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We get a lot of questions when it comes to Generic Code. There's an online version, and then there is a desktop version. The price difference is pretty big between the two, the desktop version is approximately $700, and the online version is $100.
The desktop version will give you access forever. You don't have to buy any updates if you don't want to and use them. At the same time, the online version allows you to have access wherever you're on your cell phone. Convenient and will always get the most up-to-date information—a hard decision to make as to which one is better. Many people use both, so here's a side-by-side comparison to help you make the best decision that you can.
G CODE LOCKSMITH SOFTWARE DESKTOP VERSION
On the desktop version, this is what's going to look like when you look up a code like 1760X, Vehicle Locks, and hit Search.
It's going to give you all the code series information, some little information about it, the key blank part number, and the type.
Clicking on it will give you all the stuff you need to know when doing any code work. There are the cuts, the spacing, the depths, and if you have HPC, like Blitz machine, you can print cards inside of the program by clicking the MAKE CARD button.
It is convenient and nice, especially if the vehicles are on different locks and no card comes with the package of cards when you buy a machine. Being able to print a card is super convenient.
At the bottom, you're going to see CUTS TO CODE and SEARCH IN SERIES. These are very important things to go ahead and do if you're decoding the lock and trying to find the missing bitting. It has a picture of the key blank, the key blank information, cross reference, and all of that fun stuff.
That's what it will look like when you open up a code inside of the generic code desktop version.
G CODE LOCKSMITH SOFTWARE ONLINE VERSION
The online version looks like the image below after you log in. It has the same options as the desktop version. There's the SEARCH DATABASE, KEY BLANK CROSS REFERENCE, and others.
Enter the Series Code and Lock Type. 1706X, Vehicle, and hit Search.
It will look a little different, but you're going to see the same information.
If you click View Details, it will display all of the same information, but it'll look a little different. You're going to have the details, the cuts, the spaces, the depths, the key blanks cross reference, the cuts to code, search and series, as well as the ability to look up the machine information. And with HPC in particular, you can go ahead and print the code card if you need to.
When it comes to all the standard stuff that you're going to want to do as far as looking up codes, all of that will be the same between the desktop version and the online version.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE G CODE DESKTOP AND ONLINE
There are a couple of things that I find very helpful on the desktop version that are not in the generic code online version. All the essentials are in both, but equipment machinery is a game-changer.
If customers call you up, and they're going to have a BOBCAT, or they're going to have some equipment that they need a key for and a lot of times, until you get a lot of experience, it can be challenging to figure out what it is. Using this screen can be helpful because as you start looking at what type of keys are used for Bobcat, you can also see the code series. It's essential for when you go out there; maybe there's a code on the face of the lock. From then, you're going to know more information to deal with it automatically. Same with the picture. Sometimes an image of a customer's existing key or when you look down in the profile, it can be pretty easy to narrow down if it's a single-sided key or a double-sided key based on the positioning. Or if there are wafers on both sides, or if maybe it's on one, but you can see the two groove patterns. That information can be beneficial.
It leaves you with a couple of thoughts that might help you make an informed decision. The first one will be 'IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO ALWAYS HAVE UP TO DATE INFORMATION?' With the online version, it's a yearly $100, but at all times, you're going to have the most up-to-date information that you can use on your phone, making it super simple. At the same time, you buy the desktop version, if you don't want ever to update it, you don't have to, and you don't have to incur any additional costs. At the same time, if you want to stay up to date on all the new code series coming out, that will be a problem. But I think a lot of it comes down to convenience. Is it using your phone to find the basic information and get the job done, or do you want to have to pull out your Windows device and look it up that way? There are also good use cases for both options. I hope this is helpful. In the comments below, I would love to know what you think about the two applications and what you prefer. Thank you, and we'll see next time.