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Scanning Forms and Filling Them Out
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   13 years ago

Q: I am writing you with the assumption you agree with the "there is no such thing as a stupid question" rule. I am in my senior years and never had formal teaching except with your CDs. My question: is there such a thing as scanning a form to be filled out with my scanner then saving it to my computer to be filled in? My handwriting is not what it used to be and I am forever having to fill out forms. Thanks for a reply, Bill J.

A: Bill, you are correct. There are no stupid questions. Asking a question is the first step of learning. There are a couple of ways to do what you want to do. The first and EASIEST way is to purchase software specifically designed for this. I used to use a great piece of software called OmniForm which lets you scan in your paper form and then convert it to a form that you can type data into on the screen, and print it out.

Honestly, I haven't used this software in three or four years, but when I last used it, I loved it. Here's a link for more information:

OmniForm 5.0


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C Shaw 
12 years ago
For the very occasional form I use the free version of Foxit. Not suitable for large amounts. Then use the prof version.
very reasonable.
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Richard Rost 
13 years ago
Bill, I hope it works well for you. Like I said, I haven't used Omniform in a few years, so let me know how you like it and whether or not I should keep recommending it.
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Bill Johnson 
13 years ago
Richard, I bought the Omniform program.
It looks complicated (to me) but I am trying to use it. Thanks for your input.
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