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Giveaway of the day — Barcode Reader 10

Open and read barcodes from image files.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 55 (73%) 20 (27%) 34 comments

Barcode Reader 10 was available as a giveaway on March 13, 2018!

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ByteScout BarCode Reader reads various types of 1D and 2D barcodes (Code128, Code39, PDF417, Datamatrix, QR Code). The program also reads barcodes from live web camera devices, bitmaps, JPG, PNG, TIFF or PDF, it works quickly and independently. Use the activation key to allow your registration and to run the program for business purposes.

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System Requirements:

Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; 50 mb of free space, Windows Media Player and .NET Framework installed

Publisher:

ByteScout Software

Homepage:

https://bytescout.com/products/enduser/misc/barcodereader.html

File Size:

8.72 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#13

Will it read the bar-codes off of pill bottles?

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#12

after entering the code, and closing and reopening the program, it still says freeware and non-commercial use????

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#11

Seems to work on XP SP3 as well, although i installed on 7 first and copied the program folder from there.

It wasn't able to read any code through my cheap webcam...

Reply   |   Comment by temp10min  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

temp10min, the real system requirements are shown on the products download page https://bytescout.com/download/download_freeware.html

Barcode Reader – Read barcodes from images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF) and PDF documents. Supports 50+ barcode types including Code 39, Code 128, QR Code, PDF417, DataMatrix, etc.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10; 32/64-bit compatible.
Direct download (EXE, 10MB)

http://cdn.bytescout.com/BarCodeReader.exe

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Don't know what's going on, but unzipped and ran the setup and it came up with gotd window saying the barcode reader is activated, but no actual install or any indication of an install directory. Freeware version from their website installed as would be expected, and does not complain about the registration code but also does not change the title bar from Freeware ... how did others get it to install ?

Reply   |   Comment by JimC  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

this would be more useful as an android app...

Reply   |   Comment by nogo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#8

If you have an image with a barcode on your computer with Internet access, it is an easy operation to use one of the free online services. A short list:
https://online-barcode-reader.inliteresearch.com/
http://www.onlinebarcodereader.com/
http://zxing.org/w/decode.jspx

That is if you missed this offer on the day it is free, and have not spent $19.99 for the program later.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#7

most PC and laptop webcams are very basic units with fixed focal distance, and obviously no macro focus mode because they are designed to capture the person usually sited a relatively fixed distance away from the keyboard and camera... meaning that unlike smart phone captured bar code and QR codes and other codes it is very unlikely you'll get both a fully focused image and sufficient resolution to resolve the codes details! Of course you could use a dedicated digital camera and transfer the pictures to the PC but it would be cheaper to just buy a second hand state of the art smart phone from a few years ago for a pittance like a Samsung Galaxy S3 and install all the APPs you need to both read live bar and QR codes and saved QR code pictures. After all who provides high resolution bar code images for you to decode? Only time I've seen images provided are on web pages with QR codes intended to be captured on from the PC screen onto a smartphone to find the specific app in a specific app store.

I tend to find really that Bytescout are never giving away a commercial program they sell, but are really just giving away a sample program that makes use of a subset of their bytescout SDK they produce and focus on publicising and distributing on their website.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#6

My web camera didn't read a code 128 barcode. Or that's what I think it was.

Reply   |   Comment by Seppo Alaruikka  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#5

The developer should understand that a BAR code in one place of business may not match the computer readout in another place of business, because a BAR code can be re-assigned to a different product and price. BAR code is just a guide for description and price for the scanners connected to the local store computer only and it is as good as the person assigning that code. Same BAR code used at Amazon and in a local grocery store may be a total different item.

Reply   |   Comment by MKI  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

MKI, It depends on the BAR code thou. A UPC is a BAR code and does not change on a product UNLESS that product is upgraded or, in the case of parts, changes suppliers/manufactures. That UPC for a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup is the same at Safeway as it is at Loblaws.

The BAR code you refer to is the SKU or, as Amazon loves using, the LPN, and does change from company to company, as it is an internal unit to that company, not just their local store.

That being said, what is the use of having this, unless you are a business who can put it to use? If it was a mobile version (Android, iOS, Windows, BBS) then, might consider it.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

MKI, A barcode is just a way of printing data that is easy to for a machine to read, that's all. What people and companies do with it is up to them. They are commonly used to hold product codes, but I've seen people store their website and email addresses, and even one person that uses them for poetry. That person uses the 2d codes since they store more data in less physicial space.

Reply   |   Comment by Meerling  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

What, really, would this tell the average Joe Blow (or even more likely Jane Blow) that he/she really needs to know?

If it would tell you all about the product, it's ingredients (if food) and proportions, where it was made, how you should use it... etc., etc., it might be worth having.

But I would imagine there must be about 13.54 readers of GOTD that might find it useful -- one day.

Anyway, who wants to carry around a PC to scan barcodes up and down the country, when a mobile will do the job just as well, and with less restrictions?

Or maybe I'm missing something...??

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Tranmontane,

AFAIK barcodes are used with PCs mainly for tracking inventory, normally using a handheld barcode scanner, both in IT dept.s & retail.

Amazon has their Dash Wand, which is supposed to scan the barcodes for household items & food, placing them in your cart, but it's only got a 3 star rating -- many reviews aren't encouraging at all.

QR codes came, went, & came back.
wired[.]com/story/the-curious-comeback-of-the-dreaded-qr-code/

They're a quick, easy way to transfer a very limited amount of info, but as you said, makes more sense using a cell phone.

"If it would tell you all about the product... it might be worth having."

There are specialized sites, e.g. barcodelookup[.]com/ that you can use to get lots of info, but again, like barcodes themselves, it probably makes better sense using their cell phone app. Typing a product name, or barcode, into the text box on Google works easy enough with your PC/laptop, but it can be quicker, easier to take a picture of a code with your cell.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

mike,
Not everyone needs a "smart phone" or are they universally useful. They are incredibly insecure, expensive and frankly most bad as a phone.

Not everyone is mobile, takes selfies, posts to FB, or reads twits' tweets. and bar codes are far more useful in business than just purchasing a new toy at walmart.

There are many useful things in business where barcodes are a great solution.For example, managing a library of 10s of thousands of research documents, URL bar codes can be shared for quick access. Tracking inventory to batches and distribution. Medical records, auto parts, and even in small shops tracking parts used in repair or maintenance.

The problem with cell phones is they restrict the user's vision of the world. Google is not God or

Whether you or I need or want this is personal, but to assume that everyone is like you and shares your limited vision of the purpose of this tool or the world proposes to limit the usefulness of this for others.

Reply   |   Comment by spam sorenson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

spam sorenson, "There are many useful things in business where barcodes are a great solution.For example, managing a library of 10s of thousands of research documents, URL bar codes can be shared for quick access. Tracking inventory to batches and distribution. Medical records, auto parts, and even in small shops tracking parts used in repair or maintenance." That is all true, but at the same time, there are professional versions of barcode interpreters, already in existence, that are used at said events.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

spam sorenson, yours seems a very limited viewpoint, either we have to view google as god to use smartphones or not view google as god and boycott them... seems rather a narrow and extreme view considering google are not the only smartphone producer and android is open source so you can go and build your own Android fork without any contact to google servers ...

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

mike, Well, you can learn something you never knew before (and maybe did not NEED to know) just by perusing the comments on GOTD!

Actually, that link to Wired was most interesting! And I am unlikely to have found it myself, simply because I wasn't looking for such things.

So it was pure serendipity -- and thanks for that!

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Tranmontane ..

What link from Mike?

??? .. .

Reply   |   Comment by Yagamagoochui '  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Yagamagoochui ', https://www.wired.com/2014/06/forty-years-on-the-humble-barcode-has-turned-everything-into-information/

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Yagamagoochui ', https://www.barcodelookup.com/

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Yagamagoochui ', There was a link, it was just disguised so that you have to go there directly yourself, and not thru GOTD servers, or whatever. Here is what Mike gave, again:

"QR codes came, went, & came back."

www.wired.com/story/the-curious-comeback-of-the-dreaded-qr-code/

Mind you, I see Krypteller got here before me -- and HIS URL should be interesting, too!

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Why would I want to read a barcode? People who need to read barcodes obviously have the right equipment/software to do it. Is it some new hobby?

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Trumpet  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Donald Trumpet, It appears that with this program and your webcam, you will have the right equipment/software. It also gives people the ability to pull a code from a picture, in case you want to know more about something. Some people use equipment/software like this to track their purchases. Or want to use it, to track their collection or inventory (think crafters not Walmart) Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Donald Trumpet, the really great thing about this site is that it isn't compulsory to download and use the free software :-)

If today's giveaway is of no interest to you just ignore it! Perhaps tomorrow's giveaway will something you want, or the one the day after, or the one the day after that ...

Reply   |   Comment by Keef  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Donald Trumpet, "Why would I want to read a barcode?"

How many books, DVDs & CDs do you own?

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Jones  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Why should I pay $19.99 or install this app, free today, for something that my smartphone can do for free?

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Harry, Does your smartphone app pull codes from pictures ? Mine only pulls them from the camera.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

BobbyA, I've had free apps that could decode image files of barcodes in the past, it's not rocket science to add that userinterface to an app. Even on old feature phones like an old Samsung Toco phone!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BobbyA, pars pro toto. Does your car drive at 100 kph, or your engine? Tyres? gearbox? ...

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#1

As I understand it the program is free but the license allows for business use. After entering the license the title bar adds the name you gave to the end of the title, but still says freeware. It seems to work okay, although you do need to know what type of barcode you have, unlike a "real" reader. It would be nice if it at least searched the image for common types. Also I couldn't find a way to show the image fitted to the screen, rather than zoomed right in, plus there aren't handy image sizing controls.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

JohnL,
I did have the same problem, but it was not needed to see the whole picture.
I did load a picture, downloaded from the internet.
And it went fine. Found 27 barcodes:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jo6xuuyfknx75lh/Herinstallatie.png?dl=0

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Ootje, err the dropbox image you link to is showing their bundled web installer for their various SDK product trials not anything to do with the single picture that the sampler program found 27 seperate bar codes in!
Was that your intent?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, My intent was to give a link to this:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bnqkopo0nvjoy20/Werking.png?dl=0
I think I wanted to be fast and therefore made mistakes.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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