Put something like this on your next business card

by Volker Weber


This is my business card, readable for QR Code scanners. Create your own here, and print in on your next business card. If you keep this graphic as a photo on your phone, you can let people scan your details right from the display of your phone.

Android users will probably have Barcode Scanner already installed on their device. iPhone users should look for the free i-nigma (iPhone 4 or earlier) or Mobiletag in the iTunes store.


Der gute alte Witz....

Patrick Bohr, 2010-10-12

Unfortunately Mobiletag doesn't add the address (Street, zip, city) if you try to create a new iPhone contact.

Thomas Lang, 2010-10-12

Find a better program. :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-10-12

webOS users should look for QR Code

Timm Caspari, 2010-10-12

On the Blackberry I use ScanLife and have been happy with it.

Kirk Kuykendall, 2010-10-12

You found a better one already: i-nigma works great.

Thomas Lang, 2010-10-12

@Thomas - indeed. i-nigma is the only one of perhaps half a dozen such apps which I have tried which works flawlessly on my BlackBerry.

Chris Linfoot, 2010-10-12

There is actually quite a bit of redundancy in QRCodes, so it is possible to customize with a personalized icon. Or you can change the Black bits to make pictures.

Simon O'Doherty, 2010-10-12

The Zebra is taking it a bit far though. :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-10-12

ScanLife does not work at all for me. i-nigma is not yet supported on the BlackBerry Torch. I also find it mildly annyoing that i-nigma is spying on me be redirecting through their site.

Volker Weber, 2010-10-12

This one captures a few more data fields, e.g. separates the first and lastname. Unfortunately, when importing this to Android contacts, all that is lost again. Probably a limitation of the QR code format for meCards? But very unfortunate...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2010-10-12

Just use the Google Graph API and experiment yourself. The MECARD-Format is specified at NTT DoCoMo. As you already have observed, not all readers implement all features.

Volker Weber, 2010-10-12

Didn't know this. It works flawless on my Android (Barcode app on Htc desire).
Many thanks for the tip!

Marc Egart, 2010-10-12

Bring back the CueCat

Alan Lepofsky, 2010-10-12

@vowe: this page does not render correctly, at least on Snow Leopard + Firefox 4.0b6. It cuts off some (20?) pixels at the right edge, causing the mobile tag to be incomplete. Widening or narrowing the browser window does not help. Guess: The missing part appears to be as wide as the vertical scrollbar.


Thomas Vogler, 2010-10-12

Interesting. The right margin usually fits 210px graphics easily. Unless you change your viewport by zooming out.

But I am finding it too large anyway. Reduced to 180px.

Volker Weber, 2010-10-12

looks better now.

Thomas Vogler, 2010-10-13

Links to the iTunes store should normally have the country prefix ('de' in this case) removed from the URL.

Mobiletag will take you to the correct store for your account.

David Richardson, 2010-10-13

Ich hab' seit gut einem Jahr so einen Barcode auf meinen Visitenkarten.

Ist noch längst nicht mainstream und erzeugt immer wieder überraschte Gesichter.

Thomas Edelmann, 2010-10-13

@Simon: Yes, it is possible to design a QRCode

Necip Sayar, 2010-11-10

Indeed it is:

Dirk Krause, 2010-11-10

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