Bar Coded Forms Introduction

Image-Master can recognize indexing information contained in special symbols called bar codes. While the Scanning Module will recognize bar codes created from a wide variety of sources, it is often difficult to create bar codes within merge forms. Image-Master contains specialized software to automatically create 1D (3of9) and 2D (DataMatrix ) bar codes within a merge.

The topics in this bar code section explain the system requirements for using the Image-Master bar code creation feature, how to install the software, and how to format the merge documents to have bar codes automatically generated for use with Image-Master. Image-Master uses bar codes to determine the filing criteria for a document. In addition, bar codes can be used to indicate when one document ends and the next document begins when scanning groups of documents in bulk.

Using Bar Codes to Specify Data Entry Fields

When bar codes are used to specify data entry fields, Image-Master assigns a reference ID number to each bar code appearing on each page of the document. Image-Master assigns a second reference ID number to each bar code which is cumulative across all pages for the document.

For example, if there are two bar codes on page one and one bar code on page two, the first bar code ID would be numbered 1 on page one and also 1 in a batch (document).

The bar code appearing on page two would have an ID of 1 on page two and also three in a batch (document). In universal recognition mode, which works equally well for all bar code types, each physical bar code can contain the filing information for one index field. Create a separate bar code on the document for each index field. Use the Image-Master Database Configuration Module to specify the bar code ID for each field that will be automatically filled in by the bar code recognition system.

Bar Code Topics Include:

How Image-Master Uses Bar Codes

System Requirements for Bar Codes

Choosing a Bar Code Type

Preferred Choice: DataMatrix 2D Bar Code Type

Formatting Merge Documents for 2D DataMatrix Bar Code Recognition

Inserting a Static 2D DataMatrix Bar Code in a Document

NOTE: There is a long standing limitation in the 2D DataMatrix engine in WordPerfect (actually a limitation in the WP Merge) whereby Merge variables are limited in length to 127 characters. To overcome this limitation, which affects the ASSIGN merge command, an alternate strategy for creating the 2D bar code was developed in version 7.7 that avoids the WP Merge variable. See "Alternate Method for 2D Barcode Generation with WordPerfect and the Collection-Master Merge" for details.

Non-preferred but Supported: Linear 3of9 1D Bar Code Type

Formatting Merge Documents for Linear 3of9 Bar Code Recognition

Using a DataMatrix 2D Bar Code to Encode Specific Filing Information

Reading Bar Codes

Bar Code Setup

Enabling Bar Code Recognition During Scanning

End of Document Recognition

Related Topics

Overview of Document Imaging