A New Take on Web Form Building – Part 4.

Disclaimer: As of June 2018, Form Builder 5.0 is the default version of the FormAssembly Form Builder. Visit the release blog post to learn about the Form Builder 5.0 improvements.

This is the fourth and last installment in our series highlighting the most important changes in the new Form Builder.
As we improve on the previous iteration of our form building tool, we’re changing a few more things that our existing users might find confusing at first. Here’s a run down that should help you get re-situated quickly:

1. The Form Name
We’re now making a distinction between the form name and the form title. The form title is optional and, when set, displayed at the top of the form, while the form name is used throughout the application – and visible to the form owner only.
This change allows you to choose more meaningful names for internal use, independently of what is visible on the form.
To edit the form name, go to “Properties” and “Form Name” [1].
changing the form name
2. Conditional Questions
If you edit an existing form in the new Form Builder, do not be alarmed if your conditional elements are visible in the design area. This is normal. Hidden form elements are now displayed so you can edit them easily. To see your form as your respondents will see it, use the “Preview” option in the “View” menu.
In the design area, conditional elements are shown as semi-transparent, with a ‘conditional’ tag on the side.
3. Grid and Inline Sections
To simplify our interface a bit, we removed the “Grid” and “Inline” section types from the previous Form Builder. You can now use groups or fieldsets to achieve the same result.
From the “Add Content” / “Section” menu, add a group or fieldset. Click the “Options” icon to access the sidebar and navigate to the “Presentation” panel [3]. There you can choose how elements in the section should be laid out: “inline” and “grid” would give you the same behavior as the old grid and inline sections.
4. Commonly Used Elements
What was previously called “Commonly Used Elements”, or “Predefined Elements”, are now listed in the “Add Content” menu, under the “More…” category. From there, you can access any predefined element that you’ve previously created.
To create a new predefined element, build it first in the Form Builder, select it in the preview area, and, in the sidebar, click the “Add to Predefined Content” option.
add to predefined elements
That’s all for today. We hope that these short blog posts helped you get up and running more quickly with our new Form Builder.
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In the meantime, click here to play with the form builder.

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