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If you are not using a barcode labeling system, why not? There is no such thing as a business too small when it comes to labeling mandates and requirements. There is, however, such a thing as a barcode labeling system that is overly complex for your business needs.

No matter how large or small your business is, BarTender® has an edition that will best suit your needs that will help your company within any mandates or regulations you may face. BarTender has options that include the newly released Cloud Edition for smaller business needs.

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The edition your company needs will depend on what you are doing and if you are in one location or spread out across multiple continents (among other factors). If your organization expands, you can easily update or upgrade your BarTender® Plan or system without any hidden costs or complexity of add-on products.

Before introducing the new BarTender® Cloud edition, here is a look at the Professional, Automation, and Enterprise Editions.

Professional Edition

BarTender Box - Professional

The Professional Edition is designed for departments and small businesses. It has an easy interface with enabling RFID encoding and more sophisticated label and card designs that can engage content from Excel, Google sheets, JSON, and QuickBooks spreadsheets and databases (among other files).

This edition can create forms for entering manual data faster, including search and filter parameter improvements. Professionally designed templates can be used to create templates of your own. Select among 50+ drawing shapes, and resize, reshape, and color them any way you need. Choose from hundreds of symbols and images, import your own graphics, and access the PANTONE Color System.

Select, preview, and print labels and cards from a dedicated Print Station interface. Print speed can be optimized to any printer or marking device. Maximize your printing performance and compliance with important standards. Use your own fonts or those built into the printer.

With many more features, Professional Edition is a great start for your small business. It is security enabled and has status monitoring to alert you regarding printer/print job status and error conditions.

Automation Edition

The Automation Edition is for businesses that want to increase efficiency by automating their printing with the full power of Intelligent TemplatesTM. With all the features of the Professional Edition included, this edition takes BarTender® 2022 one step further to meet your needs.

Design and print labels, cards, mag stripe cards, encode RFID labels, and more. Launch printing from other programs. Combine forms, actions, and system integrations to build a powerful automated printing solution with Integration Builder and Administration Console. Create highly customizable integrations to seamlessly connect BarTender® with almost any enterprise business operation.

BarTender Box - Automation

Intelligent TemplatesTM easily support complex printing scenarios based on a single data source or database field or base it on multiple conditions without scripting them. Lock mandatory content so it cannot be changed by other designers.

Generate anything from simple serial numbers to advanced custom serialization sequences. Format any text any way you want with Rich Text formatting. Recreate legacy labels easily by importing old designs to use as a guide. Link to external graphics to enable dynamic changes.

Added security features include integration with other software for basic automated control. Encrypt documents and manage user permissions. View printer status and reprint previous jobs, from a centralized location. Never worry about lost printing jobs with the automated restart and of monitored databases.

Enterprise Edition

Bartender® software box

The Enterprise Edition lets you manage, secure, and control your entire enterprise labeling system from one location or across multiple continents. With all the features of the Professional and Automated Editions, the Enterprise Edition is for businesses that require complete connectivity and control.

This is the most powerful collection of features, including integration with SAP and Oracle, and centralized management of printing, security, and administration. Whether from one location or multiple locations across different continents, extends the most complex printing environments with unrivaled connectivity to business systems.

BarTender® Librarian allows large groups of designers, administrators, and other users to manage the storage and revision of label formats and other files cooperatively and securely. This is particularly valuable for highly regulated and secure environments, such as food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical, military, and chemical. It also has a multi-lingual Phrase Library with Auto-Translation and TMX import/export.

The Integration Builder allows you to create highly customizable integrations for a seamless connection of BarTender® printing capabilities to almost any enterprise business operation. Print to any device using Print Portal App. Print Portal also has custom branding, dynamic web-based printing, and workflow review/approval straight from a web browser.

Introducing the new BarTender® Cloud Edition

The Cloud Edition is designed for small and mid-sized businesses that do not have an on-premises hardware or software infrastructure and limited IT resources, including:

      • Warehouse
      • Manufacturing
      • Transportation and Logistics
      • Retail


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The Cloud supports external supplier or partner labeling. Cloud plans are based on the quantity of labels that are printed within a year’s time, and includes extras based on the Automation Plan or Essentials Plan. You only pay for what you need.

Creating, managing, and printing labels is done through Amazon Web Services, a Software as a Service (SaaS) technology. This is what eliminates the requirement to install and maintain a hardware and software infrastructure. The Cloud has data encryption in-motion and at-rest with third party penetration testing for layered security controls.

BarTender® Cloud has a centralized label storage with Intelligent Printing for a secure anywhere, anytime function. Using the BarTender® Cloud, you can design labels using the Template Library and Label Design Service, or easily connect your own data to the cloud using databases, text, or CSV. Printing can be done from anywhere, at any time, even from your own mobile devices.

Intelligent Printing can automatically connect and print from any printer and has optimized high performance printing for nearly 8,000 printers. Printer driver installation or management is not required with the Cloud Edition. Access and availability to the Cloud is as reliable as your internet connection.

BarTender® 2022 Enhances Efficiency and Productivity

No matter how small you think your business might be, there are increasing barcode regulations and mandates. Why wouldn’t you want to increase productivity and speed efficiency by doing more in less time? The enhanced regulatory and compliance labeling programing can help reduce fees while also minimizing legal exposure.

BarTender® 2022 can meet any organization’s needs with multiple edition options to choose from: Cloud, Professional, Automation, or Enterprise. Get the label generating software that will enable you to create any type of label on-demand, across any location. And with the new BarTender® Cloud edition, creating and printing barcode labels is fast, secure, and efficient without being tied to a software or hardware system.

Contact Imprint today to get you on your way to a more effective and efficient labeling software system.