Thanks David. All these solutions talk about a separate bar code scanner. I'd like to see a solution that utilizes the built-in camera of the Surface to read the bar codes Like it does in Filemaker Go on the iphone and ipad.
That way I can do it all with the Windows tablet rather than carrying an extra scanner with it.
Maybe a Filemaker Go app for Windows 8 would help (pretty sure that's not going to happen).
You'll need to acquire a scanner that works in KeyBoard Emulation mode. No one's created the necessary widget (as far as I know, anyway) that can use the surface pro's camera for this. If such were produced, I doubt that it would be very fast. Using an iOS device's camera doesn't scan very quickly as the camera has to "dial in" the focus before processing the image to interpret it as a bar code.
Since FM GO does not support plug ins, I'm a bit surprised to read:
I have added a plugin for bar code scanning in Filemaker Go
And if you are scanning with the camera, there is no need for added software or hardware to scan bar codes with an iOS device as the scanning capability is "built in", though some use a blue tooth enabled scanner in order to scan codes more quickly.
Sorry, I worded it wrong. I purchased the CNS Barcode plugin for Filemaker Pro to generate barcodes in a container field and to be able to print them out from a serial number.
You are correct that with Filemaker Go you don;t need a plugin to read a barcode.
I just found out that the CNS plugin doesn't just generate a bar code in a container field but it also allows you to create a script with the plugin that can scan a bar code with a USB web cam (and thus the built-in web cam of the Surface Pro) and return the results in a field from where other scripting can perform the actions.
I tried it with a PC and a USB web cam and it worked great. Have to charge my Surface to try it with that.