2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 9, 2016 1:12 PM by Manuel Caicedo-Rivera

    Converting Image to Send to Bluetooth Low Energy Printer on IOS

    Andrew Moultrie

      Hi guys,

       

      In our use-case, we want to support users being able to use Zebra printers through our IOS application connecting via Bluetooth Low Energy.  When we go to print, the label that we print may contain a logo (that we want to pre-load onto the printer).

       

      Looking at the Zebra SDK, I see the ability to storeImage() onto a printer.  However, as I understand it, this SDK does not support BLE, as it does not have a connection that interacts with CoreBluetooth at all.

       

      I have already implemented the logic to send the label to the printer using BLE service/characteristics, etc.  This works perfectly (as long as I stay under the 512 byte limit).  I know there is a ZPL command to store an image (specifically ^DG), and have some familiarity with the way it works.  My problem right now, is trying to implement the logic to go from UIImage (or CGImage) to the correct hex string that the printer will support, so that it can be recalled later onto the labels we want to print.

       

      To add to this complexity, these cannot be pre-converted and added statically at build time, because they are dictated by the user of our application.

       

      Any help would be greatly appreciated!