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After a quick and uneventful installation procedure that will ask the users only to follow a few on-screen commands and make sure that their webcam is already connected to the PC and properly detected by the OS (with all of its drivers installed), the procedure of scanning barcodes can begin. However, to take full advantage of the bcWebCam, the app suggests that all of the operation steps are followed. Users are recommended to start the app, check the camera feed with the built-in preview window that will float on the top of all your other desktop apps, place the cursor to the desired location in other apps (browser text field, database cell, or inventory management program input area), and then bring the item or barcode sticker close to the webcam. A sharp focus is needed to accurately scan the barcode, which may prove difficult for cheaper webcams that cannot handle focusing on very close objects. Once a proper focus is achieved, the camera app will scan the code and paste the data to your active cursor location.
Once properly configured, the user can very quickly scan the barcodes with the app working in the background and constantly searching for a new barcode to automatically insert to the current cursor location.
The user interface of the bcWebCam is very simple, with an old-school “basic” Windows app design that was popularized with the arrival of now very old Windows XP. The app window leaves the majority of its area to the webcam feed, with a barcode listing area on the top of the app and few control buttons on the bottom (Start/Stop, Settings, and Quit). bcWebCam is 100% FREE and is optimized for work even on older versions of Windows OS (starting with Windows XP and 2003).