QR vCard App Instructions


The opening screen that you see the first time you open QR vCard.

If you touch the Tap here to see instructions in Safari button, Safari will open and show this page.

Tap the Setup tab first, which will take you to the data entry page.
This is a cropped version of what you see the first time you tap the Setup tab.

You must enter at least one of First name, Last name or Company name. The Contacts app needs one or more names to save the contact under in the index.

There are hints so you will know what data to put in the fields.

Tap any field to start entering data.
After tapping on a field, the keyboard will appear (not shown). The Done button in the navigation bar is enabled while editing. You can tap it at any time to dismiss the keyboard.

As shown here in the Company name field, the clear button (X inside a circle) lets you erase the entire field.

Tap the checkbox on the right end of the Company name field to check it. Tap again to uncheck it. When this box is checked the contact will be shown in the Contacts index as the company name rather than first and/or last names.

You can leave the First name and Last name fields blank if you want to save the contact with just the Company name.

All of the following fields are optional and can be left blank if that is what you desire.

International superstars with only one name can leave the First name field blank and their name will be indexed in Contacts as the single name.

Tap the Next key on the keyboard to go to the next field or tap in the field you want to change.
These are the telephone number entry fields. The telephone keypad will appear when you edit one of these fields. There is no Next key on the telephone keypad so you must tap in the next field to edit it.

You can customize these fields as you wish to show the data that you want to share. You might not want to show your home or cell phone number to a business contact.

When you tap on a field it will automatically scroll up to remain visible as the keyboard rises from the bottom of the window. The next field after the one you're editing will also be visible so that you can tap on it to advance to that field.
This is the email entry field. The keyboard automatically changes to the email style keyboard shown here to make it easier to enter the special characters usually found in email addresses.

You can customize your email address to make it your work email address when giving your contact information to a business associate or change it to your personal email address when sharing your contact information with a friend.

Starting with version 1.1, you can enter a URL in the URL field. The keyboard will change to the URL keyboard when you enter this field.

When you start entering data, the Next key on the keyboard will be enabled so that you can advance to the next field to enter data.

Notice that the URL field has automatically scrolled up so that it is visible above the keyboard so that you can tap on that field to start editing there.
These are the address fields. Words will automatically be capitalized and spellcheck is turned off so you won't be bothered by suggestions for the unusual names found in addresses.

Caps lock is turned on for the State field. It can be turned off if you want to enter more than just the two letter abreviations usually used in the United States.

The keyboard for the ZIP code field is alphanumeric and caps lock is turned on so that ZIP codes with letters (as found in some foreign countries) can be entered.
This is the Notes field. There is not really a limit on how much information can be entered in this field, except that the QR code might get very complex which could make it impossible to scan. The field will scroll horizontally as data is entered.

I have entered some text so that the Done key on the keyboard is enabled. When the Done key is tapped, the keyboard will be dismissed and the window will scroll back to the top. This is the same as tapping the Done button in the navigation bar.
After entering the data that you want to share and dismissing the keyboard, the Save button in the navigation bar will be enabled if there is at least a First name, Last name or Company name entered.

When you tap the Save button, a QR code vCard will be created and it will appear on the Show QR Code tab. The information will also be saved in the iPhone's memory and the various fields will be filled in automatically the next time the QR vCard app is opened so that you don't have to re-enter the data each time the QR vCard app is opened.
This is what you see when you first tap the Scan/Save tab.

Just some hints to let you know what to do.
After tapping the Camera button in the navigation bar, the camera will be turned on and you can point it at a QR code.

If the light level is low the flash LED will be turned on.

Hold the iPhone at least 4 inches away from the QR code. The iPhone's camera cannot focus closer than that.

It's best to position the iPhone so that the QR code appears in the center of the screen. All of the QR code must be visible on the screen so that the software can scan it.

The QR code does not have to be perfectly aligned with the edges of the iPhone screen and the QR code can be scanned upside down or sideways, as shown here.

If the software is having trouble reading the QR code you will see the image going in and out of focus. If that happens, try moving the iPhone farther away or closer. If the software is unable to decode the QR code you can stop the scan by tapping the Cancel button.

The scanning software has an Info button in the lower right corner. Tapping this button will bring up some hints on how to get the best results. See below.

When the scanning software successfully decodes the QR code it will automatically switch back to the Scan/Save tab.
This is the help screen that is displayed when the scanning software Info button is tapped. This software is generic scanning software and can decode bar codes and QR codes.

I have disabled the bar code function and only QR codes will be decoded. This speeds up the scanning process because if the scanning software has trouble decoding an image it will try every possible encoding method it knows, which can take a long time.
This is the vCard information that was encoded in the earlier QR code image. As you can see, QR codes can get very dense with even a small amount of information.

QR vCard has detected a valid vCard and the Save button has been enabled.

Tapping the Save button will save the information in the vCard in the iPhone's Contacts app. The new contact will be shown in the Contact app index with the FN (for Full Name) keyword, in this case Testing AAA

If your Contacts app has been configured with the contacts in groups, a list of groups will be shown after the Save button is tapped. You can choose a group to save the vCard in or cancel and nothing will be saved. Bug alert: In version 1.0 the app will crash if "Cancel" is tapped when selecting a group. That has been fixed in version 1.1.

Groups cannot be created in the iPhone Contacts app. That must be done with the Address Book application and then synched with the iPhone. Contacts may not be moved between groups in the iPhone Contacts app. That also must be done in the Address Book application.
This is what you see when you scan a QR code that has an Internet link embedded in it. QR vCard can recognize "http" and "https" links and will change the Save button to Open and add a little message to let you know what to do and what will happen.

Other QR code scanning apps will open Safari immediately after scanning a URL, but QR vCard gives you the option of ignoring the link if you choose to do so.

QR codes can store many types of information, such as part numbers, stocking codes, prices, etc. If the QR code does not contain a valid vCard or URL then the data will be displayed here. The Save button will be disabled.

This particular link is for the group that wrote the QR code scanning software.


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