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Versatile, Easy-to-Use Identification Software

Datacard ID Works

Produce high-quality cards simply and securely with ID Works® identification software. You'll enjoy the features, functionality and scalability needed to seamlessly create card and report designs, production forms and databases. This flexible, powerful platform comes in four unique editions:

  • ID Works Intro for entry-level ID cards
  • ID Works Basic for essential card design and printing
  • ID Works Standard for advanced card design and database management
  • ID Works Enterprise for sophisticated security and smart card applications

All editions of ID Works enable you to create card designs and manage image capture and printing processes. As you progress through the ID Works software family, you have a sensible migration path from fundamental functionality to more advanced program management.


ID Works Intro - Entry Level Tools

ID Works Intro provides a simple set of tools for your start-up programs.  The software features an easy-to-use interface with intuitive point-and-click navigation. Quickly design ID cards and manage the image capture and printing processes. Data is saved in a Microsoft Access database. Features include encoding magnetic stripes and printing bar codes. Other helpful features include sample card and form templates and online documentation.

ID Works Basic - Essential Tools for Card Design

This software package enables you to create card and report designs, as well as manage image capture and printing. It introduces basic security features, such as a ghost option for the photo field. You can import and export data from Microsoft Access databases, encode magnetic stripes and print bar codes. You can also create your own layout, field labels, color and graphics in production forms. Datacard Tru™ Photo solutions, as well as TWAIN and Video for Windows image capture devices are supported. Customizable sample templates and online documentation quickly turn new users into experts.

ID Works Standard - Advanced Software for Your Card Design Program

This software incorporates all the features from the Intro and Basic editions plus more. Powerful, modular platform with separate packages for design, production, reporting and administration, Datacard ID Works Standard identification software lets you distribute tasks effectively and pay only for the features you need at each workstation. Modular components include:

  • ID Works Standard Designer
  • ID Works Standard Production
  • ID Works Standard Reporting
  • ID Works Standard Administrator

Additional features include proximity card plug-in for smart cards, SDK support, and a wider selection of compatible databases.

ID Works Enterprise - Sophisticated Security

The most sophisticated of the ID Works software family. The software offers smart card support (proximity plug-in) to simplify smart card personalization management. You can also design multi-application smart card programs with the ID Works Software Developer’s Kit. The application lets you integrate production forms with ODBC-compliant, multiple-table databases. Enterprise Designer software also allows you to access ID information stored in a directory service via the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The Education Support Pack includes SASI and Lifetouch plug-ins for easy image import and export. Enterprise Production software also offers enhanced password security for tighter control over user access.

ID Works Software Comparison Chart

Below is chart which compares the features for each of the four editions within the ID Works software family. Note that as your ID card program grows and changes, you can easily add new features and capabilities by upgrading to a more enhanced edition of the software. Click chart to enlarge.

Comparison chart of versions of ID Works software

View product brochures for each edition of ID Works:

Datacard Instructional Video

How to Create a Basic Card Design Using ID Works Intro

Four-part Datacard video about learning to use ID Works software

How to Connect to an SQL 2008 Database


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