Monday, March 16, 2015

"iPad Pro" rumored to run Mac App Store apps

According to reliable sources, Apple is testing "iPad Pro" with apps in the Mac App Store. Yes, you read that right – “Mac App Store”. As early as February 2012, a paper released by the Delft University of Technology in Holland indicates that Apple is testing laptops with Mac OS X running on ARM based hardware. Traditionally since 2005, Apple's Mac OS X runs on Intel based hardware. A source close to Apple revealed that Apple actually does not plan to run Mac OS X on ARM. Instead Apple is testing a special version of iOS running on a MacBook based on ARM chips. This special version of iOS is customized and setup to test apps developed for the Mac App Store, to determine whether it is feasible to run Mac App Store apps on an iPad.

The question is how can a touch device run apps that require a mouse and a keyboard. Recent leaks has claimed that the "iPad Pro" is rumored to come with a keyboard and a mouse. The main aim is to increase productivity of mobile tablets and target business and enterprise users. The enterprise sector is an area where iPad can greatly benefit to further grow its market share. Potentially, "iPad Pro" can allow at least 25,000 apps (estimation as of July 2014) in Mac App Store to be used with a mouse and keyboard. This will definitely make "iPad Pro” an extremely productive mobile device from day one.

This revolutionary move from Apple will greatly increase the interest of developers targeting the Mac App Store again as they can deploy on more devices. The growth of the Mac App Store ecosystem will in turn drive more sales of Mac OS X/"iPad Pro" devices. Apple will also, yet again, be the first company to introduce a REAL PRODUCTIVE mobile device.

From a strategic point of view, the rumor is credible. Microsoft is leveraging its Windows Desktop (Windows 8 Store) in the Tablet and Mobile market. In Windows 10, developers will be able to use the same code base with changes on the user interface for Desktop and Mobile devices. Apple come from the reverse direction and will instead leverage its iOS in the Desktop market. The further growth for iPad will be bridging the gap of mobile and desktop devices.

From a technical perspective, Apple will need to release an update of Xcode (Apple’s developer tool) and offer Mac App Store developers a compilation option to ARM devices. Most, if not all, of the Mac App Store developers will only need to recompile their apps and resubmit their apps to the app store without changes to their applications. This is similar to Microsoft's Visual Studio ability to compile to specific platforms such as x86, x64 and/or ARM. It has also been rumored that Apple has been testing with many of its own internal Mac App Store apps such as Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Logic Pro X, iBooks Author and Final Cut Pro X on the “iPad Pro”.

There will definitely be people who argued that this is something Apple will never do. On April 24 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked by an analyst from Sanford Bernstein on whether Apple would come up with some kind of tablet-laptop hybrid, so consumers would only need to carry one device. Tim Cook's reply is "You can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but that's probably not going to be pleasing to anyone."

But Apple is also famous for saying that they will never do something until they did it. On October 2010, Steve Job discussed his disdain for a new wave of smaller tablets coming to market. He said iPad’s 10-inch screen was “the minimum size required to create great tablet apps”. The release of iPad mini served as a reminder that Apple is never afraid to do something that they initially said they would never do.

From the far end of the stage, I can now hear “One more thing! The iPad runs Mac App Store apps”.

Nicole
(on behalf of a reliable source)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Windows Store Barcode & Label App supports Excel spreadsheet

ConnectCode, a world leading provider of barcode software and fonts, today announced the release of version 10.7 of ConnectCode Barcode Software and Fonts. This version introduces a significantly updated Barcode & Label app, available on the Windows Store, for printing labels with data stored in an Excel spreadsheet and labels with serialized running numbers.


Many organizations collect, store and keep customer and product information in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. From time to time, this information needs to be printed on shipping labels, inventory tags or mailing stickers. For example, the marketing department may need to send out mailing labels and require the Company Name, Contact Name and Address fields to be printed on a label stock. The logistics department may need to print inventory labels and generate barcodes with the Product ID field stored in an Excel spreadsheet.

The updated Barcode & Label app enables users to easily design, layout and print a label with data stored in an Excel spreadsheet. This allows organizations to easily format spreadsheet data on labels, tags and stickers to streamline their label printing process.


Barcode & Label supports the latest Open Office XML Excel format which is available from Office 2007 onwards and is able to retrieve the different worksheets of a spreadsheet containing complex formulas, references and formatting. Option to specify whether the first row in the worksheet as column name is supported. When a label is saved into a file, the spreadsheet is automatically stored as part of the file. This improves productivity as a user can load a label without setting up the spreadsheet again.

For more information on using the Barcode & Label app with a Excel spreadsheet, please refer to the following:

http://www.barcoderesource.com/excelspreadsheetlabel.shtml



Barcode & Label also supports printing of labels with a Serialized Counter, a counter value that steps over a set of numbers. This is especially useful for printing inventory labels where unique running numbers are required for tracking purpose. The app provides capabilities for Serialized Counter in both Text and Barcode objects. It also supports features to pad, prefix, suffix and rollover counter values.

The industrial strength WYSIWYG Barcode & Label app is bundled with over 900 industry label stock templates and over 150 clip arts. With an elegantly simple user interface and support for the generation of standards-compliant barcodes using ConnectCode's Barcode Fonts technology, it is definitely a unique and proven proposition to users who have strict requirements for their auto-id processes.

Besides the Barcode & Label app, ConnectCode Barcode Software and Fonts package also supports the creation of barcodes on a wide variety of platforms and tools such as Typescript API, Windows RT API, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, Word, VBA Formulas, Access, Adobe InDesign/Illustrator, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Reporting Service, .Net Framework, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC), Oracle PL/SQL, JavaScript, jQuery, Command Line tool, and Barcode Image Generator.

Barcode & Label is a label design and barcode printing app for Windows 8. It subscribes to the principles of elegantly simple user interface design and enables users to produce Address Labels, Inventory Tags, Price Labels and Business Name Cards quickly and easily. The app is bundled with over 900 industry label stock templates and 150 clip arts, and generates commonly used barcodes via font technology. It also supports vector shapes such as rectangle, ellipse, line, and both static and dynamic text/barcode fields. Users will be able to retrieve address and contact information from the Microsoft People's app with just a few taps and have the information printed out in a snap.

The app comes with capabilities such as Grid Snapping, Zooming, Rulers, Label Stock Customization, Undo/Redo, Objects Alignment, Multi-Objects Selection and WYSIWYG user interfaces – features found only in industrial strength desktop labeling software. Both the Inch and Centimeter unit systems are supported.

Email
info@barcoderesource.com

Website
http://www.barcoderesource.com

Product Information
http://www.barcoderesource.com/barcodefont.shtml

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About ConnectCode Pte Ltd

ConnectCode is well known in the industry for providing barcode software and fonts that are trusted and highly regarded by many Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the world. Many companies have adopted ConnectCode's barcode products for its accuracy, robustness and ability to reduce time and effort required for clearing institutional audits and third-party barcode verifications. The team consists of very talented personnel from both the auto-id and software industry. All software products are developed in house and adhere to the "Elegantly Simple" design principles.

ConnectCode Pte Ltd
14 Robinson Road,
#13-00 Far East Finance Building
Singapore 048545

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Barcode and label printing app introduces creation of standards-compliant barcodes on Windows tablets

ConnectCode, a leading provider of barcode software and fonts, today announced the release of Barcode & Label, a label design and printing app for Windows 8 Store. The app enables users to produce Address Labels, Inventory Tags, Price Labels and Business Name Cards, on Windows tablets, quickly and easily.

The app is bundled with over 900 industry label templates and 150 clip-arts, and generates commonly used barcodes using font technology. It also supports retrieval of contact information from Windows 8 People's app, to print this information on the labels with ease.

The app comes with capabilities such as Zooming, Rulers, Grid, Label Template Customization, Objects Alignment/Selection, Undo/Redo and WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) user interfaces – features found only in industrial strength desktop labeling software. 

The app is capable of creating Code 39, Industrial 2 of 5 and POSTNET barcode using True Type fonts. The barcodes generated using fonts are of high quality and they adhere strictly to industry specifications such as those by GS1 and ISO.

The app is designed to work on both tablet and desktop mode on Windows 8 and supports users using either the touch or the mouse.

Email
info@barcoderesource.com

Website
http://www.barcoderesource.com

Product Information
http://www.barcoderesource.com/barcodelabelapp.shtml

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About ConnectCode Pte Ltd

ConnectCode is well known in the industry for providing barcode software and fonts that are trusted and highly regarded by many Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the world. Many companies have adopted ConnectCode's barcode products for its accuracy, robustness and ability to reduce time and effort required for clearing institutional audits and third-party barcode verifications. The team consists of very talented personnel from both the auto-id and software industry. All software products are developed in house and adhere to the "Elegantly Simple" design principles.

ConnectCode Pte Ltd
14 Robinson Road,
#13-00 Far East Finance Building
Singapore 048545

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Barcode software package introduces standards-compliant barcodes for Windows Store apps and Windows 8


ConnectCode, a leading provider of barcode software and fonts, today announced the release of a new version of barcode software package that allows standards-compliant barcodes to be created on Windows Store apps and Windows 8 Operating System using fonts.

Printing barcodes using fonts is well-known (in the industry) for creating the highest quality barcodes. Fonts, besides being ubiquitous, enable deployment to a wide variety of platforms, raster to the resolution of printer when printed, and are not limited to the Dots per Inch (DPI) of devices’ screens.

In Windows Store app, fonts can be easily embedded as local resources. ConnectCode barcode software package thus enables developers to take advantage of the barcode fonts-engine, which is well-tested by the industry over the years and well-received by many Fortune 500 companies around the world, in their Windows Store app.

Barcodes supported in Windows Store app

Code128 (Auto/A/B/C) Barcode
EAN 13 Barcode (European Article Numbering)
EAN 8 Barcode
UPCA Barcode (Universal Product Code)
UPCE Barcode
GS1 Databar 14
Codabar Barcode
Code39 Barcode
Code39 ASCII Barcode (Extended)
Code93 Barcode
GS1 128 / UCCEAN Barcode
I2of5 Barcode (Interleaved 2 of 5)
Industrial 2 of 5 Barcode
ITF14 Barcode
Modified Plessy Barcode
POSTNET Barcode
ISBN/ISSN/EXT2/EXT5 Barcode

A Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8 is provided to ease the task of generating check digits, adding barcode start/stop characters, verifying inputs, and encoding of barcode characters. This SDK is available in Visual Studio Windows Store Class library and HTML5/Javascripts. Samples based on the Visual Studio Split App template are also provided to help developers get started on the implementation.

This new version of the barcode software package also provides Dynamic Link Libraries for .Net 2.0 to .Net 4.5 frameworks in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments. Barcodes can also be generated in enterprise applications such as Microsoft SQL Server (Reporting Services) and Crystal Reports. The Barcode Fonts Encoder, formulas for Microsoft Office and Barcode Image Generator are also updated and tested with Windows 8 and the latest Microsoft Office preview. This is to ensure that the generated barcodes will meet the strictest requirements set by the industry in the upcoming Windows 8 OS. New localized barcode fonts to support non-Unicode compliant applications running on country-specific code pages are also included in this version.

Email
info@barcoderesource.com

Website
Barcode Software

Product Information
ConnectCode Barcode Software and Fonts

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About ConnectCode Pte Ltd

ConnectCode is founded with the goal of providing comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective automation tools, barcode fonts and software. Our team consists of experienced personnel from both the auto-id and software industry. All our products are developed in-house and they are trusted and highly regarded by many organizations and companies around the world.

ConnectCode Pte Ltd
14 Robinson Road,
#13-00 Far East Finance Building
Singapore 048545

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Barcode software package adds Java programming library for generating barcodes

ConnectCode, a leading provider of barcode software and fonts, today announced the release of a new version of ConnectCode Barcode Fonts (v8.1). This new version adds a programming library in the Java platform to help third-party applications create professional quality barcodes.

The Java library allows the generation of over 23 types of commonly-used barcodes including:

Code 39 (and Extended)
Code 128 (A, B, C and Auto)
UCCEAN (GS1 128)
Universal Product Code A - UPCA
Universal Product Code E - UPCE
International Article Number 13 - EAN13 (European Article Number)
International Article Number 8 - EAN8 (European Article Number)
Rational Codabar
Interleaved 2 of 5 (I2of5)
ITF14Modified Plessy
Industrial 2 of 5
POSTNET
GS1 Databar 14
GS1 Databar Truncated
GS1 Databar Limited

The Java library also provides capabilities to generate check characters, add barcode Human Readable Text and validate input data to meet various industry specifications. It supports the Java Development Kit 1.6 (and onwards) and works out-of-the-box with Integrated Development Environments such as Netbeans and Eclipse.

The Java library uses the proven ConnectCode Barcode Fonts engine which is popular with many Fortune 500 companies. The engine neither depends heavily on the programming environment nor requires intensive graphics operations. Instead, a slight manipulation of existing text is usually sufficient to produce robust barcodes.

Moreover when a barcode font is printed, it rasters to the resolution of the printer and will not be limited to the resolution of the computer screen. This allows the highest quality barcodes that meet the strictest ISO requirements and specifications to be created.

ConnectCode Barcode Fonts are licensed flexibly as follows:

Single User License
Allows the use of the Software by one user on one computer within the organization.

Enterprise Site License
Allows the use of the Software by any number of users on multiple computers within the organization.

Single Distribution License
Allows royalty-free distribution of the Software up to 10,000 users.

Unlimited Distribution License
Allows royalty-free, unlimited distribution of the Software.

The new version of ConnectCode Barcode Fonts also provides updates to the existing Excel formulas, Add-Ins, Crystal Reports Formulas, Oracle PL/SQL and Access formulas. The barcode fonts have also been further optimized on a wide variety of platforms and environments.

Email
info@barcoderesource.com

Website
http://www.barcoderesource.com

Product Information
http://www.barcoderesource.com/barcodefont.shtml

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About ConnectCode Pte Ltd

ConnectCode is founded with the goal of providing comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective automation tools, barcode fonts and software. Our team consists of experienced personnel from both the auto-id and software industry. All our products are developed in-house and they are trusted and highly regarded by many organizations and companies around the world.

ConnectCode Pte Ltd
14 Robinson Road,
#13-00 Far East Finance Building
Singapore 048545

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Story of Hugo Mugo (5)

The Fish

The young tribesmen went out to fish in the sea almost everyday. Except for days when it rained or days when there were celebrations. They hunted for a special type of fish, basically fish with Hugo Mugo’s characteristics.  According to Kiro, there used to be a lot of Hugo Mugo Fishes. But it had since dwindled. It was harder to find them now, maybe due to overfishing.

When Kono felt better, he decided to follow Kiro out for fishing. Despite his experience of near drowning, Kono did not fear swimming. Instead he felt that he would enjoy swimming and he would be a good swimmer.

The young tribesmen and Kono would swim near to the rifts  where they could see the fishes. But not all fishes would be hunted according to Kiro. Only Hugo Mugo fishes. In the group, only Kiro was able to recognize Hugo Mugo fishes. Whenever Kono caught fishes, he would show it to Kiro. Sometimes Kiro would say that it was too small, or the mouth was too sharp or the scales were too dark. He seemed very knowledgeable about Hugo Mugo fishes. But why it that they never catch other fishes was unknown to Kono. Whenever Kono asked Kiro about it, he just said it was the advice of the Tribal Group Leaders who in turn, were receiving advices from the Hugo Masters. It was important for them to listen to the Hugo Masters. Once there were people who did not listen to the advices of the Hugo Masters, and they fell very ill and died soon afterwards. Though Kiro was knowledgeable in what type of fish was Hugo Mugo, he was also careful to keep the knowledge to himself. He would only say that certain fishes were Hugo Mugo and certain types were not. He would not want to share more than necessary. Kono thought the main reason Kiro got to where he was now, a leader of a section, was due to his knowledge of Hugo Mugo fishes. This knowledge was passed to him by the Tribal Group Leaders for perfoming well. The Tribal headsman was always chosen from a group of elite Hugo Masters. Kiro hoped to become a Tribal Group leader in 5 years’ time. But he always said that he still had a lot to learn. He would need to demonstrate to the Group Leaders, Hugo Masters and Headsman, that he was truly Hugo Mugo.

On the otherhand, Kono being a good swimmer liked to swim deep into the water. He saw many fishes there which was Hugo Mugo-like,but was always rejected by Kiro. Kiro could not really swim that deep. When Kono netted the deep sea fishes, Kiro would always say that they were not Hugo Mugo. Though Kono felt that Kiro was not doing the right thing, but out of respect for Kiro who had saved his life, Kono did not say anything and threw the fishes away.

Kiro said fishes from deep waters were not Hugo Mugo enough. He had brought back some of those fishes and when the tribe did not listen to the Hugo Master, people who ate the fishes fell very ill and died.

Whenever Kono asked about details on Hugo Mugo’s characteristics, Kiro became very quiet. One day Kono caught a big net of Hugo Mugo-like fishes but Kiro rejected them. Kono, feeling very disappointed, took the fishes and started to eat them. He wanted to show to Kiro that the fishes could be eaten. He vividly remembered that before he lost his memory, he had also eaten this type of fish. And he was still alive.

Kiro and his other tribesmen werer shocked. They all looked very worried that something bad would happen to Kono. By evening, when Kono did not fall ill, some of the tribesmen started to believe Kono. Kiro was very angry with Kono for challenging his authority. He told Kono that the Hugo Masters had locked up people who challenged the Hugo Mugo culture. Being Hugo Mugo was more important than being alive. Despite this, he reluctantly brought the fishes back to the Tribal Group Leaders. The tribal leaders, on hearing Kiro’s story, claimed that the fishes were not Hugo Mugo. They invited the Hugo Masters to certify their findings. The Hugo Masters arrived and claimed that the fishes were indeed not Hugo Mugo and should not be eaten. Kono challenged them and claimed that he had eaten the fishes and he did not fall sick. The Hugo Masters felt angry that they were being challenged and they decided to lock up Kono for the good of everyone else. Kono was supposed to reflect upon himself what was truly Hugo Mugo. And to repent for the wrongs he had done.

During this time, some of the younger Hugo Mugo tribesmen had started running away, as there were not enough food to go around. Whatever fishes they brought back that were considered Hugo Mugo, they were given to the higher status families like the Hugo Masters and Tribe Leaders. Sensing that things were not going well, the Hugo Masters decided to release Kono and to give him another chance to redeem himself. They say they would go with Kono, Kiro and others during the fishing trip to help them identify Hugo Mugo fish.

On the trip, Kono realized that most of the Hugo Masters had forgotten how to swim. The last time they swam was about 20 years ago. The Tribal Groups Leaders were slightly better, but they could only swim on shallow waters. Whenever Kiro and Kono brought back fishes, they would examine the fishes and give instructions on what type of fish should be kept and what should be thrown away. This no doubt displayed their authority to the other tribe members.

Kono kept asking them what exactly were Hugo Mugo characteristics, they just looked at him and told him. "My Son, it takes many years of experience to learn. You shall take your time to learn too."

The trip was fruitful, they brought back many fishes. The true success was due to Kono’s ability to swim deep and far into certain areas. However, the tribe thought the abundance of fishes was due to the presence of the Hugo Masters in the fishing trip. Around the campfire, the people started to dance. Chanting "Huuugoooo Muuuugoooo" around the campfire. Deep inside, Kono felt something was not right.