BarTender®: Four Editions to Meet Every Need

BarTender's four editions enable you to easily upgrade your system as your business grows, without the extra cost and complexity of buying add-on products.

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(Design and Print)

Basic Edition

Professional Edition

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All Basic features, plus:

  • Design and print labels, cards, mag stripe cards and more.
  • Optimize print speed to any printer or marking device.
  • Design data-entry forms that provide data validation and accept print-time input from the keyboard or a barcode scanner.

Licensed per PC

  • Read data from CSV files, databases and Excel. Easily search and select records for printing.
  • Encode RFID labels.

Licensed per PC

Create & Automate
(Design, Print and Control)

Automation Edition

Enterprise Automation Edition

All Professional features, plus:

All Automation features, plus:

  • Automatically print from any OS, system or device in response to data transactions and SDK requests.
  • Design using Intelligent TemplatesTM to reduce maintenance.
  • Secure the printing environment with user and group roles.
  • Monitor live print status and view detailed history of system usage.

Licensed per printer

  • Automatically print in response to Web service API or TCP/IP communication.
  • Integrate with SAP and Oracle.
  • Take advantage of centralized system management, browser-hosted printing, centralized template storage with revision control, electronic signature support, full SDK control, smart card encoding and more.

Licensed per printer

(Please note that Print Only editions have been discontinued as of BarTender 2016.)

Full feature list

B = Basic
P = Professional
A = Automation
EA = Enterprise Automation
= Feature is fully supported
= Partially supported
= Supports shareable centralized databases
= Supports local databases only
= Supports all printers and print jobs on the network
= Works for local and network printers (and print jobs) that have drivers installed on the local PC

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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
Integration Builder creates integrations to control BarTender from other programs
Administration Console provides a single destination for controling security, managing integrations, monitoring BarTender-related services and administering the BarTender System Database
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
Print Portal provides an intuitive, browser-based interface for selecting and printing BarTender documents, including support for tablets and smart phones, and the ability to print via the cloud
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
Intelligent TemplatesTM: Place objects on separate, lockable layers for conditional printing and editing security; 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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
Custom page templates, including printing outside the label when printing multiple pages (such as for including page numbers)
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
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)
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
Serialize per page or per job; reset counters when the time or date changes
Serialize when data source or fields change; reset counters for each database record or with field changes
Preserve or expand field length when rolling over
Design print-time data entry forms for keyboard and barcode scanner data
Share global data fields among all documents that use the same system database
Database support using ADO.NET drivers to natively connect to your database
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
Full-system Unicode support (field names, files,
servers, printers, etc.)
Visual Basic scripting for custom data processing
Visual Basic Script Editor for simplified implementation, access and navigation of custom code
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
Can be run as "background" application
Control from other programs using ActiveX
Control from other programs using command lines
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
Administration Console manages user permissions and encrypts documents
Administration Console 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
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
Processes file, e-mail and serial port triggers
Supports TCP/IP triggers and data transmission
Optimized to receive, launch and monitor new print jobs without waiting for existing jobs to finish
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
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
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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Our Customers Say

"BarTender’s ability to integrate with any ERP and Safety Data Sheet authoring and management system, coupled with its easy-to-use and powerful Intelligent Templates™, has made it our go-to software product for integrating and solving the challenges associated with GHS compliance labeling in all of our chemical customers."

—Rick Schilling, President, Integrated Productivity Systems (IPSi)