Bar Code Reader?

    Apr 26 2006 | 4:30 am
    I am helping a friend with an interactive project in which he wants to select some media using a bar code reader as an interface. I appretiate some hints about it: How to bring the input to Max? is the input "text" or keyboard inputs? Do I have to use the "hi" object? would you recomend some specific brand or model? I have heard the "Symbol' is good. Thank you! marlon

    • Apr 26 2006 | 5:17 am
      There are dozens of them. Mostly a barcode reader is a keyboard device, and a barcode is a sequence of characters in a barcode font.
      You should be able to enter characters from a barcode reader in all the same ways you can enter keyboard generated text. You just need to set it up with your system.
    • Apr 26 2006 | 5:18 am
      typically most bar code scanners output text as though it was typed rather quickly - at least the ones ive seen for OS X that my old place of employment used.
      im not sure if 'key' will read it, but it should dump text to a text box when the trigger is pulled.. although ive never tried hooking one up to max.
      btw, hiya ;)
      v a d e //
    • Apr 26 2006 | 12:01 pm
      hi marlon,
      i did something like that some time ago using a metrologic scanner. the easiest way is to get one with a usb connection, it then works like a keyboard and you just use the 'key' object to get the data and then transform the character codes to (list of) numbers. take this sniplet of code, it generates a list of numbers for every incoming barcode. (it assumes that the scanner sends a return character after each barcode.)
      hope that helps, chris
    • Apr 26 2006 | 1:03 pm
      Thank you so much for the patch and info! m
    • Apr 26 2006 | 1:04 pm
      I will start trying! Thank you! m
    • Nov 29 2012 | 3:00 am
      Will have a try of the barcode reader
    • Jul 25 2013 | 2:38 am
      I used this barcode reader before. Share it with you. It supports many kinds of barcode types.
    • Oct 17 2013 | 9:52 am
      hello, MARIAH, thank you for your sharing, I checked the link you shared, it is all about java barcode reader, and I found this: it is about VB.NET barcode generator, so, can you give more info about .net barcode reader or generator? thanks in advance.
    • Jul 04 2014 | 6:45 am
      clintonzz, i think you will find a .net barcode reader by that link you give, but if you are not satisfied with that, you can refer to this barcode reader. hope it is what you are looking for.
    • Jul 04 2014 | 11:58 am
      There is a barcode reader+creator maxproject in With a patch. in here.