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Others may have better ideas, but here's what I'd try:
Not sure of the particulars regarding the format or actual numbers your barcodes will represent, but if they are your own numbers to make up, use Excel to generate a list of sequential numbers.
Choose a free online batch barcode generator like the one at Barcodez.net
Paste your list into the generator, and get a web page populated with images of your sequential barcodes.
In your browser, choose File > Save and select whatever options necessary to save a copy of the page with images.
This will write a folder containing the barcode images. Use that as a source for an InDesign Data Merge to generate the 100 copies with sequential barcodes.
What kind of device (ie hand held scanner, smartphone) will scan barcode and what kind of barcode format does it read (ie Code 39)?
Here is my suggestion: for the scanning device, use a smartphone and download the free app: NeoReader available for Android, iOS and Blackberry. Then download a version of a code 39 font, there are free versions available. In Indesign you can set your numbers *100001* *100002* apply the code 39 font and then print your 100 copies.
Yes, I would do exactly this as well.
Device will be a hand-held scanner that seems to read EAN 13 and UPC just fine on our items. Trouble is when I install these UPC / EAN Fonts for use with ID, the resulting printout won't scan. Any ideas?
Trouble is when I install these UPC / EAN Fonts for use with ID, the resulting printout won't scan. Any ideas?
Of course no one other than the producer(s) can account for the performance of those fonts. I strongly doubt it's an InDesign issue. This is one reason the solution I posted does not include the use of barcode fonts, as I have given up on them in favor of dedicated and direct barcode generation tactics. My experience with barcode fonts wasn't all bad, but consistent reliability was elusive.
These barcodes use check digits and start/end markers, do you have these within the string?