I need a process for reading hundreds of QR codes quickly

I need to scan hundreds of QR codes as quickly as possible and save them to a .txt file that can be read by Excel.

I've read the reviews and the I-nigma QR code reader stands out, available at http://www.i-nigma.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html

More helpful information is at:  http://i-nigma.com/qr-barcode-reader-sdk.html

But I can't find a User's Guide.

In the past I've done this by:  a)  Scan the QR code, then b) paste the result into Notes on my phone.

If there is a better QR code reader that can more intuitively save the results to some kind of log file, I'd love to hear about it.

Dwight BaerStudentAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Dwight,
What device are you using to scan the QR codes? Regards, Joe
Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
iPhone 6.5s
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
iPhone 6.5s
Then I can't help you from my personal experience, because I do all of my high-volume QR code scanning via document scanning, not with phones, and all of the QR code recognition software runs on Windows computers. That said, all of the software that I use also claims to support the iPhone, but you're on your own to verify that. Two are free, open source products — ZBar and ZXing:


Both products work well on Windows, but for higher accuracy in code recognition, I use a commercial product from Inlite Research called ClearImage that has a 2D Barcode Reader SDK. It also has a Cloud Web API Barcode Reader (WaBR) that supports iOS, but it isn't cheap.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much.  I'll check out both those products before I close this.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Please post back here with the results of your testing...I'm very curious. Thanks, Joe
Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
Sorry for not closing this.  I did try both ZBar and ZXing but with limited success.  I ended up just scanning with a barcode scanner attached to a Windows laptop, directly into the spreadsheet.  I'm not sure what status this question is in, I think I've been bad and it's been closed without assigning you any points.  Wooops.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Dwight,
I'm happy to hear that you at least had some limited success with ZBar and ZXing, but happier to hear that a barcode scanner did the trick for you.

Not to worry...the question hasn't been closed yet. The quick explanation is that you select what comments have been helpful to you via the "Was this helpful?" drop-down (I see that you already did that for one of my posts), then click the I have my answer button in the progress bar on the left, then select the comment with the Best Solution. You may enter a closing comment if you want (optional), then click Finish. The detailed explanation is in this Experts Exchange support article:
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Regards, Joe
Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
ZBar and ZXing were recommended by Joe Winograd.  I found that Zbar worked but the free version had ads that were very annoying.  Zxing I didn't try long enough to give a  real assessment.  Then I discovered that what I had to scan were barcodes, not QR codes as I had encountered on these products in the past.  Hence an old-fashioned barcode scanner attached to my laptop, inputting directly into a spreadsheet, worked.  Thanks for your help Joe.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Dwight, and thanks back at you for your closing comment...always helpful to know what does and doesn't work for folks. Thanks, too, for properly closing this and awarding points...much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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