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How To Use The ROV Scanner
Hold the ROV about 3-5 inches ABOVE a barcode, then
press and HOLD the scan button, and aim the scan beam like you would
aim a flashlight. The red laser light will shoot out while you
press and hold the button. If the beam is not shining completely over
the barcode, just tilt the scanner, or move it closer or further away,
such that the beam shines completely over the barcode, and then some,
as illustrated below:
You can scan the barcode either right-side-up or upside-down, as long
as the beam crosses completely across the barcode as shown.
The instant the scanner detects the barcode, the scanner
will beep and automatically shut off it's laser beam. (If you don't
hear the beep, you haven't aimed the scanner properly.) The barcode numbers
will then appear in the input field of the program that you are running,
just as if you typed them in.
Practice, Practice, Practice:
The scanner aim is quite flexible, it does not need to
be held at an exact distance or at an exact angle, within
limits. With just a few practice scans, you will learn how to routinely
aim the scanner such that you accurately, efficiently and quickly capture
a wide array of barcode formats and sizes. Variables to learn with practice
include the angle that you hold the scanner and the distance from the
scanner to the barcode.
Practice tip: Unplug the scanner from it's cable (or remove
the battery cover on a bluetooth ROV), then scan in a bunch of barcodes.
Keep scanning until you learn to get a beep every time. When finished,
clear your test scans by first unplugging the cable from your computer/pda/phone,
then plug it into the scanner. The test scans will then get cleared out
from the scanner's memory.
Which Barcodes To Scan:
The ROV scanner can scan in nearly any kind of barcode, including EAN-13
barcodes printed on books, as well as UPC barcodes on CDs, DVDs, audio/video
tapes, and other media merchandise. (A book barcode is actually the underlying
ISBN "transformed" into a 13 digit UPC, it will always start with "978".)
EAN-13 barcodes can be found on the back cover of most
trade paperbacks, on the back leaf of dust jackets, as well as on most
other media that has been recently produced, including DVDs, CDs, and
tapes. Some music and video merchandise, as well as software and games,
will have a UPC, but not an EAN-13. Some merchandise will have both, in
that case the UPC is most likely to succeed when looking it up on Amazon,
but you might need to try both.
IMPORTANT: When scanning mass-market (grocery store)
paperbacks, scan the EAN-13 bar code that's printed on the inside front
cover, not the barcode on the back cover. The back cover bar code
in mass-market paperbacks is the publisher's SKU for the book. SKU
bar codes are unique and proprietary to each publisher, and are not used
when searching or listing with Amazon. (If you are an experienced
seller, you probably won't be scanning very many mass-market PB's anyway.)
For merchandise without an EAN-13 barcode, you will want to look for
and scan in a 12-digit UPC barcode. The following link will take you to
the Amazon web page that describes how to identify the two different kinds
of media merchandise barcodes: Amazon:
How to Identify ISBNs and UPCs
Customizing the Scanner:
Many books will have a smaller, five-digit barcode adjacent
and to the right of the EAN-13 barcode. The content of this barcode is
specific to each publisher, and typically contains encoded the list price.
It is not part of the EAN-13 (ISBN) barcode. If you are using the
standard ROV scanner driver, you will need to program the scanner
to ignore it using the Disable Supplemental
Codes commands. (Supplementals are automatically filtered out
by the ROV/AutoISBN driver.)
Application Software Compatibility:
Most programs will work directly with an EAN-13 book barcode. This
Readerware and the functions of
ScoutPal designed for desktop computer use.
You can test a program's compatibility with EAN-13 scans by simply typing
in the 13 barcode digits instead of the 10-digit ISBN.
EAN-13 numbers are the small numbers printed under the barcode, starting
If your program accepts the EAN-13 digits as-is, you will be able to use
the standard free driver software that comes with the ROV. If your
program cannot accept an EAN-13, then you would need to additionally purchase
the ROV/AutoISBN software driver upgrade.
This software will automatically convert EAN-13 digits to their underlying
ISBN digits before sending it to the computer program.
- Find and scan the EAN-13 barcode (Look for a 13 digit barcode that
begins with "978")
- If you can't find an EAN-13 barcode, look for a 12-digit UPC instead
- Don't scan the SKU barcode on the back of mass-market paperbacks,
it is not usable except to the publisher. Look for the EAN-13 printed
inside the book.
- Most users will want to Disable