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April 13, 2012 11:01 PM
I have scanned a barcode on the MyFitnessPal iPhone app for a very common food (Sanitarium Weet-bix breakfast cereal in Australia) and there was no match for it. Maybe because it was a bigger promotional box size. As there was no match, I was then presented with a list of possible matches.

Sure, I can select one of the Weet-bix options listed but how do I 'lock' my scanned barcode with that product - ie, the next time I scan the barcode, I would expect it to now recognise it (ie, the one I just selected).

Ultimately, how do we add barcode products to the database? We can add them manually by typing in their description, but I can't see how to add a product based on its barcode.

Thanks!
April 13, 2012 11:11 PM
I've wondered how to save barcode matches too. I also wonder how all the barcode matches get in the data base.
April 13, 2012 11:21 PM
From what the following post says..
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Once you've found the correct match, add that food to your diary. You've now changed the barcode association in our database. The next time you scan the same barcode the correct food should be found.


Start in this thread with Natalies post

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/553554-scanning-to-add-foods

First, start the add food process just like you would for any other food. Next to the search box, you'll see a blue icon that looks like a barcode. Tap on the icon to activate the barcode scanner. Place the barcode you would like to scan inside the target area on your screen. The scanner will read the code and search for a match in our database. Once the match is found, just add it to your diary.

On rare occasions, you barcode search will return the wrong food from our database. If that happens, you can help us improve the database by telling us the correct match for that barcode. After you see that the wrong food has been found, scroll down on the screen and you'll see a button labeled "Find Better Match". Tap on that button and you can search for the correct food in our database. Once you've found the correct match, add that food to your diary. You've now changed the barcode association in our database. The next time you scan the same barcode the correct food should be found.

However, you can not add foods to the database by scanning them in. You would need to go online and elect to share items to the database when you create a new food.
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April 13, 2012 11:32 PM
I had problems scanning tonight too. Many items I scanned before showed up with no matches. I think there might e a glitch tonight??
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April 14, 2012 12:21 AM
Me too! Everything i scanned today said. NOoooooo! Even stuff I had scanned before! Gotta be a glitch.
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April 14, 2012 5:31 AM
I've scanned about 5 items that I KNOW I've scanned before and none of them have been recognized. grumble
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April 15, 2012 1:52 PM
Hi,

We did have an outage with the scanner feature on Saturday, should be all resolved at this point. Please let us know if the issues persist for any of you.
July 30, 2012 4:00 AM
Thanks Steven. How do you add a barcode to a food that's already in the database but not associated with any barcode? Thanks!
July 30, 2012 7:55 PM
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Thanks Steven. How do you add a barcode to a food that's already in the database but not associated with any barcode? Thanks!


It's definitely possible to teach our database to connect a UPC symbol to any food item in the database.

The important first step is to add the food item in question to the database first, and to make the food item available to all users.

To do this, log in to our free site at http://www.myfitnesspal.com and click the "Food" tab, then click "My Foods" in the sub-tabs.

Click "Create New Foods" and fill in the data on the next two screens. If a user has already entered the food you're creating, you may be prompted to confirm an existing food item to avoid creating duplicates.

If you do create a new food, be sure to check the box at the bottom of the second screen, next to Yes, let other MyFitnessPal members use this food. This will make the food item "public" and allow all users to find it when searching our database.

Once the food item is in our database and set to "public," you may scan the UPC symbol for that food using your mobile device. The app may find that the UPC symbol is already connected to a food item. If this is the wrong food item, scroll down and tap the "Find a Better Match" button. Then you may type the name of the food item to perform a search of our database, and link the UPC code to that item. If the UPC code is not already connected to a food item, you should be taken directly to a search area where you may search for the food that belongs to the UPC code.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Scott
MyFitnessPal Staff
January 1, 2013 1:54 AM
When there is no item associated to a bar code, I can't find a way to make an association using my Android device. It will get me to a search of database, but a link to selected item will not be created, that is when I scan the bar code again, there is still no association found.

However, the functionality of correcting false association seems to be working just fine. The problem only applies bar codes that do not have any existing associations at all.

Please fix this!
January 1, 2013 2:04 AM
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When there is no item associated to a bar code, I can't find a way to make an association using my Android device. It will get me to a search of database, but a link to selected item will not be created, that is when I scan the bar code again, there is still no association found.

However, the functionality of correcting false association seems to be working just fine. The problem only applies bar codes that do not have any existing associations at all.

Please fix this!


As long as the food has been created on the WEBSITE version and share with other users was selcted on creation, it should then associate the barcode with the selected food.
If you select better match, then create food in the app, this will not work.
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January 1, 2013 5:20 AM
I can confirm that only foods created with "share with other users" flag can be associated with bar codes, and the flag can only be set when creating a new food with the Website GUI, because the option does not exists in Android GUI. If you create the food in Android, you actually have to delete and RECREATE it with Website GUI in order to set the sharing flag, because Website editing of the food does not have the flag either. That is another issue and would be nice if it would be fixed.

I still insist that in there is no way to associate a bar code to any food whatsoever, in case when the bar code previously has not been associated to anything. That is you get "No Match Found" -message and the screen does NOT have the button "Not correct? Find Better Match". This issue needs fixing by MFP, please? This applies at least Android, I have not tried iPhone version.
January 1, 2013 5:46 AM
QUOTE:

I can confirm that only foods created with "share with other users" flag can be associated with bar codes, and the flag can only be set when creating a new food with the Website GUI, because the option does not exists in Android GUI. If you create the food in Android, you actually have to delete and RECREATE it with Website GUI in order to set the sharing flag, because Website editing of the food does not have the flag either. That is another issue and would be nice if it would be fixed.

I still insist that in there is no way to associate a bar code to any food whatsoever, in case when the bar code previously has not been associated to anything. That is you get "No Match Found" -message and the screen does NOT have the button "Not correct? Find Better Match". This issue needs fixing by MFP, please? This applies at least Android, I have not tried iPhone version.


It DOES have a search button though. Use that, find your food that you just created on the website or already there from another user, and add it. I've just this minute double checked this by adding my books barcode as a wine.
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January 1, 2013 8:07 AM
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It DOES have a search button though. Use that, find your food that you just created on the website or already there from another user, and add it. I've just this minute double checked this by adding my books barcode as a wine.


I re-tried it as you described and now it works! Honestly - I do not know what happened. I am quite sure that had tried it exactly the same way before.

Thank you!

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