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January 12, 2012 8:42 AM
Hi, just wondering...I added a food to "my foods" any way to add the bar code numbers so next time I can scan the food instead of searching for it?
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January 12, 2012 8:54 AM
I was wondering the same thing! It would be nice if we could scan the barcode to instead of manually entering in the first place too!
September 20, 2012 11:04 AM
I'm working with my company's cafe to improve visibility of nutritional info. I've spent the past hour researching bar codes. It seems the code reader in the Android MFP app can only read UPC type codes which only allow numbers and must follow a very specific style. It would be nice if we could use a code type like CODE 39 or CODE 93 so we can add text and thus expand the ability to create custom bar codes. For example:

Brock Cafe Tuna Salad gets a bar code "BC TUN SAL" and then all Brock Cafe's around the world put this on their tuna salad.
  16237853
September 20, 2012 11:09 AM
Since the thread was dredged up anyway to address the OPs question, if you are using a private food entry then you can't associate a barcode with it, but if you've shared the food to the public database then you can search using the barcode and use the "find a better match" feature to associate the barcode with your product.

For the second.. you need one of the mobile platforms to scan a barcode... I think it's blackberry that doesn't have the feature but iPhone iPad Android and Windows Phone all give results when seeking help
windows phone
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/help/faq/344-how-do-i-use-the-barcode-scanner-to-add-foods
iPhone/iPad /Android
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/help/faq/244-how-do-i-use-the-barcode-scanner-to-add-foods
Blackberry gives no results.
  3335912
September 20, 2012 12:02 PM
I add ALL my custom foods to the public database so my family can use them as well.

My issue pertains to the symbology of the code. UPC vs CODE 93 or CODE 39.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_code

I cannot create a UPC for "John's peanut butter and jelly sandwich" because the app only reads UPC and UPC only allows numbers 0-9. if the app only reads UPC codes, then we are stuck adhering to the GS1 approved UPC standard. If I generate a random number UPC, then we risk overlapping codes referenced in the database (a common problem already). If the app were expanded to read ALL bar code symbologies--such as Code 93, we'd be able to create custom codes and associate them with any food in our database.
Edited by jdim1093 On September 20, 2012 12:04 PM
  16237853
September 20, 2012 12:40 PM
I see I missed a key piece of info in my last post too... you have to share the food to the general database by creating it on the computer (or website at least) foods created via your app remain private foods.

For the increased barcode recognition etc, well that's what the forum is for, to make suggestions, MFP will have to speak to it I'm a fellow user.
  3335912
September 20, 2012 12:56 PM
QUOTE:

I see I missed a key piece of info in my last post too... you have to share the food to the general database by creating it on the computer (or website at least) foods created via your app remain private foods.


Yup. The only way I create new foods, meals, and recipes is on my PC.
  16237853
September 23, 2012 4:45 AM
I think it'd be great if we could view bar codes on the pc version. That would allow us to see which foods are duplicates and which are genuine variations.

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