Kendata unveils new version of forms processing system
The highlight of the Kendata stand at Headway 97 was a new version of the AutoData PRO forms processing system, which enables users to design 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.
This competitively priced system is ideal for a wide range of data-collection applications since it frees staff from the burden of having to enter large amounts of data via the keyboard.
With AutoData PRO, 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 users' requirements, and special TrueType and PostScript Type 1 fonts which enable Windows-based drawing or word-processing packages to reproduce elements such as barcodes, check-mark boxes and hand-print zones.
Featuring a powerful recognition capability, AutoData PRO can handle ticks, crosses, lines or filled-in boxes in the check-mark zones, and either proportional or fixed fonts in the typeface recognition zones. Image-capture zones would typically be used for signatures, while key-entry zones are ideal for comment boxes.
Once the forms have been filled in, they are scanned, processed and verified by the system; these operations can be carried out in either interactive or batch mode. Data is then exported in any one of the many popular file formats available, including dbf, ASCII and ODBC. The system can be integrated with existing database and spreadsheet software such as Access, Excel, SPSS and Oracle.
10th June 1997 Ref. KE113/2