Contents : Glossary

Guide To Components, Functions and Terminology used in FormReturn

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  • Add Page in the Form Editor application window is used to add more pages to a Form template.

  • Aggregation Rule is an optional rule set up in Mark Area properties, which sets a score if particular checkbox(s) contain a mark; e.g. a score if the checkbox for the correct answer is marked.

  • Anonymous forms usually used in surveys when the respondents are to remain unidentified.

  • Application Window The graphical user interface of any component of FormReturn, such as the form editor, where any of the software's functions are performed.

  • Application Toolbar is the main toolbar in FormReturn and contains the graphic icons used to access and use the working components of FormReturn.

  • Assistance Button Takes you to the support page. Lets us know who you are if you are a registered customer and click the in-website messenger application (for expedited assistance).

  • Barcodes There are two types of barcodes used on a FormReturn Form, the Form ID Barcode and the Segment Barcodes.

  • Barcode Area Added to the segment for affixing a Barcode label.

  • Barcode Element Panel Available when the barcode is selected, shows the barcode size and position.

  • Barcode Panel used for setting the barcode type.

  • Box Height Checkbox height - in Mark area properties dialog, defines the height of each checkbox in the checkbox area. Using the standard checkbox settings is always advisable for the best possible detection.

  • Box weight Checkbox weight - in Mark Area properties dialog, defines the thickness of the border of the checkboxes. Using the standard checkbox settings is always advisable for the best possible detection.

  • Box Width Checkbox width - in Mark Area properties defines the width of each checkbox in checkbox area. Using the standard checkbox settings is always advisable for the best possible detection.

  • Box roundness Checkbox shape - in Mark Area properties dialog, is used to alter the shape of the checkboxes eg: the smaller the setting number the more square the box will be. Using the standard checkbox settings is always advisable for the best possible detection.

  • Captured Data is all data captured using FormReturns barcode readers and OMR processing.

  • Captured Data Fieldname The fieldname given to each Mark Area (eg. question1) to identify it for pairing with the Captured value, when they are stored together in Captured Data.

  • Captured Value The mark value of the captured checkboxes (A;B etc.).

  • Checkbox Tool for adding OMR mark areas which contain checkboxes, to a segment.

  • Circle tool located in the Segment Editor and Form Editor Toolbars is used to draw circular shapes.

  • Components of the Software The Applications which automatically integrate OMR form design with the OMR captured data.

  • Components of the Form Template The form template is made up of separate components which link together to identify, capture and store captured data as one file.

  • CSV file (Comma-Separated-Value) is a common file type used to import data from one type of software to another. A CSV file is used by FormReturn when exporting captured data to a spreadsheet.

  • Data is a collection of typed or processed facts, figures or words such as Captured Data.

  • Database Settings

  • Data Export Preferences choose and save your preferred data and column ordering that you would most often use.

  • Data Records are the single records in a Source Data Table located in source data.

  • Deskew is the process of removing skew (imperfections) from scanned images that can occur because of the camera being misaligned, imperfections in the scanning surface, or simply because the paper was not placed completely flat when scanned.

  • Detect Barcodes in the Preview Check panel, is selected when performing a Recognition Preview or test preview, to test if marks in Barcodes are detected on the segment and / or form template.

  • Detect Segments in the Preview Check panel, is selected when performing a Recognition Preview or test preview, to test if marks in Segments are detected on the segment and / or form template.

  • Detect Fragments in the Preview Check panel, is selected when performing a Recognition Preview or test preview, to test if marks in Fragments / Mark Areas are detected on the segment and / or form template.

  • Detect Marks in the Preview Check panel, is selected when performing a test preview, to test if marks in Checkboxes are detected on the segment and / or form template.

  • Dialog box E.g. Create a New Form dialog, is a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user.

  • Duplicate a feature of FormReturn that allows duplication of an original element added to the segment into multiple identical elements.

  • Element Any component added to the segment template, is added as a separate element.

  • Empty Segment Area is added to a Form template as an empty area where a segment can be loaded.

  • Error Count the number of processing errors detected on a form page in Captured Data.

  • Extension is the second part of a filename. Eg: a saved segment file will automatically have .frs as the extension and a saved form file will automatically have .frf as the extension.

  • Fieldname The name given to the heading for a list of stored records in a data table. Eg: firstname; lastname etc.

  • Font Directory FormReturn uses the fonts already installed on your computer's directory.

  • Font Size depicts the font size of the Mark value in checkboxes.

  • Font Brightness depicts the font brightness of the mark value in checkboxes.

  • Form Template template is designed in the Form Editor and can contain one or more pages which can be published and printed into individual forms.

  • Form Template Components the parts added to create the OMR form template such as the barcode and the Segment.

  • Form Editor is the application used to design and edit forms.

  • Form Editor Toolbar is located above the Form Editor application window.

  • Form ID Barcode added to a form template in the form editor, is the barcode on each page of a form which identifies and links form pages to the template they belong to.

  • Form Identification a method of identifying the form and to reconcile the response data from the form to a data table record.

  • Form Pages Tab in the Captured Data application shows each page of the selected form, the scanned Image of the form and the Captured Data results taken from the Form page.

  • Form Password is the Form ID Barcode value automatically generated and used by FormReturn to identify a Publication.

  • Form Processor

  • Form Score In Captured Data, is the total score for a form published with an aggregation rule applied.

  • Form Template Designed using FormReturn's form and segment editors, can contain one or more pages.

  • Forms Panel for managing Captured Data.

  • Forms Tab is located in the Captured Data Tab bar and shows a list of forms published from the selected Publication.

  • Fragment The segment element which contains the checkboxes used for OMR capture.

  • Fragment Padding is the white area between the checkboxes and the fragment outline.

  • Graphical user Interface E.g. the Form Editor Application window is the type of application window used in FormReturn, based on graphics ( picture icons and menus) instead of text. It uses a mouse and keyboard arrows as navigation devices.

  • Horizontal Space located in Mark Area Properties is used for spacing between each checkbox in the mark area. Using the default checkbox settings is always advisable.

  • Icon is a graphic symbol indicating a tool or function in FormReturn's toolbars.

  • ID Grid

  • Image icon located in the Form Editor and Segment Editor Toolbars is used when you want to add an area for loading an image into.

  • Image Area Panel located in the Form Editor and Segment editor, is used to load an image into the selected Image Area.

  • Import Source Data Records

  • Information button is a small blue button containing a question mark. When you see one of these buttons, you can click on it to go to the help guide for more information.

  • Key Field is either an ID grid or a Barcode Area added to the segment for the purpose of form identification and / or the reconciliation of captured data with a record in the data table.

  • Language Preferences Select your language in FormReturn's Server, Database settings.

  • Load Segments button is used in Form Editor, to load a Segment onto an empty segment area in the Form template.

  • Luminance is one of the recognition settings of FormReturn used for increasing the darkness of color scanned images.

  • Marks is the term used for handmarked responses in checkboxes.

  • Mark Area panel contains the set properties button used for opening the Mark Area Properties dialog.

  • Mark area is the area on a Segment containing a bank of checkboxes used for capturing response marks.

  • Mark Area Properties dialog box is used to set up a Mark Area or Key Field for appearance and reconciliation of captured data.

  • Mark Threshold is a recognition setting of FormReturn, used for setting the threshold between the black pixel count and the white pixel count of the checkboxes on a scanned image.

  • Mark Value the value of a checkbox such as A, B, C etc.

  • Navigation Tools the main tools for getting around FormReturn software are the mouse, the arrow keys on the keyboard and Navigation Shortcuts using the keyboard.

  • New Form icon located in the Application Toolbar is used to create a new form in the form editor.

  • New Segment icon in the Application Toolbar is used to create a new segment in the segment editor.

  • Page Properties Panel located in the Form Editor application, controls the form page size and orientation.

  • Panel is a rectangular box which contains buttons or parameters for performing certain functions in an application.

  • Parameters is a quantity that defines certain characteristics of systems or functions.

  • Preferences Set your preferences for Form design, publishing and processing.

  • Preset Style is a saved mark area style which includes the checkbox style, checkbox values and aggregation rule.

  • Preview Check Panel located in the Recognition Preview application is used for testing that barcodes, segments, fragments and marks are detected in the print and test previews.

  • Preview Form Image button located in Form Pages panel in Captured Data.

  • Processing Queue the component of FormReturn where scanned form images are uploaded and wait in queue to be processed by the Form Processor in FormReturn's server.

  • Properties in computer software are the configurable parameters of a component for example: width and height of a checkbox.

  • Publication Panel in the Publish Form part of the form editor is used to print or export a publication.

  • Publication the form template is published which stores it's information in FormReturn so the captured data can be reconciled with the template.

  • Publication Name the name given to the publication of the form template.

  • Publications in Captured Data shows a list Publications stored in FormReturn. You shouldn't delete a publication from Captured Data before all the forms from the publication have been processed and you have exported the data.

  • Publish Form tab in Form Editor - click when publishing the form template.

  • Page Score the total Captured Data score for a form page.

  • Quick Guide to the Basic Steps

  • Recognition Preview tests if the segment or form has been designed properly for detection of the barcodes, segments, fragments and mark areas.

  • Recognition Settings are what FormReturn's form processor uses to detect which checkboxes contain dark marks.

  • Recognition Test tests your scanner and the form design with FormReturn.

  • Rectangle tool is in Segment Editor Toolbar and the Form Editor Toolbar for drawing rectangular shapes.

  • Refresh button updates any recently added or processed data.

  • Reprocess Unidentified Images for manually processing unrecognized form images which have been put in the Unidentified Images table of the Processing queue.

  • Reprocess Errors in Captured data For manually processing captured response data with errors.

  • Reset Publication Settings used for re-setting the recognition settings after the template has been published or for downloading published template files from FormReturn's database.

  • Response Data is the data captured from the chosen responses of the respondents of the forms, who shade in the checkbox of their choice with a dark pen or pencil.

  • Round Rectangle tool is in Segment Editor and Form Editor drawing tools for drawing oblong shapes.

  • Rows and Columns in the Mark Area properties dialog, depicts the number of vertical and horizontal checkboxes in the mark area.

  • Scan Button automatically starts FormReturn scanning and uploading form images.

  • Scanning Forms OMR recognizes scanned images for processing hand-marks from checkboxes.

  • Segment Created in the segment editor, contains the mark areas which will be used for capturing handwritten responses.

  • Segment Area is an empty or blank area, added to a form template for loading a segment into.

  • Segment Barcodes are the barcodes located at the top right and bottom left of a segment. They are used in data capture to locate the checkbox mark area areas.

  • Segment Panel is for controlling the segment size and the segment barcode size.

  • Segment Properties dialog box is used to set up checkbox mark areas for data capture.

  • Segment editor is the application used to create new segments.

  • Segment editor toolbar is located above the Segment Editor page application window.

  • Segment tool located in the Form Editor Toolbar is used to add an empty Segment area to a form template in the Form editor, into which a segment can be loaded.

  • Select tool located in the Segment Editor and Form Editor Toolbars is used to select an area of the page.

  • Server FormReturn's server is used by the software for database storage, form processing and task scheduling.

  • Set Properties button for opening 'Mark Area properties' when a Mark area or Key field is selected.

  • Snap to Grid an alignment tool in the Segment and Form Editors.

  • Sort Captured and Export Data » See - Order Index.

  • Source Data is the name given to FormReturn's database where data tables and respondent's records are stored, added or edited.

  • Source Data Tabs located above the Source Data Application window.

  • Source Data Tables added to source data for storing your data records.

  • Task Scheduler

  • Template Editors used for creating or editing a form template.

  • Template Variable Replacement A method of form identification, similar to mail merge.

  • Ternary Operation applies to everything else after the colon: it is used in Mark Aggregation where it refers to, all other answers after the colon get this score.

  • Test Preview testing a scanned image of the form template

  • Text Area added to a Segment or Form for typing text.

  • Text Area Panel when a Text Area is selected, is used to control fonts and text colors.

  • TWAIN Used for automatic communication of FormReturn with your (Twain compatible) scanner.

  • Upload Image button located in the Unprocessed Panel in the Processing Queue - manually upload scanned images from your computer into FormReturn.

  • Unidentified Images in the Processing Queue, form images unrecognized by the form processor.

  • Unprocessed Images in the Processing Queue, uploaded images queued to be processed.

  • Vertical Space spacing between rows of checkboxes a setting in Mark Area Properties. Using the default checkbox settings is always advisable.

  • Visible Checkbox Text show or hide the mark value in checkboxes.