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  • IMB
  • 4-State Barcode
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QUESTION: What is an Intelligent Mail bar code?

ANSWER: An Intelligent Mail barcode is a 65-bar code that can be applied to mail in the United States. The idea behind the Intelligent Mail bar code is that it can be used to track mail after it has been sent.

An Intelligent Mail bar code

The Intelligent Mail initiative was announced by the U.S. Postal Service in 2003 and was expanded upon and enhanced in 2007. The U.S. Postal Service has stipulated that the Intelligent Mail bar code will be required starting in May 2011 for companies looking to earn U.S. Postal Service automation discounts.

The Intelligent Mail bar code replaces the POSTNET and PLANET bar codes and promises to raise the level of service the U.S. Postal Service provides to its customers. Use of the Intelligent Mail bar code will help the U.S. Postal Service improve deliverability, provide new services, and increase overall efficiency.

Over the years, the Intelligent Mail barcode has also been referred to as "OneCode," "IMB," and the "4-State Barcode."

Software that supports the Intelligent Mail Bar Code

Citation Software offers several products that support the Intelligent Mail Bar code:

DesignMerge. This is a bundle of QuarkXPress™ XTensions™ or Adobe® InDesign® Plug-Ins that provide sophisticated features for variable-data-printing and database-publishing. To put it another way: DesignMerge makes it possible to design and produce variable-data documents from within Quark or InDesign. DesignMerge is available for Macintosh and Windows. Click here for more information about DesignMerge.

Bulk Mailer. This is CASS-Certified/PAVE-certified mailing-list software (bulk-mailing software). Available for Windows computers, this easy-to-use software lets you automate your mailing process so you can meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirements for postage discounts. Click here for more information about Bulk Mailer.

FusionPro. This is a family of VERY AFFORDABLE software solutions for variable-data printing and cross-media communications. (Pricing starts at $949.00 US.) Available for Macintosh and Windows, the FusionPro products allow you to design and produce variable-data documents from within Adobe Acrobat. Server-based FusionPro software is available also. Click here for more information about the FusionPro products.

  NEWLEAF. This is easy-to-use variable-data-printing software for Windows that's designed to provide a working environment familiar to Microsoft Office users. NEWLEAF has two features that set it apart from most similarly priced variable-data-printing solutions:
  1. It has a "chart wizard" that makes it easy to create pie charts, line graphs, etc. that represent data in your database.

  2. It is designed to do high-speed production on many different kinds of printers, including printers used in graphic-arts environments as well as printers typically not found in graphic-arts environments. The list of supported printer types includes PostScript printers, PCL printers, AFPDS printers, IJPDS printers, and more.
Click here for more information about NEWLEAF.

PReS Suite. This is an enterprise-level, scalable composition solution that handles highly complex transactional documents, such as invoices and statements, as well as personalized direct-marketing and event-triggered correspondence applications. It enables you to create and format personalized documents or messages and then print them or distribute them electronically via email, fax, SMS, or Web. In addition, PReS Suite can archive documents automatically. Click here for more information about PReS Suite.

PrintShop Mail is a suite of easy-to-use software products for creating variable-data documents. It is offered as a modular system. There are two main modules:
  1. PrintShop Mail Design. Lets you design and produce variable-data documents from your desktop. PrintShop Mail Design is available for Macintosh and Windows.

  2. PrintShop Mail Web. An optional Web edition that works in conjunction with PrintShop Mail Design to serve the needs of multiple users, make it easy to produce ongoing and repetitive communications, and allow you to host a Web-to-print system that enables Web-based ordering of customized documents. PrintShop Mail Web is available for Windows only.
Click here for more information about PrintShop Mail.

See also POSTNET bar code
See also PLANET bar code

To get more details, read Intelligent Mail Barcode, the next generation of USPS barcode technology.

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