Yearly Archives: 2013

Mobile Optimized Forms

Mobile OptimizedOur most recent release contains a few new features to help with both front-end compatibility and back-end workflow. The most visible feature is the new Mobile Friendly switch we’ve included in the Look & Feel page for all forms.

Accessed on the Advanced/CSS tab within Look & Feel, the Mobile Friendly switch is on by default for new forms (off for existing forms) and applies certain style definitions that provide a mobile optimized experience. These style definitions include making the form fields a little bigger for easier finger tapping, zooming the page to fill the screen by default, and other subtle usability enhancements.

We have included the switch to allow customers to decide for themselves whether they want or need the mobile optimization, as well as the ability to disable these definitions for maximum control of form styles. Visit our documentation page for more information about how we optimize Formsite forms for mobile devices.

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Export Attachments by Date

Export AttachmentsA newly-released function to enhance back-end workflow is an optimization to provide a date filter when exporting attachments.

This is a request from customers that we are sure will be popular, especially with those using our Signature feature. Forms that include signatures or file uploads can become difficult to deal with after a period of time due to a large number of attachments. The previous method to export attachments from multiple responses was to export the entire attachment library. This new feature lets customers select a time period to limit the attachment export in order to ease the burden of large or numerous files, or for those customers who only want to download files since their last visit.

The new tool replaces the previous attachment export function accessed at Results -> Export -> Export -> Attachments. The ability to export the complete attachment library is still the default operation, with the date filtering a new option. Read more about Formsite features on our Features page.

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HTML5 Validation

Our most recent release has published a few new features to help with both front-end compatibility and back-end workflow. One feature is the new HTML5 validation that benefits from the power of new browser technology.

HTML5 ValidationHTML5 offers new code elements that allow programmers to present interactive content easily. In addition to providing more types of content, HTML5 validation will automatically check form fields for the correct format. This automatic validation lets the visitor know when the form encounters a response that doesn’t match the expected response format, such as URLs and email addresses.

While validation is nothing new, the ability to tag the fields and let modern browsers alert the user when they’ve entered the wrong kind of value is a feature of the new HTML5 standard. These tags do not require any configuration and are automatically placed with each applicable form item and validation pair. We’re looking forward to using more HTML5 features as the standard is evolved and browsers increase their compatibility.

Read more about the exciting new possibilities of HTML5.

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New Online Form Examples

online form examples

Our online form examples section is one of the most popular areas on our website for new and existing customers to get inspiration. In addition to providing sample content like survey questions, registration options, and online order form examples, they also show a wide range of form features and creative ideas for all experience levels. There are examples that show the built-in features of our form building tool, as well as examples that show the advanced possibilities available through directly editing the style sheet.

The new example section contains the previous categories showing example registration forms and sign-up form examples, marketing and online survey templates, and order form examples. Additionally, three new categories have been added: Form report examples, form style examples, and form email examples.

Finally, there is a new category called Real Life Form Examples that shows some actual samples from our customers. These real world online form examples show how others have used our services to create real business tools that are both useful and effective. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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Capture Electronic Signatures on your Forms

Electronic SignatureWe have added a new Signature item that can be added to your form. You can now capture electronic signatures on forms by allowing visitors to sign with their mouse, finger, or stylus. This will help you to verify your users’ identities or allow your users to provide an extra layer of consent to your forms.

The Signature item will generate an image of the electronic signature that you can view with your results, depending on the format. For example, you will see these inline with the rest of the form results in most email formats. They can also be downloaded along with your Attachment item results.

Please Contact Support with any feedback, comments, or suggestions.

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Save and Return replaces Form Login

save-and-returnSave and Return is the new name for our Form Login feature. All existing functionality remains the same, only the name has changed to be more descriptive.

Save and Return Features

The Save and Return feature allows users to create accounts that are associated with their form results. A user can use their account to save a partial form result and return later to finish it, or to view past form results. You can create users’ accounts ahead of time, or allow users to create their own accounts. You can also customize how many times the user is allowed to return.

We have also added new functionality that allows you to manually assign (or reassign) a Save & Return account to an existing form result. To do this, go to your form’s “Results > Summary Table” page. Then, click on a result row’s Username column.

The Save & Return feature is available to all Pro 1 level or higher Formsite accounts.

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Formsite Forms Now Use jQuery

Formsite is changing its JavaScript library to jQuery starting immediately. This decision was in response to customer feedback and is part of our long-term strategic goal to provide superior service, diligent security, and consistently current technology.

Since 1998, Formsite has progressed through several JavaScript libraries including YUI, YUI-Ext, ExtJS, and now jQuery. As the leading JavaScript library, jQuery is used by over half of the top websites in the world. It is faster, smaller, and more popular than anything we have used in the past.

jQuery and Formsite Customers

  • All new forms will immediately take advantage of the change.
  • Existing forms will be automatically upgraded the next time you load them in the form editor.
  • Unedited forms will continue to work unchanged.


jQuery signature

The new Signature item is an example of a new feature that was built with jQuery. This feature allows for an additional layer of verification and is able to capture a signature using a mouse, stylus, or finger (with a compatible touch-enabled device, of course).

jQuery progress bar

The new upload progress bar is another example of a new feature that was built with jQuery. As a file is uploaded, the progress bar updates in real-time to give users feedback on the upload process. For older browsers, there is a built-in fall-back that shows a generic waiting animation instead.

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Google Checkout shutting down

google_checkout_closedGoogle has announced that it’s closing the doors on Google Checkout later this year. Google officially replaced its payment processor with Google Wallet in September of 2011 and has been encouraging merchants to transition to other forms of payment processing, such as PayPal or

How will the Google Checkout shutdown affect Formsite customers?

Formsite no longer allows Google Checkout as a payment option for new forms and encourages all Google users to change their payment integration option as soon as possible.

Google Checkout users must transition to another payment processor according to Google’s schedule (before November 20, 2013).

Visit our documentation page for more information on Formsite payment processing options.

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Fields and Buttons Get More Look & Feel Settings

Several exciting updates have been added to the Look & Feel page to help you style your form and fields.

First, two new Look & Feel settings are now available to customize the size of text fields: “Field Font Size” and “Field Padding”. You can use these to make big, fluffy fields (or tiny, compact ones). This can be used to help attract attention to your form items, or to make them as concise as possible.

Look & Feel big fields.

Next, more Look & Feel options have been added to make fields and buttons rounder. Rounding can provide a nice, customized look to your form. Rounded corners will work in any modern browser, but please note that Internet Explorer 8 and below cannot support rounded corners.

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New Way to Edit Success Pages

The Standard Success Page format has been updated to use a full HTML editor in place of the simple text editor and preview section. This new format allows for more flexibility to customize your Success Pages for a form. You may replace the ‘Green Check’ image with your own custom image and can use the ‘HTML’ icon to the far right to add custom code. Existing Success Pages will automatically show up in the new editor.

A new ‘Reset’ link has also been added to both the ‘Standard’ and ‘Custom’ Success Page formats. This can be used to reset the contents of the ‘Message’ section to the default image and text. For example, if you remove the ‘Green Check’ image but want to get it back, you may use the ‘Reset’ link.

For more details on our Success Pages, please visit our documentation page.

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