PCs, MACs and Chromebook
We ran some tests with the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 PA and were amazed at how fast the built-in webcam was able to scan barcodes. Also impressive was how fast this laptop processed scans. And since it’s a ‘convertible’ (laptop to tablet and back) it could be an excellent choice for the Kiosk Mode. We’ve not tested it deeply but so far we are impressed with its performance – and for $230-$280 it’s affordable. Also with this device, you can download the codeREADr app directly from Google Play (no emulator required).
We enable clients to use iOS and Android OS devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets and rugged scanning devices from Zebra, Honewell and others).
For PCs and MACs, you could use an Android Emulator (see Note 2 below) and download the app from Google Play. If you don’t have access to Google Play then you can request an APK from our support team for side-loading.
For Chromebook, you can download the codeREADr app from Google Play. [Note: not all Chromebooks support Google Play downloads.]
Many webcams do not have auto-focus cameras so you may only be able to scan simple QR codes with them. However, you can use Bluetooth or USB barcode scanning accessories to scan all the popular 1D and 2D barcodes.
Note 1: While Chromebooks can connect with most Bluetooth scanners in the HID mode (keyboard emulation), that’s not true for all USB scanners as some require drivers not compatible with the Chrome OS.
Note 2: We don’t recommend Android Emulators for production use. Some clients have used Google Android Studio’s official emulator and android-x86 on VirtualBox but experienced some crashes (unrelated to the codeREADr app). If you have any questions about installing an emulator please contact the emulator provider.
- First, install the app.
- Secondly, pair your Bluetooth scanner to your device as you would normally connect Bluetooth devices and follow any special instructions the scanner manufacturer might have. If you have a USB scanner, plug it in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You could test scanning into a Google Sheet or other form field where the cursor is blinking. You need the scanner to be in the HID mode (keyboard emulation). Ideally you should program the scanner to insert a CR/LF (return line) as the suffix after each scan. In that way each scan is auto-submitted as if you pressed the ‘Return’ key on the keyboard.
- Thirdly, set up your codeREADr services as you normally would and sign into the codeREADr app with your app credentials. [Note: Photo collection is not available unless you are using an iOS or Android OS device.]
- Fourthly, select the service you want to use and then on bottom of the ‘Tap to Scan’ screen select the ‘Manual’ key.
- Lastly, you will see the cursor blinking in the entry field. You can now start scanning!