Online QR code generators have been all the rage lately as many businesses and individuals have started using these two dimensional bar codes to exchange information. But did you know that there are also online one dimensional barcode generators?
As your source for all things bar code, The Bar Code News has gathered several barcode generators in one place on the website. You'll find a QR code generator, a 1D generator that produces a sheet of bar code labels, and a barcode generator that creates a standard 1D code in one of eight different formats. (You will be prompted to create a username and password before using the barcode generators).
Here are some tips to help you get comfortable using these barcode generators and some ways to put the codes to work for you once you're finished.
Online bar code generator (labels)
The first barcode generator creates a sheet of bar code labels based on your specifications. Enter your email address at the top of the page and once you complete the form, you'll receive an email with an attached pdf file. The labels can then be printed on a laser printer.
This online generator gives you the option of the following encoding possibilities:
(1) Code 39
(2) Code 128
(3) UPC A
Select the bar code type in the first drop down box, then enter the numbers for your specific bar code. The barcode generator supports multiple label formats (sizes) from label-maker Avery. You can create a page of labels with the same bar code or choose to increment sequential bar codes. Add a line of text across the top of the page as a reference or add your company logo. And you can create up to five pages of bar codes, as needed.
Here is a 2 minute video demonstrating how to make a sheet of bar code labels.
Here is a quick video on how to make a UPC code.
Online QR code generator
QR codes are some of the most versatile bar codes you can find. They are capable of holding much more data than the standard 1D bar code and can add a cool look to your business card or advertisement. The QR code generator on the website can encode the following information:
(1) Phone number
(2) Full contact information
(3) Email address
(4) SMS (a text message)
(6) Website URL
(7) Information needed to access a WiFi network
The first step is to click on the drop down arrow next to "Contents," and select the information that will be included in your QR code. Then enter your data in the boxes below. For example, by choosing contact information, you'll have the ability to enter seven pieces of information (name, company name, phone number, email address, physical address, website, and a short memo such as a tagline). The last option determines the size of the QR code. Small translates into a square about 5/8" on both sides, medium gives you a 1-1/8" box, and large, a box almost 2" by 2". Then click on the "Generate barcode" button.
The QR code appears on your screen just below the barcocde generator. You can scan it right from the screen or save the file by right-clicking your mouse (Control click if you have a Mac). The resulting file is in PNG format (portable network graphics), which can be used on a website or on print materials.
The possibilities really are endless. Take a look around you and see how others are using these versatile codes. You'll probably come up with ten more ideas in the time it takes you to read this article. Good luck!
Another helpful resource for knowing when to use barcode generators and for guidelines on how to best use them, is "Bar Codes: QR Should Not Mean "Questionable Readability."
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