New features, fixes and improvements requested by Orca users

Extract barcode data with Orca Variables

21 Mar 2022

We’ve introduced Orca Variables to make it easier to extract data from barcodes, add $GS1:GTIN or $HIBC:PCN as a default value and scan a UDI barcode (more info at )

We also fixed a few UI issues.

Added support for UDI barcodes

8 Mar 2022

Hello, this update includes:

As always, let us know what you’d like to see next

Photos are finally here!

22 Oct 2021

You can now add images of your items. Whether you want to show proof of delivery, capture a photo for quality purposes or show product variations, it’s now possible!

Capture multiple values from dropdowns by editing a field/column and enabling multi-select. A few ways you might use this:

Now supporting Datalogic scanners

12 Jul 2021

Added support for Datalogic barcode scanners (thanks for the nudge Nathalie)

Print barcodes from mobile, in 3 taps

1 May 2021

We’ve made it a little easier to print barcodes from the mobile app:

Let there be light (theme)

1 May 2021

Introducing… Light theme (settings > use light theme)

Templates, hardware are more

14 Apr 2021

We added templates to help you track more, faster. A few of our favourites:

Medical Device Tracking

Scan UDI barcodes on medical devices, and we’ll populate the make, model, expiry date etc.

Drug Tracking

Scan FMD barcodes on drug packaging, and we’ll populate batch, lot and expiry dates.

Vehicle Tracking

Scan VIN barcodes, and we’ll populate make, model, location etc.

Book Cataloging

Scan ISBN barcodes on books, and we’ll populate title, author, number of pages etc.

Orca Scan now works with the , , and range of hardware scanners 💪

And finally… you can now reorder your sheets by dragging the tabs 🚀

Introducing templates

19 Feb 2021

We’re super pleased to introduce templates! Simply create a new sheet, select what you’d like to track (Inventory, Books, Medical Devices etc), and we’ll set up your sheet with all the fields you need to do a great job :)

View deleted rows

1 Feb 2021

Hi there, just a quick update.

You can now view deleted items, and see who deleted them, when, and from which device. Simply hit the History button on the toolbar and select the Deleted rows tab:

Happy scanning 👋

Supporting Linea Pro Barcode Sled (Infinite Peripherals)

8 Jan 2021

Orca Scan now works with the Linea Pro Barcode Sled from Infinite Peripherals. BIG thanks to Israel & Jose for the suggestion.

Use column values in Triggers

1 Nov 2020

You can now use the value of columns in your triggers 🎉

Let’s say you have a stock list with Barcode, Name, Quantity and Min Stock level :

You can use the value of the Min Stock within a trigger to say: :

With that trigger in place, if the Quantity drops below Min Stock for any of your products, an email notification will be sent asking to reorder the item:

To use a column value in a trigger, simply wrap the column name in square brackets [Min Stock].

Hasta luego 👋

Import and export Triggers

1 Nov 2020

Triggers are a great way to add custom functionality to your sheet, from showing and hiding fields to breaking apart barcodes and sending notification as data changes.

To make them even easier to work with, we’ve added the ability to import/export to Excel.

Here are the triggers used in the Medical Device Tracking template to extract data from GS1 barcodes into separate fields:

And the same triggers are exported to Excel:

Hope this helps!

Launching contactless forms

26 Oct 2020

We’ve just launched , a simple alternative to paper forms.

View your assets and inventory on a map

25 Sep 2020

You can now view the location of all your assets and inventory in real-time ✨

A few more updates from the team:

Send SMS messages using triggers

1 Sep 2020

Emails notifications are great for things that need attention , but what if something needs attention right-away?

You can now send an SMS message to up to 10 people per trigger the instant something happens:

You can also send email notifications to multiple recipients now too 🎉

Until next time 🖖

Track your assets on a map

1 Aug 2020

As requested, we’ve added the ability to view the location of your assets. Just click the map button at the bottom of your sheet:

View the entire location history by clicking the asset pin and View History:

Let us know what you think

Remove yourself from a sheet

31 Jul 2020

You know all those sheets people keep adding you to? Well, you can now remove yourself.

Just right-click the sheet tab and hit Remove Sheet 🎉

BIG thanks to James for the suggestion👌

Transfer ownership of a sheet

31 Jul 2020

Hello 👋!

You can now between user accounts. Simply:

Let us know what you’d like to see next.

Triggers launch

10 Jan 2020

we’re super pleased to launch - simple logic to do things like:

Splitting barcodes with regular expressions

2 Dec 2019

You can now break barcodes apart into different fields using regular expressions within triggers. Simple, yet powerful!

Trigger field changes with other field values

16 Nov 2019

We’re super excited to introduce triggers! You can now show/hide/set and clear fields based on the value of other fields. We’ve added the ability to set and clear required status using triggers :)

Introducing Signature fields

10 Sep 2019

Web app updates

Mobile app updates

New Data Visualization Tools

19 Jul 2019

Many of you asked for more analytics and reporting, so we’re pleased to now announce integrations with both and .

You can now:

Other updates:

Web app

Mobile app

Connect Orca Scan to your systems

4 Jun 2019

We’re super pleased to announce the release of and . You can now connect Orca Scan directly to your systems using simple HTTP requests and without complex APIs.

Launching Data Sources

18 Apr 2019

You can now making it possible to:

Pinning values

14 Apr 2019

We’ve added the ability to Pin values on fields, so you can enter data once and repeat it for every scan.

First hardware integrations

8 Apr 2019

Orca Scan now works with hardware scanners such as the and Bluetooth scanners such as the .

Support for Symbol CS4070

30 Mar 2019

Added support for Symbol CS4070 bluetooth barcode scanner

Bluetooth scanner support

20 Mar 2019

As requested, we’ve added support for Bluetooth barcode scanners. To get started, simply:

(1) Pair your Bluetooth scanner with your device as normal

(2) Open Orca Scan

(3) Start scanning using your Bluetooth scanner

Microsoft Excel integration is live

17 Dec 2018

You can now connect Orca Scan directly to Microsoft Excel 2016, removing the need to manually export/import data.

Google Sheets integration is live

13 Dec 2018

As requested, you can now automagically send your Orca Scan data to Google Sheets!

Introducing the Barcode Generator

31 Oct 2018

You can now create barcodes with Orca Scan

Cloud Sheets released

19 Oct 2018

Orca Scan Mobile:

Cloud Sheets:

Orca Scan beta released

2 Nov 2016

The first version of Orca Scan has been released onto the Apple and iOS App Store. This is a revamped, rebranded version of Barcode Bulk Scanner initially released onto the app stores on 13 August 2016.