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    Joe Vetoe

    Hi, everyone. Good news! We have an upcoming webinar on this topic next week where Keith and some others will be going through the latest prototype so you can get a sneak peek and ask any questions you have. The webinar is scheduled for April 11, 2018, at 10 AM EDT. You can register below. We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Click here to register for the Web-Based Forms webinar.

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    Joe Vetoe

    If you weren't able to join the webinar last week, you can watch the recording via the link below. 

    Webinar: Web-Based Forms

    You can also access the slides here.

    We'd love to hear your feedback!

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    Jon Walter

    How soon will this be available. I have several applications this would work good.

    Thank you

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    Ben Ray

    Hi Jon,

    Glad to hear you have some use cases for this. We are working on this through phases. Our 1st Phase is in progress now and we are shooting for the End of Q2 (June 2018) We will be in touch with this thread for some beta testers towards the end of Q2.

    Thanks,

    Ben

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    Karl Simms

    Hi Guys, not sure if this has been covered in previous comments, but with the webforms, would this be an extra cost on top of what people originally pay? or will it be included in specific packages?

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    Joe Vetoe

    Hi, Karl

    The way in which web-forms will be offered is something the team is still working on. We should have a solid answer on that either this week or next. Stay tuned!

    Joe

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    Rick Howard

    "We were thinking that the Web Forms would only work in a connected environment. Can you share your use case for offline web forms and how you would envision that working?"

    We have technicians in the field that collect data in all parts of a building.  There are times that the building has poor or no connectivity via cell service.  While the app works well in these environments, the web form would fail.  We would use the web form over the app because the technicians are also equipped with Surface tablets, so they could use the larger device for data collection.

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    Flyhouse

    "We were thinking that the Web Forms would only work in a connected environment. Can you share your use case for offline web forms and how you would envision that working?"

    I agree with Rick that this could be really helpful. My company has the same problem and the ability to work offline is essential. That said in either case the web forms will be really helpful for our administrative staff back in the office. Looking forward to seeing the Beta when its released.

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    Will Anderson

    Observation: people are now requesting "offline" capabilities of "web" apps. Hang in there, iForm folks!

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    Flyhouse

    "Observation: people are now requesting "offline" capabilities of "web" apps. Hang in there, iForm folks!"

    Yeah, I realize that we are putting the cart before the horse a little bit there. Obviously the Web app is going to be a hard task but one that will be well loved by customers. A desktop version of IForm builder seems like a nice next logical step, and one Rick and I are saying would be really helpful.

     

    Thanks for the great work Zerion! Keep it up!

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    Ben Ray

    Hey iFormBuilder Community. 

    We are getting closer to wrapping up Phase 1 of development and we wanted to provide an update to everyone. First and foremost we have some great news that Web Forms will be included with your iFormBuilder subscription no matter which account level you are!

    Please take a look at this video to checkout a sneak peek of whats coming soon.

    WATCH IT HERE

    Thanks,

    Ben

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    Bill DeVoe

    This looks great Ben, any idea when this will be available for testing? I have several projects that would benefit from web forms - basically remote offices with desktop computers where it would be much easier to have them enter data on a computer vs a tablet.

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    Max

    Hello,

    I have an incredible use case available straight away.  We have 2 major opportunities to deploy kiosk-type solutions to multiple sites around Australia and New Zealand.  Previously, the cost of having to purchase another device (tablet), install it w security cases, power availability etc has proven to be cost prohibitive and a determining factor to the success of the proposal.

    Using web-based forms would allow the client to use existing on-site computers to utilise the services and leverage all of the existing advantages without incurring the additional hardware costs above.

    Please contact me asap.  We have 2 proposals where this could be the difference in success vs failure.

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    Amy

    I have a use case, where information is submitted about diseased animals via the mobile app, and notification is sent to officials who are in an office environment who need to make decisions about areas to quarantine, and it would be good for them to be able to submit their quarantine decisions via forms on a computer rather than on a phone. 

    I have another customer who wants to use the mobile app for their technicians to record information about work they do out in the field, but they also have teleworkers in the office to want to do data entry about the customers and assign the work order forms to the techs, much easier for them to do this on the computer than on a phone. 

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    Ben Ray

    Hi iFormBuilder community, 

    We are going to be opening up Web Forms for Public Beta starting on September 4th 2018 (Next Tuesday).

    In this Initial Phase of Web Forms Server and Company Admins will be able to do the following with web forms. 

    • Dispatch Create New Work orders or inspections in the office and assign them out to field users.
    • Review Data that is coming in from the field for mistakes and clean them up or re-assign back out to the field.
    • Fill out forms that require a large amount of typing right on your desktop.

    We have a number of helpful links in our Help Center that discuss how to use web forms. Stay tuned for an update next tuesday on how to enable web forms in your account.

     

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    Le Nguyen

    Hi everyone, hope you all had a great (Labor Day) weekend. Web Forms are now available for public beta, please check out this post for more details!

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    Flyhouse

    Hi All,

    I am loving the new Webforms so far, so thank you very much Zerion!

    A couple of suggestions/feature requests I have in the first half-day of playing with the new forms:

    - Would it be possible to make a button that combines the functions of the create new record and webform buttons, so you can have only one click instead of a few to begin entering data into a new record and edit it as a webform

    - Could some form of navigation be added, to allow for editing a batch of records quickly. Maybe arrow keys to jump back and forth or, more simply, navigation buttons in the header that allow you to go to the next or previous record in a table.

    - What would be really useful for our use case is if it would be possible to have certain fields appear in a second column, floating to the side of the main form. We have certain fields that are hidden on the mobile form that our editors in the office use to add additional details based on the data our inspectors in the field have collected. It would be great if the editors could see these fields at all times while scrolling through the rest of the fields.

    I'm sure I'll have more ideas and suggestions as I keep playing, but I wanted to put these out there. I'm very impressed with the capabilities of the webforms so far and look forward to seeing how they develop and how we can incorporate them into our workflow.

    Best,

    Joe

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    Ben Ray

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your feedback. 

    In regards to your questions. For the first one we are going to be introducing a new collect section on the website here in our next phase of development that should make this easier so you are able to go straight to collection instead of through the data list view.

    For the navigation between records the web forms are not designed for bulk editing but certainly something we will consider.

    On your last point this is an interesting point as we are looking at ways to improve the data management section (list view) which sounds like you designate some fields for admin use and other fields for end user use. Would you be able to explain the use case why you need to see those fields at all times?

    Thanks so much for your feedback!

    -Ben

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    Flyhouse

    Hi Ben,

    I look forward to seeing the new collect options.

    My primary use case for the web-forms is doing editing of reports that are sent back by our inspectors in the field. As you guessed correctly, I have some fields that are admin only that are used for estimating repair costs and adding records to groups. Both the ability to navigate between records and the ability to have certain fields appear separately from the normal scroll would be very helpful to this workflow. The main reason I would like to pull these fields out separately is to visually separate them as well as to see them all the time while reading the field inspectors responses to the other fields.

    I acknowledge that these use cases might be a little hyper-specialized so I welcome any features you guys are able to add.

    Best,

    Joe

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    Ben Ray

    Hey Folks,

    Our Web Forms 2.0 is getting ready for public beta here at the end of November. Take a look at this video for a sneak peek on whats new in WebForms 2.0 https://youtu.be/IWUUjeCiFmk

    Please share any questions or comments below.

    Happy Data Collecting!

    -Ben

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    Joe Vetoe

    We are planning to release Webforms 2.0 (BETA) today (11.29.18). We'll update this post when released. Here are some of the enhancements:

    • New Collect Tab for accessing Webforms. For instructions on creating a new record using Webforms, have a look HERE.
    • All users with Collect Rights can now use Webforms
    • Webforms now utilize Smart Controls such as Dynamic Values, Condition Values, Dynamic Labels, and Client Validation.
    • Smart Option Lists are enabled.
    • Added support for completing Assigned Records.
    • Image Labels now show on Webforms. 
    • Required Fields are supported.
    • Built-In Functions are now enabled.
    • Read-Only elements non-editable.
    • Forms and options are loaded when initiating the form. PLEASE NOTE: Load times may vary depending on form and option sizes.

    PLEASE NOTE: The following functionalities are currently NOT supported, but will be coming in a future release:

    • Shared Forms
    • Smart Table Search
    • Reference IDs

    Be sure to let us know what you think or if you run into any issues. 

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    Ben Ray

    Hey Webforms Community. Web forms now support the following:

    - Smart Table Search

    - Option List icons for your Picklist and Multi-select elements

    - Various Bug fixes and performance improvements

    Check out this video to see Webforms 2.2 in Action. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu6_chtJdGY&feature=youtu.be

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    Steven Richford

    Hi 

     

    Ref Joe's post on 29th Nov 2018 - saying a Beta version was going to be released that day - have I missed the release or isit still pending?

     

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    Ben Ray

    Hey Everyone,

    In this next WebForms release coming up here in a week or two we are going to be increasing the speed of loading forms by keeping the data stored locally on the browsers. You can enable this option by selecting the info icon in the top right and selecting 'Keep Data on browser for faster loading times".  This will ensure that the data is stored locally and your forms load fast each and every time until you close your web browser.

    Subscribe to our WebForms Release Notes to stay up to date with our changes and improvements. 

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