RFID Software Support in BarTender

The Smarts for "Smart Labels"

BarTender’s RFID tools are designed with the same flexibility and ease of use for which its label design features are renowned. You simply create RFID objects in your design the same way you would create barcodes and other label objects.

BarTender also lets you put the same data into your RFID tags, text and barcodes, giving you the choice of using RFID or barcode scanning hardware to retrieve the data and providing data redundancy in case of a problem with the RFID tag.

BarTender provides full RFID software support in three editions: Enterprise Automation, Automation and Professional.

Learn more about BarTender software for designing, printing and automating the production of RFID tags, barcodes, labels and cards.

Support for the Latest RFID Tag Types

BarTender supports most of the tag types available in RFID-capable printers, including EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C), ISO 15693, ISO 18000-6B, EPC Class 1, Tag-It, I-CODE, TagSys, My-d and Picotag. (Check to see our support for new RFID printers as they are introduced.)

Data Formats for Wal-Mart, DoD, EPC and more

Most RFID tags allow data to be encoded in a variety of formats. BarTender currently supports the DoD, GDTI, GIAI, GID, GRAI, GSRN, SGLN, SGTIN and SSCC, and SGLN formats, and also lets you specify your own custom RFID data formats.

"Gen2" Compliant

BarTender is fully compliant with the EPCglobal consortium’s UHF Generation 2 standard, so you can use it with RFID-capable printers from a variety of manufacturers. BarTender also supports many "Generation 1" printers and RFID tags.

Unicode Compliance Simplifies International Use

When encoding text into an RFID tag, you can select from 20 different codepages from around the world, including Unicode (which supports most characters from most of the world's languages).

On-Screen RFID Tag Display

BarTender shows you the outline of the RFID antenna, chip and substrate while you are designing your label, so you can see if you are placing a label object in an undesirable location. BarTender’s predefined label stocks come with graphic files that show the appropriate outline image, but you can also supply your own custom images.

Ready for the Future

RFID software is a relatively new technology, with rapidly evolving capabilities and applications. Fortunately, key BarTender functionality can often be upgraded for free through downloadable upgrades to printer drivers and component modules. This makes it less likely that you will need to upgrade the full program due to minor changes to RFID tags and standards.

For more details on supported RFID standards, download the BarTender brochure, or visit our Specifications and Features page.

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