Barcodes in FastReport .NET

For more than half a century used barcodes. But this popularity they received during the database development. Barcodes allows you to quickly identify the goods and to find information about it in the database. However, today's two-dimensional bar codes can contain all the information about the product inside.

In the traditional sense bar code - a set of characters or lines arranged in a certain order according to the standard.
Classic bar codes are a series of vertical lines of varying thickness. The specific order and line size allows to encode characters.

Two-dimensional barcodes typically take a square or rectangular area and are composed of pixels, and combinations thereof. These codes allow you to encode more information than linear. In addition to characters can be encoded binary code.

Linear bar codes are used mainly in trade, logistics and inventory control, whereas the two-dimensional - in transport networks, government documents, identity cards.

The main advantage of the barcode - the quick and accurate code reading. Perhaps today there is no supermarket without a barcode scanner. One can imagine what would happen if the cashier will enter the identifiers of goods manually  - long queues. In addition, there is a risk to make a mistake when entering a sequence of numbers.

Some linear codes are provided with self-checking. This avoids erroneous reading of the code, if it is damaged.

Two-dimensional codes have the same error correction mechanism. Even partially damaged code can be read, because of inherent in it redundant.

Different bar code standards are used for different purposes. Below is a list of the most popular barcode standards and contains the scope of each standard.

There is a great variety of barcode standards. All of them have a certain scope. FastReport.Net allows the use of the most popular bar codes in your reports:

-        Linear: 2/5 Interleaved, 2/5 Industrial, 2/5 Matrix, Codabar, Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 93, Code 93 Extended, Code 128 (A,B,C) autoencode, EAN8, EAN13, UPC-A, UPC-E, Supplement code, MSI, PostNet, Plessey, GS1-128

-        2D: QR code, Aztec code, PDF417, Datamatrix

Consider the scope of each of them:

So, we have considered a brief description of each of the bar codes represented in FastReport.Net. Barcodes are used in most industries. For example, in logistics barcodes contain information about the cargo and route. All of the waybill information may be encoded in a two-dimensional bar code. This ensures the integrity of the information. In addition, bar code could replace the manual entry of information in the information system. This is useful in retail trade. The work of the cashier is much easier, and customer service rate increases.

Thus, FastReport.Net allows you to create reports for such scopes of activity as trade, logistics, inventory control, and other industries.

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