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What Information Does a BarCode Hold?
To understand what information is stored on a barcode, you must first know what a barcode is and how barcodes work. A barcode is an encoded image, usually displayed with black and white lines of varying width that contains vital information easily readable by a machine. Barcodes store information using symbols that can vary from lines to dots, such as in the matrix barcoding. There are many types of barcodes, such as one dimensional and [...]
ByteScout Barcode SDK vs ZXing
Computers own the code. This code is not a secret and it doesn’t have to be stolen or changed in order to understand its meaning. All you have to do is to make sure you are using the perfect tool to decode its meaning. A barcode (also bar code) is an optical, machine-readable, depiction of data; the data normally explains something about the object that has the barcode. Conventional barcodes methodically display the information by [...]
Ultimate List of QR Code SDK Features
The ByteScout QR Code SDK is a one-stop solution for generating QR codes. This SDK features API level granularity giving immense power in the hand of the users as well as simple GUI based drag-n-drop design. This SDK can be used to generate QR Codes and barcodes from both images and PDFs. Here are some of the key features of this software: Read QR codes from an image; Convert vCard to QR code; Create color [...]
List of 16 Creative Barcode Designs
Product barcodes appear on practically everything you buy, and traditionally, they’re pretty uninteresting. But a barcode image doesn’t have to be boring. With a little extra attention, you can create a barcode design that does much more than just help with tracking, inventory, and checkout. Advantages of creative barcode formats Stepping out of the box and adopting a custom barcode has two big advantages compared to old-school barcode label design. First, a unique barcode can [...]
Top Barcode Scanners for Android Devices
Barcodes are small images tagged or pasted on products that contain certain information about the product. Barcodes are often used by retail stores, warehouses and even government industries in order to encode information about the product, vendor and receiver of the product. It can also encode information regarding the source and destination of the mail or parcel. Virtually, you can store almost anything in barcodes. Scanners are special devices used to decode the information in [...]
Codabar Barcode. History and Purpose.
Codabar barcode is a one-dimensional barcode initially used for retail applications labeling. The Codabar barcode can encode numeric digits from 0-9 and five characters including Plus (+), Minus (-), Forward slash (/), Colon (:), Dollar symbol ($) and Dot (.). Apart from numeric digits and the aforementioned character set, Codabar can also encode the first four alphabets from ‘a’ to ‘d’; however, these alphabets can only be used as the start and stop symbols. Codabar [...]
Interesting Facts about QR Codes
Today is the most suitable day to remember some interesting stories about barcodes. Funny Fact 1: In Seattle, QR codes are inscribed on graves which contain a link to the detailed information about the deceased person Funny Fact  2: The first patent for bar code was issued to inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7 of 1952. Funny Fact 3: Wrigley's Gum was the first product to have a barcode included in June of 1974, at a Marsh's [...]
NEW! “Introduction Into Barcodes” e-book is now available from ByteScout for free download
We are proud to announce our new (new and the first) free e-book called "Introduction Into Barcodes". This free book will (we hope) help business users and software developers to quickly get introduced into different types of barcodes to make the best choice. Download the book from this page (no sign-up or registration required!): https://bytescout.com/books/introduction-into-barcodes-book.html The book is available in PDF, ePUB and MOBI (Kindle) formats for free, contains 48 pages: The Table of Contents [...]
EAN 13 Advantages and Limitations
EAN stands for European Article Number and is also known as the International Article Number. The most commonly used EAN standard outside the United States is the thirteen-digit EAN-13. It functions as a linear barcode type most commonly used typically in European countries. EAN barcodes are used widely throughout the globe for wholesale ordering, scanning at retail points of sale, accounting, and other uses. These are obvious benefits. However, to understand the advantages as well [...]
Ean 13. History and Purpose
EAN-13 is a linear barcode type most commonly used outside America, particularly in European countries. EAN-13 is an abbreviation for European Article Number which is now called International Article Number. EAN-13 contains 13 consecutive and fixed digits in total. The first 2, 3 digits of the EAN-13 code represent the country code next 9, 10 digits represent the manufacturer code and the product code while the last digits are the checksum digits. The total 13 [...]