PDF417 2D bar code format.
I cannot recognize PDF417 or QR Code bar codes. What does “Advanced “Only” mean?
This error applies to versions of SimpleIndex prior to version 7. All current versions of SimpleIndex include 2D barcode recognition. The Barcode and Professional licenses include the faster and more accurate Accusoft bar code recognition engine. In order to enable the Accusoft engine with a Server license you need the Advanced Barcode Server add-on.
For SimpleIndex 6 and below:
2D Barcode Recognition (aka Advanced Barcode) is licensed separately from the standard barcode recognition. You can add 2D Barcode Recognition to SimpleIndex Barcode or Full versions. A second serial number must be activated to enable this feature.
Advanced Barcode also removes the 6 barcodes per second limit on recognition speed. Processing will go 5-20 times faster depending on your processor speed. Advanced Barcode recognition speed and 2D formats are enabled in the demo.
Find out more about barcode scanning on our Barcode Scanning Guide.
The Feature Matrix included with our Pricelist has more detail about the which capability and engines are included with the different editions and add-ons of SimpleIndex.
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Why are my barcodes not being recognized properly?
Several factors can affect barcode recognition.
-Scan in Black & White instead of color. Barcode recognition must convert color to B&W which can decrease quality.
-Print barcodes with a laser printer. Dot-matrix barcodes are very difficult to read accurately.
-Check your Zone settings. If there are zone coordinates defined for any barcode fields, only barcodes in those regions will be recognized.
-Check the barcode format. Code 39 (the most common font-based barcode) requires a * at the start and end of each barcode for it to be readable. Many document barcodes are missing this character.
-Check the barcode engine. SimpleIndex uses the DTK engine (included with Standard, OCR, Barcode and Pro) and the Accusoft engine (included with Barcode and Pro) to recognize barcodes on the page. You can pick the one the desired engine or pick Voting to use both engines.
-Check the barcode type. Select “Unknown or All” if you don’t know the type. If you do know the type, select it from the list to prevent false positives.
-Check the Template setting. If the template does not match the barcode exactly it will appear as though no barcode is read. Remove the template to see what is being recognized.
-Check the Pages to Process. This option tells it which pages to process in the entire batch, so normally the default setting of Every Page is best, so each page is read to determine if it has a barcode.
-Check the “Minimum Confidence” value. A higher value will prevent false positives (incorrect values) but may cause fewer barcodes to be read. If a barcode is detected on a page it will be enhanced and re-read until all barcodes are read above the minimum confidence level. 0 will disable re-reading.
-Check “Enhanced Analysis (Slower)”. By checking this box extra checks will be done on the each page to find the barcode at the cost of processing speed.
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