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

Stefan Hennig stefan.hennig at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 05:03:27 UTC 2012

Robby, Stephen,

Thank you both for your helpful comments. After some very, very mediocre
results when trying to use my Android phone's cam to scan some barcodes
I have just ordered a hand-held scanner as Stephen suggested.

Nonetheless, I will try to recompile the package and see if the web-cam
will work as a fallback solution on the road.


On Sun, 2012-04-15 at 21:38 -0400, Stephan Debelle wrote:
> Stefan,
> 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
> http://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Automatic-Barcode-Scanner-Reader/dp/B003OUQ174/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1326124716&sr=8-2 works 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.
> Stephan
> 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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> Stephan

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