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(Portable Data File417) A two-dimensional barcode developed by Symbol Technologies, Inc., Holtsville, NY (www.symbol.com). Created in the late 1980s, the standard was later placed in the public domain and is governed by the Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM) trade association.

PDF417 is the most widely used 2D barcode (more than one row of codes), and it can hold up to 1,800 bytes of any digital data in a printed area about the size of a business card. For bills of lading and applications that require more information, multiple barcodes can be printed. The scanner, which is made by Symbol Technologies and other companies, reads the barcode horizontally and vertically. MicroPDF417 is a denser version of PDF417 that takes up less space. It is used for marking small parts and can hold up to 300 bytes.

The Gettysburg Address
This PDF417 image contains the entire Gettysburg address. (Image courtesy of Symbol Technologies, Inc.)

Attendee Information Capture
PDF417 is used to print names and addresses on conference and show badges. If a handheld reader is used, the exhibitor can swipe the attendee's badge without having to remove it from its holder and possibly misplace it in the hustle and bustle of the trade show.
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It supports 29+ linear (1D) and 2D barcode symbologies including MacroPdf417, Australia Post, OneCode, Code128, Code39, PDF417, UPCA, Codabar, MSI and QR etc.
Caracteristicas: Tecnologia de impresion termica, velocidad de 170mm/seg, ancho de papel 80mm, resolucion 8 puntos/mm; fuente: 1,62 x 3,5mm, B: 1,25 x 3,5mm; codigo de barras: UPC-A y E, JAN13 (EAN), JAN8 (EAN), (Code 39, Code 128, PDF417, Code 93, CODABAR (NW-7); puerto USB 2.
The 3800gPDF has the ability to swipe read both two dimensional PDF417 barcodes and traditional linear barcodes.
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