PDF417 Barcode Font

Keywords: PDF417 Barcode, Micro PDF417, ISO/IEC 15438:2006, ISO/IEC 24728:2006

PDF417 is a 2D barcode symbology. It has a unique structure and large data capacity.

PDF417 empowers you to encode over 1000 alpha-numeric characters within one symbol, both ASCII and extended ASCII characters.

Therefore, PDF417 barcode is a good solution for encoding large quantities of data in one symbol.

PDF417 uses Reed-Solomon-algorithm for error correction. The higher security level is, the larger size of pdf417, the less decipher error chance. If not specified, software will use default level 0. Level 0 means automatic security selection.

You can integrate Barcodesoft PDF417 software with MS Excel, MS Access and Crystal Reports.

The software also has a solution for MicroPDF417 encoding. crUFLbcs.dll has a IPDF417 interface. IPDF417 interface has two methods: Encode and EncodeCR.

crUFLbcs.dll also has a IMicroPDF417 interface. IMicroPDF417 interface has two methods: Encode and EncodeCR.

Encode accepts only one parameter as input. it returns PDF417 in hex codes. After using the bcspdf417 font, returned hex codes will become a PDF417 barcode.
Encode(strToEncode)

EncodeCR accepts seven parameters as input. It returns PDF417 in hex codes. After using the bcspdf417 font, returned hex codes will become a PDF417 barcode.
EncodeCR(strToEncode, index, MaxRow, FixedColumn, Security, CompactionMode, Truncated)

The first parameter is a string to encode.
The second parameter is an integer variable. When set to zero, it returns all codewords. When it is 1, it returns the first 250 codewords. When it is 2, it returns the second 250 codewords. And so on.
The third parameter is an integer variable. It sets the Max-Rows of a PDF417 barcode.
The fourth parameter is an integer variable. It sets the column number of a PDF417 barcode.
The fifth parameter is an integer variable. It sets the security level of a PDF417 bar code. When set to zero, it means automatic security selection. Security level ranges from zero to nine.
The sixth parameter is an integer variable. It sets the compaction mode of PDF417. Zero means mixed mode, 1 means Text Mode, 2 means Numeric Mode, and 3 means Binary Mode.
The seventh parameter is a boolean variable. It sets the PDF417’s truncated option.
This is the pricing list of Barcodesoft PDF417 barcode software:

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Generate PDF417 Barcode in Crystal Reports

1. Open your crystal report. Right click Formula Fields, choose "New..." from the context menu.

Type in "pdf417" in the Name textbox, then click "Use Editor".

PDF417 barcode crystal reports create formula

2. From Functions List ==> Additional Functions ==> COM and .NET UFLs (u212com.dll), double click to choose "BCSPDF417EncodeCR" function as shown below.
Please type in the database field as parameter for PDF417 formula. And click "Save" button to save PDF417 formula field.

PDF417 barcode crystal reports UFL

3. Create multiple formula fields as listed below if returned value of BCSPDF417FormulaNoForCR({Test.Data}) is larger than one.

BCSPDF417EncodeCR({Test.Data}, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)
BCSPDF417EncodeCR({Test.Data}, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)
BCSPDF417EncodeCR({Test.Data}, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

The first parameter is string to encode.
The second parameter in the formula is index.
The other parameters are MaxRow, FixedColumn, Security, Compaction Mode and Truncated option.
For detailed explanations of each parameter, please refer to readme file.

PDF417 barcode crystal reports formula field

4. Insert a text object in your report. Drag and drop all PDF417 formula fields to your crystal report. You will see some hex codes. Don't worry! You haven't applied PDF417 barcode font yet.

PDF417 barcode crystal reports formula field

5. Please right click text object in your report and choose "Format Field" from context menu. Then choose "BcsPDF417" as font.

PDF417 barcode font crystal reports

6. Click OK button. You will see PDF417 barcode in your report.

PDF417 barcode crystal reports

Generate PDF417 Barcode in MS Excel

1. Start Microsoft® Excel® first.

If you are using Excel 2000 or 2003, click menu ===> Tools ==> Macro ===> Security. Choose Low security level.
PDF417 Macro Security

If you are using Excel 2007 / 2010 / 2013 / 2016 / 2019, click the Microsoft Office Button.
Office 2010 button Office 2016 button Office 2019 button
Then click Excel Options, choose Trust Center. In the Macro Settings category, under Macro Settings, choose "Enable all macros" as shown below.

PDF417 Macro Setting

2. Press ALT + F11 to open Microsoft® Visual Basic editor.
PDF417 VBA

3. From Visual Basic editor, choose menu Tools ===> References. It will popup a dialog. Click Browse button and choose cruflbcs.dll from your working folder.
Usually it's under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder.
Click the checkbox beside crUFLBcs 4.0 Type Library as shown below. Then click OK button.

PDF417 add reference

4. Press Ctrl+M, it will popup a dialog, choose barcodesoft.bas under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder. Then click "Open".

If you don't find barcodesoft.bas, please download it from PDF417.
PDF417 import vba

5. Close Visual Basic and go back to your spreadsheet. Now, you can use the following macro to encode data: pdf417. When you have lots of data to process, you can just copy and paste the pdf417 macro to the whole column / row of data. All your PDF417 barcodes will be ready immediately.

=pdf417(xxx)

Please use cell reference to replace xxx in the formulas as shown below.
PDF417 Excel macro

6. Right click Cell B1, choose Format Cell from context menu as shown below.
PDF417 Excel macro

7. Click Font tab and choose BcsPDF417S as font typeface as shown below.
PDF417 typeface excel

8. Click Alignment tab and select "wrap text" as shown below.
PDF417 alignment excel


11. Click OK and you should be able to see PDF417 barcode in your Excel spreadsheet now. There might be a small gap between different lines of PDF417. However, this won't be an issue when you scan the printed PDF417 because bcsDatamatrixS true type font is designed to reduce this gap to mininum.
PDF417 excel


Generate PDF417 Barcode in MS Access

1. Start Microsoft® Access® first.

If you are using Access 2000 or 2003, click menu ===> Tools ==> Macro ===> Security. Choose Low security level.
pdf417 Access Macro Security

If you are using Access 2007 / 2010 / 2013 / 2016 / 2019, click the Microsoft Office Button.
Office 2010 button Office 2016 button Office 2019 button
Then click Access Options, choose Trust Center. In the Macro Settings category, under Macro Settings, choose "Enable all macros" as shown below.

pdf417 Access Macro Setting

2. Press ALT + F11 to open Microsoft® Visual Basic editor.
pdf417 Access VBA

3. From Visual Basic editor, choose menu Tools ===> References. It will popup a dialog. Click Browse button and choose cruflbcs.dll from your working folder.
Usually it's under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder.
Click the checkbox beside crUFLBcs 4.0 Type Library as shown below. Then click OK button.

pdf417 add reference

4. Press Ctrl+M, it will popup a dialog, choose barcodesoft.bas under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder. Then click "Open".

If you don't find barcodesoft.bas, please download it from pdf417.
pdf417 import vba

5. Close Visual Basic and go back to your Access database. Now, create a report in Design view and type in one of the following macros in the field where you want to show PDF417 barcode before apply font typeface:
=pdf417([data.code])
=micropdf417([data.code])

Please notice that 'data' is the Table name, 'code' is the Field name.

pdf417 barcode Access macro

6. Right click the field you want to display pdf417 barcode. Choose Properties from context menu. Apply one of the appropriate font typefaces to the field, such as BcsPDF417.

pdf417 barcode access font typeface

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