Use 232key to capture data sent from a serial device and automatically enter it into any application as if you had typed it on your keyboard.
Our software runs in the background, captures data sent from a device connected to a serial port* on your PC, optionally converts and formats it and then types it at the cursor position (in any application). 232key can also add an additional key at the beginning or at the end (e.g. the "enter" key to jump to the next row in a spreadsheet).
*A.k.a. 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 (SPP), serial over Ethernet, etc.). See our FAQ or Wikipedia for further information on serial ports.
232key comes with many predefined profiles for popular devices. For devices which are not yet included, you can manually specify the interface parameters, terminator and even the regular expression used to match and capture data.
Examples of devices which may have serial connectivity: measuring instruments (scales and balances, digital calipers, etc.), microcontrollers, sensors, barcode readers and barcode apps with Bluetooth connectivity.
As an example, we used a counting scale to count LEDs.
After pressing the "Print" key on the scale, 232key typed the quantity
(number of pieces) directly into a Google Docs spreadsheet
running in our browser:
If you're currently manually typing data into an application, you can also use it with 232key! The target application cannot tell the difference between an actual key pressed on the keyboard and a key "pressed" by 232key. The keystrokes sent by 232key will go to whatever application has focus at the time.
Please consult our documentation for further information. Steps 1 to 4 have to be completed only once, all settings are saved and loaded automatically. Step 5 can be automated in the Plus version (auto-start).
232key's event log can be extremely helpful when things don't immediately work as expected. Have a look at our support forum to see how we used it to help many of our customers. Our website also contains an extensive troubleshooting section which shows you how to solve all kinds of issues.
All features shown in the documentation are available for free! Simply download 232key to get started. Additional features require a Plus license, which you can easily purchase at any time (immediate license key delivery). A separate 232key MU edition is available for multi-user and multi-device use cases. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require a trial license for evaluation purposes.
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The basic functionality of 232key is available for free.
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