Sergey Odinokov, IT Department Director of the Rubicon Group emailed to say that iMatrix has developed the first 2d barcode recognition software for the iPhone. (Also see later post iPhone, QR Code, Datamatrix and now ShotCode)
Snapmaze have created a Firefox extension that allows you to generate a QR code for the URL of the page being viewed. It’s a nice idea but slightly spoilt by the over-size window that opens to display the QR code and the Google ads shown below the code. You can download the extension here – Snapmaze Firefox Extension.
Google has announced a multi-format 1d/2d barcode reader.
ZXing (pronounced “zebra crossing”) is an open-source, multi-format 1d/2d barcode reader library implemented in Java. The objective is to support decoding of QR Codes, Data Matrix and the UPC family of 1d barcodes. It will provide clients for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), Java2 Standard Edition (J2SE) and Google’s open handset alliance project (Android).
Update: Google’s ZXing Decoder Online
Jaxo have made a new version of their QR code reader which they claim is far more efficient than the previous versions. The latest revision corrects more optical deformations such as parallax effects and you can download a Windows version here BarCapture.
They also have an updated online barcode editor and a Windows version can be downloaded here BarShow.
Edit – updated links March 08
Jaxo Systems based in Montpellier, France is a developer of software for cell phones and PDA’s.
They have recently developed a barcode package which handles both linear and 2D barcodes including PDF417, Datamatrix, QR and Aztec. There is a demo on their website and you can generate any of these codes by simply selecting the appropriate options and entering your text.
Also on their website they have a QR decoder software download QR decoder which you can run on your PC. I have used it on a number of QR codes that I found on the web and I have yet to find one that it can’t decode. If you are running Microsoft Windows you may need Java software on your machine. You can download Sun Microsystems free version here.
(The following may have changed with the later revisions of the software 12/12/08) Also if you are running XP after you have downloaded the QR decoder you will need to click ‘Start’ and then ‘Run…’ before typing in ‘cmd’ to run the command interpreter. Once in the command interpreter just navigate to the directory where you placed the QR decoder download and follow the instructions given on the Jaxo website.