Easy Map Distribution Using QR Codes

One of the easiest ways to direct people to your map listings in the Avenza Map Store is to generate a QR code that can be scanned in the Avenza Maps app. Using a QR code eliminates the need to search the Map Store and lands the user directly on the correct map store listing.

QR COde Example, Avenza Maps

A Quick Response code (QR code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry which needed a machine-readable way to label items with complex information about the item. As it happens, QR codes are a perfect way to avoid having to share long character-filled URLs that are prone to typos and transposition.

When you create a QR code for your map, you are simply creating a representation of the URL that can be read by a mobile device.

Generate a QR code using one of the free tools available on the Internet. Some tools even offer additional features for branding or changing the styling of your QR code. In this example, we will make a simple black and white QR code, and download it as a JPEG image for use in print, or on web pages.

Step 1. Find your Map Store Listing URL

From the Vendor Portal, find the listing for any of your maps in the 'For Sale' state.

  • Log in to the portal
  • Choose For Sale from the drop-down menu
  • Click on the map for which you want to generate the QR code.
  • At the bottom-right of the page click the link 'View this product on the Map Store'
  • Copy the URL from the browser's address bar

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Step 2. Create QR Code

There are many free QR code generators available on the Internet including this one and this one. Choose any one, and follow the on-screen instructions to paste your URL and generate a QR Code image. Download the image and save it somewhere where you can find it later.

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Pro Tip

You can edit the tracking parameters that appear in the URL, to include your vendor number.

It doesn't change the listing in any way, but it helps our data team understand how traffic is reaching the map Store.

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Step 3. Share the QR Code, Everywhere!

You now have a QR code image that you can paste into web pages, or add to printed materials, send in an email, or just about anywhere else.

The QR Code scanner in the app lets users quickly access the right map by using the devices' camera to snap the code and open the link to the Map Store listing in a browser.