The barcodes are usually meant for smartphones, but this can allow desktops to view their content.
QR codes have become exceptionally popular and they are popping up virtually everywhere you look, but they are designed primarily for use by smartphone and tablet users, which excludes a large percentage of people whose preference is to use laptop and desktop computers.
The barcodes let over half the population access sites and pages through scans.
This is because more than half of all Americans have smartphones that are capable of scanning QR codes in order to follow their links to web pages and sites. However, this doesn’t mean that this number of people actually want to use those devices to make the scans. This is especially true for barcodes occurring on computer screens.
QR codes are becoming common in emails and on websites.
This can make it awkward or undesirable to actually scan the QR codes with a mobile device. When users are already on their laptops and desktops, they have little desire to use their smartphones, for example, to access the internet. They already have a faster, larger computer for accessing websites, so using a less powerful, smaller screened device for that purpose is not very appealing.
CodeTwo has identified this fact and has come up with the QR Code Desktop Reader. This is a freeware that allows Windows desktop users to be able to scan QR codes that appear on their screens on sites, in ads, and in emails, for example. It works in a very similar way to the applications for smartphones, only no camera is required.
Any QR codes that are on the computer screen – in a document, file, banner, email, vCard or website – can be scanned for free using this software tool. The application features a clean interface that allows users to perform their scans quickly and easily.
It provides two different ways for scanning QR codes. The first is to read it directly from a file. This is done in the same way that a file is opened in any other program – by browsing for the image file and then opening it. Many different image formats are acceptable, such as JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and several others. The decoded information then appears at the bottom of the window, which can be saved to a TXT file or copied into the clipboard and pasted into a word processing document.
The second is by finding the QR codes on the screen. The “from screen” option is useful for scanning those located on websites and other places that aren’t saved onto the computer’s drive. The barcode is identified on the screen by the user and then scanned by the program.
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