Adding a section to a form to be completed by a different user

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    Asked on January 16, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    We have created an internship application and wish to create a section where a secondary user can upload recommendation for the primary applicant. This way, everything is under one unique submission. How can we best achieve this? Please provide support as soon as possible since we wish to publish by the end of the day today!

    The form in question is called 2015 NYSCF Summer Internship Program Application


    Thank you for all the great work you guys do,



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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 01:01 PM

    You must be looking for something like this :

    Instead of adding a Text Box field, you can add the Text Area field where a second person can add the recommendations.

    Let us know if this helps, we will be glad to assist you.

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 01:10 PM

    I am sorry but that is not what we are looking for. Please refer to the first post again.

    Say you have submitted an application and have provided an email address for a professor who will be uploading a recommendation for you. Once you have finished, we want Jotforms auto-responder to email the professor with a link to upload a file. We want this file to be submitted within the form, thus completing the application.

    Please advise how to best achieve this.

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 02:14 PM

    Please consider this workaround:

    1- Add a section where the submitter can add the full name and  E-mail Address of the people who will send the reference letter.


    2- Create two Auto-Responders:



    a) On Recipient E-mail add the first email address of the first person who will send the letter:

    b) Create the message, and add the variables (just by clicking on them) that correspond to each person:

    The trick is to add the edit link (the one in yellow) so the people can go to the recommendation area to upload the letters.

    5- Do the same with the second autoresponder, just make sure to add the variable that correspond to the second Auto-responder.

    Try my form example in action here:

    Hope this helps you.


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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 02:26 PM

    This is very helpful! We can follow these steps. My only concern is, the recommender will be able to see the full application. How can we prevent that?

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 03:19 PM

    Your are welcome, I am glad you found this workaround very helpful. You are right,  the recommender will be able to see the entire this case you could add a Form Collapse field on each section, and set the status as "closed":

    So, when the form is loaded through the edit link the recommender opens the "Recommendation Area" as instructed in the notification:

    The recommender can still open the other collapses to see the information, but this is the only solution that I think can be implemented to avoid showing all data on the first load of the form.

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 03:29 PM

    Great. I am thinking we can actually use this to lock/protect the main application area with a conditional code (which we will be providing to applicants only). This way the recommender will not be able to see the main area. Can you help us do this as well? I found an example here but it is not clear:

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 05:13 PM

    We cannot hide the main application with conditional code, since the recommender will see the entire application (including the code filled by applicant) with the edit link.

    However, it seems that there is another method that works. The idea is to combine a ?jumpToPage option with the edit link, so the form recommender will see needed page using the custom edit link.

    You will need to add two Page Break fields to create a section for recommender access. Make sure that both 'Back Visibility' and 'Next Visibility' options are set to 'Hidden' on these added Page Breaks. 

    Then, create a custom edit link with the ?jumpToPage parameter. It will be the following link on your form:{id}&mode=edit&jumpToPage=5

    Where 50135914722955 is the ID of your form, and jumpToPage=5 is jumping to the recommender section upon the link access.

    Thank you.

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    Answered on January 16, 2015 at 05:17 PM

    Note, that if you send two emails, you might want two different recommender sections. The jump to page links will be jumpToPage=5 and jumpToPage=6.