New PrintShop Mail features for
You can now print Intelligent Mail bar codes and 2D symbols with PrintShop Mail!
March 14, 2008 — The latest version of
PrintShop Mail for Windows
(Version 6.0.2 build 2) allows you to print bar codes and
2D (two-dimensional) symbols that aren't supported in older versions of
- Intelligent Mail bar code: replaces POSTNET and PLANET bar codes
- Datamatrix symbol: used on electronic components; also used in automated document-finishing workflows
- MaxiCode symbol: used by UPS (United Parcel Service)
- PDF417 symbol: stores huge amount of data; used on ID cards and other documents
Intelligent Mail bar code
U.S. Postal Service Intelligent Mail bar codes let you route and track mail
with a single bar code. Formerly known as the "OneCode" or
the "4-state bar code," the Intelligent Mail bar code
is slated to replace the POSTNET and PLANET bar codes in 2009.
No need to wait until 2009 to start using Intelligent Mail bar codes —
start printing them now with PrintShop Mail!
An Intelligent Mail bar code
To find out how to use PrintShop Mail to print Intelligent Mail bar codes,
click this link:
You can download PrintShop Mail Version 6.0.2 build 2 from our Web site
if you don't have it already — just go to
scroll down the alphabetized list until you come to PrintShop Mail for Windows,
and click the "Download it" button.
If you find that PrintShop Mail Version 6.0.2 build 2 doesn't work with
your PrintShop Mail dongle, you'll probably need to purchase an upgrade.* To purchase it,
call us at 888-260-7316.
• Datamatrix symbol (a.k.a. Datamatrix 2D bar code)
• MaxiCode symbol (a.k.a. UPS code)
• PDF417 symbol (a.k.a. PDF417 bar code)
With Version 6.0.2 build 2 of PrintShop Mail for Windows, you can print
Datamatrix symbols, MaxiCode symbols, and PDF417 symbols if you
download the free PrintShop Mail Bar Code Plug-In.
Datamatrix, MaxiCode, and PDF417 are known as 2D (two-dimensional) symbols;
they are sometimes referred to as 2D bar codes.
They can store much more information than the 1D (one-dimensional)
bar codes that you're probably accustomed to using, such as
Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 39, UPC.
Here are brief descriptions of the three kinds of 2D symbols that
are supported by the PrintShop Mail Bar Code Plug-In:
Datamatrix symbols are used to put identifying information on very
small items (electronic components, for example), and they're often
used on printed materials such as letters, labels, and envelopes so
they can be tracked by cameras and electronic scanners. For example,
courier services use Datamatrix symbols to capture information about
delivery, and envelope-inserting devices used by the printing
industry make use of Datamatrix symbols to
match printed envelopes with the documents to be inserted into
the envelopes (to make sure that the right documents get inserted
into the right envelopes). For more information, go to
A Datamatrix symbol
MaxiCode symbols are used by UPS (United Parcel Service) to facilitate
automated sorting and addressing of packages. MaxiCode symbols are
also known as "UPS Codes." For more information, go to
A MaxiCode symbol
PDF417 symbols can store very large amounts of data (one PDF417 symbol
can carry up to 1.1 kilobytes of data). A PDF417 symbol can contain
biometric data such as photographs, fingerprints, and signatures,
as well as text, numerics and graphics. PDF417 symbols are
currently being used on drivers' licenses, social-services ID cards,
national ID cards, and many other kinds of documents. For more
information, go to http://www.citationsoftware.com/faqPDF417.htm.
A PDF417 symbol
As stated above, to print these 2D symbols with PrintShop Mail
you'll need PrintShop Mail for Windows Version 6.0.2 build 2 (or above),
and you'll also need the PrintShop Mail Bar Code Plug-In. You can download
these for free from the Downloads page on our Web
site. If PrintShop Mail Version 6.0.2 doesn't work with your PrintShop Mail dongle,
you'll probably need to purchase an upgrade.* To arrange the purchase, call us at
If you have questions about the information here, don't hesitate to get
in touch with us. As stated above, you can reach us by phone at
888-260-7316. If you prefer to send email, please send it to