The Axicon Verifier can perform data content analysis for almost any barcode application by means of plugin files. The results of these do not affect the verification grade of the barcode, but can provide you with useful information about the data that is contained within the code.
To see a list of the plugins already available with your software, go to the verifier set up dialogue, and choose the ‘Plugins’ tab. To do this, go to the Command window, choose Options, then Set Up. The plugins that are enabled will be marked with a tick, and you can choose to switch these on or off. Further plugins can be added to your software, and the full list is set out below.
The results of the plugins are displayed in tabs across the top of the Summary window, and also in the Pass/Fail window. Some plugins can also display their own windows containing more information about the data content of your barcode. You can display this information (if any) by clicking the "More info..." button, to the right of the plugin's tab in the Summary window.
Plugin results are also saved in Axicon Verifier Saved Scan files. When a scan file is opened (‘loaded’ is the term used by Axicon) all of the plugin results that were available when the scan was saved will be shown, even if the original plugin is disabled or not installed. If the plugin is not installed, the "More Info..." button will have no effect.
All the plugins that are installed and enabled will also be used to recalculate the result of any scan file that is loaded. Any applicable plugins that were not installed when the scan file was saved will also display their results here when the scan is loaded. If a plugin determines that the data content of the code is invalid in some way, a red cross is shown in the tab. If it is valid, a green tick will appear.
Checks data content of the ‘license plate’ barcode for automotive industry Global Transport Label (encoded using Code 128).
Validates Application identifiers (AIs) and data structure content for both GS1-128 and GS1 DataBar Expanded.
Displays in-house product, 5-digit price and validation of both check digits (displayed on variable quantity eg cheese and meat products) Unique variant to cover the specific requirements of the Australian and the New Zealand markets
Checks that a valid date AI (11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 7003, 8008, or 8101) and its data are present.
Displays information on issuer, coupon number and value (Euro and UK) and (USA) provides information on manufacturer, family type, purchase requirement and value.
Allows for any variable measure consumer unit prefix (02, 20 to 29) to be used as basis for checking data content.
Health Industry Barcode. Validates both primary and secondary HIBC symbols. Checks date identifier and structure of data content.
Displays in-house product reference, 5-digit price and validation of both check digits for in-store variable measure retail items.
Displays the original ISBN or ISSN number of book and magazine barcodes, and 5-digit add-on data.
Allows a single line reference for ISO traceability and spreadsheet information; forms part of the printed report. You can configure a default Job Reference, and also choose to be prompted for a job reference on every scan.
Links to an existing database to show (and print) description of product along with quality control information. Please see Text Lookup below.
Checks French (Liste des Produits et Prestations Remboursables) LPPR codes as applicable.
Gives details on in-store reference, supplier code, GTIN, quantity and check digit on 20 digit M&S transit labels.
Validates code structure and format of CNK (Code Nationale Kode) used on Belgian pharmaceutical products.
Checks data on in-store variable measure products (eg: variable weight with price or weight shown) as specified by GS1 Netherlands.
Displays expanded version of the data encoded in the SICI (Serial Item and Contribution Identifier) incorporating: ISSN, Chronology enumeration/supplement and all other details.
Specially designed for .csv and .txt databases. Several copies of the Lookup plugin can be installed if the user needs to refer to multiple databases for two or more fields within a single database.
Shows the monetary value of a United Kingdom coupon code from a standard EAN-13 barcode.
Displays UPC-A and UPC-E codes formatted in their original short forms, rather than as EAN-13s.
Allows multiple job referencing: relevant information can be appended to a scan. This can be exported to a spreadsheet using Scan DB Extractor and saved in CSV format. Particularly suitable for undertaking audits in manufacture and retailing.
Checks variable measure consumer unit barcodes beginning with 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27 for Woolworths Australia.
If you have a much smaller selection of plugins than shown above, you will need to add them to the software. This is done very easily using the CD-ROM supplied with the verifier, but you can also download these free of charge via the downloads page
Installing the optional plugins from the CD-ROM is straightforward because the autorun brings up a menu with a button that leads to a window that allows plugins to be selected and copied into the appropriate location.
You can see from this window that the location where plugins need to be copied is the default installation folder (assuming the user has not selected a different location for the installation of the software), which on a 64-bit Windows computer is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Axicon\Verifier
If you download the plugins from the website, and have chosen all of them, first of all unzip the downloaded file. Copy all the individual .avp files (.avp stands for Axicon Verifier Plugin), and paste them onto the Verifier folder that is shown in the diagram above. This will place all the .avp files inside this folder where they can now be enabled or disabled from the Setup dialogue box.