The primary goal of Dee Count for iPad is to count inventory. Compare count totals by reviewing the totals menu, exporting results to another application, or import inventory details and comparison quantities. Printing totals is also supported. If looking for inventory management, another app may be better.
Armed with a bar code scanner, quickly count items by package quantity and organize by room, section, or shelf. Switch to manual entry for products without bar codes. A log shows recent counts to review mistakes such as double counts or missed scans. Add photos to help identify the locations, and add product descriptions to items.
Version 1.6 update notes on the blog.
If you have any questions, use the form on the Software page or comment below.
As with any software, results are susceptible to input error. It is advisable to include other counting methods or repeated trials. Store your primary inventory in a separate software solution. Use of Dee Count is at your discretion.
Bar Code Scanner
A scanner is optional, but recommended. Choose a bar code scanner that is compatible with iPad working like an external keyboard such as the Serialio Scanfob 2002. Depending on the scanner, switching to the on-screen keyboard may include scanning a code or using an eject button.
Scanning Bar Codes with Camera
Version 1.6 added support for scanning bar codes using the iPad camera with iOS 7 or newer. The “Scan Bar Codes” button appears when the on-screen keyboard is visible. (You may need to eject an external keyboard device or tap the add box.) Holding the camera a few inches away from the bar code, a blue line will appear over a recognized code along with the value. Tap the camera view to add selected code. Recognition success depends on size and quality of bar code. Recommended to use a device newer than iPad 2 with a 1080p camera.
Dee Count starts with a single location. It is best to break down work into manageable sections such as rooms, aisles, or shelving units. This will simplify re-counting and finding your items later. In Dee Count, we call these “locations.”
If you make a mistake, you may edit the location by tapping Edit button to change location name, delete items, or change the photo. Remove the location by tapping the garbage can at the bottom.
- Count by common quantities (1, 3, 12) or user-defined amount (?)
- Log shows recent count order
- View total counts and item count by location
- Delete items using the Edit button and click the minus symbol beside the item
- Add or update location photo using the Edit button
- Export count totals by email or to other apps that supports text files
- Import item details and comparison quantities using tab-separated values (TSV) text file
- Restart All Counts without losing item descriptions or locations
- Clear All Items descriptions and counts without losing locations
- Settings toggle to include zero counts in Totals, which might be helpful for comparison counts. Default is off (don’t show zeros)
- Scan bar codes using iPad camera (requires iOS 7 or newer)
You may export total counts to email or “open in” another application that supports text files. Choose CSV for applications that support comma-separated or TSV for tab separation (tab-delimited.)
Import Item Descriptions and Comparison Counts
Importing descriptions and quantities will not change your counts. The quantities will be used for comparison in the totals. A matching item number will update description and comparison count, and an unmatched item number will add a new item with zero count.
Importing a text file requires TSV (tab-seperated values) in the following order: item number (UPC,) item description, quantity. The file should have extension “dcz” which you may use the open-in feature from email or an app like Dropbox.
Detailed example of importing inventory from accounting software:
You may re-count as you go by editing the location, or adding a temporary location and keep the one that is correct. Another method is to use the comparison count feature. After finishing your first round of counting, export your totals (email or select Open DCZ In) and import the file (from email, Dropbox, or in iTunes.) This will become your comparison counts. Tap Restart All Counts and you’re ready to re-count and compare totals.
If you have a second person independently counting, you may email (or Dropbox) the totals to their device for comparison.
Support and Feedback
If you have questions or feedback, you may leave a comment below or contact support using the form on the Software page.
~David G Shrock