Barcode scanners are an indispensable tool for quickly and efficiently dealing with the vast array of items which might be in your collection. While ComicBase makes it easy to look up any item by its series and number, it’s usually far faster to simply scan in the item’s barcode and go directly to that item in the database. In testing, entering comics by scanning in its code has proved to be an average of four times faster than other methods of entering your collection information.
Barcode Scanner Support
If you don’t already own one, Human Computing offers barcode scanners which have been certified to work properly with the program, and which come with configurations to properly handle books and periodicals.
You can also use your own barcode scanner. The only requirements are that it supports the different symbologies used on books, magazines, and comics (typically EAN-13, UPC, Codabar, and Code 3 of 9 formats). You also need to be sure that your scanner is reading and transmitting all of the human-readable digits (especially the smaller “supplemental” digits at right-size of the many barcodes), and that it doesn’t add any extra check digits or other characters to the code being scanned. Contact your scanner’s manufacturer for configuration instructions to make sure it can do this, and for any special instructions required to configure it.
Entering Your Collection Using a Scanner
All versions of ComicBase support jumping directly to an item by simply scanning its barcode into the main search bar.
ComicBase Professional and Archive Edition users also have access to the Items > Add by Barcode (Ctrl-I) command, which uses a supermarket checkout-style interface to let you enter whole batches of items as fast as you can scan them. It also allows you to change quantities, conditions, and prices, and can even print title divider labels for any new titles you’re adding.
Selling Comics Using a Scanner
There’s also a simple Point-of-Sale (POS) Terminal available to ComicBase Professional and Archive Edition users, using the Items > Sales Terminal (Ctrl-L) command. This works like the Add by Barcode command, except that it deducts the sold items from your collection, and optionally allows you to print a sales receipt for the customer.
Logs can also kept of all sold items (under your <My Documents>\Human Computing\<ComicBase Edition>\Sales Logs folder ) . Logs are available which record both the individual sales, as well as summary and cumulative logs for integration with your own accounting system.
Printing Your own Barcoded Labels
ComicBase Price Labels and Identification Labels both have the option to print a custom barcode as part of the label. This will work with ComicBase to uniquely identify that item in the database–even if the item in question did not previously have its own barcode. (The custom barcodes are specific to the exact entry in the database, which makes them useful for distinguishing between several different items of the same issue, which might be in different conditions, for example).