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NEW: Store Remotely Collected Data in Databases

2019/10/01 | Scan-IT to Office + Smart Database Connector
Data Collection into Databases

Scan-IT to Office, TEC-IT's popular product suite for simple and fast mobile data acquisition, has been extended by a new tool, the Smart Database Connector. This extension stores remotely collected data in real time in databases, it's the ideal solution for building a 24/7 data collection system which operates completely unattended.

Smart Database Connector

Data is captured as usual with the Scan-IT to Office App on your smartphone or tablet. The Smart Database Connector stores the collected data in any SQL database accessible via ODBC (e.g. Microsoft Access, SQL Server, SQL Express, Oracle, etc.). This tool is installed on Microsoft Windows desktop computers or servers and runs as system service in the background.

Just Try It Out!

  • Scan-IT to Office App
    The mobile app is available for Android and iOS in the respective stores. For volume licensing requirements, TEC-IT offers a special bulk version of the app.
  • Scan-IT to Office Tools
    + The Smart Database Connector for Microsoft Windows offers unattended data acquisition capabilities for databases accessible via ODBC.
    + The Smart Keyboard Wedge for PCs/Macs enables data acquisition with arbitrary Windows/macOS applications by simulating keystrokes (data appears in the target application as manually typed by the user on the keyboard).
  • Scan-IT to Office Add-Ins
    Additional add-ins for Microsoft Office (Word/Excel), Google Sheets and Google Chrome ensure seamless operation with documents, spreadsheets and browser-based apps.

The Scan-it IT to Office Tools and Add-Ins are free to use for subscribers of the Scan-IT to Office app.

For further information, visit our product web page: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

Update: Swiss QR Code and EPC QR Code for Payments

2019/09/18 | Online Barcode Generator
Online Barcode Generator with Customizable Banking Codes

TEC-IT’s popular Online Barcode Generator, available on barcode.tec-it.com, was recently updated with improved QR codes for the banking and payment sector. In addition to an enhanced EPC QR Code (for SEPA payment transactions), the Swiss QR Code can now be generated online for free. These are the improvements in detail:

EPC QR Code
An easy to use input form for the required data fields (receiver, payment information, reference, creditor) was introduced.

Swiss QR Code (V2.0)
The Swiss QR Code is now available in three additional formats. Select between:

Try the free Online Barcode Generator today! In case of questions, please contact us, we are glad to help you out.

STRIKING: Scanner Keyboard V3 Adds OCR to Any App!

2019/09/03 | Scanner Keyboard V3.0
Scanner Keyboard with Selective Barcode Scanning and OCR

Scanner Keyboard (formerly Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard), TEC-IT's Android keyboard with integrated scanners for barcodes, text and NFC tags underwent a major reengineering. The new version centers on user requested improvements and thus further enhances productivity and accuracy. These are the highlights:

  • NEW: Text Recognition (OCR)
    The integrated text scanner (OCR), converts camera images to text within seconds. Typewriting text is a thing of the past. Just take a picture of a document (invoice, bill, shipping label, etc.) - Latin-based text in this document is detected automatically and inserted into arbitrary target apps for further editing or immediate use.
  • NEW: Selective Barcode Scanning
    Users are now able to choose between two integrated camera barcode scanners. The Traditional Barcode Scanner as used in previous versions is ideal for older phone models. The newly introduced Advanced Barcode Scanner provides selective barcode scanning, a very valuable feature if multiple bar­codes are visible in the scan view: Just tap on the barcode of interest to scan it.
  • NEW: In-Screen Camera Selection and Flashlight Switch
    Activate the flashlight or switch between front and back camera while scanning. This simplifies work under suboptimal scanning conditions.

Test the Scanner Keyboard for Free!

The Scanner Keyboard is available for Android 4.0 and higher. The advanced barcode scanner and the text recognition feature (OCR) are supported from Android 5.0 onward (requires installed Google Play services). Download the app directly from Google Play, using one of the the following links:

Further Information

Visit the product web page for further information. In case of questions or feedback, please contact us!

NEW BETA: Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard Gets Savvy

2019/06/18 | Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard Beta
Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard with new scan engine

A brand-new beta version of the Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard, TEC-IT's popular Android soft-keyboard with integrated camera barcode scanner and NFC tag reader, is now available for public testing!

Besides further improvements, users can now choose between two integrated scan-engines. The new scanner engine is based on Google ML Kit and provides these cool features and enhancements:

  • Selective Barcode Scanning
    Scan the barcode of interest by simply tapping on it (very helpful if multiple barcodes are visible in the scan view)
  • Handling
    Improved barcode scanner with camera switch and flashlight buttons
  • Autofocus
    Improved autofocus functionality

Try it Today

Download the app directly from Google Play using the following links:

Your Feedback is Appreciated

Visit the product web page for further information: https://tec-it.com/bsk. In case of questions, please contact us!

Label Printing Portal with Custom Layouts

2019/03/28 | Online Label Generator
Create and print ready-to-use industry and transportation labels

TEC-IT’s Online Label Generator offers label printing services with ready-to-use industry label templates as web service. The latest update of this online labeling service, now allows the use of custom label layouts.

How Do I Create My Own Layouts?

  1. Install TFORMer Designer, our professional labeling software with full barcode support, on your PC.
  2. Create the desired label layout using TFORMer Designer.
  3. Save the layout as ZIP or TFZ file (File -> Save As).
    Note: .TFZ files will be supported by the upcoming TFORMer Designer V8.
  4. Upload it to your Online Label Generator account. Custom layouts are available immediately after upload.
  5. To print your layouts, just provide the variable label data.

Try It Yourself!

Create your Online Label Generator evaluation account for free: https://label.tec-it.com. In case of questions, please contact us!

Data Acquisition App with Adjustable Image Sizes

2019/03/04 | Scan-IT to Office V3.4.0 (Android)
Barcode Scanner App Transfers Captured Image in Different Sizes

Scan-IT to Office, TEC-IT's smart barcode scanning and data collection solution for desktop applications, was recently updated. Among further enhancements, the Android version of the app provides an improved camera image support: Now users can take or insert pictures in four different sizes! Image support is available for the following destinations:

  • Microsoft Word/Excel for Windows (2016 or newer)
  • Microsoft Word/Excel for Mac (15.20 or newer)
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Google Sheets

The Scan-IT to Office app is available for Android and iOS. The required Scan-IT to Office add-in is available for Microsoft Office (Word/Excel), Google Sheets and Google Chrome.

For further information, please visit our product web page: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

CMYK Support for Barcode Studio

2019/02/13 | Barcode Studio V15.12.0
Barcode Creation with PDF CMYK Support

Barcode Studio, TEC-IT's popular barcode generator for high-quality barcode images, has been currently updated. In addition to other improvements, bar codes can now be exported as PDF in CMYK color format, which will especially please users from the graphic design, pre-press and printing sectors.

What's New?

  • CMYK Support for PDF Export
    - PDF documents are now exported using CMYK colors
    - Color overprinting is now supported
  • Dark Mode Support on macOS Mojave
    Improved dark mode support on macOS Mojave (full support coming soon)
  • Using TBarCode Library 11.8.1

For more details, see the Barcode Studio version history.

For existing users of Barcode Studio version 15 and for customers with a valid maintenance agreement, this update is free of charge: Download Barcode Studio V15.12.0. In case of questions, please contact us.

Improved: Capture Images in Higher Resolution

2019/01/14 | Scan-IT to Office V3.5.0 (iOS)
Barcode Scanner App Transfers Captured Image to Desktop Computer

With Scan-IT to Office, TEC-IT's barcode scanner and data acquisition solution, you capture barcodes, images, GPS location data or manually entered values with Microsoft Word & Excel, Google Sheets and Google Chrome.

The recently updated Scan-IT to Office App for iOS provides an improved camera image support: Now you can take pictures in four different sizes, which can be set in the form editor. For Android users, this feature is currently available as a beta version - Just contact us!

Image support is available for the following applications:

  • Microsoft Word/Excel for Windows (2016 or later)
  • Microsoft Word/Excel for Mac (15.20 or later)
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Google Sheets

Just Try It Out!

Scan-IT to Office is available for iOS in the App Store and for Android on Google Play. The corresponding Scan-IT to Office add-in is available for Microsoft Office (Word/Excel), Google Sheets and Google Chrome in the respective stores.

For further information, visit our product webpage: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

Update: Barcode Generator for Software Developers

2018/11/26 | TBarCode SDK 11.8.0

With TBarCode SDK, TEC-IT's versatile barcode generator and printing software for Microsoft® Office users and software developers, you create and print all barcode symbologies for industrial and commercial use. The latest update of TBarCode SDK includes the following improvements for a better usability:

  • Bar Width Reduction Settings
    Horizontal and vertical bar width reduction settings are now separately adjustable
  • Various Relevant Bug Fixes
    - Data Matrix: fixed a FNC1 encoding bug
    - Microsoft®Excel®: fixed a bug that resulted in invisible barcodes
    - USPS Intelligent Mail Package: fixed an error message problem

For further improvements and fixes, see TBarCode SDK version history.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TBarCode SDK. In case of questions contact us.

Barcode Studio Hotfix for Online Licensing

2018/11/22 | Barcode Studio V15.11.0
Barcode Studio Hotfix for Online Licensing

In older Barcode Studio versions there may be problems with online activation under Windows (a "SSL Context" error is displayed). Background is a security update in the activation server: Due to the change in the connection buildup older Barcode Studio versions can no longer connect to the server.

Solutions

  • Update your Barcode Studio installation to Version 15.11 or later. After that you can continue to use the online activation (as usual). Please consider proxy and firewall settings in your network. You can download the hotfix update for the online activation here: Download Barcode Studio Update.
  • If you do not have a license for version 15 or want to use an earlier version, you can use manual licensing as an alternative. This does not require online access to the activation server. If you do not have your license data at hand for manual licensing, please contact us with information about the licensee.

New: Mobile Data Collection for Google Chrome

2018/11/13 | Scan-IT to Office Google Chrome Extension
Scan Barcodes Straight into Web Applications

TEC-IT is proud to announce Google Chrome support for Scan-IT to Office:
Now you can insert captured data directly into any website!

Scan-IT to Office is an efficient solution for mobile data collection and barcode scanning with real-time cloud connectivity. This app turns your Android or iOS device into a powerful data acquisition tool - captured barcodes, locations or manually entered values are forwarded immediately to arbitrary target documents. The following destinations are supported:

Scan-IT to Office is available for iOS in the App Store and for Android on Google Play. The corresponding Scan-IT to Office add-in is available for Microsoft Office (Word/Excel), Google Sheets and Google Chrome in the respective stores.

For further information, visit our product webpage: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

New: Word/Excel Barcode Add-In for Office 2019

2018/10/30 | TBarCode Office V10.9.0
TBarCode Office now supports Office 2019

TBarCode Office is TEC-IT's comprehensive barcode add-in for easy bar-code creation in Microsoft® Word and Excel®. The latest version of this helpful tool is now compatible with Microsoft Office 2019!

What's New?

  • Microsoft Office 2019 Compatibility
    TBarCode Office now works with Microsoft Word 2019 and Microsoft Excel 2019.
  • Stability Improvements
    Now bar codes are embedded as EMF pictures instead of ActiveX® Controls. This means less system resources and more stability! For an easy transition to EMF barcodes, TBarCode Office provides a conversion wizard.
  • Further Improvements
    - Last values from barcode settings are retained
    - Checks for updates automatically
    - New button Refresh Barcodes

For further improvements and fixes, please see TBarCode Office Version History.

For a free trial, download TBarCode Office today. Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement. In case of questions, please contact us.

Improved: Mobile Data Collection with Cloud Connectivity

2018/10/23 | Scan-IT to Office
Mobile Data Collection with Cloud Connectivity

Scan-IT to Office is an efficient solution for mobile data acquisition with real-time cloud connectivity to Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft® Word and Google Sheets.

With this mobile app you capture barcodes, texts, numbers, locations or images with any Android or iOS device. Cloud services deliver the collected data immediately to documents on your desktop computer. The latest versions of Scan-IT to Office now includes the following enhancements:

Scan-IT to Office V3.3.1 (iOS)

  • Improved User Interface
    The app provides a redesigned toolbar for better usability
  • Improved Form Editor
    Form fields now have the option to remember the last entered value
  • Simplified Pairing For New Users
    The pairing wizard opens automatically when starting the app for the first time

Scan-IT to Office V3.2.0 (Android)

  • New Input Form Field Type
    Added Location as new field type for input forms
  • Android 4 Support
    Input forms are now compatible with Android 4.4
  • Various Minor Bug Fixes

Scan-IT to Office is available for iOS in the App Store and for Android on Google Play. The corresponding add-in for Word/Excel can be installed for free from Microsoft AppSource. The add-on for Google Sheets users is available for free in the Chrome Webstore.

For further information, see the product webpage: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard: Become a Beta Tester!

2018/09/17 | Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard Beta

Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard, TEC-IT's popular soft-keyboard with intregrated camera barcode scanner for Android, was recently updated as a beta version.

What's New?

  • Support for Inverted Barcodes
    Now it is possible to scan inverted barcodes (bright barcode on dark background)
  • Updated Scan Engine
    Barcode/NFC Scanner Keyboard now uses ZXing barcode library 3.3.3
  • Improved Autofocus
    Additional useful settings are available

We invite users to try this pre-release: Download Barcode/NFC Scanner Beta. Your feedback is appreciated!

Visit the product web page for further information: https://tec-it.com/bsk. In case of questions, please contact us!

UPDATE: Data Collection Software TWedge

2018/09/06 | TWedge V3.5.0
TWedge with new JavaScript  features

TWedge is a scriptable data collection software that extends apps, databases, Office applications and ERP systems with real-time data acquisition. The latest version of this smart data collection solution offers new JavaScript functions for accessing the file system:

  • FindFiles
    This function allows the user to list files in a directory.
  • GetFileInfo
    This function allows the user to get additional file information.

For a demonstration of these new functions, please refer to the samples section in the script reference of TWedge.

Updates are free for users of the same major version and for owners of an active maintenance agreement: Download TWedge.

In case of questions, please contact us, we appreciate your feedback!

Field Data Collection with Custom Forms

2018/09/05 | Scan-IT to Office V3.1.0 (Android)
Barcode Scanner App with Form Editor

The latest version of Scan-IT to Office, TEC-IT's mobile app for cloud-based data acquisition with Microsoft™ Word, Excel™ and Google Sheets, now provides an editor for custom data collection forms. With this feature, almost any data collection scenario can be covered. Users have the opportunity to create arbitrarily complex input forms, no additional costs are incurred.

Scan-IT to Office is available for Android (Google Play) and iOS (App Store). The corresponding add-in for Word/Excel can be installed for free from Microsoft AppSource. The add-on for Google Sheets users is available for free in the Chrome Webstore.

For further information, see the product webpage: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

TEC-IT Software for NGO in Cambodia

2018/09/04 | Taramana NGO
Taramana Project

TEC-IT is glad to support social, cultural and charitable organizations. As a current project, we would like to introduce the French-Cambodian NGO Taramana. This organization supports education and improves the lives of about 200 children living in the underprivileged Boeng Salang area located north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In order to manage student attendance at their education center, they use the GetBlue app and TWedge for data collection. TBarCode Office is used for barcode printing.

Here you will find a video of this project. We thank the organization for providing it.

You can find out more about Taramana and support them here.

Customize Your Personal Data Collection App!

2018/08/14 | Scan-IT to Office Beta Version (Android)
Scan Barcodes, Images & More into Word and Excel

Scan-IT to Office, TEC-IT's intuitive, cloud-based data collection and barcode scanner solution for Microsoft™ Word, Excel™ and Google Sheets, was currently released as a beta version for Android devices. This new version provides an input form editor for creating custom forms.

We invite Android users to try this pre-release: Download Scan-IT to Office Beta. Your feedback is appreciated!

The iOS version of this app is already in productive use and can be downloaded from the App Store. The corresponding free add-in is available for Word/Excel on Microsoft AppSource and for Google Sheets in the Chrome Webstore.

Visit the product webpage for further information: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.

"Jugend forscht" - Sensor for Harvesting Robot

2018/08/09 | TWedge Data Acquisition Software
Gesamtschule Zeuthen/Berlin

As a part of the project "Jugend forscht", students from the Gesamtschule Zeuthen near Berlin (Germany), have developed a sensor for a fruit picking robot. In this project, TEC-IT's universal data collection software TWedge plays an important role.

A computer network of five WiFi-enabled Arduinos and TWedge as a client, control two line-cameras on goniometers (see picture). These provide a stereoscopic image of the scene and allow to determine the position and size of a fruit. Angle parameters are sent to an Excel sheet via TWedge. Mentioned parameters are calculated and commands are given.

We are happy to support young, innovative projects. If you also need help with a project, just contact us!

Word/Excel Add-In: Troubleshooting Stability Problems

2018/08/03 | TBarCode Office Beta Version
TBarCode Office Troubleshooting Stability Problems

Problem:
Since some recent Windows and Office updates (e.g. Windows 10 version 1803), TBarCode Office may experience stability problems in Microsoft Office.

Intermediate Workaround:
As an intermediate workaround it may help to put Word or Excel with the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter of Windows 10 into compatibility mode.

Solution Pre-Release:
We are are also working on a stable solution connected with other major improvements: Our goal is to replace all embedded ActiveX Controls in the document with EMF pictures, this should result in better stability and performance. A pre-release for the upcoming version 10.9.0 already features those improvements.

We invite users with stability problems in Microsoft Word or Excel to try this pre-release: Download TBarCode Office 10.9 Beta from here.

Your feedback is appreciated!


IMPORTANT: Backup your documents or use working copies when trying this beta version. This is especially important if you convert your barcodes to EMF images (conversion wizard). Using backups, you can go back to the previous version in case of problems.

Barcode Creator with CMYK Support for Adobe Illustrator

2018/08/01 | Barcode Studio V15.10.0
Barcode Creation with CMYK Support

Barcode Studio, TEC-IT's popular barcode generator software for high-quality barcode creation, has been currently updated. In addition to other improvements, the generated barcodes can now be exported in CMYK color format for graphic applications like Adobe® Illustrator®.

What's new?

  • CMYK Support
    Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) are now exported using CMYK colors
  • Custom Size Labels
    Create labels in custom page sizes up to 9999 mm
  • Input Assistant for GS1 Data
    Improved descriptions for application identifiers (AIs) with a variable decimal point position
  • Using TBarCode Library 11.7.3

For further improvements, see Barcode Studio version history.

For existing users of Barcode Studio Version 15 and for customers with a valid maintenance agreement, this update is free of charge: Download Barcode Studio V15.10.0. In case of questions, please contact us.

New Label Templates Published

2018/07/30 | Online Label Generator
Create and print industry and transportation labels

TEC-IT's Online Label Generator provides the ability to create and print ready-to-use industry and transportation labels with just a few clicks.
This online service now includes the following new label templates:

Just try the Online Label Generator for free: https://label.tec-it.com. In case of questions, please contact us!

Barcode Maker Software with Improved Command Line Mode

2018/07/10 | Barcode Studio V15.9.3

Barcode Studio, TEC-IT's fast and convenient barcode creator software for Microsoft Windows and macOS was recently updated with the following enhancements and bug fixes:


Command Line Mode
  • Improved performance
  • New command line argument for units of measurements
  • Apply additional command line parameters for barcode data, width and height in graphics mode
  • Possibility to generate multiple barcodes into a single PDF file
  • Quiet zones in command line mode are now handled correctly
New Page Setup Dialog
  • The usability has been improved and a new page setup dialog was implemented in the label view.
TBarCode Library 11.7.1
  • Barcode Studio is now using TBarCode Library 11.7.1

For more details see Barcode Studio Version History.

For existing users of Barcode Studio V15 and for customers with a valid maintenance agreement, this update is free of charge: Download Barcode Studio V15.9.3. In case of questions, please contact us!

Ready-To-Use Industry and Transportation Labels

2018/07/09 | Online Label Generator
Create and print ready-to-use industry and transportation labels

With the Online Label Generator, TEC-IT's online label printing solution, you generate and print ready-to-use industry and transportation labels in a few steps!
The latest update of this service includes the following changes:


Privacy
  • Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have been updated according the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
  • According to the Terms of Use, inactive accounts (no login for over 12 months) may be automatically deleted without further notice (does not apply to active subscriptions).
General Label Printing Features
  • New field Counter
    Indicates the number of times a label was printed (number of print jobs)
  • New field Printed at
    Indicates the last time a label was printed

Just try the Online Label Generator for free: https://label.tec-it.com. In case of questions, please contact us!

Maintenance Update: Mobile Data Acquisition App

2018/06/28 | Wireless Barcode Scanner V3.0.4
Scan Barcodes, Images & More with Wireless Barcode Scanner

Wireless Barcode Scanner, TEC-IT's professional barcode scanner and data acquisition app for Android now provides further unique features: in addition to barcodes, you can capture text fields, quantities and even images!

What's new?

  • New input forms with multiple fields (barcodes, photos, texts, numbers)
  • Less power consumption (permanent camera preview was removed)
  • Improved user interface and fixes
  • Redesigned app icons

Just give it a try!

Wireless Barcode Scanner is available on Google Play or can be downloaded directly from the website. In case of questions, please contact us.

Barcode Scanner for Google Sheets

2018/06/20 | Scan-IT to Office
Scan Data Straight into Google Sheets

TEC-IT is proud to announce Google Sheets support for Scan-IT to Office!

Scan-IT to Office is a smart, cloud-based data acquisition and barcode scanner solution that turns your smartphone or tablet into a remote data collection tool - scanned barcodes, captured images and manually entered values are forwarded in real-time to arbitrary target documents. The following destinations are supported:

  • Microsoft Word documents,
  • Microsoft Excel worksheets and
  • NEW: Google Sheets

Scan-IT to Office is available for iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play). The corresponding add-in for Word/Excel can be installed for free from Microsoft AppSource. The add-on for Google Sheets users is available for free in the Chrome Webstore.

For further information, see the product webpage: https://tec-it.com/sto.
In case of questions, please contact us.