Barcode Quality in Prepress

Apologies to those of you for whom this is all review—it may be news to others. Barcode Quality begins way before the press Barcode quality isn’t just a printing issue—it begins in prepress.  Every step in the process is an opportunity to influence the quality of the printed barcode; every step is also an opportunity…

Understanding Decodability

Of all the ANSI/ISO parameters, decodability is the one that confounds and confuses most people. Attempts to define it in simple terms (“Decodability is the amount of tolerance left for the scanner after prepress and on-press operations.”) are unsatisfactory and unhelpful. Decodability is a complex parameter and will not yield to oversimplified explanations. Decodability is…

After the Quick Check What’s Next?

When Honeywell announced the End of Life Plan for the Quick Check verifier line on June 9, 2011 the replacement options they listed were all Axicon products.  Honeywell stopped all verifier shipments on February 29, 2012. The Quick Check is officially dead; what’s next? Now that the Quick Check verifier is officially dead, let’s take…

QR Code Competition

Yes Virginia, QR Code is not the only game in town. There is competition. This article will attempt the impossible: to briefly discuss what’s out there and how they differ. And differ they do—these are not just nuanced differences. There are huge differences in application, although they are all similar in functionality. QR Code and…