DataWedge provides barcode scanning and processing services for Zebra devices running Android. Included with every Zebra device, DataWedge enables all apps on the device (whether stock or added later) to acquire scanned data without using scanner APIs directly. DataWedge can be easily configured to automatically provide scanning services whenever a particular app is launched; to use a particular scanner, reader or other sensor; and to manipulate acquired data according to simple options or complex rules.
This document applies to:
- DataWedge 6.3.x, which requires:
- Scanner Framework 5.1.0 or higher, and
- SimulScan 1.9 or higher (on devices that support SimulScan)
APIs in DataWedge 6.3
- CLONE_PROFILE - creates a copy of an existing DataWedge Profile with settings.
- DELETE_PROFILE - deletes Profile(s) from the device.
- ENABLE_DATAWEDGE - switches DataWedge on or off.
- GET_ACTIVE_PROFILE - retrieves the name of the Profile currently in use.
- GET_PROFILES_LIST - retrieves a list of DataWedge Profiles on the device.
- RENAME_PROFILE - changes the name of an existing Profile.
DataWedge 6.3 builds on the new structure for launching Android intents Introduced in DataWedge 6.2, and can launch multiple intents as extras in a single intent action. DataWedge continues to support all original commands using their original syntax. For details, see the DataWedge API guide.
The version of DataWedge documented in this guide provides the following primary functions and options:
- Scan and process all major barcode symbologies
- Acquire barcodes, images, text, phone numbers, mag-stripe and other data
- Set DataWedge to acquire scanned data for one or more apps
- Create Profiles to implement specific DataWedge features for individual apps
- Enable/Disable decoding of individual symbologies to improve speed
- Set parameters for individual barcodes, scanners and readers
- Format output according to simple or custom rules
- Use plug-ins for data input, output and processing
- Import and export settings
- Remotely configure and mass-deploy settings via MDM
- Restore settings to factory defaults
- Apply remote settings changes immediately
- Handle escape characters with "string at" criteria in Advanced Data Formatting rules
Availability and operation of DataWedge features varies by device and operating system (which determine the DataWedge version installed on the device).
Ready to get started? Go to the DataWedge Setup guide.
Which Version is Installed?
To determine which DataWedge version is installed on a device:
1. On the device, locate and tap the DataWedge icon in the Launcher screen or App Drawer:
Launcher icon for DataWedge 6.x
2. Tap the "hamburger" menu. The DataWedge menu appears:
3. Tap About. The "About DataWedge" screen appears. The DataWedge version number is highlighted in the image below. Notice that the Scanner Framework version also is shown.
The "About DataWedge" box showing version numbers
4. If the DataWedge version on the device is different than that of this guide, visit the Zebra support site and download a device-specific Integrator Guide for reference.