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Think Outside the SharePoint Browser: 7 Ways to Use Formotus Mobile Apps

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Ms. Neagu is a noted expert on data applications and XML technologies. Adriana was co-inventor of Microsoft Office InfoPath, and co-holds 4 InfoPath patents.

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Think outside the SharePoint browser

Seven ways to use Formotus mobile apps

When you think of SharePoint you think of it in a browser, for obvious reasons. But your SharePoint data can also power enterprise mobility through native mobile apps. Here are seven ways you can mobilize your SharePoint data using Formotus mobile apps.

1. Fill InfoPath-compatible forms using Formotus mobile apps for iOS, Windows 10 and Android

This has been a core competency of Formotus for years. You can upload an InfoPath form to the Formotus portal and deploy it to your mobile users in native mobile apps. Unlike browsers, these apps are optimized for offline opening, filling and submitting of forms.

2. Submit forms to libraries with photos, signatures, GPS, maps, barcodes and more

Formotus mobile apps are native to each platform and can, therefore, capture more kinds of data directly from the mobile device sensors. Our ever-growing list of custom controls for InfoPath extend its mobile capabilities, and our online form design solution will have these capabilities built right in.

3. Click in a form library to re-open a submitted form in a mobile app

This feature enables much tighter integration with SharePoint libraries. Formotus mobile apps can now be launched using URL syntax. This means you can add a column to your SharePoint form library with a link to open each submitted instance (XML form).

4. Create public-facing forms that let anyone connect to SharePoint data

Our on-demand forms service allows users of the Formotus Now app, to open and fill forms anonymously that contain secure data connections to your SharePoint lists and libraries.  Learn more

5. Submit data to multiple SharePoint lists from within a single form

We created a custom control for InfoPath that lets you easily connect a repeating table in your mobile form to a SharePoint list. In the mobile app, the user can enter items in the list and click to update the list. Multiple controls can update multiple lists in the same form.

6. Capture mobile camera photos and submit them to an image library

Formotus mobile apps support SharePoint’s imaging.asmx web service. This means you can build a mobile form using our custom camera control and use it to submit captured photos directly to an image library on your SharePoint site.

7. Route forms to mobile users based on field values – without SharePoint workflows

Formotus workflow forms are a special type of form that turns any SharePoint form library into a mobile dispatch center. By filtering on the values of fields in the form, the Formotus mobile apps are able to show each user only the instances in the library intended for that user. This routing system is entirely separate — and compatible with — any SharePoint or Nintex workflows you might also be using.  Learn more

 

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