Chapter 1. Introduction

Morovia DataBar Fontware is a font-based solution to print GS1 DataBar symbols. DataBar, formerly known as Reduced Space Symbology (RSS), is a GS1-endorsed solution to encode 14-digit GTIN numbers alongside other complementary information, such as sell by date and price. There are seven types of DataBar formats - GS1 DataBar, GS1 DataBar Truncated, GS1 DataBar Limited, GS1 DataBar Stacked and GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional. Morovia DataBar Fontware supports all of them [1]. It also supports creating Code128 and EAN-128 (also referred as GS-128) barcodes.

This package includes the following contents:

  • Two true type fonts targeting 300/600 dpi laser printers as well as 203-dpi barcode printers/fax machines - mrvdatabar-13x.ttf and mrvdatabar-34x.ttf.

  • Two true type fonts targeting screen resolution: mrvdatabar-13x-96dpi.ttf and mrvdatabar-34x-96dpi.ttf.

  • A special designed true type font, mrvdatabar-em.ttf to be used to create stacked symbols in some software that does not handle font height properly.

  • The user manual, which you are reading on.

  • The PCL package includes two PCL scalable fonts, mrvdatabar-13x.sft and mrvdatabar-34x.sft, as well as test file to work on Windows and Linux.

  • DataBar Encoder GUI, a GUI program to create barcode strings based on data entered.

  • A Windows native DLL that provides encoding functions to Microsoft Office programs, as well as programming environments that support calling DLL.

  • A Crystal Reports extension DLL that adds DataBar printing functionality to Crystal Reports.

All files are packaged in a single zip file. The root directory contains the installer for Windows operating system. The PCL directory contains the font files and test files for work on PCL printers.

1.1. Installing Morovia DataBar Fontware

1.1.1. To Install from a CD

  1. Insert the program CD into your CD drive. The setup starts automatically. Or if the auto-run feature isn't enabled on your system, click the Windows Start button and choose the Run command. Type D:\Setup.exe in the dialog box and click the OK button (Note that D represents the letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive. If your drive is assigned to a different letter, use it instead of D).

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  3. Your will be prompted to enter the License To and Registration Code. The License to and Registration Code information are found on the back of the CD case.

1.1.2. To Install from direct download

  1. Click the Download link to start the download.

  2. When the browser prompts, do one of the following: A. To run setup immediately, click Open or Run This Program from Its Current Location. B. If you decide to run the setup at a later time, click Save or Save This Program to Disk.

  3. If you choosed Save This Program to Disk in Step 2, locate the file where you saved it, and double click the .zip file to unzip the file.

  4. Locate the .msi file under the root directory of the zip file, double click it to launch setup.

  5. Follow the setup instructions.

  6. Your will be prompted to enter the License To/ Registration Code. The License To and Registration Code information can be found in the email we send to you after order completes.

1.2. Limitations of Trial Version

A trial version is provided on our web site that can be downloaded freely. In the trial version, whenever an encoder function is called, a reminder dialog appears on the screen. This behavior does not appear in the full version. All other functionality are identical between the two.

[1] Morovia DataBar Fontware is designed to create standalone DataBar symbols. It does not supports creating DataBar symbols with a 2D composite component.