Appload

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Appload is a PC utility used to transfer Operating Systems or Application files from the PC into the Opticon terminal. The application is a wrapper around the LoadDll.
This utility can be downloaded from the Opticon web site: http://www.opticon.com -> Service and Support -> Software -> Appload

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Using Appload

Here is a short explanation on how to use appload. What is described on this page, are the functions of appload that are used the most with Opticon scanners.

Connecting a scanner or cradle

Appload can only be used with scanners that either have a RS232 interface or USB interface. Scanners with a USB interface have to be set in USB VCP mode, before they can be used with appload. 1D scannners can be set to USB VCP mode by scanning the following configuration sheet: USB VCP 1D scanners.
For 2D scanners, This configuration sheet is not the same, as they require an extra menu code to be able to change modes. For most 2D scanners the following configuration sheet should change the interface of the scanner to USB VCP: USB VCP 2D scanner. If one of the links doesn't work, please contact our support department at support@opticon.com . They will be able to provide the link also.

To establish a connection between appload and a scanner or cradle, go to "Settings" in appload. In the "Settings" menu go to "Port". Here you should be able to select a COM port for your scanner. See picture below for an example:


File:Select Com Port.JPG


In the picture above, the scanner we connected has COM 9 as a port. So we select this and the scanner should be connected. With some bluetooth scanners, a double COM port will be created by windows. You will need the outgoing COM port in order to connect with the scanner. You can see which COM port is the outgoing COM port for the bluetooth scanner in the Bluetooth settings of windows.

Requesting Software Version

If you want to know which software version is on your scanner, you can request the software version by doing the following. In appload, go to "Utilities" and select "Show software version" ( see picture below ).


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If the COM port is correct, you will receive a pop-up which will show the OS version that is on the scanner. The pop-up will look like the picture below.


File:Software Version Appload.JPG


For this picture, the OPN2002 was used as an example. So the OS version of the OPN2002 will be displayed which is RBGV0220.


Updating scanners

Most of our scanners can be updated with appload. After selecting the correct COM port, you will be able to update the scanner. In appload go to "File" and choose "Download" ( see picture below ).


File:Download OS File.JPG


After selecting this, you will get another screen. Here you will have to select the File you wish to download to the scanner ( see picture below. For this example the OS of the OPN2002 was displayed ).


File:Selecting OS.JPG


Select the OS file and click "Open". The Download should start now. If you have selected the wrong COM port, appload will give an error message. So make sure you select the correct COM port.
If the download is succesful, you will get a pop-up saying that the download was completed succesfully.

RS232 Monitor

Appload also has a RS232 Window. This will only work for scanners with a RS232 interface or that support "USB VCP" mode. With the RS232 you can display all serial data, that a handscanners outputs. Just connect the scanner like explained above: Connecting a scanner or cradle.
After connecting the scanner, go to utilities in appload. Then clock "Show RS232 Data" ( see picture below ).


File:Show RS232 Data.JPG


When you have clicked this the next screen will apear:


File:RS232 window.JPG


With the RS232 Monitor you can display all the serial data your scanner sends out. But you can also send serial commands to your scanner. This way you can configure your scanner without having to scan the menu labels in the Universal Menu Book. Serial command work as following. As an example, we will use the menu code Z1. In the Universal Menu book, Z1 is the setting which transmits the software version which is on your scanner. If you read the labels, the scanner will send out its software version. You can do the same, with serial commands. If you type "Escape button" Z1 "Enter button" in the RS232 Monitor, your scanner will send out its software version. ( see the picture below, on how this will look in the RS232 Monitor ):


File:Using Serial Commands.JPG


For a more detailed explanation about using serial commands, go to page U3 of our universal menu book. You can download our Universal Menu Book by going to http://www.opticon.com -> Service and Support -> Manuals -> _Other Product . To be able to see what you are typing in the RS232 Window, you will have to enable the Local Echo. You can do this by going to "settings">"Local Echo". See picture below:


File:Turning On Local Echo.JPG

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