SerialMagic Gears + SerialMagic Keys™ Setup to scan data into any application!

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 03:44

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Setup SerialMagic Keys to type data into any application* from a Bluetooth barcode scanner, RFID reader, and more!

First, install SerialMagic Gears. Click here for instructions on installing SerialMagic Gears.

Next, connect your wireless barcode or RFID reader, or other Bluetooth device. Click here for instructions on pairing and connecting

Example Videos

Read NFC-RFID, Barcode data to all Android Honeycomb apps Scanfob® 2002 scanner on Android Honeycomb tablet with SerialMagic Keys can scan barcode data to all Android apps that accept keyboard data (also works on Android 2.3, 2.2, 2.1).
Watch how read barcode data into the Android browser running on Nexus S phone
(Same process works for hundreds of Android device models)
Read RFID & Barcode data to any Android app - loading non-market app Load SerialMagic via non-Play method and scan Barcodes using Scanfob® 2002 to Browser.

After the Bluetooth RFID or Barcode reader or other input device has been setup, enable SerialMagic Gears to send scans to SerialMagic Keys.

From within SerialMagic Gears, press the Android Menu key*, choose Options.

*The Android Menu Key is part of the Android device, here is one example Common Android Menu Button Layout barcode, RFID, NFC scanning

The screens below are shown from Android 4 on a Nexus S.
To see screens from Android 2.3 click here.

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From within the SerialMagic Gears options, enable the option labeled SerialMagic Keys .

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After enabling this option, open the Settings application on the Android device. Scroll down in the Settings to the Language & input options.

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Within the Language & keyboard settings, enable the SerialMagicKeys keyboard by tapping on it.
There will be a warning message, which is safe to accept, so tap OK.

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Now the SerialMagic Keys keyboard is enabled, tap "Default" and change the default keyboard to SerialMagic Keys.

Optional: Now the SerialMagic Keys keyboard is enabled, you can choose to have the keyboard insert keystrokes before and after each scan received by SerialMagic Gears. Tap on the SerialMagic Keys settings. Tap on the Post before or Post after options to enable special keystrokes before or after the Bluetooth data. Note: Post before/after requires Android 2.2 or later.

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You're ready to begin scanning anywhere on your Android device.
Open any text field in any application that you want to scan into.
In this example, the Android Browser on the Google Docs website is used.

When cursor is where you want scan value, simply scan and data is to cursor location.

Note: Some versions of Android provide the option to tap-and-hold in the input field and select the input method as shown below.

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Now that the SerialMagic Keys keyboard is ready and active, you can begin scanning anywhere that you can type!

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Here's another example. We're using the UPS Mobile application to track a package.

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Application must accept input from keyboard