17 Jun

Barcode Basics – Another 5 star review!

macOS Catalina barcode app software ean13

As a small software company, it’s always great to receive positive feedback about our apps. So, many thanks to NotchValley for the five star review of Barcode Basics on the Mac App Store

Very easy and costs less than 2 image credits from GS1
I’ve only tried a couple of GS1 codes and it worked extremely well. Also it can save into several different formats including eps which GS1 won’t do anymore. Thanks!

(5/5) stars from NotchValley , USA

So, if you’re looking for a macOS barcode generator, with support for 10.15 (aka Catalina), dark mode and all the usual functionality you’d expect from a pro-quality barcode app then check out Barcode Basics on the Mac App Store today!

Catalina Barcode App

25 Sep

Is your Barcode app ready for 64 bit?

Recently, we’ve had a few questions about 64-bit apps and also code signing. It seemed sensible to talk about them here, rather than keep repeating the same message!

64-bit applications

A number of users have asked whether our macOS barcode app, Barcode Basics is a 64-bit app. The short answer, is “yes”. But why does is matter? Well, all modern Macs have 64-bit processors. This means that apps designed to run on 64-bit processors will generally run faster and better than apps designed to run on the old legacy 32bit processors. So, why are people suddenly asking?

macOS displays this message if you try to run 32bit apps

Apple has been supporting both types of apps for quite some time, but has now announced that its current macOS (Mojave) will be the last to support 32-bit technology.

So it’s a good time to check that the apps you rely on are 64-bit, otherwise you may find yourself without them on the next major macOS release. To check whether an app is 64-bit or not, you could either contact the developer or follow these steps:

  • From the Apple Menu, select “About this Mac”
  • Click the “System Report” button
  • From the system report, scroll down to “Software” in the left hand sidebar, then click “Applications”
  • Select the Application you’re interested in and you will see a field called “64-bit (Intel)”
  • If you see “Yes” in the “64-bit (Intel)” field then the selected app wasdesigned for 64 bit.
  • More about 64-bit here: Apple info on 32-bit/64-bit app compatibility

    Code Signing

    We also sometimes get asked about code signing. Code signing assures you that an app is from a known source and hasn’t been tampered with since it was signed. Logically, if an app isn’t code signed then you can’t be certain where it came from or that something malicious hasn’t been done to is since it was created – a popular way of introducing malware.

    All apps purchased direct from the Mac App Store are code-signed (Apple simply rejects them if they’re not). However, apps from other sources (e.g. downloaded from websites) may or may not be code signed.

    Apps which are not code signed can still run on macOS, although you may get a warning when you try to run them, depending on your security settings. If this happens, you should think carefully about whether you trust the source of the app and whether you’re comfortable with the risks of running unsigned code.

    More about code signing here: Apple info about code signing


    Barcode Basics is 64-bit compatible and fully code signed so you can be sure it will continue to work in the next macOS, and that it hasn’t been maliciously changed since it was signed by us. Here’s a comparison between Barcode Basics and it’s competitors:

    App Name64-bitCode SignedPrice Per User
    Barcode Basics






    Agamick Barcoder



    $97 - $195 (depending on functionality)
    Barcode X



    Barcode Producer






    Data correct at October 2018. Some prices shown were converted to USD using exchange rates at time of writing.

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    06 Aug

    Barcode Basics: Another 5 star review!

    Thanks to KaelOK for the five star review of Barcode Basics on the Mac App Store

    Was using an “online” software that is no longer available for mostly UPC-A and EAN 13 codes. I decided I would like the convenience of having software installed on my machine. I chose Barcode Basics because of cost ($19.99) and the developers responses to most all reviews. After using the application, I was very pleased at the ease to generate barcodes. I like using .eps for packaging, no issues at all.
    (5/5) stars from Kael OK , USA

    Click here to find out more about Barcode Basics…