OT-Barcoding

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but what is recommended for
barcoding - hardware, software, procedures? I think they may start
with a simple Access program, but I would also like to know how others
use it with Vantage. We are currently on version 5.0, would also like
to know about 8.0.
Thanks much!
Ann Rohyans
AMFAB