Chapter 1. Introduction

PDF417 Fonts & Encoder 5 is the ultimate tool box to print PDF417 symbols. PDF417 is a multi-row, variable-length two dimensional symbology with high data capacity and error correction capability.

This release supports creating PDF417, Macro PDF417 and compact PDF417[1] symbols.

Both fonts and encoder functions are updated in this release, based on the feedback received from customers using previous version. Especially, this release is updated to accommodate the most recent standard - ISO/IEC 15438: PDF417 bar code symbology specification, second release, published in June 2006. Both 32-bit and 64-bit encoder DLLs and applications are included in the package. Windows 2000 or above is required to run run encoder GUI, or to call the encoder DLL. True type fonts can be used in other platforms such as OS/X or Linux.

This package includes the following contents:

  • Four true type fonts targeting laser printers and bar code printers - mrvpdf417n2.ttf, mrvpdf417n3.ttf. mrvpdf417n4.ttf, mrvpdf417n6.ttf.

  • Scalable PCL fonts to be used on PCL-compatible printers.

  • The user manual, which you are reading on.

  • PDF417 Encoder GUI, a GUI program to create barcode strings based on data entered. The program can export barcode images in a variety of formats, such as PNG, EMF, SVG and EPS.

  • A Windows native DLL that allows you to add PDF417 printing to your own application.

  • A Crystal Reports extension DLL that adds PDF417 Code printing functionality to Crystal Reports 9.0 and above.

  • An ActiveX Control that can be inserted into Microsoft Office programs or integrated into your custom application.

  • Examples demonstrating how to add PDF417 printing functionality to your applications in a variety of programming environments, such as Access, VB6, and .Net.

1.1. What's New

This release

  • Crystal Reports UFL is modified to work with 64-bit Crystal runtime.

  • Support of SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Service) is added.

1.2. Backward compatibility

The fonts and encoder included in this release are fully backward compatible with Version 4 release. However, the new UFL requires the function name change in existing reports.

1.3. Installing Morovia PDF417 Fonts & Encoder 5

1.3.1. 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.

1.3.2. 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 chose 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.

1.4. 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. Barcodes created by the trial version have extra DEMO added at the end. To remove the limitation, purchase the full version.

[1] Previously referred as Truncated PDF417.