"Scanning" with an iPhone Camera
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It is possible to use your iPhone's camera to "scan" and
lookup book and other merchandise bar codes with ScoutPal Live. Keep in
mind that any camera-based "scanner" app is not really a true laser bar
code scanner. Instead, it literally takes a photograph of the bar code,
so the process will be like taking any other sort of snapshot: there
must be good lighting, no shadows, and you will need to hold steady and
get the subject into focus. It will take some practice to learn how to
use the app. (The are
TRUE LASER scanners that will
work with recent model iPhones*.)
(Thanks to Craig Stark at
BookTHINK for figuring out
how to use pic2shop PRO, and testing these steps.)
Review software compatibility with your phone by visiting the
www.pic2shop.com web site, then
purchase and install pic2shop PRO on your iPhone. Note that
pic2shop software is NOT produced or sold by ScoutPal: please review
our Terms Of
Service regarding links to other websites.
There are different versions of pic2shop,
be sure that you are getting the PRO version: pic2shop PRO.
- Using your phone's Safari browser app, browse to
- Enter your ScoutPal ID and password then tap the [Get pic2shop configuration link] button.
- You will now be on a page with a single link, titled
"Click to Configure pic2shop..."
- Tap the link. When asked
to confirm configuration, tap "Okay." (disregard any error
- Now turn the phone off, then on again, and tap on
the app to start it up.
- Take some time to learn how to aim the camera scanner, and you will
get ScoutPal results.
To scan a second item, simply click the camera icon at the bottom of
- If a book or item does not have a bar code, you
can tap in an ISBN or UPC in the entry box at the top of the
screen. If your ScoutPal format is enabled for Abebooks, you may
also enter an LCCN or a title to search Abebooks by title.
However, every book published since 1971 has an ISBN printed on
its copyright page, and tapping or scanning in an ISBN or UPC is
always the most accurate and fastest method of searching.
Learn more at the
pic2shop PRO website.
* After trying "camera scanning", you
may wish to consider using a compatible true laser scanner, like the
Scanfob; there is simply
nothing like a real laser scanner! (Hint: it's easy to
Scanfob to the bottom of
a phone, making a one-handed and compact scanning tool.)
Another, less desirable option, is to use an app called RedLaser,
although between each scan, you must first push the home button, then
launch the redlaser app icon in order to scan again.
Click here for
RedLaser setup instructions
Learn more at the