Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Android Bluetooth Reader, Keyboard Wedge

In the past few months TEC-IT developed an Android App for data acquisition with Bluetooth and TCP. The good feedback of the Android community motivated us to further enhance this app. The result: an universal data acquisition app including keyboard wedge functionality.

The app is named GetBlue. The final version is available as slightly restricted freeware as well as commercial application. Here are the highlights:
  • Android Keyboard Wedge / Virtual Keyboard:
    Captured device data can be entered into any application.
  • Supported Input Devices
  • Bluetooth SPP/RFCOMM, TCP (e.g. RFID controllers), HTTP applications and camera scanners apps like the ZXing Barcode Scanner.
  • Supported Data-Sinks:
    Bluetooth SPP/RFCOMM, plain TCP, HTPP via Get and Post, Google Docs Spreadsheets, File.
  • Data Acquisition Proxy / Data Switchboard:
    Acquired data can be forwarded to any supported data-sink.

Universal Data Acquisition App

Use GetBlue like an universal data switchboard: capture data from a data-source and forward it to an arbitrary data-sink. As an example you can adjust GetBlue to collect data from a Bluetooth barcode scanner and forward this data immediately to a Google Docs spreadsheet (refer to the drawing).

What is a Virtual Keyboard?

A virtual keyboard replaces the standard soft-keyboard of Android. Captured data is always made available to this virtual keyboard. Thus, data acquired from a Bluetooth barcode scanner or an RFID tag can be entered into any application which is accepting user input. This works completely independent from the selected datasource and the target app.

Call for Requests!

The internals of GetBlue are very simply to extend (e.g. new protocols, new devices, ...). Just let us know your requirements. Whenever possible we will provide you with a solution. Leave us a comment or send an email to

Free Trial!

Install GetBlue using Android Market on your handset. Search for GetBlue manually or use this link: market://search?

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Office - Major Update!

As of today (06/15/2010) TEC-IT released the extended version of the barcode add-in TBarCode Office.

The current version of TBarCode Office offers seamless barcode integration in Word and Excel. In both Office products the barcode add-in is operated via an easy-to-use and self-explanatory barcode panel. Even untrained users are able to insert and parameterize the barcodes using this panel.

These are the highlights:
  • Seamless Excel and Word integration
  • Unmatched barcode support (more than 100 linear and 2D codes)
  • Single or multiple barcodes in Word documents oder Excel spreadsheets
  • Serial letter / mail merge support for Microsoft Word
  • Dynamic barcodes in Excel via linked cells.
  • Creating barcode lists in Excel with a single click
  • For Office 2007 and Office 2010, both 32- and 64 bit Microsoft Windows / Microsoft Office are supported

Just check it out! Free demo download - TBarCode Office - Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Office

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Automated Data Acquisition for Android - Update

TEC-IT ( published version 0.7 of the Android data acquisition app GetBlue!

GetBlue captures device data and saves this data directly to a local file, to a Google Spreadsheet or forwards it to adjustable HTTP/TCP data logging servers. Bi-directional communication is supported, server responses as well as manually entered data can be sent to the connected device.

Currently the following devices are supported:
  • Any Bluetooth device supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP, RFCOMM),
  • Any TCP/IP device (IP-Address/Port combination), 
  • And new in this version: any installed camera barcode scanner (e.g. the ZXing camera barcode scanner, cyrket market  information
Currently GetBlue is available as freeware - the manual data acquisition functions are available unlimited. Automated data acquisition functionality (like uploading captured data to a TCP data logger) are slightly restricted. All data collection parameters are adjustable by the user via the Settings dialog. The data-source,  the target server, various data capturing parameters like time-outs, retries, data packet size, etc. are adjustable.

Android owners are using GetBlue for a variety of functions:
  • Testing app for serial Bluetooth devices
  • Automated data collection
  • Simple TCP debugger
  • Bluetooth tester for Android 1.5/1.6 or higher
TEC-IT continues to enhance and extend the app. Every feedback from users is highly welcome. Check out the current version for yourself: Android Market Link (install it directly from the Android Market using your handset).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Barcode Printing for Microsoft Word and Excel? Solved!

A few weeks ago TEC-IT ( released the first version of the barcode add-in TBarCode Office. This initial release enabled Microsoft Word users to create and print more than 100 different bar code symbologies in documents and serial letters.


The update of TBarCode Office now supports Microsoft Excel in addition. Using barcodes with spreadsheets is just a matter of seconds, users benefit from the tightly integrated, convenient barcode task-pane.


  • Seamless Excel and Word integration
  • Unmatched barcode support
  • Serial letters and mailings
  • Single and multiple barcodes
  • For Office 2007 and 2010
  • Supports both 32- and 64 bit Microsoft Windows / Microsoft Office
TBarCode Office is the most advanced barcode add-in available on the market: it is very simple to use and provides all bar-code tuning options for professional applications!

Pre-Release Download: Final version as of 06/15/2010: Barcode Office Add-In TBarCode Office

Feedback is highly welcome!