Share your slides using a QR code

Your talk went down very well, you got rapturous applause, and some delegates even began to stand…there were murmurings of a Nobel Prize. Now, the hard bit, all those eager students in the front row want a copy of your slides so they can emulate your greatness, or more likely nitpick and point out the flaws in your otherwise flawless logic. You really don’t want the inconvenience of collecting email addresses or worse swapping business cards. So, what’s the easy option for a busy speaker one the conference circuit? QR codes. Obviously.

But, isn’t creating QR codes for your documents a painful process that will add precious minutes to your speech preparation time? Not necessarily. A new service with the painful name of TagMyDoc allows you to add a tag to a document which can be scanned and retrieved as a virtual copy via a QR code, which you would, of course, display at the end of your talk so that all those delegates can scan it with their iPhones. The system supports the following file types: jpg, tiff, png, bmp, gif, doc, docx, ppt, pptx and pdf.

There is the inevitable mobile app – ScanMyDoc, which is the only TagMyDoc-ready QR reader at the moment, which also lets you sync ScanMyDoc with your TagMyDoc account and manage your scanned documents.

There is a Microsoft Office Add-in for Word that lets you tag and save your document directly and a similar Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, which lets you tag and save your presentation directly from Microsoft PowerPoint without ever leaving the application.

In a sense, TagMyDoc is the reverse process of printing – When you print, your document goes from a virtual form to a hard copy. This approach means a recipient can get a virtual copy of a document or presentation from a hard-copy form (print or on your lecture screen).

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3 thoughts on “Share your slides using a QR code

  1. As promised, I have a response from JP Desjardins at TagMyDoc regarding Vladimir’s question:

    “You could effectively use standard QR code + Dropbox for sharing however it would take quite some time to 1-create the code, 2-add the code to a document, 3-share it.

    The real advantage of TagMyDoc lies in its seamless integration between QR Codes and common filetypes ( such as .doc and so on ). It takes the hassle out of the QR.

    We use the same Amazon S3 server technology behind Dropbox and our service offers the same syncing and version control that we built in our backend. users get access to all these functionalities when they create an account :)

    We also tested the batch QR functionality and were able to add individual QR codes to 400+ documents in a few minutes and that only takes a few click, something like a minute of your time.

    Also, a feature coming in a few weeks will be the ability to create a QR code that points to a folder instead of a document in order to facilitate sharing on projects that have many different documents.

    Finally, a challenge we are working on via the development of an iOS TagMyDoc app is the ability to add a tag to a document directly from your iOS device. Since there is no accessible file system in iOS, it might have to work through the Dropbox iOS app. Stay tuned.”

  2. Yes, I had wondered about that. It does seem like an obvious alternative, but then, having a dedicated system makes it less opaque perhaps to lay users. I have asked the company to explain whether they think there is a greater advantage…

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