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Java ITF-14 Barcodes Generator Guide

ITF-14 Bar Code Generation Guide in Java class, J2EE, Jasper Reports, iReport & Eclipse BIRT
  • Comprehensive barcoding toolkit for Java with advanced ITF-14 generation functions
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  • Easily generate ITF-14 barcodes in Java applications with virtual machine
  • Generate high-readability ITF-14 barcodes in JPEG, GIF & PNG image formats
  • Generate ITF-14 barcode in Jasper Reports & iReport
  • Generate ITF-14 barcode in Eclipse BIRT
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ITF-14 Barcode Introduction
ITF-14 is also known as UPC Shipping Container Symbol ITF-14, ITF14, Case Code, UPC Case Code, EAN/UCC-14, EAN-14, UCC-14, DUN-14, GTIN-14.
The ITF-14 or UPC Shipping Container Symbol is used to mark cartons, cases, or pallets that contain products which have a UPC or EAN product identification number. The short-hand name for the symbol is "ITF-14", which is an acronym for "Interleaved 2 of 5" (the Barcode Symbology used) and 14 digits (the length of the container symbol).
The ITF-14 symbol has the following structure:
  • 1 digit for Packaging indicator
  • 2 digits for UPC numbering system or EAN prefix
  • 5 digits for Manufacturer identification number
  • 5 digits for Item identification number
  • 1 digit for Checksum which is automatically calculated by Java Barcode
The value to encode passed to Java Barcode must be 13 digits only because the 14th digit (the checksum) is automatically calculated by Java Barcode.

Sample of an ITF-14 Barcode with Bearer Bar
ITF-14 Encoding Data Scope
ITF14 Barcode for Java supports:
  • 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How to Generate ITF-14 Barcode in Java Class?
The following Java code illustrates how to create a ITF-14 barcode, and output to various formats.
1     Linear linear = new Linear(); 
2 linear.setType(Linear.ITF14);
3 linear.setData("01540014128876");
4 linear.renderBarcode("c:/barcode.gif");

5 BufferedImage bufferedImage = linear.renderBarcode();

6 byte[] barcodeBytes = linear.renderBarcodeToBytes();

7 Graphics2D g = ...
8 Rectangle2D rectangle = ...
9 linear.renderBarcode(g, rectangle);

10 OutputStream outputStream = ...
11 linear.renderBarcode(outputStream);
  • Create a Linear barcode object (line 1)
  • Set Linear object barcode type to ITF-14 (line 2)
  • Set ITF-14 barcode data to encode (line 3)
  • Encode generated ITF-14 barcode into gif image file (line 4)
  • Generate ITF-14 and output to BufferedImage object (line 5)
  • Generate ITF-14 in bitmap and output to byte[] (line 6)
  • Generate ITF-14 and draw to defined area (Rectangle2D) on Graphics2D (line 7-9)
  • Generate ITF-14 and output to OutputStream (line 10-11)
How to Generate ITF-14 Barcode Image in Java Web Applications?
There are two methods to create ITF-14 barcode images in your Java web applications.
  1. The simplest way is to stream barcode image using our buildin barcode servlet application.
    • Download the Barcode for Java Trial Package, and unzip it.
    • Under java_barcode_trial package, copy barcode folder to your java servlet container like tomcat.
    • Restart tomcat. Now you have installed successfully.
    • To test your installation, open your web browser and navigate to:
    • To create barcode image in your JSP or html page, you need pass the url to IMG tag src value. For example,
      <img src="http://YourDomain:Port/barcode/linear?Data=01540014128876&Type=ITF14" />
      Using this method, it will not generate any barcode images in your server side.
  2. The second method is to generate barcode images in your server side.
    • Create a barcode image in server side, like
      Linear linear = new Linear();
      linear.renderBarcode("C:/Tools/Tomcat 5.5/webapps/YourWebApp/barcode-images/barcode.gif");
    • In your JSP or HTML page, you need use IMG tag to display generated image, like
      <img src="http://YourDomain:Port/YourWebApp/barcode-images/barcode.gif" />
How to Generate Barcode ITF-14 Image in Jasper Reports, iReport, Eclipse BIRT?
ITF-14 Barcode Property Settings
  1. Set the type property to Linear.ITF14
    Servlet URL Parameter: "Type". Value: 18. Sample: &Type=18
  2. Set the data property with the value to encode. Type is String.
    Servlet URL Parameter: Data.
    • Valid Data Scope:
      • 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    • Valid Data Format:
      • 13 digits. There are totally 14 digits in ITF-14 barcode, first 13 digits are barcode value, and last digit is the checksum digit, which is generated by barcode library automatically.
    • Sample: "3011234500001".
  3. addCheckSum property is not applied here. Barcode Library will always add a check character in the last digit.
  4. Set N property, Wide bar vs Narrow bar ratio. Valid values are from 2.0f to 3.0f, inclusive.
    Default is 2.0f.
    Servlet URL Parameter: N. Sample: &N=3.
  5. Set bearerBar property, if you want to draw borders around ITF-14 barcode image.
    Valid values are: Linear.BEARERBAR_NONE=0 (no bear bars), Linear.BEARERBAR_FRAME=1 (top, bottom, left, right borders drawn), Linear.BEARERBAR_TOPBOTTOM=2 (only top, bottom's are drawn).
    Default is BEARERBAR_NONE
    Servlet URL Parameter: BearerBar. Sample: &BearerBar=1.
  6. Barcode image size settings.
    • Set property uom (Unit of Measure) for properties X, Y, leftMargin, rightMargin, topMargin and bottomMargin.
      Default is Linear.UOM_PIXEL (0). Valid values are Linear.UOM_PIXEL (0), Linear.UOM_CM (1), Linear.UOM_Inch (2).
      Servlet URL Parameter: "UOM". Value: 0 (pixel), 1 (cm), 2 (inch). Sample: &UOM=0.
    • Set the X (for barcode module width) and Y (for barcode module height) properties.
      Both types are float. Default X is 3. Y is 75.
      Servlet URL Parameter: "X", "Y". Sample: &X=3&Y=75.
    • Set the leftMargin, rightMargin, topMargin and bottomMargin properties, and types are all float.
      Default values are 0 for all 4 margin settings.
      Servlet URL Parameter: "LeftMargin", "RightMargin", "TopMargin", "BottomMargin". Sample: &LeftMargin=0.
    • Set the resolution property (Value is expressed in DPI - Dots per inch).
      Default is 72 dpi.
      Servlet URL Parameter: "Resolution". Sample: &Resolution=72.
  7. Setting up text style in barcode image.
    • Set the showText properties. If this value is true, barcode data will be displayed with the barcode.
      Default is true.
      Servlet URL Parameter: "ShowText". Value: "t" (true), "f" (false). Sample: &ShowText=t.
    • Set the textFont property. The font used to display text in barcode image.
      Default is new Font("Arial", Font.PLAIN, 11).
      Servlet URL Parameter: "TextFont". Value format: [font name]|[font style]|[font size]. Sample Values: &TextFont=Arial|Bold|12
  8. With rotate property, you can display barcode horizontally or vertically.
    Default value is 0.
    Servlet URL Parameter: "Rotate". Sample: &Rotate=0.
    Value can be:
    • 0 (Linear.ANGLE_0),
    • 1 (Linear.ANGLE_90),
    • 2 (Linear.ANGLE_180),
    • 3 (Linear.ANGLE_270).
How to Set Generated ITF-14 Barcode Image Size?

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