QR Code Generator

Quickly make any type of QR Code you need.  Be smart though, and don’t just send people to your home page.  Otherwise, your printed QR code will be pointing to a URL that you can never change.

Instead, use a URL that you can redirect, for example http://yourdomain.com/qrcode1, and then you can redirect that on your end to wherever you wish, with no reprinting needed.  That’s my preferred option,  and although there are other types of QR Codes here, the rest are just fluff 😉

Scroll below the tool for a quick overview of each type, and here are some known issues:

  • Map scan – All roads lead to Palo Alto.
  • Vcard resize options do not properly work at this time.
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Web URL
This one should be obvious, just copy and paste any URL, and when someone scans it, that’s where they will go.

Text
This one is confusing, and when I scanned one I was asked by my phone “what do you want to be the default action”? and the options were something like “other” and websearch (screenshot)

I chose “other” and that screen clossed, and I did see my scan listed as a “Plain Text” – I’m not clear on why you might need this.

Send an email
This pops up an e-mail preaddressed to whomever you type in the box, through the users default e-mail program. Very useful.

Phone
Dials any number you want with the user’s cell phone. Again, pretty useful.

Vcard
Users scan this code to add you as a contact to their address book. Especially Useful for business cards.

SMS
I think this one sends YOU a message from their phone that says… um.. what? Does .html work?

YouTube
Does Not Work:
You can bring up a Youtube useraccount – How this is different than copy / pasting a link? Don’t use it.

Facebook
Does not work: Type in the username and get that person’s facebook… why? Besides not working, there’s no reason for it. This needs to go away too, so don’t use it.

Twitter
Does it work?
Who cares? – Once again, same thing – Whyy even have it here? Copy paste a URL is easier than knowing someone’s username, since you have to GO to the URL to figure out their username.

Map
Does Not Work:
Enter the address, and when the user scans, it will open up a standard Google Maps experience for the user. Sounds great, but the map doesnt change when you change the address, and remains in Palo Alto Ca.

Photo –
Embed a logo or other image the center of the code. Very useful for visually keeping track of your own codes, without needing to scan them to see where they go.

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