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    Feature Request: Auto-save data as form is filled out

    Asked by AdminHAPPY on January 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    We are wanting to embed our checklists in to the Google Sites, we prefer our clients didn't have to enter their name & email address everytime before completing the form as it is an extra step - whilst necessary for jotform, unnecessary for user in this case as in they will be in their own portal site and will have signed in for that. Is there anything on the horizon to develop this method of Saving Forms to Continue Later?? I see other form builders can do it so guess it can be done. Would be good to know if on agenda for development???



    This is a re-post of a comment on How to Save Forms and Continue Later

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by EduardoMendez on January 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Hi there, 

    We do offer a solution for saving forms and continuing later.

    Here is a guide in case you would like to give it a try:

    http://www.jotform.com/help/97-How-to-Save-Forms-to-Continue-Later

    Also, you can prepopulate the fields of your form using the URL.  Here is a guide to help you with that as well:

    http://www.jotform.com/help/71-Prepopulating-the-fields-to-your-JotForm-via-URL-parameters

    I believe that putting this two options together you can accomplish what you are suggesting.

    Please let us know if that helped!

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    Answered by AdminHAPPY on January 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Hi Eduardo,

    Yes Thank you. I'm familiar with the http://www.jotform.com/help/97-How-to-Save-Forms-to-Continue-Later

    However this one requires them to enter their email and name first which I was hoping to avoid as per my note above it's just not user friendly for them to have to do that every time they use the form.

     

    When you say putting the two options together I'm not sure what you mean because if we use the first option, doesn't that save the info and the when they bring it back up the info is already saved??? or is this not the case???

     

    Also just to clarify pre populating - do you mean;

    a) we'd need to create a form for each form we'd like to have unique prepopulated data ie. we'd have to prepop the form ourselves so the user could see

    b) we can pull the data from a previously filled out jotform????

    c) we can pull the data from a database/spreadsheet???? hence have one form that pulls in unique data each time???

     

    Can you please elaborate on the above  Ta muchos

    Annie

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by EltonCris on January 30, 2013 at 01:04 AM

    Hi Annie,

    Sorry for the confusion. Unfortunately there's no other way of saving user data without using two forms. One form is actually possible but the question is, how to add user's email address on the session URL? I understand this may not be so user friendly so our team have planned a new feature for saving data without using any URL parameters though we do not have any updates about it yet since it is still on the plan phase. It may take some time before it can be implemented. Hopefully this example would give you an idea on how it would work. http://simsalabim.github.com/sisyphus/

    Let me also add your request to our dev team so you'll get notified once this is rolled out. Thank you!

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    Answered by AdminHAPPY on January 30, 2013 at 01:20 AM

    Awesome Thanks again Elton.

    OK I'm a little confused about another thing on the save forms and continue later. I was hoping i could upload video to demostrate what I'm talking about anyway will try to explain in typing...

    I asked the other day if we had to create a first form for every main form we had and was told no, we could just add another email. - we leads me to my issue so I've followed the instructions re: saving form and return later - but my understanding is that i would embed my first form in my webpage for my clients to complete first which would then take them to the main form. So if I did that and was using the same first form that i use for others, how is jotform going to know which main form to bring up???

    Have I got the process correct??? ie. a) I have to embed the first form so it will then take people through to the main form b) we are able to use the one first form for many main forms????

    if you could explain the process that would be awesome

    Cheers & Thanks

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by EltonCris on January 30, 2013 at 02:25 AM

     but my understanding is that i would embed my first form in my webpage for my clients to complete first which would then take them to the main form. So if I did that and was using the same first form that i use for others, how is jotform going to know which main form to bring up???

    You are actually right, you can embed the first form to your page.

    You can use conditions to redirect user's to which form they'd like to land to but I'm afraid this would mislead them. So the best way would be, one first form for each main form. This is the only possible workaround I could think of due to a very limited function of "save to continue later" feature, though it's a bit laborious.

    Sorry about that.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by kenneth on March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Hi,

    Just so you know we have added a new feature in the jotform builder. You can enable/disable autoFill feature in the advance settings under preferences. Come on, have a try and let me know your comments

    Thanks,
    Kenneth 

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    Answered by Campusjaeger on January 16, 2014 at 04:21 AM

    Hey guys,

    is there still no way of auto-saving a form after each single pagebreak?

     

    Thanks for your help!!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Welvin on January 16, 2014 at 05:49 AM

    Hi Campusjaeger,

    We have the AutoFill feature and autosave function using session URL. We can help you about this matter but please kindly open a separate thread for that: http://www.jotform.com/contact.

    Thanks