BarTender Software Comparison

12 February 2021

Purchasing BarTender software for the first time for your business can be daunting. With four different levels of software to consider it can be difficult to understand where your company's needs fall on the spectrum of label design software.  

If you're not sure where to begin, first of all – try before you buy. We offer a free 30-day trial on our website so that you can ensure that BarTender is suitable for your labelling needs.  

Secondly, with BarTender software it is important to know that you are able to upgrade to the more powerful editions as your business grows. For example, if you started with Professional Edition but decided after a period of time that you wanted to start automating your labelling process to increase speed, you could upgrade your software to Automation Edition without having to start from scratch. You can also add more printers to your license at a later date as your business grows.   
To buy BarTender software click on the following link: BarTender label software from Smart Print and Labelling 

Create with Starter Edition
Starter Edition is the most cost-friendly and basic BarTender offering which is idea for small businesses. It allows you to generate commercial-quality labels for variable data – the key thing is that you are only able to use data from Excel or CSV files.  

  • Can only be used with up to 3 printers  

  • Easy label design tools  

  • The template design isn’t as good as BarTender Professional – you don’t get the use of PANTONE colours  

  • Can only import variable data from either Excel or RFC 4180 standard CSV file 

  • Serialize labels by increments/decrements of 1 

  • Can't create serial numbers that support alphanumeric, hexadecimal, and custom sequencing patterns 

  • Supports Amazon Transparency-compliant labels 

Create commercial-quality labels with Professional Edition
Professional Edition includes all of the features in Starter edition and more for sophisticated labels design. Professional Edition includes RFID encoding and enables you to link content from databases, spreadsheets and other files 

  • Can be used with more than 3 printers  

  • Supports over 20 major databases or data file types including MS SQL, Excel/Online, QuickBooks Online, Access, XML, JSON, CSV, and IBM DB2 

  • Reduce label maintenance with Intelligent Templates 

  • Can build barcodes using the latest GS1 compliance standards  

  • Commercial quality labels using PANTONE colours  

  • Can create serial numbers that support alphanumeric, hexadecimal, and custom sequencing patterns 

  • Can encode RFID tags, smartcards and magnetic strip cards

Create commercial-quality labels and automate the process with Automation Edition

Automation Edition has all of the features of Professional Edition but also has the introduction of automated, integrated printing – so integration with EPR/WMS system. This is ideal for businesses that are looking to automate their labelling process to increase speed and accuracy. It provides tools to manage and integrate label and document printing with business systems.  

  • Automated printing directly from your business system (including SAP, Oracle, Infor, HighJump, Epicor, NetSuite, Sage and more).  

  • Reduce label maintenance with intelligent Templates.  

  • Create forms that run automated processes and actions. 

  • Enable secure printing operations.  

Create commercial-quality labels, automate and manage the process with Automation Edition
Ideal for businesses that operate in regulated industries or span multiple locations and need to control design and printing throughout the business.

Has all of the features of Automation edition with the addition of: 

  • Centralised management, certified integrations, document management, web & mobile printing and comprehensive security 

  • Secure printing from a web browser  

  • Label compliance with audit trails  

  • Centralised print management tools for printers and print jobs throughout a corporate network 

  • Automatically redirect to another printer in the event of printer failure 

For further differences between the levels of BarTender 2021 software, read the following comparison guides: 
Starter/professional comparison
Professional/Automation/Enterprise comparison 
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