May 25, 2023

Come Visit Us at AIR Forum 2023 - Booth 213

We are thrilled to announce that the Remark Team will be present at this year's annual AIR Forum from May 30 to June 2 in downtown Cleveland, OH. As pioneers in educational assessment and data analytics, we are excited to showcase our always evolving Remark products at this year's event. Our first year exhibiting at AIR was at the 1998 Forum in Minneapolis, and we are proud to celebrate a Remarkable milestone: 25 years of exhibiting Remark products at this gathering! We look forward to greeting in person our many customers at AIR and meeting those of you who are new to the field! Our commitment to empowering educators and institutions with innovative data collection tools has grown stronger over the years, and we look forward to sharing our latest advancements and insights with attendees at this special event.

Give Away Alert! – Come visit us at our booth for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Location: Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Booth Number: 213

The Exhibit Hall Hours:

  • Tuesday, May 30 | 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 31 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 1 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May 22, 2023

Free Downloadable OMR Fonts

Customization has become a necessity in 21st-century culture, with almost every form of expression becoming personalized in some fashion. One of the main features of Remark Office OMR is the ability to create and customize your own surveys, tests, and other plain-paper forms for data collection. This innovative OMR software allows you to create your own scannable forms using any word processor or design tool. Personalizing your forms allows you to better connect with your audience and The Remark Team wants to help you with that relationship. To help this form-creation process, the Remark Team has created a series of fonts you can download from our website or you can click here.

These TrueType fonts are freely available to end-users to create scannable OMR forms.

Note – Free use is allowed for end users only. Gravic fonts may not be included with or embedded in any commercial product without permission from Gravic and attribution to the copyright holder.

Our downloadable font series includes an OMR bubble font with two extended versions, an OMR square and rectangle font, and a code 3 of 9 barcode font that is a public domain Windows TrueType font.

Along with the free font downloads, Remark also offers a Remark Office OMR free demo trial, which can be found here. The form design support resource is another tool to guide your creation of scannable customized forms. With information ranging from mark selections, OCR and ICR, to spacing, common form elements, and more, the Remark team is here to assist in your form creation process. If you have created a form and still have questions or want to make sure of form compatibility you can submit your design here for our free form review service for Remark customers.

May 15, 2023

Five Common Remark Office OMR Questions

So you just purchased Remark Office OMR or are currently evaluating our award-winning data collection solution. We understand you may have some questions about our software. Here are five commonly asked questions and answers. We hope these will help set you up for success!

1. What scanner do you recommend for use with Remark Office OMR?

Scanners have two main ratings, pages per minute and images per minute. Both numbers are measuring the speed of the scanner, which greatly affects the price.  

Pages per minute are the number of pages the machine can scan in a minute if scanning a single-sided page. Images per minute refer to the number of actual images created when the scanner is a duplex model and you are scanning both sides of a page. Most scanners now are fast enough that a duplex form will not slow down the scanning process much, if at all.

For scanners, the biggest issue is selecting one that can handle your expected volume in a reasonable amount of time. Obviously, this is somewhat subjective regarding each organization’s definition of what is reasonable.

Consider the number of forms you’ll be scanning at any one time, as well as the overall volume when choosing a scanner. Some scanners have larger ADFs (automatic document feeders), which may be important to you. Read online reviews, too. Remember, just like anything else, you get what you pay for.

2. What type of Optical Mark (Bubble or Checkboxes) do I use when creating Remark Office OMR forms?

Remark Office OMR is extremely flexible in the form types and mark types it accepts. However, there are a few guidelines that, if followed, will help you to maximize recognition accuracy and minimize data clean up time. Choice of mark type/size is one such example.

Although Remark Office OMR can recognize marks of almost any complete shape (circles, squares, triangles…), Remark Support recommends using circles or ovals. Most respondents have been taught to fill ovals completely, whereas checkboxes are more likely to be checked or X’ed. Although Remark Office OMR recognizes checks and X’s quite well, that type of response is much more likely to produce an error. A recognition error may result if the check or X runs through more than one mark or doesn't fill enough of the box.

Mark size is also an important factor in recognition. Small marks (e.g. smaller than a capital O (letter) in a 10-point Arial font) may fall below the allowable tolerance, whereas large marks (larger than a capital O in a 14-point Arial font) may actually contain too much fillable space. An ideal mark choice is a capital O in a 10-12-point Arial font.

Choose a mark that is uniform in thickness (Arial and Courier's fonts are good examples). It is best to avoid the Times Roman font which produces a capital O which is thinner on the top/bottom and thicker on the left/right (the top/bottom tend to break up when scanned). You can also use our OMR Bubbles font, which installs with the software or can be downloaded here.

3. How do I properly size template regions?

When creating an OMR region in a Remark Office OMR template, you want to make the region border close to the bubbles, but leave a little bit of white space (a buffer) to accommodate any skewing or offset when scanning. Note that you should only capture the marks (bubbles, checkboxes) in the OMR region (no text, lines, etc.). For a barcode or OCR region, you want to make the region border large enough to accommodate the largest barcode or text that you plan to scan. Remember that the length of a barcode or text can vary depending on the data being captured. For an image region, you want to capture the space in which the respondent will write information.

4. Can I process non-standard and folded forms?

We are often asked if Remark Office OMR can process larger forms (e.g. 11.5×17) that are folded, or smaller comment cards. The answer is yes! Remark Office OMR can process any size form that your scanner can handle. When you set up the template in Remark Office OMR, just be sure to choose the appropriate paper size. For a folded form, the questions may be in what appears to be a strange order due to unfolding the paper for scanning. Just be careful when you define the regions so that your desired output matches each bubble.

Tip: If the forms will be folded, design the form so that there are no bubbles in the area of the fold. The fold makes a ‘crease’ that the scanner picks up when scanning and turns into a dark line. This line can interfere with the recognition of the bubbles.

5. How do I know if my form will work with Remark Office OMR?

Creating a form that will scan well is essential to your success with Remark Office OMR. We offer free training in designing forms that you are welcome to download and share with your organization here.

Secondly, once you have created your form, or even while you’re still working on it, send the form to Remark Support for review. For all of the details on our FREE From Review, service click here.

Want to learn more or have questions about Remark Office OMR?

Visit our Remark Office OMR Knowledgebase or connect with Remark Support Monday – Friday (except for major holidays) from 9 am – 6 pm Eastern Time at +1-610-647-8595, by email at [email protected], or fill out a support request form.

May 8, 2023

Teacher Appreciation Week 2023

May 8th through 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week. We would like to take this opportunity to show our support to the people who help lay the core foundation of knowledge within us. Our beloved teachers! These men and women strive to open doors for their students. They inspire generations of new thinkers and doers of the world. The Remark Team wants to recognize the hard work that these people do every day.

Our initial concept behind each of our Remark products was for the purpose of making the lives of our customers easier. Most of those customers are teachers who are faced with spending countless hours of their personal time grading. Remark Test Grading software is an advanced testing and grading solution designed specifically for educators. The goal of Remark Test Grading is not just to save our educators countless hours grading tests, but to provide actionable data so they can see where student performance is succeeding and lacking. Such information allows them to better understand where to focus their efforts in order to positively impact their students.

So how does Remark Test Grading benefit our educators?

The application allows teachers to create their own custom assessments and quickly distribute them on paper or online. Grades are automatically calculated by either scanning the completed tests or via online submission. This gives the teacher instant access to powerful reports for every class, test, student, and question on the test. Our team works tirelessly so as to make Remark Test Grading the best testing and grading solution on the market by listening to our customers and listening to their feedback to consistently offer exciting new updates to better meet their needs.

With this in mind check out the video below. Watch a real testimonial on how together with, Remark Test Grading improved the life of one Pennsylvania-based high school teacher and social media influencer.

Not yet a grading expert? Find out how!

Sign up for a free demonstration or a free trial to see what Remark Test Grading is all about. You can also contact the Remark Sales Team at [email protected] or 1-800-858-0860 to discuss your needs.

May 2, 2023

The Remark Team Values Your Input

The Remark Team has been in the data collection and analysis industry for over three decades, and we attribute our success to our loyal customers. We understand the importance of building strong relationships with our customers, and we have worked hard to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation. Our flagship product, Remark Office OMR, has been the cornerstone of our success, and we are constantly working to improve it with each new version.

Our commitment to customer satisfaction is reflected in our product updates, which are driven by our customers' needs and input. We believe that the best way to build a product that meets our customers' needs is by listening to their feedback and incorporating their suggestions into our updates. Our customers have played a vital role in shaping our line of Remark products, and we are always eager to hear their ideas for new features and enhancements.

If you are interested in improving our products to better fit your own needs, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us. Our team is always looking for ways to improve our products, and we value your input. Whether it's a feature you would like to see in Remark Office OMR or a suggestion for a new product, we want to hear from you. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and it helps us deliver the best possible products and services to our customers. Simply click the button below to send us your suggestion!

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