OMR (Optical Mark Reader) Recognition and Processing

The LEADTOOLS OMR toolkit includes state-of-the-art OMR Recognition and Processing SDK technology for .NET (C# & VB), C/C++, iOS, macOS, Java, and web developers. OMR Recognition and Processing is implemented with the Leadtools.Forms.Recognition and Leadtools.Forms.Processing assemblies.

Traditional OMR systems require specially designed forms. The optical marks have a certain specific minimum distance between marks. Forms must be printed on special paper and filling in must be done precisely in order for the mark to be counted as filled. Frequently a specific type of instrument must be used to fill in the optical marks. Care must be taken to ensure the completed forms do not get damaged, wet, wrinkled, etc.

Unlike traditional OMR systems, LEADTOOLS OMR technology is designed to accurately handle both specially designed forms(pre-designed forms for tests, surveys, evaluations, etc.), as well as free forms (forms that do not contain timing marks), at remarkable speed. Regardless of image resolution, scale, or other form-generation characteristics, it can still recognize and extract form fields. It is flexible enough to handle different types of optical marks (for example, check boxes, ovals, and circles), OCR, and barcodes. It can also recognize marks from different types of fill-in methods, and does not have constraints on the distance between OMR fields (as long as they are not touching each other). It does not require special scanning hardware because it can work with existing equipment. Nor does it require special substrates.

All of this is made possible by a framework that uses advanced image analysis to determine the position of marks and to perform a density check of the scan area quickly and accurately. The consequence of such robustness is the elimination of special paper costs, special form design costs, special equipment costs, etc. In addition, forms can be designed to use less paper since not as much white space is required. There should be time savings as well.

Performing data collection from paper-based forms like tests, surveys, or assessments can be more efficient and accurate when the LEADTOOLS OMR toolkit is used.

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