Features Include Enhanced Offline Media Capture, Custom Data Entry Editors, Ink and Voice Annotation; Beta Announced
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 these types of apps requiring complex data integration, security and tablet capabilities. The group has been meeting over the last several months to outline the challenges in building these apps and how Alpha Software can enhance Alpha Anywhere to address these scenarios.
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 fundamental forms technology in Alpha Anywhere. Current Alpha Anywhere customers will now be able to take advantage of the following capabilities when building tablet-optimized forms:
- Robust Offline capability with storage of large media files;
- Easy-to-incorporate designs, which do not require designers to have knowledge of working with Alpha Anywhere;
- Custom editors to improve usability during data entry compared to normal soft keyboards;
- Ink, video and voice annotation;
- Full database CRUD support.
These new 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 tablets 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, Alpha Anywhere 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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