Quick Response (or simply QR) code is a form of barcode that can only be read via special barcode readers. Initially introduced in the automotive industry, QR code is a ‘kind of’ an enhanced version of UPC (universal production code), which itself is a form of barcodes that you mostly find on different products at your local convenience stores. It has the ability to carry a wide range of metadata, such as URLs, product price, make and model, email signature, phone numbers, business cards and whatnot. The trend of using QR code has mostly been seen in mobile devices, specifically the Android platform, where they are still used to aid in quickly jumping to an app’s download page. QR code generators and readers for Windows score in dozens, and we have previously covered quite many of them, too. For instance, bcTester is a Windows tool that not only creates QR codes, but also scans them from PDF and image files. CodeTwo QR Code Desktop Reader is another such application that flawlessly does the job. While it isn’t a QR generator, the readability part of the tool is second to none.
The interface of the application looks very clean and user-friendly. The application can decode the information stored within a QR code using two different methods. The first method is to read data from an image file, which supports a wide array of file formats, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, DIB, TIFF and so on. In fact, every file we threw at it, the tool didn’t face any issues while decoding the image. All you need is to click From File and select your desired item. The decoded text appears at the bottom of the window. You can save the information as TXT file (via clicking Save to file) or hit Copy to clipboard to move it to the Windows clipboard.
If you don’t have the image file, you’d be better off using the From Screen option. Simply select it from the top and drag the area that you want to scan. This method is more useful, because you don’t need to worry about the QR code image format. After making your selection, release your mouse left click; the selected area will appear in the application window.
CodeTwo QR Code Desktop Reader is one of the most easiest solutions we have found to fetch and read QR code data. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.