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Designed to read barcodes under the harshest of circumstances.

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Simple, Affordable, Accurate, and Fast Barcode Decoding Solutions

Your stakeholders want it, we deliver it. With the rapid rise of new technology, end users have come to expect a rich digital experience that allows them to easily maneuver both their online and offline worlds, placing increased pressure on brands and developers to create applications that excite, educate, engage, and expedite - anytime, anywhere. Barcode scanning does just that – enabling users to bridge the physical-digital divide quickly and easily so they can streamline workflows, gather information, provide feedback, access specialized data, and much more. The applications are virtually limitless.

With barcode decoding that is fast, accurate, and cost effective, Manatee Works outdoes all other barcode scanner SDKs (Software Development Kits) on the market today. Our PDF417 decoder out-performs the competition hands-down. Simply put, we offer the best barcode decoding technology available for mobile applications, regardless of platform, operating system or code symbology.

Delivering a fluid, seamless barcode scanning experience not only enables your organization to maximize profitability, it creates a world-class brand interaction for your consumer, driving customer retention and satisfaction.

SDK Features and Capabilities

  • Single-Handed
  • Simple
  • Superior barcode recognition
  • Native
  • Available for all
    major platforms
  • Development Framework Support
  • Cross-Platform
  • Budget
  • Free access to
    minor releases
  • Exceptional customer
    service and support

Developing applications is challenging. That’s why we've developed a straight-forward barcode scanner SDK that boasts some of the most powerful capabilities on the market today. It offers users a simple, flexible, dynamic decoding experience. The Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK was built BY developers FOR developers!

As a tool developed with the retail, manufacturing, government, healthcare, commercial services and transportation industries in mind, our scanners are built around ease of use for the user, as well as ease of implementation for the application developer. We understand that enterprises are continually looking for opportunities to increase efficiency. Therefore, we have developed the ultimate single-handed scanning solution aimed at maximizing every promise to a return on investment.

In addition to Microsoft Windows (via Dynamic-link Library or DLL), Apple OS X and Linux, our SDK is available for all major mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

Additionally, we support app development using cross-platform tools such as PhoneGap, Titanium Appcelerator, IBM WorklightXamarin, and Sencha frameworks. It also allows users to decode a wide array of over 40 barcode symbologies including not just PDF417, but additionally QR Codes, DotCodes, Aztec codes, Data Matrix, EAN, UPC and many more.

To learn more about the Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK, click HERE...

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Praise for the Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK:

eBay Sunsets RedLaser SDK - Manatee Works Commits to RedLaser Developers

eBay is notifying its customers that it will be discontinuing its RedLaser barcode scanning products for developers. eBay has made a strategic decision to position the RedLaser barcode scanning technology away from being a development tool, to strictly being a consumer shopping tool (via the RedLaser public app). This affects both consumer and enterprise RedLaser SDK users. Supporting app developers in their endeavor to build barcode scanning apps is no longer essential to their core business.

Posted on:
Friday, 11 September 2015
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Manatee Works Announces Significant New Features and Benefits to its Barcode Scanning SDK

Newest SDK significantly improves performance and functionality of iOS and Android applications used in enterprise, corporate, and consumer markets.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015
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Barcode Parsing Standards for Today's Enterprise Applications

In the early 1970s, a number of key manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the United States set out to label every consumer product in the US with a barcode that could be used across the entire supply chain: from the manufacturer, to the warehouse, to the distributor, to the point of sale. The result was the adoption of the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode, and the creation of the Uniform Code Council (UCC) as the controlling standards body and issuing agency in the US.

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Friday, 20 March 2015
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Understanding the Risks of Today's QR Code Marketing Campaigns

With increased QR Code scanning comes greater security concerns. While marketers and consumers have realized the mutual benefits QR Codes provide, unfortunately, so to have cybercriminals. Without proper safeguards in place, QR Codes can easily become a vehicle for spreading malware, identity theft, and phishing schemes.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015
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Information & Pricing

RedLaser SDK Developers are now eligible for a Free Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK license for Android and iOS. Learn more HERE.