Opening the app immediately shows the scanner window with a blue border and a red horizontal line. Place the red line over the code, and wait for the camera to focus to scan the code. The code is automatically copied to the clipboard and can be pasted into any text field or document.
After the code is read, the app will beep and vibrate if these settings have been selected, and the screen will change to show a photograph of the code with the code content at the top of the screen. Under that, will be the buttons for Amazon, a web search, book search, and share.
Barcodes and QR codes are ubiquitous; they are on retail products, delivery boxes, store windows, tourist attractions, and so much more. Reading them with a smartphone is as easy as downloading the app, lining up the blue and red boundary marks, and letting the app do the rest.
QR codes in particular contain information that is embedded directly into the image, and are used for providing a website address, contact details of a supplier, GPS coordinates, etc. Phone numbers and email addresses for a colleague can be copied directly into the phone’s contacts list.
A book barcode will be recognised as an ISBN number allowing the user to instantly search in Amazon or Google Books for the item. Alternatively, find the book from another store using the web search.
Other types of barcodes will be read and their code number copied to the clipboard. This will be especially handy for checking the ingredients or calories that would be consumed when scanning food barcodes.
The QR & Barcode Scanner doesn’t require any configuration to use and automatically reads any code. After opening the app, simply point the camera at the code. It’s easy and works every time.