Creating an applicationAdded by IBM on October 26, 2012 | Version 1 (Original)
|This topic gives a general overview of the application creation process, from opening the IBM® Forms Experience Builder interface to launching a completed application.
The following steps are a general overview of the lifecycle of an application.
- Log on to Forms Experience Builder, and click Manage.
- Click New Application, and enter the name of the new application. Click Create.
An application opens. You see a blank grid in the center of the page, and a Palette of form items on the left side.
- Add items from the Palette to build the form.
Click the Style tab to select a color theme, or upload your own custom style sheet.
Use the Access tab to define user roles, such as "Administrator", "Supervisor", or "Record Owner".
- The grid automatically expands as you add form items, and automatically aligns items in the cells.
- You can change the size of columns or rows in the grid. Right-click on the edge of the grid to reveal row or column properties.
- You can insert additional pages to a form in the Outline view to the right of the form.
- You can modify the properties of each form item by using the Edit Properties icon, in the upper right corner of each cell. The Edit Properties window contains tabs that allows the creation of rules, web service calls, or event triggers.
- You can save and preview the form at any time by using the Save and Preview icons located above the Outline view.
You can add as many users as required for your application to function. For example, when a user completes a vacation request form, the form is sent only to the user’s supervisor. You can also add groups of users to specific roles. For example, you might have a time sheet application that is sent to a group of supervisors upon submission.
Use the Stages tab to define stages within a form.
You can create as many stages as required for your form or workflow. For example, an employee completes a vacation request form. The employee does not see the part of the form where the supervisor approves or rejects the request. When the supervisor receives the form, the next stage is visible, and the request is granted, or refused. You can also use stages to set buttons at specific points in your form. For example, you might want to allow a user to save a draft copy of the form after they reach a specific stage.
Click the Validation tab to check your application for errors.
After an application is built, click the Manage tab. You must now deploy the application. Click Deploy.
Adjust the Deployment Settings and click Start.
Click Launch to view the live application in a web browser.
The link URL is what is sent to users so they can access the application.
Parent topic: Creating and managing applications
Note: As an application creator, you can edit an application at any time. If you edit a live application, you must redeploy and relaunch it after your changes are saved. If a user is entering data into an application as you redeploy, their work is not saved.