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BarTender v9.0 Service Release Downloads

As of July 1, 2014, BarTender 9.0 is no longer supported.


The free Service Release at the bottom of this page can only be used to update existing copies of BarTender where the version number begins with 9.0. For other versions of BarTender:

  • If you have BarTender 2016: Because you have the latest version of Bartender, you can update for free to the latest service release available.
  • If you have a version older than BarTender 2016: You can only update for free to the latest service release available for your version. If your version is 10.1 or newer, you can purchase an update to the latest version of BarTender. If your version is 10.0 or older, you can purchase a new license for the latest version.

About BarTender 9.0

BarTender 9.0 (build 2476) was first released on September 9th, 2008. This was our largest release in more than 10 years, including the introduction of three brand new applications. Although it was also our most heavily-tested release ever, you can never get out all the bugs and BarTender 9.0 was no exception. A number of service releases are described below containing bug fixes, added features, and additional content.

BarTender 9.0 (Service Release 1)

Service Release #1 (build 2486) of BarTender 9.0 was released on September 18, 2008 and solved these two problems:

  • XML Script: If Commander received a "BarTender XML Script" trigger event, Commander would display an error message that begins: "Error 0 - The BarTender XML Script Command cannot execute..." and ends with "...registered BarTender version is 900." Because Commander was reading BarTender's version number incorrectly, it would not forward the XML Script to BarTender.
  • Removal of "Formats" Folder: During execution of an in-place upgrade of BarTender, the installation program would remove and recreate the "BarTender" folder within the Windows "My Documents" folder. This would therefore also remove the "Formats" sub-folder and any existing label formats located inside of it.

BarTender 9.01 (Service Release 2)

Because the first issue described here was somewhat more serious than the "minor bug fixes" included in a typical service release, we increased the BarTender version number from 9.0 to 9.01 when publishing Service Release 2 (SR2) on September 30th, 2008.

  • Improper Reading of Blank Database Fields: When reading database records using an OLE DB database connection, BarTender was not properly reading blank database fields. Instead of correctly filling the associated object on the label with the blank data, the most-recently read non-blank value for the field was improperly reused. This could result in incorrect data being printed on a label. This problem does not extend to the reading of label data using ODBC or text files.
  • ".Net" Exception Error : This issue is mostly cosmetic. On non-English Windows installations, if the Tools,General Options dialog was opened in the History Explorer or Reprint Console applications, the "Language" option would initially start out blank. Unless this option was then manually set to "English," pressing the Ok button would cause a non-fatal .Net exception error. Pressing "Continue" allowed the application to continue without trouble. Pressing "Abort" caused the application to exit (without data loss).

BarTender 9.01 (SR3) includes SDKs and Updated Translations

Build 2524 of BarTender 9.01 was released November 13th, 2008 and designated Service Release 3 (SR3). This release was mostly dedicated to additional content, with only very minor bug fixes included:

  • Updated Language Translation: Version 9.0 of the Bartender Label Management Suite was released with English-only display of the user-interface for all newly-added features and applications. Now, with the release of SR3, these new features can display in any of the 23 languages supported by BarTender.
  • .NET SDKs for BarTender: SR3 includes the new ".NET Print" and ".NET Print Server" software development kits. Now, C# and VB.NET developers can programmatically control BarTender from within other applications more easily than ever before. (To install now, download a "Full BarTender Suite" and select the "Custom" install option.)
  • Minor Bugs: A few very minor bugs were fixed with SR3 and are not described on this web site.

BarTender 9.01 (SR4) Adds "Grace Period" Web Printing Sample

Build 2561 of BarTender 9.01 was released February 13th, 2009 and designated Service Release 4 (SR4). This release was mostly dedicated to additional functionality and content. Only a few minor bug fixes were included.

  • License Server "Grace Period": If a network goes down or a computer fails in a way that prevents communication with Seagull License Server, an Enterprise edition of BarTender has no way of knowing that an invalid licensing condition has not occurred. With the new licensing "grace period," BarTender can continue mission critical production for 72 hours while the License Server communication problem gets resolved. (Only Enterprise editions of BarTender use the Seagull License Server.)
  • Web Printing Sample Application added to SDK: Seagull's "Web Print Server" application, first introduced with BarTender version 8.0, makes selecting and printing labels over the internet incredibly easy. However, because the source code for this application is not publicly available, options for customizing this application are limited. In contrast, the new "Web Label Print" sample application, now available as part of the BarTender Print Server SDK, includes source code. It provides much of the same functionality as BarTender Web Print Server, but it lets developers customize the on-screen forms and the C-sharp source code to meet the needs of their specialized applications. (You can try it out for free with either one of the "Full Suite" downloads.)
  • Minor Bugs: A few very minor bugs were fixed with SR4 and are not described on this web site.

Installation Instructions

Starting with BarTender 9.0, the update instructions became simpler than they were for older versions of BarTender. After downloading the latest BarTender 9.0x service release:

  • If you Already Installed a Version of BarTender 9.0x: Do not bother to remove your old software. Simply, install the BarTender 9.01 Service Release over your existing installation of BarTender 9.0. You will not be prompted to re-enter your original Product Key Code (PKC).
  • If you Never Installed BarTender 9.0: Simply perform a new install of your downloaded BarTender 9.01. When prompted for a Product Key Code (PKC), provide the one that came with your original copy of BarTender 9.0.


All download options listed below have everything you need to start designing labels right away. The "BarTender only" option is the smallest file and will therefore download the fastest. The larger "Full BarTender Suite" downloads include Commander, Printer Maestro, History Explorer, the Reprint Console, and support for detailed Print Job Logging to a SQL database. They also include the BarTender .NET SDKs.

The multilingual downloads support instant switching of the user-interface between more than 20 languages, but they take somewhat longer to download than English only. (The supported languages can be seen in the list of BarTender "Getting Started" Manuals.)

Software to Download Version Date Size
BarTender only
(English Only)
9.01, Build 2561 12-Feb-2009 40 MB
BarTender only
9.01, Build 2561 12-Feb-2009 85 MB
Full BarTender Suite
(English Only)
9.01, Build 2561 12-Feb-2009 119 MB
Full BarTender Suite
9.01, Build 2561 12-Feb-2009 186 MB

If you are updating an Enterprise installation, you will also want to update Seagull License server. (This is not needed for Basic and Professional editions.)

Software to Download Version Date Size
Seagull License Server 9.01, Build 2561 12-Feb-2009 23 MB
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