Our standard scanner is an experimental feature. This scanner works but is not recommended for large scale use in a production environment. If you have a need for a production-quality scanner, that is capable of scanning thousands of barcodes and QR Codes, we strongly recommend using our upgraded scanner. This is a paid add-on. If you’d like more information about pricing, please reach out to [email protected].
What are barcodes?
Barcodes represent data visually, in a way that computers can read. Barcode scanners read data incredibly quickly – eliminating manual data entry and errors.
For example, imagine you were logging the arrival of new stock items into a spreadsheet. Typically stock items have an SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) which can be very long.
If you were doing this manually, you would have to enter or find the item's SKU - e.g. ffiF11-1000985-staq-item1 and then update the stock count.
This kind of task is obviously best done by a computer, and so a barcode encodes data into a set of parallel lines.
An example of a linear barcode
Supported barcode types
There are many different types of barcodes but they generally fall into two types – Linear and Matrix.
At the moment, Glide can only scan linear barcodes, but we hope to support matrix codes like the QR code in future.
The types of linear barcodes we currently support are: