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July 29, 2021

Remark Office OMR wins ISHN 2021 Readers' Choice Award

ISHN Awards 2021

The Remark Team is proud to announce that Remark Office OMR was awarded the 2021 ISHN Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Technology Products! We would like to extend our appreciation to the ISHN’s audience, the dedicated craftsmen and craftswomen working in the Industrial Safety and Hygiene industry who vote on the annual awards.

Remark Office OMR was recognized and awarded for our industry-leading ability to collect data from a variety of forms, such as behavior-based safety (BBS) observations, training assessments, audits, and much more. Timely collection and reporting on this data are critical for users in this field and the ease of use and flexibility of Remark Office OMR make it a great solution to the problem. Customers create their own forms in Microsoft Word or any other design tool, print on plain paper, and scan completed forms with any scanner. After scanning is completed, Remark provides users with access to a wide range of sharable reports and easily exports data to a variety of formats to feed existing safety management reporting systems.

Need to know more about what makes Remark Office OMR an award-winning software? Then read more about how we can help you with safety form data collection, or contact our team for more information.

To see Remark Office OMR in action, you can request a live webinar from a knowledgeable Remark Team member who will discuss your situation and provide a detailed presentation personalized to your specific needs. Want to try the software for yourself? Download a free demo version and see how your forms work with Remark Office OMR.

Thanks again to the ISHN team and readers for this exciting award!

July 13, 2021

30 Years of Remarkable Customers

Customer Banner 30th

In Remark Software's 30 year history, we have compiled an abundant number of case studies from all over the world. These include case studies in K-12, higher education, non-profits, businesses, governments, healthcare providers, safety specialists, and some truly unique fields. In the essence of continuing with the year-long celebration of our 30th anniversary, we'll be posting some of our favorites over on our social media accounts. Click the icons below to see our accounts, and follow for updates!

Thank you to all of our Remarkable customers who have made this 30 year anniversary possible!

July 2, 2021

Remark Software Celebrates Independence Day

Everyone here in the Remark team would like to wish the United States of America a very happy 245th birthday!

Please note that we will be closed for the holiday also on Monday, July 5th, 2021. We hope that you have a safe and fun holiday and look forward to serving you again on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021.

Warm Regards,

The Remark Products Group
Gravic, Inc.

July 1, 2021

What are OMR, OCR, and ICR? A Helpful Guide.

When it comes to the vast world of data collection, there are several important acronyms you need to know. Over the past thirty years we have explained these acronyms to thousands of customers. Three of the most important acronyms you need to learn are OMR, OCR, and ICR. These are acronyms for three different recognition technologies heavily used in forms processing applications. Depending on your needs, you may require one, a combination, or all three to properly collect the data from your forms. Below is a helpful look at these three acronyms, what they mean, and the ways they are relevant to you.



OMR stands for Optical Mark Recognition. OMR allows you to read any “fill-in-the-bubble” type forms. Tests, surveys, elections, questionnaires, course evaluations, and many more types of forms require the use of OMR. Traditionally, OMR forms were read using specialized scanners and forms and often required respondents to use special pencils to fill in those forms. With the advent of software OMR solutions, first introduced in Remark Office OMR, there are no such constraints. You can create your very own forms using any word processor, and print them on plain copy paper. Forms are scanned with any scanner and respondents can fill in their forms with most any writing implement. For more information on OMR, check out this detailed page with an in-depth look at the technology.


OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. OCR allows you to read machine-printed characters. Oftentimes, OCR is used to convert printed documents into text for editing in a word processor. In a forms processing application, OCR offers an easy way to capture information preprinted on the forms, such as ID numbers, class names, building numbers, and other demographic information. Depending upon what is preprinted on the forms, the printing process may require using techniques such as mail merging where unique data can be pulled from another source and printed on each form. This obviously makes the printing job a bit more complex but is a very powerful feature for printing variable data on forms. For more information on using OCR fields in Remark Office OMR, read this blog post to learn just how quick and easy it is.



ICR stands for Intelligent Character Recognition which is a fancy way to say it is reading handwritten text. ICR is quite powerful but is the least accurate of the technologies as there are so many variables when reading handwriting. Sometimes even humans have difficulty reading another person's handwriting. In forms processing, ICR is great for reading comments from their respondents, or for reading names, addresses, or other similar demographic data handwritten on forms. With the release of Remark Office OMR 11 this feature is now available for anyone with a Microsoft Computer Vision account. For more information about how to set up your Microsoft ICR account with Remark Office OMR, check out this page.

Wrap Up

If you have a forms processing task, it is important that you choose the right recognition technologies and the right product for your needs. Of the three technologies covered, OMR is the fastest and most accurate, followed by OCR, and then ICR. Especially with ICR, it is important to realize that there will be some handwriting that is just impossible to read and you will have to do some clean up in your data after processing.

Have a question about OMR, OCR, or ICR we haven’t answered? Then simply contact The Remark Team at [email protected] or 1.800.858.0860 to learn more about these technologies, and how our line of Remark products can help you with your needs.

June 22, 2021

Upcoming Support Monthly Webinar June 23

Image Archiving and Name Builder in Remark Office OMR!

In Remark Office OMR you have the ability to archive completed form images and customize the stored image names and locations. This provides the capability to make the stored file location and image name more meaningful and easier to navigate to outside of Remark. Join us to learn how to make image archiving work for you.

This webinar is targeted to intermediate Remark Office OMR users.

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Webinars are free for customers with current maintenance or technical support agreements. If you do not have a current agreement, the cost of each webinar is $50 USD. Why not consider purchasing a support agreement. A support agreement entitles you to attend any monthly webinar at no additional cost. For support status and information, contact our support department.

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