New form design mode

New in ActivityInfo version 2.9

We are introducing a more comprehensive way of building forms within ActivityInfo. The motivation behind the new interface is to bring a better user experience and to enable form designers to intuitively build the databases and forms they need for their organisation. The new design mode also reflects a desire to standardise how forms appear to users, so that an information manager of a country office and a technical staff compiling data in the field can speak the same language and use a similar interface to connect to data.

In this article, we will take a look at the implications of this new design mode since more than the look, the new design mode also embodies a new approach to data collection.

While we highly recommend the usage of the new design mode, not all features of the classic forms have been ported to the new forms. Eventually, the classic design mode will be phased out and completely removed of ActivityInfo.

Enjoy this new functionality and let us know about your experience with it!

The Flexible design mode appearance

For more information on how to create a new form in the new design mode, visit the page Creating a new form.

New vocabulary

In the new design mode we independently add form fields to our form. The form fields can be a quantity, a text, a multi-text, a checkboxes (multiple selection) field, a dropdown menu (single selection), a barcode, an image, one or more attachments or a calculated form field.

In the Classic design mode, we referred to Attributes and Indicators (both now form fields) - which were treated a bit differently.