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How to create forms that can be filled out

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by iMo, Jun 8, 2010.

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    I would like to create a form that can be filled out on the iPad

    specifically I do property management and would like to have my rental applications iPad based where they can fill out the info directly on my iPad

    it doesn't matter where the form has to be created, ideally I can create forms like these on MS Word and transfer them to iPad

    any suggestion?

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    iPad Forum members please help get this idea to the top of the list it will be a huge help for many people, just sign up for the website so you can vote.

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    Try something like Bento or Handbase. They don't allow custom forms but may work for you.

    Cheers,
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    If you want to create something powerful check out FileMaker Pro and the app FMTouch
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    The biggest issue (for me) with all of these apps is none of the have (yet) the ability to create a custom form. Once Handbase has that (as the Windows Mobile version does), then you can do some really complex and interesting things. It's almost like an app creation program.

    Cheers,
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    Most of the forms I use are made on Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. I am sure there are a lot better ways to make a simple form. I have also made forms on Word and save as .dot program
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    I can create a form with adobe acrobat form but how do I get it to be a fillable form on my ipad What app do I use to open it up. ? safari
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    do you have a pdf viewer app? if so does it not let you fill out the forms on there?
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    Why not just put up a form on a webpage and fill it out online? Then you don't have to synch, and the data is available in real time to everyone using it.
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    pdf form

    No the pdf viewer apps dont let you edit the forms and believe me I have tried them all. Takenotes lets you use the pdf as a background and you can type text on top of it but it is not like filling out a form. Breauxsoftware.com has some apps in the store which are exactly what I am looking for (including signatures) but they use his forms. I want to be able to create my own forms and fill them out on the ipad. That developer wont make personal apps for my forms and is not planning an app that lets you make and fill out your own forms.

    As far as putting it online I think that is what I need to do but I am a newbie in that dept. Do I output for acrobat to html? How do I get it online. I am a mobileme user

    I think that any developer that creates an app that lets you export pdf forms created in acrobat to the ipad will make a lot of money..
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    Do you want your forms to have database capabilities? i.e. associate, sort & search or simply a form to save as a single file?
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    either or would work for me, I can email myself the form and sort them on my office pc. for me personally the ipad is a mobile device not my main source of computing.

    when I meet with a prospect I would love for them to be able to fill out their application on the ipad, I email it to myself so I can access it at the office, or send to a printer to print it out with that app that lets you print anywhere.
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    for me

    I agree with iMo

    I can go either way. A database would be better but my main goal is just to fill out the form, sign it and email it to my main computer or printer. Some of the fields do need to be multiple checkbox and editable that output as a text string. Not just text fields.

    ie If I check apples, oranges and pears but not bananas, the field displays apples, oranges, pears. Later if I want to add mangos to the list I can do it easily.
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    How about this?


    ttp://macmost.com/creating-forms-in-ipad-numbers.html
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    The form feature is good for getting things into a spreadsheet. The trick is making a spreadsheet into the form you want. Maybe that can be done on the mac and imported to numbers for ipad
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    Try Exzact or Pronto Forms

    I am also looking to build forms for our sales reps to fill out on their ipads. Exzact just released an iPad client that will allow you to build forms, send emails, and capture the data in a database. It is their first version with more updates coming. I also looked at Pronto Forms. They make forms for the iPhone and BB. You can use them on the iPad, but they are blurry.
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    Well, there was that article about turning your iPad into a web server....so in theory you could run a local database on it.
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    iPad forms

    Google "Mi-Co" for customizable form-filling software for inspections and mobile needs.

    At the moment available via Safari on iPad, but an iPad native version coming soon!
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    Update

    Numbers forms doesnt really work well except for filling out a single spreadsheet. ExZact requires 50 dollars a month (or more account) Mi Co doesnt have anything for ipad or iphone (yet).

    I think this is a huge idea for a developer to make a mint. Paper forms that can be scanned into a pdf format and then uploaded to the ipad with different types of fields as well as signature and then outputed via email or printing is what I am looking for. Database capabilities would be even better but not necessary. The "Simple Invoices" app by Breaux software for the ipad is exactly what I am looking for but with my forms.

    Someone will make a lot of money with such an app.
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    Thanks for the heads-up on Simple Invoices - this was exactly what I was looking for when I first got my iPad; in the meantime I've put together a simple Numbers template that does the job, but good to know about. Have you considered contacting the developer of Simple Invoices and seeing if they have any kind of 'form-filling' App in development? Sounds like a one-man band, so he may be amenable to the idea??

    Pete

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