Tips Barcode Scanner Apps -- Ones that WORK with EVO?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Vivid Confusion, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Vivid Confusion

    Vivid Confusion New Member
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    I've tried a number of different Barcode Scanner apps with my Evo and have run into the same problem with all of them: they keep trying to auto focus and can't seem to capture the barcode. I don't know if this is a problem with the interface between the autofocus on the EVO 8.0 Megapix. camera and the applications or if it is something to do with my lighting; I'm using it indoors with comfortable incandescent lighting, but not bright task lighting and the camera shows the image as fairly red skewed, as if it is a lower light situation.

    Has anyone else had a similar problem? Does anyone have a solution?

    Viv.
     

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  2. InTheRough

    InTheRough Well-Known Member
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    I'm using Barcode Scanner and it works well for me. One thing you might try is backing up a little, clean the lens?
     
  3. mistax

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    do you still have your plastic cover on it?
     
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  4. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
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    Check this, seriously. If you just barely pulled it out of the box or haven't made a point of taking the back cover off to pull the plastic off of the camera lens you're going to be very frustrated wondering why, despite having an 8MP camera, all of your pictures are terrible.

    edit: to answer your original question: Barcode Scanner
     
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  5. Howie

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    I had no problems with Barcode Scanner... that's the only one I use on all my 'Droids
     
  6. septro

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    Nah I noticed it too - the autofocus happens a lot in mid to low-light conditions. My advice: try to shoot in as a bright a light as possible and hold the camera very very still with the scan target about 6inches away from the camera lens.
     
  7. seasapart

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    Yes its definitely a lighting issue. In low light it will keep trying to auto focus as i have noticed. In bright light it will scan in seconds. Its all about the lighting you are in. The brighter the better.

    And i am using Barcode Scanner
     
  8. hopalee

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    I was having the same problem and getting extremely irritated. Guess I'll try again with better light and further away!
     
  9. NicksGarage

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    I've been using Barcode Scanner and ShopSavvy in various lighting conditions and not having any trouble.
     
  10. Mabster

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    If low light conditions are the problem then try using the app "LED Light". It's a widget that turns on and off your LED flash.
     
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  11. dave01978

    dave01978 Active Member
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    does anyone have any issues trying to get a barcode of contacts to show with barcode scanner, I tired to share a contact but doesnt pull up names,

    friend has a motorola droid, and he can share right from his contacts as well. Im not sure if i am missing a setting or something?
     
  12. subver

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    if you toggle your camera options, do these transfer to apps that use the camera? i.e. Barcode Scanner, you could adjust the brightness/contrast/ISO maybe?
     
  13. horadin

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    I have found barcode scanner to work in any light condition. The trick is to get the phone the right distance away from the bar code that you are trying to scan. I usually start at about 6 inches and work my way further away from that starting point giving it a couple seconds to try and read everytime I move it an inch or two. Usually I get results within about 10 seconds.
     
  14. cj08902

    cj08902 New Member
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    Shop Savy iz the best barcode scanner
     
  15. NicksGarage

    NicksGarage Well-Known Member
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    Didn't even know it had that feature! Mine does the same thing, for contacts it shows numbers and no contact pictures. Strange. I'm going to write to the developer.
     
  16. wvuametz

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    I was having the exact same problem on ShopSavvy AND Barcode Scanner.

    But after downloading "LED Light" from Android Market and throwing it on my screen as a widget (much more convenient), THE SCANS WORKED GREAT!

    It is DEFINITELY all about the lighting.
     
  17. mitch27

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    I had the same problem, until I peeled off the plastic tape that protected the lens. lol
     
  18. Vivid Confusion

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    Thanks everyone that has replied! It has turned out to be the lighting issue. I'm going to download the LED Light app and use that with it in lower lighting.

    Viv.
     
  19. thebrain

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    If you press menu when in barcode scanner, there is an option to turn on the led lights. it even says it will improve low light scanning.


    Never mind it does not turn on the led. sorry
     
  20. uniquenameEVO

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    As much as I hate to ask, is the plastic obvious? I don't think mine is on....
     
  21. Mabster

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    Yes it's very obvious. It's a big rectangle piece that's much larger then the little circle lens.
     
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  22. BlackDynamite

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    Adding an option to turn on the LED would be a great addition to the barcode scanner app.

    Heck, for that matter, why can't we turn on the LED light when we shoot videos? Kind of weird for HTC to put a flash on the phone but not allow the video camera to use it...
     
  23. Oridus

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    Well the theory is that if you allow these types of led's to stay on, there is a potential for damage.

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  24. BlackDynamite

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    Well I never had any problem on any of my previous phones. This is the first phone that had an LED that didn't allow me to use it for video.

    What kind of damage does it supposedly do?
     
  25. NicksGarage

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    I think it's more of a battery conservation thing. They could have given the option though.
     
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