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Seagull Bartender Buyers Guide

Seagull Scientific Bartender label creation software comes in a wide variety of editions, each designed to meet the needs of businesses of any size. From single-station product labeling to managing multiple automated print stations from a central server, Bartender can scale to meet your needs.

All versions are compatible with any printer that has a Windows driver. For greater print control, Seagull also offers free drivers for many popular printers, including industrial and desktop label printers. Seagull Printer Drivers are available at Seagull's site.

Bartender Basic

As the entry level version, Bartender Basic is ideal for single print stations. Database connections are not supported, opting for data-entry via keyboard or barcode scanner. The software does support full color designs, image import, and serialization of text, making it a great fit for low-volume label printing or individual product labeling.

Bartender Pro

Bartender Pro improves on Basic's offering, giving you database connectivity, basic RFID support, and greater text formatting. Database tables can be filtered in the application itself, streamlining operations and eliminating printing overages. Bartender Pro's feature set put it at home at businesses with a wide variety of products, but needing to maintain label design across products. 

Bartender Automation

BarTender Automation software is the premier label printing solution for demanding businesses. Licensing is based on number of printers used by BarTender on your network, allowing multiple workstations to run the software with ease. BarTender Automation comes equipped to cover high volume labeling, able to coordinate print jobs between databases and multiple printers, and can even accept triggers from other applications. 

Bartender Enterprise Automation

BarTender Enterprise Automation provides the greatest feature set of the BarTender family, taking your labeling operation to the next level. With Enterprise Automation, you have the same features and licensing as Automation edition, but with added companion applications to give you even greater control & functionality of labeling operations.

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System Requirements

Edition Key:
EA: Enterprise Automation
A: Automation
P: Professional
B: Basic

Grid Key:

Fully Supported= Fully supported
Partially Supported= Partially supported
Shareable Centralized Databases= Supports shareable centralized databases
Local Database Only= Supports local databases only
Supports all printers= Supports all printers & print jobs on the network
Local and Network Printers= Works for local and network printers that have drivers installed on the local PC
RFID Font= Only supported using RFID font and not BarTender's native RFID objects

 

EDITIONS:                  EA                 A                 P                 B
GENERAL                      
Licensed based on the number of printers used                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Licensed based on the number of PCs used                                                                                 Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Free Seagull phone and e-mail technical support for properly-registered users                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
HTML-based context-sensitive help                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
User interface translated into 20+ languages                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
COMPANION APPLICATIONS                                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Commander. (Controls BarTender in response to triggers from other programs)                                     Fully Supported                     Partially Supported                                            
Security Center. (Provides security features for other applications in the suite, such as user permissions and format encryption)                                     Fully Supported                     Partially Supported                                            
Printer Maestro. (Administers to printers and print queues on the network)                                     Fully Supported                     Partially Supported                                            
Librarian. (Controls access, manages workflow, and tracks revisions to label formats and other documents within a secure database)                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
History Explorer. (Views the logs stored in the BarTender System Database)                                     Shareable Centralized Databases                     Local Database Only                                            
Reprint Console. (Reprints previously printed labels)                                     Shareable Centralized Databases                     Local Database Only                                            
Print Station. (Provides a simple "single-click" interface for selecting and printing label formats)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Batch Maker. (Defines and prints "batches" of multiple label formats)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
LABEL DESIGN                 EA                 A                 P                 B
True WYSIWYG label design                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Programmatically modify label objects during print jobs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Design labels up to 128 inches (3.25 m) long and/or wide (subject to limits of printer and driver)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
"New Label" wizard ensures proper label setup and
optimizes performance                
                    Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Two-sided design                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Drag and drop creation of all objects, including lines, boxes, ellipses, and graphic images                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
To simplify conversion from legacy systems, import and lighten photographs of old labels for use as design templates                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Unlimited undo / redo command                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Resize and reposition objects using a choice of methods: Mouse, arrow keys, typed in values                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Functions for automatic alignment of multiple objects                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
One-tenth degree rotation of lines, boxes, text, and graphics                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
"Move to Front" and "Send to Back"                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Group and Ungroup multiple objects                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Live database view in objects in label design area                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Export bar codes and labels for use in other programs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Full color support for all label objects                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Combine multiple label objects into reusable components                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Library of "ready-to-print" label formats                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Thumbnail previews of saved label formats, viewable
both in BarTender and Windows explorer                
                    Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Metric and US measurements                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
  LABEL STOCK                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Any label size                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Any number of label rows and columns per sheet                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Automatic computation of label size from number of rows and columns                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Database of thousands of name brand label sizes                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Rectangular label outline                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Circular and elliptical label outline                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
 TEXT                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Versatile font support: TrueType, Adobe, PostScript, downloadable, and built-in printer fonts                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
On-screen text editing and sizing                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Powerful Rich Text formatting using on-screen WYSIWYG editor                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Stretch text horizontally or vertically                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Automatic on-the-fly resizing of text to fit within predefined height and width                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Basic Paragraph Formatting: Multiple paragraph alignment methods and line spacing control                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Advanced Paragraph Formatting: Paragraph indenting and inter-paragraph spacing                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Arc and circular text                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
User-definable tab stops                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
White-on-black text printing (specified with a single mouse click)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Support for RTF, HTML, and XAML                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
BAR CODES                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Numerous 1 and 2 dimensional symbologies                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Extensive library of industry-standard bar code formats                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Option to display start / stop characters                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Variable and unlimited width and height                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Minimum width limited only by printer resolution                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
GS1 (formerly UCC/EAN) Application Identifier Data Source Wizard                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Automatic check digit capability                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Sequentially numbered bar codes                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Place "human readable" text anywhere in relation to bar codes                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Customizable "human readable" character template                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Independently suppress or display characters from different sub-fields                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
GRAPHICS, IMAGES AND SYMBOLS                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Draw lines, circles, ellipses, rectangles, rounded rectangles and filled rectangles                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Import more than 70 graphic formats, including BMP, DCX, DIB, DXF, EPS, GIF, IMG, JPG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIF, WMF, WPG, and more                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
TWAIN and WIA support for image scanners and cameras                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Basic image processing: Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, smoothing, cropping and more                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Industry-specific graphic symbol font libraries                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Linked graphics allow changes to external graphics without having to edit label formats                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Specify background images and colors to appear "behind" label designs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
PRINTING                 EA                 A                 P                 B
More than 2,400 industrial label printers supported                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
True Windows drivers, can be used by other programs                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Seagull drivers with status monitor display printer status in the standard Windows spooler                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Two-sided ("duplex") printing                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Batch Maker defines and prints "batches" of multiple label formats                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Print Station supports "single-click" label selection and printing                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Export printer code templates to XML enabled printers                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Advanced on-screen print preview                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Advanced cutter control                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Set starting position on pages of partially used labels                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Supports printer-based bar codes, serial numbers,
time, date, and copies                
                    Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Speed optimization reuses repeating data instead of resending it                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Local and network printer support                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Label copy count controllable from keyboard and database                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
SERIALIZATION                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Basic serialization: Numeric (base 10), alphabetic (base 26), and concatenated numeric and alphabetic sequences with increment / decrement by any interval                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Advanced serialization: Alphanumeric (base 36), hexadecimal (base 16), and custom base serialization                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Separate rollover / rollunder and value reset options                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Preserve or expand field length when rolling over                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
DATA SOURCING                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Design print-time data entry forms for keyboard and bar code scanner data                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Data from weighing scales supported by data entry forms                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Microsoft OLE DB and ODBC support, including drivers for:  Access, AS/400, Btrieve, dBase, Excel, Informix, Interbase, MySQL, Oracle database, Pervasive.SQL, PostgreSQL, Progress, SQL Server, Sybase, and more                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Read Excel files                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Read ASCII & Unicode text files (quote & comma, fixed width, and user-defined delimitation)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
SAP-certified interface to AII (Auto ID Infrastructure) XML documents                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Read data from SAP IDocs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Oracle-certified interface to XML label requests                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Drag and drop data linking                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Versatile multiple-table data access                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Import variable graphics from databases                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Data query wizard and custom SQL assistant                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Individual record-picking at print time                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
DATA PROCESSING                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Full-system Unicode support (field names, files,
servers, printers, etc.)
                    Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Visual Basic scripting for custom data processing                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Visual Basic scripting for document open, close, save, and print-time events                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
User-definable min and max field lengths                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Use and/or exclude select portions of database fields                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Customizable data-entry filters and error checking                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Custom configure the handling of individual messages and alerts                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Multiple sub-fields (sub-strings) concatenated per label object                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Source data with keyboard, time and date (from PC or printer)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Easy entry of special and "unprintable" control characters                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported
Shareable data fields                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
STANDARD INTEGRATION                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Can be run as "background" application                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Control from other programs using ActiveX                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Control from other programs using command lines                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Commander Integration Utility: senses incoming data, then starts print jobs and logs results                                     Fully Supported                     Partially Supported                                            
Specify label formats and data sources from within other programs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Automated printer selection                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Log to file: Errors and events                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Log to database: Errors and events, plus BarTender print job details                                     Shareable Centralized Databases                     Local Database Only                                            
Custom error, event and status e-mails                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Export printer code templates for SAPscript-ITF, keypads, printers that accept XML, and more                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
                                            SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY                                     EA                 A                 P                 B
Security Center manages user permissions and encrypts label formats                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Security Center supports electronic signatures and logs permission requests                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Lock down individual label formats with passwords                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Lock down BarTender into a password-protected "print-only" mode                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
History Explorer audits past label jobs and other events                                     Shareable Centralized Databases                     Local Database Only                                            
Include label images when logging BarTender print jobs                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Log revision number and change descriptions into the document file                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Librarian manages label format publishing, revision tracking, and rollback within a secure database                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
ADVANCED INTEGRATION                                                     EA                 A                 P                 B
SAP Certified for AII                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Read data from SAP IDocs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Oracle certified for WMS and MSCA                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Oracle XML integration using a TCP/IP socket                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Supports IBM WebSphere Sensor Events                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Commander processes file, e-mail and serial port triggers                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Enhanced version of Commander supports TCP/IP triggers and data transmission                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Commander optimized to receive, launch, and monitor new print jobs without waiting for existing jobs to finish                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Commander can return XML status response as a file or through a TCP/IP port                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Detailed print job status available to other programs using ActiveX                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
.NET SDK to control one BarTender at a time. (C# & VB.NET examples included)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
.NET SDK to control multiple instances of BarTender at once                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
.NET SDK for BarTender System Database allows automated review and reprinting of past label jobs                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
.NET SDK for Librarian allows automated file add, remove, rename, check in and out, etc.                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
ASP.NET sample application for customizable web browser printing                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Automated conversion of different XML formats using XSL style sheets                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
BarTender XML Command Scripts speed up automation and simplify remote control                                     Fully Supported                                                                 
RFID SUPPORT                                     
                EA                 A                 P                 B
Full-featured native RFID objects                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Basic RFID support only, using printer fonts                                                                                 Fully Supported                      
Encode EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It,
I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types                
                    Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     RFID Font                      
Supports DoD, Wal-Mart, and other EPC data formats, including SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, SGLN                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     RFID Font                      
Support for many single and double-byte codepages, including Asian languages, UTF-8 and UTF-16                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     RFID Font                      
Able to duplicate either the text or hexadecimal representation of the RFID data in text and bar code form                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
Supports optional write protection                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     RFID Font                      
Segment and Start Block support, including writing to multiple blocks                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     RFID Font                      
Able to configure printer's RFID options (e.g., Transponder Offset and Maximum Retries)                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                      
Display antenna, chip, and substrate on label. Select predefined or specify custom antenna bitmaps                                     Fully Supported                     Fully Supported                                            
ENTERPRISE PRINT MANAGEMENT                                 EA                 A                 P                 B
Optimized for high-volume label requests from numerous network users to one or more servers                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Browser-based network and internet printing                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Windows Cluster Server supported                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Reprint Console lets you search for and replace lost and damaged labels                                     Shareable Centralized Databases                     Local Database Only                                            
Configure security, spooler and other selected driver settings for multiple printers at once.                                     Supports all printers                     Local and Network Printers                                            
Printer Maestro displays status of all Windows print jobs in one window                                     Supports all printers                     Local and Network Printers                                            
Printer Maestro tracks printer media usage and inventory of printer parts.  Generates custom alerts.                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Log printer events for Windows print jobs other than just those from BarTender                                     Fully Supported                                                                  
Specify custom alerts for printer events and low inventory levels                                     Fully Supported                                                                  

Seagull Bartender System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Server 2008, Vista SP1, Server 2003, XP SP2
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 500 MB Hard Drive space
  • Display capable of 800 x 600 resolution 
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