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- August 17, 2015 Rethinking Online Forms in the Age of Tablets and Amazon S3
Dan Bricklin, CTO
New Mobile Forms Software Includes Features Such As Enhanced Offline Media Capture, Custom Data Entry Editors, Ink and Voice Annotation
Since the 2013 launch of Alpha Anywhere, Alpha Software identified the evolution of tablet use by enterprises to replace paper forms - particularly by people who work standing up.
The company assembled a Tablet Advisory Group of early adopters working with or within enterprises on online forms requiring complex data integration, security and tablet capabilities.
The group has been meeting to answer the question, "How to create tablet forms?" and to outline the challenges in building touch optimized forms.
After its most recent Tablet Advisory Group meeting, where product engineers showcased the latest beta features in Alpha Anywhere that address the concerns these enterprise developers outlined, Alpha Software announced this Beta 1 Version of the fundamental mobile forms builder technology in Alpha Anywhere. Current Alpha Anywhere customers will now be able to take advantage of the following capabilities when they create mobile forms:
- Robust offline forms capability with storage of large media files;
- Easy-to-incorporate designs, which do not require designers to have knowledge of working with Alpha Anywhere;
- Form optimized editors to improve usability during data entry compared to normal soft keyboards;
- Ink, video and voice annotation;
- Full database CRUD support.
These new tablet optimized forms capabilities, along with the power provided by Alpha Anywhere for customizing workflows while still quickly developing an application and responding to user feedback, allow customers to switch from paper to
smartphone & tablet forms to help solve the issues of time lag and lack of responsiveness around field data, as well as solving responsiveness issues through escalation or event triggers within workflows.
In addition, the tablet forms builder easily couples design and development, allowing Alpha Anywhere developers to leverage any designer, or templates designed for popular frameworks like Bootstrap, in the development of their apps.
End-users will now be able to easily add large numbers of photos or videos when they're in the field without connectivity and will also be able to add comments using powerful ink annotation along with voice comments.
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