by Nate Schubert
For someone who isn’t already familiar with barcode technology, knowing the difference between a linear and a two-dimensional barcode is like knowing the secrets of the universe. Very simply put, linear barcodes look like “tick marks” of black bars in rectangular fashion while two-dimensional barcodes are generally square in shape. That’s the most basic explanation that gets the curious off on the right foot, but there’s more to it than that.
Rather than taking the time to explain the differences between linear and two-dimensional barcode types, we thought it would be helpful to pull the question and answer directly from our knowledgebase. Check out the video below to learn more about what makes a 1D barcode linear, and a 2D barcode two-dimensional.