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Plain Text QR Codes

Posted: February 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Text QR Codes

A great way to use QR codes is with plain text, whether it’s a simple message to share, the answers to a quiz or exam, or clues for a treasure hunt, QRStuff.com has all of your text QR code needs covered with our “Plain Text” data type – and ours are FREE and don’t expire.

Businesses can also make use of text QR codes to store and display stock codes or serial numbers for inventory and asset management, coupon codes, customer information like terms and conditions or nutrition and ingredients data, and so much more.

Text QR Code Generator
 

How To Make Text QR Codes

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select the “Plain Text” data type from column 1. Plain Text QR codes are one of 23 data types available to free users, however if you become a paid subscriber you will also have access to our new Attendance Tracking QR codes, as well as QR codes for PDF documents and image files.
  2. In column 2 enter the text you would like displayed when your QR code is scanned.
  3. You can also choose to create a “static” or “dynamic” QR code. Dynamic QR codes offer paid subscribers QR code editing, analytics, password protection and a host of other management features. More information about dynamic vs static QR codes can be found here.
  4. Choose your QR code image foreground colour in column 3. If you are a paid subscriber you will also be able to specify the image size, resolution (up to 600 DPI), the output file type (PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS, SVG, PDF, and DXF), and the error correction level for your completed QR code image. This video will give you more information about the extended image output options available to paid subscriber.
  5. You’re done! Just click on the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your finished text QR code.

QR Codes For Text
 

Our Text QR Codes Are Better

We’ve added a few features to our plain text QR codes that make them more useful, reliable, and flexible than the ones you might get from other second-tier QR code creation services:

  1. Our text QR codes can contain up to 1,000 characters of text.
  2. All of our QR codes offer full UTF-8 support allowing for the input and display of all special symbols and characters used in European, Asian and Middle Eastern languages.
  3. Any website addresses beginning with http:// or https://, and correctly formed email addresses, you use in our plain text QR codes will be displayed as clickable links when scanned.
  4. If multi-line text (with line breaks and/or paragraph breaks) is copied and pasted into the input box in column 2, we will retain the line breaks and/or paragraph breaks when the QR code is created, so that they appear when the QR code is scanned.
  5. Our text QR codes are guaranteed 100% ad-free. Actually all of our QR codes are ad-free – if you see an ad after scanning one of our QR codes, the scanning app that you’re using put it there.
  6. Did we mention that our text QR codes are FREE and don’t expire?

Print A Sheet Of Labels

Creating sheets of QR code labels is another free standard feature at QRStuff.

Instead of clicking the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image, move down the page to the “Output Type” and choose “Print”.

You will then be taken to a page where you will choose from a selection of common Avery label template layouts in either Letter or A4 size. If you are using generic labels then the Avery code that your labels are compatible with should be shown on your box or packet of label sheets. The sticker label layouts shown will print correctly on label sheets based on that Avery product code.

Once you’ve selected the label template you need, click “Download” to generate a preformatted printable PDF file containing multiple copies of your QR code sized and arranged to print onto the label sheet you chose above. The label template PDF can also be printed on single sheets of plain or adhesive paper, transparency film, or even iron-on transfer paper.


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Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics, history reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 per month (lower monthly rates for longer periods) or you can set up a 24 hour trial subscription for $3.95 to check out what we can do for you. Subscribe now.

 
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QR Codes For Viewing Images

Posted: January 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

QR Codes For Images

QR Stuff is making it extremely easy for you to open and view images by simply scanning a QR code. Here’s everything you need to know on creating QR codes for images.

Studies have shown that human beings are “visual learners” and have the innate capacity to understand the world better through images. This is also why businesses turn to photos when marketing their products and services. What more if access to such images is made easier with QR codes? Some of the most common uses include:

  • giving students access to printed worksheets to view solutions to equations, problems, and tests
  • providing an interactive experience through paintings, sculptures, and other masterpieces displayed in museums
  • introducing landmarks in guided tours, walking trails, and more
  • showing movie posters and screen captures in cinemas

QR Codes For Images

Using these QR codes for images is now more widespread since all you have to do is open your camera application on your smartphone. They work seamlessly and automatically on various Android and iOS devices (starting iOS 11).

How To Generate QR Codes For Images

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select “Image File” as data type from column 1. The QR code for this data type is only available for paid subscribers. Once subscribed, you can get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, dynamic QR code editing, scan analytics, password-protected codes, and so much more.
  2. Next, drop the image to upload in column 2. It may be a photo of the artwork you want to present to your guests at the museum, a particular landmark for guided tours, a merchandise, or image files of solutions to a college test. The possibilities are endless.
  3. You’re almost done! To complete the process, just click on “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your Image QR code. Print it out for posting or create a digital version to customize output in stickers, posters, and more.

QR Codes For Images

Important: Aside from the paid subscriber rule, the maximum allowable file size of the photo is up to 10MB. Only JPEG, PNG, and GIF files are accepted.

Style Your Code

As you sign-in as a paid subscriber, you will have the freedom to style the QR code, modify its colors, and even add logos or images on it. Follow the steps outlined above and click “Style Your QR Code” before downloading. You will be directed to an interface where you can customize the appearance of the code.

Refer to the screenshot below to see how the interface looks like. It gives subscribers with options to design the code based on the color and shape of dots and corners. You may also choose to add an image or logo in the middle, or make the background transparent. To learn more about styling the QR code, visit our previous blog post.

QR Codes For Images

Important: The maximum allowable file size for the photo of logo in the QR code is only up to 6MB. JPEG, PNG, and GIF files are accepted. When uploading logos, it will automatically be centered and re-sized.

Be A Paid Subscriber Today!

Paid subscribers get tons of other access aside from just generating QR codes for images. These features include:

  • unlimited QR codes and scans
  • analytics and history reporting
  • editable dynamic QR codes
  • hi-res and vector QR code images
  • password-protected QR codes
  • batch processing

All of these stuff and more for a low subscription fee. Full subscription starts from only $11.95 a month with lower monthly rates for longer periods. You can also set up a 24-hour trial subscription for as low as $3.95 to see it for yourself. Subscribe today.

 
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QR Codes For Instant Messaging With Whatsapp, Facebook And SMS

Posted: January 23rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Instant Messaging QR Codes
 
Instant messaging is more than just chatting with friends, with many businesses now using it to engage with customers, clients and B2B partners for sales, marketing, product support and customer service.

Instant Messaging QR codes can take this one step further by combining the ease of use of QR codes with the proven functionality of instant messaging to deploy to print a clear, simple and visual method to encourage your customers to contact you using traditional SMS messages, or WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, two of the most popular instant messaging platforms.

In this blog post we’ll be specifically discussing how to make QR codes for:


WhatsApp “Click To Chat” QR Code

WhatsApp, used by more than a billion people in over 180 countries around the world, is a free service that emulates the functions of SMS-style text-based messaging without the associated costs of a telco-supported service. With WhatsApp you can send and receive text messages, images, documents, locations, videos, and even make voice calls.

WhatsApp offers a feature called Click To Chat that allows two users to start a chat session with each other just by one user entering the phone number of the other user.

WhatsApp QR Code

While directly using the WhatsApp interface is perhaps the simplest method, a chat session can also be initiated using a WhatsApp URL containing the destination phone number, and it looks like this:

https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=<phonenumber>

…where <phonenumber> is the fully formatted phone number of the receiving party, including ISD country code, local area code, and full phone number as an 11 or 12 digit string, with no dashes, brackets or other characters, and with the leading zero (if any) removed from the area code.

For example, if you want to start a WhatsApp chat session with a person in the UK (ISD code 44) in London (area code 020) and with a phone number of 1234-5678, then just drop the first zero off the area code and combine the numbers to create a WhatsApp chat session link of:

https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=442012345678.

Similarly, for someone in the USA (ISD code 1) in Los Angeles (area code 213) and with a phone number of 765-4321, the WhatsApp chat session link will be:

https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=12137654321

If you want to create your own WhatsApp Click To Chat QR code to print on your promotional materials or product packaging to encourage your customers to start a WhatsAppchat chat session with you (or your customer support team) then you will need to first create a WhatsApp chat session link that contains your correctly formatted phone number, including ISD code and area code as outlined above.

Once you’ve created your own WhatsApp chat session link containing your own phone number, setting up your WhatsApp Click To Chat QR code is a simple process:

WhatsApp Click To Chat QR Code

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select the “Website URL” data type from column 1.
  2. In column 2 enter the WhatsApp chat session link into the Website URL box.
  3. You’re done! Just click on the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your finished WhatsApp “Click To Chat” QR code, ready to be added to your print collateral, promotional materials, product packaging, website, or wherever you need it to go.

Important: A WhatsApp Click To Chat QR Code will only work if the person scanning the QR code has the WhatsApp app installed on their phone.


WhatsApp Instant Messaging QR Code

If you would sooner have your customers send you an SMS-style message through WhatsApp rather than start a chat session with you or your team, then a WhatsApp instant message QR code is what you need.

By adding one of these to your printed promotional materials or product packaging, when your customer (or potential customer) scans one the instant messaging QR code, a pre-formatted message of your choice will be sent to you from the customer’s phone. The message will also arrive with the customer’s phone number (as the sender of the message) so that you can then reply to them directly.

First up you will need to create a WhatsApp instant messaging link to place into your QR code. This link will take the form of:

https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=<phonenumber>&text=<message>

  • The <phonenumber> part is exactly same as outlined above – the fully formatted phone number of the receiving party, including ISD country code, local area code, and full phone number as an 11 or 12 digit string, with no dashes, brackets or other characters, and with the leading zero (if any) removed from the area code. In this case it will be your phone number since the intention here is that the person who scans the instant messaging QR code will be sending the message to you.
  • The <message> part is the pre-formatted message that you want sent to you by the person scanning the QR code and will probably be something like “Please send me more information”, “I would like a free sample”, “I need assistance. Could support please call me”, “Yes, I would like to register for an upgrade”, etc.

As an example let’s say you are a car dealer in Australia (ISD code 61) in Sydney (area code 02) and your phone number is 8888-6666. The <phonenumber> part of your WhatsApp instant messaging link will therefore be 61288886666 (remember you need to drop the zero out of the area code).

The message you want encoded into your QR code (ie; the message you would like your customer to send you when they scan the QR code in your ad in the newspaper) is “I would like to test drive the new 2018 Mazda”.

When the message is added to the WhatsApp instant messaging link it needs to be in what’s called “URL encoded text” which basically means that any spaces need to be replaced with the character string “%20” so that it ends up looking like:

I%20would%20like%20to%20test%20drive%20the%20new%202018%20Mazda

So, your final WhatsApp instant messaging link (the one that you’ll add to your QR code) will look like this:

https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=61288886666&text=I%20would%20like%20to%20
test%20drive%20the%20new%202018%20Mazda

Once you have your WhatsApp instant messaging link, just create your WhatsApp Instant Messaging QR Code using the same 3 steps shown above for a WhatsApp Click To Chat QR Code:

WhatsApp Message QR Code

Important: A WhatsApp Instant Messaging QR Code will only work if the person scanning the QR code has the WhatsApp app installed on their phone.


SMS Message QR Code

Not real sure how much cut-through you’d get in your customer demographic using WhatsApp QR Codes with your promotional collateral? You could always just go “old-school” and use SMS messaging QR codes instead.

Once again it’s simply a case of specifying your phone number as the number to receive the message, and entering the message that you’d like to receive when someone scans your QR code.

These QR codes are also significantly easier to set up because we have a dedicated data type that automatically creates the underlying instant messaging link for you.

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select the “SMS Message” data type from column 1.
  2. In column 2 enter your phone number and the message to be sent.
  3. You’re done! Just click on the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your finished SMS message QR code, ready to be added to your print collateral, promotional materials, product packaging, website, or wherever you need it to go.

SMS Message QR Code

More information about creating and using our SMS Message QR Codes can be found in our previous blog post, SMS Marketing With QR Codes.


Facebook Messenger QR Code

Facebook is one of the world’s most popular and most powerful social networking platforms used by about two billion users every month, and Facebook Messenger is their instant messaging service that allows Facebook users to send free messages to each other.

If you need to publish a QR code that, when scanned, will immediately allow your customers to open up a Facebook Messenger chat session with you, all you need to do is encode your QR code with a Facebook Messenger link that looks like this:

http://m.me/<PAGE_NAME>

…where <PAGE_NAME> is your Facebook business page name – the bit that comes after www.facebook.com in your Facebook address. For example, our Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/qrstuff so our Facebook Messenger link would be http://m.me/qrstuff.

So, to create your Facebook Messenger QR code:

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select the “Website URL” data type from column 1.
  2. In column 2 enter your Facebook Messenger link into the Website URL box.
  3. You’re done! Just click on the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your finished Facebook Messenger QR code, ready to be added to your print collateral, promotional materials, product packaging, website, or wherever you need it to go.

Facebook Messenger QR Code


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Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 per month (lower monthly rates for longer periods) or you can set up a 24 hour trial subscription for $3.95 to check out what we can do for you. Subscribe now.

 
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QR Codes For WiFi Network Sharing

Posted: January 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »


 
At QR Stuff we make it super-easy to connect to a wireless network by simply scanning a QR code – and you can make your own WiFi Login QR code for free.

At work or at home, WiFi Login QR codes allow you to quickly and easily connect to your wireless network, and at WiFi hotspots in coffee shops, restaurants, and stores QR Codes can be used to connect instead of typing in the login credentials or having to ask a staff member for the password.

These Wifi Login QR codes work seamslessly and automatically on all Android devices, and any iPhones or iPads running iOS11. If your iPhone is running iOS10 or older then the WiFi login credentials will be displayed on screen so you can manually copy and paste them in.

How To Make A WiFi Login QR Code

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select the “Wifi Login” data type from column 1. WiFi login QR codes are one of 23 data types available to free users, however if you become a paid subscriber you will also have access to our new Attendance Tracking QR codes, as well as QR codes for PDF documents and image files.
  2. In column 2 enter the SSID/Network Name, Password and Network Type for your office, home or in-store wireless network. This information is normally printed on a sticker on the back or the bottom of your router, or you can ask your IT person or service provider.
  3. You’re done! Just click on the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image to save your finished WiFi Login QR code, then print it out and display it for anyone to log in to your wireless network.

Wireless Network QR Code

Important: In step #2 you need to select your Network Type (encryption standard) and the options are WEP, WPA, WPA2 or No Encryption. You must select the correct Network Type for your wireless network otherwise your WiFi QR code won’t work. You can read more about wireless network encryption standards here.

Print A Sheet Of Labels

Need to print a heap of your WiFi Login QR codes to have in convenient places all around your office or store? Creating sheets of QR code labels is another free standard feature at QRStuff.

Instead of clicking the “Download QR Code” button below the QR code preview image, move down the page to the “Output Type” and choose “Print”.

You will then be taken to a page where you will choose from a selection of common Avery label template layouts in either Letter or A4 size. If you are using generic labels then the Avery code that your labels are compatible with should be shown on your box or packet of label sheets. The sticker label layouts shown will print correctly on label sheets based on that Avery product code.

Once you’ve selected the label template you need, click “Download” to generate a preformatted printable PDF file containing multiple copies of your QR code sized and arranged to print onto the label sheet you chose above. The label template PDF can also be printed on single sheets of plain or adhesive paper, transparency film, or even iron-on transfer paper.

Make It A Bit Fancy

While free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, paid subscribers have the ability to also change the appearance of QR code image and embed a logo or image in the centre of it. Just use the steps outlined above to create your WiFi Login QR code, and then, before you download your finished QR code, click the “Style Your QR Code” button to change its appearance.

To the right is an example that shows what could be done to the WiFi Login QR code created above using our QR Code Styling feature. Our styling interface allows you to make your QR code more visually distinctive and, by embedding a suitable image, perhaps more intuitive as well.

Our previous post on QR Code Styling will give you more information about how to use this feature.


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Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics, history reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 per month (lower monthly rates for longer periods) or you can set up a 24 hour trial subscription for $3.95 to check out what we can do for you. Subscribe now.

 
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2017: QR Code Snapshot

Posted: January 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Well it’s been a few years since we did our last QR Code Snapshot so here’s an update on what 2017 looked like in our part of the QR code world based on QR codes created by QRStuff.com users between January and December 2017.

Who Was Scanning QR Codes?

On a world-wide basis the location of the QR code scan events that we recorded didn’t really change all that much over the course of 2017. USA, UK, China, Australia and Canada made up the top 5 most months, with Thailand popping in and out the top 10 but not quite making the cut over the whole year. A surprise appearance in the final top 10 was Bahrain after starting the year at #29.

We recorded scans from 235 countries during 2017 with Afghanistan, Belize, Northern Mariana Islands, Maldives, Sudan and Tunisia showing solid increases at the back of the field, and first-time scan events recorded from Mayotte and Comoros. Even Antarctica was represented with a nice cluster of scans in November.

What Were They Scanning Them With?

iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) are still the most popular devices being used for scanning our QR codes and, since 2014, have increased their lead over Android devices (phones and tablets) by 5-10% with most of that increase having come at the expense of Windows devices (down from 10-14% of total in 2014 to 3-5% of total in 2017) and Blackberry devices (down from 1-2% of total to basically nothing now).

Linux based smartphones are now showing significant numbers, particularly in Europe, whereas in 2014 they were negligible (<0.01%).

On a global basis the split for iOS devices was 37.2% iPhones and 23.0% for iPads, and Android devices were 30.7% smartphones and 2.6% tablets, so Android phones aren’t actually that far behind. On a head-to-head basis, both iPhones and Android smartphones are down 2-3% since 2014 but the gap between the two is still pretty much the same now as it was 3-4 years ago.

FUN FACT: Those scans from Antarctica that I mentioned earlier? All of them were on Android phones – make of that what you will.

What QR Codes Were Being Scanned?

We keep an eye on two metrics – QR codes created and QR codes scanned – and it’s fairly safe to expect that the relative values for a given data type should be pretty much the same.

Following this logic through, if the relative number of scans recorded for a particular QR code data type is significantly greater than the relative number of those QR codes created, then it would indicate a greater number of scans per QR code, meaning that that particular data type is perhaps more effective in engaging than other data types. The reverse would also apply – if the relative scans are less than the relative rate of creation, then that data type could be considered to be less effective.

Obviously there’s a fairly significant flaw in that assumption – placement (contact details QR codes on business cards will get always get less scans than website URL QR codes in magazines) – however major disparities between the two relative figures that can’t be otherwise explained definitely give a strong hint as to which data types are more effective than others.

Our App Store Download data type has always been a case in point – while only representing 0.4% of the QR codes created by our users, they account for a whopping 14.5% of total scan events recorded. This data type is definitely punching above its weight in terms of its ability to engage with users and attract scans.

 


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Creating QR Codes In Bulk

Posted: December 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: General | 2 Comments »

Bulk QR Codes
 
If you need dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of QR codes, our batch processing feature will help you easily, simply and automatically create QR codes in bulk, ready to be used for inventory control, asset management, PURL’s, event ticketing and registration, staff business cards, bulk printing, etc.

Batch processing is a standard part of the QR Stuff paid subscriber feature set and is available to all full subscribers (1 month or longer). Become a paid subscriber now.

How It Works

Our batch processing feature is pretty straightforward:

  1. Create a spreadsheet containing the data for each QR code.
  2. Save the spreadsheet as a TSV (tab separated values) tab-delimited text file.
  3. Upload your TSV file on our batch processing page.
  4. Set the size and output file type for your finished QR codes – you can even upload a logo or image to be automatically added to each one.
  5. A short time later (usually 2-5 minutes) you’ll receive an email letting you know that your batch has finished and providing a download link.
  6. Download a single ZIP file containing your finished QR code images.

As a paid subscriber you can create unlimited batches during your subscription period however each batch is limited to a maximum size of 500 QR codes, so if you need 2,000 QR codes just run 4 batches – simple!

Our batch processing module directly supports Website URL, vCard, meCard, SMS Message, Email Message, Plain Text, Phone Number and Email Address data types, with your choice of creating either Static or Dynamic QR codes.

The QR codes within a single batch can also be a mixture of these data types.

Note: Our batch processing module has full UTF-8 encoding so it will accept all Unicode and extended ASCII character sets.

Setting Up Your Spreadsheet

Both Microsoft Excel and Google Docs spreadsheets support TSV file export so you can use either to set up your data.

Each row in your spreadsheet will contain the data for a single QR code with column A being reserved for a unique identifier (of your choice) that will also be used as the file name for the QR code image for that row

Note: Because the unique identifier is used as the file name for that QR code it needs to follow standard file naming conventions and can’t contain extended ASCII or non-ASCII characters. While a limited number of non-alphanumeric characters are allowed, basically it should only contain the letters a-z and the numbers 0-9.

The required data type is specified in column B, while the last column in each row is used to specify whether the QR Code is to be static or dynamic by using the variables “RAW” and “SHORT” respectively.

The other columns in your spreadsheet are used for the actual contents of the QR code and will vary depending on the data type required. Download our Batch Processing User Guide (PDF) for detailed instructions, data file layouts, and sample Excel and TSV files for each of the supported data types.

Once you have the data for all of your QR codes set up in your spreadsheet you will need to export the data as a TSV tab delimited file. In Excel choose File > Save As >Text (Tab delimited) and in Google Sheets choose Download as > Tab-separated values.

Download our Batch Processing User Guide (PDF) for detailed instructions, data file layouts, and sample Excel and TSV files for each of the supported data types.

Processing Your Batch

Once you’ve saved your TSV file, go to www.qrstuff.com, log into your subscriber account, and click on the “Batch File Upload” tab.

… and complete the steps on the batch processing page:

  1. Enter the name of the batch
  2. Specify the project in your account dashboard for the finished batch to be saved in.
  3. Choose the size of your finished QR code image (in pixels).
  4. Select the resolution of your finished QR code image (72, 150 or 300dpi) and the error-correction level (more on error correction levels here)
  5. Choose the output file type for the QR code images in your batch. Options are PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS, SVG, PDF, and DXF.
  6. Select the foreground colour of your QR code image.
  7. Upload a logo or image to be added to the centre of your QR code. (More on this feature here.)
  8. Upload your TSV data file.
  9. Click “Submit Batch For Processing”

Your data file will then be validated. If validation fails then an error message will be displayed explaining any formatting or content errors that have been found. If validation is successful your batch will be submitted for processing.

Downloading Your Batch

When processing is finished an email will be sent to the email address associated with your subscriber account containing the batch specifications and a download link for a zip archive file containing all the individual QR code image files from your batch.

A sample batch processing output ZIP file can be downloaded here.

The batch will also be listed in your account dashboard where you can manage the individual QR codes in the batch.

Bulk Printing Your QR Codes

Make QR Code Labels & StickersThe ZIP file that you download at the end of the batch process also contains an index file that cross-references all of the individual QR code images in your batch, and is set up to be used a data source in mail-merge and print-merge operations.

Our earlier article on Printing QR Code Labels & Stickers will take you step-by-step through the process of using mail-merge in MS Word to print your bulk QR codes using Avery label templates.

The index file is also suitable as a data source for data-merge operations in commercial variable data printing (VDP) where a different unique image needs to be dynamically inserted into each document in a print run. For example if you are having sequentially numbered tickets printed and need a unique QR code printed on each one as well, just give the whole ZIP file to your print vendor and they will have everything they need.

A sample batch processing output ZIP file can be downloaded here.

Large Batch Processing

For paid subscribers with more than 20,000 codes to generate we offer a service whereby the job is run locally at our end. The cost of this service is US$1.25/1000 codes (a reduced rate of US$1.10/1000 applies for jobs involving >100,000 codes) plus a US$65 processing fee.

Just send us the TSV or Excel file containing your correctly formatted batch data (as outlined in our Batch Processing User Guide) and we’ll look after the rest. The QR code image files for the batch will then emailed be to you in zip files.

Payment is by Paypal prior to job commencement and turnaround is 48-72 hours from when payment has been received.

Please contact us for more information.


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Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics, history reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 per month (lower monthly rates for longer periods) or you can set up a 24 hour trial subscription for $3.95 to check out what we can do for you. Subscribe now.

 
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QR Codes For Attendance Tracking

Posted: November 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: General | 11 Comments »


 
Quite often there’s a need for a quick and easy way to check people into a meeting or an event, or to register the attendance of one or more people at a location. Our Attendance Tracking data type QR codes do exactly that by allowing you to link your QR code to a Google spreadsheet that records the name of the person scanning the QR code and the date and time of the scan.

Whether it’s team members at a staff meeting or training session, students at a seminar, attendees at a conference or trade show, or a security guard at a monitored location, create a single QR code that simplifies the attendance monitoring process.

This new feature is a standard part of the QR Stuff paid subscriber feature set and is available to all full subscribers. Become a paid subscriber now.

Create Your Attendance Tracking QR Code

  1. First up, choose the Attendance Tracking data type from column 1.
  2. In column 2 click on the “Google Sheet Name” field. You will then be asked to log into your Google account which will give us the authority to create the tracking spreadsheet in your Google Drive, and the update it on your behalf as each scan event is recorded. (Please note that this access authority is limited exclusively to the tracking spreadsheet only and doesn’t give us any other user or access privileges for your Google account).

QR Code Attendance Tracking

  1. In the “Google Sheet Name” field enter the name you would like to give your tracking spreadsheet, and complete the 3 fields for “Location”, “Action” and “Event Description” – these 3 fields will be recorded in your spreadsheet. For example, if you’re having a sales staff meeting in Room 101 and you’d like to record attendee check-ins, you would enter Room 101 as the Location, Check-in as the Action, and Sales Staff Meeting as the Event Description.
  2. At this stage you can simply download your completed QR Code by clicking the “Download QR Code” tab.

QR Code Check In

When the QR code is scanned by the attendee, the location, action and event description details that you specified above are displayed, and the person scanning the QR code is asked to enter their name of identification number. Clicking on “Go” confirms their attendance check-in and records their details in your Google Sheet.

QR Code Location Recording

Note: The date and time recorded for the scan event will be based on the time zone that you have specified in your subscriber account setup.

Employee Time Sheets

An alternative use of this type of QR code could be for logging employees in and out of work, whether it be on-site employees or remote employees. All you would need to do is create a “Check-In” QR code and a separate “Check-Out” QR code using the process outlined above, and have your employees scan one on the way into work and the other one when leaving work.

Since the check-in and check-out data is stored in spreadsheets, with each scan event tagged by employee name and time-stamped, calculating employee hours would simply be a matter of merging the two speadsheets and extracting the start and finish times for each employee.

About Your Google Sheet

To access the spreadsheet that contains the attendance tracking data collected from scans of your QR code, log into Google Docs at https://docs.google.com using the Google Account that you specified in Step 2 above. The spreadsheet you authorised us to create and update on your behalf will be displayed in the list of available sheets.

QR Codes And Google Sheets

Note: The process outlined above will create a brand new spreadsheet in your Google Sheets account for the recording of your attendance tracking scan data. Do not enter the name of an existing spreadsheet in the “Google Sheet Name” field.

If you need to give other people access to the spreadsheet, use the “Share” button in the top right corner.

QR Codes And Google Docs

More information about Google Sheets, and how to use them, can be found here.

See It In Action

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Make It A Bit Fancy

QR Code Styling

While free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, paid subscribers have the ability to also change the appearance of QR code image and embed a logo or image in the centre of it. Just use the steps outlined above to create your Attendance Tracking QR code, and then, before you download your finished QR code, click the “Style Your QR Code” button to change its appearance.

To the right is an example that shows what could be done to the Attendance Tracking QR code created above using our QR Code Styling feature. Our styling interface allows you to make your QR code more visually distinctive and, by embedding a suitable image, perhaps more intuitive as well.

Our previous post on QR Code Styling will give you more information about how to use this feature.

QR Code Attendance Logging


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How To Create Christmas Coupon QR Codes

Posted: November 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: General | 1 Comment »

Christmas is just around the corner and in this guide you’ll learn how to create a Christmas Coupon QR Code that leads your customers to your e-commerce website with a discount or coupon offer automatically enabled. Now that’s a great customer shopping experience at any time of the year, but at Christmas it will really help you cut through the clutter.

Create Your Shareable Coupon Code Link

If you use one of the leading e-commerce platforms there’s usually a two-step process to initially create a discount offer, and then create ór copy a link URL for the user to follow that automatically applies the offer when they visit your store. This shareable link is what you need for the “Create Your Coupon QR Code” section below.

Here’s the process for creating your shareable coupon link for some of the more popular e-commerce platforms:

Shopify – Navigate to your Shopify Admin panel and select “Discounts” to create your Shopify discount coupon. Once you’ve created and saved it, create a shareable discount link by clicking on the “Promote” button. This is the link that you add to your QR code.

Shopify Coupon Link

Etsy – Recently Etsy introduced a shareable URL into their coupon creation flow. In the Shop Manager tab go to Marketing->Sales And Coupons->Create A Coupon and set up your discount coupon in the normal fashion. The final set up stage is to review your discount coupon – on this screen there is now a field showing a shareable URL.

Etsy Coupon Link

eBay – Use your Promotions Manager to create a Codeless Voucher (or Codeless Coupon in some countries) offering a discount or promotion offer. Once your Codeless Voucher has been created, select “Review” and a shareable URL will be displayed.

eBay Coupon Link

Woocommerce – They make it pretty easy for store owners with the URL Coupon plugin that allows you to set up a custom store URL for your discount promotion.

Woocommerce Coupon Link

Magento – Pretty much the same process as Woocommerce – create your discount coupon or shopping cart rule and then use an extension like this one to specify a unique URL for it.

Wix – If you have a Wix Store e-commerce website, first create your Price Discount Coupon and then create and send a Shout Out Newsletter about the promotion to yourself, and copy the coupon code link included in the email. This is the link you add to your QR code.

Create Your Coupon QR Code

OK, so after all that you should have your shareable coupon code link so it’s time to create your QR code that, when scanned, will automatically apply the coupon discount or offer to your customer’s visit to your e-commerce website.

  1. Go QRStuff.com and select Website URL as your data type in Column 1.
  2. Paste your shareable coupon code link into the Website URL box in Column 2.
  3. Choose whether you’d like to create a static or dynamic QR code – paid subscribers get QR code editing and analytics with dynamic QR codes. (More info here)
  4. If you’re a paid subscriber you will be able to set the image size, resolution, output file type (PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS, SVG, PDF or DXF ), and error correction level in Column 3.
  5. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your coupon QR code is good to go.

Create a shopping coupon QR code

Style Your QR Code

While free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, our paid uses can make their Christmas Coupon QR code way more festive using our QR Code Styling paid subscriber feature.

To create your Christmas-themed coupon QR code just sign up for a paid subscription with us, create your coupon QR code using the steps outlined above, and then, before you download your finished QR code, click the “Style Your QR Code” button.

Our styling interface allows you to apply a Christmasy red and green colour scheme to various parts of the QR code image, change the style of the corners and the body of the QR code image, and then upload your logo or Christmas-themed image to be displayed in the centre of the QR code.

Create A Christmas QR Code

Once you’ve downloaded and tested your QR code, printing your Christmas coupon QR code on your flyers and promotional materials, and sharing it across your social media channels, will get your Christmas e-commerce marketing efforts well and truly under way!

Our previous post on QR Code Styling will give you more information about this feature.


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Using QR Codes With Surveys

Posted: October 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

QR codes are a great way to connect your off-line survey participants to an online survey or questionnaire. Simply add a link to your survey to a QR code and print the QR code on your posters or flyers, in your print-based customer mail outs, or in your catalogue or brochure.

Just follow the simple steps shown below to make a free, non-expiring QR code for your survey at QRStuff.com.

Get Your Survey Link

We’re assuming you’ve already created your survey so now you’ll need to find the URL of your survey so that you can use it in your QR code. We’ve included some instructions for the two most popular DIY survey platforms – Survey Monkey and Google Forms – but the process will be similar with other services as well.

If you’re using Survey Monkey:

  1. Go to the “Collect Responses” section of your survey.
  2. Choose the “Web Link” collector type.

  1. The default survey link will look something like https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P58B9BX, or like https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MySurvey if you’ve created a Custom link.
  2. Copy this link to use for your QR code (more on that later).

If you’re using Google Forms:

  1. Open your survey and click the “Send” button in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Choose “Link” (and optionally shorten the URL if you like).
  3. Copy the displayed link to use for your QR code (more on that later).



Create Your QR Code

  1. Go to QRStuff.com to create a QR code for your survey or questionnaire.
  2. Select “Website URL” as your data type in column 1.
  3. Paste your survey link (from the steps shown above) into the box provided.
  4. Select whether you wish to make a static or a dynamic QR code (more info about this here).
  5. QR code styling is available for paid subscribers however free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code in column 3.
  6. Click the “Download QR Code” button to download your finished QR code.


 

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The free QR codes that you make with us at QRStuff.com, like these survey QR codes, are fully functional, aren’t time-limited, and don’t expire – no 14 day cripple-ware here, just the QR codes you need to get the job done.


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Creating QR Codes For Paid Users

Posted: July 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber from $7.50 per month to get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, dynamic QR code editing, scan analytics, vector files, QR code styling, password protected QR codes and much more. Go to www.qrstuff.com to subscribe