3.4.4. Barcodes



A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached.
Originally barcodes systematically represented data by varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines and may be referred to as linear or one-dimensional (1D).
Later they evolved into rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions (2D).
Although 2D systems use a variety of symbols, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well.
Barcodes originally were scanned by special optical scanners called barcode readers.
Later, scanners and interpretive software became available on devices including desktop printers and smartphones.
Barcodes are optimized to be safe and quickly readable making of it a very reliable way to store data.
ChronoScan is able to read and process barcode information. The following are the currently supported barcode types :
Types of barcode currently supported by ChronoScan
Barcodes can be used to trigger actions as shown here or simply be read and indexed as shown below.
It is also possible to use just part of each barcode as shown here.
In order for ChronoScan to read barcodes the barcode reading feature must be enabled on the Options window of the Job Wizard.
Alternatively barcode reading can be enabled after the Job creation here.
3.4.4. Barcodes
One of the many possibilities of barcode reading usage within ChronoScan.

Read Barcodes from


1. Read Barcodes from
Read barcodes of any type.

Process Captured Data

2. Process Captured Data
Set barcode read to input fields.
You can validate or split the barcode in multiples fields or even check it with an external database.

Patch Codes

PatchCode is a type of barcode that is commonly used to send commands such as "end of document", "number of pages per document" and "scan depth change" to a program.
A PatchCode is scanned along with the documents on specific places and it affects the documents scanned after it (for example set document type or other data fields to certain values).
PatchCodes available for Chronoscan can be found here.
The main disadvantage of PatchCodes is that they must be manually inserted prior to scanning or by using a document editor before the document go into ChronoScan.
An example of PatchCode used by ChronoScan.