Create a dynamic meta-form example with Form Designer


This page outlines how to create a form using the Form Designer, a simple alternative for making your forms.


Create your Form

The Form Designer helps create new Forms intuitively using the Forms experience itself.

This example creates a Contacts Form (Example Test) form to pull information from the Contacts table.

  1. Navigate to the Form Designer experience from the homepage (Image 1).

  1. Open up the experience and it should look like this (Image 2):

  1. To create a new form, click the Create New Record button on the left-hand navigation pane (Image 3):

  1. In the Form Definitions section, fill in the following information and click Save once done (Image 4):

  • Table: This will be the table that you want to push/pull information to/from. This example pulls information from the Contacts.People table.

  • Name: The name of your form. This example uses Contacts Form (Example Test)

  • Display Name: Enter a display name for your form. This example uses Contacts Form (Example Test)

  • Lookup Label: This option will designate how you pull information from your assigned table. This example designates the Contacts.People.Name column from the Contacts table, to pull information based on a contact name.

  • Is Accordion: Select this checkbox if you want the form to open in accordion format or not.

  • Brand: Select a branding colour for this form.

  1. Once your Form Definitions are set, the Form Sections tab will open (Image 5).

  1. Click on the + to add a Section Definition to your form (Image 6).

Add Form sections

You can now add your Form Sections. This example adds three sections: Profile, Contact Info, and Company.

  1. Fill in the following information and select OK when done (Image 7):

  • Name: Add in your section name. This example uses Profile, Contact Info, and Company,

  • Sequence: Select the sequence that this section will show up on the form. 1 means it will show up first.

  • Columns in Row: Select how many columns you'd like to appear in the row. This example uses 1 for the Profile section, and 2 for the Company and Contact Info sections.

  • Auto Expand: Check this box if you want to the section to auto expand.

  1. Click Save.

  2. Within the Actions column of each of your sections, click on Design to navigate to the Form Section Designer.

  3. Navigate to the Section Fields tab (Image 8).

  1. Click on the + in the Fields tab to add a new Section Field. This example adds two fields to the Contact Info section of the form (since we designated it to have 2 columns per row in step 7).

  2. Fill out the following sections and click OK when finished (Image 9):

  • Table Column: The column you want to pull from/push to in this field. This example uses Contacts.People.Email and Contacts.People.Work Phone.

  • Name: Select a name for your section. This example uses Email and Work Phone.

  • Sequence Override: You can choose to override the sequence in which this section appears on the form, with the section listed as 1 appearing first.

  • View Only: Check this box if you want this section to be viewable only.

  1. Click Save.

  2. Navigate back to your Forms Table, click Open, and it will appear with your sections and fields (Image 10):

Add the Form to the Homepage

  1. To add your form as an applet that users can bookmark and access, navigate to the Cinchy Applets table.

  2. In a new row, fill out the following information:

  • Domain: The domain that your form sits in.

  • Name: The name of your form/applet. This example uses Contacts Form (Example Test).

  • Icon: Select an icon for the widget.

  • Icon Colour

  • Description: Add a description for your applet.

  • Target Window: Select if you want you form to open in a new window or not.

  • Application URL: Add in the URL to your form here.

  • Users and Groups: Add in which users/groups can access your form in these columns.


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