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How to Add QR Codes to ID Cards


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What is a QR code?

QR (quick response) codes are unique, two-dimensional (2D) barcodes that hold information and data. Compared to a one-dimensional (1D) barcode which can hold up to 25 characters, QR codes are capable of housing over 4,000 alphanumeric characters in a single defined area.

QR code popularity is a direct result of this technology’s flexibility, ease of use, and endless usage possibilities.  With the evolution and augmentation of smartphones and the availability of QR code-scanning barcode apps in the marketplace today, QR codes serve an important function in social media, networking, and online marketing campaigns.

How to Use QR Codes on ID Cards

So, what does this mean to you and your ID card program? The vast majority of companies require employees, contractors, and temporary employees to wear ID badges, for visual security, access control, or both. For an additional layer of tracking and security, organizations incorporate the use of barcodes on ID cards.

By putting a QR code on a photo ID card or badge, you can instantly retrieve data from that ID credential. This streamlines time and attendance tracking, security access control, membership data verification, and much more.

Adding QR codes to your ID issuance program is as easy as finding the right ID card software. Four of the leading ID card software brands we carry have the ability to add these codes to ID cards, including:

  • Asure ID: Express, Enterprise, and Exchange
  • CardExchange: Professional and Ultimate
  • Jolly Technologies: Standard and Premier
  • CardPresso: XS, XM, XL, and XXL

The ID card software editions above offer 30-day free trials which allow you to “test drive” the features and functionality before you buy. If purchased, all of your work carries over when you purchase a full license! 

For more information about QR codes or to discuss adding them to your ID card program, call an ID Professional today at (800) 321-4405 x2 or chat now. We’re here to help!

How Do I Add a Barcode to My ID Badges?


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In the ID industry, barcodes represent an easy, convenient, and very affordable way of semi-covertly printing information onto an ID card. This information can be a serial number or an account number. In addition, barcodes can easily be combined with other card technologies, such as a magnetic stripe or a proximity card.

The primary advantage of using a barcode in a name badge is the ability to quickly retrieve information from a card like the identity of the user. Used in tandem with a barcode reader, barcode usage streamlines processes and increases efficiencies by:

  • eliminating input errors
  • dramatically increasing accuracy
  • significantly accelerating the authentication and check-in process

Any ID card printer can print a barcode, and there’s no special equipment needed. You simply need some type of software to generate the barcode and a barcode reader. Most entry-level and mid-level ID card software programs support a variety of standard 1D barcode types, including UPC, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128, or Code 39.

Generally speaking, 2D barcodes are more commonplace in mid-level to fully-featured ID card software. Examples of 2D barcodes include Quick Response (QR) codes, PDF417, or MaxiCode.

Most ID card software programs allow for adding barcodes to ID cards. The most user friendly program for adding the barcode feature is the software application CardExchange. It offers 2D barcodes in its Professional and Ultimate versions.

HID’s Asure ID Express will allow for sequential numbering of barcodes and even automatic population based on the entry of another field, which dramatically increases the speed of your card production process.

The type of barcode you choose will depend on your application and the amount of data you’ll need in the barcode. No matter what industry you are in, adding a barcode is an easy way to add security to your ID card application.

For greater, more comprehensive security, many organizations implement “barcode mask” ID cards. These cards provide an area with a “black mask” or “veil” to prevent unauthorized copying of the code.

To explore your barcode options based on your current ID card program, trust an ID Professional to help you select the one that’s best suited for your organization’s needs. Call us today at (800) 321-4405 x2 or chat now.

Download A FREE 30-Day Trial of CardExchange Software


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If you’re trying to decide which ID software you need to take your card issuance Download a 30-day FREE Trial of CardExchange Softwareprogram to the next level, consider a trial download of CardExchange. In a free 30-day trial, you’ll have access to the full suite of CardExchange capabilities.

CardExchange Solutions ID Card Software helps you create professional-looking credentials in only four clicks. It offers an intuitive, user-friendly interface with easy drag-and-drop mapping for efficient and simplified card design.

CardExchange software is available in three editions, and each provides increasingly powerful tools:

  • Go – This entry-level software offers an improved engine for faster software start up, user interface updates, a 200-record internal database, and improved functionality.
  • Professional – As a mid-level software, you’ll get unlimited database records, advanced filter technology, and signature capture capability.
  • Ultimate – This fully-featured edition provides document scanning functionality, biometric device support, advanced photo options, group and user management, and contactless power on demand.

Best of all, if your card program requirements change over time or if additional functionality is needed, CardExchange Software upgrades are quick and convenient.

Quick Tip Try all the features and functionality of CardExchange software with your free trial. Design cards, build a database, add fields, and much more — all of your work carries over when you purchase a full license! Note: a watermark will be printed on all cards printed with your trial software.

Download your free CardExchange trial now and see for yourself how easy to use CardExchange software is! Have questions about ID card software? Talk to an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405 x2 or chat now.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right ID Card Software


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ID Card SoftwareMost people focus primarily on the printer when purchasing their first ID card system. This is natural as it is usually the most expensive part of your system.

One of the most commonly overlooked items with new users is the ID card software they are choosing to use. We strongly encourage you to put as much effort into choosing your ID card software as you do your printer. After all, it is the program that is used every time you need to make a card.

Here are three easy ste ps to choosing the ID software that is right for you.

1. Determine what you’ll need your ID card software to do

Almost all software manufacturers have three versions. These versions can be broken into three categories:

  • Basic – card design software
  • Database – card design plus the ability to save cardholder records
  • Professional – card design, save records, and network

Determining if you just need to make cards, save cards, do a batch print, or have multiple printing stations will help you know where to start.

2. Choose an ID card software brand

There are a lot of brands out there, and most offer a free trial. Take advantage of the free ID card software trials and make sure that you like the look and feel of the software program. We are strong advocates of the “try it before you buy it” approach.

3. Check the specifications

Take one final look at the product’s specifications and make sure they meet your software needs. Also be sure to check the requirements of your PC and operating system.

Following these three simple steps will ensure your overall satisfaction with your card design program, and your ID system as a whole. If you have any questions on a particular program or brand, please contact an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405 x 2.

New ID Software Now Available – CardExchange


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A new brand of ID software is now available at ID Wholesaler – CardExchange ID software from ExchangeIT.

Whether you’re an old pro or new to ID badge printing, CardExchange is intuitive and user-friendly. It features an MS Office inspired user-interface that allows you to create cards in just four clicks. It will manage unlimited card layouts which can each be set to have its own database connection or printer. A search tool allows you to quickly find and filter data from connected databases.

The software is available in three editions, each offering an increasing level of tools: Entry, Premium, and Ultimate. (Compare the three levels here.) It’s also easy to upgrade as your ID card software needs change. Simply purchase the appropriate upgrade license to unlock additional features – no CD or download is required.

To learn more or to discuss if CardExchange is the best ID software option for you, call an ID Expert at (800) 321-4405.