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Techie Tip of the Week – 5 QR Code iPhone Apps

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Last week we talked about how to create QR codes. This week’s techie tip is a quick discussion of the top 5 iPhone Apps you could use to read, process, and use QR codes.

5 iPhone QR Code Apps

  1. RedLaser, by Ebay. This is a free app that scans QR, UPC, EAN, UPC-E and EAN-8 barcodes. In addition, it can search for prices with Google, TheFind, eBay and Half.com. Plus, it’ll create QR codes for your contacts, URLs, or text!
    Ebay's RedLaser
  2. Unboxed, by Mark Reid. The free version contains advertisements; the paid version removes the ads. Unboxed lets you read codes from the camera or the photo library, offers support for URL, text, SMS, FaceTime, phone number, YouTube video and email QR codes.
    Mark Reid's Unboxed
  3. Scan, by QR Code City. Scan is a simple, straightforward QR Code scanner. No need to take a photo or press a “scan” button. Simply point your device’s camera at a QR Code, and you’re done! If the code contains a website URL, you’ll automatically be taken to the site. If the code just contains text, you’ll immediately see it. For other formats (such as phone numbers, email addresses, or contact info), you will be prompted to take the appropriate action.
    QR Code City's Scan
  4. QR Code Reader, by Qrafter. This is a fast, free app that scans and parses QR codes. It recognizes web page and bookmark URLs, map URLs, iTunes URLs, Facebook URLs, Foursquare URLs, Yelp URLs, Data URLs, geographical coordinates, vCard information, meCard information, vCalendar event information, Tweets, Phone numbers, Email addresses, YouTube video URLs, Wi-Fi network information, BlackBerry Messenger PINs, Android Market searches, in addition to plain text!
    QR Code Reader by Qrafter
  5. QR Reader, by Tap Reader. Simple, fast QR reader that automatically captures and processes QR codes. Recognizes email, SMS, telephone numbers, vCard, and meCard information, and allows one-click import into the standard Address Book.
    TapReader

And, just for fun, here’s a QR code to this blog posting:

http://bit.ly/lSoiul

Techie Tip of the Week – QR codes: Creating QR Codes

Friday, April 29th, 2011

You’ve probably seen them on posters, magazines, business cards, at movie theaters, at restaurants and other businesses, but what they heck are these weird boxy black-and-white images with all these lines and dots? In this week’s Techie Tip, I’ll talk about 2 online tools you could use to create QR codes like this:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/ttsclasses/cgi-bin/techietips/?p=293

QR (“Quick Response”) codes have been around for years (invented in 1994 by a Toyota subsidiary) and are used to encode words, URLs (web content links), or other data into a machine-readable image representation of data.

Modern smartphones, scanners, and other barcode readers can be used to scan, and then use these codes.

For example, if you have a QR reader on your iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, you could launch the reader, point your camera at the QR code above, and your web browser should redirect you back to this blog post (it’s a representation of the URL http://www.stanford.edu/group/ttsclasses/cgi-bin/techietips/?p=293).

So, how can you create QR codes? In addition to be great ways to shorten long URLs, these online URL shorteners will also generate a QR code every time you use their service.

  1. Googlehttp://goo.gl
    1. To use goo.gl, point your browser to http://goo.gl
    2. In the Paste your long URL here field, enter the URL of the object you wish to create a QR code (e.g., the web site, picture, video, etc.).
    3. Click Shorten.
    4. In the list of URLs you have shortened, locate the desired link, and click Details.
    5. A QR code image will appear in the upper-right section of the web page.
    6. You can now right-click the QR code image and save it to your computer for your own use.
  2. Bit.lyhttp://bit.ly
    1. To use bit.ly, point your browser to http://bit.ly
    2. In the Shorten your links and share from here field, enter the URL of the object you wish to create a QR code (e.g., the web site, picture, video, etc.).
    3. In the list of URLs you have shortened, locate the desired link, and click Info Page.
    4. A QR code image will appear in the upper-right section of the web page.
    5. You can now right-click the QR code image and save it to your computer for your own use.