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« on: November 21, 2008, 16:24 »
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This is a bit of a specialist topic, and only peripherally connected to photography, but does anyone on here know how to generate a bar code from a given number?

I have been given an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for a book of photographs and poems of mine that I am self-publishing, and I need to print it as a bar code on the back cover.

Any idea on how to do it simply and cheaply without going to a specialist agency or buying software that I'm only ever going to use once.

Thanks


« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 16:34 »
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There are bar code fonts on the web that do what you need.

« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 16:47 »
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Believe it or not the Inkscape free vector program will do it.

The program is a free download, no strings. Go to Effects>Render>BarCode

Make sure you know the standard needed, such as UPC 5, etc.

You can then output the barcode as a vector or export a bitmap.

This is one of the few reasons I keep Inkscape around. It does have a few useful functions, but for commercial vector drawing it pretty much sucks.

http://www.inkscape.org/

digiology

« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008, 16:49 »
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You can try here:

http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/

Lots of other free sites out there too if you google "free barcode generator". Good luck!

« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008, 18:20 »
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Thanks folks. Just what I wanted. Got it now.

I knew I could rely on this forum to come up with the answer.


 

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