The Toolbar

Working with the Toolbar

Working with the ToolbarYou can access all important functions when creating a barcode via the toolbar. This makes it possible to work quickly and effectively with the generator. The functions are briefly explained below:

Barcode type

Barcode type

Select the appropriate barcode symbology here.



Text (F6)

Character sequence

Enter the text of the barcode to be coded here. Some barcode types also support the coding of control characters.



File

File

New

  New

Creates a new barcode. Select the barcode type and enter the data to be encoded.

Open

(Ctrl+O)   Open

Use this to open a .BAR file. A .BAR file is a description of a barcode. Only the ActiveBarcode Generator is using this file format. It's designed to save barcodes with less storage size.

Save

(Ctrl+S)   Save

Use this to save a barcode. Only the ActiveBarcode Generator is using this file format and can open this files.

Image file

  Image file

This functions saves the current barcode as a bitmap file. You can import this files with many applications. The size of the bitmap is defined over the function Layout & Size in the menu Barcode.

Serial export

  Serial export

This functions saves the current barcode as a bitmap file. You have more options: You can create series of image files and you can rotate the barcode image freely (0-359 degrees) while exporting.



Clipboard

Clipboard

Bitmap

(Ctrl+B)   Bitmap

Copies the barcode as a bitmap to the clipboard. Many applications can use this format. Bitmaps are not free scaleable.

Vector graphics

(Ctrl+M)   Vector graphics

Copies the barcode as meta-graphics to the clipboard. Most applications can use this interchange format. Meta-graphics is free scaleable.



Plain text line

Plain text line

Font

  Font

Select the font for the barcode text.

Showtext

(F8)   Showtext

Decide whether the human readable text line is included or not.



Layout and colors

Layout and colors

Borders

  Borders

Change the width and height of the borders an the notch length here.

Rotate

(F9-F12)   Rotate

Select the orientation of the barcode in 90 degrees steps.

Alignment

  Alignment

Switches the alignment of the barcode.

Foreground color

  Foreground color

Select the foreground color for the barcode.

Background color

  Background color

Select the background color for the barcode.



Size

Size

Size in Pixels

 

Set the size of the barcode in pixels.

DPI

 

Set the desired DPI here. This specification is used to calculate the real size as shown in the status bar. This value is also saved in the image file as PNG, BMP, TIFF or JPEG when exporting.

Size in cm/inch

  Size in cm/inch

This function is a conversion for cm or inch. Enter the desired barcode size in cm/inch. The input is converted into pixels according to the DPI you set.



Quick & easy

Quick & easy

Set size to

Here you can quickly and easily select an automatically calculated barcode size.



Print

Print

Barcode

  Barcode

Use this function to print a barcode in exact dimensions and on a specific place on a sheet of paper. Example: Print one barcode exactly onto a page.

Labels

  Labels

Print labels with barcodes on it. Example: Printing barcode labels.



Extra

Extra

About ActiveBarcode...

  About ActiveBarcode

Opens a dialog box showing you the current version number and more info about this application.

Internet Homepage

  Internet Homepage

Opens your default Internet browser and goes directly to the homepage of ActiveBarcode.

Exit

  Exit

Closes the ActiveBarcode Generator.



Misc

Misc

UTF-8 encoding

  UTF-8 encoding

If on, characters above ASCII 127 will be encodes in UTF-8. This applies to QR Code, PDF417 and Data Matrix.

Set demo text

(F7)   Set demo text

Sets the barcode text for a vaild value for demonstration or test purposes.