TransBar 4 Msi

Code-barres MSI APB

Fields of application

TransBar 4 MSI allows the creation of barcodes for medicines to be distributed in Belgium according to APB standard, initials of "Association Pharmaceutique Belge" or "Algemene Pharmaceutische Bond", also known as CNK "Code National(e) Kode". TransBar 4 MSI responds to all the other uses of this ancient symbology, including document management, even though Code 39, which is safer and more efficient is often preferred.

Storable characters

The MSI barcodes can store informations of any length, composed exclusively of digits.

Supported standards

The barcodes generated by Transbar 4 Codes 128 respond to the common standards and appellations :

Graphic possibilities

TransBar 4 MSI generates barcodes with seven common heights :

Hauteurs MSI
and in all sizes, within the limits of the standard, or even after a warning, beyond the limits of the standard :
Grandeurs MSI

The barcodes are obtained without legend or are automatically provided with a legend :

Légendes MSI

Classic MSI transcription

The transcription (ie the expression of information to be coded as a text to be printed by a barcode font) is particularly simple in MSI and allows the user to not use TransBar when no control character is requested :

Transcription MSI

In a document template, it is possible to prepare a blank barcode consisting of only two characters start and stop: then, when finalizing the document, it is sufficient to put the cursor between these two characters and enter the reference to code to obtain a bar code memorizing what we just typed :

MSI vierge

Similarly, a spreadsheet column will be easily encoded by a second column linked to the first by a formula enabling the information to be automatically framed by characters start "<" and stop ">" :

MSI en tableur

Finally, a database can print a field as a barcode by asking in the print model that this field be preceded and followed by the start and stop characters, as it would be required to be preceded by a $ or followed by a € if it was a financial amount.

TransBar allows, when desired, to add a control character "modulo 10", the calculation formula most frequently encountered but not standardized. When an automatic legend is requested, this control character is captioned.

APB Transcription

It dissociates itself from the classical transcription on 3 points :

Minimum system requirements for TransBar 4

The most recent version of TransBar 4 and its fonts have been tested with success on the following configurations :

with any software that supports text writing, copy and paste, text importation or CSV files, and offering the choice of the font and the font size for non-scalable printing ; a print where 72 DTP points (pica) are 25.4 mm in accordance with the current standard of DTP and professional printers.

Any printers with a resolution of 300, 600, 900, 1200, 1800, 2400 dots per inch.

All other printers if in the layout software the size of the characters can be expressed as a fractional value (for example 42.37 points, without this input turning into 42 points), under penalty of:


Consult the evaluation manual step by step

Technical documentations

Consult :