the .NET v2 Framework (see generating barcodes in C# or generating barcodes in VB.NET ).

For designing and printing labels from .NET applications we recommend Labels.NET

Visual Basic 6: Active Barcode Components are probably the best when barcode images are to be used (see generating barcodes in VB6).
Alternatively the more powerful dBarcode Developer Kit contain Active DLLs which may be called directly from VB as well as other languages.

For VB.NET applications we recommend dBarcode.NET components

Delphi: A Delphi component derived from TImage (including Pascal source code) is included with all our dBarcode DLLs and the dBarcode Developer Kit, and their use is illustrated in generating barcodes in Delphi).
Active Barcode Components are Active-X controls and so may be imported into Delphi but we no longer provide sample code or support for this.

VBScript/JavaScript: For server-side programs on IIS see Barcode Server. The dBarcode.NET components are recommended.


Adobe Acrobat can use both images created with any of the dBarcode products, Really Simple Barcodes or Barcode & Labels for Office, and barcodes made from any of the font products on pages created in other applications. (Acrobat 5 requires at least version 2.11 of the barcode fonts, where the multi-user version contain an embedding licence.)

Crystal Reports: For Crystal Reports XI or later the Barcode Tools for Crystal Reports provides tools for both embedding barcode images in reports or for creating font based barcodes in-situ.

Earlier versions of Crystal Reports did not support image embedding, so barcodes could only be created using font techniques. For these versions the Barcode Tools for Crystal Reports include a Crystal Reports UFL (User Function Library) for use in formulae (see generating barcodes in Crystal Reports).

Crystal Reports Designer Component (for Visual Basic 6; not suitable for VB.NET): Tools for the RDC are included in Barcode Tools for Crystal Reports .

Databases: To connect to a dBase File, Excel spreadsheet, Access, FoxPro, SQL Server or Oracle database for Label/Ticket/Card printing we recommend Really Simple Labels. For connections by ODBC dLabel may also be used.
 AnyLabels is suitable for use with Office 2003-2013 products and most ODBC databases and includes a barcode driver. 
 Labels.NET provides the label printing functionality of Really Simple Labels or AnyLabels for developers creating their own applications.

Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS): Barcode Server produces server-side barcodes which work in any browser capable of using BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG or TIFF images (It also generates EPS and WMF vector images). (see how to create barcodes on Web servers)

Visual Fox Pro: Picture barcodes in Visual FoxPro 9 may be created using the dBarcode Developer Kit or any of the Active Barcode Components (see generating barcodes in Visual FoxPro). Font barcode can be generated usings either the Universal Font Kit, or one of the Barcode font for Windows products for 1D barcodes or one of the 2D Barcode Font Kits (for 2D barcodes). Each font kit includes a sample Visual FoxPro project suitable for VFP version 9.

To connect to a Visual FoxPro database or table by ODBC use Really Simple Labels, AnyLabels or dLabel Pro