Meadows Publishing Solutions Support > Meadows Support > Knowledgebase

Search help:

Where do I find the USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Code font?




DesignMerge® Pro is a powerful suite of variable-data printing and data publishing software for QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign, that includes the ability to automatically produce variable USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Codes.


Other major features of DesignMerge include automatic copy-fitting, advanced conditional programming (Rules), and multi-up imposition support. DesignMerge supports all of the major variable data output formats, including PostScript, PPML, PDF/VT, and Creo VPS and is compatible with printers from every major vendor.


In addition, DesignMerge can also be extended to produce variable 2D Bar Codes (QR Codes, PDF417, and Data Matrix) and other types of Linear Bar Codes (Code 128, UPC, Code 39, etc.). DesignMerge is great for creating personalized publications such as invitations, business cards, certificates, custom catalogs, etc.


For more information about DesignMerge, go to




You can acquire the font for USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Codes (barcodes) from the USPS. 


Here is the address to the USPS IMbc Resources page: 


For your convenience, here is the link from that page to go to the Downloads page:

  1. From the Downloads page, download the following zip file for PostScript, non-PCL, True-Type formats of the font:
  2. Expand the ZIP file.

  3. Open the "fonts/scalable/trueType" folder. The TrueType fonts can be installed on a Macintosh or Windows system.

  4. Right-mouse-click on the "USPSIMBStandard.ttf" file and select "Install" from the context menu.

  5. Right-mouse-click on the "USPSIMBCompact.ttf" file and select "Install" from the context menu.

  6. You can use either font above, the standard or the compact version of the USPS IMB TrueType font. The PDF mentioned above indicates the following:
    • Scalable Standard fonts are USPS compliant when printed at 16 or 17pt; 16pt is recommended.
    • Scalable Compact fonts are USPS compliant when printed at 14, 15 or 16pt. Only the barcode string of the scalable 14pt Compact fonts (PS3 or TTF) is less than 3 inches; however, these barcode strings risk non-compliance when printed on imprecise printers.

For information about the data for an Intelligent Mail barcode, see the Data for a USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Code (barcode) Knowledgebase Article.

Copyright © Meadows Information Systems, LLC d/b/a Meadows Publishing Solutions. All rights reserved worldwide.

DesignMerge is a registered trademark of Meadows Information Systems, LLC.

Quark, QuarkXPress and XTensions are registered trademarks of Quark, Inc.

Adobe and InDesign are registered trademarks of Adobe, Inc.

Article details
Article ID: 60
Category: DesignMerge (Variable Data)
Date added: 2012-02-10 16:53:23
Views: 18758

« Go back

Copyright (c) 2013 by Meadows Information Systems, LLC d/b/a Meadows Publishing Solutions. All rights reserved worldwide.
The Meadows Publishing Solutions product names mentioned on this website are registered trademarks or service marks of Meadows Publishing Solutions, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Other company and brand, product and service names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Data subject to change without notice.