With the latest release of our standard software, HALCON 13, we offer a whole range of new and improved technologies. For one thing, the new version provides significantly increased performance for shape-based matching. In addition, damaged, occluded, or incomplete bar codes, as well as deformed data codes can now be recognized and read more robustly. Also, HALCON 13 features a new, particularly easy-to-use texture inspection. The new release also offers an enhanced, deep-learning-based optical character recognition (OCR), as well as the automatic, robust identification of dot print fonts.