The acronym OMR stands for Optical Mark Recognition, which refers to the process of capturing human-marked data from forms such as surveys or tests. More commonly referred to as “Bubble Forms” or “Scantron Forms”, OMR forms are an efficient means of collecting human-marked data. Not just limited to educational testing and marketing surveys, these forms are used for balloting, census surveys, evaluations, member enrollment, data management, record keeping, and the list goes on!
What is probably the most recognizable feature of these forms are the “bubbles” or shapes where the responses are entered. Usually they are seen as a circle, but they can be virtually any shape. What makes these response shapes scannable is their precise positioning on the form along with “FIMs” (Form Identification Marks). These little black lines on the side of the form tell the scanner when a row of response shapes should be analyzed.
Another noticeable feature of these forms is that they are always printed in a color other than black. Yes it makes them more visually appealing for the millions of students who use these forms for standardize testing each year, but the coloring of the forms also serves a unique purpose. When OMR forms are scanned, the scanners are detecting the carbon content of the black lead used in a No.2 pencil. If the forms are printed with inks containing dark colors, the scanners will not be able to detect the difference between the bubble on the form and the hand input data.
OMR forms are widely used, but rarely personalized. These forms are usually ordered from a third party vendor with limited stock designs, long lead times and pricey fees for personalization. With Lytrod Software, these forms can be completely personalized, designed, and printed on demand. In addition, the bubbles can be pre-filled with static or variable information.
For information on the OMR Solution please visit our website at: http://www.lytrod.com/solutions/omr.php and to view OMR Applications visit: http://www.lytrod.com/applications/OMR/index.php.