Friday, June 12, 2015

Type or Scan: Barcode Keyboard for Android

Barcode Keyboard V2.0 - NEW!

We have done our homework! Barcode Keyboard V2.0 was redesigned from scratch and represents the ultimate timesaver!

TEC-IT's keyboard for Android is based on the current Google Keyboard as available in Android 4.0 or higher. In addition to the well-known basic keyboard functionality it offers integrated barcode scanner support. Using this keyboard you are able to key in information manually or - as a convenient alternative - to scan barcodes directly into any app.  Application switching or error-prone copy/paste is no longer required. The barcode-scanning functionality is available for most target apps without additional modifications.

Barcode Keyboard V2.0 for Android
Barcode Keyboard V2.0

Features

Some exciting features of this innovative keyboard app:
Barcode Keyboard Guided Setup
Guided Installation
  • State-of-the-art keyboard layout
  • Voice recognition, suggestions, dictionaries, fast keyboard switching
  • Multi-language support
  • Guided installation
  • Configurable scanner keys
  • Quicktext (custom text modules) support
  • Integrated camera scanner (portrait, landscape, automatic)
  • Versatile licensing capabilities (Google Play licensing, online activation without a Google account, bulk licensing with license files based on device serial number),
  • Simple bulk configuration by files
  • Rule-based scanner behavior, adjustable initial keyboard layout
  • Using version 3.2 of the ZXing barcode scanner engine
  • External barcode scanner support

FREE Demo

Barcode Keyboard V2.0 integrates seamlessly in current Android systems, a free demo is available for testing (the demo displays a nag dialog about every few scans). Please use one of these download links:

Basic Operation

Barcode Keyboard with Custom Scanner Keys
Extra Barcode Scanner Keys
Once the keyboard is installed the user is able to key-in text manually as usual. Advanced keyboard features like voice recognition, suggestions and dictionaries are available. Whenever the data of a barcode (e.g. an EAN or UPC product code, a QR-Code, ...) needs to be entered, just press one of the new barcode scanner keys. The camera scanner app is opened (default is the integrated scanner which is based on the ZXing barcode scanner engine), the barcode is decoded and the Barcode Keyboard enters the barcode data automatically into the current input field. No manual typing or annoying copy/paste is required.

Please note: Due to license restrictions gesture input (swiping) is not supported. The installation of add-on dictionaries is also not supported.

User Manual

Barcode Keyboard Installation

The guided default setup routine (e.g. Barcode Keyboard from Google Play) installs, enables and activates the Barcode Keyboard automatically. No additional steps are required by the user.

Please perform the following steps to re-enable the Barcode Keyboard if it was deactivated for some reasons:
  1. Navigate to Android Settings -- Language & input
  2. Tap on Current Keyboard and select Barcode Keyboard
For older Android versions you may need to navigate to Android Settings -- Language / keyboard, check Barcode Keyboard and confirm the security warning. After enabling the keyboard you need to adjust it as active input method: to do so, long-tap an input field until a menu appears. Select Input method and choose Barcode Keyboard.

Adjusting Keyboard Preferences

Barcode Keyboard Preferences
Versatile Options
Use one of the following methods to adjust the keyboard preferences:
- click on the cogwheel in Barcode Keyboard suggestion bar
- long-tap the comma key
- or open Android Settings -- Language & input and select Barcode Keyboard in the group Keyboard & input methods.

The preferences are divided into two separate sections: the preferences related to the Barcode Keyboard specific functionality and the common keyboard preferences.

Barcode Keyboard Preferences

  • Common
    Adjust common look and feel options: show, hide or define function keys for barcode scanning, settings and quicktext modules
  • Camera Scanner
    Adjust options to define the initial orientation of the scanner app, batch scanning parameters, flashlight and auto-focus options, supported linear and 2D barcode symbologies as well as the character set used for decoding barcodes.

    Of special interest are the so-called Simulation Rules. These rules define the behavior of the Barcodescanner Keyboard when used in combination with a specific target app. A Simulation Rule is used to match the requirements of a target app with respect to data prefixes, postfixes, cursor movement commands, control keys simulation (e.g. ENTER or CONFIRM after barcode), initial keyboard layout, shift-state and keystroke simulation mode.
  • Import/Export
    The Barcode Keyboard specific
     preferences can be exported to and imported from a file. To simplify mass deployment just place a BarcodeKeyboard.xml file in the Download folder. Whenever Barcode Keyboard is adjusted as active input method it checks for such a file, imports it, applies its settings and renames the file to BarcodeKeyboard.xml.imported thereafter. To learn about the required file format please perform an export to examine the generated file. 
  • About
    This section provides links to the user manual, tutorial videos, version and license information. A special version of the app (available on tec-it.com) can be activated online using activation keys (online activation does not require a Google account!).

Common Preferences

The common settings allow the adjustment of the following options:
  • Languages
    Defines the supported languages and keyboard layouts. If Use system language is selected, the keyboard layout automatically matches the default language of your system. As an alternative, the required languages may be enabled separately.
  • Preferences
    Set preferences like auto-capitalizationdouble-space periodvibrate on keypress and sound on keypress.
  • Appearance & layouts
    Adjust options like the theme (e.g. Material Light) and custom input styles
  • Text correction
    Options for personal dictionaries, add-on dictionaries (add-on dictionaries are not working in the initial V2.0 release, this is a known limitation), block offensive wordsauto-correctionshow correction suggestionspersonalized suggestionssuggest contact names and next-word suggestions.
  • Advanced
    For advanced options like keypress vibration duration and keypress sound volume.

Video Tutorial

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About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Feedback and feature requests are highly welcome. Just let us know!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Data Collection Software "Nifty as Never Before"

TWedge Redefines Flexibility 

+TEC-IT  proudly introduces the smart data collection software TWedge Version 3.

RELEASED as of May 22, 2014!!

TWedge is more than just a keyboard wedge - this software tool makes automated data acquisition with serial ports (RS232, RS485 and virtual COM ports), Bluetooth®, TCP, UDP and USB HID devices extremely easy. The collected data can be stored directly in files or databases, forwarded to target applications via keystroke simulation (keyboard wedge), entered into spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel, sent to web-services, and so on. It is even possible to use TWedge as protocol converter and convert data between interfaces (e.g., COM to TCP). All aspects of the data acquisition logic can be configured with the integrated scripting capabilities.

The new version was rewritten from scratch and offers unmatched possibilities, advantages and capabilities. To put it simply: With TWedge V3, data acquisition has become "Nifty as Never Before".

The Highlights

  • Multiple Device Support
    A single TWedge instance is now able to handle multiple devices in parallel. The maximal number of devices is limited by the available system resources (and the purchased license).
Multiple Devices
TWedge V3 - Multiple Devices
  • New Interface Types
    TWedge communicates with devices via serial COM ports, TCP, UDP and Bluetooth (for the last three, client and server functionality is offered). Interrupted TCP or Bluetooth connections can be re-established automatically. TWedge is also able to intercept data from USB HID devices like USB barcode scanners or scales.
Interfaces
TWedge V3 - Interfaces
  • Native Windows System Service
    The setup routine of TWedge installs a standard desktop application. This application can, in addition, be operated as system service in the background without additional software tools.

  • Ready-to-Use Data Acquisition Templates
    TWedge provides ready-to-use action templates which cover common data collection and data acquisition scenarios. As an example, forwarding collected device data into a Microsoft Access database is done with a single click.
Data Acquisition Action Templates
TWedge V3 - Data Acquisition Action Templates
  • Integrated Microsoft Excel Support
    TWedge V3 provides bi-directional communication with Excel worksheets. Using DDE (dynamic data exchange) commands, TWedge is able to read and write worksheet data.

  • Password Protected Settings and Controls
    All aspects of the TWedge configuration can be password protected. Thereby, privacy and security are enhanced, user errors are reduced.

  • Multiple Hotkeys and Timers
    For each device multiple user-defined hotkeys and timer functions, both scriptable, can be configured.

  • Versatile, High-Performance JavaScript Engine
    TWedge generates JavaScript code which encapsulates the data acquisition logic and provides access-methods for files, spreadsheets, databases, the clipboard and other applications. If required, every aspect of the data acquisition functionality can be customized.
Integrated JavaScript
TWedge V3 - Integrated JavaScript
  • Logging and Debugging
    Log files are available for troubleshooting purposes. Moreover, the JavaScript code can be debugged with an external debugger (based on Eclipse – see www.eclipse.org‎).

Try TWedge for Free!

We invite you to watch the feature preview video below. You may also try out TWedge for yourself, just download the free beta: http://www.tec-it.com/Download/pre-releases/...

FREE Trial: Download the final version of TWedge!


About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New High-Grade Barcode Label Software

TFORMer Solves Demanding Label Requirements

+TEC-IT announces the brand new version of the barcode label design and printing software TFORMer. The product family TFORMer is comprised of the label design software TFORMer Designer and the easy-to-use printing tool TFORMer QuickPrint. If required, software developers integrate printing tasks by the means of TFORMer SDK into applications.

TFORMer version 7.5 offers numerous great enhancements: the label design process was improved significantly, additional compliance label templates were introduced, new 2D and postal bar code symbologies were added, and much, much more. Read on for the details and watch the introduction video:


Enhancements

The TFORMer package was optimized to cover challenging bar code labeling requirements. Check out the major enhancements:
    New User Interface of TFORMer Designer
    New Ribbon Menu
  • Ribbon Menu
    The new ribbon menu allows users to find, understand and to use commands more efficiently. Labels are designed and printed with a minimum number of clicks and without having to refer to the documentation.
  • Mini Toolbars
    When selecting text or barcode elements a handy mini toolbar is shown. Such toolbars help you to work with fonts, alignment, colors, styles and other common element properties.
  • Free Element Rotation
    Shapes, text objects, bar codes and images can now be rotated by any angle.
  • Snap Lines
    Elements snap now automatically to each other. Creating clean, aligned and structured layouts is fun.
  • New Barcodes
    Support for the new 2D symbologies Han Xin and DotCode and for the IMPB (USPS Intelligent Mail Package Bar Code) was added. 
  • Improved Tool for Manual Printing
    The software tool QuickPrint was rewritten from scratch. It offers label selection with categories, better data input, a live preview, PDF output and direct printing. Microsoft Windows is supported out of the box; if you need this label printing software for Mac OS X let us know!
  • New Label Templates
    TFORMer V7.5 extends the list of ready-to-use label templates. Compliance templates for the Bring Parcels Transport Label, the Coliposte Colissiomo Label, the Parcelforce Domestic Label and for the Caterpillar Standard Practice Labels SP20 V4.2 are available.
  • More Enhancements and Bug Fixes
    A better setup package for future in-place updates, improved date and time computations, a corrected Round() function, a better preview, etc.
Available Label Templates (Selection)

FREE Trial 

TFORMer Designer and TFORMer SDK are available for free evaluation. Download the demo
and enjoy an unlimited 10-day trial:

About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sales Promotion with Trackable Coupons

Track Coupons Using Global Coupon Numbers (GCN)

You are a retailer, coupon issuer, distributor or a marketing agency and would like to distribute and track coupons?

Then you should think about applying for standardized and globally unique numbers for such purposes. Starting this year (2013) the GS1 organization in Belgium and Luxembourg maintains and issues global coupon numbers. Because such a GCN is based on the GS1 company prefix, it is worldwide unique.

Personalized and Non-Personalized Coupons

For non-personalized coupons only the so-called GCN part 1 is required to identify a coupon. For personalized coupons the coupon issuer needs to utilize GCN part 2 (basically a serial number) as well.

In addition each coupon must be assigned a coupon value.

GS1 DataBar Expanded for Coupons 

Based on the available space on your coupon, select either the GS1 DataBar Expanded or the GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked bar-code symbology.

The GS1 DataBar barcode encodes the GCN using application identifier AI (255). The value of the coupon is encoded by means of AI (390x). It is required that such a GS1 DataBar starts with AI (255) followed by AI (390x). The use of AI (01) along with AI (255) in a single coupon barcode is forbidden.

The barcode must be applied to each coupon. It does not matter whether you distribute paper coupons, eCoupons (printed by the customer) or digital coupons (e.g. coupons received and presented with smartphones).

GCN Barcode Maker Software

TEC-IT's barcode creator software Barcode Studio V15.1 was recently extended with a convenient assistant to support the creation of GCN barcodes with AI (255):

Barcode Studio's Global Coupon Number Assistant
Barcode Studio is a professional tool for creating bar codes. Single bar-codes as well as series of bar-codes are created in no time at all. Barcode data can be entered manually or imported from CSV files. The created bar codes are exported as bitmap or vector images for further processing. Barcode Studio V15.1, which also incorporates simple label printing functions, is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

A free, fully functional 10-day trial is available for download:

Barcode Studio for Windows
Barcode Studio for Mac OS X

About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Monday, April 15, 2013

FREE QR Code Maker Software for Mac + Windows

Professional Freeware for Making QR Codes

+TEC-IT announces a completely free software tool for creating QR code images. The free app is named QR-Code Studio and is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Countless Applications

QR-Code Red (post-processed)
Post-Processed QR Code
QR codes are bi-dimensional codes that can be scanned with most camera equipped smartphones. Besides industrial applications, QR codes are in widespread use in everyday situations: QR codes can be found on advertisements and in marketing campaigns for linking products to web-sites, in sweepstakes, on electronic business cards to encode contact details, on tickets and vouchers, on the new SEPA money transfer slips or on web-sites to provide faster access to smartphone apps.

It's a Breeze

Using TEC-IT’s freeware QR-Code Studio anyone is able to create QR codes fast and easily. High quality QR code symbols are generated without any special know-how. The user is supported by a data entry wizard: even QR codes for vCard and meCard business cards or QR codes for sending text messages are created in seconds.

Free Download

Download QR-Code Studio using this link. Versions for Microsoft Windows (Windows XP SP3 or later, Windows 8 is supported) and Mac OS X are available.

The software and the generated QR code images are free for private and non-commercial use.

Watch it - Share it!

Check out the video introductions for QR-Code Studio

German language video: http://youtu.be/xfN8MDNHLhk

If you like the software share the download link on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter! Many thanks!

About TEC-IT

QR-Code Blue (Image Mask)
QR Code as Image Mask
TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Inventory Management and Stocktaking with Android


+TEC-IT published the new release of Rapid Inventory, the smart and efficient Android app for inventory control and stocktaking.

It's Smooth 

Rapid Inventory was optimized for fast, smooth and simple operation on smart phones and tablets. Item lists are build and managed in no time at all. SKU or item bar codes can be scanned with the built in camera or with external Bluetooth bar code scanners. Especially the integrated Bluetooth scanner support makes this app the ideal solution for business and industrial application areas.

Items may be labelled with any number of custom tags. This new feature allows users to organize and group items into categories while still maintaining a single item database. Items can be imported from or exported to external databases. Google Drive online spreadsheets, CSV (Microsoft Excel) and XML files are supported.
Rapid Inventory for Spare Part Management
Using an external Bluetooth Barcode-Scanner with Rapid Inventory

Release Highlights

  • Labels
    Tag items with an arbitrary number of custom labels.
  • Item Filter
    Filter the item list by assigned labels.
  • Quantity Management
    Item quantities can be incremented and decremented by any amount.
  • Import/Export
    Improved import and export support for CSV, XML and Google Drive.
  • Scanner Support
    Barcode scanning with with external Bluetooth scanners or the built-in camera scanner.

Available Versions

Rapid Inventory is available on Google play for free (for up to 100 items), as business version (manages up to 500 items) and finally as completely unlimited Enterprise version. Single licenses for the app can be purchased directly using Google play; discounted volume licenses are available exclusively from TEC-IT.

Give it a try!

About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Be A Barcode Wizard with Barcode Studio!

+TEC-IT released the new version of Barcode Studio, the well-known bar code maker software.

Features

Barcode Studio V15 provides advanced support for international requirements and offers unmatched 2D symbology capabilities. Check out the appealing new features: 
  • All Applications, All Countries - The new USPS Intelligent Mail package barcode enables the US Postal Service to enhance its package tracking. The Han Xin code is intended for applications in China. DotCode provides state-of-the-art direct product marking capabilities. 
  • Go International - Now Russian and Polish language support is available in addition to English, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. 
  • Perfect for Pre-Press - Overprinting support enables you to create the best possible bar code quality. 

The New Barcodes

USPS Intelligent Mail Package Bar Code (IMpb)

Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb)
IM package barcode (IMpb)
The IMpb provides detailed package-level data and enables the US Postal Service to enhance its package tracking capabilities.



Han Xin Code

Han Xin Code on Document
Han Xin 2D Code
The Han Xin Code is intended as the "National 2D barcode symbology of China". The strength of this 2D symbology is the optimized encoding of Chinese characters.






DotCode

DotCode on Electronic Part
DotCode
The DotCode has been developed for high-speed and on-demand printing on labels or directly on products. It's best suited for direct part marking (DPM) with ink-jets or lasers.







Free Download

Barcode Studio is available for Microsoft Windows and Max OS X. Just give it a try - the download of the 10-day trial is free:

Barcode Studio Download (for Windows)
Barcode Studio Download (for Max OS X)

About TEC-IT

+TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of automated data acquisition and data collection, bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, report generators and output management. TEC-IT products are available for all major platforms, thus customers benefit from complete and versatile software solutions for all possible requirements. The company is located in Austria / Europe and can be reached via www.tec-it.com. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.