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SwiftID Card Software from HID Global


As of Q1 2021, the SwiftID feature of the Fargo Workbench Utility will no longer function, and HID/Fargo has discontinued support for this application. This is due to the end of support for the Adobe Flash application and development environment, which was required for SwiftID to function. Following Adobe’s decision, Microsoft opted to remove support for Adobe Flash from all supported versions of the Windows operating system. HID/Fargo has no current plans to develop a free alternative to Swift ID. Instead, they are recommending former users consider the Asure ID Solo Edition to meet their card design and printing needs. Asure ID Solo will allow for the importing of any prior card designs created in SwiftID, easing the transition to this alternative and widely used application.

Please feel free to contact Safe-Card ID Services for more information, or to obtain a license for the Asure ID Solo Edition software. Email: safecard@safecardid.com or phone: +1 704-535-5200, or +1 888.485.4696 toll-free.

SwiftID is an ID-card design program that comes free with new Fargo DTC1250e, Fargo DTC4250e, and Fargo DTC4500e printers. The software is a no-frills option for designing and printing basic cards. SwiftID is installed with the Fargo Workbench Utility program, which is included on the product CD/DVD packed with each printer. The Workbench Utility can also be downloaded for free directly from the HID/Fargo website.

SwiftID offers basic card-design and printing options for items such as visitor cards or loyalty cards. There is no database available with this application, meaning that it does not store card data after printing. Instead the program erases data when you begin a new card or exit the program. Therefore, we do not recommend SwiftID if you have to retain, recall and reprint cards.

SwiftID also relies on some features built into each printer’s firmware. As such, only one user or PC can access it at a time, a significant limitation for a network-connected printer. In these cases, users will have to develop a method to ensure only one user prints cards at a time. (Ethernet connectivity is optional on the DTC1250e, and standard on the DTC4250e and DTC4500e).

Prerequisites for use of SwiftID include use of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 on the host PC, and an installed copy of the Fargo Workbench Utility. HID/Fargo’s technical support group handles support for both applications directly.

Additional Limitations:

In addition to the items mentioned above, SwiftID has a limited font selection available and no ability to print bar-codes. It also cannot encode mag-stripes or proximity access or smart cards. Clients with these additional requirements are advised to purchase Asure ID, a more advanced software offering from HID Global.

Need more info?

For additional information about SwiftID, or current Fargo printer models and options, please contact our ID experts toll-free at +1 888.485.4696 (from US & Canada), or +1 704.535.5200 (elsewhere).

Asure ID 2009 Software Download – Trial

Asure ID 2009 is no longer offered, having been upgraded and replaced by Asure ID® 7. Want to test this latest iteration of Asure ID® card software?  Click on the logo below, which will take you directly to the product download page. Once installed, you will have access to a 30-day trial of this industry leading product, absolutely free!

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Asure ID® is an ID-card design and printing software application, that provides card issuers with a clean, easy-to-navigate interface, and a complete array of custom card printing options. There are 4 available editions, offering a range of options to satisfy nearly any type or size organization:

  • Solo Edition – Simple, entry-level card personalization software for organizations requiring production and retention for up to 200 database records;
  • Express Edition – Powerful, stand-alone card personalization software designed for single-user environments, and practically unlimited data retention;
  • Enterprise Edition – Card personalization software for multi-user organizations that can share a common database;
  • Exchange Edition – Supports more sophisticated & secure credential applications, providing advanced smart card functionality and laser engraving.

You can download a PDF file HERE for a full comparison of features offered in each edition.

Regardless of edition, Asure ID is easy to use, has in intuitive user interface, and includes the features needed to create crisp, vibrant, and secure cards. It provides a wide range of capabilities for card issuance and card management in small and large organizations alike.

Need More Info?

For purchasing information, please check out our Asure ID information page, or go directly to the Safe-Card ID web-store. To have your specific questions addressed about ID-card software or ID-card printer systems, please contact our staff of ID experts toll-free at 888.485.4696 (US & Canada), or +1 704.535.5200 elsewhere.

Asure ID® is a registered trademark of HID Global.

ID Card Software – Why It is Needed

ID Card software helps you make your organizations unique custom ID cards. The software is easy to use and makes it possible to make simple or complex id badges right at the convenience of your own desk. The software is designed to allow you to create a professional looking badge that can be updated or changed with a few keystrokes.

Many ID card software packages allow multiple designs to be saved for a number of unique badges that your organization may need to print in a large quantity or even just one. By having your own software, the organization does not have to hire a custom id card company to make additional badge designs or change current badge designs to updated company requirements.

The software needed to make the badges offers the card designer the ability to import logos and other files to create a custom badge. Most software offers a database of employee photos and information that is managed by your card printer operator. Your company has control over who makes badges, when they are printed and how many times. The software will often be able to download needed data from other databases which helps in creating the badges quickly and easily.

All badge software from dependable software companies allow the printing of barcodes and encoding of magnetic strips which produce increased functionality of the cards. Prior to purchasing the software, contact a company representative or review a software specification sheet to make sure that the capabilities needed are available with the selected software.

There are two parts to most standard ID card software. The first is the design component. This section of the software allows you to design the badge layout. You can choose to have the card layout in a horizontal or veritcal format. Where the photograph, name, title and additional information will be placed on the badge is determined in this area. The company name, logo and possible bar code can be added in the design section to produce the perfect look for your ID card needs.

The database section of the software is where all of the text and photgraph information is imported and stored for making a unique badge for each card holder. The database information is merged with the design elements upon choosing the print command to produce a custom badge for each file in the database. The database stores the information for use to make a card with a different design or to reprint in case of card loss or damage.

Dependable manufacturers, such as Asure ID software, ID Flow and EpiSuite provide dependable solutions for card design and printing. Various versions of each software provide basic and advanced capabilities for card design and printing needs. A id card expert from Safe-Card ID would be happy to provide a free consultation for your id card software needs.