OpenOffice.org Extension: Barcode

Published › March 26, 2012 0 Comments

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Barcode is a simple extension for creating UPC-A, EAN-13, ISBN and JAN barcodes in OpenOffice.org Draw.

Barcode started out as an EuroOffice Extension Creator example and evolved into a practically useful tool. It currently supports the following barcode types:

  • UPC-A (the most common barcode in the US)
  • UPC-E (the short form of UPC-A)
  • EAN-13 (the most common barcode in Europe)
  • EAN-8 (the short form of EAN-13)
  • JAN (the barcode used in Japan, basically EAN-13 with the country code for Japan)
  • ISBN-13 (the barcode used in books after 2007, basically EAN-13 with a superscript)
  • ISBN-10 (the barcode used in books before 2007, basically EAN-13 with a different superscript)
  • Standard and interleaved 2 of 5 (a simple barcode used in custom solutions, for example on film reels)
  • Code 128 (high-density barcode that can encode data of arbitrary length, commonly used in shipping and packaging)

For all of these codes checksum calculation is also supported, ISBN numbers are correctly hyphenated and the generated Code 128 codes are the shortest possible.

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