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  • Press Release

    BIXOLON Launches Next Generation Chrome SDK

    November 12, 2018

    First-to-Market Tools Slash Development Time and Costs for Google Chrome-Based mPOS Applications BIXOLON Co., Ltd. a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, today announced the launch of its next generation Google Chrome Software Development Kit (SDK). The upgraded software reduces development time and costs required to create Google Chrome-Based applications to print from any Chrome OS terminal or Chrome browser to a BIXOLON printer. After first launching its first generation Google Chrome OS™ development tools in August 2017, BIXOLON has been recognised as the industry’s first POS printer manufacturer to offer application development tools for the platform. Rapidly expanding its printer line-up to include wired and wireless interface compatibility in response to customer demand for faster, easier integration of BIXOLON printers & connected peripherals to future platforms and applications as their business needs evolve. ‘Chrome-based applications using Chrome PCs, Point-of-Sales or Kiosks are gaining popularity due to their speed, flexibility and IT efficiency’ noted John Kim, BIXOLON director of Marketing. “BIXOLON’s next generation Chrome SDK provides programmers with a simple way to develop fast, comprehensive, cost-effective printing functions while using wired peripherals connected to their Google Chrome-Based applications.” The Chrome Software Development Kit enables developers to deliver applications across multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, OS X) with one code base (JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS). The SDK includes a JavaScript library file, sample code and an API manual to accelerate development time, enabling BIXOLON printers to print from any Chrome OS terminal or Chrome browser. The Chrome SDK enables developers to easily integrate printer functions including the printing of characters, images, one & two-dimensional barcodes (PDF417, QR code), check printer status and printer setup (print speed, density, rotation, margins and cutter usage). The SDK also supports printer connection via Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet or USB depending on the chosen printer model. The Chrome SDK is also compatible with BIXOLON’s B-gate mPOS hub connected to its range of B-gate printers. Once an app has been developed using this SDK, it will allow the mPOS hub to control wired peripherals such as Customer displays, Magnetic Stripe Readers, scanners, USB devices, RFID, NFC, HID, Dallas Keys and Scales by communicating directly from a terminal. Availability The Google Chrome SDK is compatible with following label printer models: • B-gate: BGT-100P, SRP-Q300H, SRP-S300Hi, SRP-F312IIHi • POS Printers: SRP-Q300, SRP-S300, SRP-F310II, SRP-380, SRP-350plusIII & SRP-350III • Mobile Printers: SPP-R210, SPP-R200III, SPP-R310, SPP-R410 & SPP-L3000 • Label Printers: SLP-TX400, SLP-TX420, SLP-DX420, SRP-E770III, SLP-DL410, SLP-TX220 & SLP-DX220 For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com, http://blog.bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative. About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label, Auto ID and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2018, for the fifth consecutive year BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha.

    November 12, 2018

  • Tech & Trend

    App Development Selection: Native, Web or Hybrid?

    September 20, 2018

    From Retail to Logistics, Payments to Hospitality, there has been a gradual shift in printing methods. Speed and convenience has seen traditional desktop printers replaced with mobile equivalents. The introduction of tablets and smart devices has led to a whole new industry of APP writers/generators who are reacting to the requirement for mobile applications which need to be tailored to a business’ individual requirements. Thus factoring in the likes of total cost of ownership, device functionality, compatibility and security. With various types of application architectures available, most APPs are generally classified into three main categories: Native, HTML5 and Hybrid. Each of these types of APPs come with their own list of pros and cons which a user needs to consider alongside their current OS environment and how this will affect their business efficiency, strategy, future plans and budgets. Native Applications This type of APP depends on specific development environments such as iOS® or Android® and are built specifically for that operating system. Pros These APPs are easily obtainable via a simple download from the App Store® or Google Play® and are normally instantly ready to use (unless an operating license is required) Native APPs tend to be more stable and secure than other APP types Offline usage is also possible Easy integration with host device features, such as Bluetooth, Camera, WLAN etc. Cons Native APPs are restricted to a particular operating system Development costs are high as each application needs to be tailored to individual operating systems Native app management may be challenging, if any APP changes are required, each change will need to be replicated onto each individual users OS application Native APPs have greatly improved in stability and security attracting the attention of large enterprises in a variety of industries. As a result, native APPs are dominating in business which require high stability and security such as casino billing systems, railway ticketing and lottery systems. BIXOLON provide various native app SDK’s for a variety of operating systems such as Android®, iOS®, Windows®, Linux®, Chrome® and Symbian®. Web Applications Web Applications use multiple programming languages such as CSS, JavaScript and HTML5. This type of APP normally in the format of a webpage. The source of the APP does not belong to the operating system, so can be fluid across all operating systems. Pros Working on all platforms can reduce both development time and costs. Easy maintenance compared to native APPs as there is no registration process via the download host sites Cons Web apps are typically large file sized and data rich HTML5 is not accessible when offline Unable to fully utilize host device functionality These types of applications have become popular is small to mid-sized businesses such as local restaurants and boutique stores for their cost efficiency. And have also gained the attention of larger businesses such as supermarket chains or mobile phone carriers as this type of app can also function as a central management system. BIXOLON provides a Cordova SDK plugin to support this application trend. Hybrid Mobile Applications Hybrid applications utilize a combination of Native and Web development methodologies. A native container is used to develop hybrid apps using CSS, JavaScript and HTML5 programming languages. Hybrid apps are accessible on different operating systems (however the compatibility is lower than HTML5 apps). Pros Hybrid apps are consistent across operating systems By sharing source codes across multiple operating systems environments developers can reduce both time and cost Cons The APP file sizes are large and slow, leading to reduced performance The user experience quality of a hybrid application usually doesn’t match that of a native APP Hybrid applications provide a great number of benefits especially around cost reduction which is extremely attractive to start-up companies or enterprises which have a plan to run and maintain their own application across multiple operating systems. BIXOLON offers an Xamarin SDK which allows apps available in Android and iOS the same performance. With many APP options available, it is up to the customer to access their working environments and strategies when considering which application type to take. BIXOLON printer solutions can support various types of SDKs to fulfil many user’s business environments. To access BIXOLON’s full SDK range, visit the BIXOLON Technical Download page. For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com or contact your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    September 20, 2018

  • Press Release

    BIXOLON launches New Product Technology Documentation Website for the Developer Community

    June 27, 2018

    BIXOLON Co., Ltd a leading global Mobile, Label and POS Printer manufacturer today announced the launch of a NEW mPOS technology website, DOCS.BIXOLON.COM aimed at the System Integrator and Software Developer community to provide support centred around BIXOLON’s B-gate intelligent hub solution. The site supports BIXOLON B-gate SDK API integration information for applications and test sample code. This enables developers to integrate BIXOLON printing technology into their cloud-based (remote printing) and web-based (local network printing) applications, supporting HTML5. Alongside native applications for Windows®, iOS® & Android®. DOCS.BIXOLON.COM provides an insight into B-gate through tutorials, development environments, sample apps, APIs and a complete technology guide. “BIXOLON highly values its global SI/VAR community and want to help develop and boost dynamic printing products into new markets and applications,” cites John Kim Marketing Director, BIXOLON Ltd. “BIXOLON’s NEW technical website will provide its community with an additional dimension of development support, allowing developers to navigate which BIXOLON printing device is the best fit for their application.” Launched in 2017, B-gate is a cost-effective intelligent mPOS hub solution which seamlessly connects to the host tablet device (via Bluetooth communication) while supporting 1 charging port and up to 4 USB peripherals (scanner, cash drawer, customer display, RFID reader scales, etc). The mPOS hub can print receipts or online orders through a native, web and cloud-based mPOS application with B-gate SDK’s (Software Development Kits). BIXOLON’s mPOS connectivity hub is available on the following BIXOLON thermal printer models - B-gate, SRP-Q300H and SRP-F310II. For more information visit http://docs.bixolon.com/index.php or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative. - o - About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label, Auto ID and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2017, for the fourth consecutive year BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 32.9% market share.

    June 27, 2018

  • Press Release

    BIXOLON Releases Xamarin and Apache Cordova SDKs

    August 24, 2017

    BIXOLON Co., Ltd. a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, today announced two new software solutions to speed development of cross-platform printing applications for its broad family of mobile and stationary POS receipt printers. The first POS printer manufacturer to offer development tools for the Xamarin and Apache Cordova OS-independent development platforms, BIXOLON created the new tools in response to customer demand for faster and easier development of printing functionality across POS platforms and operating systems. The new tools offer significant benefits including lower app development costs, faster time to market, simple integration of printer functions and the ability to migrate BIXOLON printers to future platforms and applications as business needs change. “Many POS applications were initially developed for a specific platform. Our goal is to align with the future of mobile applications and that means simplifying cross-platform development,” noted John Kim, BIXOLON director of Marketing. “Mobile devices dominate the POS landscape and moving apps to newer and broader platforms is key to ISV revenue growth—but it’s a lengthy and expensive process. BIXOLON’s new Xamarin and Cordova SDKs enable ‘write once, run anywhere’ simplicity by using the programmer’s already-familiar development environment.” The Xamarin Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to integrate BIXOLON printers into new mobile applications using the Microsoft® C# programming language. The SDK provides a library of APIs (NuGet package), manual and sample code to speed cross-platform development and integrate BIXOLON printers into cross-platform apps targeting the Android™, iOS® and Windows® platforms. The SDK enables developers to easily integrate printer functions including printing of text, images, one and two-dimensional barcodes (PDF417, QR code), check printer status and page mode, and supports printer connection via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet. The Xamarin SDK is now available for the following BIXOLON thermal receipt printer models: mPOS Printers: SRP-380, SRP-350PlusIII, SRP-350III POS Printers: SRP-S300, SRP-330II Mobile Printers: SPP-R210, SPP-R200III, SPP-R310, SPP-R410, SPP-R400II The Apache Cordova™ Software Development Kit (SDK) enables web programmers to develop new hybrid web applications. The SDK provides a Plugin, API manual and sample code to integrate BIXOLON printers with front-end web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) to enable printing from hybrid web applications. Using the Cordova SDK, developers can easily integrate printer functions including printing of text, images, one and two-dimensional barcodes (PDF417, QR code), check printer status and page mode, and supports printer connection via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB (Android™). The Cordova SDK is now available for Android™ and iOS® on the following BIXOLON thermal receipt printer models (with Windows® support slated for Q4, 2017): mPOS Printers: SRP-Q300, SRP-380, SRP-350PlusIII, SRP-350III POS Printers: SRP-330II, SRP-275III Mobile Printers: SPP-R210, SPP-R200III, SPP-R310, SPP-R410, SPP-R400II Availability Software tools are now available for designated models. Contact your BIXOLON sales representative for more information. About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2017, for the fourth year in a row, BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 32.9% market share. For more information, contact us at http://www.bixolon.com, or follow us on these social channels: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. BIXOLON is a trademark of BIXOLON Co, Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

    August 24, 2017

  • Press Release

    BIXOLON Releases Google Chrome SDK

    August 22, 2017

    BIXOLON Co., Ltd. a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, today announced a new software development kit to speed development of Chrome-Based receipt printing applications. The first POS printer manufacturer to offer development tools for the Google Chrome OS™, BIXOLON created the new SDK in response to customer demand for faster and easier integration of Chrome-Based POS & Kiosk applications. SDK benefits include lower app development costs, faster time to market, simple integration of printer functions and the ability to migrate BIXOLON printers to future platforms and applications as business needs change. “Progressive retailers are adopting Chrome-Based POS applications to engage mobile shoppers through targeting and personalization while leveraging the goldmine of shopper analytics,” noted John Kim, BIXOLON director of Marketing. “Chrome tablet and kiosk are gaining popularity for their speed, flexibility and IT efficiency. BIXOLON’s new Chrome SDK delivers programmers a simple way to develop fast, low-overhead mPOS printing functions into their Google Chrome applications.” The Google Chrome Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to deliver applications across multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, OS X) with one code base (Javascript, HTML5 or CSS). The SDK includes a Javascript library file, sample code and API manual to speed development, enabling BIXOLON printers to print from any Chrome OS device or Chrome browser. The Chrome SDK enables developers to easily integrate printer functions including printing of text and images, one and two-dimensional barcodes (PDF417, QR code), check printer status and reroute print (routing of print files to an alternative printer when the primary printer is in error or offline). The SDK supports printer connection via Wi-Fi and Ethernet, with Bluetooth support slated for Q4, 2017. Availability The Chrome SDK is now available for the BIXOLON SRP-Q300 3-inch thermal cube printer, SRP-350PlusIII 3-inch thermal mPOS receipt printer and SRP-275III 3-inch impact POS printer. The SDK will be available for additional BIXOLON POS & Mobile printer models by Q4, 2017. Contact your BIXOLON sales representative for more information. About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2017, for the fourth year in a row, BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 32.9% market share. For more information, contact us at http://www.bixolon.com, or follow us on these social channels: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. BIXOLON is a trademark of BIXOLON Co, Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

    August 22, 2017

  • Press Release

    BIXOLON Releases Auto-Format 4”X6” Label Driver and Linux SDK

    May 2, 2017

    BIXOLON Co., Ltd. a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, today announced two new software solutions developed to enhance printing application development and bring greater functionality and flexibility to its broad receipt and label printer lineup. “We are committed to software and tools that add value to BIXOLON products in the field,” cited John Kim, BIXOLON director of marketing. “Our products have a long life, so whenever we can deliver new functionality that increases the ROI for our existing users, we’re going to invest in development.” The Z46 Windows Driver, now available for all BIXOLON 4-inch direct thermal label printers, automatically resizes and formats an A-4 sized 8.5”x11” print file to an A6-sized 4”x6” file. The new driver eliminates the need to reformat print files when creating 4”x6” shipping labels, shelf labels, product labels, packing lists, delivery invoices, reports, coupons, tickets and other documents on 4”x6” media. The new driver also enables printing on a wide range of media including thermal receipt paper rolls, tickets and labels. BIXOLON users in warehousing, logistics, direct store delivery (DSD), retail inventory management, hotel management and law enforcement applications will see immediate benefits in the new automated label functionality. Many 4”x6” labels today are still printed on laser or inkjet printers, which are considerably more expensive to purchase and operate than thermal printers due to their higher cost of consumables. By printing larger 4”x6” labels on existing BIXOLON thermal label printers, users increase the ROI of their BIXOLON devices, lower cost per label, and potentially eliminate the need for additional inkjet or laser printers in busy warehouse environments. The Z46 driver can be installed in seconds, and is compatible with all BIXOLON 4-inch desktop label printers (contact your BIXOLON sales representative for more information). The Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available for the complete line of BIXOLON mobile POS receipt and label printers. The SDK provides a library of API’s and sample code to speed development of printing applications, enabling BIXOLON printers to print from any desktop PC or mobile computer running a Linux-based application. The SDK enables developers to quickly and easily integrate printer functions including text/barcode/image printing, page mode printing, printer status check capability, direct I/O, MSR and SCR functions, auto calibration of label printers and more. “With its inherent lower cost, stability and security, organizations are beginning to look at Linux as an ideal alternative for their enterprise systems,” cited John Kim. “BIXOLON will continue to be proactive in delivering the software tools that enable software developers to deliver cost efficient, scalable and robust printing applications.” The SDK supports Linux Kernel 2.6.32 and later and is available for download here. About BIXOLON BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2016, for the third year in a row, BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 31.9% market share. For more information, contact us at http://www.bixolon.com, or follow us on these social channels: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

    May 2, 2017