QR Journal

QR Journal

QR codes are a like 2-dimensional barcodes capable of representing all sorts to data. They are the perfect mechanism for representing URLs as cameras can scan and process them.

Now desktop users with an iSight (or iSight compatible) camera can 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. Received a QR code in an email? Just drag it into QR Journal to read it.


Download - Install - How To Use - Change Log - Feedback

Download

See note at right about downloading/installing via Mac App Store.

Current Version:

Version 1.5 for Mac OS X 10.8/10.9/10.10/10.11

Legacy Versions:

Version 1.3 for Mac OS X 10.8/10.9

Version 1.2 for Mac OS X 10.6/10.7 (Intel only)

Install

See note at right about downloading/installing via Mac App Store.

1. Download

If your browser hasn't opened it, you will have a .DMG file to double click to open. The DMG will open to a disk mounted in the Finder.

2. Copy to Applications directory

Simply drag it to the Applications directory alias. You might be prompted by your system for an administrator password.

3. There is no step 3!

Just launch the app as needed. Enjoy!


How To Use

Launch

The Journal window displays QR captures to date and provides a toolbar necessary for scanning new codes.

Scan QR Code

Clicking the scan button will open the scanning sheet. The app will use your camera to start scanning for QR codes. Simply hold up the code so it is fully displayed in the camera. Once read, the text or URL of the QR code will be displayed.

You can then:

  • Save the QR code to your journal.
  • Skip this QR code and keep scanning.
  • Cancel scanning.

Import QR Code

If you don't have a Mac with a camera or have an image of a QR code, choose the import option. A scanning window will appear for you to drag the image into. If successfully scanned, the text or URL from the QR code will be displayed.

You can then:

  • Save the QR code to your journal.
  • Skip this QR code and keep scanning.
  • Cancel scanning.

Read the application help for more information.


Change Log

Here is the most recent version history of the app.

  • version 1.5
    • Updated for Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.11 (El Capitan).
    • Updated for newer Mac OS X video capture APIs (AV Foundation).
    • Added contrast control to preferences to scan in low light.
  • version 1.3
    • Updated for Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9 (Mavericks).
    • Option to scan for URLs and automatically open in Safari.
  • version 1.2
    • Preferences now available to choose a non-iSight camera.
    • Higher detailed QR codes can now be scanned.
  • version 1.1
    • Added "Open Link" to scanning/importing sheet.
  • version 1.0
    • Initial release!

Feedback

Let me know if you have any problems with using QR Journal or if you have suggestions for future versions. My time to answer emails is a bit spotty to say the least but I'll try my best to answer your questions.

Mac App Store

Prefer to install via the Mac App Store? QR Journal is simultaneously released on this site and the Mac App Store.

Mac App Store

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