Remark Software http://remarksoftware.com/ Remark OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) Software for grading tests and collecting and analyzing data from paper assessments, surveys, evaluations and other forms Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:45:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 New OMR Fonts Now Available for Remark Office OMR Form Design http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2017/02/new-omr-fonts-now-available-for-remark-office-omr-form-design/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:45:31 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5319 […]]]> We are pleased to announce that there are two new OMR fonts available for download from the Remark Software website. The new fonts, displayed below, produce letters and numbers surrounded by a square or a rectangle. These fonts are great if you want your forms to have a different look, but get the same results from the software. Additionally, we also provide the traditional OMR bubble fonts where the letter or number is surrounded by a circle. All these fonts were created with Remark Office OMR in mind, so they will work great with the product. Additionally, we also offer a Code 3 of 9 barcode font for use with Remark Office OMR. All of our fonts will automatically install in your Windows font directly when you install Remark Office OMR or you can manually download them here.

OMR Squares font:

OMR squares font for creating forms for Remark Office OMR

OMR Rectangles Font:

OMR rectangles font for creating forms for Remark Office OMR

 

 

View all the Fonts available for Remark Office OMR form creation.

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Remark Office OMR 2014 Service Pack 5 Now Available! http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2017/02/remark-office-omr-2014-service-pack-5-now-available/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:57:15 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5398 […]]]> Remark Office OMR SoftwareWe are excited to let you know that a new update is available for Remark Office OMR 2014! We continually work on all of our products, primarily based on your suggestions, and are happy to tell you about some of the new features in version 9.5:

  • Added the ability to read in electronically filled-in PDF files. This option is available in the Read window when reading images.
  • You can now select specific reports when exporting them to Excel. We also added the ability to export the Condensed Item Analysis with Statistics and Basic Item Analysis with Statistics Reports.
  • You can now apply partial credit in Advanced Grade for Grid style OMR regions.
  • Added the ability to run Database Lookup on an open file, allowing you to refresh the data if the lookup information has changed. You can find it on the Database Connection window, the Tools menu and the Task Pane.

The update is available to customers who have a valid maintenance and support contract. If you have an active contract you will be prompted to install the update when you open the software. If your contract has lapsed you will want to contact our sales team at sales@gravic.com to renew your contract so that you can get this powerful update.

Click here to see the full list of updates. If you are interested in obtaining the update and have an active support contract, please contact our support team and they will get you all set up. Happy scanning!

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Exhibiting at the #FETC Conference in Orlando, FL http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2017/01/exhibiting-at-the-fetc-conference-in-orlando-fl-3/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:27:51 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5355 […]]]> Gravic will be exhibitingremark-test-grading-booth at the FETC conference in Orlando, FL on January 25 – 27th. We will be showing our powerful test grading solutions for schools, which allow you to print and scan your own test sheets and provide important feedback on student, class and item performance on your assessments.

Please stop by our booth #2140 to sign up for a free teacher license of Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition and enter our drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Expo Hall hours are:

  • Wednesday 1-6pm
  • Thursday 8:30am – 5pm
  • Friday 8:30am-2pm

Use this form to register for a free expo only pass to FETC 2017 that is available for educators currently employed in a K-12 educational institution.

We hope to see you at the show! If you can’t make the show please feel free to request a free trial of Remark Test Grading Cloud to try it out for yourself.

 

The Remark Software Team

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Gravic Donates to Operation Christmas Child http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2017/01/gravic-donates-to-operation-christmas-child/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:40 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5321 […]]]> We are happy to contribute to Operation Christmas Child, an office holiday tradition we’ve had for several years now. Operation Christmas Child is one of the many projects performed by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian organization that, like the Good Samaritan in the famous biblical story, provides aid to those in need throughout the world.

Operation Christmas Child aims to give gifts to children in need during the holiday season. The premise is simple: fill a shoebox with gifts for the children. The shoeboxes are then collected, sorted by volunteers, and shipped to different parts of the world to be distributed. This year, we at Gravic were able to pack 35 shoeboxes, our highest total to date. The shoeboxes were filled with several different items, such as soap, toothbrushes, toys, puzzle books, art supplies, candy, and many more items that children would want and need. We hope that our donations have made children’s holidays a little more cheerful.

Gravic donates to Operation Christmas Child

 

 

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Remark Test Grading Cloud Version 2 Now Available! http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2017/01/remark-test-grading-cloud-version-2-now-available/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:41:42 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5333 […]]]> Remark Test Grading Cloud Version 2

We are pleased to announce that the second iteration of Remark Test Grading Cloud is now available! Version 2 is a complete rewrite of the product, where we focused on making the interface easier to use while adding some enhancements, such as the ability to handle multiple answer keys, importing class rosters from Excel, greater flexibility in building forms, and more. The part you don’t see, the hosting service back end, was moved to Amazon Web Services, the world’s most popular hosting provider. This platform provides added security and scalability for the solution now and into the future.

Current customers will be able to move over to the new version automatically by clicking on a banner that displays when you start the application. When you switch, all your classes and data will be there for you. If you are not ready to switch, you will have the option to continue using version one until the summer.

If you are interested in Remark Test Grading Cloud and wish to try it for yourself, please fill out our trial request. For any other questions please contact us.

Thank You!

The Remark Software Team

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Happy Holidays from Gravic! http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/12/happy-holidays-from-gravic/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:29:19 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5303 […]]]> As 2016 closes, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your business, product suggestions, and loyalty. We can’t say enough good things about our customers and are truly appreciative.

Please note our holiday hours:

Monday, December 26th: Closed

Tuesday – Friday, December 27th-30th: Normal business hours of 9am-6pm EDT

Monday: January 2nd: Closed

Tuesday: January 3rd: Normal business hours resume

 

We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

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Collecting Research Survey Data with Remark Office OMR Software at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/10/collecting-research-survey-data-with-remark-office-omr-software-at-the-university-of-nebraska-lincoln/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:33:48 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5239 […]]]> Remark Office OMR Software

Check out our latest case study to see how the special education and communication disorders (SECD) department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln uses Remark Office OMR to process and analyze research surveys. The SECD department moved on from manually entering their survey research data in Excel to automating their processing with Remark Office OMR.

Read the full story

 

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Exhibiting at AEA’s #Eval16 in Atlanta, GA on October 24-29 http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/10/exhibiting-at-aeas-eval16-in-atlanta-ga-on-october-24-29/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:26:17 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5227 […]]]> We are pleased to be exhibiting at the American Evaluation Association‘s (AEA) Evaluation 2016 Conference – Evaluation+ Design on October 26-28, 2016. We will be showing how Remark Office OMR can simplify collecting and analyzing data from your evaluations, surveys and other feedback forms. Please feel free to stop by our table and discuss your data collection needs and enter our drawing for a chance to win an iPad Mini. This year’s conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303.

Exhibit Hours:

  • Wednesday, October 26, 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 27, 7:30 am – 6:15 pm
  • Friday, October 28, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

For more information on the conference please visit: http://www.evaluationconference.org/

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in Atlanta!

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Working with #GoogleDrive and Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/09/working-with-googledrive-and-remark-test-grading-cloud-edition/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:39:22 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5081 […]]]> Here is a quick support tip on using Google Drive to store your completed test answer sheets for Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition.

Google Drive is one of the most popular applications used in K-12 schools. Many scanners already have functionality to scan directly into Google Drive. As such, we have added functionality to our Remark Test Grading Cloud application to be able to pull images from your Google Drive account for processing.

If you store completed test answer sheets in Google Drive, here are the steps you need to take to pull them into the Remark cloud to be processed.

Access completed test images from Google Drive in Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition for easy grading

To use Google Drive, the process looks like this:

  1. Click Process Tests in the menu.
  2. Click Google Drive in the menu.
  3. If not already signed in, you are prompted to log into your Google account.
  4. Once signed in, select one or more files from the Google Drive account.
  5. Once selected, the files appear in the list of images to process.
  6. After all of the desired files have been selected, click the Process button to upload and process the selected images.

The images are then processed and you can continue working in the application. You are notified once the processing is complete.

Please visit our knowledgebase for more tips and information.

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Create and Print Custom Test Answer Sheets in Remark Test Grading Edition #edtech #k12 #testgrading #bubblesheets http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/09/create-and-print-custom-test-answer-sheets-in-remark-test-grading-edition-edtech-k12-testgrading-bubblesheets/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:46:22 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5049 […]]]> We are pleased to share a five part video series reviewing the custom answer sheet designer available in Remark Test Grading Edition 2 for Windows. You can create your own custom test answer sheets by selecting the number of questions, types of questions, and answer options. Add multiple choice questions with various response options. Include True and False questions with only two bubble options. Add larger bubble fields for matching questions. Have a math test, no problem! Just include some math bubble-in grids, which allows students to bubble-in fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Include a graphing background in your subjective regions, allowing students to draw graphs right on their answer sheets for easy teacher grading. Add a variety of open-ended areas for essays, short answer, or other write in style questions. Teachers can also customize the header and footer of their test answer sheets. Allow students an option to bubble-in their student ID or have your custom answer sheets automatically include student names for simple distribution.

Test Answer Sheet with multiple choice, true-false, matching and math grid-in questionsTest Answer Sheet with graphing, essay and short answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All answer sheets can be printed on any printer; there is no need for special paper. Completed answer sheets can be scanned on any image scanner or multi-function printer. Teachers no longer have to wait in line to use the school’s grading machine. Free your school from expensive answer sheets and outdated, single purpose grading hardware!

You can access the full five part video series here:
1) Overview: https://youtu.be/BiT5_IGVU-Y
2) Header and Footer: https://youtu.be/DqRjYFhHuEE
3) Multiple Choice Questions: https://youtu.be/1LGZOP8EfbY
4) Math Questions: https://youtu.be/NAIKytpgJos
5) Subjective Questions: https://youtu.be/de-HwrXzd2M

We hope you enjoy!

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Remark Test Grading Edition for Windows – Active Directory Installs FAQ (Fonts) http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/09/remark-test-grading-edition-for-windows-active-directory-installs-faq-fonts/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:00:56 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=5045 […]]]> If you are a customer who pushes out the Remark Test Grading Edition for Windows installation via Active Directory, you may find the following FAQ helpful. In some instances, you may notice a subtle issue with the application fonts after the software has been pushed out to the desktop systems:

Remark Test Grading for Windows Application Font Issue using installation via active directory

This is the screen where you would modify the answer key for a test. If you are an experienced Remark Test Grading Edition user you will notice that this screen does not look quite right. The answer choices should look like OMR bubbles and not the traditional letters and ₵ symbol shown above. This problem is the symptom of a missing font on the system. Due to the way fonts are installed with Active Directory, you’ll need to restart the computer after installing Remark Test Grading Edition. Once the computer is restarted, the appropriate OMR Bubble fonts should be installed successfully. The next time you run the software, the modify answer key screen will look the way it was designed:

Updated Remark Test Grading for Windows Application Font Issue using installation via active directory

Please contact our support team if you have any further questions.

 

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Support Video: Appended Regions in Remark Office OMR http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/support-video-appended-regions-in-remark-office-omr/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:27:46 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4891 […]]]> Remark Office OMR Appended RegionsOur support team is at it again… we have another new video for you! Sometimes you have questions on your form where the answer choices are separated by something such as text or lines. In this case, you need to use what is called an “appended” region to link the answer choices together so that they form one question. In this video, we demonstrate how to set up an appended region in the Remark Office OMR template editor.

If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, please contact our Remark Software Support Team at +1.610.647.8595 or support@gravic.com.

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Announcing Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/announcing-remark-test-grading-cloud-edition/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:15:05 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4996 […]]]> We are pleased to announce Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition. Built on our industry leading optical mark recognition (OMR) technology, schools and teachers can easily grade test answer sheets you create and print anywhere. The solution can be accessed from any web browser, including those found on PCs, Macs, and tablets. A simple interface walks you through the grading process and provides powerful grading reports.

There is nothing to install to simplify school deployments. In addition there is no need for #2 pencils, special forms or dedicated hardware. Remark Test Grading Edition Answer Sheet Designer

Use the built-in test answer sheet designer to create your own custom answer sheets tailored to your tests. Long gone are the days of using a 200 question test answer sheet for a 50 question test, or having True and False questions with five answer choices. You select the number of questions, answer choices, and question types on your answer sheets. Even include math questions where students can bubble-in fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Add a variety of subjective (open ended) questions for essays, graphing, show your work, and short answer. Print your own answer sheets and scan them with any image scanner or networked copier. No more waiting in line to use the school’s grading machine. Completed test images can be uploaded or emailed to the cloud for instant grading. Analysis reports can be emailed directly to the teacher for easy viewing, printing, and sharing.

Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition contains powerful test grading analysis, including a variety of reports that show student, class, and question performance. Teachers can add learning objectives to target specific areas where students need extra assistance. Spend less time grading and more time with your students.

For more information check out our introduction video, view the full feature list, or take a closer look at our analysis report samples. Request a trial version or webinar for your school and teachers.

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Support Video: Math Grid-In Regions in Remark Office OMR http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/support-video-setting-up-a-math-grid-in-region-in-remark-office-omr/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:55:38 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4928 […]]]> Remark Support often publishes videos about software features to help our users make the most of their software. In this video, we show you how to set up a math grid-in region in the Remark Office OMR template editor. Math grid-in regions allow students to bubble in fractions, decimals, and negative numbers so Remark Office OMR can automatically grade their responses.

If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, please contact our Remark Software Support Team at +1.610.647.8595 or support@gravic.com.

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Support Video: Creating a Basic OMR Region in Remark Office OMR http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/support-video-creating-a-basic-omr-region-in-remark-office-omr/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:03:00 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4889 […]]]> If you are a Remark Office OMR user, you are going to use OMR regions often when you create templates for your custom forms. An OMR region is used to define the of bubbles on your form. These bubbles might be answer choices to a multiple choice question, an area for a student to fill in an ID number, a date… there are so many options. Understanding how to create an OMR region is an important part of using Remark Office OMR. In this video, we show you how to create a basic OMR region in the Remark Office OMR template editor.

If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, please contact our Remark Software Support Team at +1.610.647.8595 or  support@gravic.com.

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Support Video: Using Remark Software with #Blackboard http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/support-video-using-remark-software-with-blackboard/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:46:46 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4886 […]]]> Are you a Blackboard user? Did you know we have a building block that allows you to import grades from the tests you scanned in our Remark software? In this video, we show you how to export grades from Remark Office OMR and then import them into Blackboard using the Remark Blackboard building block.

If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, please contact our Remark Software Support Team at +1.610.647.8595 or  support@gravic.com.

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Live Chat Feature Now Available http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/live-chat-feature-now-available/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:49:09 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4778 […]]]> If you’re a frequent visitor to the Remark Software website you have probably noticed the new chat box that appears on many of our web pages. We recently implemented this feature so that you can quickly start up a live chat with a member of our knowledgeable sales staff. In the event that all operators are busy, the chat allows you to submit an email to our team, who will provide you with a timely response. Have a pre-sales or sales question? We encourage you to take the chat for a spin!Remark Software Live Chat

Our team is available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST/EDT to answer your questions. We look forward to chatting with you!

Please keep in mind that the chat feature is currently operated by Remark sales. If you require technical assistance you will need to contact Remark support at 1.610.647.8595 or support@gravic.com.

 

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Using Remark Office OMR to Analyze Data Collected Through Other Means http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/08/using-remark-office-omr-to-analyze-data-collected-using-other-products/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:42:25 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4647 […]]]> Remark Office OMR SoftwareWe have been asked numerous times whether you can analyze data collected through other means in Remark Office OMR’s built-in analysis engine, Remark Quick Stats®. For instance, we have had customers who prior to purchasing the software had hand entered data into a CSV or Excel file for various surveys and they want to analyze it in Remark Quick Stats. This can be accomplished, but there are some tricks you will need to learn (and some work you will need to do) in order to make this work. Remark Quick Stats works from a Remark Office OMR template file. So, to bring in external data sets you need to create a Remark Office OMR template that matches the data being imported. This template must exactly match the column headers and answer choices for each question contained in the data file.

Here is a little excerpt from a recent conversation with Remark Customer Hall of Famer Susan Voigt from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Enola, PA:

“A few weeks ago, we submitted a grant proposal that required the use of data from a needs assessment survey. For a variety of reasons, the data was collected through a non-Gravic product. It was provided to us in raw data format and some default PDF graphs that were not helpful. In addition, there were some results that needed to be split into two data sets, which could not be done easily with the default graphs.

However, Remark came to our rescue! Rather than fight with the other tool, I created a very quick survey in Word for the data sets I needed. Since the results were eventually going to be written about in a narrative form, I didn’t worry too much about making the Word document “pretty” with nice fonts, headers, or logos. I scanned it into Remark and created a template with OMR regions. This was the one tricky part as the raw data and field names had to match EXACTLY. Even an extra space or capitalization difference would affect the data analysis.

After creating the template, rather than scanning completed surveys, I simply copied and pasted the raw data into a Remark data file. From there, I ran several reports on the data analysis exactly as I would have done if I had scanned the data from paper surveys. The calculations worked beautifully, and the graphs were so easy to read and turn into narratives for the proposal! It took a little bit of work and careful attention to the data and field names, but it was definitely a lot easier than manually analyzing nearly 300 surveys!”

With a bit of work, Susan was able to save a great deal of time by using Remark Office OMR to analyze her data set. For more information on Remark Office OMR please visit our webpages that cover all the features, check out the survey analysis and test grading analysis reports, download a free demo or contact us for more information.

 

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Looking forward to #ISTE16 in Denver, CO – Stop by booth #606 for a free teacher Remark Test Grading Cloud account http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/06/looking-forward-to-iste16-in-denver-co-stop-by-booth-606-for-a-free-teacher-remark-test-grading-cloud-account/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:59:56 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4520 […]]]> Gravic is pleased to be exhibiting at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in Denver, CO. We will be in booth #606 and hope you can stop by and check out our latest products to assist schools and teachers simplify their grading process. Our new Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition is a cloud based version of our popular Remark Test Grading Edition software.  The move to the cloud allows for easy school or district deployment without needing to install any software. Access the cloud solution from any modern browser on a PC, Mac, or tablet. Print your own plain-paper test sheets and use any scanner to scan your completed tests. Use our built-in test grading reports and/or export your grade information to your learning management system or gradebook. At the show you can request a free teacher account for Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition and enter your school in our booth drawing for a free limited school account. We will also be showing popular desktop versions of Remark Test Grading and Remark Office OMR. Please stop by and discuss your test grading needs.

If you are unable to make it to the show or would like to try out one of our products prior to ISTE please download a free demo. Gravic - Remark Software at ISTE 2016

Stop by our booth #606 during the expo hours:

  • June 27th from 9:30am-5:30am
  • June 28th from 9:30am-5:00pm
  • June 29th from 9:30am – 2:30pm

Free Expo Passes Available! We have a limited number of free expo only passes so please email us your address and how many passes you would like and we will send them right over.

We hope to see you in Denver!

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Using the Panasonic KV-S2087 scanner with Remark Software http://remarksoftware.com/blog/2016/06/using-the-panasonic-kv-s2087-scanner-with-remark-software/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:22:11 +0000 http://remarksoftware.com/?p=4491 […]]]> We recently tested the Panasonic KV-S2087 scanner with our Remark products. The Panasonic KV-S2087 works very well with Remark Office OMR and Remark Test Grading Edition (Cloud and Desktop).

Panasonic KV-S2087 scanner with Remark Software

During our test we were able to take advantage of this scanner’s speed, which comes in at 85 pages per minute (simplex) or 170 images per minute (duplex)! Combined with a 200 sheet feeding tray, the Panasonic KV-S2087 quickly processes forms in bulk. It scans forms efficiently and effectively. By scanning at the standard 300 dpi in black and white, you get clean, crisp scans that work perfectly with the Remark products.

You can find out all about this scanner at http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/scanner/kv-s2087/.

 

Note: If you would like to test out your scanner with the Remark Software please download one of our free demos.

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