Barcodes are different to QR Codes both in looks and functionality. The main difference between barcodes and QR codes is one of physical dimensions. Barcodes can be scanned in a line. … QR codes, on the other hand, add another dimension from which information can be written and scanned. Instead of a single line, these labels can be read both vertically and horizontally.
Which is better QR code or barcode?
A QR code can carry up to some hundred times the amount of information a conventional barcode is capable of. When comparing the display of both, a conventional barcode can take up to ten times the amount of printing space as a QR code carrying the same amount of information. It really depends on your application so is it going to be Nationally or internationally or just for internal use like asset tracking or stock management etc.
What is A BarCode?
We see Barcodes every day at the supermarkets, on parcels, books and magazines etc. There are many different types for different industries. The pharmaceutical, transport, wholesale, telecommunications and many more. If your looking for a Bar Code for your product then there are two main types.
Free – these are barcodes you can generate yourself for use and usually there is no limitation in use of the created barcodes for private or commercial use.
GS1 – these are the paid for barcodes than are generally used in retail etc. Just search for GS1 barcodes in your state or country.
Scanning Bar and QR codes is pretty similar. You simply download a free scanning app from your store and then that app uses your camera to scan the code and presents the imbedded information. Many of the new scanners will scan both Bar and QR codes.
How to create BarCodes
There are lots of ways to create Bar Codes. For Free ones I really like Bar Codes Generator as it is uncluttered and has all the different types listed for you. http://www.barcode-generator.org/
To learn about how to create them in Word Excel etc this site lays it all out for you. https://www.smartsheet.com/content/excel-barcodes
If you want to order GS1 retail barcodes then https://barcodesaustralia.com/
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