Zint : Free Cross-platform Barcode Generator

Mar 14, 2013

Need to generate some barcodes? Looking for a free barcode generator? Is there any free barcode image generator application? Well, there are many free barcode generators available on Internet today. One of my favorites is Zint, a cross-platform barcode encoding library. Zint is open source and available for free download under GNU General Public License. It comes with a Qt based GUI, a command line executable and an API for developers. For ease in customization, the application GUI comes with many options. Currently, this freeware barcode generator can encode data in more than 50 bar code symbologies. The data can be translated from either Unicode (UTF-8) or a raw 8-bit data stream. Zint renders the barcode image as either a Portable Network Graphic (PNG) image, as Encapsulated Post Script (EPS) or as a Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG).

Zint Barcode Generator Screenshot

How to use Zint?

The GUI of Zint barcode generator is clean and easy to use. The main windows displays a preview of the barcode. When you modify various settings, the preview image will updated according. The Symbology drop-down box is for selecting symbology. If the currently selected symbology supports composite symbology, an area for creating composite symbologies will appear at the bottom of the screen. If extra options are available with the symbology, a new tab will appear.

For adding longer data, you can click the ellipsis next to the “Data to Encode” text box. It will open a larger window which can be used to enter longer strings of text. But you can also import the data from a file. The appearance tab is for adjusting the dimensions and other properties of the symbol. A colour dialog is used to edit the colour of the foreground and background of the generated image. The sequence button (labelled “123..”) is for creating multiple barcode images by entering a sequence of data inputs in the right hand panel. Sequences can also be automatically generated by entering parameters on the left hand side or by importing the data from file. This freeware barcode application and comes with export feature. The Export Dialog sets the parameters for exporting a sequence of barcode images. There you can set the output file name and image format.

Zint supports following symbologies:

Code 11, Standard Code 2 of 5, IATA Code 2 of 5, Industrial Code 2 of 5, Interleaved Code 2 of 5, Code 2 of 5 Data Logic, ITF-14, Deutche Post Leitcode, Deutche Post Identcode, HIBC Code 128, HIBC Code 39, HIBC Data Matrix, HIBC PDF417, HIBC MicroPDF417, HIBC QR Code, HIBC Aztec Code, EAN-2, EAN-5, EAN-8, EAN-13, UK Plessey, MSI Plessey, Telepen Alpha, Telepen Numeric, Code 39, Extended Code 39, Code 93, PZN, Code 23, LOGMARS, Codabar, Pharmacode, Code 128, EAN-128, NVE-18, Code 16k, GS1 DataBar, DataBar-14, DataBar Limited, DataBar Extended, DataBar Stacked, Composite Symbology, Data Matrix, QR Code, Maxicode, Aztec Code, EAN-13, Micro QR, Korea Post Barcode, Japanese Postal Code, Code 49, Channel Code, Code One, Grid Matrix, FIM, Flattermarken, PDF417, MicroPDF417, Two-Track Pharmacode, PostNet, PLANET, Australia Post 4-State Symbols, RM4SCC, UPC-A, UPC-E, and USPS OneCode.

Zint quick info:

Operating system: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Price: $ 0.00 (FREE)
License: GNU General Public License
Download link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/zint/

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