Batch Barcodes Generation
Barcode lets you generate multiple barcodes at once using the list of text data as input. In this tutorial we’ll generate some EAN-13 barcodes and show the different options you can configure. First, let’s setup the EAN-13 barcode we’ll be using for batch processing. Barcode generator needs a configured barcode design in order to batch–generate barcodes.
Once done, click the Batch processing button at the right corner of the toolbar to switch to the batch mode for a given barcode.
Batch mode consists of four steps and on the first step you provide the barcode data to be used for generation:
Here I entered 6 lines, so Barcode generator will make 6 barcodes. Each line represents a single barcode. For composite barcodes like EAN-13, ISBN-13 and UPC-A you can provide both main text and add-on, separated with a semicolon.
Another important option is at the bottom of this panel, it is called “Export each barcode to a separate file”. We’ll keep it enabled for now and explain the other option later.
Once you entered the barcode data, click the Next button to continue.
On the second step (if barcodes are exported to separate files), you’ll see the parameters panel as displayed below:
From the top to bottom, you configure:
- File format — the list of the formats you use for barcode saving, pick the one you need;
- Output directory — Barcode will place the generated files into the folder you specify here;
- Browse — this button lets you easily select the output folder;
- Name generated files — configures if you want to name the generated files after the barcode data or using the incremental counter.
Once you configured the options, you can click the Next button and proceed to the generation itself.
The generation may take some time depending on the barcode type and the length of the input list. Once done, you’ll see the results screen:
It is recommended to double–check the generation log for errors, as Barcode automatically fixes the input data while processing them, so if the incorrect data is provided on the first step, you may end up with the barcodes you didn’t expect to get.
There is a checkbox at the bottom of the window that lets you see the generated files when you click the Done button. Check it, if needed.
There is another batch processing mode, when all the barcodes are saved into the same file, which is useful for printing. Barcode generator can only output to PDF format in this mode. To activate the single–file mode, you need to uncheck the box at the bottom of the first page:
Then on the second step we’ll get a different batch processing parameters panel:
There is a preview panel on the left and a parameters panel on the right. The preview panel displays a sheet of paper with gray rectangles showing the barcodes you will get. Barcodes are arranged in a grid that you can configure using the parameters panel. The parameters are:
- Output file — here you need to select the output PDF file to use. This parameter is required;
- Sheet size — lets you select or configure the output sheet dimensions;
- Grid parameters — configure how many columns and rows you want to arrange the barcodes into;
- Margins and gaps — lets you specify top and left margins and gaps between the barcodes to fine–tune the grid;
- Step and repeat — lets you duplicate the barcodes to make more copies of them;
- Number of copies — configures how many copies of each barcode to make;
- Group copies together — if enabled, Barcode will first place all the copies of the first barcode line onto the sheet, then go to the second one and so on. If disabled, Barcode will run all the barcodes one by one as many times, as many copies is required.
Once you configure the options, click Next and go through the same steps, as in the separate files mode. The only difference is that on the last step you’ll see a single PDF file instead of a folder.
Barcode saves the data you used for batch generation in the barcode settings, so the next time you want to batch-process the same barcode, you will see the same data.
For ISBN-13 barcodes, you can specify barcode data with prefixes. Barcode will detect prefixes and configure barcodes accordingly.
Also, for ISBN-13 barcodes if the price is configured in a country–specific format, you can put the price in decimal format after the semicolon. So instead of “xxx;51020” you should use “xxx;10.20”.
More Barcode Tutorials
- Installation — how to install Barcode generator;
- License Activation — how to activate Barcode software with a license key.
- User Interface — Barcode user interface explained in details;
- Barcode Management — adding, renaming, cloning and deleting barcodes.
- ISBN Barcode Generator — how to make ISBN barcodes;
- UPC Barcode Generator — how to create UPC-A and UPC-E barcodes.
- Batch Processing — how to batch–convert text data to barcodes;
- Command Line Processing — command line barcode generation.
- Fake Barcodes — need a random barcode as a placeholder?