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News on barcode software (barcode generator, barcode SDK for Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX, Windows, SAP, Navision), 2D barcodes, label printing software, report generators, compliance labeling solutions and DAQ tools.

Office Barcode Add-In for All Platforms

2017/09/05 | Barcode Guru

Barcode Guru is TEC-IT’s simple-to-use Office Add-In for Microsoft® Word and Excel® on Windows, Mac and Office Online.

In no time you insert linear, 2D, GS1 and postal barcodes into your Microsoft Word or Excel document. QR code support is FREE of charge. Further codes, such as Data Matrix, PDF417, Code 128, Code 2 of 5 Interleaved, Code 39, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC A, UPC E, GS1 128, GS1 DataBar, USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode, etc. are available in the paid version. All barcodes are embedded into your document in perfect quality as high-res images.

Barcode Guru offers the following features:

  • Fast and user-friendly installation in few seconds
  • Free QR code support
  • Insert 2D and linear barcodes into Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Adjustable barcode parameters (module width, symbol size, colors, image resolution, code page etc.)
  • All barcodes are generated in high-resolution and optimal quality

Be inspired and try the Barcode Guru today!

In case of questions, please contact us.

Online Label Generator Improvements

2017/08/28 | Online Label Generator

TEC-IT's online label printing solution allows you to create downloadable PDF files for industry standard barcode labels in seconds.

The update of this service includes the following improvements:

  • Privacy
    Introduced the possibility for a customer to delete his own account (including all related data), improved https support.
  • Ford GTL Labels
    Added data-fields and updated PDF417 content as required by the Ford GTL labels revision 2017 specification.
  • General Label Printing Features
    Improved custom label handling, added possibility to generate labels in their default size.
  • Improved User Interface

Just try the Online Label Generator for free!

In case of questions, please contact us.

TBarCode/X with Sandboxing Available for Mac OS X and Linux

2017/08/25 | TBarCode/X V.11.5.0

TBarCode/X is a bar code generator software specially designed for administrators and software developers. This software solution offers versatile barcoding on Linux, UNIX and OS X operating systems.

What's new?

  • Version 11.5 is now available for Mac OS X / macOS and Linux (other platforms will follow).
  • The TBarCode library is ready for sandboxing and is linked relative to the executable path instead of the absolute installation path.
  • This version uses TBarCode Library V11.5.0. Please take a look at our TBarCode History for further information.

Give it a try: Download TBarCode/X.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement. In case of questions contact us.

Brand-New App Teaches Word and Excel How to Scan Barcodes

2017/07/18 | Scan-IT to Office

TEC-IT is proud to announce its latest app for Android and iOS:

Scan-IT to Office Icon

With this scanner solution you read barcodes directly into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. All you need is a smartphone, Microsoft Office and an active internet connection. Now you are good to go! Smart cloud services allow single and multiple users to work on several documents at the same time. This works globally and regardless of your location. On-premise server solutions (private cloud) are available upon request.

Scan-IT to Office Benefits:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Works anytime and anywhere
  • Seamless integration into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • For Android and iOS
  • Maximum privacy (no persistent data logging)
  • No need for special hardware (barcode scanners, wires, etc.)

Test the barcode-solution for free! The smartphone app is available in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iOS devices). The corresponding Office add-in can be downloaded from the Office Store.

Try Scan-IT to Office today and scan barcodes into Word and Excel, anywhere and anytime!

TFORMer Now with Improved Font and Barcode Output

2017/07/11 | TFORMer Designer V7.5.21

TFORMer Designer, TEC-IT's professional barcode label design and printing software, was updated. With this solution, you create your own labels and forms within seconds, or benefit from the ready-to-use templates used in industry and logistics.

The recently published TFORMer Designer maintenance release focuses mainly on:

  • Better Font Handling when Printing International Typesets
    If required, the current release automatically substitutes missing characters or fonts with suitable alternatives. This is useful when printing labels using international typesets (e.g. mixed English and Chinese output).
  • Better Barcode Support
    TFORMer adds support for the barcode symbologies UPU S10 and Data Matrix Rectangular Extensions (DMRE). In addition, the pixel shaving (bar or dot width reduction) method is now more accurate.
  • New Automotive Label Templates
    Ready-to-use templates for Ford Global Transport Labels and for MAT Labels were added. These label templates are also available at TEC-IT’s Online Label Generator.
  • New Visual Studio Runtime
    TFORMer SDK is now using the Visual Studio 2015 runtime.
  • Various Bug Fixes
    The current release fixes various bugs (temporary file handling, user input problems, ODBC 64-bit error, PostScript output form images, page footer handling, preview problems, barcode output improvements, SDK crash under UNIX).

We recommend to update your TFORMer instance as soon as possible. The update is free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TFORMer Update.

Detailed information about the changes is available in the TFORMer Version History. In case of questions contact us.

New Barcode: Royal Mail 4-State Mailmark

2017/07/10 | TBarCode SDK V11.5.0 / Barcode Studio 15.6.0

TEC-IT Software with Royal Mail 4-State Mailmark

The Royal Mail 4-State Mailmark code is used for identifying postal items. Mailmark utilizes 2D and 4-state barcodes to enable retail and wholesale business customers to access the lowest postage rates available. Users of this barcode technology also receive information about individual mailings, such as where mail is and when it will be delivered and an online tracking service for shipment tracking.

This new bar code type is currently supported by our barcode generator TBarCode SDK and the barcode creator software Barcode Studio. You will find more details about this new barcode type in our Barcode Overview and in the Barcode Reference.

Give it a try: Download TBarCode SDK | Download Barcode Studio

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement. You will find further improvements and fixes in the version history. In case of questions contact us.

NEW! BluePiano V2.0 - Android Bluetooth Keyboard Wedge

2017/06/20 | BluePiano V2.0

BluePiano, TEC-IT's smart Bluetooth Keyboard Wedge was redesigned from scratch. This app extends arbitrary Android apps with automated Bluetooth data collection in a completely transparent way, modifications of the target apps are not required.

What's new?

  • Enhanced Bi-Directional Bluetooth Connectivity
    Sending pre-configured device commands (e.g. for querying a new measurement) is now possible with a few taps.
  • State-of-the-Art Keyboard Layout
    The keyboard now supports multiple languages and keyboard layouts.
  • In-App Purchase
    The unrestricted version can now be purchased directly in the app. If you would like to upgrade from the free to the paid version, you do not have to download an additional app anymore.
  • Further Improvements
    Integrated barcode camera scanner, integrated NFC reader, new data modifiers, support of the new Android permission system, new options like clipboard support, swipe to scan, adjustable scanner keys, simultaneous use of soft- and hardware keyboard, password protection, etc.

Watch the BluePiano product teaser video:

Give it a try! Download BluePiano (free demo, in-app purchase of unlimited version) at Google Play.

TEC-IT is glad to provide support, special versions of this app (e.g. with special features or with a custom branding) are available on request! In case of questions contact us.

UPDATE! Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard for Android

2017/06/20 | Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard V2.6

TEC-IT's popular Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard (formerly named Barcodescanner Keyboard + NFC) was just updated on Google Play! This new version provides better support for Microsoft® Excel® (eliminates a problem when scanning barcodes into the function input field) and fixes some minor issues.

From now on, the Google Play store lists only the free version of the Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard, this free demo version can be upgraded to the unrestricted app via in-app purchasing.

Watch the Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard product teaser video:

Download free demo version of Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard from Google Play or directly from our website (suitable for volume licensing without a Google account).

Custom or branded versions of this app are available, just contact us in case of questions.

TBarCode Office Now Saves Time and Resources

2017/06/13 | TBarCode Office V10.8.3

With TBarCode Office, TEC-IT's powerful Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Office, creating barcodes in Microsoft® Word or Microsoft® Excel® has never been easier!
With just a few mouse clicks, you insert a barcode directly into your document.

The latest version of TBarCode Office includes the following improvements in detail:

  • Edit More Barcodes
    Excel Add-In: Barcodes can now be embedded as images instead of ActiveX Controls. This saves system resources and you can edit more barcodes.
  • Improved Barcode Handling
    Scaled or distorted barcode sizes are now avoided. This setting can be activated in the add-in options.
  • Insert Barcodes from the Ribbon
    Excel add-in: Barcodes can now be inserted more quickly with a button into the current selection.
  • Upgrade to .NET
    The add-in is now based on .NET Framework 4.5.

Details about improvements and bug fixes can be found in the TBarCode Office Version History.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TBarCode Office Update or try a free trial!

Please contact us for further information.

TWedge - Software Wedge with new USB HID Data Logger

2017/05/22 | TWedge V3.4.0

The versatile and universal data collection software TWedge extends systems and databases with real-time data acquisition. This software wedge immediately forwards captured data to apps, databases, Office applications and ERP systems for further processing.

Version 3.4 offers a new built-in USB HID data logger and provides a simple method for creating nicely formatted message boxes using basic HTML syntax.

Twedge V3.4.0 includes the following improvements in detail:

  • USB HID Input Device
    TWedge V3.4 extends the existing USB HID data capture functionality with a new method for collecting USB HID input data. This new "Synchronized" method uses a more sophisticated data collection technique to process the received keystrokes. This synchronized keystroke logger mode also works with the Windows 10 on-screen touch keyboard (TabTip.exe).
  • JavaScript: HtmlMessageBox
    The new function HtmlMessageBox displays HTML text and returns the href text when clicking a link. The action template "Write Data to CSV File with HTML Confirmation Dialog" demonstrates this function.
  • JavaScript: NotifyInfo, MessageBox
    Fixed a crash when passing a non-string value as text parameter.
  • New User Interface Languages
    TWedge is now available in Italian and Spanish.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TWedge update or try a free trial!

Please contact us for further information.

TBarCode SDK with ISO 8859-1 Support for Code 128

2017/05/15 | TBarCode SDK V11.4.0

TBarCode SDK represents a well-known set of barcode creation components for Microsoft® Office users and software developers. With this software solution, you are using a barcode generator software, which has been successfully proven in countless stand-alone applications, server-based systems and reporting applications.

The latest version of TBarCode SDK includes the following improvements:

  • ISO 8859-1 Support for Code 128
    Code 128 now supports the whole character set defined by ISO 8859-1.
  • Bar-Width Reduction
    The bar-width reduction was improved. Bars are now reduced on all sides, leaks between dots in matrix codes are now avoided.
  • Plessey Code
    Fixed a memory leak that occurred in context of Plessey Code.
  • PDF File Export
    Fixed a potential crash that could occur in an error case.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TBarCode SDK, 11.4.0 update today!

Please contact us for further information.

TBarCode SDK - Barcodes for SAP Crystal Reports and SSRS

2017/04/18 | TBarCode SDK V11.3.2

TBarCode SDK offers barcode printing for Microsoft® Office users and software developers. With this software solution, you create and print all barcode symbologies used in industry and commerce in excellent quality.

The latest version of TBarCode SDK includes the following improvements:

  • SAP® Crystal Reports® and SSRS Support
    Crystal Reports and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) are now supported with a http-based barcode service (URL embedding). The barcode web service is included as web deployment package. This web service is also available as sample application with full source code.
  • Samples and Guides
    The TBarCode SDK samples and guides were revised.
  • Setup on 32-bit Windows
    A bug in the setup application was fixed which prevented TBarCode SDK from being installed on 32-bit Windows systems.
  • Micro QR-Code: Memory Leak
    A memory leak was fixed that occurred when drawing a Micro QR-Code symbol.
  • New Application Icon
  • Stability improvements

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TBarCode SDK, 11.3.2 update today!

Please contact us for further information.

Barcodescanner Keyboard Now with Multi-Function Scan Key

2017/04/12 | Barcodescanner Keyboard V2.5.0

Use TEC-IT’s Barcodescanner Keyboard to scan and enter barcodes into any app. Open the integrated camera barcode scanner with a single tap and the scanned bar-codes appear like manual user input. This works perfectly without modifying existing apps!

The latest update of Barcodescanner Keyboard includes the following improvements:

  • Alternative Scan Key
    Use the new alternative scan key to start arbitrary (customizable) apps, the data received by such apps is transformed into virtual keystrokes. Example: use Barcodescanner Keyboard to start a custom NFC scanner app and process its result.
  • French Version
    A French translation is now available
  • Improved Quicktext function

Download Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard for Android at Google Play or directly from our website.

Please contact us for further information.

Generate Ford GTL Labels for Free

2017/04/10 | Online Label Generator

Ford Global Transport Labels (as of 2017) have recently become available in our Online Label Generator.

Interested users can create 25 GTL labels with their own data for free. For additional requirements paid subscriptions are available. The GTL labels were designed by Ford Europe and we are pleased to support Ford’s suppliers with the online label service.

For further information, please contact sales@tec-it.com.

TEC-IT on Microsoft Office YouTube Channel!

2017/03/17 | Symbols and Characters Add-in

The official Microsoft Office YouTube channel showcases TEC-IT's Office Add-in Symbols and Characters. This free add-in was developed by our team to simplify the use of special characters (umlauts, mathematical signs, currency symbols and many more) in your Office documents.

Watch the Microsoft Office video "Symbols and Characters" for details:

Stay tuned!
We love the idea of Office add-ins and how they support office users in their daily work. We will soon publish another brand-new and outstanding add-in, which saves office users a lot of time and hassle. Keep your smartphone ready.

Download Symbols and Characters Add-In for free at Office Store.

Contact us for further information.

Barcode Studio Maintenance Release

2017/03/15 | Barcode Studio V15.5.1

With TEC-It’s professional barcode maker and labelling software, Barcode Studio, you can create high-quality barcode images, without programming.

This maintenance release includes the following improvements:

  • Changing Barcode Types
    Fixed a crash when changing the barcode type from Data Matrix to a 1D code.
  • Label Templates on Mac OS X
    The label template file is now searched for in the correct directory.
  • TBarCode Library 11.3.1
    Barcode Studio is now using TBarCode library 11.3.1.
  • New Icon
    Barcode Studio now uses a new application icon.

You can get this update directly in Barcode Studio (menu Help – check for Update…) or Download Barcode Studio from our website.

For users of Barcode Studio Version 15 and for customers with valid priority support agreement this update is free of charge.

Contact us for further information.

Barcodescanner Keyboard with Simplified Auto Scan Function

2017/02/28 | Barcodescanner Keyboard V2.4.0

With TEC-IT’s Android soft-keyboard, you can scan barcodes into any app. The integrated camera barcode scanner can be opened with a single tap on a special key, the scanned bar-codes appear immediately – like entered manually - in the target app. With its improved automated barcode scanning function, Barcodescanner Keyboard is now much simpler to use!

The latest version of Barcodescanner Keyboard includes the following improvements:

  • Simplified Auto Scan Function
    An initial barcode-scan to start the auto-scan feature is not required anymore
  • New Android Keyboard
    Based on new Android Keyboard version LatinIME 7.1.1
  • New app icons
  • Fix: improved stability, crash fixes

Download Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard for Android at Google Play or directly from our website.

Please contact us for further information.

NEW: Create and Share Free Online Barcodes

2017/02/23 | Online Barcode Generator

With TEC-IT’s Online Barcode Generator, you can create Linear Barcodes, 2D Codes, GS1 DataBar, Postal Codes and many more for free! The Online Barcode Generator demonstrates the capabilities of the TBarCode SDK barcode components for .NET. The generated barcodes are perfectly readable and are available as link or as gif, jpg or png bitmap images.

The latest update of the Online Barcode Generator includes the following improvements:

  • New Barcode Type: UPU S10
    UPU S10 is used internationally for the sorting and tracking of postal items.
  • Sharable URLs
    Improved, sharable URLs for the barcode generator (including parameters for encoded data and other barcode settings).
  • Barcode Image URLs
    The URLs to the barcode image and to the generating barcode page can be copied easily to the clipboard or sent to colleagues.

Visit our website and try Online Barcode Generator for free!

Please contact us for commercial use.

Barcode Studio – Professional Barcode Creator Update

2017/02/21 | Barcode Studio V15.5.0

This update for Barcode Studio, our professional barcode maker and labelling program, includes the following improvements:

  • New Barcode Type: UPU S10
    UPU S10 is used internationally for the sorting and tracking of postal items.
  • Support of Data Matrix Rectangular Extension (DMRE)
    The symbol sizes defined by the DMRE are now supported (8x48, 8x64, 12x64, 16x64, 24x32, 24x36, 24x48, 24x64 and 26x32).
  • Check Digit Method Modulo 43 for QR-Code and Data Matrix
    The check digit method "modulo 43" is provided in the list of supported check digit methods for QR-Code and Data Matrix.
  • New Setup Application
    A new setup application is used, it contains both 32 bit and 64 bit components. The setup downloads the C++ redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 on demand.
  • TBarCode Library 11.3.1
    Using TBarCode library 11.3.1.

For more details, see the Barcode Studio version history.

You can get this update directly in Barcode Studio (menu Help – check for Update…) or Download Barcode Studio from our website.

For users of Barcode Studio Version 15 and for customers with a valid priority support agreement this update is free of charge.

TBarCode SDK Update with UPU S10 Support for Postal Items

2017/02/14 | TBarCode SDK V11.3.1

TEC-IT presents the latest version 11.3.1 for the barcode generator software TBarCode SDK.

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Support of Data Matrix Rectangular Extension (DMRE)
    The symbol sizes defined by the DMRE are now supported by the SDK (8x48, 8x64, 12x64, 16x64, 24x32, 24x36, 24x48, 24x64 and 26x32).
  • New Barcode Type: UPU S10
    UPU S10 is used for identifying postal items. This generic barcode type was implemented by several post authorities.
  • Check Digit Method Modulo 43 for QR-Code and Data Matrix
    The check digit method "modulo 43" is provided in the list of supported check digit methods for QR-Code and Data Matrix.
  • New Setup Application
    A new setup application is used, it contains both 32 bit and 64 bit components. The setup downloads the C++ redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 on demand.

Download TBarCode SDK, 11.3.1 update today!

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement.

Android App "Rapid Inventory" - Update

2017/02/13 | Rapid Inventory V2.6.0

Rapid Inventory is a mobile app for Android systems and supports stocktaking and inventory control. With Rapid Inventory, you can create and manage inventory lists for up to 100 items completely free of charge!

Version 2.6.0 includes the following improvements:

  • Improved Bluetooth scanner connectivity
    (Completely rewritten code)
  • Updated settings page for the Bluetooth scanner connection

Download Stocktaking for Android at Google Play or directly from our website .

Please contact us for further information.

TBarCode SDK available for Windows 10 IoT/Raspberry!

2017/02/08 | TBarCode SDK V11.3.0

Our best-in-class barcode generator software is now available for Windows 10 IoT systems. Therefore, TBarCode SDK can also be used on compact single board computers such as Raspberry Pi. With TBarCode SDK you are using a barcode generator software, which scores with its broad application possibilities:

  • Embedded systems
  • Kiosk applications
  • School- and teaching applications

Did you know: we give special discounts for schools and teaching facilities!

TBarCode SDK download (trial version) for Windows 10 IoT is free.
Please contact us for further details.

Barcode Studio - Professional Barcode Maker Update

2016/10/11 | Barcode Studio V15.4.0

The most recent update of Barcode Studio, our professional bar code maker and labelling program, offers the following new features:

  • Improved HP® SmartStream® Support
    Barcode Studio works smoothly with HP SmartStream Composer-Lite V3.0 and HP SmartStream Designer V20.0 (detailed information will follow shortly).
  • GS1 Application Identifiers
    The application identifiers for GS1-128 and GS1 DataBar have been updated.
  • TBarCode Library 11.3.0
    Barcode Studio uses now the latest TBarCode Library 11.3.0.

For more details see the Barcode Studio version history.

You can get this update directly in Barcode Studio (menu Help - Check for Update...) or you download Barcode Studio from our website.

For users of Barcode Studio Version 15 and for customers with a valid Priority Support Agreement this update is free of charge.

TBarCode Office - Barcode Add-In Update

2016/08/22 | TBarCode Office V10.8.1

TBarCode Office was optimized for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to enhance stability. Further improvements:

  • Letter Mail Merge
    Text wrapping style "In Front of Text" is supported for bar code objects during a letter mail merge. The barcode must be configured inline with text and then switched to in front of text for positioning.
  • Trim Carriage Return / Line Feed
    Add-In for Word: Trim CR/LF from bar code data for codes which do not support CR/LF.

Details about improvements and bug fixes can be found in the TBarCode Office Version History.

The download of TBarCode Office is for free. Owners of an active maintenance agreement or a license for TBarCode Office V10.x are eligible to update without additional costs.

Video Tutorials Introducing TBarCode Office

2016/06/08 | TBarCode Office V10.8.0

TBarCode Office enables you to create and insert your own barcodes into Microsoft Word and Excel documents.

To get you started, we show the core functions of TBarCode Office in our Video Tutorials:

Try TBarCode Office for free! Insert 1D and 2D bar codes directly into your Microsoft Word and Excel document! Design your serial letters with barcodes: Try TBarCode Office for your individual tasks.

TEC-IT YouTube channel: Visit our YouTube channel to get an impression of our software products and make sure to stay up-to-date as one of our subscribers.

NEW: Create and Print Barcode Labels Online

2016/06/02 | Online Label Generator
Online Label Generator

We are happy to provide you with the newest version of our Online Label Generator. Create and print barcode- and industry labels in no time at all. You can start immediately, time-consuming label design efforts are not required!

Test the free demo version of the Online Label Generator with a big number of standardized labels:

Registered users save even more time! Registration is free of charge; you will receive 25 print jobs welcome credit. More advantages:

  • printing data can be imported from CSV files,
  • your data will be automatically saved for future print jobs, re-entering your data manually is not required,
  • printing several labels at once is possible (serial printing, batch printing).

YouTube-Video Tutorial: On our TEC-IT YouTube-Channel we introduce you to the new user interface and to the main functions of the Online Label Generator in a video:

We are looking forward to receiving your feedback! Just contact our support in case of questions.