Bar Code and QR Code Printing with Alpha Anywhere

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Bar Code and QR Code Printing with Alpha Anywhere

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.

 

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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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