OCR and OMR are all methods of reducing the amount of data entry in forms processing environments. OCR are recognition engines used with imaging. OMR is a data collection technology that does not require a recognition engine; it is used when accuracy is most critical.
OCR – Optical Character Recognition
OCR technology gives scanning and imaging systems the ability to turn images of machine-printed characters into machine-readable characters. Images of machine-printed
characters are extracted from a bitmap of the scanned image. Forms can be scanned through an imaging scanner, faxed, or computer generated to produce the bitmap.
OMR – Optical Mark Read
OMR technology detects the absence or presence of a mark, but not the shape of the mark. MS Print can advise you about this service and discus all the various options
OMR forms are very specialized documents. Timing tracks along one edge of the forms indicate to the scanner where to read for marks. OMR forms also contain ID marks, which look like black boxes on the top or bottom of the forms. Additionally, the cut of OMR forms is extremely precise and the bubbles must be located in exactly the same location on each form.