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How To Capture ROV Batch Scans
The ROV must first be configured with proper hardware and
driver software so that it can interactively send scans into any program running
on your computer, acting just as if it was actually a keyboard.
See our ROV FAQ #1 for instructions on how to
accomplish this. You can also refer to the Microvision instruction sheet
that came with the ROV, and/or visit Microvision's FAQ page on their web site
Although it's technically possible to use Bluetooth during
batch operations, it's usually difficult to control due to the due to the
inherent unpredictable nature of Bluetooth connections. A tethered non-Bluetooth
connection is easier to control, and a serial-port tether cable is included
with the ROV. Nearly all users who want to tether the ROV to a computer
will need to use a
adapter (see our ROV FAQ #1), as well as configure
the computer and all its drivers to use the adapter. (Only very old
computers have a built-in serial port.)
Steps to Batch-Scan barcodes from a stack of merchandise:
Collect the scans while the ROV is detached.
This means: scan while the ROV is unplugged and its
Bluetooth connection is off, as whenever a ROV scanner is detached from
its cord and its Bluetooth is disabled, subsequent scans get saved
into its internal memory. (To disable a ROV's Bluetooth radio chip and use
the ROV in tether-only mode: leave the battery cover off, or put removable
tape over the gold contact pads on the inside of the battery compartment.)
When finished scanning, plug the readied cable into
the ROV. (Or, if are practiced and totally understand how to completely
control the Bluetooth connection, reconnect it via Bluetooth.) -- The
instant a ROV's connection is re-established to the computer, all of
its scans in memory will rapidly stream into whatever program has keyboard
input focus ready at the exact time that you reconnect. All scans
will then be permanently erased from the ROV's memory.
YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE a receptive program running
on your computer BEFORE the ROV connects.
As soon as a connection is made, ALL of the collected scans will
will be sent into whatever program is running, just as if you had typed
them in all at once, one after the other. But they will come in real
fast!! So, be sure that the program is ready to accept that rapid
stream of input. (Just as you would need to do to make a program ready for
you to type in a whole list at a super-human rate of speed.) After each
scan sent by the ROV, it will also send an ENTER key (carriage return),
just as you would do if you were manually typing in a series of ISBNs and/or
After the ROV sends all of its stored scans, they'll
ALL be PERMANENTLY ERASED from the scanner's memory.
Since you only get one chance, be absolutely certain that the computer
and the program is ready and set to receive all of those batched-up scans
-- BEFORE you plug the scanner in! We advise a quick-test to
confirm that your program is ready: simply type in a few lines of fake
ISBNs/UPCs, then backspace it all out, be sure the cursor is blinking
and ready, then go ahead and plug in.
A good program to use for accepting batch scans and
creating a scan list file is Windows Notepad or Windows Mobile Notes "plain
In Windows: Start / Run / Notepad, or look for it in the programs menu.
This is because Notepad/Notes does not add extraneous formatting
to the file, and other programs that would import the file will nearly always
expect a plain text format file. (Not a word-processing
or spreadsheet type of file, for example.)
MOST IMPORTANT -- first ready the receiving program
-- THEN plug in the scanner.
All of of the scans will be sent into the currently running program at its
current cursor location, and then removed from the scanner. After that,
you will want to SAVE the Notepad file to a convenient location, such as
the Desktop, or possibly to a removable drive like an SD card.
Load the file of ISBN's into your favorite listing/inventory
Most programs have a way to import or copy and paste ISBN's/UPC's from a
plain text file. When you find that feature, direct it to the Notepad
file of scans that you just created. Contact the program publisher's support
services or refer to their documentation if you need more information on
how to use their listing/inventory program, as well as to know the limit
as to how many "scans" the program can accept at one time.
Practice, practice, practice.
Before you go out and batch-scan a huge list of items, do a few "dress-rehearsals"
of all of the procedures above; try a dozen or fewer scans at a time.
Remember, you get only one chance to let the ROV send its batched-up scans,
so you will need to become familiar and be comfortable with the entire operation.