Macbook: help. cuecat does not work
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I followed all the directions and my newly arrived cuecat does not work. I purchased a macbook about a year ago, I'm not sure which version of operating system I have.
Does anybody else have a macbook?
Assuming red lights - if you open a text editor (I think the default is TextEdit for Mac OS X - don't use Word or anything complicated), click in it and scan a bar code, do you get anything? You should get some scrambled letters - something like .C3nZC3nZC3n2CNT3ENfYDxnY.cGen.ENr7C3j6E.... Do you get: nothing at all, a popup asking about something else (a camera is one possibility), numbers, or the scrambled letters? Or something else?
Nothing: Is NumLock on? If it's off, you're sending cursor signals which won't print anything.
Popup: um...the best solution I've seen for this is neutering - the codes the Cat sends when un-neutered sometimes trigger another program
Numbers: You have a neutered Cat - and I have no idea what the problem is, if you can get numbers NumLock is on and all the other standard problems don't affect a neutered Cat.
Scrambled letters (but LT isn't finding codes): are you using US-default keyboards? Is NumLock on? CapsLock off? This is how an un-neutered Cat should work, so either the wrong letters are coming up (caused by a non-US-Standard keyboard layout) or you're scanning the wrong thing (the bar code on the back is sometimes not the ISBN - the correct bar code is inside the front cover). But since you say it doesn't work at all, I suspect you're not getting this far.
Please do post some more details, both of you. The CueCat is a wonderful object once you get it working, I'd like to help.
Finding that, it works for me -- Mac OSX 10.4.11, Mini.
I was using the big obvious bar code on the outside of the first two books I tried.
One, a newer one, does have a barcode inside -- that works.
The other, older, has only the outside back cover bar code -- and does not.
Sigh. Most of the books I'd hoped to catalog are too old to have this inside-front-cover novelty. Oh well.
On the other hand, the ISBN is usually listed with the back bar code even if it's not barcoded. My 10-number (number-pad) typing has improved tremendously with LT, even with my CueCat available...
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The CueCatentry number is the barcode but it doesn't actually add it to my list.
I can copy and paste the number and then get the book but that doesn't seem like that should be the way it works.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
ETA - um, though my Cat is neutered. I don't know if LT's Cat decoder transmits the right thing to LoC, though I would expect it would.
This is one of those things that once you get it, or if you can get someone who knows how to show you, it's really easy. But it's _hard_ to figure out the exact right way to do it, without being shown. Hmmm...I wonder if there's a YouTube video for scanning with the Cat?
And by the way - as I said, it took me a long time to figure out my Cat. But when I declawed it, scanning became _much_ easier. The operation is really not complicated, and the results are great - not only easier scanning (and it can get codes it used to fail on - smaller, blurry, or in a small light space), but you've got a bar code reader that will work anywhere, not just in LT. Try it! There's instructions linked through the FAQ on this group's page.
When I plug my Cat in (to my Windows computers), I get the USB bleep but it doesn't show up as anything - as a keyboard or whatever. I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'it won't recognize my keyboard'.
The one that looks like it's working but you don't get anything - have you tried all the tips above about fast, slow, holding it straight, etc? And have you tried scanning into a text program rather than onto LT?
And I repeat my suggestion to modify the Cat; it really does solve a lot of problems. Beyond that...I just don't know.
Note: Apple computer keyboards and keyboards without numeric keypads do not have a Num Lock key.
So where does that leave us? My CueCat is not registering any numbers, or gibberish.
I'm not sure you need the NumLock button for a Mac. For a test, open up TextEdit and hit Return a bunch of times. Go to the middle of the page (so there's a bunch of returns both above and below the line you're on) and hit Space a bunch of times. Then try to scan. If the cursor goes wandering all over the page, you do need NumLock and we'll have to try to figure something out - the Cat is passing cursor codes instead of numbers/letters. If it sits in one place and produces nothing at all, something's wrong - again, it needs to be solid to scan, so if it's not doing that that needs to be fixed (or replaced) before you can move on to the next step.
I am running Win 7 and the CueCat is recognised as a USB Input Device and shows up on Device Manager. It has installed as Ready to Use
I have an Apple keyboard and the number pad produces numbers (not cursor movements) so I presume Number lock is on (there is a toggle button just above the 7 on the number pad.
The red light is blinking on the CueCat and goes solid red when I hold it against a surface.
I found replies 5 and 14 helpful and am trying to scan a barcode on the white back of a paperback with a number starting 978 (above it the ISBN shows all the numbers which follow 978 underneath).
I am not sure what reply 14 means by "you scan the Cat up and down, not side to side on the code" - I have tried moving the CueCat from left to right and from right to left along the bar code (as shown in GreyHead's CueCat Guide).
I have put the cursor into a new Notepad window before activating the CueCat, but nothing whatever appears in the text window when I move the CueCat over the barcode.
I have also tried scanning with the cursor in the Add Books position in LibraryThing, but nothing appears.
Does anyone know what I am doing wrong please?
Most of my books are quite old and have the ISBN on the back (many of them in a small white box) - does this mean that CueCat will not work for them (see reply 4), if I get it to work at all?
I have looked at some other threads, and have tried the CueCat on a book with a larger barcode (which happens to be on a yellow background). I managed to get output to Notepad twice, it seemed to be when I held the CueCat very lightly and did not press down on the page. However, I could not get output into LibraryThing, and now I cannot get it to work in Notepad again.
(When I copied and pasted the ISBN which it had managed to read from Notepad into LibraryThing it found the correct book)
I have since managed to get one barcode directly into LibraryThing, but most of the time there is no output.
I am not sure what I am doing wrong (or, occasionally, right!)
Up and down - I meant, the Cat's head and paws are parallel to the bars, rather than being set across them - the top of the Cat is towards either the spine or the open side, not the top (or bottom) of the book. Left to right or right to left don't make any difference. Again, you've gotten it to work sometimes, so you're doing that right - though one thing that might be causing problems is if you're (sometimes) holding the Cat slightly skewed to the bar code. As straight as possible, hold it lightly on the page (or even just barely above the page), move at the right speed (not one fast swipe, but not creeping over the bar code either).
It's perfectly capable of reading 99% of bar codes in a little box on the back of the book - a few are either too small, or damaged (scratched or whatever) and it can't handle that. But you might try checking inside the front cover and if there's a barcode there (not the short/long bars, but a normal one with thick/thin bars), try scanning that instead.
Beyond that, all I can say is keep trying. As I said in >14 jjmcgaffey:, when I started I was getting maybe one scan in 20; it took a while, but finally it clicked for me and now I can scan just about every time.