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Bar code readers and scanning applications have slowly been gaining popularity in the United States thanks to apps such as ShopSavvy, Compare Everywhere, and Google Shopper. AT&T is jumping on board with its own bar code offerings that the carrier announced today.
Designed for Android and BlackBerry phones, AT&T's new Mobile Barcode Services primarily serve as shopping tools, according to the carrier. First up is the free AT&T Code Scanner app that lets users scan 2D and 1D barcodes to receive coupons, promotional materials, movie trailers, and more. To download the free app … Read more
Businesses, organizations, and others who have a lot of stuff going out all over the place need to know who's got what stuff where, not only to make sure it doesn't go missing, but also to maximize its usefulness and your return on investment; stuff isn't cheap. Kaizen Software's Asset Manager 2010 Enterprise Edition has an easy-to-apply answer to the problem of keeping track of stuff. This bar code label printer and manager creates custom bar codes that you can attach to equipment, materials, tools, supplies, and anything else that is all too portable. You can … Read more
Kaizen specializes in business software; its Asset Manager 2010 Standard Edition creates bar codes that you attach to your equipment or other physical assets. It makes it easy for employees or others to check tracked items in and out. You can even attach pictures, owner's manuals, maintenance records, and other relevant data to the database records. Asset Manager's easy-to-use database makes updating entries simple, and the program's reporting and vendor contact features can help simplify accounting, inventory management, and supply lines, too.
The program's familiar tabbed and paneled interface displays a navigation view on the left … Read more
In retails situations, bar codes can make it much easier to keep up with inventory, and they certainly add speed and accuracy at the point of sale. But retailers aren't the only businesses that benefit from this technology; many companies use bar codes to keep up with computer hardware, audiovisual equipment, printed materials, and much more. No matter how or why you use bar codes, 2P Barcode Creator Enterprise is a simple way to generate and print these scannable labels.
The program's interface is plain, with well-organized menus and an uncluttered toolbar across the top. To create a … Read more
Of the many bar code scanners available for Android, the simply named Barcode Scanner makes a good starting place, especially for new Android users. With it, you're at liberty to scan QR codes to download Android apps, add a contact to your phone, or jump to a Web link. The scanner also reads retail bar codes, triggering a Google search for whichever product comes up. Though Barcode Scanner isn't as precise as other shopping apps that follow up their scan with a database search on where to find the item, it does its duty as a simple, multipurpose … Read more
BYOBS. That stands for "bring your own bar code scanner," and more and more shoppers like the concept--so much so that Target has added bar code scanning to its existing free iPhone app along with a new TargetLists feature that allows you to manage shopping and gift lists from your phone.
Why would you need to use a Target bar code scanner in a Target store if you already know the price of the product? Well, the idea is you could instantly tap into more info without having to talk to a salesperson. "In addition to pricing, … Read more
It'll be stashed somewhere in the promotional "swag bags" handed to South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) attendees when they check into the conference starting Thursday, squirreled away like a hidden piece of Halloween candy--a matchbox-like pack of Stickybits.
They don't look all too different from the bar codes that you'd see on a magazine or a six-pack of beer. But Stickybits, a new start-up from co-founders Seth Goldstein (most recently the founder of SocialMedia) and Billy Chasen, has been talked up as one of this year's SXSWi runaway hits. It's got just about … Read more
The GS1 DataBar is the latest and most advanced bar code technology, and the only one that's now approved to encode GTIN-14 numbers in all retail checkout systems. It can be used on small and uneven items that traditional bar codes are too big or cumbersome for, and it can also encode a lot of extra information such as coupons and expiration dates. Bar code specialist IDAutomation's GS1 DataBar Barcode Font package complies with international GS1 standards and works in almost all platforms, including Windows. It includes TrueType, OpenType, PCL, and PostScript fonts and supports all GS1 DataBar … Read more
Bar code apps are all the rage these days, and with good reason: with one quick pass of your iPhone's camera, you can get all kinds of information about a product.
Joining the ranks of RedLaser, Pic2shop, and SnapTell, the aptly named Barcode Reader helps you compare prices, which is great for those times when you're out shopping and want to know if you can score a better deal online.
Using Barcode Reader couldn't be simpler: just tap "scan," then point your iPhone at the bar code for nearly any product. In mere seconds, it … Read more