By Josh Jacob
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QR Journal allows users with an iSight (or iSight compatible) camera to read QR codes. Found a QR code in a magazine or catalog? Simply hold up to the iSight camera to scan, store and browse to URLs.
You can also import and scan existing images for QR codes. Select import and just drag the image into QR Journal to scan it.
What's New in Version 1.5
The preferences now includes a slider to adjust camera contrast. For those having trouble with scanning, try adjusting the contrast as you scan.
Additional tips for scanning:
1. Hold the QR code about 2 to 6 inches away from the camera. Smaller codes may need to be closer than larger codes but you don't need to fill the whole camera view. Keep the code at least a couple inches away to allow the camera to focus and the code to be well lit.
2. Tilt the QR code so it's square in the camera preview and not skewed.
3. Try to illuminate the QR code by making sure your room's ambient light is shining on the QR code. However, if the QR code is printed on glossy paper, you may need to tilt the code slightly to remove the reflection.
4. If you are in a low light area, try adjusting Camera Contrast under Preferences.
Yup use your phone
I spend a minute trying to use this and my phone is faster and I didn’t have to d/l it. Maybe on ‘fancier’ macs it’d work.
It worked the first time!
I found this by searching for a free QR Scanner for my MacBook Air. Their newest version gives very simple instructions.
All I did was hold the code in front of the scanner and it recorded the link automatically. Then I clicked
“open link” and I went right to the website page.
Couldn’t Read code
Tried for a full minute to get a code to work. Would have been faster to open a reader on my phone and copy the url to my computer.