There are many reasons to use Actipro Bar Code instead of bar code fonts (a.k.a. fontware) in your applications.
Our bar codes include features not available on fontware such as textual value rendering, text intrusion, text alignment, bar height, bar/width ratio, optional borders, and more.
Our product includes a large number of bar code symbology implementations at a low price with royalty-free distribution, whereas many fontware products may charge licensing fees in excess of $100 for a single font.
A font can't do math. A major benefit of our product is that each symbology automatically computes any appropriate checksum values so there is no math that needs to be done manually by you.
Native Platform Support
Our product is built in and designed for its target UI platform. All rendering is done using vectors so that the bar codes cleanly scale to any size and always looks crisp on your printouts.