Posted on: March 8th, 2011 Booxter 2.7 – Added barcode scanning from iOS to Mac

Booxter 2.7 has been released!  Now you can scan barcodes from your iOS device into Booxter wirelessly!

It’s easy to use:

1. Launch Booxter on your Mac and open either the multiple add panel (Command-Shift-M) or the code panel (Command-Option-C).  Now you are ready to receive scans.

2. Launch Booxter on your iOS device. Tap the camera icon at the top of the screen.  Hold up the barcode to the camera (in portrait mode), let it focus, and the scan will be sent wirelessly to Booxter on your Mac.

The multiple add panel has an ‘add later’ feature, and the code panel has a full screen view, so feel free to use whichever one works best for you. Check “Speak titles of scanned items” in the Preferences, and the code panel will speak the title names once they are scanned in. This comes in handy when you are scanning a lot of items and your back is to the computer screen.

If Booxter on the Mac is not running or you are not near your Mac, you can still scan barcodes with the iOS app.  The scans will be stored on your device, and will be uploaded when you bring up the add scan panels as above.  So feel free to scan at the bookstore or library and load the barcodes into Booxter when you get home.

Video scanning requires iOS 4.2 and an iPhone 3GS or later or iPod Touch with camera.  If you don’t have a camera on your iOS device, you can still use the included keypad to manually enter codes.

There are 2 known issues: on iOS 3.1.3, Booxter won’t launch, and on iOS > 4.2 the camera won’t show up.  I’ve fixed these bugs and uploaded a new version to Apple and asked them to expedite the approval, so hopefully that minor update will be approved very soon.

In addition, Amazon Italy has been added as a search site, a lot of searching, backfilling and importing bugs have been fixed, and there’s a new option in the Preferences to change the color scheme of the detail panel from dark to light.

Thanks for your patience, I hope you find this new feature useful.

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Posted on: December 23rd, 2010 New version of Cyclops

A new version of Cyclops has been released on the App Store

The interface has been improved so things look a lot better.  There are email/open in Safari toolbar buttons on the detail page now which are more conveniently placed.  Everything is a lot tighter now.

Apple changed their policy on how developers can  load images from the camera preview (for security reasons) so this update makes Cyclops fully compliant with that.  In order to use the video scanning, you will have to update to iOS 4.2.

I added a keypad as well, for older iPhones, devices without cameras, and devices running iOS < 4.2.

And there’s a new icon.

Enjoy!

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Posted on: July 15th, 2009 Cyclops

I am pleased to announce a new iPhone application on the App Store: Cyclops!

It’s a free barcode scanner for your iPhone 3Gs.  Cyclops will scan barcodes and look them up for you online, showing you item information, pricing, etc.  It’s quick, easy, and free.

Please check it out, I hope you find it useful.