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Barcode Writer in Pure PostScript

Nov 11, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

"We recently took a look at KBarcode, GUI application for Linux desktops that lets users create and print a variety of barcode formats. But KBarcode isn't the only option. Terry Burton's Barcode Writer in Pure PostScript (BWIPP), which is one of the GUI app's backends, is a fast and flexible barcode generating tool in its own right.

"PostScript? Isn't that a brand of printer?

"Most of us probably think of PostScript as an output-only file format, because it is the lingua franca of so many computer printers. But PostScript is actually full procedural programming language — just one optimized for drawing on the page.

"BWIPP is a collection of barcode generation functions written in PostScript itself, which can be directly embedded in final PostScript output, sent directly to a printer, or interpreted by a PostScript tool like Ghostscript and turned into an image. The entire collection is available for download in a single file, covering more than fifty 1-D, 2-D, and stacked barcode encoding options."

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