We have made a few updates to our built-in scanner that should drastically improve performance and usability in certain situations.
We have added a button that allows you to switch cameras if your device has more than one. This is especially useful when:
You are using a desktop or laptop and you want to choose a specific webcam
You are using a tablet as a kiosk, and it is easier to scan with the front-facing camera than the rear-facing camera
There is a new Viewfinder button that will toggle a viewfinder overlay on or off. This is more than just eye candy though: when enabled, the scanner will only search the area within the viewfinder window. We have noticed significant improvements in scan performance with the viewfinder enabled, especially for extremely small barcodes.
Light On Dark Support
Where applicable, our scanner will now automatically read codes that are printed with “inverted” colors – that is, white or light codes on black or dark backgrounds.
For example, tiny light-on-dark Data Matrix codes are commonly found on the bottom of electronics like Logitech MX-series mice and newer Dell laptops. These codes can now be scanned easily, especially with the Viewfinder enabled:
If you notice any difference with the scanner – positive or negative! – please let us know! We love to hear how we are doing and how we can improve.
A new template is available when generating asset tags for printing: Avery L6009. This template generates 45.7mm x 21.2mm tags, 48 per sheet. The template uses standard A4 sheets and is polyester film that can be printed with a standard laser printer.
Avery L6009 labels can be purchased easily from multiple countries, including the US and UK.
Our Labels report (previously called Asset Tags) has been expanded to support printing labels from People records.
We have received many requests to support printing scannable labels for borrowers as well as assets, and this new report makes the process much easier.
To print scannable labels for people in your Assetbots directory, follow these steps:
Make sure you have a Person field that can be used as an identifier, like Badge ID or Employee ID. The easiest place to source this data is using an integration like our Azure Active Directory or Google Workspace integrations.
Visit the Reports tab and click on Labels. Choose People under Print labels for, and then choose the field you created in step 1 under Tag ID field.
Click Next and select the Person records you would like to print labels for.
It is important to note that your Badge ID or Employee ID values should be unique, even across your asset Tag values. When scanning from a kiosk, Assetbots will search all Asset and Person records for the best match, so if you have the same ID in multiple places it may not behave as expected.
Pro tip: Did you know you can do text replacements in our Labels report? You can reference any field using that field’s Key, which can be found in the Edit Fields dialog. Simply place the key between double curly brackets to add the field’s value to your tags. For example, I can print tags that include my employee’s Name and Email like this:
A new template is available when generating asset tags for printing: Avery L6011. This template generates 63.5mm x 29.6mm tags, 27 per sheet. The template uses standard A4 sheets and is metallic film that can be printed with a standard laser printer.
Avery L6011 labels can be purchased easily from multiple countries, including the US and UK.
We are excited to release the Assetbots REST API to all customers, including those on free plans!
Our API has been available to select customers for a few months as we worked to make sure we were making the right data available in the right ways. We are now happy enough with v1 to share it with everyone.
Head over to the Settings tab and click on API Keys to get started. You can create your own API keys with the same permissions levels that are available when inviting collaborators.
We would love to hear about what you build – so please let us know. And if you need anything along the way, email us and we’d be happy to help!
We’ve added a new Branding section to the Preferences tab where you can upload your own custom logo. This is a great way to personalize your database even further and always keep your organization on-brand!
You can upload different logos for light- and dark-mode if you wish, but if your logo works for both we will automatically default to your light-mode logo in dark-mode.
Although the Assetbots logo is square, the space that contains it is a rectangle roughly 95px wide by 32px high. We recommend you upload a logo at double resolution, which translates to at least 190px wide by 64px high. Feel free to upload any image that works within these dimensions – Assetbots will make sure it looks great whether it’s square or rectangular.
Have you ever wanted to know which assets are your most frequently used? Our new Utilization report lets you explore your assets by how many times they’ve been checked out. Even better, the report fully time travels: you can see which were your top assets last month, last quarter or last year, as well as what your relative utilization was over that time.
While building this report we also added time travelling to our Borrowers report, which shows you your top borrowers over time.
Both reports offer instant exploration of your asset utilization as well as the ability to export data to an Excel or CSV file for further analysis.
We’re excited to announce the release of our Kandji integration. Automatically sync Kandji devices and users into your Assetbots database as assets and people.
This integration also offers the ability to perform two-way syncs of Kandji device assignments (as checkouts) and asset tag IDs, as well as perform device quick actions on Kandji devices right from Assetbots.
Take a look at our setup guide and connect your Kandji tenant to Assetbots today!
We’re happy to announce that you can now use our powerful field mapper to customize how your data is synced from Azure Active Directory and Google Workspace. During this deployment, we also added a standalone SCIM 2.0 integration that can be used to sync data from any SCIM-compatible provisioning client, including Okta, Auth0, and more.
The field mapper interface for integrations is the same as the one used during data import. The first time you visit an integration page, the mapper will do its best to auto-map your existing fields based on name and field type, but you can override and customize these suggestions at any time.
You can also create new fields during mapping, so you don’t have to jump back and forth between multiple screens.
Finally, you are able to set up your mappings before you enable an integration to make sure your data is synced correctly the first time.
If you have any questions about mapping or would like to see software you use integrated with Assetbots, please chat with us in-app or email us at [email protected].
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