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    Free Barcode Scanning Software?

    Hey guys,

    Sorry if this is a repeated subject but:

    Im looking for a free piece of software in which i can use the Librarian's Bar code scanner to scan the bar codes found on most of the equipment on the site into a microsoft excel Spreadsheet?

    Im sure theres many of you who have done this?

    Many thanks!

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    Without knowing what type of scanner it is and what its interface is this question is hard to answer.

    We have a usb barcode scanner for asset management and it just outputs text to whatever application you happen to be using, word, excel, internet explorer etc...

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Im looking for a free piece of software in which i can use the Librarian's Bar code scanner to scan the bar codes found on most of the equipment on the site into a microsoft excel Spreadsheet?
    Most new barcode scanners will work as USB "keyboards", so you can just plug them in to any computer, scan a barcode, and the scanner "types" the code to the computer. No drivers or software to install, the computer just sees a standard keyboard. If yours is too old to do this, throw it out and get a new one off eBay - I think they're under £30.

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    Be careful, barcode scanners for Library systems will be set up with specific pre/post barcode codes and set up to use with specific barcode types. Stuff this up and you'll have a very unhappy Librarian

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Be careful, barcode scanners for Library systems will be set up with specific pre/post barcode codes and set up to use with specific barcode types. Stuff this up and you'll have a very unhappy Librarian
    As i am aware, they are just Plug & Play ones which work with ALICE.

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    Agreed and can confirm, USB plug and play works without a problem with Alice, no configuration is needed. Same scanner will scan to any other application. I used mine with MS Access

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    That's great that Alice does have sensible scanner support, not mentioning any names but another large supplier of library software to schools isn't so accomodating shall we say ;-)

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    Alice! Alice! who the flip is Alice? hehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    Alice! Alice! who the flip is Alice? hehe!
    He he, you got the f right but not the rest of the word ;-)

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    either way, is there any thing special that must be done to make a plug and play bar code scanner work with excel?

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    Nope, the one I bough worked strait out of the box, scan bar code and it appears in selected cell as number, simples !

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    Nope because it's truly plug and play exactly as stated above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    Alice! Alice! who the flip is Alice? hehe!
    That would be Oliver's older sister
    We use Oliver now

    I'm pretty sure it takes barcodes straight off, however i remember for some application having to enclose text with asterisks. What a *pain*

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