Using Nenest Form Server To Collect And Manage Information

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Building Form Nenest builds forms in a rich text editor (WYSIWYG), so everything is visual and direct. You can format texts in styles (color, font, paragraph etc) you like. You can insert tables, images and even chemical structures into forms. There is a screenshot of building a "Contact Us Form".

The upper section is the form modification history list. All your changes are buffered in database and no single change will be lost. The lower section is Nenest Rich Text Editor for form building. There are two toolbars: one is the general Rich Text Editor toolbar; the other one is Nenest field toolbar.

Nenest Rich Text Editor provides an easy way to insert pictures. Editors from other providers can only insert pictures by using a URL. That means the picture must be on internet. Nenest Rich Text Editor allows you to directly insert a picture from you local computers, which gives you a lot of convenience.

When building large forms, you can switch to full window mode to have more spaces for a large form.

For advance form builders, you can switch to HTML mode and modify HTML scripts. In HTML mode, you also can paste HTML scripts copied from other web pages, which gives you an easiest way to copy forms.

Nenest provides you many pre-programmed controls that you can use for inputting fields in a form, such as telephone number, email address, number, home address, rich text editor and so on. Check the Fields Manual page [] for the whole list. These fields can do data validation when filling forms and render data in a more readable format when displaying forms and listing form entries. You get all those handy features without any programming.

Because some pre-programmed fields can not be rendered in client side, at design time you can switch to preview mode and watch the form's live looking.

There is the live looking of "Contact Us Form" mentioned above:

Changing Form Setting There are several settings which could be very useful to you:

  • Form permission : It defines who can fill forms and whoc can view, modify and list form entries.
  • Form display mode : Form entry can have two modes, single-entry mode and thread mode.
  • Form overwritten mode : You can choose whether entry modifying history.
  • Form attachment : You can choose whether allow files attached to this form.
  • Form lock : Once form is locked, it's not accessible to form users till it is unlocked.
  • Form notification : You can set email notifications so you can get notified when new entries arrived.

Filling Form With Nenest pre-programmed fields, filling form is so easy. When you finish a field, data validator will automatically check the input. If it is not a valid data, the field border becomes red then you fix it.

Before submitting form, data validator will check whether required fields are empty and then validate all field data again.

Nenest forms provide many unique fields such as Rich Text Editor field, Image field.

Here is a Rich Text Editor:

Witch Rich Text Editor, you can create a Microsoft Word like document. You can insert pictures locally from your computer or remotely from a URL. Rich Text Editor can work in full-window mode so you can view documents in a larger area. You can switch to HTML mode to modify HTML source code.

Rich Text Editor also provides a nice table tools. With this tool, you can visually insert tables; you also can merge and split cells to create a complex table.

Listing Form Entries Although you can get email notifications when new entries arrived, you are able to store form entries in Nenest database and later can retrieve them.

Form Entries can be shown as a list. You can delete, download and mofidy them. When form entries are deleted, they first go into recycle bin. This gives you a level of data protection. You can get the deleted data back when finding that is a mistake. When form entries are removed from recycle bin, they are then deleted permanently.

Nenest offers many handy features for Entry List:

  • You can choose which fields to show
  • You can change field names at anytime, but entry data is still available
  • You can sort fields
  • You can search fields
  • You can do full-text search agree one form or many forms
  • You can download entry data
  • You can define a search shortcut, so next time you can do the same search in just one click.
  • You can change per-page-count number.