Printable paper surveys with scanning
Collect data in paper forms, then scan to extract data using
modern AI recognition technologies
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How does it work?
1. Create a paper survey
Design your survey with our online survey creator and customize the way you like it.
There are 12 different question types to choose from and a variety of text formatting settings.
Would you like to see how it looks first? Click here to see some of our sample templates.
2. Print paper forms
Once you are happy with the survey design, it's time to print out the copies.
If your survey has more than one page, each page will be marked with an unique identifier. This simplifies the scanning and recognition process as well as prevents duplicate uploads.
3. Begin data collection
At this stage, you may distribute the forms and collect the written feedback from your respondents.
You may also fill the questionnaires digitally and send them over the email for processing!
4. Scan & upload
It's time to scan the pages. Once you have the files, you can upload them in PaperSurvey.io. You do not need to care about the page order or rotation, it will be detected automatically.
- by email.
- auto-sync with Dropbox.
- via actions.
5. Analyze survey results
Analyze the survey results online or download the data file (in CSV, Excel or SPSS format) for the further analysis.
Your results may be displayed in word clouds, bar charts, pie charts and response tables.
Optical mark recognition (OMR)
PaperSurvey.io recognizes checkboxes and radio boxes automatically from the scanned surveys with a 99.99% accuracy.
Intelligent character recognition (ICR)
Recognize text written inside square boxes. At the moment, we only support recognizing numbers, but character support is coming soon!
Handwriting recognition (HWR)
Automatically recognize handwritten text from open response questions with a powerful AI handwriting recognition.
Unique identifiers for multi-page surveys
Each page will be uniquely marked. This reduces errors, eliminates duplicates and simplifies the form scanning and processing. You may opt-out if you wish.
Upload your branding logo, customize the colors and change font to make the survey look professional and match your branding style.
Print surveys in multiple languages and analyze responses from a single data sheet.
Collect responses using the web survey forms as a supplementary collection source to the paper surveys.
View the basic analytics in charts, word clouds, and tables. You can always export the data for further analysis in SPSS, Excel and CSV formats.
Automatically sync survey data to your Google Sheets document for quick analysis.
Integrate with other applications to automate your workflow via recognition triggers and upload actions.
Automatically sync and import files from your selected Dropbox folder.
API & Webhooks
Integrate it with your own database or application by automatically syncing the data as there are new updates.
Use it with Microsoft Word mail merge to dynamically insert information and generate barcodes before printing.
Insert images in your survey questions, options or the main survey body.
Upload all your scanned paper forms using drag-and-drop upload or send them over the email.
Verify responses that the machine failed to understand, where too many options were selected or when the recognition accuracy is low.
Frequently asked questions
- How accurate is the software?
Our software recognizes 99.99% of the checkboxes correctly. Handwritten text is recognized very accurately in multiple languages but it may be less accurate in low quality scans.
- Are you GDPR/HIPAA compliant?
Yes, we are GDPR compliant. We are not HIPAA compliant at the moment. Reach out to us at email@example.com and we will let you know when we achieve HIPAA compliance.
- What printers and scanners are compatible?
You may use any type of economy or business scanner to print and scan the printed forms. We recommend you that the printer at least have the document feeder function to make the scanning process fast. If you do not have scanner, you may as well capture the pages with your phone camera or a specially designed Android app for scanning.
- What is optical mark recognition (OCR)?
Optical mark recognition (OMR) is a process to identify and extract data from paper forms by analyzing marked fields such as checkboxes or 'bubble' fields. OMR is used in all close-ended questions to detect whether participant responded or not.
- Do you support optical character recognition (OCR)?
OCR only works with the machine-printed text and it can't accurately read handwriting. For reading the handwriting we use handwriting text recognition (HTR). If you need, you may choose to recognize the text using OCR engine (e.g. if you plan to insert some text before printing).
- Do you support intelligent character recognition (ICR)?
Currently there is support intelligent character recognition for digits only. We plan to add support for alphabetic characters recognition soon.
- What happens when my trial or subscription ends?
Your surveys becomes read-only and you will not be able to print new copies or upload new scans. You may still be able to view the analytics and export data. Once you resume your subscription, all the features will be reactivated.
- Can I collect responses on the web?
Yes, we do have this capability. You may share a link to a web survey to collect survey responses in a web form. You will be able analyze results from a single spreadsheet.
- Do I need to install or maintain any software?
The service is cloud-based and you do not need to install anything.
- I need a custom feature. Can you add it?
Feel free to reach out to us with your requirements. We will likely be able to add this feature for you.