Barcodes

A barcode is a pattern of elements (such as bars, spaces, and two-dimensional modules) that represent numeric or alphanumeric information in a machine-readable form.

The way the elements of a barcode are arranged is called the barcode type, or symbology. The AFP Enhancer mode of Ricoh Visual Workbench lets you create these types of barcodes:

  • Code 39 (3-of-9 Code): A low-density barcode that can encode uppercase letters, numbers, and some special characters.
  • Data Matrix: A two-dimensional (2D) barcode that consists of black and white square modules arranged in either a square or rectangular pattern. This barcode uses the Reed-Solomon error correction algorithm (ECC 200) to ensure data reliability.
  • Intelligent Mail: A 4-state barcode that the United States Postal Service (USPS) defines to track and direct mail. Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMBs) combine the capabilities of POSTNET and PLANET barcodes in one barcode.
  • Interleaved 2-of-5: A high-density barcode that can encode numbers.
  • POSTal Numeric Encoding Technique (POSTNET): A barcode that the USPS defines to direct mail.
  • Quick Response Code (QR Code): A two-dimensional (2D) matrix barcode that consists of black and white square modules arranged in a square pattern. The contents of this barcode can be decoded at high speed. This barcode uses the Reed-Solomon error correction algorithm (ECC 200) to ensure data reliability.

The AFP Editor feature lets you create all the types of barcodes listed above and an additional type of barcode:

  • Portable Data File 417 (PDF417): A two-dimensional (2D) barcode that consists of several rows, each of which is like a small linear barcode. The barcode uses Reed-Solomon error correction.
 
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