[Tellico-users] How to use a web-cam to scan ISBN bar-code?

Stephan Debelle stephan.debelle at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 01:38:49 UTC 2012


I had tried to use a webcam for scanning bar code but found it was not easy
to acquire the target (bar code).  It works (in my case) but in my opinion
you are much better off buying a cheap bar code scanner,  It is much faster
and will save you a lot of time.  Working on a non-profit library project
we ended up buying this one
great on Ubuntu out of the box.  We scan into Libre Office
spreadsheet and then import into tellico.

Probably does not solve your problem with the webcam but thought I would
share my experience with a webcam, simply not the right tool for the job.


On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Robby Stephenson <robby at periapsis.org>wrote:

> On 04/08/2012 06:11 AM, Stefan Hennig wrote:
>> I am trying to use Tellico to organize my library of about 2000 books.
>> One of the crucial features was the ability to scan a bar-code using the
>> web-cam of my HP635 notebook.
>> The webcam is usable as /dev/video0 in VLC and in Skype, but the
>> check-box in the configuration settings of Tellico is not accessible and
>> always grayed out.
>> I am using Tellico 2.3.3 and 64bit Ubuntu (Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic
>> 3.0.4). The webcam is reported as HP-101.
> Since the configuration option is grayed out, it means the Ubuntu package
> was not compiled with support for using a webcam. You'll need to either
> compile Tellico yourself, or convince the Ubuntu packagers to include
> support for webcam use.
> Robby
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