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Chartbot Barcodes

Barcodes for Data Merge Use variable-data (Data Merge) variables OR type in the data to encode. It's the only InDesign barcode package that lets you generate barcodes directly from variable-data variables or ordinary text without using barcode fonts.

Works with InDesign's own Data Merge, DesignMerge, InData, and many variable-data systems in InDesign. Produces 1D, 2D and postal barcodes.

In addition to being variable-data compatible, Chartbot Barcodes is production-friendly. It supports color separations, spot color and the other features that professional workflows require.


Variable-Data Barcodes. Chartbot Barcodes is a completely new and different way of generating barcodes that fixes the problems with traditional methods.

Unlike product-specific barcode modules from variable-data software makers, Chartbot Barcodes generates a full range of barcode types and works with virtually all variable-data systems, including InDesign's built-in Data Merge feature. Even users of product-specific barcode modules can add Chartbot Barcodes to their existing layouts to support new barcode types, spot colors, and take advantage of other options.

No fonts. Barcode fonts can be so painful! With Chartbot Barcodes, there's no need to reformat your database, compute checksums, or do other data processing. And, there's no need to switch out fonts when resizing barcodes. For most barcode types, Chartbot Barcodes automatically takes care of encoding, checksumming and resizing.

Production features. Spot color. Color separations. Overprint. Rich black. Automatic sizing to match data. Automatic size adjustment to match printer resolution.

Wide range of popular barcodes. Chartbot Barcodes generates 20 types of linear (1D) barcodes, 5 matrix (2D) barcodes, and 6 postal barcodes, plus several sub-variants of those popular barcodes.

Print speed all its own. Chartbot Barcodes are pure vector output, so barcodes print at your printer's full rated speed. Even high-volume production printers usually won't slow down for barcodes.

2D matrix barcodes

  • Aztec Code
  • Datamatrix (all encodings, includes GS1 compatibility option)
  • MaxiCode (UPS)
  • PDF 417 (all encodings + automatic)
  • QR Code (includes MicroQR, all encodings + automatic)

1D linear barcodes

  • Code 11
  • Code 128 (A, B, C and automatic encoding)
  • Code 2 of 5
  • Code 39
  • Code 93
  • Codabar Rationalized
  • EAN 8, EAN 13 and EAN 2
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
  • ISBN, ISBN Addon 2, ISBN Addon 5
  • JAN 13, JAN 8 and JAN 2
  • MSI
  • Pharmacode
  • Plessey
  • RSS 14
  • RSS Expanded
  • RSS Limited
  • UPC-A
  • UPC-E

Postal barcodes

  • AusPost (Australian Post)
  • Code 128
  • Datamatrix
  • FIM A, B, C and D (Facing Identification Marks)
  • KIX (Netherlands Post)
  • MaxiCode (UPS)
  • PDF 417
  • RM4SCC (UK Royal Mail)
  • USPS IMB (aka Intelligent Mail Barcode or OneCode)

Printing features

  • Ink spread control for 1D linear barcodes
  • Print or omit text below barcode
  • Automatic pixel-grid-fitting for low-resolution output
  • CMYK process colors
  • Spot colors
  • Overprint and rich black
  • RGB colors
  • Separations
  • True vector output
  • PDF compatible, no special license needed

Sizing features

  • Any size barcode - no restrictions
  • Can automatically adjust barcode size to match pixel size of low-resolution output media
  • Manually specify matrix size, or automatically use best size to fit data (Datamatrix, QR)

Encoding and checksums

  • Manual or automatic checksums/digits
  • Built-in data encoding (except Aztec, MaxiCode, RSS Expanded), or use pre-encoded data
  • Manually specify encoding scheme, or let built-in optimizer choose most efficient encoding(s)
  • FNC1 support for applicable barcodes

Data input

  • Variable-data (Data Merge, DesignMerge, InData) or manual data input.
  • Ascii, binary, escaped, mixed ascii/escaped
  • Selectable escape character (e.g. ~ ^ or others)

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