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#24417 - 11/26/08 03:39 PM Post Office Barcode
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Our rep at the USPS is saying the barcode 'USPS Barcode' doesn't look right for automation discounts? Is there another one? Looks normal to me?

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#24418 - 11/26/08 04:43 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
Raphael Lalonde Lefebvre Offline
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For the USPS Barcode, the function's name is "OneCode". Did you properly set the OneCode function in your variable? Did you use the "PSMOneCode" font? If so, then the barcode should be all right, since our software is certified for the barcodes it supports.

Regards,
Rapha

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#24419 - 11/28/08 04:35 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
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I do not understand I guess how to set that up? Wouldn't the psmpostnet font one be the right one?

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#24420 - 12/01/08 09:26 AM Re: Post Office Barcode
Raphael Lalonde Lefebvre Offline
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"PSMPostNet" is not the right font, as the USPS Barcode is different from the older PostNet. It's not using the same font, so you really need PSMOneCode. It should be on the PSM CD, along with all other fonts, although it might not be there if your CD is old(I believe PSMOneCode started shipping with 5.2.3. If your CD is older, you may need to order a new one).

You set it up in a way similar to other barcodes. First create a text box, then put a variable into it. Then, go in the expression editor, and call the ONECODE command. The enter the parameters following the OneCode's specifications. Example:

ONECODE("02", "343", "353536", "123456789", "48593958395")

This will return a valid OneCode barcode string. All you have to do after that is apply the PSMOneCode font to your variable, and it will generate the barcode.

Here is a link where you can find the barcode's official specs:
http://ribbs.usps.gov/onecodesolution/

Check out the "Steps to Create the Intelligent Mail Barcode". It should give you good information on what to place as the parameters.

Regards,
Rapha

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#24421 - 12/01/08 10:07 AM Re: Post Office Barcode
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ok, thank you. Makes much more sense. I do not as of yet have a mail identifier though? I also thought, according to mailcom, you could use postnet up until May09 and even there after if you are a real slacker but won't allow you the same discounts? So are you saying postnet is no good? Isn't that the current one?

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#24422 - 12/01/08 10:12 AM Re: Post Office Barcode
Raphael Lalonde Lefebvre Offline
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Well, yes, PostNet is still valid for now. It's just that you asked about USPS Barcode.

For the PostNet barcode, you need PSMPostNetTt, which comes on the PSM CD, like all other fonts. The command you need to use is "POSTNET". Example:

POSTNET("12345")

This command supports 5, 9 or 11 digits PostNet barcodes. Zip, Zip+4 and Zip+4+Delivery point. So you could have:

POSTNET("25562")
POSTNET("573858385")
POSTNET("38849495033")
POSTNET("58939-6843")

All the above entries are valid, you can even keep the dash if there's any.

Regards,
Rapha

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#24423 - 12/02/08 03:52 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
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Hi,

I would like to add that if you cannot find the "Onecode" barcode font anywhere, we also have it available on our website.

http://www.objectiflune.com/OL/en-CA/Services/Support/KBArticle.aspx?KB=1041

Hope this helps,

Olivier

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#24424 - 12/11/08 02:30 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
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Hi, I ran what I had using the PSMPostNetTt font noted above. I have to pay $300 more since they said it was not machinable? This is confusing to me because in our main product, using a more complex variable printing program, I provide the exact same barcode data from our postal software. For example 984224534081 gets passed into the other using a similar font WASP POSTNET. Was the same in the product prior to making the move to PSM as well and now I have to pay more? What am I missing? I looked at the structure of the POSTNET expression and added may variable as such POSTNET([BARCODE],[ADDRESS]) nothing appears in the box now. tried it as POSTNET("[BARCODE]","[ADDRESS]") which I knew wouldn't work but followed the example, still no luck. Tried simply POSTNET([BARCODE]) and it shows my number exceeds the limit. it is a 12 digit code but always has been? For the barcode shown above 984224534081 info is as follows:
2208 DAVIS CT NE
TACOMA, WA 98422-4534

we use DPV, NCOA and not sure if I simply trim of the "1" and it will work? Not sure why I have an extra digit and have emailed the software developer. It has always worked though? Help...? :-)

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#24425 - 12/11/08 02:37 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
Raphael Lalonde Lefebvre Offline
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The POSTNET function needs a 5, 9 or 11 digit string to work properly, which corresponds to Zip, Zip+4 or Zip+4+devlivery point. "984224534081" is 12 digits and will therefore not work. My guess is that it is an already converted barcode string, however, our own font is made to use with our own function, so it might not be suitable for this string.

Instead of the [Barcode] field, try using another field, such as [Zip], if you have one. Then use the following expression for the barcode variable:

POSTNET([Zip])

This will give you a valid PostNet barcode string. All you need to do is apply the PSMPostNetTt font to it, and that should work.

Regards,
Rapha

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#24426 - 12/11/08 03:41 PM Re: Post Office Barcode
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Here was the developers suggestion. How do I do the equivalent in PSM? I'd rather handle this there.

AccuZIP6

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