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CNS Barcode

Scan and Generate Barcodes

CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro is a plug-in that brings the power of barcodes to your FileMaker Solution. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Codabar, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E.

Whether you already have products with barcodes or if you want to start using barcodes to track your assets, CNS Barcode is easy to set up and use. If you need to create barcodes, the CNSBC_Generate function will take any data you have in your database and create a PNG image of the barcode format of your choosing. You can then print out and affix the barcodes to the objects you need to track. When you need to scan one of your barcodes, the CNSBC_ScanWindow function will bring up a video preview of your webcam for you to see what you are scanning. When the plug-in recognizes the barcode, it will use one of three actions that you define. It can close the scanning window and return the barcode data to the script that opened the window; it can call a script in your database and pass it the barcode data; or it can set a field in your database with the barcode data. Unlike the first action, the script calling and field setting actions leave the scanning window open for you to scan more barcodes.

So download CNS Barcode today and see how easy it is to add barcodes to your FileMaker Solution.


  • Scan barcodes with your webcam
  • Call scripts in your database when a barcode is scanned
  • Set a field in your database with the data from a scanned barcode
  • Define multiple scanning profiles for different situations
  • Generate barcodes from data you provide
  • Choose which webcam to use if more than one is available

Supported Webcams

Mac OS X

  • Built-in iSight
  • Firewire webcams
  • Basically, if it shows up in PhotoBooth or iChat, it will work with CNS Barcode


  • USB webcams
  • Firewire webcams
  • Basically, if it shows up in the Scanners and Cameras section of My Computer, it will work with CNS Barcode

Barcode Types

CNS Barcode can scan and generate the following barcode types. For more detailed information about each barcode, see the Barcode Types section of the documentation.

Codabar Code 3 of 9 (Code 39) Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+) Code 93
Code 3 of 9 (Code 39)
Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+)
Code 93
Code 128 Databar-14 Databar-14 Stacked EAN
Code 128
Databar-14 Stacked
EAN 14 EAN 128 Interleaved 2 of 5 ISBN (EAN-13)
EAN 14
EAN 128
Interleaved 2 of 5
QR Code


Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 or higher
FileMaker Pro7.0v3
FileMaker Server9.x

Version History

1.4.0 (03/11/2013)

New ScanPause Pref; Generate Improvements; Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a few core plug-in issues that could cause rare crashes.
  • Updated the Generate function to discard the fractional part of Numbers if it is zero. This keeps from having to use GetAsText() around Number fields. However, if you want the fractional part and four decimal places is not what you need, you'll have to convert to text within FileMaker before sending to the Generate function.
  • Updated the ScanImage function to return an error if you attempt to use Profiles when running under FileMaker Server. The ScanImage function can only perform the "Return" Action under FileMaker Server.
  • Added a preference to define how long to wait before the ScanWindow resets and allows another barcode to be scanned. You can adjust this preference to keep from scanning the same barcode more than once.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows that prevented some images from scanning properly when using the ScanImage function.

1.3.1 (11/01/2012)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with using the ScanWindow function in Developer's Mode.
  • Fixed issues with embedding VCards in QR Codes.
  • Completely rewrote the ScanWindow code on Mac to work around issues related to the camera view being blank or not updating.
  • Fixed an issue where the ScanWindow would not save its last known position when opened with a Profile that used the Return action.

1.3.0 (05/08/2012)

Codabar support; Vector Image formats; Bug Fixes

  • Clarified the EAN and ISBN barcode types so they can properly be generated.
  • Modified the QR Code generation to include a UTF-8 Byte Order Mark to help decoding QR Codes with non-English characters.
  • Fixed a bug with generating ISBN13 barcodes that end in a 0 check digit.
  • Added support for scanning and generating the Codabar barcode format.
  • Added a new "Format" parameter to the Generate function to specify whether the barcode should be returned as a PNG (the default), or as a vector image in EPS or SVG format.
  • Sped up barcode recognition.
  • Other minor bugs.

1.0.0 (08/01/2011)

Initial Release

  • Initial Release

1.0 (09/30/2010)

Initial Release

  • Initial Release