Barcode Scanner+, from Sean Owen of ZXing Team, uses the camera on your device to read barcodes of all kinds. After scanning barcodes you find on products, for example, you can discover prices and reviews for it. Or, when scanning newer two-dimensional barcodes, like QR Codes, you can access contact information, bookmarks, web site links and more inside.
Barcode Scanner+ is an enhanced version of the popular, free Barcode Scanner application, which is a product of the ZXing open-source barcode scanning library from Google. Barcode Scanner+ is based on the same code, and has been developed by one of the two primary authors of the original Barcode Scanner, Sean Owen.
Barcode Scanner+ includes all of Barcode Scanner’s functionality, and is intended as a drop-in replacement for Barcode Scanner. It adds several enhancements:
Better barcode scanning
– New image processing algorithm for detection of 1D barcode formats, including UPC and EAN product codes
– Uses both cores of dual-core processors
– Optionally, scan for Aztec and PDF417 barcodes (note: PDF417 support is ‘alpha’ quality)
– Rewritten to take advantage of Java 6, Android 2.2+ APIs, and latest Android SDK features
Refined user interface
– Now scan in tall “portrait” orientation, in addition to “landscape” orientation
– More intuitive pattern-based scanning guide
– Streamlined and improved user interface elements
– Android 4 and tablet device support
– Expanded Help screens
– Decode a barcode from an image file
– Option to scan light-on-dark barcodes
– Activate device’s LED light to scan in low light
– Basic support for scanning NFC tags
What’s in this version:
NFC tags will be scanned only when NFC tag scanning is enabled and only when the application is in the foreground.
NFC tags now correctly appear in History.
More information is displayed about special NFC tag types.
The application can now open web pages automatically when scanning a barcode that encodes a URL.