OMR Software

OMR Template

An OMR template must be designed to be compatible with OMR software, then published so it can be recognized, before you go printing numerous OMR sheets from it. Design your own unique OMR templates using omr template tools, and print OMR questionnaire sheets and OMR bubble answer sheets on plain paper.

There are quite a few different OMR software products on the market, and they don’t all have a built in editor for creating OMR templates. Some OMR software’s require omr templatesto be created using a word processor and special fonts to create the checkboxes. When OMR templates are designed in this way, they must be trained to be recognized by the OMR software they were made for.

The easiest way to create OMR templates is to use an OMR template Editor built into the OMR software which has the tools needed to easily add OMR checkboxes and page identifying barcodes.

The scanned images of OMR sheets which are designed to be compatible with the OMR software, will be instantly recognized when they are uploaded. No need for the OMR sheets to be scanned in any particular order, the recognized images will automatically link with the published template they belong to.

omr software detect marks

A mark in checkbox “A” made with the line tool is immediately detected in the recognition preview of the omr template editor.

Use the checkbox tool in the omr template editor to add checkboxes to the template, which will be immediately recognized and detected by the omr software to capture the filled in marks on answer sheet exams, paper assessments, paper surveys, paper checklists, paper qualtiy assurance forms and paper ballot forms etc.


OMR Template Checkboxes

Oval or circular checkbox bubbles are the easiest shape to fill in by the respondents which is why this shaped checkbox is used for OMR sheets. OMR software compares the number of white pixels with the number of black pixels counted inside checkboxes on scanned OMR sheet images. Fully filled checkboxes have many more black pixels than half filled checkboxes and are more likely to be accurately detected by OMR software. A clearly scanned image is more likely to capture accurate information than a poorly scanned image.

OMR checkboxes

When checkboxes are detected by OMR software, the checkbox borders as well as the checkbox values (A,B,C,D etc) are all added to the black pixel count. So if you make the checkbox borders heavier than recommended or the fonts of the checkbox values heavier than recommended, errors could be caused with filled checkbox detection.

Correctly designed OMR templates don’t have the OMR checkbox bubbles too close together because errors can ocurr if the respondents accidently mark outside the edges of a checkbox and into the neighbouring checkbox. If this happened, the OMR software may detect both checkboxes as being marked.


OMR Template Recognition Barcodes

A form page ID barcode is added to the omr template by clicking the barcode tool. When the OMR template is published, a unique barcode will be automatically generated to identify each omr sheet page. The form ID barcode is captured by the software from scanned OMR sheet images, and used for recognizing each of the scanned OMR sheets, before the sheet will be OMR processed.

Form ID Barcode

OMR Template Checkbox Location Barcodes

OMR software uses checkbox location barcodes to determine where the checkboxes appear on the page before it can begin extracting the dark marks in filled checkboxes.

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The checkbox location barcodes in the image above at the top right and the bottom left of the checkbox segment.