Vision Smarts upgrades pic2shop app and barcode scanner SDK for iOS4

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[] Wavre, Belgium - Vision Smarts SPRL today is proud to announce pic2shop 4.1 and VSBarcodeReader 4.1, featuring a major update to their proprietary barcode scanning software. Both products take advantage of the new video capture capabilities introduced with iOS4 to read barcodes faster and more accurately, even on the iPhone 3G without an autofocus camera.

Pic2shop is the original barcode reader and comparison shopping app for iPhone and iPod touch. Offering a natural and easy-to-use interface, with pic2shop shoppers can quickly access online product information to make informed purchase decisions for books, DVDs, games, electronics, etc., see online reviews, and even check availability at local libraries.

VSBarcodeReader is the software library and SDK licensed by developers worldwide to add barcode scanning to their iPhone apps. Numerous shopping services, retailers and global brands are using it successfully. VSBarcodeReader 4.1 is fully compatible with iOS4 and Apple's developer guidelines.

An interesting possibility for developers who do not wish to acquire a license, is to use pic2shop as a free external barcode scanner. With iOS4, app switching has become considerably faster, making this solution even more attractive. More information and sample source code can be found in the developers' section of the pic2shop website.

Feature Highlights for pic2shop and VSBarcodeReader:
* Fastest and most accurate barcode scanner for the iPhone
* Reads UPC-A, EAN-13 and EAN-8 barcodes
* Works even on older iPhones without autofocus

Feature Highlights for pic2shop:
* Compares prices in local stores and online stores
* Checks availability of books at public libraries
* Can be used as a free barcode scanner by other iPhone apps and web sites

"The new functions provided by iOS4 allowed us to kick up the speed of the barcode scanner another notch." said Benoit Maison, founder of Vision Smarts. "iOS4 also made it a lot easier to use pic2shop as a free external scanner, and I am really excited to see more and more developers adopt it".

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 1.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
* pic2shop 4.1, like all the previous versions, is completely free and available worldwide. Pic2shop is also available on the Android Market. VSBarcodeReader is available under a white-label commercial license.

Vision Smarts is a Belgian SPRL (LLC) that develops, distributes, and supports software libraries for image recognition and real-time video analysis. The company strives to make cutting-edge technology that is easy to integrate and is affordable. Vision Smarts founder, Benoit Maison has helped develop and patent new products for several high-tech companies. His interests range from Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Machine Learning to Web-Enabled Business and Mobile Applications. For more information visit Vision Smarts online. Copyright (C) 2010 Vision Smarts SPRL. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.