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I know how to construct a valid UPC bar code with various proportionate widths of bars and spaces... so I am looking for a simple font with 6 characters (3 widths of bars and 3 widths of spaces) so that I can make my own UPC's.

Or perhaps another way to generate the bars given the proportionate widths?

If neither of the above is feasable... is there a plugin for UPC?

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You don't need to cobble it together by hand from the individual elements. You just purchase a font package, install it on your machine and place a field on a layout formatted as the barcode font. In some cases check digits or a prefix or suffix must be appended (for instance "*" before and after text formatted as Code 39 for some font packages). It is probably much harder (or impossible) to find the individual elements than the complete font packages.

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UPC is a little more complicated than fonts like Code 39 and the like. For one, the bars/spaces are reversed halfway through (the middle of the bar code always has bar-space-bar-space-bar (so characters after the middle begin with a space whereas characters before the middle begin with a bar.

Then the last character is a check figure based on a calculation on all the other digits.

Really what I'm trying to do is avoid paying $139 (US!!!) for the IDAutomation bar code package (which is the only one I have found that contains UPC).

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