Everybody's #1 question first: Why not use Microsoft's barcodes?
Word's Built-in Barcodes: The Good
Microsoft is well known
Word's Barcodes: The Bad
Must type in manual field coding with obscure \x command switches. No immediate preview, no menu or Ribbon.
It's a real science project — for people with time on their hands. Obscure, there's nothing under "barcode" in Word's Help. The field coding takes internet research and is finicky at best, especially if your data comes from mail-merge variables.
Only generates a few barcode types (symbologies). For example, it can't do GS1-128 (aka UCC-128), Datamatrix, 2of5, vCard QR codes, and many others. Can't choose between Code128 A, B or C — a frequent requirement.
Available in Word 2013 and later only; anyone you send documents to must also have Word 2013+ even just to print.
Barcode height, size is tricky to control.
Barcodes disappear from mail-merges to email.
Very limited set of options, usually not enough control for many applications or when you're generating barcodes to meet third party specifications.
Doesn't warn about bad data, nor automatically convert legacy-format data.
(Word usually does up new features in style, so we're guessing the Word 2013 team quietly slid in just enough barcode support for a specific application or a huge client's project—not for general use.)
Barcodes Simplified for MS Word
Point & click, simple & easy
Generates all popular barcode types
Crisp, vector-quality barcodes for fast, accurate scanning
Full pro options and features fully support even the most demanding applications
Microsoft Word (MS Word) addin. The rest of Word works as usual.
Single dialog box. Click on the OnMerge Barcodes button in the Mailings menu to pop it up.
You'll see an instant preview of the selected barcode.
Click a few more times to change size, color, rotation, white/transparent/shaded backgroundl
Advanced users will appreciate the menu of of technical settings. If you're not so advanced, those settings stay out of the way.
Connect Barcodes to Data by Clicking...
Or Just Type In Data
Mail merging? It's all taken care of:
Click to select one or many data fields from a list
Data fields can be mixed with manually-entered text if needed
Works with all the usual spreadsheets and databases that Word mail merge accepts as data sources, including Excel, CSV, SQL, ...
Accepts regular data fields, no need for data processing to compute checksums or reformat the data into barcode-ready formats, etc.
No special characters, start-stop codes needed. OnMerge will auto-generate them if needed.
Not mail merging? For one-off barcodes:
Just click the OnMerge button in Word's menu
Type the data into the OnMerge Barcodes dialog
Again, no need for any funny characters, checksums, start/stop codes or data processing.
Just Double-Click Barcodes to Visually Edit.
Live Mail Merge Previews
Virtually unlimited number of barcodes on a page or in your MS Word document
Just double-click a barcode if you need to edit it
Live preview of the actual barcodes as you page through data records using Microsoft Word's mail merge preview feature
Send Your Barcodes Anywhere
You can use Word's Mail Merge To E-mail feature because OnMerge Barcodes uses no fonts or ActiveX controls. E-mailed barcodes are converted and embedded into email as ordinary images.
Send entire mail-merged documents mail merged with "Edit Individual Documents." Again, no fonts or ActiveX controls to install on the other end, meaning any recipient can view and print your Word files.
Works perfectly with Word's "Save as PDF."
Recipients only need OnMerge Barcodes in their Microsoft Word if they need to change the barcodes or make new ones.
Good Barcodes Ready For Bad Data
Bad Data = Bad Barcode
You can't spot a bad barcode just by looking at it, yet it can create big problems when scanned later.
You have to plan for this stuff: What happens when you're mail-merging and that occasional error creeps into the data to be barcoded? Missing or incorrect data records will creep in when you're mail-merging barcodes, sooner or later.
OnMerge Barcodes will not produce an invalid barcode. Depending on the error-handling option you set up, OnMerge Barcodes can optionally
Pop up an explanation of why that record's data is invalid
Insert a text box containing that explanation into the document and keep mail merging
Skip the bad data
or even insert a completely different graphic image of your choice!
Designed for Dummies. Experts Too
Anyone who knows Word's Mail Merge will quickly be mail merging barcodes within minutes.
OnMerge Barcodes is designed from the ground up as consumer software that enhances and becomes part of Microsoft Word.
Same ease of use as Word's regular features, same quality of integration with other Word features.
Just for experts: know what an FNC1 is? OnMerge has 'em built in.
Top Tier Barcode Technology
Vector-quality graphics for crisp, easily-scanned barcodes
Full implementation of barcode standards
Mature technology, since 2011
Automatic features reduce user errors
Unique grid-fitting feature for thermal printers and other lower-resolution devices ensures valid scans
Enough words! We believe OnMerge Barcodes is the best barcode mail merge — and one-off barcode — solution.
We might be just a wee bit biased. You be the judge.
Need to Mail Merge Logos, Signatures, Photos, Graphics?
OnMerge Images is our sister product that lets you mail merge any kind of photo or graphic file into your documents. It's just as easy and slick as OnMerge Barcodes, and they work great together or separately. You can get a real discount over buying them separately with the OnMerge Images+Barcodes bundle. Check it out here.
Comparing Barcode Features
Full collection of virtually all the popular barcodes. Both 1D and 2D barcodes (including QR, PDF417, Datamatrix) are in the standard package