QR Code for the iPhone

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)

There are also a couple of interesting applications on their Website. One where you can generate QR codes for Google search results and another that produces QR codes for tag clouds.

QR codes read by an iPhone

Google Barcode Reader

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 releases new version of QR code reader

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.

QR code reader screen shot

They also have an updated online barcode editor and a Windows version can be downloaded here BarShow.

QR code editor screen shot

Edit – updated links March 08

QR Decoder

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.