BarTender® 2021 edition comparison

General Starter Professional
Streamlined installation Easy installation for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of BarTender®
Ease of use Intuitive, easy-to-use user interface, translated to more than 20 languages
Quick start A collection of configurable, industry-focused, ready-to-use BarTender documents
Comprehensive help system A complete how-to library, accessible both through BarTender and on the web
Intelligent Templates™ Design and automation tools that leverage data to reduce the number of label files  
Included printers BarTender is licensed by printer — contact your authorized software vendor to obtain pricing Up to 3 printers 1+ printers
Unlimited users Enable multiple users to print labels from any networked PC
Support Starter Professional
Standard Maintenance and Support Upgrade to the latest BarTender version free, and get live technical support by phone and chat during business hours with a guaranteed 24hr response time. Access to online resources, plus technical support by email Includes 1 year Includes 1 year
Printer drivers and monitoring Starter Professional
Drivers by Seagull™ More than 6,500 printers and output devices supported to enable high-performance printing
Print optimizations Improve print speed by taking full advantage of printer-based features such as serialization, barcodes, real-time clock, static data and graphic caching
Status monitoring Reports information back to Windows regarding printer/print job status and error conditions
Printer configuration and diagnostics Perform printer management functions in BarTender, bypassing the printer front panel
Other printer drivers Print to any printer that has a Windows-based driver
Email alerts Automatically notify IT managers or other operational team members if labeling problems occur
Template design Starter Professional
Easy WYSIWYG template design Design tools make it easy to create and print professional labels and documents
New Document Wizard An easy-to-follow wizard that ensures proper document settings for quality and printing performance
Fonts Versatile support for OpenType, TrueType and native printer-based fonts
Text formatting Familiar, Word-like tools for you to easily create and format text
Text transforms Add flair to your text objects with a variety of effects, such as fading, inflating, slanting, and more
Shapes and lines Choose from over 50 shapes and 100 line style combinations
Text wrapping Create dynamic text that wraps inside and around shapes, objects, document borders and more
Unmatched barcode support Easily create greater than 100 linear and 2D symbologies and standards
Barcode human readable Highly configurable human readable text and character formatting options
Graphics and images Import more than 70 graphic formats, including AI, PNG, JPG, BMP, TIF, EPS and GIF
Symbols Choose from a wide variety of included symbols and industry-based symbol fonts
Tables and grids Create tables and grids to organize text, barcodes, images and other objects
White-on-black printing Switch objects from black-on-white to white-on-black printing with a single click
Front and back template design Create two-sided “duplex” printing with separate designs for the front and back of your template
GS1 Application Identifier Data Source Wizard Build barcodes in seconds using the latest GS1 compliance standards
Full color support Design commercial quality labels using PANTONE and data-sourced colors  
Intelligent Templates™ Starter Professional
Layers Template objects may be stacked, hidden and reordered when created on uniquely identifiable layers  
Conditional printing Create data-driven automation rules that specify when different objects, layers or templates in your document will visibly print or become hidden  
Template selector Conditionally print one specific template when multiple templates are available in a document  
Data sourcing and databases Starter Professional
Date and time Dynamically source dates and times from Windows or clock-enabled printers
Data validation and processing Specify data validation rules and automatically correct data or issue warnings
Concatenate data Create text and barcode objects that combine information from multiple data sources
Basic database connectivity Connect to Excel or a RFC 4180 standard CSV file to import variable data into your template
Simple serialization Increase or decrease your serial string data by increments of one (1)
Enhanced database connectivity Connect document designs to over 20 data sources such as SAP, Oracle, MS SQL, Azure SQL, XML, Excel, text files and more to print dynamically  
Advanced serialization Create serial numbers that support alphanumeric, hexadecimal, and custom sequencing patterns  
Embedded database tables Create your own database tables that travel with your BarTender document designs  
Database filters Print select database records using convenient query and filter options  
Database sourced tables Easily create tables using data from a database or external file  
Dynamic data preview See how your document handles real dynamic data during the design process  
Dynamic graphics and images Automatically source images for printing based on selected database records or queries  
Create a database Build your own database from scratch using intuitive tools included with BarTender  
Write back to databases Write back to SQL-based databases to keep track of printed records, serial numbers and much more  
Data-entry forms Starter Professional
Database record selection Select or query the correct database records at print time using helpful form controls  
Powerful form controls Make data input and selection easy by leveraging over 15 highly configurable form controls  
Keyboard and mouse input Use keyboard and mouse commands to select or enter data into forms at print time  
Scanner input Use a barcode scanner to input information to data-entry forms at print time  
Image capture Capture images at print time for ID cards or event badge printing  
Data validation Reduce user input errors by introducing data validation and error checking  
Printing, encoding and exporting Starter Professional
Print productivity Print labels and documents to any Windows-based printer
On-demand printing Print labels and documents on-demand
Batch printing Batch together dynamic print jobs that can use one or more BarTender templates
Print preview Review your dynamic print jobs before printing
RFID, smart card and magnetic stripe encoding Encode RFID tags, smartcards and magnetic strip cards as easily as adding barcodes to your template design  
Native PDF generation Generate PDFs without installing third-party PDF drivers  


BarTender Release 11.2 R1 and later versions

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