QR Code Scanner Pro for BlackBerry

QR Code Scanner Pro
By Joseph Holder on 15 Dec 2010 09:28 am
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Barcodes are an integral part of our modern lives.  So much so that the Smithsonian Institute has within its collection the very first product sold by barcode, a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum (along with a Research in Motion Inter@ctive Pager 900).  

If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that I have a certain affinity for barcodes, Quick Response (QR) codes in particular.  These black-and-white squares pack a large amount of information in a simple and efficient form.  With a simple scan, users can be directed to web pages, share contact information, and even send emails.  Enter QR Code Scanner Pro.  It does what it says on the tin, does it well, and does it for free.

But all of this free functionality comes with a bit of a warning. 

QR Code Scanner Pro appears to make great use of the BlackBerry Capture API, available to developers writing apps for BlackBerry.  Rather than reading a static picture of code like most scanning apps,  QRCSP uses the video feed to continuously scan for readable codes.

After opening the app, you're presented with one button.  That's it; just one button.  Click the button to begin scanning.  Once the app has found a barcode, it gives a comforting vibration and takes action based on the code.  Many QR codes launch webpages; others can start a phone call or send a text message.  Of course, you're always asked before the BlackBerry actually does anything.

QR Code Scanner Pro is a single-purpose app designed to do one thing well.  As QR codes become more and more abundant with each passing day, QR Code Scanner Pro makes it easy to take advantage of them.  

But Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware - is a phrase that becomes all the more important when the app is free.  Just as with your home computer, you should always be mindful of both the source and the developer of an app.  If you're unsure of an app, you could always check out our forums for more information about the developer.

Granting permissions is another area of concern.  Most apps need at least some permissions to function properly.  Google Maps, for example, needs access to your GPS data to do its job.  Other apps seem to have no legitimate reason for needing data.   For example, why does QR Code Scanner Pro need to access my personal data?  Only grant the permissions you know an app will need.  You can always change it later.   

I have never experienced the problems that others have reported with this app.  Last week, however, I granted more permissions than I should have after installing another of this developer's apps.  I even received an email from them on my default account.   Trouble is, I keep that email address very private and use it for nothing in my online life.  Except for me, my BlackBerry, and my web server; no computer or person should even know of its existence.

QR Code Scanner Pro is available for all BlackBerry smartphones running OS 5.0 and greater. [Thanks mitchsurp]

Some QR Code examples

QR code example vCard

QR example URL

QR example email 

More information/download at BlackBerry App World

34 comments

squished18

I never use any of the apps from this particular developer.

AJErvin12

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I will never use anything from them after that flashlight app mess they tried to pull. They are a bunch of frauds and many people in the know refuse to use anything made by them.

arcadence

Same here. Still never got my refund for their crappy flashlight app.

-1 for this developer.

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Detective M Downs

I'm looking to get one of these QR Code Scanners, which is the best in your opinion?

Fnord

Just use the scanner built into App World. No need to download a 3rd party app.

way2broke

what is the name of the scanner in app world please

Fnord

Open App World and from the menu options select Scan A Barcode. All there is to it, no need for a 3rd party app.

gregmcmillan

Scanlife. It's free also. And it works well. You can find it in App World.

mitchsurp

'Cept ScanLife requires you to take a photo of the barcode. And it almost never works. At least for me on my 9700.

douglaswilson

also never worked on my 9650 either so i deleted it.

Mswljh

Scanlife rarely works on my Bold 9650.

DrewDT

Wow, another barcode scanning app. I would love to see this, Scanlife and other popular ones compared with each other.
As far as permissions, do you have a recommendation for what permissions absolutely have to be granted for this app to work properly without compromising privacy?

jlb21

BBM does a decent job scanning.....

d10k6

I wish the other scanner apps would take advantage of this API. Using the video camera is so much better than the camera.

nereuszeer

I used to use a few apps by the Jared co. but never again. All the apps you install then they spam the crap out of you with tips and other garbage. Plus there are other versions of all the apps (flashlight, berrybuzz) that are just as good if not better. This scanner included.

nah.uhh

Drivesafe.ly send me PIN messages,
Google maps also asks for personal information

1 thing I definately DON'T like about OS 6, is when an app asks to change permissions, you don't get a full breakdown what exactly WHAT they want to access. Ie instead of saying "wifi, internet, security timer reset" it just says "personal information". Some apps need personal info, such as the address book. But off the bat you can't tell whether you just allowed access to your emails and calendar also. You must go into the options in order to find out or selectively change it. Another stupid change to add to the list of head scratchers..

The app developers are shady. They know most people opt out of sending their personal information(anonymous or not), so they hide the question in their Privacy policy to obtain it legally without the person knowing..

Knockz

Wow.. this works surprisingly well. I prefer it to those other apps. The best app I always found was the built in qr scanner in bbm or app world. This is on par.

veraperezp

I was ready to reply "who gives a crap, BBM can scan QR codes" but I noticed that BBM (at least in my 8530) can't scan the email address code in this article. Luckily @fnord (thanks!) suggested the scanner in App World, which DID scan the email address code with no issues.

AfricanAmericanBerry

Well, it might be the best app in the world but it doesn't run on my Storm2. :-(

AJErvin12

Okay, let's get this out of the way for the next 1000 apps publicized on this blog. Nothing works for the Storm and we all know that. When something DOES work for the Storm that will be worth letting us know. Until then we just expect that it doesn't.

Mike_Luchia

Nice,

You go to the Blackberry App World and it says it's compatible with all devices and all carriers. I hook up my phone while in App World and get a message this app is not available for your device (9950) and your carrier (TELUS)

Doesn't look like the compatibility info is much good if it's not accurate.

mrtolles

Shame on CrackBerry for featuring an app by such shady company, even if they put out a disclaimer. I really do like CrackBerry, the information i learned from the sites MEMBERS is priceless, but the site it's self spends way to much time and effort promoting developers. I understand that the revenue generated from their cut of products and apps sold in the CB App store helps support this site, but i believe that they could can still make plenty of money if they only feature developers in good standing with the CrackBerry community.

And yes, i do know this is a free app... that STEALS your information and spams you so you'll buy their other apps.

I am again thankful for the MEMBERS of this site for telling other members to stay away from the Jared Company.

Knockz

Just came back here to post about this. After installing I got an email from them thanking me for installing it. I guess I'm back on their mailing list again now. :( I don't like these practices and wish it was pointed out in the article above.

mitchsurp

Ya know you can unsubscribe, right? Yeah, they're spammy, but I unsubscribe and don't get any e-mails from them ever.

sher_zx6r

will NOT work with Verizon or the 9650 Bold
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moltenfire

Get the free "Barcode Assistant" at http://www.apodidae.com/barcode-assistant

It offers much better functionality than this app by Jared.

Omnitech

WorldMate also scarfs your email address from your preferences to use to spam you with email. For all I know they sell it off to 3rd-parties too.

I sent them a nastygram after that, but the email never went through I don't think. :(

I've been thinking recently that Crackberry really really needs to do a tutorial on application permissions. WAYYYYY too many apps simply ask for "ALL PERMISSIONS", and if you don't grant what they ask, half the time things break in unpredictable ways.

I also think someone should write a little utility that presents a simple columnar list of which apps are installed and what permissions they have each been granted, along with checkboxes or dropdowns to change them quickly/selectively.

BB is potentially very secure, but not when we grant complete access to questionable 3rd-party apps all over the place.

mitchsurp

Like a Permission Police app? Wouldn't you.... *snert*... have to grant it all permissions?

Joseph Holder

Workin' on that Permissions 101 now.  Just waiting to get a little more information.  Should run in a couple of days.

mitchsurp

I'll agree that this company (TJC) is a little spammy, but they honor all unsubscribe requests. This is the only QR scanner that doesn't require a picture to be taken.

Say what you want about the developer's e-mail practices, but this app does more for the price than any of the other QR apps, particularly ScanLife.

I also agree that it requests more permissions than it should, but that's easily solved. As I've never had an issue with permissions, I surmise that by default in the app creator is that all permissions be set to Allow unless coded thusly by the developer.

jkpitcher

tried to use the app world scanner and it would not read any of the barcodes in the post. My scanlife barcode reader read each of them just fine. I like how scanlife works.

mcbmail

Anyone know where the link to this has gone? The download option is gone from App World and their (JaredCo) site doesn't even list this as one of their software titles.