What's New: Responsive Forms Designer for Microsoft Office 365

Blog Post created by Employee on Aug 14, 2017

We are super excited to announce generally availability of the new forms designer experience for Nintex Forms for Office 365. As shared when initially announced and demonstrated at Nintex InspireX in February 2017 (please see blog post), the new Responsive Forms Designer expands on existing forms capabilities by providing some key enhancements alongside the Classic Forms experience you already know and love.

As a result, with the new Responsive Forms Designer, you now have more choices.

And who doesn’t want that?


The new Responsive Forms Designer works alongside the existing Classic Forms Designer. When a new form is created, the user will be presented with an option to choose the type of form they wish to create to best suit their needs.


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The new Responsive Forms Designer provides a modern look and feel and simplified drag and drop functionality - once you drag your first control to the forms designer canvas, you will see that controls dynamically resize, reshape, and no longer overlap (they will occupy their own space). This will significantly reduce the amount of time required to design, test, and update a form.


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The Responsive Forms Designer also reduces design time since you now only need to design your form once and it will optimize for any device form factor and screen size without the need for leveraging device layouts.


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In addition to this powerful new designer, we’ve also introduced a number of new capabilities to improve the design experience for forms designers. We’ve updated the rules engine in both the Classic and Responsive Forms Designers to make working with multiple rules simpler and easier.


For responsive forms, we’re introducing a new Set Field Value function. This removes the friction of having to support this commonly used feature with custom JavaScript – making it easier to implement, and more importantly, support in production.

Set Field Value assigns a value based to a field on the value of the reference string (so, if choice selected equals ‘X’, the value set in a single text line text box will be ‘Y’). So, if a user selects ‘Seattle’ from a list of choices, the form will automatically return the ‘State’ as ‘WA’. This allows the designer to simplify the required fields of data increasing the accuracy of the entries and reducing the entry time. This can also be combined with a ‘read only’ rule that will ensure a control will have a set value.


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If you require fixed-width forms with advanced customization such as precise placement of controls or advanced customizations using JavaScript & CSS, the Classic Designer Experience can help meet your design requirements.


We encourage you to experience these significant enhancements for yourself.


For existing Nintex for Office 365 customers, this new experience is progressively rolling out now.


For existing SharePoint 2013 and 2016 customers, your upgrade will be generally available in the upcoming weeks. However, to experience these new design features you will require you to update your environments.


As always, please don’t hesitate to ask your Nintex Partner or Account Manager any questions. We are happy to provide additional information including providing a demo of these exciting new features. We look forward to hearing your feedback and sharing in our excitement.


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