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Brand-New App Teaches Word and Excel How to Scan Barcodes
TEC-It is proud to announce its latest app for Android and iOS: Scan-IT to OfficeWith this scanner solution you read barcodes directly into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. All you need is a smartphone, Microsoft Office and an active internet connection. Now you are good to go! Smart cloud services allow single and multiple users to work on several documents at the same time. This works globally and regardless of your location. On-premise server solutions (private cloud) are available upon request.Scan-IT to Office Benefits:Extremely easy to useWorks anytime and anywhereSeamless integration into Microsoft Word and Microsoft ExcelFor Android and iOSMaximum privacy (no persistent data logging)No need for special hardware (barcode scanners, wires, etc.)Test the barcode-solution for free! The smartphone app is available in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iOS devices). The corresponding Office add-in can be downloaded from the Office Store.Try Scan-IT to Office today and scan barcodes into Word and Excel, anywhere and anytime!Check out tec-it.com/sto
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Create Ford GTL Labels for Free with the Online Label Generator
Ford Global Transport Labels (as of 2017) have recently become available in our Online Label Generator.Interested users can create 25 GTL labels with their own data for free. For additional requirements paid subscriptions are available. The GTL labels were designed by Ford Europe and we are pleased to support Ford’s suppliers with the online label service.Try the Online Label Generator for free!For further information, please contact sales@tec-it.com.?
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Scan-IT to Office: New App Scans Barcodes Directly Into Microsoft Office
Use your smartphone to scan barcodes directly into Microsoft Word and Excel documents.Smart cloud services transfer the data immediately to a document of your choice. This works globally and regardless of your location, single and multiple user scenarios are supported.Video is coming soon.Contact us for further information or visit our website!
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TEC-IT on Microsoft Office YouTube Channel!
The official Microsoft Office YouTube channel showcases TEC-IT's Office Add-in Symbols and Characters. This free add-in was developed by our team to simplify the use of special characters (umlauts, mathematical signs, currency symbols and many more) in your Office documents.Watch the Microsoft Office video "Symbols and Characters" for details:Stay tuned!We love the idea of Office add-ins and how they support office users in their daily work. We will soon publish another brand-new and outstanding add-in, which saves office users a lot of time and hassle. Keep your smartphone ready.Download Symbols and Characters Add-In for free at Office Store.Contact us for further information.
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NEW: Barcodescanner Keyboard V2.4.0 with simplified Auto Scan Function!
With TEC-IT’s Android soft-keyboard, you can scan barcodes into any app. The integrated camera barcode scanner can be opened with a single tap on a special key, the scanned bar-codes appear immediately – like entered manually - in the target app. With its improved automated barcode scanning function, Barcodescanner Keyboard is now much simpler to use!The latest version of Barcodescanner Keyboard includes the following improvements:•  Simplified Auto-Scan Function   An initial barcode-scan to start the auto-scan feature is not required anymore •  New Android Keyboard   Based on new Android Keyboard version LatinIME 7.1.1•  New app icons •  Fix: improved stability, crash fixesDownload Barcodescanner Keyboard for Android at Google Play or directly from our website.Please contact us for further information.
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Update: Rapid Inventory V2.6.0 released!
Rapid Inventory is a mobile app for android systems and supports stocktaking management and inventory control. With Rapid Inventory, you can create and manage inventory lists for up to 100 items completely free of charge!The update includes the following improvements:Improved Bluetooth scanner connectivity (completely rewritten code)Updated settings page for Bluetooth scanner connectionDownload it from Google Play Store or directly from our website. Please contact us for further information!
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NEW: TBarCode SDK available for Windows 10 IoT/Raspberry!
Our best-in-class Barcode Generator Software is now available for Windows 10 IoT Core systems. Therefore, TBarCode SDK can also be used on compact single board computers such as Raspberry Pi. With TBarCode SDK you are using a barcode generator software, which scores with its broad application possibilities.Fields of application:Embedded systemsKiosk applicationsSchool- and teaching applicationsDid you know: we give special discounts for schools and teaching facilities!TBarCode SDK Download (unlimited trial version) for Windows 10 IoT is free.Please contact us for further details.
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NEW: Create and Print Barcode Labels Online
We are happy to provide you with the newest version of our Online Label Generator. Create and print barcode- and industry labels in no time at all. You can start immediately, time-consuming label design efforts are not required!Test the free demo version of the Online Label Generator with a big number of standardized labels:VDA 4902AIAG LabelsVolkswagen GTLGeneral MotorsCaterpillarGS1 LabelsOdetteGaliaMAT LabelsDHL LabelsLTO Labels...Registered users save even more time! Registration is free of charge; you will receive 25 print jobs welcome credit. More advantages:printing data can be imported from CSV files,your data will be automatically saved for future print jobs, re-entering your data manually is not required,printing several labels at once is possible (serial printing, batch printing).YouTube-Video Tutorial: On our TEC-IT YouTube-Channel we introduce you to the new user interface and to the main functions of the Online Label Generator in a video:About TEC-ITTEC-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.
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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 V2.0FeaturesSome exciting features of this innovative keyboard app:Guided InstallationState-of-the-art keyboard layoutVoice recognition, suggestions, dictionaries, fast keyboard switchingMulti-language supportGuided installationConfigurable scanner keysQuicktext (custom text modules) supportIntegrated 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 filesRule-based scanner behavior, adjustable initial keyboard layoutUsing version 3.2 of the ZXing barcode scanner engineExternal barcode scanner supportFREE DemoBarcode 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:Free demo on Google Play: Barcode Keyboard DemoFull paid version on Google Play: Barcode Keyboard FullFree demo (ready for volume licensing) on tec-it.com: Barcode Keyboard (Volume License Ready)Basic OperationExtra Barcode Scanner KeysOnce 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 ManualBarcode Keyboard InstallationThe 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:Navigate to Android Settings -- Language & inputTap on Current Keyboard and select Barcode KeyboardFor 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 PreferencesVersatile OptionsUse 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 PreferencesCommonAdjust common look and feel options: show, hide or define function keys for barcode scanning, settings and quicktext modulesCamera ScannerAdjust 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/ExportThe 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. AboutThis 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 PreferencesThe common settings allow the adjustment of the following options:LanguagesDefines 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.PreferencesSet preferences like auto-capitalization, double-space period, vibrate on keypress and sound on keypress.Appearance & layoutsAdjust options like the theme (e.g. Material Light) and custom input stylesText correctionOptions 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 words, auto-correction, show correction suggestions, personalized suggestions, suggest contact names and next-word suggestions.AdvancedFor advanced options like keypress vibration duration and keypress sound volume.Video TutorialShooting is underway...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!
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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 HighlightsMultiple Device SupportA 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).TWedge V3 - Multiple DevicesNew Interface TypesTWedge 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.TWedge V3 - InterfacesNative Windows System ServiceThe 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 TemplatesTWedge 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.TWedge V3 - Data Acquisition Action TemplatesIntegrated Microsoft Excel SupportTWedge 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 ControlsAll aspects of the TWedge configuration can be password protected. Thereby, privacy and security are enhanced, user errors are reduced.Multiple Hotkeys and TimersFor each device multiple user-defined hotkeys and timer functions, both scriptable, can be configured. Versatile, High-Performance JavaScript EngineTWedge 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.TWedge V3 - Integrated JavaScriptLogging and DebuggingLog 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.
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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: EnhancementsThe TFORMer package was optimized to cover challenging bar code labeling requirements. Check out the major enhancements:New Ribbon MenuRibbon MenuThe 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 ToolbarsWhen 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 RotationShapes, text objects, bar codes and images can now be rotated by any angle.Snap LinesElements snap now automatically to each other. Creating clean, aligned and structured layouts is fun.New BarcodesSupport 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 PrintingThe 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 TemplatesTFORMer 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 FixesA 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 demoand enjoy an unlimited 10-day trial:TFORMer Designer V7.5 - Label Design and Printing SoftwareTFORMer SDK V7.5 - Labeling and Reporting SDK for DevelopersAbout 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.
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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 CouponsFor 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 SoftwareTEC-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 AssistantBarcode 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 WindowsBarcode Studio for Mac OS XAbout 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.
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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 ApplicationsPost-Processed QR CodeQR 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 BreezeUsing 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 DownloadDownload 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 StudioGerman language video: http://youtu.be/xfN8MDNHLhkIf you like the software share the download link on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter! Many thanks!About TEC-ITQR Code as Image MaskTEC-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.
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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.Using an external Bluetooth Barcode-Scanner with Rapid InventoryRelease HighlightsLabelsTag items with an arbitrary number of custom labels.Item FilterFilter the item list by assigned labels.Quantity ManagementItem quantities can be incremented and decremented by any amount.Import/ExportImproved import and export support for CSV, XML and Google Drive.Scanner SupportBarcode scanning with with external Bluetooth scanners or the built-in camera scanner.Available VersionsRapid 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.
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Be A Barcode Wizard with Barcode Studio!
+TEC-IT released the new version of Barcode Studio, the well-known bar code maker software.FeaturesBarcode 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 BarcodesUSPS Intelligent Mail Package Bar Code (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 CodeHan Xin 2D CodeThe 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.DotCodeDotCodeThe 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 DownloadBarcode 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.
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New 2D Codes: Han Xin Code & DotCode
The More, the Better!+TEC-IT extends its barcode products with the support of two new 2D symbologies. Both symbologies were officially released by the AIM, the association of automatic identification and mobility.Han Xin CodeHan Xin CodeThe first two-dimensional symbology is named Han Xin Code and was developed by AIM China.The Han Xin Code is optimized to encode Chinese characters while still being able to encode ASCII and numeric data. Han Xin code is also sometimes known under its old, unofficial name Chinese Sensible.Basic Han Xin FactsThe symbology is intended as the main two-dimensional (2D) symbology for applications and paper based communication in China.Variable size, matrix symbology with square modules.Square overall symbol shape (rectangular shapes are not possible).84 different symbol versions (sizes), ranging from 23x23 up to 189x189 modules.Standard code page is Latin 1, the alternative code page for Chinese characters is GB18030.Optimized to encode Chinese 2-byte and 4-byte characters.The symbology encodes a maximum of 7827 numeric characters, 4350 ASCII characters, 3261 binary bytes, 2174 common Chinese characters from region 1 or region 2, 1739 2-byte Chinese characters or 1044 4-byte Chinese symbols.4 user selectable error correction levels ranging from L1 (8% error correction capacity) up to L4 (30%) are available.Offers advanced features like octet byte encoding and ECI (Extended Channel Interpretation) support.AIM publication date: August 2011.The Han Xin code is in the public domain and free to use.Strong similarities with QR code symbols.DotCodeDotCodeThe second 2D symbology was invented by Dr. Andrew Longacre, Jr. and is named DotCode. DotCode is targeting industrial applications and is not simply just another 2D symbology. It is a 2-D bar code designed and uniquely suited for high-speed, on-demand printing on labels or directly on products, by ink-jet and lasers as used in direct part marking (DPM) applications.DotCode ImagesDotCode 15 linesThe sample symbols to the right all encode the URL http://www.tec-it.com. The size of the symbol can be varied as required.Basic DotCode factsDotCode 26 linesThe symbology is intended for industrial, high-speed marking with ink-jet or laser.Variable size, dot matrix symbology. It encodes data in an array of nominally disconnected dots arranged within a regular grid of possible locations.The overall symbol shape is adjustable, rectangular to nearly square shaped symbols are possible.The symbol size is theoretically unlimited but practically limited to appr. 124 modules (lines/columns).Standard code page is Latin 1.Ready for GS1 applications and suitable for encoding application identifiers (AIs).Advanced features like structured append and ECI (Extended Channel Interpretation) support are available.33% + 3 characters error correction capacity (not adjustable).AIM publication date: November 2012 (update).The DotCode is in the public domain, the symbologie itself is free to use.DotCode was designed to tolerate missing, extra or poorly-placed dots without sacrificing reading integrity.Free Demo DownloadThe first software product with support for Han Xin and DotCode is the barcode generator component TBarCode SDK -  free demo download.Other TEC-IT products will integrate these new 2-D symbologies within the next few weeks. Updates and new releases are planned for the- label printing software TFORMer Designer V7,- the barcode maker software Barcode Studio- and the Microsoft Office barcode add-in TBarCode Office.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.
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NEW: Cost-Saving Bluetooth Barcode-Scanner App
Wireless Barcode-ScannerTEC-IT is proud to publish a new Android app named Wireless Barcode Scanner. It is used as simple and cost-saving alternative to handheld Bluetooth barcode scanners. Scanned bar-codes are sent via Bluetooth to the connected PCWireless Barcode Scanner scans bar-codes with the built-in camera and transmits the data immediately via Bluetooth™ to your PC or Mac. Linear and 2-D codes are supported.Additional software is not required. The scanned bar codes are available immediately via a virtual serial port (COM or RS232 port) on your computer using standard tools.FeaturesWireless Barcode Scanner is extremely easy to setup and use. Just pair your computer with your Android and scan bar-codes remotely. That's it.The app detects and decodes common linear and 2D bar-codes fast and reliable.Wireless Barcode Scanner is able to scan bar-codes in single-shot or batch mode. In single-shot mode barcodes are scanned one by one, in batch-mode the app scans barcodes automatically until interrupted by the user.No data loss! The app logs all scanned barcodes locally on the device for later (re-)sending.The Bluetooth connection state or failed bar-code scans are signaled to the user immediately.Wireless Barcode Scanner works as Bluetooth Master (supporting SPP - Serial Port Profile). Once paired with the computer, the barcode data can be read with standard software tools from a so-called virtual serial port (RS232 or COM-port).The app is available for enterprise licensing (no Google Play account required). Contact TEC-IT for details.Last but not least, Wireless Barcode Scanner supports adjustable barcode prefixes, barcode suffixes and decoder character sets.User ManualIn order to use your Android as Bluetooth barcode scanner you need to perform the steps listed below. This guide is valid for PC users, a short manual for Mac users is available in the Help menu of the app itself. On your Android: Activate Bluetooth Make your Android discoverable so it's visible to all nearby Bluetooth devices (see Android Settings)Start Wireless Barcode ScannerOn your PC: Click Add a device (see Control Panel)Wait a few seconds until your Android was discovered by the PCFollow the instructions to pair the devicesTo find out the assigned COM port number right click on the device in Devices and Printers, select Properties, switch to the Services tab and look for an entry named Serial port (SPP) BlueScannerUse your preferred program to capture the serial data, TEC-IT recommends the keyboard wedge software TWedge for professional data collection tasks.Please note: If Wireless Barcode Scanner was not started on your Android before pairing, the service Serial Port (SPP) BlueScanner remains unchecked and no COM port number will be assigned to the Bluetooth connection. In this case check the SPP-service and close the dialog with OK. Then retry step 7 above. DownloadQR-Code ScanningUse Google Play to install the free demo or to purchase the full version. For those without access to Google Play, the application package (APK) can be downloaded from TEC-IT's website. FeedbackTEC-IT appreciates product feedback and enhancement requests from users. Please contact us via email or comment this blog post.
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How to use Microvision ROV Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
Dealing with a Microvision ROV barcode scanner can be quite tricky. Of course, the device is scanning bar-codes immediately. But the data is sent in a special format and requires a confirmation by the receiver. That's the reason for this blog entry.By default the ROV scanner (in our case a MS2200-BT) buffers all scanned bar codes internally. The receiver (e.g. your PC or smartphone) is required to confirm each received bar code to delete it from the ROV's memory. If such a confirmation is missing the ROV scanner sends the same bar code over and over.The ROV scanner appends a 4 digit serialization number to each scanned bar-code. This serialization number is sent (along with the barcode data) to the receiver. The receiving device is required to acknowledge the bar-code by sending back the serialization number along with an appended ACK character (hex 06) to the ROV scanner.Now let's demonstrate how to configure TEC-IT's software wedge TWedge to work with a Microvision ROV scanner. Use a Microvision ROV Scanner With TWedgeTWedge is a software solution for reading data from RS232, USB (via virtual serial ports), TCP/IP and Bluetooth devices. The built-in scripting capabilities enable you to process the received data (e.g. send the data to any application by simulating keystrokes) or to implement the confirmation scenario outlined above.Use this JavaScript snippet for the OnData section in the script editor of TWedge (you may also download the TWI). TWedge OnData Script for Microvision ROV MS2200-BTvar myData;var SerializationNumber;myData = DATA.replace (/\x02/g, "");        // remove {STX}myData = myData.replace (/\x0D\x0A/g, "");  // remove {CRLF}// Microvision's documentation says the following://// The serialization number are represented by the last four digits of the bar code.// Send the serialization number with an ACK (hex 06) character to the// scanner to acknowledge and delete the bar code. If the scanner has bar// codes buffered then it sends the first stored bar code, deletes that// bar code after it is acknowledged, and then sends the next stored bar// code. This process continues until all bar codes have been sent.SerializationNumber = Right (myData, 4);WriteToDevice (SerializationNumber + "\x06", 500);  // Prepare the read data to simulate keystrokes (remove Serialization Number)myData = Left (myData, myData.length - 4);SendKeyStrokes(myData.replace (/\x00/g, " "));SendKeyStrokes("{ENTER}"); Give it a try!Download and check out the software wedge TWedge for free. The finished configuration file (TWI file) for this blog post is available here.Comments and suggestions regarding this article are welcome. Please feel free to contact us via MSN or email if you are facing any problems.UpdateThe post How to use a Microvision ROV bar-code scanner with Android explains how to configure the scanner to work without serial numbers, buffering or special protocol requirements. About TEC-ITWWW.TEC-IT.COMTEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, reporting and automated data acquisition. 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.
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Powerful Labeling & Reporting Software with only 20MB
TEC-IT releases version 7 of the label printing and reporting suite TFORMer! Performance and Usability The new version of this label printing and reporting tool combines unmatched functionality with high performance and small resource requirements. The download size of the complete package is about 20 MB and contains all features, no additional 3rd party software is required. StreamingTFORMer SDK version 7 supports so-called streaming: the required output is generated completely in-memory, no file system access is required. This feature dramatically improves output speed and is especially of interest if TFORMer SDK is used as backend for PDF creation in web services. For an example check out the online QR-Code business card generator of TEC-IT. New FeaturesLabel Setup WizardIn addition, TFORMer Designer V7 convinces through enhanced usability.The software provides a new and easy-to-use page and layout setup wizard. Standard labels or simple reports are created with a few clicks, well-known brand label templates (e.g. Avery®) are available.Besides German and English, the new version also offers a Spanish user interface. Rich Text with Super- and SubscriptTo meet sophisticated output requirements, V7 also supports super- and sub-scripting as well as adjustable soft-hyphenation for rich text elements. Full-featured bar-code printing capabilities for linear and 2D bar-codes are integrated seamlessly in the product. Product DownloadTFORMer Designer V7 can be downloaded from the company’s website www.tec-it.com. A 10-day test drive is available for free. TEC-IT’s provides tutorial videos on YouTube and is also available for product support via email, phone or remote conferencing at no charge. About TEC-ITTEC-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.
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Free 10 Day Trial for TEC-IT's Barcode Add-In for MS Office
TEC-IT will shortly release the new version 10.3.3 of the barcode add-in TBarCode Office. Free Eval for Office Barcode Add-InThe new release offers only a single - but very useful - highlight. Users interested in testing the product may now apply for a free and unlimited 10 day trial license. The evaluation license can be retrieved online and unlocks all product features. TEC-IT does not collect any personal data and does not ask questions. A single click is enough to apply for an evaluation license. About TBarCode Office10 Day Unlimited EvaluationThe barcode add-in TBarCode Office is intended solely for users of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Office 2007 or higher). It enables customers to quickly insert barcodes into any Word or Excel document. The barcode add-in integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Office and is extremely easy-to-use. A convenient barcode panel provides access to all bar code parameters - linear, GS1 or 2D barcodes are inserted into letters, mail merge documents, spreadsheets and barcode labels in no time at all. TBarCode Office creates and prints barcodes in perfect quality on all printers. The product supports more than 100 barcodes - linear bar codes, postal codes, GS1 DataBar and 2D codes. Free Release Candidate DownloadsA free pre-release is available for TBarCode Office V10.3.3. Check it out today! TBarCode Office can be used with 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Office 2007/2010.Download TBarCode Office Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 In case of questions or if you experience troubles please let us know: support@tec-it.com. Thanks. About TEC-ITWWW.TEC-IT.COMTEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, reporting and automated data acquisition. 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.
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New: Barcode Studio Creates Mobile Tagging QR-Codes with Shortened URLs
Data List with Shortened URLsVersion 12 of TEC-IT's barcode maker software will be released shortly. This post introduces the built-in URL shortener capabilities of the Barcode Studio update.The new URL shortening feature provides 3 main benefits:Dramatically Reduced QR-Code SizeURL shortening means squeezing a long URL into a shorter one. This is important when creating mobile tagging QR-Codes for vCards, meCards, SPARQcodes, etc. With URL shortening you reduce the amount of data to be encoded. Smaller, better readable, easier-to-share QR-Codes are the result.Free QR-Code TraceabilityURL shortening providers like Google (http://goo.gl) and Bitly (http://bit.ly) offer simple and free tracking features. More on this below.Data Import AssistantBatch URL ShorteningThe data import assistant of Barcode Studio is able to shorten thousands of URLs with a single click. Shortened URLsYou are not familiar with shortened URLs? Let me give you an example: A typical URL looks like this: http://www.tec-it.com/software/barcode-software/barcode-creator/barcode-studio/Default.aspxIn total this example URL requires 91 characters. By shortening this URL you will get the following results:http://goo.gl/fnBby(when shortened with Google's URL shortener service http://goo.gl)http://bit.ly/c1ZTRO(when shortened with http://bit.ly)The shortened URL requires only 19 (or 20) characters and still points to the same target URL. Just try it out by clicking on them! QR-Code TrackingA shortened URLs provide an easy way to analyze the usage of the codes. Whenever a shortened URL is used to visit a web-page the shortening provider tracks this event. It does not matter if the user scanned the code with a smart phone, simply clicked on it in a twitter status message or entered the shortened URL manually into the address bar of the browser. At the time being both providers offer publicly visible tracking statistics for free.For Google's shortener service you get the tracking statistics by simply adding ".info" to the shortened URL: http://goo.gl/fnBby.info. When using Bitly just add the plus sign: http://bit.ly/c1ZTRO+Privacy notice: Take care - the tracking statistics are usually publicly visible to everyone! Free Release Candidate DownloadsA free pre-release is available for Barcode Studio on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Check it out!Download Barcode Studio for Microsoft WindowsDownload Barcode Studio for Mac OS X About TEC-ITSecret QR-CodeTEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, reporting and automated data acquisition. 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.
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Update! Barcode Maker Software for QR-Code vCards and More
vCard Data ImportCheck out this post to learn more about the new features of Barcode Studio V11.6.With Barcode Studio you quickly create high-quality bar code images for pre-press requirements and desktop publishing applications. More than 100 different linear and 2D codes are supported by this software!The new release focuses on bar-code creation for mobile tagging with vCard and meCard QR codes and provides enhanced label printing features.Features and Enhancements in DetailQR-Code vCard AssistantMobile Tagging2D codes for mobile tagging are now using the lowest possible error correction level. This minimizes the size of the generated barcodes.Intelligent Data ImportIt is possible to import predefined data formats for vCard, vCalendar, meCard, etc. in a structured way. This is especially helpful for mass-creation of business card bar-codes.Copy Counter for Label PrintingThe user can specify how many identical copies of a single label should be printed.ISBN / ISSN / ISMNThe data assistant now makes it easier to enter codes in ISBN, ISSN, and ISMN format.Pixel ShavingFor 2D codes like QR-Code or Data Matrix, the pixel shaving algorithm was improved.AppearanceThe appearance of several dialogs was improved.Bug FixesLabel preview crash was fixed.The check for the bar code sizes was improved.Fixed the wrong display of the number of errors in the data list.Free Trial with 10 Days Unlimited LicenseDemo downloads are available for Mac OS X and for Microsoft Windows. Check them out today!Barcode Studio for Mac OSBarcode Studio for Microsoft WindowsThe above downloads are FINAL releases (as of 07/25/2011) - have fun!About TEC-ITTEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH provides high quality software in the areas of bar-coding, barcode extensions for ERP systems, label and form printing, reporting and automated data acquisition. 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.
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NEW: Use Android for Data Acquisition with PCs or MACs
New Version!As of today the new version of GetBlue, an Android app for automated data aquisition, is available.GetBlue collects device data in the background and forwards captured data to adjustable destinations. The following devices and interfaces are supported in V2.8:Bluetooth SPP (server and client mode), TCP/IP sockets (server and client mode), HTTP,3rd party camera scanners like the app Barcode Scanner from ZXing Captured device data can be displayed, saved, uploaded or forwarded to adjustable target devices or target applications (PCs with Microsoft Windows, MAC computers, Google Docs spreadsheets, other Bluetooth devices, web applications, ...), files on the SD card, or injected into 3rd party applications (software wedge mode).Highlights of the new Version:Bluetooth server supportPrevious GetBlue versions worked exclusively in Bluetooth client mode. Client mode is required to connect to other Bluetooth servers like a Bluetooth barcode scanner. The new Bluetooth server mode can now be used for establishing PC connections: Data captured or scanned with the Android device can automatically sent to a PC for further processing. Server mode is supported for TCP/IP connections as well.Licensing without Android MarketFor users without access to Android Market or for bulk-licensing requirements GetBlue can now be licensed by manually installing license certificates. In order to use this feature you need to download GetBlue from tec-it.com and contact TEC-IT for a certificate (price on request). Please note that the version available on Android Market does not support manual licensing.Transparent ProxyAs mentioned above GetBlue works as transparent proxy between devices and/or protocols. Data from a Bluetooth device can be forwarded via TCP/IP or HTTP. This behavior is freely adjustable by means of data-source and data-sink configuration.Give it a try!Download GetBlue from Android market or from TEC-IT.COM. TEC-IT supports this app, in case of questions, problems or feature requests just get in touch with us!About TEC-ITAbout TEC-ITTEC-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 and report generator software. 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.
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Create Popular QR Codes for Mobile Tagging and vCard Business Cards
Latest TEC-IT Press ReleaseAustria, TEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbH (tec-it.com), leading vendor of AUTO-ID and bar code software presents a brand new feature for the popular barcode maker software Barcode Studio.“QR codes are becoming more and more popular. Especially the increasing need in marketing and mobile tagging is causing a rise in demand for 2D barcodes. In light of this development TEC-IT is responding with its new version of Barcode Studio.” (Guenter Kriegl, CEO of TEC-IT )Mobile Tagging, vCard Business Cards and MoreQR-Code vCardCreating 2D bar-codes for electronic business cards with vCard and meCard formats is simplified dramatically: The brand new assistant leads you through the data input with a multifunctional dialog box, the user just enters the contact details and the assistant takes care of generating the 2D barcode with the correct data formatting. No special knowledge is needed. What’s more, mobile tagging barcodes for events, Android Market search, WiFi networks, Twitter tweets, LinkedIn profiles and Facebook likes are supported for the user’s convenience as well.Even industrial applications benefit from the intuitive assistant: Create GS1 barcodes by using predefined application identifiers (so called AIs) quickly and without any special skills. Barcode Studio inserts the FNC1 delimiter characters automatically.Try and TestBarcode Studio V11 can be downloaded from TEC-IT’s website www.tec-it.com. A completely free and unlimited 10-day test drive is available. The bar code maker software is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and UNIX. Enjoy the product videos on YouTube.com to learn more about Barcode StudioPlease ContactSusan EnzenhoferTEC-IT Datenverarbeitung GmbHHans-Wagnerstrasse 6A-4400 Steyr - Austria, EUROPEEmailoffice@tec-it.comTelephone/FaxT ++43 (0)7252 72720F ++43 (0)7252 7272077
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"Tag it Easy" - vCard and meCard QR-Codes!
A new version of the barcode creator software Barcode Studio is on the way!What’s New?Barcode Studio V11.5 introduces a new data input assistant. This special feature simplifies the creation of 2D codes for mobile tagging and electronic business cards (so-called vCard and meCard barcodes) dramatically.With Barcode Studio V11.5 you are able to create more than 100 different linear, postal, GS1 and 2D barcode symbologies. The barcodes can be printed on simple labels or exported as bitmap or vector image files. Batch barcode creation with external data is supported.2D Codes for Mobile TaggingvCard Data Input AssistantvCard and meCard QR-codes are used to encode contact details of a business card (like name, address, email, phone-number ...) in a 2D barcode symbol. When scanning such a barcode with a smartphone (camera and suitable scanner software is required of course), the data is automatically entered into the address book of the phone. No manual typing or copy/paste is required.Try it Yourself - Scan the Code!vCard and meCard barcodes encode the contact details in a certain format. The new data input assistant of Barcode Studio takes care of the right formatting. In order to create readable barcodes you just enter the contact data (see screen shot) and Barcode Studio creates the correct code. You do not need to know the details.In addition the above mentioned vCard and meCard codes, Barcode Studio allows you to create 2D codes for mobile tagging applications. Currently supported are barcodes for sending text messages (SMS), phone calls, Twitter tweets, Facebook likes and profiles, LinkedIn contacts and profiles, Wi-Fi access and events (vCalendar). In future versions of Barcode Studio this list will be extended as appropriate.GS1 DataBar - Application Identifier SupportGS1 Application Identifier AssitantUsers of the GS1 DataBar or GS1-128 barcode symbologies benefit from the data input assistant as well. Barcode Studio provides a searchable list of the available application identifiers (AIs) and ensures that the rules for a correct GS1 barcode are met. Application identifiers are used to designate the encoded data. More than hundred AIs are in common use (e.g. AI 10 designates the LOT number, AI 11 the production date ...). Barcode Studio also takes care to separate multiple AIs in a single barcode with the Function Code 1 (FNC1).DownloadBarcode StudioVideoQuestions or Suggestions?Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Simply write us an email (support@tec-it.com), give us a call (++43 7252 72720, time zone GMT+1) or visit www.tec-it.com!
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