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Do InDesign QR Codes expire?

New Here ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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Hello, 

When you make a QR code in InDesign do they expire? When you use free generators they will stop the link working after 30 days regardelss of the URL you have linked to is still functional. Are there any limitions like this when using InDesign created codes?

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Community Expert , Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019
Well, an InDesign QR code is just a representation of the URL you input. As long as the URL itself doesn't change, the QR code will work.

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Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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I don't see how a static QR code can 'expire'. It's just another way of writing a URL.

Are you thinking of sites that provide a dynamic URL perhaps?

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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No I've made static ones on a free generator and after 30 days it stops working because I've not paid for the subscription. I'd assume a company like Adobe wouldn't do this but just better to be safe than sorry.

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Community Expert ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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Can you link to the site you used?

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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I can't remember it was a while ago

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Community Expert ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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Well, an InDesign QR code is just a representation of the URL you input. As long as the URL itself doesn't change, the QR code will work.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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Since a QR code can't stop working, it means that the URL stops working. You should check the actual link in the QR code - not just follow it, which goes with the forwarding. If you don't already know about this, study how link shortening works. Because QR codes work better with less text, link shortening is often recommended or automatic.

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2019 Sep 23, 2019

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The link was fine, it was the QR code. I've done some more investigating and it seems it could be the free generators putting redirects on 'free' QR codes. Some forums are saying that you are actually provided with dynamic codes from some generators but told they are static and when you don't join subscribe they re-direct it after so long. When I was using the generators indd didn't have a QR code feature and I've never used them since hence the confusion. I'm sure the Adobe generated ones will fit my needs perfectly.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 14, 2020 Jan 14, 2020

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Thanks for asking this question. I have used the generators online before and while I don't know how they do it, they do in fact control if it loads the URL or not. I JUST NOW TODAY realized I could make these in InDeisgn, was thrilled! Thanks for the info.

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New Here ,
Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Can I get this QR code updated after the 30 days?  

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Community Expert ,
Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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A QR code is static once generated. If the content/data changes, you have to generate a new one. If by "30 days" you mean the expiration of the trial license, then no — the QR code function will be unavailable along with the rest of InDesign. But there are many, many QR code generators available that do the same job. (Better, even, if they've been updated to the 3.0 spec, which ID's has not.)

 


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