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Bar Codes: Just How Difficult Are They?

Bert Moore

Despite the apparent ease of printing and reading some symbologies these days, there is a danger in assuming bar codes aren't all that difficult.

Today there are dozens of free programs available online to generate linear and 2D bar codes. Free decoders for mobile devices are also available. Every month a new "app" appears that can be downloaded or accessed. Google "QR Code Software" and you'll get pages of downloads. Even Google has jumped into the fray with its application to generate QR Codes -- to be used in conjunction with its QR Code Generator for its "Favorite Places" application.

Since standard home and office printers can create moderate to good quality linear and 2D symbols and mobile phones and other smart devices can read them, the question becomes: Has the "bar code industry" becoming obsolete?

The answer is clearly "yes" and "no".

Publication date: March 2010

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