Crystal reports that need bar-coding can use this user function library.
UFL (User Function Library) for Crystal Reports is a special DLL provided by the developers and can be easily integrated with Crystal Reports that you generate. The barcodes created on the reports will help organize your reports easily. This library can help design barcodes for many prominent standards including POSTNET, PLANET, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128, UPC-A, EAN-13, EAN-8, UCC-128, MSI / Plessy, Code 11, RM4SCC, 4-State, SSCC-18 and SCC-14 barcode fonts and specifications. Depending on what equipment you already have, you can choose the fonts to generate the barcodes. It has a variety of font tools, macros and source code examples. That makes it easier to automate the process of adding start and stop codes as well as calculating check digits, when required. This DLL is easily installed.
These tools are useful in several ways. For the end user, it is simple. They do not even have to be aware of the library; the barcodes will get generated and attached to the reports. Tech savvy users could create barcode formulas for crystal reports so that Crystal reports distribution would not need the UFL. If you are integrate these functions into you reporting applications, you could create formulas and place them into the repository of custom functions. These barcode images could come from a server and dynamically placed in the reports. No fonts or software need to be installed when using the hosted dynamic barcode generator service from the developers. This is a good product. It has many useful features. If you were looking for a product like this, this is one you could try out.