Select BarTender Edition

Since 1987, Bar Code Graphics has assisted thousands of companies and organizations with; selecting, purchasing and using BarTender barcode label software.  We encourage you to contact us, to leverage our extensive experience with BarTender to ensure your company selects the correct BarTender version for your business application.

PRICING NOTE: As an authorized Seagull Scientific reseller we are not permitted to advertise discounted pricing online.  Please  contact us, to receive discounted pricing and promo/coupon code.

 BarTender® BASIC EDITION – Workstation

BarTender Basic is installed and licensed for each workstation which needs to use the application.  Designed for individuals and small departments, the BarTender® Basic Edition lets you start designing and printing barcode labels and cards in just minutes thanks to its intuitive design tools and helpful wizards.


BarTender® PROFESSIONAL EDITION – Workstation

BarTender Professional is installed and licensed for each workstation which needs to use the application.  Designed for departments and small businesses, the BarTender® Professional Edition offers the same easy interface as the Basic Edition while enabling RFID encoding and more sophisticated label and card designs that leverage content from databases, spreadsheets and other files.



BarTender Automation is installed on a network and licensing is based on the number of printers which will be printing labels designed in BarTender.  Every workstation connected to network can access, design and print labels from BarTender to a licensed network printer.  Designed for businesses that want to increase efficiency by automating their printing, the BarTender®Automation Edition offers the full power of Intelligent TemplatesTM plus the ability to launch printing from other programs.



BarTender Automation is installed on a network and licensing is based on the number of printers which will be printing labels designed in BarTender.  Every workstation connected to network can access, design and print labels from BarTender to a licensed network printer. Designed for businesses that require complete connectivity and control of their printing environment, the BarTender® Enterprise Automation Edition delivers our most powerful collection of features, including integration with SAP and Oracle, mobile printing from iOS and Android devices, and centralized management of printing, security and administration.



Trial Edition lets you try all four editions of BarTender, including the Enterprise Automation edition (our most powerful edition). After 30 days, the Trial Edition switches to a demo mode and randomly changes one character in each printed barcode and text field. Don’t worry – the designs and documents you create in the Trial Edition can be printed normally again as soon as you purchase and activate the appropriate Product Key Code for BarTender.


Which BarTender is right for you?



Basic Edition

Professional Edition

Get started in just minutes! All Basic features, plus:
  • Design and print labels, cards, mag stripe cards and more.
  • Optimize print speed to any printer or marking device.
  • Design data-entry forms that provide data validation and accept print-time input from the keyboard or a barcode scanner.

Licensed per PC

  • Read data from CSV files, databases and Excel. Easily search and select records for printing.
  • Encode RFID labels.

Licensed per PC


Automation Edition

Enterprise Automation Edition

All Professional features, plus: All Automation features, plus:
  • Automatically print from any OS, system or device in response to data transactions and SDK requests.
  • Design using Intelligent TemplatesTM to reduce maintenance.
  • Secure the printing environment with user and group roles.
  • Monitor live print status and view detailed history of system usage.

Licensed per printer

  • Automatically print in response to Web service API or TCP/IP communication.
  • Integrate with SAP and Oracle.
  • Take advantage of centralized system management, browser-hosted printing, centralized template storage with revision control, electronic signature support, full SDK control, smart card encoding and more.

Licensed per printer


System Requirements

Operating system

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista.
    • BarTender 2016 is Microsoft Windows 10 certified.
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
  • Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.

Hard disk and memory (minimum)

  • Basic and Professional Editions (32-bit)
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 2 GB free hard drive space
  • Basic and Professional Editions (64-bit)
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 3 GB free hard drive space
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (32-bit)
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)
  • Automation and Enterprise Automation Editions (64-bit)
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 20 GB free hard drive space (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Display resolution (recommended)

1024 x 768 or higher

.NET Framework

The .NET Framework 4.0 is required. The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components.

Optional database

Logging of print jobs and event messages requires either

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express (included with BarTender), or
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher (purchased from a database vendor)



Maintenance Agreements


Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

  • Pay an annual fee equal approximately 18% of the current suggested retail price of the product you purchased.*
  • Install as few or as many version updates as you like, all for free.
  • No need to worry about the “End of Update Discounts” deadline.

Automation and Enterprise Automation users are required to be using the most current version of BarTender in order to add additional printer licenses.  

Point Release Update – Usually occur every 5 to 9 months, and addresses reported bugs and software optimization. IE: 10.0 to 10.1

Full Version Update – Usually occurs every 8 to 14 months and coincides with major Windows releases. Full version updates include significant changes to the software.  Users who upgrade to the most current Windows OS need to upgrade BarTender to ensure full compatibility.  IE: 9.4 to 10.0


Factors to Consider:

There are a number of factors which need to be taken into account when deciding whether or not to keep the BarTender current and/or purchase an SMA;

Whether your company is using a workstation edition (Basic or Professional), or network edition (Automation or Enterprise Automation) of BarTender.   The cost to upgrade is much more costly for the network versions which means the SMA is a great value when compared to the cost of upgrading your network version of BarTender.

If the BarTender is integrated within another application to print labels, or if it’s being used as a stand-alone printing application.  Users utilizing a Seagull Scientific companion utility such as The Commander or are using Integration Tools should keep their BarTender running on the current version in order to ensure their system remains operational.  Windows and database updates can adversely affect users who are not on the current version.

Projected needs of your company – In order to add printer licenses to a network version, the user must have the current version of BarTender installed.  For example, if your company purchased the Automation Version with a 3 printers to launch a new compliance initiative and within 4 years needs to add additional printer licenses, the first step needed is to upgrade to the current version of BarTender.  The cost of this upgrade will be more than purchasing an SMA at the time of purchase.

If your company intends on upgrading to the current version of Windows – Many companies have an IT Strategy which includes upgrading Windows within their organization on a specific time table.  For companies who are upgrading their version of Windows every 4 years, or less would benefit by purchasing annual SMA’s.


Upgrading the BarTender

BarTender can be upgraded to a different BarTender Edition such as going from BarTender Basic Edition to the Professional Edition as long as it’s the current version.




Users with an older version of BarTender may upgrade to a different BarTender Edition however they must first upgrade to the current version.  For most existing users, it is less expensive to purchase a NEW BARTENDER rather than upgrade both the BarTender Version and BarTender Edition.

For companies who are anticipating their printing needs will change within the first 3 years of installing their intial BarTender we STRONGLY RECOMMEND purchasing a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA).


BarTender Professional Services


Leverage our extensive experience to assist your company with utilizing the power of BarTender’s robust capabilties.

Custom Label Design Services

We have been using and reselling BarTender since 1987 and specialize in assisting companies with complying with all types of Trading Partner labeling requirements including;

  • GS1-128 Shipping Labels
  • All types of GS1 barcodes
  • FDA UDI Mandate

In addition to label design, Bar Code Graphics works with clients to create custom databases which will work seamlessly with BarTender.

Custom Development

In addition to our in-house development team, we also maintain a roster of programmers who are capable of designing and implementing custom interfaces for BarTender.  Our 30+ years experience with BarTender enables us to assess the appropriate companion utilities and develop label printing and management solutions.


We provide Professional Services on a time/material basis.

Our hourly fee for Professional Services is billed at; $135/hour.

If you are interested in finding out how much it would cost to utilize Bar Code Graphics expertise, please contact us to us to discuss your project in detail.

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