BarTender 2021 Preview 2

A first look at the document management workflow and
web-based printing advances in BarTender 2021


What is Preview 2


Preview 2 gives early access to BarTender 2021’s new feature enhancements and improvements. Preview 2 is a fully supported BarTender release.

Who is it for


Preview 2 is for customers wanting advanced label document management, including: design and approval workflows; fast, secure, web-based printing; high-availability license redundancy options; and enhanced automation, integration and database improvements.

Why try it


This is your chance to help shape the future of BarTender. Try it out and send us your feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

Key Benefits

  • Increase label QA and accountability with visual Workflow Designer for easy design, approval, tracking and deployment
  • Faster approval process using integrated web-based Print Portal and configurable email notifications providing label approval anywhere, any time
  • Improved business continuity and disaster recovery — licensing backup server and redundancy to ensure continuous printing operations
  • Tighter integration with your business systems, and expanded API support for the new workflow and Print Portal enhancements
  • Upgraded Designer and other feature enhancements provide improved productivity and expanded dynamic data support for images and table objects
  • Fast, secure internet printing — access, select and print labels from anywhere, any time
  • Print directly from any browser, on any device, to any connected printer
  • Easier label system control with enhanced Integration Builder and Admin Console
  • Flexible database options with support for Google Sheets, Excel Online, QuickBooks Online and JSON
  • Comprehensive security with role-based access

New visual Workflow Designer


  • Drag and drop user interface
  • Increase label document QA and team accountability
  • Easily create label design, approval and deployment workflows for end-to-end project tracking
  • Track the status of label files from start to finish
  • Secure document access with user permissions


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Access workflow approval process anywhere, any time


  • Integrated web-based print portal
  • Review and approve label documents
  • Email notification support
  • Configure customized emails for each document state, approval, and transition


Enhanced reliability for mission-critical environments


  • Enhanced failover license support
  • Resilient licensing for fault tolerance
  • Advanced, always on, high availability options


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Expanded API support


  • Integrate your business systems
  • New Print Portal REST API
  • Expanded Librarian API
  • Access via OpenAPI Specification


New database support connectors 


  • Excel Online
  • Google Sheets
  • JSON
  • Quickbooks Online


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New Print Portal


  • New faster responsive design UI, with streamlined functionality
  • Online approvals enabled for full and immediate printing control
  • Comprehensive security with SSL/encryption and role-based access
  • Driverless printing with no printer drivers required on server
  • Print to PDF supported directly from Portal


Improved Print Portal


  • New responsive design UI, with streamlined functionality
  • Driverless printing with no printer drivers required on server
  • Print to PDF supported directly from Portal

Faster, more integrated Librarian


  • Optimized for speed over the internet
  • Revision history and workflow states available in Print Portal​
  • Changes in Print Portal reflect in Librarian and vice versa
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What’s new, support, and more


  • See What’s New in Preview 2 and other documentation here.
  • Your feedback on Preview 2 is welcomed. Please let us know of any issues or desired functionality to help build our roadmap.
  • Support and feedback can be given through our support portal — per your current support plan — and in our community forums.
  • Preview 2 support is available through December 31, 2020.

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