Creative Scanning Solutions, Inc.
Optical Scanning Technology Comparison

Item Optical Mark Recognition TeleForm
Data Types "bubbles" or 1-D bar code only "bubbles", 1-D or 2-D bar codes, hand-print, machine-print, signatures, scratch-offs, bitmaps, key from image fields
 
Bubble Marks shaded only shaded, checked, or circled responses
 
Forms expensive—must be professionally printed using special paper and inks black and white, inexpensive to print or photocopy
 
Form Size/Layout minimum: 2.25" x 6.5"
maximum: 8.5" x 14"
simplex or duplex
varies with scanner manufacturer
simplex or duplex
 
Form Customization over-printing barcodes or bubbles is possible, but difficult high-speed form merge capability with data from standard databases
 
Marking Instrument must use #2 pencil or blue or black pen use any dark pen or pencil
 
Speed high speed scanning, scanned data is available immediately low to high speed scanning, data is available after interpretation and any necessary verification
 
Multi-User no yes, several PCs can be used together for high volume applications
 
Distribution forms must be mailed or hand-delivered forms can be faxed, mailed, hand-delivered, or posted on web site
 
Form Returns forms must be mailed or hand-delivered forms can be faxed, mailed, hand-delivered, phoned-in, or submitted via the internet
 
Recommendations best suited for high volume, bubble-only forms that will be completed in a controlled environment suited to meet a wide range of needs and form processing volumes
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