EasyBadge – Encoding Cards FAQs

Barcodes

Adding barcodes to an ID card design is a quick and easy way to offer an extra layer of security. EasyBadge allows you to do this easily.

  1. Open up your design by clicking into ‘Change a Design’ button, and you will then have the option to edit an existing design or create a new one. Select the appropriate option.                                                                                                                                                                      Creating a barcode step 1
  2. In the design view, click ‘New Barcode’ and drag and drop the barcode on to the design.                                                                                    Creating a barcode step 2
  3. In the properties tab, you can now set the desired barcode properties.In the “Text” area, this example shows [Number] so you’d need to have a field in your database called ‘Number’ with some data in it. This links the data in the database to the barcode on the design.

    At the bottom of the barcode properties, you can select the barcode type you require. This barcode in this example is set to Code 39 – a popular barcode.

    Creating a barcode step 3

  4. If you don’t have data to link to you can also use [SerialNumber] instead of linking to an existing number field.

On the menu in Card Designer click the options button (3 lines) and select “Serial Number” to edit the parameters of the Serial number which will automatically increment every time a card is printed. This way you can just create barcodes without the need to set up a database.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EasyBadge doesn’t just allow you to generate barcodes – QR codes are also easily produced. To add one to your card design:

1. Open up your Card Design by Clicking the Change a Design button, you will then get the option to Edit an Existing design or Create a new design. Select the appropriate option.

Creating a QR code step 1

2. In the design view Click the New 2D Barcode option and drag and drop the Barcode onto the design. You can right click this icon to change the type of 2D barcode.

Creating a QR code step 2

3. In the properties area on the right-hand panel you can not set the properties of the 2D barcode. In the “Contents” area this example shows [QRCode] so you would need to have a field in your database called ‘QRCode’ with some data in it.

Creating a QR code step 3

This links the data in the database to the barcode on the design. At the bottom of the barcode properties, you can select the barcode type you require.

To turn off the ‘Check Digit’ function for barcodes, follow the procedure outlined below: 

1. Open up your Card Design by Clicking the Change a Design button, you will then get the option to edit the existing designs. Tick the box with the design with the barcode on it and click Edit a design to edit it.

Turning off check digit 1

2. In the card design view, click the barcode to select it.

3. In the properties area on the right, you can now set the properties of the barcode. At the bottom of the barcode properties, you can deselect the check digit tick box. This should stop the check digit from reading as part of the barcode.

Turning off check digit 3

4. Complete the process by saving the changes to the design by clicking on the save disc on the toolbar. The check digit of the barcode will now be switched off.

Encoding

EasyBadge allows you to encode mag-stripe cards. To do this, following the instructions outlined below: 

1. Open up your Card Design by Clicking the Change a Design button, you will then get the option to Edit an Existing design or Create a new design. Select the appropriate option.

How to encode magstripe data EasyBadge step 1

2. In the design view, click the Magnetic Track Settings button.

How to encode magstripe data EasyBadge step 2

3. In the properties area of the magnetic track encoding settings enter the field name in your database that contains the data that needs to be encoded.

In the example below the field with the magnetic data is called “Staff Number” and there is a suffix of “01” which is also encoded. You can change the string to meet your requirements if you need a different prefix or a suffix.

How to encode magstripe data EasyBadge step 3

Click OK to confirm the setting changes. EasyBadge will now encode the data you have specified onto the card provided your make and model of printer is supported and it has a magnetic encoder and you are using magnetic stripe cards.

MIFARE encoding with EasyBadge is a simple procedure. Below, we lay out what you need to do.

1.When in your database click the menu button in the top left of the EasyBadge Program window.

Encoding mifare cards step 1

2. Click Modify Database > Add Field.

Encoding mifare cards step 2

3. Select “Text Field” and click the “Create” button.

Encoding mifare cards step 3

4. Name field as ‘Mifare_Encoding’ and Click ‘OK’.

5. Your Database will need to close and re-open, click ‘OK’.

Encoding mifare cards step 5

6. Click the pencil on the central toolbar to add some encoding data to the new Mifare_Encoding field. Make sure the data will fit on a Mifare sector. Click the ‘Tick’ Icon to update the record.

Encoding mifare cards step 6

7. Now we need to edit the design. Click ‘Change the Design’ Button.

Encoding mifare cards step 7

8. From this menu you can edit a design by bullet pointing the design you want to change and click Edit a Design icon.

Encoding mifare cards step 8

9. Click the Contactless icon on the left tool bar and select ‘Mifare Classic Settings’ to bring up the settings for this template.

Encoding mifare cards step 9

10. Make sure the correct card type is selected for your cards, the choices are Mifare 1K, 4K and Mifare Ultralight EV1 cards. Also click enable at the bottom to active encoding.

Encoding mifare cards step 10

11. Double click one of the sector blocks (usually block 0) to add the data string that links the data. In the below example we have added the link to the Mifare_Number field. Click OK to close the block.

12. In the below image we have added Mifare_Number field link to Sector 1 block 0, SiteCode field link to Sector 1 block 1 and a static number to Sector 1 block 2. Your encoding details will be bespoke to your requirement.

Encoding mifare cards step 12

13. Now double click the Sector Trailer of Sector 1. We can apply new keys to the sector by putting a new 12 digit Hex key values (0-9,A-F) overwriting the default Key A and B value FF FF FF FF FF FF. We also need to tick ‘Lock Sector using Transport Key’. This will lock the sector.

Encoding mifare cards step 13

14. Now close the Mifare encoding dialogue boxes by clicking OK on each box, save and close the design.

Encoding mifare cards step 14

15. Finally, check that the contactless encoder (CL = contactless) is selected in the Printing menu under settings from the main menu button. (On the IDP Smart 70 the Duali encoder will not appear in here.)

Encoding mifare cards step 15

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