We market a cloud based ERP system that runs in a remote data center. We are evaluating integrating with a 3rd party barcode management software. Users access and use our ERP system through a web browser at their location (Firefox). These users want to be able to manage and print barcodes using Bartender. Bartender would be installed, configured, and running on their local netowrk. The ERP system needs to be able to send a command to Bartender with pertinent information that would trigger it to print a label. I assume this "pertinent information" would be a template file name (xxx.btw) and any dynamic data that would be printed on the label (barcode#, Invoice#, Serial#, etc...). Labels would be managed by Software.
1) It appears that the TCP/IP method may be viable, but I cannot find any examples. It is referenced in a few places. However, detailed instructions on how to do it are never included. An example is here... http://www.seagullscientific.com/media/101569/overview-of-commander-new-201406.pdf . Is there some place that has specific instructions on using the TCP/IP method.
2) One thing that I have not found, and it amazes me that you would not have it, is a web service that would simply post print requests to. These print requests (probably XML) would include the pertinent information mentioned above. Does Bartender have a web service API that allows print jobs to be triggered and data passed via a web uri?
The file detection, email detection, and TCP/IP socket methods are very "old school" and do not work cleanly in today's cloud world. I saw a post here from Ian C - Technical Ninja at Seagull that says "At this time I'm unable to go into details, so please don't ask, but we have a new release coming soon that will include functionality that addresses this particular need." If that is truly the case, good job! When!!!??? (I'm asking :-) )