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Frequently Asked Questions                

Some of the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding our iSeries(AS/400) software solutions for Forms, FAX, Email, Checks, Positive Pay and Archive & Retrieval are below:

Why should I consider electronic form or check printing?

Why is inFORM Decisions' software referred to as automatic?

What is the difference between AS/400(iSeries) electronic form integration and Platform Independent electronic form integration?

What is unique about inFORM Decisions' electronic form system?

What is electronic form "workflow"?

Does inFORM Decisions offer solutions for "workflow"?

Are there downloadable evaluations of your software from the internet?

What is MICR check printing?

What security does inFORM Decisions offer for laser check printing?

What components are required for MICR check printing?

Do I need a "special" or "proprietary" printer for MICR check printing?

Can I make changes to my form if I need to?

What if I have a two-sided form; can I use your software?

What type of impact will your software create on my system?

If I need to rerun a check job, so I have to recreate the original spool file?

I have multiple bank accounts with multiple accounts for each bank. Can your software satisfy my check printing needs?

What setup is necessary?

Q: Why should I consider electronic form or check printing?

A: Only to eliminate the costs associated with . . .
  • Obsolescence - if the external environment changes, you don't have a warehouse of obsolete forms.
  • Blank paper cost loss!
  • Waste - "...approximately 80% of forms purchased, go unused or thrown away." Dataquest
  • Inventory - blank white or colored stock is all that needs to be on hand. Let the printers do the rest.
  • Human labor costs - loading, bursting, collating, decollating, copying, stripping, and distributing...gone.
  • Postage- print forms or checks remotely eliminating the need to mail or ship.


Q: Why is inFORM Decisions' software referred to as automatic?

A: inFORM Decisions' front-end forms conversion software automatically converts pre-printed scanned forms into editable, intelligent, field recognizable forms. This artificially intelligent based process will save many hours and/or days versus classical "mouse" or "coordinate" drawing approaches. In addition, inFORM Decisions' AS/400(iSeries) based (iDocs) and platform independent forms integration software tools will automatically merge outputted data to the designed form in seconds.


Q: What is the difference between AS/400(iSeries) electronic form integration and Platform Independent electronic form integration?

A:
inFORM Decisions' AS/400(iSeries) based electronic form engine, iDocs, resides and operates strictly from the AS/400(iSeries) host, running in an OS/400 environment. Due to the complexities and proprietary nature of the AS/400(iSeries) we felt it necessary to provide as seamless and user friendly a tool to define electronic form merging and data mapping operations in an easy pull down and prompting menu format. Solutions, which force operators to download data to a PC or are otherwise external to the AS/400(iSeries) are inherently cumbersome, less secure and unreliable. inFORM Decisions' iDocs software and their staff understand in detail AS/400(iSeries) operation, OS/400, Client-Access, RPG, and various other AS/400(iSeries) unique technologies.


Q: What is unique about inFORM Decisions' electronic form systems?

A: Automatic forms design will save potentially many hours or many days of costly forms conversion time.

  • Speed in printing - form file sizes average under 30K.
  • Ease of use - almost all the design and integration screens are menu based and prompting.
  • Price - is one of the least expensive solutions on the market; namely because it's fast and easy! There's very little support required.

Q: What is electronic form "workflow"?

A: This describes the general concept of document routing and it's impact within an organization. Preprinted documents already have a workflow within an organization and have particular rules and limitations for their usage. When converting preprinted form workflow environments to electronic form workflow environments (sometimes referred to as "paperless"), an organization must consider the more efficient workflow possibilities. For example, expensive multi-part forms may not be needed since forms are electronic, they can be routed (via email) to other users to review, save and/or print; or faxed, or routed to other departmental printers.


Q: Does inFORM Decisions offer solutions for "workflow"?

A: Yes, inFORM Decisions' iDocs design software is Microsoft Exchange compatible and supports compatible messaging protocols. Forms designed in iDocs can be opened with iDocs filler software, which gives the user the ability to fill forms, by tabbing from field to field. Filled forms can then be routed via email or faxed to any defined location. This data entry capability allows users to save data in various database formats. iDocs can additionally import various databases and is ODBC compliant.


Q: Are there downloadable evaluations of your software from the internet?

A: YES, please contact inFORM Decisions to inquire at 800-858-5544 Toll Free.


Q: What is MICR check printing?

A: inFORM Decisions offers the ability to provide or CONVERT existing laser printers into cost effective laser MICR check printers. M.I.C.R. stands for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition. MICR is nothing more than a specialized font (designed by inFORM Decisions) and a specialized and tested magnetic laser printer toner. inFORM Decisions' AS/400(iSeries) based "MICR400" provides for the complete and secure laser printing of checks with the check form, MICR line, signature, logo and host data all in one pass through the laser printer. inFORM Decisions provides the industry touted MICR400, AS/400(iSeries) security check printing system and Check-Secure, Platform Independent electronic check printing system.


Q: What security does inFORM Decisions offer for laser check printing?

A: inFORM Decisions offers multiple level password protection and removable "flash" security devices, depending on the laser printer being used.


Q: What components are required for MICR check printing?

A: In most cases, going from a pre-printed check environment to an automated electronic laser check printing environment will require the following components:

  • A software design and integration software like inFORM Decisions' MICR400.
  • A laser printer which is able to utilize the appropriate ferromagnetic MICR toner to generate negotiable checks.
  • A special (ABA/ANSII approved) MICR font capable of being printed by the designated MICR laser printer.
  • Special blank security check paper which has options of security.


Q: Do I need a "special" or "proprietary" printer for MICR check printing?

A: No. Most of today’s popular desktop models can be "MICRized" with the appropriate components. Most models of HP, Lexmark, Xerox and IBM printers can be "MICRized"


Q. Can I make changes to my forms if needed?

A: Yes, forms can easily be edited in a graphical, WYSIWIG, drag ‘n’ drop environment. In addition, inFORM Decisions offers tools to modify print data- external to the original source or application code-to fit the form or completely remap to another format.


Q: What if I have a two sided or multi-part forms?

A: All of inFORM Decisions' e-form and e-check products give the user the ability to define duplex (2 sided) printing, multi-page form sets, page orientations, multi-page maps, overlays and graphic calls. All user definable in drop-down menus.



Q: What impact on performance will iDocs cause on my system?

A: Negligible. iDocs and MICR400 create very small overlay files, and the automatic processor engine is defined to run in its own sub-system.


Q. If I need to re-run one or a few checks, do I have to re-create the original spool file?

A: No. The procedure that generates the checks is non-destructive, maintaining the original spool file. inFORM Decisions offers the ability to selectively re-print needed pages from the archived spool file. Additionally, you can save the merged spool and graphic jobs to be selectively viewed and printed.



Q. I have multiple bank accounts with multiple accounts for each bank. Can your software satisfy my check printing needs?

A: MICR400 give a pull down menu to define each bank account needed. Once defined, MICR400 will automatically pull the correct bank account information to merge with the overlay check data.


Q: What setup is necessary?

A: Laser printers connected to the AS/400(iSeries), and some form of PC – AS/400(iSeries) communications protocol (Client-Access, Rhumba, PC-Support, BOS, FTP …)


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