After demonstrating the new features and capabilities to its partners and customers on March 8th, Mi-Co was pleased to announce the general availability of Mi-Forms v8.6. This is the 11th major release of Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms platform dating back to 2001. This version of the system continues to push bounds of mobile data capture across multiple platforms.
Mobile web forms received the biggest update in v8.6. First introduced in Mi-Forms v8.5 in mid-2011, mobile web forms allow users to take forms designed in Mi-Forms Designer and fill them on any platform featuring a standards compliant web browser. Working with customers and partners who have successfully deployed Mi-Co’s mobile web forms over the last year, attention was given to two major areas, disconnected form filling, and overall user experience navigating available forms.
The new user interface displayed to form fillers is designed to be less technically oriented and provide a better organizational layout. The screenshots below show the v8.5 and v8.6 interface side by side (click to enlarge):
Filled forms are now grouped together with their corresponding blank form on the same page without the need to swap between “Form Templates and “Saved Form Sessions”. Additionally collapsible section headings allow a form filler to permanently hide forms they do not need. This combined with an at-a-glance storage usage indicator and large touch friendly buttons to set options help prevent the form filler from wasting valuable time navigating their home screen.
Additionally, Mi-Co has updated the Mi-Forms Client on the Windows platform in order to increase speed and efficiency especially when dealing with large forms containing multiple sub-forms. These changes as well other improvements to the Designer and Server round out the v8.6 release which is available for download to partners and customers.