We previously wrote about a free barcode font that many of you downloaded and have been working with for your business. However, we received your feedback that the the free font wasn’t useful since it produced barcodes that you couldn’t read yourself.
For example, if you turned *GOINFLOW* into a barcode using the old code 39 font, the results would look like the following:
While this barcode works and is perfectly scannable, it may not be as useful as possible. For example, if you printed a bunch of barcode stickers using the old font for many different products, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish them.
So, we created our very own code 39 barcode font! Using the Archon Code 39 Barcode Font, *GOINFLOW* now looks like the following:
Ah, much better!
While it’s a basic font, it should work for 99% of small businesses looking to implement any sort of internal barcode system. The font supports letters A-Z (in caps), numbers 0-9 as well as characters such as an asterisk, dash and a period.
We also stress tested the font and it seems size 24 is the minimum font size to ensure your codes will be readable when using a basic inkjet printer. We did notice, however, some codes could be read even when printed at size 16.
Just as a reminder, for your codes to work with a scanner, you have to include the * characters at the beginning and end of your code. This tells the scanner when to start and stop scanning.
It’s also important to note that the * characters will not appear after you’ve scanned your code. So scanning *GOINFLOW* will output the text GOINFLOW. You can even try this for yourself by printing the following out:
Where can I download Code 39 font?
How do I get the Code 39 font installed?
It’s really simple to install a font in Windows 8, 7 or Vista. Simply double click the font file after you download it and click “install” on the next window that pops up. You can also try right clicking the “Archon Code 39 Barcode.ttf” font file and select the install option right from that menu.
The font will be ready to use in all your programs including Microsoft Word and Excel. You usually don’t have to restart any programs or even the computer for that matter.
For other versions of Windows, you can install the font by placing the “Archon Code 39 Barcode.ttf” file in your fonts folder. This is usually under C:WindowsFonts or C:WINNTFonts (can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).
For OS X 10.3 or above, all you need to do is double click the font file and click the “install font” button at the bottom of the preview.
Just like Windows, you can also place the Font file in your fonts directory. For Max OS X, you can place the font file under /Library/Fonts (for all users), or into /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only).
Code 39 Fonts in Use
For more information on on how to use a Code 39 such as this, you can see our original free barcode post here.
If you’re looking for more detailed information on how to set up a complete barcoding system for your business, you can also download “Barcode Your Small Business.”
It’s a free PDF that walks you through how to set up a complete system without the technical jargon. It’s short and straight to the point.
Let us know how the Archon Code 39 Font is working for you in the comments below!
Need a barcode scanner to go with your barcode font?
We now sell barcode scanners! The Brite USB barcode scanner comes in your choice of 7 different colors and simply just works! It’ll scan almost all 1D barcodes such as UPCs, EANs, Code 3 of 9, Code 128 and much more. Simply plug it in and you’re good to go!
Comes with a full 60 day money back guarantee and full no hassle 1 year warranty. You’ll love using it in your business!