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Bartender Label Printing Software Comparison Chart

Shawn Hailstone - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EA   = Enterprise Automation
A   = Automation
PRO   = Professional
BSC   = Basic

Feature is fully supported
Partially supported
Supports shareable centralized databases
Supports local databases only
Supports all printers and print jobs on the network
Works for local and network printers (and print jobs) that have drivers installed on the local PC




Licensed based on the number of printers used

Licensed based on the number of PCs used

Free phone and e-mail technical support for properly-registered users

HTML-based context-sensitive help

User interface translated into 20+ languages



Commander. (Controls BarTender in response to triggers from other programs)             

Security Center. (Provides security features for other applications in the suite,
such as user permissions and document encryption)


Printer Maestro. (Administers to printers and print queues on the network)

Librarian. (Controls access, manages workflow, and tracks revisions to
BarTender documents and other files within a secure database)


History Explorer. (Views the logs stored in the BarTender System Database)

Reprint Console. (Reprints previously printed jobs)

Print Station. (Provides a simple "single-click" interface for
selecting and printing BarTender documents)

Batch Maker. (Defines and prints "batches" of multiple BarTender documents)



True WYSIWYG template design

New Document Wizard ensures proper printer selection and allows
maximum printing speed

Two-sided (“duplex”) design and printing

Point and click creation of all objects, including text, barcodes, lines,
boxes, shapes, and graphic images

To simplify conversion from legacy systems, import and lighten photographs
of old labels, cards, or tags for use as a design aid


Unlimited undo / redo command

Resize and reposition objects using a choice of methods: Mouse,
arrow keys, typed in values

Functions for automatic alignment of multiple objects

Programmatically modify template objects during print jobs

One-tenth degree rotation of lines, shapes, text, and graphics

"Move to Front" and "Send to Back"

Group and Ungroup multiple objects

Live database view in objects in template design area

Export barcodes to other programs

Full color, pattern, and gradient support for all template objects

Optional automatic borders for text, barcodes and graphics

Combine multiple template objects into reusable components

Library of "ready-to-print" label, card, and tag templates

Thumbnail previews of saved BarTender documents,
viewable both in BarTender and Windows explorer

Metric and US measurements



Design templates up to 128 inches (3.25 m) long and/or wide
(subject to limits of printer and driver)

Any number of labels, cards, or tags, arranged in any number of rows
and/or columns per sheet

Page Setup Wizard assists with properly specifying media dimensions

Database of thousands of name brand label, card, and tag sizes

Rectangular, circular and elliptical media supported



Versatile font support: OpenType, TrueType, Adobe, PostScript,
downloadable, and built-in printer fonts

On-screen text editing and sizing

Powerful Rich Text formatting using on-screen WYSIWYG editor

Stretch text horizontally or vertically

Automatic on-the-fly resizing of text to fit within predefined height and width

Paragraph Formatting: Multiple alignment methods, line spacing control,
indenting, and inter-paragraph spacing

Kerning and inter-character spacing control

Outline fonts

Arc and circular text

User-definable tab stops

White-on-black text printing (specified with a single mouse click)

Support for RTF, HTML, and XAML



Numerous 1 and 2 dimensional symbologies

Extensive library of industry-standard barcode formats

Option to display start / stop characters

Variable and unlimited width and height

Minimum width limited only by printer resolution

GS1 (formerly UCC/EAN) Application Identifier Data Source Wizard

Automatic check digit capability

Sequentially numbered barcodes

Place "human readable" text anywhere in relation to barcodes

Customizable "human readable" character template

Independently suppress or display characters from different sub-fields



Draw lines, circles, ellipses, rectangles, rounded rectangles, triangles,
polygons, arrows, arcs, stars, and many other shapes

Multiple dashed line styles and compound line styles

Fill options for lines and shapes include solid color, multi-point
gradient, pattern, and bitmap

Import more than 70 graphic formats, including
WPG, PDF, and more

Integrated, online clip-art search and import

TWAIN and WIA support for image scanners and cameras

Basic image processing: Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation,
hue, sharpness, smoothing, cropping and more


Industry-specific graphic symbol font libraries

Linked graphics allow external graphics to change dynamically

Specify background images and colors for templates



More than 3,000 industrial printers supported

True Windows drivers, can be used by other programs

Seagull drivers with status monitor display printer status in the
standard Windows spooler

Two-sided (“duplex”) design and printing

Multiple templates per document

Integrated job separator templates

Batch Maker defines and prints "batches" of multiple
BarTender documents


Print Station supports "single-click" document selection and printing

Conditional printing of templates

Export printer code templates to XML enabled printers

Advanced on-screen print preview

Advanced cutter control

Set starting position on pages of partially used labels, cards or tags

Supports printer-based barcodes, serial numbers,
time, date, and copies

Speed optimization reuses repeating data instead of resending it

Local and network printer support

Print quantity can be set from keyboard or data source



Print-time image capture, supporting WIA and VFW webcams

Automatic face detection and cropping

Magnetic stripe encoding

Encoding of smart cards (both contact and non-contact)



Basic serialization: Numeric (base 10), alphabetic (base 26), and
concatenated numeric and alphabetic sequences with
increment / decrement by any interval

Advanced serialization: Alphanumeric (base 36),
hexadecimal (base 16), and custom base serialization

Separate rollover / rollunder and value reset options

Preserve or expand field length when rolling over



Design print-time data entry forms for keyboard and barcode scanner data

Data from weighing scales supported by data entry forms

Microsoft OLE DB and ODBC support, including drivers for:  Access,
AS/400, Btrieve, dBase, Excel, Informix, Interbase, MySQL,
Oracle database, Pervasive.SQL, PostgreSQL, Progress,
SQL Server, Sybase, and more


Read Excel files

Read ASCII & Unicode text files
(quote & comma, fixed width, and user-defined delimitation)


SAP-certified interface to AII (Auto ID Infrastructure) XML documents

Read data from SAP IDocs

Oracle-certified interface to XML print requests

Drag and drop data linking

Versatile multiple-table data access

Import variable graphics from databases

Data query wizard and custom SQL assistant

Individual record-picking at print time



Full-system Unicode support (field names, files,
servers, printers, etc.)

Visual Basic scripting for custom data processing

Visual Basic scripting for document open, close, save, and print-time events

Print-time search and replace function

User-definable min and max field lengths

Use and/or exclude select portions of database fields

Customizable data-entry filters and error checking

Custom configure the handling of individual messages and alerts

Multiple data sources concatenated per template object

Source data with keyboard, time and date (from PC or printer)

Easy entry of special and "unprintable" control characters

Shareable data fields

Data type support, including: text, date, time, number, currency,
percentage, and fraction



Can be run as "background" application

Control from other programs using ActiveX

Control from other programs using command lines

Commander Integration Utility: senses incoming data,
then starts print jobs and logs results


Specify both the BarTender document and the data to print
from within other programs


Automated printer selection

Log to file: Errors and events

Log to database: Errors and events,
plus BarTender print job details


Custom error, event and status e-mails

Export printer code templates for SAPscript-ITF, keypads,
printers that accept XML, and more



Security Center manages user permissions and encrypts documents

Security Center supports electronic signatures and logs permission requests

Lock down documents with passwords

Lock down BarTender into a password-protected "print-only" mode

History Explorer audits past print jobs and other events

Log images of all printed output

Log revision number and change descriptions into the document file

Librarian manages document publishing, revision tracking, and rollback
within a secure database




SAP Certified for AII

Read data from SAP IDocs

Oracle certified for WMS and MSCA

Oracle XML integration using a TCP/IP socket

Supports IBM WebSphere Sensor Events

Commander processes file, e-mail and serial port triggers

Enhanced version of Commander supports TCP/IP triggers
and data transmission


Commander optimized to receive, launch, and monitor new print jobs
without waiting for existing jobs to finish


Commander can return XML status response as a file or
through a TCP/IP port


Detailed print job status available to other programs using ActiveX

.NET SDK to control one BarTender at a time.
(C# & VB.NET examples included)


.NET SDK to control multiple instances of BarTender at once

.NET SDK for BarTender System Database allows automated
review and reprinting of past print jobs


.NET SDK for Librarian allows automated file add, remove,
rename, check in and out, etc.


ASP.NET sample application for customizable web
browser printing


Automated conversion of different XML formats using
XSL style sheets


BarTender XML Command Scripts speed up
automation and simplify remote control




Full-featured native RFID objects

Encode EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It,
I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types


Supports DoD, Wal-Mart, and other EPC data formats,


Support for many single and double-byte codepages,
including Asian languages, UTF-8 and UTF-16


Able to duplicate either the text or hexadecimal representation
of the RFID data in text and barcode form


Supports optional write protection

Segment and Start Block support, including writing to
multiple blocks


Able to configure printer's RFID options
(e.g., Transponder Offset and Maximum Retries)


Display antenna, chip, and substrate on label.
Select predefined or specify custom antenna bitmaps




Optimized for high-volume label requests from numerous
network users to one or more servers


Browser-based network and internet printing

Windows Cluster Server supported

Reprint Console lets you search for and reprint previous jobs

Configure security, spooler and other selected driver settings
for multiple printers at once.


Printer Maestro displays status of all Windows
print jobs in one window


Printer Maestro tracks printer media usage and
inventory of printer parts. Generates custom alerts.


Log printer events for Windows print jobs other
than just those from BarTender


Specify custom alerts for printer events and low inventory levels
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