Finding the Right ID Card Software Program

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When searching for a photo ID card program for your organization, you want to be absolutely certain that you’re getting your money's worth while ensuring it includes all the bells and whistles you need to make your job easier and more convenient. But how do you narrow down all of the choices out there?

The bottom line is that you need to first determine the features and functionality you'd like your cards to have. Generally speaking, there are three categories most ID card software programs fall into, and once you've established which is appropriate for your needs, the rest is pretty easy. And both entry-level and mid-level software programs offer an upgrade path in case your organization’s needs change over time.

Entry-Level Software
This category is typically best for smaller companies that want simple graphics or images and very little data printed on cards. Entry-level software provides basic card design and layout with a limit on the number of graphics or fields used as well as printing capabilities. In addition, most entry-level software includes the following:

  • 1D barcodes
  • magnetic stripe encoding
  • Single workstation installation and use

Mid-Level Software
This is a great solution for small to medium-sized companies, because it still offers full card design, printing, and barcodes. You also get valuable advanced attributes like the ability to keep an MS Access database of the cards you've printed, making the reprinting of cards a breeze if they're ever lost, damaged, or stolen. Other features of mid-level software can include:

  • data imports and exports
  • unlimited data field additions
  • batch updating and printing
  • group and user management

Fully-Featured Software
Large, enterprise-level organizations tend to opt for fully-featured software because it streamlines ID card management across a corporate network or when organizations have locations in a variety of areas or regions. Fully-featured software provides a comprehensive ID card software solution with:

  • advanced database and filter functionality
  • full network capabilities
  • data capture from multiple image sources
  • enhanced security options
  • smart card encoding

Finally, a great resource to take advantage of is our software free trial versions. They're a smart, hands-on tool to determine what works best for your organization…and they’re free!

Selecting the right ID card software application is an integral part of your ID card program. It's important to find the one that most effectively accommodates your business needs. A knowledgeable ID Professional is ready to help. Call today at (800) 321-4405 x2 or chat now.
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