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Introducing the New Mobile Form Platform

We’ve just released our new mobile form platform and we encourage you to try it out now from your smartphone or tablet.

  • Form navigation is optimized for touch screen devices with a virtual keyboard
  • If supported by the device (browser), a different virtual keyboard should be provided depending on the type of data to input. For example, when a phone number field is selected, the device will show a phone dial with large numbers. When moving to an email field, the keyboard will show the ‘@’ and ‘.’ keys at prominent positions.
  • Form adapts to the size of the screen and form layout changes when switching from portrait to landscape mode (or conversely)

Mobile Form FormSmarts

To access the mobile version of a form, use the URL http://m.f8s.co/your-form-id or add ?mobile=yes to the FormSmarts.com URL of the form.

e.g. If the URL of a form is http://formsmarts.com/form/lqh, you can access its mobile version at http://m.f8s.co/lqh or http://formsmarts.com/form/lqh?mobile=yes

Once the platform goes out of beta (i.e. public testing phase), FormSmarts will automatically serve the desktop or mobile version of a form depending on the client device.

Besides the iPhone and iPad, we’ve tested mobile forms with a wide range of Android smartphones and tablets, as well as BlackBerry devices. Please share with us your experience using mobile forms with your own device.

Posted by FormSmarts on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm in mobile form.
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6 Responses to “Introducing the New Mobile Form Platform”

Is it possible to embed the mobile version?

Chris, mobile users will get the best experience when the form is accessed by a link and takes advantage of the full screen real estate. You should technically be able to embed a mobile form on your site by simply changing the URL in the embed code to the URL of the mobile form. You should however only consider doing so on a mobile site with the form using the full width of the page (update the ‘width’ value in the embed code to 98%). Note that FormSmarts’ PayPal integration feature will not work if you embed the mobile form. If you don’t have a mobile site, I would recommend embedding the form on your site for desktop users and providing a link to the mobile version for mobile users.

Since Oct 18, 2012 FormSmarts automatically serves the desktop or mobile version of a web form depending on the browsing device used. This only applies to standalone forms (i.e. forms accessed with the FormSmarts.com or short URL), not embedded forms.

Can the user attach images / photos from the iPhone / iPad?

Posted by: Adrian Marshall | December 13th, 2012 at 4:16 am

Hi Adrian. Yes, FormSmarts’ file upload/form attachment feature has been tested and works with iPhone and iPad devices with any version of iOS supporting file upload. Older versions of iOS do not support file upload, that isn’t a FormSmarts limitation but a limitation of iOS.

Many sites that I build are responsive and fit to any screen size. I’ve embedded a Formsmarts form into one of my responsive Web sites and it displays perfectly.

Thanks!

Posted by: Fred Boulton | May 1st, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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