Optiscan – iPhone App of the Week
This is a regular feature of the blog looking at various Apps available. Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive.
This week’s App is Optiscan.
Scan any QR code quickly and easily using your devices camera and Optiscan.
- Create your own QR codes to share contacts, web addresses, text messages, phone numbers or locations with others.
- Contrary to some reviews, it IS possible to create geo-location codes – use the ‘Note’ option to type (or copy/paste) the information in. This will be made easier in version 1.9.2 – due very soon!
- Save to Photo album by holding down on the QR code image and selecting ‘Save Image’
- Automatically scan a wide variety of QR code data formats
- Save specific QR codes for quick sharing – perfect for sharing your business card!
- Keep a history of QR codes created and scanned for easy recall.
- Want to scan or generate codes in French? Japanese? No problem! Optiscan supports UTF-8, ISO-8859, and Shift-JIS.
- Select the contact details you want to send, so the right people get the right information.
- Found a QR code on the web? You don’t need two devices. Save the image to the photo gallery from Safari (tap and hold the image) – and Optiscan will decode them for you!
- Optiscan runs without a network connection, and keeps your data private. Why put up with anything less?
QR Codes do seem to be going mainstream at the moment and there are lots of people who are now embedding and using them in education.
In my own college one of the Sports Lecturers on a newsletter about College Sport put in a QR code that linked to a Flickr page with more photographs on.
The iPhone doesn’t come with a QR code reader and the older iPhones, the 3G and the 3GS, had a poor quality camera that often failed to render QR codes properly. When I had a 3GS I tried a few free QR code reader apps, but in the end after reading a review bought Optiscan.
Of course the camera in the iPhone 4 and the 4S is superior to previous cameras and as a result the newer iPhones are much better at reading QR codes.
It did the job really well, so have stuck with it since then.
It reads virtually all the QR codes I have thrown at it. I also like how it retains a history of all the QR codes I have read.
There are free QR code readers that work well on the iPhone 4 such as the QR Reader for iPhone that probably means paying for a reader isn’t necessary. However if you have the older 3GS or 3G have problems with one of the free readers then I would recommend Optiscan.