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Square sharing app released to the Windows Phone Marketplace

Square App

We previously took a sneak peek at the app Square (with a quick video demo), developed by Lawrence Gripper (the developer behind the BBC News Mobile app), Chris Sienkiewicz and Dave Crawford. Square is a photo and contact sharing app which uses QR codes allowing for seamless transfers to be carried out between platforms.  

One can download Square from the Marketplace for free. Check out (and "like") the Facebook page for more information and updates.

QR: Square

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Square sharing app released to the Windows Phone Marketplace

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I was looking forward to this and having tried it now I really like the design, BUT why does it use a URL for the business cards? I'm a bit concerned about sending someone's details to the internet. Other apps don't seem to do this?

Having experimented a bit more with this app, I'm really disappointed as I really wanted to like it. My main problems with the app:
- The use of the url for business cards (not only a concern when sharing private data, but it also means the recipient needs a data connection)
- When I tried to share a contact with a iPhone user, they could not download the vcf file unless they have something like a dropbox app to store this file
- The Square app doesn't seem to be able to read codes that were generated in another app (unless I'm missing something here)
These issues are a bit of a surprise considering their tagline is 'Sharing Made Easy'. I hope the developer updates the app really soon to make it more universal. No matter how much I like the design, it is the functionality of it that really counts in the end.

Hi there, I'm Chris (one of the developers). Thanks for trying it out!
 
The business cards only sharing via URL is something we looked at during the design; the main reason we didn't offer an offline version of the contacts sharing was that the QR codes generated tend to be very dense, and we noticed the accuracy in reading them was severely reduced.

 
However, it's something several people have commented on, so we're looking at implementing this in the next version (which we're working on at the moment).

 
The iPhone contacts thing is annoying: we assumed (none of us having iPhones) that it would understand an industry standard format, but apparently not. We're also working on this, detecting when an iPhone reads a contact and changing the output to be in an iPhone specific format.
You're also not the first person to comment on the fact that the app doesn't read other QR codes. Our thoughts on this were that it isn't a QR reader, it just happens to use QR codes to share specific information, so why would it need to read other codes? However, as it *does* actually read other codes (it just doesn't do anything with them) we're looking at how to gracefully handle them (probably by pushing the content to a browser).

 
If you’d be interested in playing with some of these new features, and helping us test the next version, feel free to drop us a line at: support (at) square.sienkiewi.cz

 
Cheers
Chris
 

They should add the ability to send via email/txt as well.  Forward contacts already does these things in addition to creating qr codes.
Being able to send pictures via qr code is nice though.