Can I store and print barcodes from my FileMaker database?
Updated: Mar 01, 2012
FileMaker Pro is suitable for use in conjunction with various barcodes and scanners.
You can print barcodes from FileMaker using special barcode fonts. Some fonts may also require a plug-in to be installed, which formats data to the font and calculates required checksums.
You can also create barcodes within FileMaker without barcode fonts*. This is a convenient implementation for developers because the complete barcode generator is provided as a single redistributable plug-in file.
To search for barcode plug-ins and software featured on our web site visit http://developer.filemaker.com/solutions and enter ‘Barcode’ in the ‘Search Solutions’ search box. If you are looking for a complete barcode solution, visit IntelliScanner Corporation for more information on their products.
*Requires 3rd party plug-in.
Bar Codes for FileMaker Pro
Home > Products > FileMaker Pro Barcode FAQ & Tutorial
You can do quite a lot with Filemaker using a barcode reader that functions in "keyboard emulation mode"--which is the most common setting for most such readers. And without needing a plug-in though for printing some types of barcodes a plug in can help supply the error checking digits that make up the last few digits of the code.
If you enter "barcode" into the search the forum box at the top of this screen, you should find a number of threads that discuss using bar code readers with Filemaker.
firstly, thank you for the suggestions,
I have already scanned the barcodes used by the manufacturer into my database, and understand that my barcode scanner works as a keyboard emulator. What i don't understand, and i can't find and answer for is this:
I have a Filed in my database called quantity in stock. I want to be able to lets say, scan 10 bottles of water, and the database then know it has 10 bottles of water in stock. e.g. Form ---> Barcode Field ---> upon entry of preassigned barcode form enters ----> this then adds one unit of stock to the quantity in stock field for the barcode I just scanned.
I really hope you guys can help, and that clarifies my question a bit better.
Please research the forum as advised. There are threads that discuss how you can set up that process.
First item is to determine how to configure your scanner to append characters to the beginning and end of the scanned data.
Then you use OnObjectkeytroke to set up a script to put the cursor where you need it in a global text field. If your scanner appends a character such as the tab character and you give this field an OnOBjectExit trigger, you can have a script that performs automatically the instant all the data is scanned into the field.
That script can then update your inventory each time you scan an item.