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    Printing from android

    Hello,
    I am trying to print to a Bluetooth printer from an android device.
    I found a website mymobilegear.com with something called "magic script"
    The problem I don't have much experience in JavaScript
    Any idea?

    Thanks
    Paul

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    Re: Printing from android

    What are you asking here ? You point to some website not related to programming & "something" called "magic script" So what ?
    Frank

    Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand

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      #3
      Re: Printing from android

      Hello,
      Maybe I was not clear enough.
      I made a mobile application in alpha anywhere.
      It will be used on android devices. I need to print from it to a Bluetooth receipt printer.
      How this can be done?
      While doing a research on that, I found something called "magic script" they claim they have some kind of API that allows printing from an HTML5 web page. Don't know how to integrate this 3rd party with alpha.
      The main question is how to print from alpha anywhere using android devices to a Bluetooth printer


      Paul

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        #4
        Re: Printing from android

        Hey Paul,

        Do you need to print plain text for formated text? The only reason I ask is because it looks like printing plain text is fairly straight forward with their javascript code. But printing formated text it looks like they require you to use their formatting format... {b}Bold{/b} for bolding text etc. I feel like I'm back in Wordperfect :)

        Anyway... if that's ok with you... it looks like you would need to format the text you want to send out to the printer. You could, most likely, have a "template" stored in a table field and then fill in "merge" fields with data... but again, you'd have to build up the template yourself. Not a big deal, just work and testing.

        They most likely have a javascript library that you include in your Alpha app and then call its functions for printing, connecting etc.

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          #5
          Re: Printing from android

          Hello,
          David thank you for your answer an help.
          The main issue is how to make alpha detect the Bluetooth devices on the phone.
          Since when the script is search for devices it looks to me that it is not search the local device it is search the "server devices" so no printers are found.
          I need to find a way to access the local Bluetooth paired devices.
          With my little knowledge in the area either Alpha has to make available in their libraries (like the camera ) or I need phonegap...
          to be honest I have no idea about phonegap but I know there is a video that shows how use a scanner with phonegap and alpha..
          it seems I still have a long way to go...
          Paul

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            #6
            Re: Printing from android

            There are a couple of Alpha/PhoneGap videos. Bob Moore has one here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp6qQkeUJSc where he's calling the barcode scanner from an index.html page

            and I put together one here http://youtu.be/gUtV3_qVbf8 where you can call the barcode scanner from a UX component.
            Last edited by Davidk; 08-28-2013, 01:05 PM.

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              #7
              Re: Printing from android

              David,

              You posted the same link 2x...
              Bill Griffin
              Parkell, Inc

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                #8
                Re: Printing from android

                Thanks Bill... that's 'cause I'm a goofball... it's corrected now.

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