07-21-14 iOS Version 3.0 Release


We are very pleased to announce the release of doForms version 3.0 for iPhone and iPad now available on the App Store.

The new user interface allows you to enter data directly in “Form View”. But you also have the option of using the one-question-at-a-time “Question View” that some users prefer on small screen devices. The new Form View interface includes a new “Next” button in the lower-left corner of the screen which you can use to advance to the next question with minimal screen taps.

With version 3.0, iOS and Android user interfaces are now fully harmonized between all between all smartphone and tablet devices.

As with the most recent Android changes, iOS version 3.0 is designed to be compatible with previously built forms. But we strongly urge you to test all your existing forms for compatibly using this pre-release version prior to the final release in June. Depending on how your forms are built, you may need to adjust some of the following:

1. Column widths in certain Grid, Table, and Questionnaire containers. Version 3.0 provides new “Equally spaced” and “Fit to screen width” properties to control the width of columns that work slightly differently from previous versions.

2. Which “trigger” actions are used to execute “auto-stamp” functions in Date:Time and Location widgets. These triggers must now be explicitly defined. Options include (a) when the form is first opened; (b) when a page is first opened; (c) when the form is first saved as complete, and (d) when a specified prior question is answered.

When making any of the adjustments above, please be sure to use the Build Forms > File > Open Special function to open and edit the form. This will allow you to adjust the settings above and still be able to save the form using the same name.

Also, you might notice that the performance of Form View (when all the questions on a page are displayed together) is slower than the old Question View (when viewing one question at a time). This is one of the reasons why we provided the “option” of switching to Question View at any point. Simply put, it takes more computing effort to display Form View than it does in Question View. That is why Form View is slower – particularly on older devices. So if speed is a concern – please try the Question View option for lightning fast performance.

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