About ABBYY FormDesigner
ABBYY FormDesigner is a software application for creating machine-readable forms that will be processed using ABBYY FlexiCapture, a forms processing application. Form design is an important stage of form creation, because all the other stages – scanning, recognition, verification, and export – depend on the "correctness" of the initial form and its suitability for machine processing.
Unlike other editors, such as MS Visio, CorelDRAW, or MS Word, ABBYY FormDesigner has been developed specifically for creating machine-readable forms. Despite the extensive functionality of the aforementioned applications, their users need to take additional measures to make sure that their forms meet the machine-readability requirements – measure form elements, monitor their shape and location on the form, etc.
The program has a straightforward user-friendly interface and includes easy-to-use yet powerful tools for creating standard elements commonly found on machine-readable forms. The application allows you to create black and white as well as color dropout forms. Form elements created in ABBYY FormDesigner will be automatically designed with machine input in mind. Moreover, the program will check each created form to ensure that it can be successfully processed by computer. All this means that you will be able to create machine-readable forms quickly and easily – the program will do the most wearisome job for you.
Once you have created a form in ABBYY FormDesigner, you practically get a ready form description which can be used to create a Document Definition in ABBYY FlexiCapture. (Document Definition describe form elements and tell data capture applications where to look for particular types of information on the form, thereby ensuring correct and reliable recognition of entered data by the program.)
Therefore ABBYY FormDesigner carries out two tasks: it makes form development easy and simplifies the ABBYY FlexiCapture setup process, enabling ABBYY FlexiCapture to process forms created in ABBYY FormDesigner with minimum human involvement.
ABBYY FormDesigner allows you to publish your forms (i.e. protect them from accidental change or editing), as well as to save your forms in various image formats before sending them to a printing shop.