TEC-IT News: Barcodes, Labeling, Data Acquisition

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News on barcode software (barcode generators and barcode SDK for Windows, macOS, Linux, UNIX, SAP, Navision), 2D barcodes, label printing software, report generators, compliance labeling solutions and data acquisition tools.

Word/Excel Barcode Add-In: TBarCode Office Serviceupdate

2024/01/25 | TBarCode Office V11.1.0
TBarCode Office V11.1 supporting centered barcodes and 2D-codes

We are pleased to present to you the latest update of our popular Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. In addition to updating basic components, the following improvements have been made in TBarCode Office:

  • Centered Barcodes and 2D-Codes in Excel
    In the Barcode Add-In for Excel, barcodes and 2D-codes can now be automatically centered in cells. Activate this feature through the Add-In options.
  • Mail Merge Support and Other Corrections
    Various corrections relevant to Excel and Word have been implemented. This includes improvements to the selection of barcode objects in Excel and the optimization of various mail merge functions in Microsoft Word.
  • System Components
    The update of integration components for Microsoft Office ensures compatibility of the Add-In with current Microsoft Office and O365 versions. The core function of the barcode generator has also been updated with TBarCode Library 11.16.0, including minor error corrections and optimizations.

For more information, please refer to the version overview of the Barcode / 2D-Code Add-Ins.

This update is free of charge for users of TBarCode Office V11.x and for license holders of TBarCode Office with an active maintenance contract. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Document Security: TFORMer 8.6 with PDF-Encryption

2024/01/23 | TFORMer V8.6
TFORMer Update 8.6 with PDF-Encryption

Dear TFORMer users,

the recently released update of TFORMer, our barcode label and reporting software, brings the following improvements:

What's New?

  • PDF Encryption
    The new version 8.6 improves document security by generating encrypted PDF output files upon request. Corresponding input dialogs, document properties, SDK options, and configuration settings allow fine-tuning of encryption options for optimal security of the generated PDF files.
  • Advanced Output Options
    More complex layouts, such as those with overlapping print areas, can now be designed with finer control over the output position of print areas. Additionally, the new version supports the creation of individual files per output page during image export. The filenames of page-specific output files are adjustable through the Document Name property.
  • Further Improvements
    The new online update check ensures you never miss an update. Barcodes and 2D codes are printed even more precisely, support for color/monochrome printing and printing to files has been expanded, and you can now permanently set default printers or default folders.
    A detailed overview of the extensions, improvements, and bug fixes can be found in the TFORMer version overview.

The update is available as a free download: Download TFORMer V8.6. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Note for existing customers: An update within the same major version (e.g., from V8.5 to V8.6) is free, license keys remain valid, and the API (Application Programming Interface) remains compatible!

Update Now: Enhanced Scanning & Global OCR in Scan-IT to Office!

2024/01/21 | Unleashed Scanning, Multi-Script OCR, and Seamless Experience Await

Exciting news for Scan-IT to Office users! Our development team worked hard to incorporate often-demanded features. Our latest Android version brings enhanced features, including:

  • Confident Scanning: Camera-Scanner Live Preview
    The built-in Selective Camera Scanner engine now offers improved accuracy, speed and pinch-to-zoom. As a highlight the Selective Scanner features a live preview of encoded data directly in the camera view for swift scanning feedback. Easily select the code to be scanned with a single tap.
    The Selective Camera Scanner is the new default scanner for new app installations. Users can configure the default scanner in the app's settings.
  • Streamlined Scanner Usage
    The default barcode scanner chosen in the app's settings now applies universally, even in input forms, providing a seamless scanning experience.
  • Go International with Global OCR (Image to Text) Recognition
    Our OCR scanner now additionally recognizes non-Latin scripts, including Chinese - 中国人, Devanagari - देवनागरी , Japanese - 日本語 , Korean - 한국인, expanding language support.
  • Productivity Boost with Split-Screen Support
    Enjoy split-screen support for the Selective Scanner and the OCR scanner whenever supported by your Android version.
  • ZEBRA Hardware Scanner Integration
    Improved hardware scanner support on ZEBRA devices, now functioning on input forms as well.
  • Bug Fixes and Other Improvements
    We've addressed various bugs and made additional improvements (see version history for details.

Update Now for an Optimized Scan-IT to Office Experience!
Scan-IT to Office is available on Google Play, App Store or - for bulk applications - directly from TEC-IT. A paid app subscription removes all limitations of the free demo. Accompanying receiving software like the Microsoft Office Add-In (Word/Excel), the Smart Database Connector, the Google Sheets Add-On, ... is free.

Questions?
For further information, visit our product web page https://tec-it.com/sto. In case of questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

New Videos: Explore the GS1 Barcode System

2023/12/18 | Demystifying GS1 Barcodes
GS1 Barcodes Demystified - Part 1

Struggling with GS1 Barcodes? Check out our two new videos breaking down the basics of the GS1 barcode system.

Videos

Practical Application

Our videos aim to give you a head start in applying GS1 barcodes in your supply chain or retail product labeling. We hope they prove helpful!

TEC-IT Products: GS1 Compliance Made Easy

All TEC-IT software products support the creation or printing of GS1-compliant codes. Gain initial experience with our free online barcode generator. Questions? Feel free to contact us. We're here to help simplify GS1 barcodes for you!

We are Hiring! Available Positions @TEC-IT

2023/12/01 | Dec 2023: Work @TEC-IT!
Jobs @TEC-IT: Android Development, Digital Marketing, Creator

The headline says it all - TEC-IT is looking forward to your application as

Expect an experienced and motivated team, a working hours model tailored to your needs, challenging development tasks, and exciting responsibilities.

Applications from Ukrainian citizens are warmly welcome.

Proficiency in German is required.

Get in Touch Today!

Please send your application to:

  • Günter Kriegl (office@tec-it.com)
  • The initial interview will be conducted in the form of an online meeting (Google Meet).
  • Directions

Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you!

Video: How-To Scan into Google Sheets / Real-Time Sync

2023/10/16 | Google Sheets Scanner-App
Multi-Purpose Scannerapp for Google Sheets

In just 90 seconds, you can master the use of our mobile scanner app, mobile scanner app Scan-IT to Office, in conjunction with Google Sheets.

Scan-IT to Office enables you to scan barcodes, QR codes, other 2D codes, NFC tags, and even text within images directly into your worksheets. The scanned data is seamlessly synchronized in real-time, making remotely collected data available for immediate processing. Plus, it offers multi-user support!

Give it a Try!

Our app is readily available for both Android and iOS on their respective official stores, and it doesn't require any additional software. If you have volume license requirements, we also offer a special bulk version of the app.

For more information, please visit our product web page at https://tec-it.com/sto.
In you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Query Databases with Scan-IT to Office

2023/07/03 | Scan-IT to Office V5.0
Mobile Data Collection and Field Data Collection with Scan-IT to Office

Scan-IT to Office - introducing database query support!

TEC-IT's mobile scanner and field data acquisition app now provides the technical foundation for forms with embedded real-time database queries: Use input forms to retrieve data from target applications like Microsoft SQL Server using custom query functions.

A short enhancement overview:

  • Forms with Database-Queries
    Added interactive forms to showcase the new form query feature: Product Lookup, Maintenance, and Table View (select * from table). Until we finish the user interface for form query customization, please contact support@tec-it.com to fulfill your specific requirements.
  • Zoom Support
    Use the slider in the camera scanner views (OCR, barcodes, QR codes) to focus on the information of interest.
  • Scans Inverted Codes
    The scanners now support decoding of inverted (aka negative, inverse or light on dark) codes by default. Adjustable in Setting.
  • Themes Facelift
  • Minor Fixes and Updates
    Enhancing the stability and performance of the Scan-IT to Office app.

Try the App Today
Scan-IT to Office is available on Google Play, App Store or - for bulk applications - directly from TEC-IT. A paid app subscription removes all limitations of the free demo. Accompanying receiving software like the Microsoft Office Add-In (Word/Excel), the Smart Database Connector, the Google Sheets Add-On, ... is free.

Get a First Impression

Questions?
For further information, visit our product web page: https://tec-it.com/sto. In case of questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Inverted Barcodes? Scanner Keyboard Handles Them!

2023/06/20 | Scanner Keyboard V3.9 for Android
Scanner Keyboard V3.9.0 – Scanner Enhancements

The new release of Scanner Keyboard, TEC-IT's Android keyboard app, now supports the following features to enhance productivity and compatibility:

  • Inverse scanning
    This feature is adjustable in the settings of the keyboard app. By default, regular and negatively printed codes (aka light on black or inverted) are recognized and decoded.
  • Zoom capabilities
    Just use the slider in the scanner views (available when using the selective barcode scanner or the OCR scanner) to focus on the information of interest.
  • Minor improvements
    The language selection key (globe symbol) can be hidden, and the simulation method of the enter key was improved to be compatible with more target apps. Both options are adjustable in Settings.

Free Demo, App Download

The demo version of Scanner Keyboard is free. Install this keyboard app using one of these links:

Further Information

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

TFORMer 8.5 With Improved Zebra Printer Support

2023/04/14 | TFORMer V8.5
TFORMer Minor Update 8.5

TFORMer, TEC-IT's professional barcode label and reporting software, offers a scope of features to make label designing and printing most flexible and best meet user requirements. With this new update 8.5, we're introducing refined usability and improved Zebra® printer support.

What's New?

  • ZPL® Output
    The internal Zebra printer driver now reduces the job size by image cropping. Furthermore, we have added ZIP compression, which is now the default compression of the embedded image. Horizontal and vertical lines are no longer anti-aliased, and we also disabled anti-aliasing for image scaling. This improves quality and provides a more crisp printed image.
  • Default Printer
    Based on customer feedback we have added the possibility to define an individual application default printer. You can choose between the system default printer, the last used printer and a user defined printer. Additionally you can save the last used directories for file outputs, images, form files and ZUGFeRD files.
  • Label Design
    We added the ability to lock layers and components in the layout. Users cannot select or move them unless they are unlocked. Improved fine positioning of elements - the small-move value is now based on the tenth of the grid size (metric system).
  • Data Formatting
    New formatting functions for RFID programming: AnsiToHex(), DecToHex(), TextToHex().
  • Print-To-File
    For quick debugging and testing purposes, the print job can be redirected to a file via an SDK print option. This option is also available in the print dialog.
  • Print Kernel
    Several fixes in the new print kernel like better column break handling in dynamic-width detail bands, corrected handling of soft-line breaks (justified type) and correct positioning of report footers have been added.
  • For further improvements and fixes, please see TFORMer Version History

The update can be tested as free demo version: Download TFORMer 8.5. Please contact us in case of questions.

Note for existing customers: An update within the same major product version (e.g. from version 8.3 to version 8.5) is free, the license keys are still valid and the API (programming interface) is compatible!

Scan-IT to Office: Scan Faster with a Key-Press

2022/10/19 | Wireless Scanning and Mobile Data Collection App
Mobile Data Collection and Stocktaking - Scan-IT to Office Android/iOS

We invite you to try the fresh update of TEC-IT's mobile scanner and data collection app. The new release of Scan-IT to Office for Android introduces the following improvements:

  • Hardware-Key Support
    Users are now able to start scanning by pressing a configurable hardware key. This works from within any app and on the lock screen. Use your handset like a professional QR imager or barcode scanner - point and shoot!
  • Additional Scanner-Engine with Code Selection
    The newly added scanner engine "Selective QR and Barcode Scanner" allows selecting the code of interest by tapping on it. A very beneficial feature when multiple codes are within your camera's field of view.
  • Adjustable Default Scanner
    For the default scanner view (the view with the large Scan button), it's now possible to configure the preferred scanning method. Choose between two 2D/barcode scanner engines, the OCR imager or the built-in NFC tag reader. A future release will bring this feature to input forms as well.

Free Test-Drive
Scan-IT to Office is available on Google Play, App Store or - for bulk applications - directly from TEC-IT. A paid app subscription removes all limitations of the free demo. Accompanying receiving software like the Microsoft Office Add-In (Word/Excel), the Smart Database Connector, the Google Sheets Add-On, ... is free.

Questions?
For further information, visit our product web page: https://tec-it.com/sto. In case of questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

NEW: Attractive Job Offers for Mobile App Developers

2022/07/01 | Available Positions for Smart Developers
Developers for Mobile Apps (Android/iOS/Full Stack)

TEC-IT currently offers two vacancies for developers of mobile apps:

Expect an experienced and motivated team, a hybrid working model that takes your needs into account, sophisticated engineering, and the development of exciting applications and solutions.

Apply Now!

Please send your documents (motivation + CV) directly to me:

  • Günter Kriegl (office@tec-it.com)
  • The initial meeting will be held in German and/or English as a virtual meeting (Google Meet).
  • Directions

ZLIB Vulnerability CVE-2018-25032: Hotfix Available

2022/04/14 | ZLIB Vulnerability CVE-2018-25032 
ZLIB Vulnerability CVE-2018-25032 

A recently discovered vulnerability in zlib (see CVE-2018-25032), a data compression and decompression software component, requires the update of some TEC-IT products and services.

Updated product versions using zlib.dll v.1.2.12 are already available for download on tec-it.com, we recommend installing the hotfixes at your earliest convenience.

We hope this information is helpful and are at your disposal for any questions via mail to support@tec-it.com.

Best Regards, TEC-IT


New: Mobile Data Collection App for Stocktaking

2022/03/22 | A Capable Alternative to Dedicated Data Acquisition Equipment
Mobile Data Collection and Stocktaking - Scan-IT to Office Android/iOS

Scan-IT to Office is a capable alternative to conventional mobile data collection devices and wireless barcode scanners. The app transmits mobile collected data in real-time to target applications - completely independent of their location. The collected data is immediately available for further processing. Scan-IT to Office combines simple configuration with flexibility and covers an entire range of functions: from plain barcode scanning up to tracking and inventory applications with database connectivity.

What's New?
This update offers the following features:

  • Inventory and Asset Management
    Added ready-to-use forms for inventory/stocktaking with automated quantity management (Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).
  • Check-In/Check-Out
    Added ready-to-use forms for attendee tracking and check-in/check-out (Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).
  • Bi-Directional Communication
    Added the capability to send data from a target application to the mobile app (e.g. success or info messages). In this version, such feedback messages are immediately presented to the user.
  • Improved Support for Microsoft SQL Server
    SQL Server is now included in the setup procedure. A suitable database for basic inventory and event check-in/check-out functions will be installed automatically.
  • Customizable Stored Procedures
    Stored procedures (e.g. when using SQL Server) can be customized to meet custom requirements for interactive forms.
  • Other Enhancements
    Improved history function, tap to copy scanned data to the clipboard, user interface clean-up, internal improvements, various bug fixes, etc.

Try it for Free!
Scan-IT to Office is available on Google Play, on App Store or - for bulk applications - directly from TEC-IT. A paid app subscription removes all limitations of the free demo. Accompanying receiving software like the Microsoft Office (Word/Excel), the Smart Database Connector, the Google Sheets Add-On, ... is free in any case.

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

New: Unify Labeling Across Suppliers and Locations

2022/03/08 | Share Labels with Suppliers and Colleagues
Online Label Generator Improvements: Label Sharing with Suppliers, Label Updates

With TEC-IT's Online Label Generator users generate industry standard labels with variable data. A software installation is not required for label printing, the application is completely browser-based and generates the labels as printable, high-quality PDFs.

The recently published update focuses on:

  • Unify Labeling with Label Sharing
    Subscribers now have the possibility to share label layouts with other users. Thanks to the centrally managed layouts, uniform labeling across suppliers, colleagues and applications is easily possible.
  • New and Updated Labels
    The new version adds or improves support for the following label standards: VDA 4992, VDA 4994, BOSCH GTL (Rev. 2022), BOSCH MAT labels, BOSCH NEUTRAL labels and GM 1724 (Rev. 2020) labels.
  • Label Layout Upload
    Labels designed with TFORMer Designer V8 can be uploaded to the online label generator.
  • Improved Filtering
    A new filter selector improves label data management.

Try the Online Label Generator for free and print industry standard labels without any design efforts! In case of questions we are glad to assist you, please contact us.

Update: Scanner Keyboard Adjusts Scanned Data Automatically

2022/03/04 | Scanner Keyboard for Android
Scanner Keyboard V3.7.0 – Adjust Scanned Data to Meet Target App Requirements

Scanner Keyboard, TEC-IT's keyboard app for Android devices, offers integrated support for reading barcodes, 2D codes, NFC tags and text from images. Users save time by tapping the extra scanner key: the required scanner is invoked, data is read and immediately entered into the target app.

The latest update incorporates support for automated data adjustments. So-called regular expressions adapt scanned data to the format required by the target app. Templates for common use cases like

  • remove check-digits from barcode data,
  • eliminate leading zeroes,
  • remove leading and trailing spaces,
  • extract specific parts of the scanned data,
  • and many more
are included.

Free Demo, App Download

The demo version of Scanner Keyboard is free. Install this keyboard app using one of these links:

Further Information

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