Third Party Apps

IntelliScanner Scanabout Pro and IntelliScanner Pro barcode readers perform direct keyboard emulation, so they can be used directly with any third-party application. This works on Mac and PC – and for Scanabout Pro, it also works on iOS.

What keyboard emulation does

What keyboard emulation means is that the scanner is functioning in the same way as a keyboard. Whenever you scan a barcode, that barcode number will be typed directly into whatever application your cursor is active in.

How do I use keyboard emulation?

Just put your cursor wherever you want the barcode number to go and scan - that's all there is to it.

What apps can I use?

Any app! If you can type into the app with a keyboard, so can our scanners. Here's some example apps along with information on integrating your IntelliScanner:

How do I customize the scanner's output?

By default, our scanners will type an enter keystroke after they type the barcode number. For many applications, this is the action you want - in some circumstances, you may want to change this end of text character or other behavior. Select from the models below for advanced customization options.

How do I hide and show the keyboard on iOS?

When Scanabout Pro is used with an iOS device, your iOS device will automatically hide the on-screen keyboard. To allow access to the on-screen keyboard, download and print a copy of this worksheet - then scan the barcode for Enable Keyboard Triggering.

Once Keyboard Triggering is enabled, you can "double-click" the button on your Scanabout Pro to toggle the on-screen keyboard.