Friday, June 17, 2016

Barcode Wire offers free PDF417 codes


A few weeks ago, I told you about a website where you can get free horizontal bar codes and QR codes. It turns out the same site also has a free PDF417 barcode generator.

PDF417 is a stacked linear barcode symbol format. It’s a dense format that can pack more information into a machine-readable image than older barcode formats.

The format is used in a variety of applications. It’s used widely for transport tracking, identification cards, and inventory management. I see it most often on airline boarding passes and sometimes on letters delivered by the US Postal Service.

Barcode Wire, a website that follows the barcode industry and barcode technology, lets anyone print a PDF417. Just input the text you want to represent and you get back a JPG image file.

Visitors to the Barcode Wire website can use the Free PDF417 Generator option on the site’s main menu or install the Chrome browser plug-in from the Chrome Web Store.


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