New version of forms processing system supports duplex scanning

Version 4.1 of the AutoData forms processing system from Southampton-based data-entry specialist Kendata Peripherals features a number of enhancements designed to make it an even more cost-effective solution for a wide range of data-collection applications.

Among the key new features are date and time field validation - to ensure that captured data is of the highest accuracy - and a duplex scanning capability, which allows the system to support double-sided forms, so reducing the volume of paper used.

Designed to free staff from the burden of having to enter large amounts of data via the keyboard, AutoData v4.1 enables users to produce customised data-entry forms with popular Windows-based packages such as Microsoft Word - thereby eliminating the need to spend time learning special forms-design software.

With AutoData v4.1, form layouts can incorporate not only barcodes and check-mark boxes but also fields for typeface recognition, image capture, key entry and even handprint recognition.

The system includes forms processing software, a choice of desktop scanners to suit the user¹s requirements, Word templates and special TrueType fonts which enable Windows-based publishing or word-processing packages to reproduce elements such as barcodes, check-mark boxes and hand-print zones.

Featuring a powerful recognition capability, AutoData v4.1 can handle ticks or crosses in the check-mark zones, and either proportional or fixed fonts in the typeface recognition zones.

Once the forms have been filled in, they are scanned, processed and verified by the system - all of which can be carried out in either interactive or batch mode. Data is then exported to existing database or spreadsheet applications in any one of the many popular file formats available.

Other new features in Version 4.1 include enhanced handprint recognition, ODBC export capability, and encoded locator boxes which enable forms to be identified automatically without the need for bar codes.

11th May 1999 Ref. KE84/2.1