I Already Own a Bar Code scanner. Will it work with the Studio Organizer?

Yes, you can use the Studio Organizer with just about any currently manufactured bar code scanner. All that’s needed is the ability to read the Code 39 bar code font (they all do) and append a Carriage Return character after each scan.

If you purchased a bar code scanner from Champions Way for the MAS software, your scanner will only work with that software.

You can test your bar code scanner as a 30 day trial user. That way you’ll know if it will work before purchasing the Studio Organizer. Here are the steps:

First, let’s be sure your scanner is recognized by your computer. To do this, do not open the Studio Organizer, but instead open a word processing document and scan a bar code. Does the number you’ve scanned appear in the word processing document? If so, proceed to the next step.

If you do not see each number scanned then your scanner is not being recognized by your computer as an input device, or it’s not properly reading the Code 39 bar code font. Or perhaps there’s some other conflict or technical issue, but at this point if you cannot scan bar codes into a word processor, you’ll want to contact the manufacturer of the scanner for tech support.

Programming the Carriage Return
Many scanners will already add a carriage return after each scan. This is called a terminator character.

The carriage return is a very commonly used terminator character, and most scanners allow you to change the terminator character via hardware (pin switches), the software included with the scanner, or by scanning programming bar codes created by the manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer of the scanner for instructions. Ask specifically, “How do I make the carriage return the terminator character?” Get the exact steps.

Once this done, you should be able to use your scanner with the Studio Organizer.

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