Use 232key to capture data sent from a serial device and automatically enter it into any application as if you had typed it on the keyboard.
Our software captures data sent from a device connected to a serial port* on your PC, optionally converts it and then types it into any program as simulated keystrokes (a.k.a. virtual keyboard wedge). 232key can add an additional key at the end (e.g. the "enter" key to jump to the next row in a spreadsheet). 232key comes with a number of pre-defined profiles for popular devices which makes it very easy to use.
232key was originally developed to transfer the weight from a weighing scale into a spreadsheet application like Excel, but can be used with many other devices as long as they send their data in the ASCII format. Alphanumeric support is currently limited to the letters A-Z and digits 0-9 for the free version (case-sensitive) while the Plus version has extended alphanumeric support.
Examples of devices which may have serial connectivity: Measurement instruments (scales and balances, digital calipers, etc.), microcontrollers, sensors, barcode readers and barcode apps with Bluetooth connectivity.
*Also called RS-232, EIA-232 or COM port. 232key also works with virtual COM ports (RS-232 to USB converter as shown in photo below, Bluetooth Serial Port Profile, serial over Ethernet, etc.).
In this application example, we used a counting scale to count the LEDs
and pressed the "Print" key on the scale. Running in the background,
232key typed the quantity
directly into a Google Docs spreadsheet:
Of course, you can use 232key with any software that accepts keyboard input (not just spreadsheets).
Thanks to A&D's ingenious use of the handshaking lines, 232key can automatically detect the following errors and alert the user:
These advanced error detection functions are only available when 232key is used with a scale or balance from A&D. See documentation (error messages) for further details.
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The basic functionality of 232key is available for free.
If you want to use the
Plus features, please
click here to buy a license
for $29 or
27€ (including VAT, where applicable).
Your license key and invoice will be generated immediately as soon
as your payment is completed.