2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2015 4:02 AM by evanpan

    Barcode Help



      Barcode Help


      I am relatively new to FileMaker and want to start using barcodes. Here are the two things I would like to do:

      1) Be able to scan a barcode and have a corresponding field pop up to enter data

      2) Scan a barcode that corresponds to a specific number and have it be entered into a data field.

      I would greatly appreciate some guidance for how to approach this including the script I need to write and what plug-ins are the best if needed.

        • 1. Re: Barcode Help

          1) And what hardware will you use to scan that bar code? This can be done with a scanner that you connect to a USB port. This can be one that must be connected while scanning or one that you can "roam" a location scanning bar codes that you later down load to the computer. It can also be an iPhone or iPad using the device's camera or there are blue tooth scanners you can use with those devices to scan bar codes.

          So this is possible, but you need to consider what equipment best fits your needs.

          2) USB scanners typically function in "Keyboard Emulation Mode". This means that the bar code is automatically input into the computer just as though you typed the equivalent text from a keyboard. So to scan a bar code into FileMaker with such a device you need only put the cursor into a field and then scan a bar code.

          iOS devices using FM GO would use their integral cameras to scan a bar code using the Insert From Device script step. I believe that most blue tooth scanners will emulate a blue tooth keyboard, but I have not used such hardware so I could be wrong.

          If using a USB scanner, you may find this thread to be of interest: Need help writing script to integrate barcode scanning

          • 2. Re: Barcode Help


            When it comes to barcode issue, I wonder do you have any recommendation about barcode scanning? Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.




            Best regards,