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BarTender Professional 10 Review

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PROS / This professional barcode software has a modern, easy-to-use interface and offers all the features and tools you will need to design useful and aesthetic barcodes.

CONS / It lacks live chat support but has enough other support options to make up for it.

 VERDICT / BarTender Professional is the best barcode maker software with smooth design tools, connectivity and ample features to help you design and generate professional barcode labels.

The market for professional barcode software is competitive. BarTender Professional rises to the top of the pack because of its modern interface and tools to enhance efficiency and productivity. It's a standout product and earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

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BarTender Professional has wizards that make it easy to create barcodes and to connect to databases. The toolbar is loaded with practical and sleek tools to let you design, replicate and adjust any barcode label.

This barcode generator software is certified by GS1, a not-for-profit barcode standards association dedicated to improving efficiency of demand and supply chains worldwide. This product has more than 400 pre-formatted, ready-to-use barcode components, adding efficiency when you generate barcode labels.

Barcodes & RFID

BarTender Professional provides nearly every barcode type you could need, whether linear, 2D, postal or GS1 DataBar. Those used frequently include linear and 2D barcodes such as UPC, Codabar, Code 39s, 93s, and 128s and Data Matrix, all of which BarTender Professional provides. This software lets you design RFID tags and QR codes.

Along with UPS tracking and U.S. postal codes, this professional barcode software supports major international postal codes such as Australian Post, Canadian Customs, Japanese Post and Royal Mail. It's a truly international product.

Compliance & Other Tools

BarTender Professional is available in more than 20 interface languages including Chinese, English, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean and French. If you need to switch between languages, the international edition has on-demand switching which allows you easily to do this without having to order a separate copy of the software.

The interface is intuitive and straightforward. It allows you to generate barcode labels easily with minimal help from support materials. Wizards guide you through the process. BarTender Professional's data entry forms are easy to use and ensure your finished labels are accurate. The forms support custom layout design, list box controls and radio button controls.

You can lock labels and add password protection to ensure barcode labels you create are not deleted or altered by an unwitting employee or other person. BarTender Professional offers a library of industry-standard symbols as well as compliance labeling with samples for GM, AIAG, HIBC, UPS, Wal-Mart, Sears, Caterpillar, DoD and others.

Connectivity & Communication

BarTender Professional supports nearly 100 brands of printers, as well as any printer with a Windows printer driver. It supports two-sided printing with duplex-compatible printers. You can design and print plastic membership cards, ID cards, loyalty cards or any type of plastic card you need. This software lets you encode data onto magnetic strips on cards you create.

BarTender Professional has a high level of compatibility to connect to databases, import files and work with printers. This is especially true for data sourcing. This software supports Microsoft OLE DB and ODBC. It includes drivers for Access, dBase, Excel, MySQL, Oracle database, SQL Server, Sybase and many more. It will read Excel, ASCII and Unicode text files. It has a data query wizard and can even help you build custom SQLs (structured query languages).

Design Tools

This professional barcode software has a WYSIWYG design interface, a drag-and-drop tool, automatic positioning and other features that let you easily design labels. You can create barcode labels with rich text, color, images and industry symbols.

You can add several elements to your barcode labels, including text, lines and a host of different shapes, including rectangles, triangles, arrows, polygons, stars, banners, a moon, a heart and a plus symbol. You can add background patterns, images and colors. You can change line thickness and color, draw dashed lines and change your color fills.

This software has all the standard text tools to write and amend text and fonts. You can rotate images and objects, as well as align and center them through a sidebar of easy-to-use alignment tools. This product has basic formatting tools like auto-size, scaling, tab stops and paragraph spacing.

This barcode generator software gives you the ability to create and save reusable components from design elements you've already created. This feature will help save time and increase efficiency.

Help & Support

BarTender Professional offers customer support forever with your product. The company's four call centers spread across the globe ensure 24-hour phone support, Monday through Friday.

You can access video training and tutorials, as well as online FAQs. The company offers onsite training and webinars. Email support is available but live chat is not.


BarTender Professional is the complete package to design and generate barcode labels, QR codes and RFID tags. It has full printer compatibility, a broad range of design tools and thorough technical support. The extensive compatibility makes it is easy to integrate BarTender Professional into your existing office systems, which allows for smoother workflow. This product offers every feature but one, live chat. However, with its full range of other support options, including worldwide phone support, live chat is not necessary. BarTender Professional earns our top plaudits.