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  Webform Designer
 
The form designer allows you to create data entry forms, search forms as well as information-display forms. There are two ways to create a form: Generate forms from an existing set of tables, or create a form from scratch. When you use Rapidflows, you do not have to bother yourself with the mundane task of binding your screens to the database. This is done for you automatically. The following details the features of the form designer.
 
Rich Toolbox to create rich forms
The form designer provides you a rich set of controls for data entry. You can configure the detailed properties of each control including their dimensions and style. Create lookup drop-downs that display data from another table, or auto-generated ID numbers that auto-increment with each record, or file upload fields that accept uploads of specific types of files.

*You can even expand your toolbox using form toolbox plugins developed by third party vendors.
 
 
Drag and drop to layout your form
After a form is setup, you can use the drag-and-drop form designer to layout your form elements the way you want it. Assemble your forms in minutes - all this in your favourite browser!
 
Supports complex relationships
The form designer supports complex multiple-table relationships. For example, you can create a sublisting in your form that lets you key in multiple entries (as shown in the diagram on the left). This mirrors the master-child table relationships inherent in most database applications.

Rapidflows does the tedious work of setting up of all the relationships for you, you only need to define which sublistings you need and the columns needed in each sublisting.
 
Create advanced behavior without coding
The most important part in the design of any application is the business logic area. Form behavior is one such area. For instance, you might need to hide a certain field when a particular condition is met. In the diagram on the right for instance, when the user selects 'Singapore' from the Nationality drop down list, the Professional Certifications field is made to appear.

Rapidflows comes with a behavior generator wizard that lets you create various advanced behavior without requiring any programming knowledge!

* Advanced users can even define further behavior using C#,VB.NET or T-SQL

 
Script in C#.NET, VB.NET and Javascript
And if you really have to code, Rapid4 provides 2 languages at the backend: C#.NET and VB.NET. It exposes all your favourite .NET libraries and namespaces for you to interface with the webforms. With full support for syntax highlighting, real-time compilation of code and support for Javascript, you will find yourself in very familiar ground.
 
Customize every aspect of look and feel
Every aspect of the form can be customized - especially the look and feel. Using the in-built theme creator and generator, you can easily switch themes for your application in a matter of a few clicks.

* Your forms can even be made to look exactly like your corporate Intranet portal, so that you can integrate data entry forms directly into your portal.
 
Security & Audit Trail Facilities
When you create a form in Rapidflows, your form automatically uses the security mechanisms provided by the platform. You can choose whether to generate audit trails for every single change done in the form, and also configure Access Control Lists (ACL) to restrict what specific groups of users can do on your form.
 
Globalization & language translation support
Rapidflows support advanced globalization features, allowing each user in the same application to use different language settings. You can also create different language-versions of the same form so that users from different nationalities see the form in their native language.

Best of all, you can easily translate your form to any language via the Microsoft Translator engine. After the translation, you can further open the form to correct and modify the machine-translated text.
   
  Workflow Designer
 
The workflow designer is one of the key components that set Rapidflows apart from its RAD competitors. The workflow designer allows you to create workflows visually via drag and drop, and then attach them to data entry forms, so that filled-up forms can be routed to different levels of staff for approval. The workflow engine does much more than this, including task escalation, delegation, e-mail reminders and even pushing information out to third party back-end systems. The following details some of the features of the Rapidflows workflow engine.
 
Drag and drop workflow designer
Create workflows visually via drag and drop - configure detailed settings for each step of the workflow. Connect multiple activities using arrows to create looping actions and so on.

When you submit a filled-up form, your form travels on the attached workflow to the pre-defined users / roles. As each activity completes, the form is routed to the next activity, and e-mail notifications are sent to the appropriate parties whenever an action occurs.
 
 
Extensive toolset lets you create serial and parallel activities
Rapidflows provides a comprehensive toolset of activities that allow you to create rich workflows. You can connect different activities to string a list of actions together. Activities can be connected together in a serial fashion (activities execute one after another), or in a parallel fashion (activities execute at the same time), or a complex mixture of both.
 
Supports complex evaluation criteria
You can also create complex evaluation criteria when multiple users are involved in a specific approval (group approval). For instance, you may choose to broadcast a form to a group of ten (10) finance managers. When a total of two (2) persons from this group approves the submission, the final outcome will be considered as 'approved'. Or instead of this strategy, you may decide to have the submission approved only if everyone approves. This is just one of many scenarios you can implement in the workflow.
 
Supports auto-reminders, escalation, auto-delegation and ad-hoc delegation
Rapidflows supports auto-reminders and escalation - tasks that are left for too long without any action will prompt e-mail reminders to be sent. Tasks that have surpassed their deadline can be auto-escalated to another person.

Users who know that they will be unavailable during a certain time period can create out-of-office rules - the workflow will be intelligent enough to automatically route all tasks to a delegatee assigned by the user.
   
Generate complex routing logic without writing any code
You can create conditional branching in the workflow - create complex rules to decide when to route a submission and who to route it to. You can do all this using the built-in wizards without having to write a single line of code!

* For advanced users, you can even create your own complex logic using C#, VB.NET or T-SQL.
 
Visually track the status of your submissions
End-users and project team members can check the status of a particular submission visually. Users can check the history of a particular submission to see everything that has happened in a particular submission.

You can search for a submission using any field from your forms, or zoom right in to a submission using the generated submission number.

Achieve full transparency and provide a central single source of truth for your business processes using this feature of the software.
   
  Mobile App Designer
 
The mobile app designer is the latest release for Rapid4. With just a single click, you can transform all your forms immediately to a form that runs natively on the smartphone, smartwatch and tablet devices. Rapid4 fully supports iOS and Android.
 
Single-click process to generate mobile forms from webform
All form fields and schema instantly get translated into a native mobile app at a single click. Generate multiple versions of the form for different mobile devices. The mobile forms generated automatically work with the backend webform without any additional coding or plumbing required.
 
 
Different form and layout for each device
Customize the look and feel for different devices. Some devices may not need to show all fields - only a subset of them. Create different layouts for different devices, while keeping a single instance of the database schema.

 
Define sync  and multi-user behavior
You can decide if a form would sync between the mobile app and the server using any one of the following modes:

1) One way (Mobile app to server only)
2) One way (Server to mobile app only)
3) Two way

Each record is automatically tracked with a timestamp that decides whose record overwrites whose.
 
Create complicated behavior on the mobile app
Create very complex behavior and business logic for the mobile app using Rapid4's behavior generator wizards. Restrict field access depending on user access rights.

Create cascading dropdowns, calculation formulas, customized validation checks and so on. Create QR code scsanners, signature and photo fields that enrich the functionality of your app.

   
  Other Designers
 
The views designer is a rich toolset that allows you to visualize your data in different formats. Once data has been entered by your users through a form, it can be visualized using one of four types of views below.
 
Data Listing Designer
Tabular views are the most common and basic type of view. It basically presents data in a tabular listing format (as shown in the diagram on the left). You can see each submission as a record in a table, and each field as a column in this table. A view has many in-built features such as:
 
Changing column visibility
Changing column sorting
Changing formatting of data in the column
Display image data in-table
Display aggregate rows (such as showing the total sum of values in a column at the end of the table)
Column Filtering - filter your data in real-time to zoom down on the records you need to see
Security and access rights - control who sees  what in your view
Row highlighting - Highlight rows that meet a certain predefined criteria with a certain color

 
 

Calendar Designer
Calendar views allow you to visualize your data on top of an enterprise calendar. Any particular form with at least one date/time field can be visualized on the calendar. For instance, you may wish to display a list of marketing events on top of a calendar using the event date field.

* You can also use automatic filters provided at the top of a calendar to show only the data you are interested to view.
 
Chart & Dashboard Designer
Create on-demand charts to visualize the relationship between your data graphically. You can use any combination of fields from your form to assemble a chart. You can then use the automatic filters provided to zoom in on the data you wish to view in real-time. Create bar charts, pie charts, doughnut charts and many more.
Report Designer
Calendar views allow you to visualize your data on top of an enterprise calendar. Any particular form with at least one date/time field can be visualized on the calendar. For instance, you may wish to display a list of marketing events on top of a calendar using the event date field.

* You can also use automatic filters provided at the top of a calendar to show only the data you are interested to view.
 
Map Designer
Create on-demand charts to visualize the relationship between your data graphically. You can use any combination of fields from your form to assemble a chart. You can then use the automatic filters provided to zoom in on the data you wish to view in real-time. Create bar charts, pie charts, doughnut charts and many more.
 

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