Once you have NFC tags the next step is learning how to encode your tags. Encoding NFC tags at home or in your office does not need to be intimidating. Using the GoToTags Windows app or the GoToTags Encoding Software, you can easily encode tags for personal or corporate use.
Which method should I use?
Both of the following encoding methods write NFC tag. It is up to you to decide which method works best for your application depending on technology available as well as the number of tags you are encoding. If you are writing 50 or fewer tags in a day, the GoToTags Windows app works well. If you want to write a large number of tags with variable data (uniquely identifiable data) the GoToTags encoding software is the most versatile and efficient option.
Encoding NFC Tags using the GoToTags Windows App:
What you will need:
- NFC tags
- A GoToTags compliant NFC Reader
- Microsoft Windows PC with Windows 7 or higher.
- The GoToTags Windows App software
Using the free GoToTags Windows App software you can encode up to 50 tags per day.
- Download the GoToTags Windows App and install the software by following the prompts on the screen. When installation is complete open the Windows App program.
3. Select the Add a New Record icon in the left corner, the symbol is a white sheet of paper with a green dot. Select the NFC record type you want to write on your tags: Android App, Application, Bing Map, Bing Search, Contact Info, Email, Facebook Profile, etc.
4. After selecting the record type, a Record window will appear prompting you to fill out the data for your tags. Complete the record and click OK.
5. Press the circular Encode NFC Tags button to begin encoding. Tap NFC tags to the attached NFC Reader to write tag data.
6. The Encode NFC Tags pop up window will appear. In the bottom left hand corner the window indicates how many tags you have successfully encoded. If you want your tags locked, check the “Make NFC tag permanently read-only” box. This feature locks tags so they cannot be erased or overwritten. Users should exercise caution when locking tags, ensure all data is accurate and complete before locking permanently. When you are finished encoding click Done.
7.If you will be encoding more NFC tags with this data, or need to split your project into multiple sessions, you can save the NFC record type by clicking the floppy disk Save icon.
Encoding Tags using the GoToTags Encoding Software:
What you will need:
- Microsoft Windows PC with Windows 7 or higher
- The GoToTags Encoder Application
- Subscription Code
- A GoToTags compliant NFC Reader
- NFC Tags
Using the GoToTags encoding software you can write up to 100 NFC tags per month for free. After 100 tags, the cost per tag is based on a monthly cumulative pricing model.
- Download the GoToTags software, install and fill out your subscription information.
Do not alter the structure of the encoding excel file in any way. Do not delete columns or worksheets even if you will not be using them. Any changes to the file structure will break the file making it unusable.
I. Open the GoToTags Encoding Excel file in Microsoft Windows Excel. This file is where you will enter the information you want stored on the NFC tags. When you have opened the file, notice the tabs at the bottom of the document: Instructions, Website, Text, VCard, Email, SMS and Uri. These tabs indicate the different record types that can be encoded. Look at each tab to get a general idea of the document layout. Each file contains the following generic columns: Read Only, Identity and Notes.
Read Only: Allows you to lock the tag so it cannot be rewritten.
Identity: A unique value for each NFC tag, used to correlate encoding with printed data. This is not encoded on the tag, so filling out this portion is not required.
Notes: This section is for the operator and allows you to make any necessary notes.
II.Click on the tab that represents the information you want to encode on your tags (ie. Website, Text, VCard, etc). Keep in mind you can only enter data from one worksheet at a time.
III. Enter your first row of data within the blue box starting on the 2nd row. Only columns marked with a * are required to have data.
IV.Use the excel Fill Handle tool to drag down the blue box from the bottom right corner for multiple rows of data. Enter data for each tag, if you are encoding 50 tags with the same data there will need to be 50 columns filled with the information.
V. Fill out the Read Only column by entering TRUE or FALSE. TRUE indicates the tag will be locked as read-only permanently, FALSE indicates the tag can be overwritten.
VI. Once you have completely filled out and saved the encoding file you are ready to encode your NFC tags.
- Plug in your NFC Reader to your computer.
4. Double click to open the GoToTags encoding software. In the top left hand corner select the reader you are using, it should be listed in the drop down menu. Make sure you use the green refresh button to refresh the encoding file to ensure all data is up to date. The software will indicate whether all encoding files are valid via the status column.
- Select the type of NFC Chip you will be encoding from the NFC Chip drop down menu near the top of the screen. The chip options are based on the reader you selected; only the chip types supported by the reader are given as options. If you will be using multiple NFC chip types for the project you will need to select Any NFC Chip Type from the drop down menu.
6. If your data looks correct click the red circular “Start button” to begin encoding. If any of your tags are Read Only a window will appear to ensure you understand these tags cannot be rewritten. If you are confident your tag data is correct, select Yes.
7. Now tap your NFC tags on the NFC reader to encode tags. If you do not wish to encode all tags in one session, you may split encoding into multiple sessions by saving the tags file and reopening it later.
8. When encoding is finished you will notice the UID and Tag Tech columns are now automatically filled in. Save these results with your project name, this will open the excel data with the data. This file may be useful to send to the end customer to demonstrate encoding results.
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