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LoMag barcode scanner for Android

In response to market demand we have created a free application, which can change almost any phone (or tablet) running on android into a professional barcode scanner. The app will be useful with inventorymaking and other logistic processes at the warehouse. It does not have any limitations as to the number of codes it can take in, and its scope of supported code formats is comparable to the one of a professional device. The application may be used by all kinds of companies or even individuals not running any business activity.

1. Download and installation

To use the free LoMag barcode scanner app and change your telephone into a real data collector, you should have a telephone (smartphone) or a tablet with android version 2.1 or newer and a camera for taking photos and making videos (it is recommended that the camera has the Autofocus function).

You can download LoMag barcode scanner form Google Play platform. To download the product, go here or launch "Play Sore" on your phone. To download the app you have to have a free Google Play account, or launch "Play Sore" on your phone. To download the app you have to have a free Google Play account

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After launching the Play Store (see above), go to the app search engine and type in a part of the name of the app: "lomag".

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Once you have typed in a part of the name of the app and confirmed the word you search for, "LoMag barcode scanner" will be displayed on the search result list. If you click this item, you will proceed to the site of the free LoMag scanner.

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To save and download the app, click "install"

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In the next step an information window will open regarding access to information needed by the program to function properly. Before you start downloading the app, you must allow it access to the necessary modules by clicking: "Accept".

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When the installation is finished, you will be informed. If an error occurs during the installation, please contact us.

2. Launching the app.

To launch the free LoMag barcode scanner, look for the app icon on your phone - see below. Click it to run the app.

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When the app is launched, the main navigation menu will be displayed comprising of several modules, which will be discussed in detail below.

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3. Creating a document and scanning barcodes.

To start scanning barcodes, first you need to open a new file (document) where the information about scanned barcodes will be stored. To do that, click on the first icon in the app which is called "Add file".

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A window with a request to confirm the creation of a new file will be displayed (you can change the name of the file). Click "Confirm" to continue. The scanner will now be running (see below).

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Next, you scan the barcode with the video camera of your device (telephone, tablet), and it will scan, recognize and save the barcode as you can see below. You will be informed that the code has been scanned by a sound signal and text information at the bottom part of the screen.

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After scanning the code the scanner resets the display, and it is ready to scan another code. The application not only allows you to scan barcodes (type EAN-13), but it also supports the QR codes, which are scanned in the exactly the same manner.

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LoMag barcode scanner supports the following code formats:

  • Codes on products: EAN-13, EAN-8, ISBN, UPC-A, UPC-E
  • Industry codes: Codabar, Code 128, Code 93, Code 39, ITF, RSS
  • 2D codes: QR Code, Data Matrix

If during the scanning you would like to view the document with saved barcodes, click the icon on the top right-hand corner to go to the "Data preview" window, which is presented for you below.

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If you would like to end the scanning process and go to the main menu of the app, click the icon in the top left-hand side corner.

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3. Data preview

To look at the list of barcodes which were scanned a moment ago, click "Data preview" in the main menu of the app.

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You can see the list of the scanned barcodes in the "Data preview" window. You will find additional functions in the lower part of the "Data preview" module, starting from the left: (1) turn on the scanner (to scan another code and add it to this document), (2) save the document in Excel format on the device, (3) send the Excel document with the barcodes to an e-mail address.

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If you click icon no.1 the screen for scanning further barcodes will come up.

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If you click icon no.2, a screen will come up for saving your file with scanned barcodes on the hard-drive of your device in Excel format. To save, select the folder where you wish to keep the file, name the file (or leave the default name) and click the save button.

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If you click icon no 3, a window will come up enabling you to send the Excel file with the scanned barcodes to an e-mail address. For the e-mail to be sent, you have to have access to the Internet and have your own e-mail account.

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Our Excel file will look like the one below:

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As you can see the Excel file has columns with information about barcodes, the amounts of items (for a given code), the prices (for every code) and serial numbers (for every code). The LoMag barcode scanner app automatically determines the default number of items as 1 (for the defalult mode of scanning - barcode only).

To determine exactly the amount of items for a given barcode, its price and the serial number, go to app settings and determine the type of scanning.

4. Setting the type of scanning.

The LoMag barcode scanner app enables you to scan barcodes in several ways.

You can scan:

  • Only and exclusively the barcode.
  • The barcode and the amount (of items of the product).
  • The barcode and the amount and the price (of the product).
  • Barcode with the serial number (only if the serial number is the same as the bar-code).

To change the scanning type, go to app settings.

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Next, choose one of the four possible scanning types. Barcode only scanning is the default setting. To change the scanning type click the scanning type that interests you. For example, let's select "Code, amount, price", and click "Confirm".

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Once you have changed the settings, go to the main menu of the program. To verify the effect of the change, turn on the scanner (to continue with the same document - click "Continue file", and he select the file on which you wish to continue saving).

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5. Scan the barcode with amount and price

Put the video camera of your device over the barcode and the device - thanks to the app - will scan, recognize and save the barcode as you can observe below. Next, the window with the amount and price (of the item bearing a given code) will be displayed.

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In the "Quantity" field you enter the amount (of items of the product) with a given barcode and the price (of the product) with the barcode. For example, lets set the Quantity = 5 units and the price = 2 for each unit.

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After you have entered the amount and the price, you can scan the next code or save the operations executed so far and finish working with the scanner. In the "Data preview" module, you can verify how it was saved.

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A document after having been saved in Excel format is presented below.

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6. Scanning a barcode with a serial number.

You can also scan barcodes with serial numbers. If you are interested in this type of scanning, go again to the app settings and select the "Code and serial number" type of scanning. Please note that this type of scanning is only useful if the serial number of a given product is the same as its barcode.

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To check out this type of scanning, turn the scanner on (proceed as shown above).

Again, put the video camera of your device over the barcode. Thanks to the LoMag app, the device will scan, recognize and save the code and the serial number. The following communication will be displayed:

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You can verify how this operation was saved in the "Data Preview" module.

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After having been saved in an Excel format, the document looks as shown below. Please note, that the Quantity = 1, as only one item can have the same serial number and barcode.

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This is how you can scan barcodes of products at your warehouse with the use of a telephone (or another device running on android). You finalise the process of scanning codes in LoMag inventory management and conclude the registering process (e.g. by issuing the scanned item from the warehouse and saving the stock levels in LoMag inventory management).

7. Importing Excel files to LoMag inventory management.

To perform warehouse operations (reception, issuance, etc.) for items the barcodes of which you have scanned with the free LoMag barcode scanner, launch LoMag inventory management.

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For example, let’s say that the scanned bar codes belong to products which you wish to issue from the warehouse. Start a Goods Issued Note in LoMag inventory management, into which the file with the bar codes generated in the LoMag scanner app will imported.

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To import the file with the barcodes scanned with the LoMag scanner app, go to the tool menu of the "New document: Goods Issued Note" window and click the "import" icon (see below). The "Import of docuntent's content from Microsoft Excel files" module will be launched.

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Next, use the "Load list of entries content from Microsoft Excel files" module to import your Excel documents with the codes. To find out how exactly the module for importing Excel files to a LoMag document works, click here 6. Adding an item to a warehouse document by importing data from an Excel file.

This is what a file with a list of scanned barcodes looks like in a spreadsheet.

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The file has been entered into LoMag inventory management:

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As you can see above the document has been uploaded to the program. Next, you need to import the data to the document. Click "3. Import entries - add new lines to document". Remember to adjust the Excel columns to relevant fields (barcode, amount, price, serial number) before the import.

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After the import of the data, the document looks like this:

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As you can see above, the items from the Excel file were added to the document. The remaining information about the products (such as "product name", "unit", etc.) were imported via the scanned barcodes. Please remember that other data about the items will be imported, if it is included in the items list in LoMag inventory management. If an item with a given barcode is outstanding, the program will inform you about this fact during importing data from the Excel file. The program will ask you whether the outstanding item should be added (see below). When importing barcodes with serial numbers, please remember to turn on the serial number support in LoMag settings.

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The import of a file with scanned barcodes in LoMag mobile app may similarly be used with:

  • The remaining warehouse documents (GRN, GIN, Internal GRN, Internal GIN, Corrections, Interbranch transfers, etc.)
  • The Inventory process
  • Adding new items to the item list (Menu->Items->Import from Excel)

7. Other functionalities of the LoMag barcode scanner app.

The "Browse files" module used for browsing through the list of the generated files; this modulle allows you to browse the contents of every document or remove it (by using the red cross which may be found by each document).

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The "Send file" module used for saving the document you are currently working on the hard drive of your device or sending the current document to your e-mail address.

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An additional undiscussed option of the app can be found in the app settings - You can enter the number of seconds between the scans. Thanks to that option you may set the time the scanner will wait before it allows you to scan another barcode.

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This is it - now you know how the free LoMag barcode scanner app works. If you have any remarks about the program, write to us: bs[at]longint.com. Also, we invite you to rate our app in Google Store - go to "Play Store" on your device and find our app, rate it and leave a comment, just as presented below.

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Thank you!