vCard stands for "Virtual Business Card." It is a data format that packages up address book information, like a person's name, title, organization, mailing address and telephone numbers. It can be attached as a file to emails, or downloaded from a web page, or encoded into a QR code. It is an older standard than the QR code, but the two work very well together.
How are they used together for a scannable business card?
When a QR code that contains vCard information is printed on a business card, a person can scan it with their smartphone, and it immediately becomes a contact in their Address Book. No manual typing is needed.
How can I use this within an eDocBuilder template?
Set up your master PDF as you normally would, with all the regular fields for displaying name, address, etc. Then add an additional, fairly large, square field to hold the QR code.
Important: In order for the QR code to work with the widest variety of smartphone apps, there are some general rules you should follow when creating your template fields:
-- First and last name fields should be separate
-- The address should be separated (e.g., City, State and Zip should each be its own user entry field)
For this example, we will assume you have named your fields with the following naming conventions:
phFirstname, phLastName, phCompanyName, phTitle, phAddressOne, phAddressTwo, phCity, phState, phZip, phPhone, phTelephoneExt, phFax, phCell, phEmail, phWebsite, QRCode
In eDocBuilder, create your template and upload the master PDF. Format all the normal, visible fields as you ordinarily would. Then open the QRCode field. In the Field Type tab, select "Barcode" and "Static Text or Field Scripting":
In the Format tab, select QR code, and the color you want the code to be. The default is CMYK Black (0 0 0 100):
In the Field Scripting tab, select "HTML Markup", and enter the following script: