ZC350 magnetic encoding without SDK

I just "upgraded" to a ZC350 printer having used an older Zebra and then an Evolis card printer with mag. encoding. Previously, it was very easy to write to Track 1 just by sending a string to the card printer enclosed by the sentinels or delimiters. Is this still possible with the ZC350? I've installed the Link-OS SDK but I don't use Java nor .Net for the Point of Sale application that I use in house.

Any suggestions?

I've got ZC350 with which I've attempted to print the macro for mag encoding from word as a test, on the old P310 and p420 series this would encode cards, it doesn't do anything except print a blank card - no mag encoding.

Looking through the manuals for the ZC Windows driver I'd say that the old method used for mag encoding aren't available on the ZC300 series printers. I've also got the feeling it isn't available on the ZXP 3, 7, 8 and 9 ranges either.

If you're using C++ in MS Visual Studio you might be able to use the .Net sdk if you enable cli compatibility on the project as you should be able to reference the .net classes.

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Thanks for looking into it.

I ended up developing a quick Java program to encode the mag. card before our POS program prints the card. Works but I much prefer the original way of encoding mag. cards.

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Hi Ian,

My feeling is that you are running already the sample code in java for the ZC350 with magnetic encoding. Do you have access to your point of sale software? If so, which type of developing environment is using?

MC

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I just modified the sample Java program to work with a few parameters (printer IP, track 1 data) and to hold the card. I updated my Point-of-Sale program to call the Java program to mag encode the card and then to print the card (gift card, season pass, staff pass etc.) Works well. POS program has been developed/updated in house over the past 15 years using Embarcadero Delphi.

I just preferred it when I could include a sentinel enclosed string in the output to the card printer and the card printer recognized the string and mag encoded the card.

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do you have already a solution? i would need magnetic encoding for ZC300 with or with SDK

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