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    DropBox/GoogleDrive with text version of notification?

    Asked by slocleanair on June 17, 2013 at 05:32 PM

    DropBox and Google receive the message as PDF files. Is there any way to receive a response file as formatted via the Notifications email dialog?

    I'd like to receive a file that is easier to parse using VB.Net.

    The file upload is working fine!

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    Answered by dinesh-it on June 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Hi, You can add/remove the questions in your pdf file according to your need.

    Please Follow these steps.

    Open your Submission page and click settings (gear) icon in the right side as shown below.

    There you can select and deselect your fields according to your need.

    This will get reflect in your pdf files also (after changing this, new pdf files will have this format).

    (This is a sample Form of me)


    Unfortunately you can not able to format this file, except adding and removing the fields.

    Let us know if this helps you.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by slocleanair on June 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    It doesn't really help - nice to kow however. 

    My issue is I need to process the submission using VB.Net. PDF's are hard to deal with. 

    I suggest you add an option to use a code friendly format like XML or CSV.

    Great tool! Keep up the good work!

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    Answered by sidharth_kch on June 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM


    You can export your submission data to excel and csv. VB.Net can easily parse the csv / excel data.

    Please refer this guide: http://www.jotform.com/help/44-How-to-Export-Form-Data-to-Excel

    There is no option where you can get the excel / csv file in notification email.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.



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    Answered by slocleanair on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Thanks - but the reason I am looking at parsing the submission file delivered to DropBox is for speed and ease of use, rather than dealing with volume. Your Excel and CSV features would be very handy if I was dealing with volume. I'd like to present my desktop users with a local client that just checks DropBox for submissions and not have them have to deal with logging into JetForm.

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    Answered by jeanettebmz on June 18, 2013 at 01:46 PM

    You could see this guide in orde to have an idea how to parse submissions data into your database using a server side programming

    We recommend using PHP/MySQL   to accomplish this.

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    Answered by slocleanair on June 18, 2013 at 02:25 PM

    Using server side code is way, way out of the realm of possibilities for me. I just want to be able to easily get to a file from my Windows PC. DropBox integration is 99% the way there. All I need is a non-propritary format for the submission file.

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    Answered by dinesh-it on June 18, 2013 at 03:12 PM

    What about our HTML Table Listing Report Feature? Since it is a HTML File - plain text file. You can easily download the page and render it according to your need.

    Hope this helps you. Feel free to ask if you have any further clarification.

    Thank you.


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    Answered by slocleanair on June 18, 2013 at 03:58 PM

    The HTML/CSV report is a pretty good alternative - thanks!