BarTender Basic Edition

BarTenderBoxArtBarTender® Basic Edition Software to create labels, barcodes and more

Designed for individuals and small departments, the BarTender® Basic Edition lets you start designing and printing barcode labels and cards in just minutes thanks to its intuitive design tools and helpful wizards.

Create high-quality labels, barcodes and cards in minutes

BarTender® Basic includes the most frequently used label and card design features, including all text, graphics, barcode, and serializing capabilities.

Flexible, powerful design

BarTender gives you the design power and flexibility to satisfy the most demanding labeling needs:

  • Use our professionally designed templates or design your own.
  • Let BarTender’s smart wizards guide you through critical design decisions to maximize your printing performance and compliance with important standards.
  • Select among 50+ drawing shapes, and resize, reshape and color them in just about any way imaginable.
  • Use BarTender’s hundreds of symbols and images, or import your own graphics.
  • Use your own fonts or those built into the printer.
  • Design your own forms for entering data at print time.
  • Generate anything from simple serial numbers to advanced custom serialization sequences.

Point, click, print

  • Easily select, preview and print labels and cards from a dedicated Print Station interface.
  • Print to any true Windows printer driver, and use our free Drivers by Seagull to leverage the special features of label and card printers for optimal performance.

Free support whenever and wherever you need it

Our global offices combine to provide free phone and e-mail support for all BarTender editions 24 hours a day, every business day.

Editions to meet every company’s needs

BarTender enables you to easily upgrade your system as your business grows, without the extra cost and complexity of buying add-on products:

  • Look to the Professional Edition to include content from external sources such as text or Excel files.
  • Advance to the Automation Edition for automated printing and the full power of Intelligent TemplatesTM.
  • Move up to the Enterprise Automation Edition for complete control and automation of even the most complex business printing environment.

Try BarTender now, free, for 30 days

Download the free 30-day trial to explore the features of all four BarTender editions and see how it can solve your toughest needs for labeling, barcoding and more. Or contact us to learn more about why BarTender is the most trusted software of its kind.

Barcode support

Includes over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use barcode components based on 95 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen barcode standards. Also includes a large number of sample compliance label designs.

Included barcode symbologies

Linear Barcodes: Codabar, Code 39 (Full ASCII and Regular), Code 93, Code 128, EAN-8, EAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons), GS1-128, GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS, all four non-stacked variants), Interleaved 2-of-5, ITF-14, JAN-8, JAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons), MSI Plessey, RSS (see GS1 DataBar), Telepen, Trioptic, UPC-A (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons), UPC-E (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)

2D, Matrix, and Stacked Symbols: Aztec Code, Data Matrix, GS1 Composite (13 variants), GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS, 3 stacked variants), GS1 DataMatrix, GS1 QR, MaxiCode, Micro QR Code, MicroPDF417, PDF417, QR Code, RSS (see GS1 DataBar), iQR

Postal and Shipping Barcodes: Australia Post, Canadian Customs, Japanese Post, KIX Code, Royal Mail, UPS MaxiCode, USPS Intelligent Mail, USPS Planet, USPS Postnet

Included barcode standards

GS1 Coupons, GS1 Distribution, GS1 General Applications, GS1 Health Care – Non-retail, GS1 Health Care – Retail, GS1 Pharmaceutical, GS1 Retail – General Distribution, GS1 Retail – Non-general Distribution, HIBC (Primary and Secondary), ISBT, TLC (39 and MicroPDF417), DUN, UPS Tracking Number, Design barcodes for almost any other standard using BarTender.

Included label standards

AIAG, Caterpillar, DoD, GHS, GM 1724-A, HIBC, MIL 129 and 1189B (LOGMARS), ODETTE, Oracle WMS, Sears, Wal-Mart, SAP AII, SSCC, TLC, UPS, USPS (includes FIM A and FIM C). You can also design labels for almost any other standard using BarTender.

Included data format standards

Encode text using almost any data format, including support for Unicode, ASCII, Western, Japanese, Chinese, or any other character encoding, including custom formats. BarTender also has predefined barcode components with built-in support for the following data format standards: GTIN-8 (for EAN-8, JAN-8, and UPC-E barcode components); GTIN-12 (for UPC-A barcode components); GTIN-13 (for EAN-13 and JAN-13 barcode components); GTIN-14 (formerly EAN-14 and SCC-14; for GS1 barcode components that use the (01) application identifier, for GS1 DataBar components, and for ITF-14 components); SCC-18 (for GS1 barcode components that use the (00) application identifier).

RFID tag types and data formats

EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It, I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types. All EPC data formats are supported, including DoD, Wal-Mart, SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, and SGLN, among others.

Language support

International editions can switch the UI on demand between 23 languages: Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (European & Brazilian), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.

System requirements and compatibility

Operating system

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
  • Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.

Hard disk and memory (minimum)

  • Basic and Professional Editions (32-bit)
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 2 GB free hard drive space
  • Basic and Professional Editions (64-bit)
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 3 GB free hard drive space
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (32-bit)
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (64-bit)
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Display resolution (recommended)

1024 x 768 or higher

.NET Framework

The .NET Framework 4.0 is required. The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components.

Optional database

Logging of print jobs and event messages requires either

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express (included with BarTender), or
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher (purchased from a database vendor)
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