In recent years, QR codes have become an everyday part of our lives. They are a two-dimensional barcodes that can be easily read by a digital device and that store information as a series of pixels. They have become widely used in trade, logistics, and production.
Unlike a simple barcode, a QR code is read horizontally and vertically. Thus, they store more data. The ease of recognition and ease of use of QR codes predetermined their popularity. With FastReport VCL you can easily use QR codes in your reports. Let's look аt this possibility more closely.
Launch the report generator designer. Select the "QRCode" component from the pop-up menu of the "Barcode object" tool.
When added to a page, the QRCode will look like this:
Double click on it to open the 2D barcode editor. This can also be done from the context menu by selecting the "Edit" item:
This is what the barcode editor looks like:
Let's look аt its main functions in detail:
1. In the “General” tab, you can change the size of the barcode, add a signature or rotate it.
2. On the “Other options” tab:
- If CodePage <> 0 - ECI mode is used;
- You can select the text encoding in the Encoding property;
- The ErrorLevels property ensures redundancy for proper reading of data with a partially corrupted code image;
- QuietZone detects if the QR code has a white frame.
3. In the expression editor, on the “Code” line, you can:
- Access data source fields;
- Use system variables;
- Use various functions
In the “ExpressionPreset” object property, you can select presets for generаting receipts according to the specification of the Swiss code:
You can generate your own QR codes of various types, for this you need to specify a string of a certain format and set it in the Text property.
Let's take a closer look at these types with examples of barcodes and data:
URI is a Uniform Resource Identifier. It is a string to identify various files, documents, images, email, web service, etc.:
EmailAddress – E-mail address:
EmailMessage – email text:
MATMSG:TO:firstname.lastname@example.org;SUB:FastReport VCL question;BODY:Hello, I have a question about FastReport VCL.;
Geolocation – coordinates for the real geographic location:
SMS – text message:
SMSTO:(71) 555-4444:Hello, Dolly! I'm fine!
Call – telephone number:
Wi -fi – information for connecting to wi-fi:
Let’s create а QR code from Delphi/Lazarus code:
We have looked аt how to use QR codes in FastReport VCL. This component brings more possibilities for using this report generator in modern workflow.