Webcam, USB and Bluetooth Barcode Scanner for Mac, PC, and Chromebook

[Update: codeREADr is now on the Chrome Web Store to download directly to Chromebooks!!]

From time-to-time we get requests to run the codeREADr app on desktop devices, not just iOS and Android devices. Normally you would need to install Android emulators like BlueStacks or Genymotion. Now there’s another option.

Google published the ARC Welder tool enabling developers to test their apps before publishing them in the Chrome Web Store. However, anyone can use it to run Android apps on their PCs and Macs when using the 64k version of the Chrome browser. With the ARC Welder and our Android APK you can install the codeREADr app.

What you need to know:

  • If your device has a good webcam (ideally with autofocus) it can be used for scanning barcodes.
  • However, utility and scanning speed are much improved if you attach a USB scanner or pair a Bluetooth scanning accessory.
  • After you open the codeREADr app and select a Service, tap the ‘Manual Entry’ tab to get the cursor blinking in the entry field.
  • When you scan with the accessory it will populate that field and automatically advance. If it doesn’t auto-advance, ask your accessory manufacturer how to configure it with a return line after each scan.

Your online and offline recording and validation services will work fine. However, at this time you won’t be able to connect to Dropbox for storing any photos your app users capture.

It’s on our developer’s agenda to publish the codeREADr app in the Chrome Web Store but in the meantime you’ll need to request an APK from us: support [at] codereadr.com.

You can find instructions on installing ARC Welder here.