QR code generators

I usually use the free ones like QR Code Monkey and have had good luck with it. Does anyone here use the paid versions? What are the advantages?

I usually use QR Code Monkey too, because it creates vector versions instead of only PNGs.

I see no particular advantages in paying money for the extra features they list unless a client has a need for those features. For example, I once had a client who wanted to measure its advertising click-throughs in various publications using the same ad in each. The only thing that differed was the QR code. The paid service gave them an easy way to track which QR codes were being scanned in each publication.

All the QR code companies talk about security and how you can edit dynamic QR codes even once it’s been printed. I guess I don’t really understand that. I don’t really see a big difference between them.

For the record, for just barebones QR codes, you can generate them directly in InDesign as well.

If you need analytics or to update where a QR code points to after the fact, then it makes sense to look for a paid option.

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Hmm, poking around online I see that Adobe has their own barebones standalone QR code generator.

I generate all kinds of barcodes (including QR codes) in vector format using Terry Burton’s Online Barcode Generator.

It’s not flashy, but It’s very versatile, 100% reliable, and free to use; supported by donations (and it’s well worth making a donation).


Ooooh! Now that will come in handy!

I’ll have to check that out more closely. Thanks!

That is crazy versatile. Nice link!

Pretty sure I posted about that before. I’ve used it for about 20 years.

I use the QR Code generator built in to InDesign. I see no advantage to vector versions, as by nature the code is a bit map.

InDesign codes are vector as far as I know.

Advantage would be scaling obviously.
As long as it scans

Recent a guy on the Adobe forums was giving out stink that the qr code scanned incorrectly and wouldn’t accept he made the error. Then wanted to know if the code could be changed after he had something like 250,000 flyers already printed.

He wasn’t happy to find out you can’t do that either.

Moral of the story, make sure info is correct and scans properly on multiple devices and os.

Vector versions scale with no blurring of the edges due to rounding errors and anti-aliasing. It’s not a huge issue (usually) but is enough for me to opt for vector. I’d rather have something that prints at the high resolution of the output device than at the resolution of the QR code bitmap.

I use an offline tool (iQR codes (Mac) by Marek Hrušovský) because I also use QR codes for clients business cards and using online tools for that would be much more complicated for me due to European law GDPR.

Not in my (old) version - maybe so in later versions.

Ah they’re high fidelity graphic objects that behave like vectors