What's new in IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.0Added by IBM on October 26, 2012 | Version 1 (Original)
|Forms Experience Builder is the newest addition to the IBM® Forms product suite. Version 8.0 is the first release of the product.
The following list is a summary of the features and benefits of Forms Experience Builder:
Parent topic: Overview
- Agile and easy to use – Allows business to respond without expensive, time-consuming development cycles.
- 100% standards-based – Lowers TCO and leverages common IT skills.
- Highly performant – Meets the needs of today’s customer, partner and citizen-facing deployments.
- Easy integration – Complements SOA, BPM and other line-of-business systems
- Web-based interface – All users access Forms Experience Builder through the web. Design applications online, deploy them, then provide users with the URL of your application. Users access applications without special software installation required.
- Built-in workflow capabitilites – Create time sheet, or vacation approval forms and set up workflows for manager approval. In one product, you can design the form, set the permissions, and have users submit forms.
- Organize, review and export data – When users submit forms, the results are available to users with the appropriate permission levels. You can search through results, organize them, and export them to a spreadsheet program for further review.
- Drag-and-drop form design – Select items from the Palette and place them on your form. Items are automatically lined up with one another.
- Flexible layout – You can stretch any form item in the form to span rows and columns. You can also put sections within sections.
- Accessibility – The Forms Experience Builder interface is fully accessible, allowing form design through keyboard shortcuts rather than using the mouse. Accessible forms are easier to create as tab order is set by the location of items on the form.
- Chart summary of submitted responses – View the results of specific form items as summary pie or bar charts. You can email or embed all charts, or specific charts, to users.
- Set minimum-maximum values for Select Many – When adding a Select Many to your form, you can set the minimum or maximum number of choices the user must select from the list.
- Populate Select One and Select Many using a web service –
- Data Size property – The new Data Size property allows users to set the size of the column in the database for information pulled from a web service call into a form item.
- iFrame embedding available – An open social header allows Forms Experience Builder to embed iFrames in emails, where supported.
- Place holder text available – You can add place holder text to a number of form items, such as Single Line, Multi-Line, Currency, Number, and Email. Place holder text is displayed in the entry field, and disappears as soon as users begin entering information into the field.
- Cusom CSS class names available for form items – You can add custom CSS class names to form items, then use the class names in your custom CSS theme.
- Performance Improvements – Several performance improvements were made for using Forms Experience Builder applications as services. Composer response time improvements were also made to the Stages tab.
- Mobile tablet and phone support – iOS 4.x and 5.x, and Android 3.x and 4.x are supported.