7 smart ideas using QR Codes for PDF downloads

QR Codes for PDF Downloads
The QR Code above links to a PDF file. By scanning the code with your smartphone you can download a brochure about all the possibilities qrd.by has to offer.

Using QR Codes in conjunction with PDF files is a powerful solution, especially if you’re dealing with large files or you have the need to update them regularly. This article will not only show you why PDF QR Codes will save you time and paper, but also how to create a better user experience for your brand.

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Add contact to address book in iOS13

The latest update of Apple to iOS13 brought many new cool features and an improved QR Code Reader

However, the way of adding a contact to the address book became more inconvenient. When you tap the “Add to contact”-Button on a mobile business card until iOS12 it was possible to save the contact to the address book with one tab. Now when Safari detects a vCard it displays the contact, but there is no easy way to get it in your address book. In the following we will show you the 4 steps how to add a business card to your address book.

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iOS12 QR Code Reader Updates

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Since Apple devices with iOS11 can read QR Codes with the internal camera app, there is no need for third-party QR Code Reader apps. With iOS12, further improvements to simplify the decoding of QR codes have been added:

Improved QR Code Reader

The camera now highlights QR codes in the camera view. Thus, the user sees which QR code has been decrypted if several QR codes are visible on the camera screen. The QR Code Reader identifies a QR code with a yellow frame, as shown in the following screenshot:

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Create Designer WeChat QR Codes

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By scanning QR Codes in WeChat, almost everything is possible: You can follow a company, connect with a contact, pay in a restaurant or donate to a charitable cause. But how do you create a WeChat QR Code? In this post you will learn how to create a WeChat QR code for an official company page or for your personal profile.

Note that WeChat QR Codes can only be scanned and processed in WeChat. If WeChat QR Codes are scanned with another QR Code Reader, you will be redirected to a blank page.

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iPhones with iOS11 support native QR Code Reading

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This is kind of breaking news in the QR Code world: iPhones with iOS11 now support QR Code Reading with the native camera app out of the box!

That means finally all 3rd party QR Code Reader are obsolete. No reading problems anymore, no ads displayed, no spy-calling-home-apps in the background necessary – Apple now supports just simple, fast and reliable QR Code decoding with the built-in camera app!

For marketers this means using QR Codes in advertising might be a game changer. It is super easy now for users to scan QR Codes. There is no technical barrier anymore because installing a third-party-app is no longer necessary.

The new ios11 is available since middle of September 2017 depending where you are located. The QR Code reading function supports all types of QR Codes. Have a closer look here: Continue reading

Static versus Dynamic QR Codes

The most common QR Code type is a QR Code with an encoded URL. When scanning such a QR code the user is either being linked to your website directly (static QR Code) or he is redirected through a tracking URL to your website (dynamic QR Code). The following example explains the two approaches in more detail:

Static QR Code

The content of a static QR code can NOT be changed after creation.

Static QR Code

With a static QR Code the user sees immediately where he is being redirected when scanning the QR Code, because the target URL is directly encoded into the QR Code. But what if for some reason the target URL is broken, removed or you just want to redirect the user to a different URL? If you have printed the QR Code already on thousands of magazines, you have a problem.

Dynamic QR Code

Dynamic QR Code tracking

With a dynamic QR Code you are not only able to change the target URL of the QR Code after publishing but also track from where, when and from who the code has been scanned. This is accomplished by routing the user through a tracking server first and then redirect the user to the original URL. The first URL is called the tracking or Vanity URL. In most cases a tiny URL is used, so the QR Code can be printed in a smaller size, because less characters have to be encoded into the QR Code.

Always be careful when using a QR Code tracking service. Some providers route the user through a landing page first, where an ad is displayed before continuing to the target URL. Another risk is if the tracking server goes offline, the dynamic QR Code will not work anymore.

This is why we recommend you to use our fast and secure infrastructure. We do not display any ads and you can create both – static and dynamic QR Codes – for free. Get to know more about our free QR Code Manager or start creating static QR Codes right away:

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