New feature - manual layout for tabs

Vladi Gubler
Vladi Gubler
May 31, 2018 | Products

Hi,

Smart List Pro, a component of Ultimate Forms, allows you to create advanced dynamic forms that take SharePoint lists to a new level. You can control the layout of the forms, add tabs, specify tab and column permissions based on conditions, set up dynamic rules and validations and more. It allows you to transform regular SharePoint list forms in real world application interfaces. You no longer need complex workflows to implement approval processes and you can enter you data faster, with fewer mistakes.

Smart List Pro tries to make the form designer's life easier. Instead of providing you with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) form rag and drop everyesigner, where you need to drag and drop every individual column and label and build the layout table manually, we instead provide you with the ability to create rules and take care of the layout ourselves. Just tell us what columns you want to see on a specific tab, how to arrange them, what additional elements you want to incorporate (using fragments, that allow embedding any text or images within the form), and we will build the form for you automatically. And because our forms are dynamic and support column permissions, certain columns can be shown, hidden or made read-only based on rules that you specify. For example, selecting the option "Other" in a drop-down will show an additional comments field, that won't be visible for all the other options. Using our automatic layout, we will make sure that the form looks good even when certain columns are shown or hidden in real time, re-arranging the form accordingly.

We also provide you with features that control the visual appearance of the forms as well. We offer multiple "themes" for your tab and provide you with capabilities to have precise control over the styling.

There are, however, cases where you want to retain full control over the layout of the form. You might want to create something that looks completely unique, maybe mimicking a real world form or looking like a letter with embedded data entry fields. For that purpose, we are now introducing Manual edit mode for tabs. Once a tab is switched to the manual mode, you are presented with a rich text editor (it looks like a simple word processor). You can do whatever you need inside the editor, input any words, tables, images or other element. Then use the styling tools to specify your fonts, colors and etc. Below the editor you will find a column selector, use it to inject your list columns and labels within the form in any way you see fit. It can look nothing like a regular SharePoint form, but will still retain the functionality and can be submitted to a list.

Note that all the other feature are still supported in the Manual mode. You will be able to use tab and column permissions, default value, validation rules and dynamic rules. The only difference is that because we do not control the layout anymore, when you hide a column using column permission, it will not affect the layout. The column will be gone (and if you used our labels, the label as well), but there might be an empty spot within your form, so we recommend using column permissions with Automatic (default) edit mode, if it's important to you.

Note that this new feature is currently in beta, so please let us know if something doesn't work the way you think it's supposed to. The O365 version is already released and the on-premises version is coming soon.

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