I have created my new form in Concord or Magenta, Now what?

Now that you have a form designed where do I go next.   First, print it and see if you like the way it looks when printed. 

The next steps depend on whether you are using Concord and Remark Office OMR or Magenta and Remark Classic OMR so there is a section for each below.

Concord and Remark Office OMR

Next, you can add any Data Merge fields.  Click here for a description of Data Merge.

Next, if you want to add data (like a date or serial number) to your output data record that are not on the form, set up an Input Field.

Next, you would set up any Image and OCR regions that you need on the form.

Next, we need to set up the form for scanning.  This requires creating the scan template file.  The scan template file tells the scanning program, Remark Office OMR, how to scan your form.  In other words, where are the bubble locations, what data do you want to see for each bubble when the form is scanned and what is the order of the fields in the output data record.  To create this file, use the Scanning menu in Concord.

The Scanning menu has 4 options on it and they are meant to be used in the order they appear on the menu.  Click on the first option, “Setup Order or Output Fields” and the program will show you a list of all the scannable field areas on your form.  If you want to rearrange the order of the fields, simply drag the fields into the proper order in the list.  The second option is to “Create Scan Template” – click on this option and the program will automatically create the file for you – normally, you keep the base name of file the same as the form file.  The files will be distinguished by their extensions:  .fsx for the Concord form file and .omr for the Remark Office OMR scan template.

To complete the scan template, you must select the third option on the Scanning menu: “Launch Template Editor”.   This option will open your newly created scan template in the Remark Office OMR Template Editor.  In this first module of the Remark Office OMR software, you need to scan in a blank or unfilled out copy of your new scan form.  THIS IS A REQUIRED STEP.  You can do this by clicking on Tools/Reset Images in the Remark Office OMR Template Editor.

Now that you have a completed scan template file, you are ready to scan forms.  You can start Remark Office OMR by clicking on the fourth option on the Scanning menu: “Scan Forms” or by clicking the Windows Start button and selecting “Remark Office OMR 2014” and then “Remark Office OMR Data Center.”  Both of these options starts the actual scanning program:  “Remark Office OMR Data Center.”

Now scan some filled out forms and make sure the answers that were marked on the form are the answers you see in the data records that the Remark Office OMR Data Center show you in the spreadsheet-like grid.

 

Magenta and Remark Classic OMR

If you have Magenta, now would be a good time to align the form so that it scans properly.  Click here for an explanation of form alignment for OMR forms.  If you don’t like the margins on an image form, change them using the Move Print Image.

Next, you can add any Data Merge fields.  Click here for a description of Data Merge.

Next, if you want to add data (like a date or serial number) to your output data record that are not on the form, set up an Input Field.

Next, we need to set up the form for scanning.  This requires creating the scan template file.  The scan template file tells the scanning program, Remark Classic OMR, how to scan your form.  In other words, where are the bubble locations, what data do you want to see for each bubble when the form is scanned and what is the order of the fields in the output data record.  So to create this file use the Scanning menu in Concord or Magenta. 

The Scanning menu has 4 options on it and they are meant to be used in the order they appear on the menu.  Click on the first option, “Setup Order of Output Fields” and the program will show you a list of all the scannable field areas on your form.  If you want to rearrange the order of the fields, simply drag the fields into the proper order in the list.  The second option is to “Create Scan Template” – click on this option and the program will automatically create the file for you – normally, you keep the base name of file the same as the form file.  The files will be distinguished by their extensions:  .fsx for the  Magenta form file and .rco for the Remark Classic OMR scan template file.

You can look at the scan template in the Remark Classic OMR Template Editor by selecting the third option on the Scanning menu: “Launch Template Editor”.

Now that you have a scan template file, you are ready to scan forms.  You can start Remark Classic OMR by clicking on the fourth option on the Scanning menu: “Scan Forms” or by clicking the Windows Start button and selecting “Remark Classic OMR 5” and then “Remark Classic OMR Data Center.”  Both of these options starts the actual scanning program:  “Remark Classic OMR Data Center.”

Now scan some filled out forms and make sure the answers that were marked on the form are the answers you see in the data records that the Remark Classic OMR Data Center show you in the spreadsheet-like grid.

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