Smart Phone Tech: More than a Dozen QR Code Generators that do more… Analytics, GPS, Facebook Likes

Google’s link shortener, Goo.gl and Bit.ly have both added the capability of creating and tracking QR Codes from within their platforms.

From AT&T's film on QR Codes

The movie above is quite informative, but one QR Coder (listed below) says, “Despite being one of the best looking (and one of the more popular) QR scanners out there, the AT&T code scanner passes everything you scan through their Website where they are undoubtedly collecting data on what is being scanned. We therefore place it in the Evil category – avoid this one unless you want old AT&T to see what you are scanning.” Furthermore their new service is limited to one-year, after which you will probably be expected to subscribe to retain access to your “free” account.

By 2012 more than half of people accessing the Internet will be doing so via smart phones or handheld devices. If their phones can take a picture, they can most likely scan QR Codes. Recognized as perhaps the most important recent development to revitalize print advertising, QR Codes have been around since 1997. With the rapid growth of smart phone technology, they are now becoming mainstream.

QR stands for quick response. Scan one and you immediately are taken directly to a Website or provided with a text that can contain telephone numbers and other cvontact information. And now they can do even more like… qrstuff.com and the following:

  1. BeQRious – A robust QR Code campaign and tracking platform with email notification
  2. Delivr – generates a QR Code for each mobile-friendly URL
  3. Good Survey – Use QR Codes for market research in documents and decode existing QR Codes
  4. Itsmyurls – All your social media links in one QR code
  5. Jumpscan – provides a contact page with all your social data in one spot
  6. Likify – Generate Facebook likes using QR Code
  7. Myqr.co – URL shortener and QR code generator rolled into one (plus AT&T warning)
  8. OK QR ME – Mirascape QR Code Generator provides real-time stats on who is scanning it and from where
  9. SocialQRCode.com – works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, URL’s, e-Mails, Contact Info, Business Card Information, Android Market and App Store.
  10. SPARQcode – can deliver any type of content such as websites, phone numbers, addresses and invoke any app on your mobile phone
  11. Wikkit – Create, sell, and scan tickets to any event with QR Codes

Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera Sets New Low (Price)

The Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera was written up as my top choice in Flip-style cams a year ago and for a while, the price was tumbling.

Now, you have no excuse! It’s time you started adding video blogging to your agenda. With the Kodak Zi8 falling to less than a hundred dollars (black model only) at Amazon, you really should begin making moving pictures. The Zi8 records high definition video (1080p at 30 fps with 16:9 aspect ratio). If you have already started creating video content, you can put this discrete, inexpensive mini-camera on a tripod to get that 2nd POV for professional productions.

Not sure why, but soon after Flip announced the discontinuation of their popular pocket cam, Amazon’s prices on the Kodak Zi8 started rising… to well above the former list price. This is disappointing, but if you shop hard you can still find them at a discount. Or, you can buy refurbished for less than a hundred dollars.

The Kodak Zi8 has…

  • a swing out USB arm, that’s flexible
  • a removable lithium-ion battery that can be charged in or out of the camera
  • expandable SD/SDHC card slot for up to 32 GB, so you can swap and keep shooting
  • a large 2.5″ color LCD screen
  • built in electronic image stabilization
  • 5MP still photo capture
  • improved low-light performance
  • smart face tracking technology

The biggest flaw with most pocket cams up until the release of the  Zi8 was poor sound quality. Users had been pleading for someone to add an external mic jack. Thanks to Kodak for listening!

“With the Zi8, Kodak finally surpasses Flip Video’s video quality and feature set.” David Carnoy, CNET Review

Print Friendly & PDF Button, a WP Plugin and Browser Tool

Here’s a cool Print Friendly & PDF button that saves paper and ink when printing or creating a PDF.

It’s fast, easy, and looks great when printed. Add the button now – your users and the green Earth will benefit.

Click the button to automatically create printer friendly and PDF versions of your pages without the hassle of CSS or Print.CSS. No coding, hacking or programming required. Simply install the plugin, activate, and choose settings for full customization.

Cool Features Include:

  • Get a Printer Friendly and PDF button for your users.
  • Fully Customizable! Choose your favorite print and PDF button, use a text link, or use your own graphic.
  • Get precision placement with easy to change margins, alignment, and pages for your Print and PDF button.
  • On-Page-Lightbox. Have you noticed that most printer friendly buttons open new windows, or tabs? Not with Print Friendly & PDF button. It opens in a Lightbox so you your users stay on the page, and your wp website.
  • Professional looking print and PDF buttons and user experience.
  • More repeats and new users. Your brand/URL are printed on the page or saved in the PDF so users remember your site, or new users can find you.

Cool Print Features for Users:

  • Optimizes pages for printing and PDF so you save money and the environment.
  • You can Print or get a PDF
  • Edit the page before printing or getting a PDF

There is also a browser version… thanks to the folks at www.PrintFriendly.com for creating these green tech tool!

My other favorite (free) printing app is from GreenPrint World, a free version of GreenPrint software for home users. It incorporates an easy to use PDF writer that provides an alternative to printing. After you download and install the application it creates a new, green printer that you can select whenever you want to save a document as a pdf.