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Thanks for posting!
As long as the bar code reader you're using acts like a normal input device, you should be able to get the data into FileMaker without an issue. As far as creating a bar code goes, you might be able to find a plug-in that does this in the Made for FileMaker section of the site: http://developer.filemaker.com/solutions/
It seems that many people are confused/scared of or misunderstand barcodes. Barcodes contain data, and most of the time it is simply text. There are many ways to represent the same data with different barcodes, both 1D and 2D. A 1D barcode, like the UPC on a box of cereal, can be read by standard laser beam scanners. 2D barcodes, like the one provided in the OP screenshot, require scanners that contain an imager, like what is in a digital camera.
When one of these scanners 'read' the barcode, they convert the system of dots/lines into text, and pass that to the connected computer, or store it in their internal memory. This text is the same as if you typed it in using a keyboard. This is what gets stored in Filemaker - not the image of the barcode, but the text/data it contained.
Generating barcodes, on the other hand, can be simple, in the case of Code39, or difficult, in the OP example. Generating Code 39 barcodes simply requires the proper font, and adding an asterisk (*) before and after the text you want to encode. Apply the correct font, and print! Otherwise, you'll need a FM Plug-In to generate the barcode, or have a label printer (like the Zebra) that can generate the barcode.
I appreciate all the information but trust me there isn't much about "barcodes" you can teach me anymore...this is not a new subject for me, I have developed many applications using barcodes scanning functions. However, the standard most use are either code3of9 or standard code128. As for the start and end symbol it can be an asterisk, or any character you program the scanner to recognize and use.
My actual issue
My client wishes to be able to read, create, and print datamatrix barcodes, which is considered an image barcode (there is no existing true font to use to create it for non-commercial systems). Not all scanners can read all barcode types and not all barcode types have a font to create them with.
"Data Matrix is a high density 2 dimensional matrix style bar code symbology that can encode up to 3116 characters from the entire 256 byte ASCII character set. The symbol is built on a square grid arranged with a finder pattern around the perimeter of the bar code symbol.
There are two types of Data Matrix symbols each using a different error checking and correction scheme (ECC). The different types of Data Matrix symbols are identified using the terminology "ECC" followed by a number representing the type of error correction that is used by the encoding software. ECC 000 to ECC 140 are the original type of Data Matrix symbols and are now considered obsolete. The newest version of Data Matrix is called ECC 200 and is recommended for all new Data Matrix applications. The ECC 200 version of Data Matrix uses a much more efficient algorithm for encoding data in a symbol as well as an advanced error checking and correction scheme."
Information Gathered from: http://www.taltech.com/resources/intro_to_bc/bcsymbol.htm
Now a third party plugin I would be open to (any suggestions please?), but is there a plugin for FMP to actually create a datamatrix barcode? This is the base problem....everything else I got covered.
I've used this PDF417 plug-in with success, and they offer a QR version, but no Datamatrix. I suggest contacting them. Another option that I never tried was to use a webviewer to pass the data to be encoded to a web-server that could return a 2D barcode image. I don't know if such a website exists, but they're just dots, so once you know the formula to generate them, it's easy.
Hmmm, and it might be possible to generate the entire image in FileMaker, though that wouldn't by any means be a trivial solution.
Each of those "dots" could be a container field filled with either a black or white square and the entire image could be presented as a portal displaying rows of such container fields to build the entire image. Thus, a combination of calculations and scripting could in theory generate the desired pattern in FileMaker.
Thanks for all the info everyone. @Phil - creating the image with a series of scripts, conditionals, and containers, portals...interesting and very creative thinking there!
You can also use the SaaS service from IDAutomation, which is far more configurable than some of the DataMatrix plugins that I've tried. It's a bit pricey at $580/year. So it should be worth it to you to use DataMatrix. Otherwise try using Code 39 to keep your cost to a minimum.
i think you can google barcode generator and you will find many useful tools, or google how to create data matrix barcode to get instructive articles. i have years of experience in generating barcode so i can give you some advices. i am using a barcode generator which can create data matrix barcode in c# and other formats ,you can have a try.
There are three types of 2D barcode, which are Data Matrix, PDF-417 and QR code(quite popular nowadays). The image you posted is Data Matrix. And there are lots of way to generate those images. You can goole and download Data Matrix control/font/plug-in or professional generator, then follow their tutorial. It's not difficult to do so.
Furthermore, as far as I know, FileMaker Go 13 now has built-in scanner, so a third-party scanner is not necessary.
A Data Matrix code is a two-dimensional matrixbarcode consisting of black and white "cells" or modules arranged in either a square or rectangular pattern. and has been widely used. so many companies have developed .net data matrix barcode reader and .net data matrix barcode generator. if FileMker Go 13 has built-in barcode scanner, i suggest you use it instead of installing any barcode plugin.