Major Bug in Stripes 2.0 for Those Upgrading From Previous Versions

by jason26. April 2011 17:08

Update 5/3/2011: The fix (version 2.1) has been published to the market place. You should be able to start downloading it whenever your country's marketplace refreshes.

Well, it had to happen, eventually. There is a major bug in Version 2.0 of Stripes that is affecting users that upgrade from a previous version. Because some internal data structures have changed, when the old application state is pulled into the new application, items are missing and the application can crash when searching for a barcode.

A fix for this problem has been submitted to the Marketplace, but it may take a few days to actually hit the device in your hand.

A short-term fix for this issue can be performed by uninstalling Stripes and re-installing it from the Marketplace. You will not be charged for the re-installation and it should fix the internal data structure. However, this will result in complete data loss of your scanning history.

I apologize for this error and please look for the fix on your device, soon.

Thank you!

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Stripes 2.0 for Windows Phone

by jason25. April 2011 16:35

The latest version of Stripes (2.0) brings the following changes:

  • Fixed crash bug with certain ISBN numbers and QR codes
  • Added option to use GPS and search for local stores carrying the product scanned
  • Added option to use regional search services for better, localized results
  • Added ability to rename history items and delete individual items from history (touch and hold on an item for a context menu)
  • Added support for two new languages (German and Spanish)
  • Added error reporting to aid in diagnosing support issues
  • Enhanced detection of barcodes in photos where the barcode is rotated by 90 degrees

The good news is that the next version of Windows Phone (“Mango” is the code name) will allow developers to embed the camera in their application. That means, Stripes will have “live scanning” capabilities! Microsoft says we can expect this update in the fall of 2011.

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Stripes 1.4 for Windows Phone

by jason11. January 2011 17:30

    Version 1.4 was just released to the Marketplace. It brings the following updates:

    • Improved Barcode detection from photos
    • Improved search results for products
    • Improved QR Code support (including Contacts and Map Locations)
    • Ability to save photos to the Picture Hub
    • Ability to use an existing photo from the Picture Hub
    • Better progress reporting during scans

      As always, bug reports and image detection problem reports are welcome. Please comment here or use the "Contact" link in the menu.

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      Stripes 1.3 for Windows Phone

      by jason30. November 2010 07:17

      I uploaded the latest version of Stripes (1.3) to the Marketplace last night. This version brings a few improvements, including:

      • Searching will optionally (prompts the user) defer to the phone's built-in search facility if nothing can be found through Stripes
      • Added a "Settings" page with an option to examine images more thoroughly. This should increase the likelihood of finding a barcode in an image where the barcode doesn't fill a majority of the frame.
      • Fixed a potential detection bug that may have kept some barcode types from being discovered in images
      • Added better support for UPC-E barcodes (the shorter version found on some food products, like soda cans)
      • Added additional QRCode functionality and 2-D / Data Matrix support (both are still a work in progress)
      • Added contact information to the bottom of the "Help" page
      • Prices for products are now sorted in ascending order

      Right now, I am constrained by the very limited camera API on all Windows Phone devices. Microsoft has promised regular updates to the platform and I am hopefull that direct camera access will become available in a future release. However, until then, a "live" barcode scanner (one in which the video from the camera is examined until a barcode is found) is impossible. Also, there is no way to modify the camera settings or save them for future use, either. Believe me when I say I am anxiously awaiting an update to this particular API. Are you listening, Microsoft?

      Let me also say "thank you" to the many people that are using Stripes. I hope it is a useful tool and will continue work to make it more useful, as the Windows Phone platform evolves. Please leave a comment here or contact me on Twitter @Centrolutions with your feedback.

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