Pages Check Template

We had a requirement of creating a check template in Apple’s Pages.

This template would eventually have to be populated with the client’s account number and the client’s bank’s routing number, although those numbers would of course be kept confidential.

The first resource we located was Robert Hashemian’s excellent online “Free Check Generator” located at <a href=”http://www.hashemian.com/tools/check-generator.php”>http://www.hashemian.com/tools/check-generator.php</a>.

This is a pretty amazing resource, creating an onscreen customizable check, with routing number, account number, and check number customizable, and present on the check in the proper MICR font. The page also contains numerous links to helpful information. Through these links we located the Wikipedia page for the <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_ink_character_recognition”>Magnetic ink character recognition</a> font.

Because we were using Pages on a Mac, we had to look up how to get the <a href=”http://www.poynton.com/notes/misc/mac-unicode-hex-input.html”>Unicode Hex Input screen going</a>, as well as <a href=”https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4082373?start=0&tstart=0″>jog our memories on how to make Pages show all fonts available on the system</a>.

Of course, we did not input our account numbers and routing numbers directly on the website, but we were able to put together a very basic check template with the proper MICR font in Pages and provide the solution to the client.