Barcode Plug-in for FileMaker Pro
(OS X and Windows)
Workaround for v.18 Mac Catalina Gatekeeper problem - see below.
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More info on PDF417
PDF Encoder 19.0.1 is now available. This update
provides compatibility with FileMaker Pro 14-19, both 32 and 64
bit versions. There is an upgrade charge from version 18. Please
see "A Note From the Developer" below.
PDF417 Encoder, a FileMaker plug-in, provides the ability to print PDF417 bar codes from any FileMaker database. Unlike other bar code plug-ins, PDF417 Encoder does NOT require the installation of any special fonts. Barcodes are generated as images native to the platform. PDF417 Encoder provides full control over the size, shape, orientation, and error correction of the bar codes. Multi-bar codes and micro-PDF can be generated. Automatic transcoding of FileMaker's character set eliminates problems scanning special characters.
The latest PDF417 Encoder is optimized for Windows 10/OS 10.13/FileMaker 18, 32 and 64 bit versions. It will work back to Win 98/OS 10.6/FileMaker 8. Earlier versions are still available for all releases of FileMaker back to v.4.2. The current version is backward compatible with FileMaker scripts written for previous versions.
PDF417 answers the need to print, transfer, and re-capture large amounts of data inexpensively. It can exchange complete data files (such as text, numerics or binary) and encode graphics, fingerprints, shipping manifests, electronic data interchange (EDI) messages, equipment calibration instructions, medical information, and much more. It is used to document and label assets, inventory, parts (engineering history), hazardous materials (safety data). It provides a powerful communications capability - without the need to access an external database. And, for virtually no incremental cost, you can add a PDF symbol to the documents and labels you are already printing.
Think of PDF as an independent database with complete freedom of movement, traveling together with a person or on an item, object, package, form, document, badge, card, or label. It does what wired networks can't: allows you to immediately access your data regardless of location. Encryption is available as an option when additional security is required.
Moreover, because PDF417 is a machine-readable method of transporting data, it eliminates time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry. It functions as a paper-based computer memory that can be written once and read over and over again. And, as a universal machine language, it communicates with all host operating systems. PDF417 encodes full ASCII, numeric or binary data and it uses sophisticated error correction algorithms to keep intact 100 percent of the data - even when as much as half the symbol is damaged. It's self-verifying, so data errors can be detected and data integrity maintained.
PDF417 is the de facto standard 2-D symbology. In addition to its performance capabilities and application value in a wide range of industries, PDF417 technology is in the public domain and it conforms to industry and international "open" standards. For all of these reasons, PDF417 is emerging as the standard 2-D symbology by leading standards-setting organizations.
Equally important, any business, government agency or service organization must be assured of a low-risk, long-term return on its technology investment. Symbol's PDF417 scanning equipment can also read all conventional one-dimensional bar codes, assuring compatibility with your installed bar code systems.
Not only is PDF417 technology hard at work in a wide range of important applications, it has also been proven in independent testing. In reliability testing by the Ohio University Center for Automatic Identification, 32 million PDF417 characters were read without an error. Tests at the University of Pittsburgh proved PDF417 compatibility in high-speed overhead scanning and its readability even when symbols were damaged.
Unlike some new technologies, PDF417 doesn't require users to learn different procedures, abandon existing hardware or software, or commit to costly reinvestment in facilities or systems. A PDF417 solution can often be added with little change to current applications and it can make use of existing printers and other equipment.
It's compatible with all the same printers used to print 1-D bar codes, including laser, thermal direct, thermal transfer, ink jet and others - and all are widely available today. You can print on a wide variety of materials-paper, cards, labels, plastics, metals and others. You can even fax PDF417 symbols.
Because PDF417 can be printed in various shapes, users can create custom layouts for the requirements of specific applications. Symbols may also be printed at various densities depending on printing technology, scanner type, and application requirement.
You can download a working demo here, with complete documentation.
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|PDF417 Encoder Single User, Windows||$99 USD|
|PDF417 Encoder Single User, Mac||$119 USD|
|PDF417 Encoder Universal Unlimited Single Site License, Mac & Windows||$199 USD|
|Upgrade from v. 18 and earlier (June 2019)||$40 USD (All versions)|
|Upgrade, originally purchased July 2019 and after||Free. Contact us.|
|Developer distribution license/Developer link libraries||contact us for pricing|
To use PDF417 Encoder with FileMaker 4, 5, 6, and 7, please contact us to get a previous version.
US customers please purchase at our store in Square Market (linked
below). Select the PDF417 Encoder license according to single vs. site and
Mac vs. Windows.
Clear Solutions Software Store
Non-US buyers, please send payment by PayPal to clearsolutions at oo7 dot net. Include a note stating the name to use for registration (company or individual name), and whether Mac, Windows, or site license.
(Updated June 23, 2020.)