1871′s Efficient Operations with Flexible Web Forms

Deborah Kim • August 15th, 2014

If you manage a large organization that gets a constant flow of new members and guests, that means a lot of information you need to track. You want to make sure that your database is current and accurate, but without sacrificing huge blocks of time. 1871, a co-working hub for tech startups, keeps things updated and running smoothly with flexible web forms.

With a shared space of 50,000 square feet, 3 accelerator programs, and 250 startups that call 1871 their office, it was a challenge for the 1871 team to keep up to date with all moving parts. “We needed to monitor our startups, manage billing, and maintain relevant metrics for our programs,” said Jasmine Slivka, Executive Assistant. “There were all these different pieces of data in play.”

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New in the Form Builder: Menu Dependencies

Deborah Kim • August 13th, 2014

We’ve listened to your requests, and we’ve got some exciting updates to the Form Builder!

Note: If you’re on FormAssembly Enterprise, these updates will be rolling out next week!

 

Link drop-down menus for menu dependencies

You can link two drop-down menus so that the parent menu controls what’s shown in the child menu. Put another way, you can make one menu’s options dependent on another menu. This is useful if you’d like to change the choices within the same drop-down menu, rather than adding a new through conditional logic.

In the example below, Continent is the parent and Country is the child. If North America is selected in the parent menu, the child menu will show countries in North America:

You can set multiple dependencies. For instance, you’ll see that Country is the parent of City.

Check out the Knowledge Base for a step-by-step walkthrough.



We’ve also rolled out a few improvements:

  • Limit the number of repeatable fields & sections
    You can specify how many times a field or section can be repeated. Once you enable the repeatable option, you’ll see a space to enter the number.
  • Improved sorting for multiple choice options
    When you edit the list of choices in a multiple-choice field, you can automatically sort the choices in ascending or descending alphanumerical order (A to Z, or Z to A).
  • Delete all options in a multiple choice field
    There’s now a handy “Delete All” feature to delete everything in a multiple choice field, if you need it! Just click, confirm, and you’re ready to start fresh.


Questions or feedback?

Send the details to support@formassembly.com, comment here, or tweet @FormAssembly! You’re also welcome to suggest new features for our next update.

FormAssembly Events: Meet the Team

Deborah Kim • July 28th, 2014

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Check out the new FormAssembly Events!

We go to and sponsor many events throughout the year, including local tech events here in Bloomington, so we put together a place where you can see all upcoming and past events.

We love meeting customers and Partners, and we’d like to hang out with you, too. Take a look at our schedule and let us know if you’re going to an event, so we can say hi. And if you’ve got suggestions for other great events, we’re happy to hear ’em.

What’s next: the FormAssembly Team is at #PSEWEB today and tomorrow!
Then we’re headed to San Francisco for Dreamforce on October 13–16, and Portland for HighEdWeb on October 19–22. Hope to see you there!

Form Builder Tip: Save Time with Predefined Content

Deborah Kim • July 10th, 2014

Here’s a Form Builder tip for you! Do you ever find yourself re-creating the same elements, using the same steps, over and over again?

If so, Predefined Content could save you a lot of time. Think of it like a mini-template, or an easy shortcut.

You can save any content you want to use again, whether it’s a field with particular settings, a formatted text block, or an image. For instance, you might want to save a field with a complex formula, or a contact info section with multiple fields (e.g., Name, Email, Phone Number). And Predefined Content is especially useful if you want to use the same element in a different form.

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Call For Freelance Web Designers & Developers

Deborah Kim • July 3rd, 2014

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FormAssembly is looking for freelance web designers and developers!

Sometimes our customers need a little bit of custom CSS or JavaScript, to craft a formula or add new functionality to their web form. Or they might need a fresh look, a complete theme with styled fields and buttons.

We work hard to improve the Knowledge Base and create tips & tutorials to help you build great web forms, but often customers need to go beyond the basics and get help from the pros.

Right now, customers call on our many awesome Partners who offer expert consultation and implementation services for projects both large and small. And we’d like to expand our resources to include web designers & devs who can customize FormAssembly forms and take them to the next level.

Are you a savvy designer who can create pixel-perfect style sheets? Or a skilled developer who can engineer some coding magic? Do you love to refine the little details and solve problems?

If this sounds like you, and you’re interested in being part of our referral list, drop a line to community@formassembly.com with a link to your portfolio and a sample FormAssembly form that you’ve customized. We’d love for you to join us!

How mrk photography & videography Uses FormAssembly to Simplify Order Forms

Deborah Kim • July 1st, 2014
We ♥ our small business customers! Here’s a peek at how mrk photography & videography uses FormAssembly to simplify client order forms with formulas and repeatable sections.

 

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mrk photography & videography covers local community sports clubs, plus many events and occasions, so the team needed a tool that would make it easy for clients to place online orders. After a lot of research and several trials, mrk chose FormAssembly. “It provided the perfect balance of support for complex functionality with a reasonable cost,” said Principal Milton Kirkwood.

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