Reading Barcodes in WinRT (Windows Store) using LEADTOOLS WinRT Libraries

Take the following steps to start a project and to add some code that will load an image and read it's barcodes in a Windows Store application using LEADTOOLS WinRT libraries.

  1. Start Visual Studio 2012
  2. Choose File --> New Project from the menu.
  3. In the New Project dialog box, choose JavaScript and Windows Store as the project template, and choose Blank App in the Templates List.
  4. Type the project name as Read Barcodes in the Project Name field, and then click OK. If desired, type a new location for your project or select a directory using the Browse button, and then click OK.
  5. In the Solution Explorer window, right-click on the References folder for the project and select Add Reference... from the context menu. Browse to the <LEADTOOLS_INSTALLDIR>\Bin\WinRT8_1\ folder (depending on your target platform), and select the following .WINMD files:

    • Leadtools.winmd
    • Leadtools.Kernel.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Kernel.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Bmp.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Cmp.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Fax.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Gif.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.J2k.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Png.winmd
    • Leadtools.Codecs.Tif.winmd
    • Leadtools.Dicom.winmd
    • Leadtools.Converters.winmd
    • Leadtools.ImageProcessing.Core
    • Leadtools.ImageProcessing.Utilities
    • Leadtools.Barcode
    • Leadtools.Barcode.DatamatrixRead
    • Leadtools.Barcode.OneD
    • Leadtools.Barcode.PdfRead
    • Leadtools.Barcode.QrRead

    Click the Add button and then click OK to add the above references.

  6. Open the default.html file and copy the below html code into the editor:

    <!DOCTYPE html>   
    <html>   
    <head>   
       <meta charset="utf-8" />   
       <title>ReadingBarcodes</title>  
                     
       <!-- WinJS references -->  
       <link href="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/css/ui-dark.css" rel="stylesheet" />  
       <scriptsrc="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/base.js"></script>  
       <scriptsrc="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/ui.js"></script>  
                     
       <!-- OCRImage references -->  
       <link href="/css/default.css"rel="stylesheet"/>  
       <scriptsrc="/js/default.js" ></script>  
                    </head>   
                    <body>   
      <input id="btnLoadAndReadBarcodes" type="button" value="Load And Read Barcodes" />  
         
      <p id="statusText" ></p>  
         
      <textarea id="resultsTextArea" readonly="readonly" style="width: 500px; height: 500px" ></textarea>    
         
                    </body>  
                    </html> 

     

  7. Change to default.js in the Solution Explorer and copy the following code into the file (overwrite all existing code):

    // For an introduction to the Blank template, see the following documentation:  
                 // http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh758331.aspx   
                     
                (function () { 
                   "use strict"; 
                     
                   WinJS.Binding.optimizeBindingReferences = true; 
                     
                   var app = WinJS.Application; 
                   var activation = Windows.ApplicationModel.Activation; 
                     
                   app.onactivated = function (args) { 
                      if (args.detail.kind === activation.ActivationKind.launch) { 
                         if (args.detail.previousExecutionState !== activation.ApplicationExecutionState.terminated) { 
                            // TODO: This application has been newly launched. Initialize  
                            // your application here.  
                            document.getElementById("btnLoadAndReadBarcodes").addEventListener("click", ReadBarcodes, false); 
                            Leadtools.RasterSupport.initialize(); // replace this with RasterSupport.SetLicense when you have a valid runtime license.  
                            _barcodeEngine = new Leadtools.Barcode.BarcodeEngine(); 
                         } else { 
                            // TODO: This application has been reactivated from suspension.  
                            // Restore application state here.  
                         } 
                         args.setPromise(WinJS.UI.processAll()); 
                      } 
                   }; 
                     
                   app.oncheckpoint = function (args) { 
                      // TODO: This application is about to be suspended. Save any state  
                      // that needs to persist across suspensions here. You might use the  
                      // WinJS.Application.sessionState object, which is automatically  
                      // saved and restored across suspension. If you need to complete an  
                      // asynchronous operation before your application is suspended, call  
                      // args.setPromise().  
                   }; 
                     
                   app.start(); 
                     
                   var _barcodeEngine = null; 
                     
                   function ReadBarcodes() { 
                      // Create a file picker object  
                      var openPicker = new  Windows.Storage.Pickers.FileOpenPicker(); 
                      openPicker.viewMode = Windows.Storage.Pickers.PickerViewMode.thumbnail; 
                      openPicker.suggestedStartLocation = Windows.Storage.Pickers.PickerLocationId.picturesLibrary; 
                      openPicker.ViewMode = Windows.Storage.Pickers.PickerViewMode.List;  
                     
                      //Add a few supported file types  
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jpg"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jpeg"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jxr"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".png"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".bmp"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".pcx"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".tif"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".tiff"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".j2k"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jbg"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".gif"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jls"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".jb2"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".psd"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".dcm"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".dic"); 
                      openPicker.fileTypeFilter.append(".pdf"); 
                     
                      // Open the picker for the user to pick a file  
                      openPicker.pickSingleFileAsync().then(function (file) { 
                         if (!file) { 
                            // The picker was dismissed with no selected file  
                            return; 
                         } 
                     
                         document.getElementById('resultsTextArea').value = ""; 
                         // Create a RasterCodecs object to load the file  
                         var codecs = new  Leadtools.Codecs.RasterCodecs(); 
                     
                         document.getElementById('statusText').innerText = "Loading image..." ; 
                     
                         // Create a LEAD stream for the filevar leadStream = Leadtools.LeadStreamFactory.create(file); 
                     
                         // Load it  
                         codecs.options.load.initAlpha = true; 
                         codecs.loadAsync(leadStream, 32, Leadtools.Codecs.CodecsLoadByteOrder.bgr, 1, 1).then(function  (rasterImage) { 
                     
                            var types = new Array(); 
                            types.push(Leadtools.Barcode.BarcodeSymbology.unknown); 
                            //Search the entire image  
                            var rc = Leadtools.LeadRectHelper.create(0, 0, rasterImage.width, rasterImage.height); 
                            //Look for barcodes  
                            document.getElementById('statusText').innerText = "Reading Barcodes..."; 
                            var barcodes = _barcodeEngine.reader.readBarcodes(rasterImage, rc, 0, types); 
                            if (barcodes == null) { 
                               document.getElementById('statusText').innerText = "No barcodes were found."; 
                            } 
                            else { 
                               //Show the results  
                               var results = barcodes.length.toString(); 
                               results += ' barcode(s) found\n'; 
                               results += '\n'; 
                               for (var i = 0; i < barcodes.length; i++) { 
                                  var barcode = barcodes[i]; 
                                  results += 'Type: ' + barcode.symbology.toString() + '\n'; 
                                  results += 'Location: '; 
                                  results += Leadtools.LeadRectHelper.left(barcode.bounds) + ', '; 
                                  results += Leadtools.LeadRectHelper.top(barcode.bounds) + ', '; 
                                  results += Leadtools.LeadRectHelper.right(barcode.bounds) + ', ' ; 
                                  results += Leadtools.LeadRectHelper.bottom(barcode.bounds) + '\n'; 
                                  results += 'Value: ' + barcode.value + '\n'; 
                                  results += 'Data: '; 
                                  for (var j = 0; j < barcode.getData().length ; j++) { 
                                     var data = barcode.getData()[j]; 
                                     results += data; 
                                  } 
                                  results += '\n'; 
                                  results += '\n'; 
                               } 
                     
                               document.getElementById('resultsTextArea').value = results; 
                               document.getElementById('statusText').innerText = "Complete"; 
                            } 
                         }, function (e) { 
                            var msg = new Windows.UI.Popups.MessageDialog("Error loading image"); 
                            msg.showAsync(); 
                            document.getElementById('statusText').innerText = "Error loading image"; 
                         }); 
                      }); 
                   } 
                })(); 

     

  8. Build, and Run the program to test it.

  9. Click the Load And Read Barcodes button, and select an image.
  10. NOTE: If you encounter an "Invalid File Format" or "Feature Not Supported" exception, please refer to the topic Invalid File Format/Feature Not Supported.
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