BarTender® Automation Edition
Software to create and automate labels, barcodes and more

Designed for businesses that want to increase efficiency by automating their printing, the BarTender® Automation Edition offers the full power of Intelligent TemplatesTM plus the ability to launch printing from other programs.

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Keep your business moving with reliable automated printing

BarTender® Automation leverages conditional printing, our exclusive Intelligent TemplatesTM and printing from other business systems to increase system flexibility and reduce maintenance.

Powerful integration with business systems

Integration Builder and Administration Console together provide powerful control over creating and managing your system integrations. Create highly customizable integrations to seamlessly connect BarTender's printing capabilities with virtually any enterprise business operation.

Intelligent Templates for unmatched versatility and control

  • Leverage conditional printing to create a wide variety of labels from a single design, without the headache of maintaining a separate document for each label.
  • Easily support complex printing scenarios by telling templates, layers and even individual objects when to print based on a single data source or database field, or based on multiple conditions — all without scripting.
  • Lock mandatory content so it cannot be changed by other designers.
  • Print content to specific panels of security cards, including monochrome black, UV fluorescing, and overlay panels.

BarTender Automation also offers all the powerful yet easy-to-use design features of the Professional Edition:

  • Let BarTender's smart wizards guide you through critical design decisions to maximize your printing performance and compliance with important standards.
  • Use your own fonts or those built into the printer.
  • Generate anything from simple serial numbers to advanced custom serialization sequences.
  • Format text any way you want with Rich Text formatting.
  • Enhance imported graphics with high-quality image-processing controls, including brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, smoothing and cropping.
  • Recreate legacy labels easily by importing old designs to use as a guide.
  • Link to external graphics to enable dynamic changes.

Additional security and printing management

  • Integrate with other software for basic automated control.
  • Manage user permissions and encrypt documents.
  • View printer status and reprint previous jobs.

Visual Basic Script Editor for easy management

The VB Script Editor enables you to easily navigate between different scripts in your document; access supported code snippets to help you when writing your own code; access application-specific VB Script objects, properties and functions; and more.

Professional printing flexibility

  • Minimize print-time data entry by letting BarTender pull data from Excel files, text files and a wide variety of databases. Or design your own forms for entering data easily at print time.
  • Easily select, preview and print labels and cards from a dedicated Print Station interface.
  • Print multiple label formats as a single batch, whether from BarTender, the dedicated BarTender Print Station or even the Windows Explorer.
  • Print to any true Windows printer driver, and use our free Drivers by Seagull to leverage the special features of label and card printers for optimal performance.

Support wherever you need it

Our global offices combine to provide support for all BarTender editions 24 hours a day, every business day.

Move up to the ultimate in control and automation

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

Move up to the Enterprise Automation Edition for complete control and automation of even the most complex business printing environment.

See the quick edition selector below or the detailed feature list for more details.

Try BarTender now, free, for 30 days

Download the free 30-day trial to explore the features of all four BarTender editions and see how it can solve your toughest needs for labeling, barcoding and more. Or contact us to learn more about why BarTender is the most trusted software of its kind.

Free 30-Day Trial Edition

The BarTender Trial Edition lets you fully explore all four editions, including:

  • Easy design and printing of barcodes, labels, cards, and RFID tags
  • Printing data from spreadsheets, databases, and ERP systems
  • Automated and conditional printing
  • Centralized printing and administration

Version: BarTender 2016 R8, released 2018-09-05.

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  • If you have a 32-bit operating system (OS): Install the 32-bit version of BarTender.
  • If you have a 64-bit version of Windows: You may install either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of BarTender. The 64-bit version is recommended, but you may need to install the 32-bit edition if you are using certain OLE DB or ODBC database drivers, or if you need to develop a 32-bit application using the SDK.

For more information, read the white paper.

Printer Drivers

BarTender works with any true Windows printer driver, but our free Drivers by Seagull ensure superior performance by leveraging the special features of label and card printers. Drivers by Seagull are widely recognized as the fastest and most reliable Windows drivers in the world for label and card printers.

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For more technical information, see the BarTender help system or our white papers. The BarTender help system is also available online (currently English only).

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"We evaluated several competing solutions, and found BarTender to be the best choice because of its advanced programming interface, solid reliability, exceptional support and unmatched flexibility for label design and printing. Integrating BarTender into Innovatum's ROBAR system enables the world's best label software to be used in compliance with all US and international labeling regulations."

— Ardi Batmanghelidj, President, Innovatum, maker of ROBAR label system for FDA regulated pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology environments