With the advent of mobile computing, one might think that printing would become less important for business applications. While Alpha Anywhere lets you build great reports that will render in PDF or HTML format on desktop and mobile devices, being able to print these reports remains important for many business applications.
Along these lines we recently received this question from an Alpha Anywhere customer, and wanted to share the reply with you.
We will have various groups of pages associated with our real estate transactions e.g. Tax Certificate, Tax Take Notice, Title Search, Certificate of Publication, Certified Mailing Receipts, Tax Bills, Extension Requests, etc. Each of these could be one or several pages and I was wondering if there was a way to print labels from a Dymo Printer that had a bar code or QR image which could be stuck on the document before scanning it and then the label would direct the pdf to the proper Alpha Anywhere record?
The answer we supplied was.
The Dymo printer is just another printer driver and Alpha Anywhere (Alpha Five v12) can print to a Dymo printer if you select the Dymo printer driver. Bar codes are just a font, so as long as you have a bar code font installed on your computer, you can design a report that formats a field using a bar code font and that will work fine. often values that are printed with bar codes include additional encoded values - like a checksum, so in that case you would define a calculated field in your report that computed the encoded value and you would print the calc field using the bar code font. You can use the Google chart API to generate a qr code and print it in a report
Postscript: We just added a new function that you can use in reports to print QR codes. see the video below. This function will be in the next update to Alpha Anywhere - some time next week.