You can use it to get paper-based data from the field to the main headquarters in digital form with as little work as possible.
The Seattle-based company designed it for field professionals who don’t spend much time near a computer or Internet connections. They can print out forms, fill them out with a pen that captures handwriting, and then upload the info back to headquarters.
Adapx has had products out for a while, but the Excel compatibility is interesting here.
Capturx helps capture structured data from paperwork. You design a form in Excel. Print it out. As a field salesperson fills it out, they use a digital pen that can capture all of the data. The pen knows which part of the form you are filling out when you write a given number. Upon uploading the data, Capturx automatically fills out the digital version of the form with all of the pen-delivered data. At the end of the process, the headquarters folks have a digital form with all of the data they need to do number crunching and the salesperson has a paper-version of the form.
The company’s secondary competitors include custom forms built for handheld computers, laptops and digital pens. The company has raised a $10 million in a first round from In-Q-Tel, OVP, Paladin, and NW Tech Ventures. The Capturx Forms for Excel service will be avaiable in October.