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Add-on Advanced Application Forms vs Simple Forms

Discussion in 'Resource and Add-on Discussions' started by Main Company, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    I plan to add Form capabilities to our board soon, and I'd like to hear from anyone here who has experience with both of these add-ons.

    I'm reading thru the comments on each, but would like to hear from someone who has done a comparison of both of these.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sunka

    Sunka Well-Known Member

    I am using Simple forms and I am delighted with that add on. It depence what you want to create.
     
  3. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    Our forum is used internally by a small workgroup. We have a couple of forms that we use to build documents, but these typically go thru numerous iterations. I was hoping to add the forms to our board in a structured way. The alternative, which we are kind of doing now, is for us to:
    • paste the form outline into an OP, and then
    • each responder copies the post above them,
    • pastes the previous post's entry into their post,
    • then edits their own post,
    • then posts reply
    I would like to simply be able to incorporate a form template, and allow each user within the thread to be able to update, or amend the contents of the form in order to collaborate on a final version.
     
  4. Sunka

    Sunka Well-Known Member

    With Simple forms you can create any type of forms, and then you can choose when user fill form that form is show up as post in some thread, or show up as new thread, or conversation or e-mail.
    I create today form on my forum which show up as a post in particular topic. Also, you can edit template design how form will be create in post. Let me show you some screenshot from my forum:

    This is form which is created in thread

    This is Form it self,user view

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    This is very cool.

    Is there anyway to publish the form within a thread so that eveyone just sees the form view? In your case, just the contents of the form are published to the thread. But what if what was published was just another version of the editable form? That way, every poster can simply "edit" the previous poster's entries in the form.
     
  6. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the interest in our product. I know you're looking to have actual clients chime in here to talk about both of these addons, but I figured I would poke my head in here :).

    I'd be interested in understanding your needs a little better. Are you saying you would like the form to be within the thread? I'm just making sure I understand ;)
     
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  7. Sunka

    Sunka Well-Known Member

    Yep, you can manage that form s posted in thread and anyone else just replayed through form to thread. But another version of form could be in same thread, but you have to create just another form
     
  8. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    Yes. We're essentially iterating on the form contents. The form is merely a boilerplate for structuring the document.

    So, say we want to run an experiment of some kind. I may start off the discussion by completing the section of the form that talk about the purpose of the experiment, the exeriment subjects, and what questions I may want to answer from it. I submit the form to a new thread, and someone who is more technical than I can now begin to work on the sections of the form that discuss the technology we'll need to execute the test, and the specific req'ts for the system. In the end, we may have several participants collaborating to complete the form, and define all aspects of the experiment.

    Again, we could certainly just paste headers from the boiler plate into the OP to kick things off, but that gets messy very quickly. We need ways to silo each subsection of the boiler within the threaded discusion.

    Make sense?
     
  9. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    I believe so, but since the submitted form is a thread by nature you can easily have someone go in and edit the thread and reply as you could with any other thread. The only difference is that editing the thread does not actually edit the data collected in the backend (if you need it for any reason). Also, the form is an easy way to structure your thread layout so your moderators can edit the thread easily and people can reply to specifics easy enough. I hope that makes sense. If you're curious of how the form works, you can take look at our community forum:

    https://liquidpro.net/community/

    Register and verify your XenForo license. Then you can post a thread in our playground here: https://liquidpro.net/community/forums/simple-forms-playground.32/

    Hope that is helpful :)
     
  10. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    I registered, responded to the validation email, but I get "looks like you're not a LiquidPro client!" when I try to visit the playground

    Yea, would be nice to retain the form data in the DB, even after people in the thread change it. I realize that this is probably an entirely different level of functionality than you had intended. You'd almost have to retain multiple versions of the form data, one for each post someone makes.
     
  11. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    I checked your permissions and you should still be good to submit the form and play in that forum. That message is just to let people know that validating their LiquidPro account gives them more access.

    And yes, you're right. That level of functionality would be extremely hard to implement. I don't think it is something we would look to tackle anytime soon unfortunately.
     
  12. Main Company

    Main Company Active Member

    Yup, I totally understand.
     

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