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NAME ^

PDF::Reuse::Barcode - Create barcodes for PDF documents with PDF::Reuse

SYNOPSIS ^

   use PDF::Reuse;
   use PDF::Reuse::Barcode;
   use strict;

   prFile('bars.pdf');
     
   PDF::Reuse::Barcode::ITF (x       => 70,
                             y       => 530,
                             value   => '0123456789',
                             prolong => 2.96);
               
   prEnd();

DESCRIPTION ^

This is a sub-module to PDF::Reuse. It creates barcode "images" to be used in PDF documents. It uses GD::Barcode and its sub-modules: GD::Barcode::Code39, COOP2of5, EAN13 and so on, to calculate the barcode pattern. For Code128 it uses Barcode::Code128.

Normally the barcodes are displayed on a white background and with the characters under the bars. You can rotate the "image", make it smaller or bigger, prolong the bars and change the background. (But then, don't forget to test that your barcode scanner still understands it.)

If you don't change the size of the "image", the bars are approximately 24 pixels high (the guard bars a few pixels longer) and the box/background is 38 pixels high and something like 20 pixels wider than the barcodes. The text under the bars are 10 pixels high.

FUNCTIONS ^

All functions are called in a similar way. Just replace 'ITF' in the example under SYNOPSIS with some other function name and let the value parameter follow the rules of that function.

Code128

Creates Code128 barcodes with the help of Barcode::Code128. Look at that module for further information.

  # code128.pl
   
  use PDF::Reuse;
  use PDF::Reuse::Barcode;
  prFile('code128.pdf');
  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::Code128(x     => 100,
                               y     => 730,
                               value => '00000123455555555558');
  prEnd();

The constants CodeA, FNC1, SHIFT and so on, are not imported, but if you really need them (??), try to use the character values instead.

  CodeA      0xf4        CodeB      0xf5         CodeC      0xf6
  FNC1       0xf7        FNC2       0xf8         FNC3       0xf9
  FNC4       0xfa        Shift      0xfb         StartA     0xfc
  StartB     0xfd        StartC     0xfe         Stop       0xff

  # unusual.pl
  
  # Instead of FCN1

  use PDF::Reuse;
  use PDF::Reuse::Barcode;
  prFile('unusual.pdf');
  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::Code128(x     => 100,
                               y     => 430,
                               value => chr(0xf7) . '00000123455555555558',
                               text  => 0 );

   # Font and font size has to be chosen
   # Text could be put manually at x => 110 
   #                               y => 431
   # The size, xSize, ySize and rotation doesn't influence the text
   # in this case ...

  prEnd();

Code39

Translates the characters 0-9, A-Z, '-', '*', '+', '$', '%', '/', '.' and ' ' to a barcode pattern.

In Code39, the asterisk is used as the start and stop bar, but PDF::Reuse::Barcode expects you to supply the asterisks. If you do not want them to display in the text version, pass the option "hide_asterisk" as in

    PDF::Reuse::Barcode::Code39 (x             => 10,
                                 y             => 20,
                                 value         => '*62002*',
                                 hide_asterisk => 1);

COOP2of5

Creates COOP2of5 barcodes from a string consisting of the numeric characters 0-9

EAN13

Creates EAN13 barcodes from a string of 12 or 13 digits. The check number (the 13:th digit) is calculated if not supplied. If there is given check number it is not controlled.

EAN8

Translates a string of 7 or 8 digits to EAN8 barcodes. The check number (the 8:th digit) is calculated if not supplied. If there is given check number it is not controlled.

IATA2of5

Creates IATA2of5 barcodes from a string consisting of the numeric characters 0-9

Industrial2of5

Creates Industrial2of5 barcodes from a string consisting of the numeric characters 0-9

ITF

Translates the characters 0-9 to a barcodes. These barcodes could also be called 'Interleaved2of5'.

Matrix2of5

Creates Matrix2of5 barcodes from a string consisting of the numeric characters 0-9

NW7

Creates a NW7 barcodes from a string consisting of the numeric characters 0-9

UPCA

Translates a string of 11 or 12 digits to UPCA barcodes. The check number (the 12:th digit) is calculated if not supplied. If there is given check number it is not controlled.

UPCE

Translates a string of 6, 7 or 8 digits to UPCE barcodes. If the string is 6 digits long, '0' is added first in the string. The check number (the 8:th digit) is calculated if not supplied. If there is given check number it is not controlled.

COMMON PARAMETERS ^

All functions accepts these parameters. The parameters should be put in a hash. All of them are optional, except 'value'.

value

A string of characters which will be translated to barcodes.

x

Number of pixels along the x-axis where to put the lower left "corner" of the barcode image.

y

Number of pixels along the y-axis where to put the lower left "corner" of the barcode image.

size

A (decimal) number. If you define a number for this parameter, all sizes along the x- and y-axes will multiplied by this number. Also the text under the bars will be scaled.

xSize

A (decimal) number. If you define a number for this parameter, all sizes along the x-axis will multiplied by this number. The text under the bars are also affected.

ySize

A (decimal) number. If you define a number for this parameter, all sizes along the y-axis will multiplied by this number. The text under the bars are also affected.

prolong

0 or a decimal number greater than 1. Prolongs the bars with this factor. In reality tells the module to prolong the bars by repeatedly rewriting the barcode pattern.

text

Normally this parameter is 'yes', which will cause the digits to be written as text under the barcodes. If this parameter is '' or 0, the text will be suppressed.

drawBackground

By default this parameter is 1, which will cause the barcodes to be drawn on a prepared background. If this parameter is '' or 0, the current background will be used, and the module will not try change it.

background

Normally it is '1 1 1', which will draw a white background/box around the barcodes. Choose another RGB-combination if you want another color.

rotate

A degree to rotate the barcode image counter-clockwise

EXAMPLE ^

  use PDF::Reuse;
  use PDF::Reuse::Barcode;
  use strict;

  prFile('bars.pdf');

  #################################################################
  # First a rectangle is drawn in the upper part of the page
  #################################################################

  my $str = "q\n";                    # save the graphic state
  $str   .= "0.9 0.5 0.5 rg\n";       # a fill color
  $str   .= "10 400 440 410 re\n";    # a rectangle
  $str   .= "b\n";                    # fill (and a little more)
  $str   .= "Q\n";                    # restore the graphic state

  prAdd($str);

  #################################
  # An image with prolonged bars, 
  #################################
      
  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::ITF (x       => 50,
                            y       => 700,
                            value   => '0123456789',
                            prolong => 2.96);

  #############################
  # A magnified barcode image
  #############################
  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::EAN13 (x       => 250,
                              y       => 700,
                              value   => '012345678901',
                              size    => 1.5);

  
  ######################################################
  # A barcode image magnified a little along the y-axis
  ######################################################

  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::EAN8 (x       => 150,
                             y       => 500,
                             value   => '0123456',
                             ySize   => 1.2);

  ################################
  # With the box in a light color
  ################################

  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::Code39 (x             => 70,
                               y             => 300,
                               value         => '*THIS IS SOMETHING*',
                               background    => '0.99 0.97 0.97',
                               hide_asterisk => 1);

  #############################################
  # With everything expanded along the x-axis
  #############################################

  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::NW7 (x     => 70,
                            y     => 100,
                            value => '012345678901',
                            xSize => 2);

  #################################################
  # An image, 90 degrees rotated, might look 
  # strange on the screen, should be ok as printed
  #################################################

  PDF::Reuse::Barcode::UPCA (x              => 400,
                             y              => 100,
                             value          => '12345678901',
                             drawBackground => 0,
                             rotate         => 90);

  prEnd();

LIMITATION ^

EAN13, EAN8, UPCA and UPCE have "guard" bars. These, a little longer bars, are often a little blurred at the lower ends when they are displayed on a screen. If you magnify the image, the lines are displayed correctly. When you print the image there shouldn't be any problem, if you use at least 600 dpi.

Also rotated barcodes might look strange on a screen. Most often they are much better as printed on paper. Try to use "size" rather than "prolong", when you have a rotated barcode "image". (If it has been rotated 90 or 270 degrees, you can make the bars longer with the help of xSize.)

SEE ALSO ^

These modules are used for calculation of the barcode pattern

   Barcode::Code128
   GD::Barcode
   GD::Barcode::Code39
   GD::Barcode::COOP2of5
   GD::Barcode::EAN13
   GD::Barcode::EAN8
   GD::Barcode::IATA2of5
   GD::Barcode::Industrial2of5
   GD::Barcode::ITF
   GD::Barcode::Matrix2of5
   GD::Barcode::NW7
   GD::Barcode::UPCA
   GD::Barcode::UPCE

AUTHOR ^

Lars Lundberg, larslund@cpan.org

THANKS TO ^

Everyone who has helped me with corrections and ideas, Martin Langhoff among others. And of course credits to Kawai Takanori and William R. Ward who have written the modules for calculating the barcode patterns.

COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright (C) 2003 - 2008 Lars Lundberg, Solidez HB. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

DISCLAIMER ^

You get this module free as it is, but nothing is guaranteed to work, whatever implicitly or explicitly stated in this document, and everything you do, you do at your own risk - I will not take responsibility for any damage, loss of money and/or health that may arise from the use of this module!

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