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Bar Code Discovery

Administrator's Guide

Important:

 This guide is intended for MX6500e.

March 2013

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Contents

Overview.....................................................................................................3

Optimizing bar code detection.....................................................................4

Optimizing bar code detection..................................................................................................................4

Configuring the application..........................................................................5

Configuring Bar Code Discovery................................................................................................................5

Notices.........................................................................................................7

Index..........................................................................................................12

Contents

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Overview

Bar Code Discovery

 lets you create and manage bar code templates to specify the location and type of bar code that

users will frequently scan. Other applications such as Scan to Network Premium can then access these templates to
reduce the amount of time it takes to scan and identify bar codes on a given scanner.

This application supports the following bar code types:

Code 11

Code 128

Code 32

Code 39

Code 93

Codabar

Data Matrix

EAN-13

EAN-13 plus 2

EAN-13 plus 5

EAN-8

EAN-8 plus 2

EAN-8 plus 5

Interleaved 2 of 5

ITF-14

Patch Code

PDF 417

Planet

PostNet

QR

RM4SCC

RSS-14

RSS Limited

Telepen

UPC A

UPC A plus 2

UPC A plus 5

UPC E

UPC E plus 2

UPC E plus 5

Overview

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Optimizing bar code detection

Optimizing bar code detection

Tips on scanning bar codes

When scanning one-dimensional bar codes, position them horizontally to match the linear scaling of the bars.

If patterns of text and specks are falsely detected as bar codes, then you can choose to ignore those areas, or you
can rescan the page.

If the bar code is skewed on the page itself, then position the page in such a way that the bar code is aligned
horizontally or vertically with the scanner. This is particularly helpful when scanning two-dimensional bar codes,
such as PDF417, Data Matrix, and QR codes, which are harder to recognize than basic one-dimensional bar codes,
such as Code 3 of 9 and Code 128.

Tips on designing bar codes

Increase the bar code font size to a more readable size.

Make sure asterisks appear before and after the bar code characters. Asterisks are used as start/stop characters
for most linear bar codes.

Make sure that only valid bar code characters are used within the data. An invalid character may be recognized as
a blank space, which will then result to having increased gaps between the bars.

Make sure that there is enough contrast between the bar code and the color of the material you are printing on.

Make sure to know the type, resolution, orientation, placement, and the number of bar codes on a document.
These are significant factors that can affect bar code detection.

To prevent patterns of text and specks from appearing as bar codes in some documents, make sure to establish a

quiet zone

 (a clear area without any text or other marks) around the bar code.

Optimizing bar code detection

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Configuring the application

Configuring Bar Code Discovery

Bar Code Discovery is accessed from the home screen.

Creating a bar code template

Automatic bar code discovery recognizes the most common bar code types and orientations on A4

 

or letter

size paper.

If you are using a paper size other than A4 or letter or if the bar code is not recognized automatically, then you can
search for bar codes manually.

To search for bar codes automatically

1

Load a document containing the bar code faceup, short edge first into the automatic document feeder (ADF) or
facedown on the scanner glass.

Notes:

Make sure the Adjust ADF Skew option is off on the scan settings.

Make sure to position the bar codes horizontally.

2

From the home screen, touch 

Bar Code Discovery

.

3

Touch 

Automatic bar code discovery

.

The page is searched for bar codes. If automatic bar code discovery fails, then you can search for bar codes manually.

Note: 

Automatic Configuration searches for codes oriented at 0 degrees and 90 degrees.

4

Touch the bar code you want to configure, and then touch 

Configure

.

Note: 

If you do not want a bar code to appear in the template, touch the bar code, and then select 

Ignore this

bar code

.

5

Follow the on

screen prompts to type a name for the bar code, set an optional delimiter, and assign optional field

names.

Note: 

Use a delimiter if the bar code contains multiple pieces of information that you want to identify

separately, such as first and last names. The delimiter is the space or character that separates two or more fields
within the bar code. If the template will be used to create files, then make sure not to use invalid characters,
such as 

\ / :*?”<>|

 for a Windows file name.

6

Repeat step 4 through step 5 for any additional bar codes that appear on the page, and then touch 

Next

..

7

Type a name for the template, and then touch 

Next

.

8

Confirm that the template is correct, and then touch 

Save

.

To search for bar codes manually

1

Load a document containing the bar code faceup, short edge first into the ADF or facedown on the scanner glass.

2

From the home screen, touch 

Bar Code Discovery

.

3

Touch 

Configure bar code discovery

.

Configuring the application

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4

Follow the on

screen prompts to select the paper size and paper orientation.

The page is then scanned.

Note: 

Manual configuration searches for codes oriented at 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees.

5

From the scan preview, select the area or areas where the bar code appears.

6

If you know the bar code type, then touch 

Specific bar code types

 to select the bar code type from the list. If you

do not know the bar code type, then touch 

All bar code types

.

7

Touch 

Next

.

The page is searched for bar codes.

8

Touch the bar code you want to configure, and then touch 

Configure

.

Note: 

If you do not want a bar code to appear in the template, then touch the bar code, and then select 

Ignore

this bar code

.

9

Follow the on

screen prompts to type a name for the bar code, set an optional delimiter, and assign optional field

names.

Note: 

Use a delimiter if the bar code contains multiple pieces of information that you want to identify, such as

first and last names. The delimiter is the space or character that separates the two or more fields within the bar
code. If the template will be used to create files, then make sure not to use invalid characters, such as

\ / :*?”<>|

 for a Windows file name.

10

Repeat step 8 through step 9 for any additional bar codes that appear on the page, and then touch 

Next

.

11

Type a name for the template, and then touch 

Next

.

12

Confirm that the template is correct, and then touch 

Save

.

Note: 

If the bar code cannot be found, then the bar code is either damaged or not supported.

Deleting a bar code template

1

From the home screen, touch 

Bar Code Discovery

.

2

Touch 

Manage bar code templates

.

3

Touch the template you want to delete.

4

Touch 

Delete

, and then follow the prompts to complete the process.

Configuring the application

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View the GNU Lesser General Public License online at 

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html

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View the LGPL licensed source code online at 

ftp.lexmark.com/eSF/source.zip

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Notices

11

 


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Index

B

bar code detection 

optimizing  4

Bar Code Discovery 

configuring  5
overview  3

bar code template 

adding  5
configuring automatically  5
configuring manually  5
deleting  6

D

designing bar codes 

tips on  4

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notices  7

O

overview 

Bar Code Discovery  3

S

scanning bar codes 

tips on  4

Index

12