FileMaker developer Brian Dunning announced on Tuesday the release of
Barcode Basics, an application that uses FileMaker data to create barcodes that can be printed and scanned, with no extra fonts or plug-ins required. Barcode Basics comes in two versions — one that employs the commonly used Code39 format and one that features POSTNET, which encodes ZIP and U.S. Postal Service delivery point codes onto envelopes. Each of them is US$99, with a developer version available for $299. The developer version allows unlimited distribution of applications that contain the components of Barcode Basics. FileMaker Pro 5, 6 or 7 is required.