OMR versus Plain Paper (Image) Scanning – which one is best for your project or application?
Concord Suite – Plain Paper Forms Complete Software Package
If you are starting a new system to create and scan in your surveys, course evaluations, class evaluations, session evaluations, manufacturing plant safety cards, medical patient encounter forms, assessment tests or other data collection forms, we often recommend you go with plain paper forms and our Concord Suite. Here are some of the reasons:
- Your large multi-function device (MFP) that does copying, scanning and printing can be used as your scanner so you may not need to purchase a scanner.
- If you do need to or would like to purchase a desktop scanner, there is a much wider range of options and pricing. DATA BLOCKS sells Fujitsu scanners because of their reliability and reasonable pricing.
- With plain paper scanning, you can scan more different types of data fields like computer printed information, barcodes, QR codes and handwritten areas for a report that shows the actual handwriting.
- Plain paper forms do not have the strict parameters of OMR forms and are easier to print on any printer without using special paper.
The Concord Suite is a complete scanning package for use with page scanners. With the Concord Suite and a desktop page scanner or MFP, you have a complete scanning system - no other software or hardware is needed. The Concord Suite includes the Concord Forms Design software with the EZ Form Design Wizard (bubble sheet generator) and the Remark Office OMR software to create a complete and integrated scanning/processing software package.
Magenta Suite – OMR Forms Complete Software Package
OMR scanning does is still a viable alternative. The OMR scanners are very fast and efficient for large batches of forms, say, something over 3000 to 4000 forms. The technology has been around for a very long time and is very fast and accurate. Other reasons to use OMR scanning is if you have a lot of information to pick up and are trying to limit the number of pages of your form or card. OMR forms can be packed tighter with bubbles and, therefore, more scannable information.
If you already have a full page 48 column OMR scanner from Scantron or Sekonic or would like to purchase one (DATA BLOCKS sells Sekonic OMR scanners) and are looking for a way to create your own forms, scan the forms and do analysis and reporting, our Magenta Suite is for you. The Magenta Suite is an easy to use scanning package that includes the EZ Form Design Wizard and works with full page 48 column OMR scanners. Magenta Suite can utilize all the features of the scanner for easy data collection.
The Magenta Suite is a complete scanning package for use with OMR scanners. With the Magenta Suite and an OMR scanner, you have a complete scanning system - you don't need any other software or hardware. The Magenta Suite includes the Magenta Forms Design software with the EZ Form Design Wizard and the Remark Classic OMR software to create a complete and integrated scanning/processing software package for OMR scanners.
So what do I do once I have decided which way to go?
Whether you decide on plain paper or OMR scanning, DATA BLOCKS has the complete software package that allows you to do forms design, forms scanning and getting results from your survey forms, instructor evaluations, workshop evaluations, course evaluations and test assessments. The Concord Suite and Magenta Suite both offer lower cost and time saving features to get your project started and completely quickly.
Yes, you may design and print your own scantron sheets in-house for EITHER a page scanner or OMR scanner/reader OR you can design your own forms and have DATA BLOCKS print them.
Take a look at our Concord Suite® that works with page/desktop/image/MFP scanners to give a full scanning package with no other software needed.
Or, take a look at how the Magenta Suite® works with OMR scanners/readers to give a full OMR scanning package with no other software needed.
DATA BLOCKS’ also offers printing services. You can design your form using Concord and Magenta and send the form file to us for printing. For printing OMR forms, having a professional print shop like ours do your printing can save time and money. Our print shop prints millions of OMR forms a year and they are guaranteed to scan correctly!
So what do I do if I still can’t decide which way to go?
You can give us a call at 800-455-2559 and we should be able to guide you to the correct decision by getting more information about your application or form.