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Bartender Label Printing Software Comparison Chart

Richard Booth - Tuesday, August 26, 2014


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

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


EDITIONS:
  EA  
   A   
 PRO 
 BSC   


GENERAL

 

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


COMPANION APPLICATIONS

 

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)
 


TEMPLATE DESIGN

 

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


LABEL STOCK AND OTHER MEDIA

 

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


TEXT

 

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
 


BARCODES

 

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


GRAPHICS, IMAGES AND SYMBOLS

 

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
BMP, DCX, DIB, DXF, EPS, GIF, IMG, JPG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIF, WMF,
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


PRINTING

 

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
 


CARD PRINTING & ENCODING

 

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)
     


SERIALIZATION

 

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


DATA SOURCING

 

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
 


DATA PROCESSING

 

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



STANDARD INTEGRATION

 

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

   

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY
 

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

     


ADVANCED INTEGRATION

 

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

     


RFID SUPPORT

 

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,
including SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, SGLN

 

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

 


ENTERPRISE PRINT MANAGEMENT

 

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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