Research Triangle Park, NC April 27, 2004. Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, announced at its annual user day meeting the availability of Version 4 of the Mi-Forms Software System. Mi-Forms, which has been successfully marketed by Mi-Co for over three years, enables organizations to design electronic forms for handwritten input, efficiently capture data in a mobile environment, increase the quality of the collected data, and quickly use the information through integration with all popular databases.
"At Mi-Co, we strive to facilitate mobile data capture for our customers with digital writing processes that will save them time and money," said James Clary, CEO of Mi-Co. "Our Version 4 users will continue to put handwriting to work with an array of major enhancements in the four processes we empower: Forms Design, Data Capture, Data Verification and Information Communication. Our key goal for Version 4 was "ease of use" and our beta site customers have said we have provided just that."
One of the major enhancements in Mi-Co's continuing quest to allow its users to quickly and easily implement form-based applications was support of additional form design software tools.
"With the previous releases of Mi-Forms, all forms design started with one layout tool, Teleform Designer from Verity (formerly Cardiff Software). Teleform is an excellent system that allowed many of our enterprise customers to extend their current use of Verity systems," said Barrett Joyner, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing at Mi-Co. "This solution has continued to be enhanced in Version 4 of the Mi-Forms Designer for Verity Teleform. In addition, Release 4.1 now allows for the design of new forms within the Mi-Forms native environment without requiring third party components. Ease of use was the true driver behind these enhancements."
"While the extensive new capabilities in the Forms Designer components will be highly visible to form developers, there are a number of other key enhancements shipping with Release 4.1 that bring increased functionality and greater ease of use to end users," said Greg Clary, Mi-Co Chief Technology Officer.
Clary identified these other significant enhancements offered in Version 4 of the Mi-Forms System:
Multiple types of erase capabilities provided at data capture and controllable by application (so applications that do not desire erase capabilities, such as certain clinical trials applications, will be blocked from erasing)
A new field type that allows the data capture application to dynamically change field labels for greater flexibility
Greater flexibility in customizing the data capture environment such as control over key pen attributes such as color, transparency, and thickness
Lexicons for selected field types for finer control over handwriting recognition results
A complete refresh of the Verification Mode Components that were declared production in Version 3 of the Mi-Forms System
Beta Release Support for the HP Forms Automation System. This solution using the HP Digital Pen in part allows for a reduction in verification time because of the system's dynamic assignment of unique identifiers for each form used.
Information communication and integration:
Greater flexibility of image exports in the Mi-Forms data path technology
Data path technology and processes that support HL7 in the health care industry
A new data path that allows Mi-Forms XML session data to be passed from environments external to the Mi-Forms System to the Mi-Forms client for display and edit.
A new data path based on industry standards (InkML) that allows the user to export vector representations of handwritten ink.
Data path enhancements that allow for convenient selection of special directories (like My Documents) to allow data and Mi-Forms applications to be easily shared among systems
Implementation of a script language that allows Mi-Forms to interface directly with web based applications.
Direct support for prefilling forms using Adobe's XFDF standard.
Version 4 of Mi-Forms continues the support of the Pocket PCs, Tablet PCs and the Logitech io Digital Pens that were introduced in previous releases of the software. In addition, support for the new Forms Automation System from HP, declared beta with Release 4.1, will be generally available in June 2004.
"One of our key corporate goals is to lead the digital writing industry in customer satisfaction and retention. Mi-Co's strategy for achieving this goal includes providing meaningful, user requested enhancements at least every 12 months. With Version 4 shipping now, we have achieved that goal for the fourth consecutive year," added Jim Clary.
Mi-Forms Release 4.1 client software is in production on the Pocket PC, on the Tablet PC, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and on desktop PCs running Windows 2000 and Windows XP. In addition, the Logitech io Pen is supported for data capture and ink recognition on a Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows XP Tablet Edition PC.
Mi-Forms Release 4.1 server software is in production on Windows 2000 Server and Red Hat Linux.
Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, provides enterprise software to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire process of capturing and using data. Mi-Co's end-to-end Mi-Forms Software System enables the capture, handwriting verification and communication of forms based and free-form pen-on-paper data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports data capture using Tablet PCs, Logitech io Digital Pens, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co's vertical markets for the Mi-Forms Software include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, public safety, and governmental services, and Mi-Co has a growing number of customers in these segments. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information on Mi-Co, visitwww.mi-corporation.com.