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JotForm 2015 Year in Review - A Year of Growth and Exciting Changes

December 08, 2015
JotForm 2015 Growth Banner


So many things happened in 2015 it’s hard to keep track of. We had a diverse set of feature releases. Many were prompted by unexpected market changes. Our initial plan this year was to rebuild the form builder, which we’ve just begun. Check out all the twists and turns that 2015 threw at us. We made the most of these resulting in a better JotForm, and happier customers.

JotForm was the Best Alternative for the Retired Adobe FormsCentral


2015 was a remarkable year for JotForm. It started with a bang- with the news that our esteemed competitor Adobe FormsCentral was shutting down. Adobe gave their users, and everyone else a six-month advanced notice to prepare for the change. And prepare we did. Within weeks we released an import tool that would transfer all their forms and data to JotForm. This one-click solution was the much-needed lifeline for Adobe FormsCentral users. When all was said and done we imported thousands of user accounts, over a hundred thousand forms, and millions of form responses. Our solution was so well received even Adobe mentioned it in their blog!


Imported FormsCentral Users


JotForm’s Rebuilding the Form Builder


We’ve all come to know and love the familiar look and feel of JotForm’s form builder. But as with clothing, design styles come and go. We’ve begun revamping the form builder piece by piece, giving both a much needed makeover, and a chance to optimize the underlying code. Be on the lookout for the new and improved JotForm form builder!


Thank you new skin



Security Enhancements with Encrypted Forms and Free SSL


Security was the backbone of 2015. We gave our users the chance to put an iron shield over their data with Encrypted Forms. When set up, form responses will be encrypted before they ever reach our servers. Only you hold the key to your form responses. And to make sure everyone’s forms are completely secure, we now count SSL submissions the same as non-SSL, even for free accounts. To ensure everyone takes advantage of this, form embed codes are now secure by default.


Encrypted Forms


EU Safe Forms in Response to the End of Safe Harbor


Along the way, we embarked on another journey- that of Safe Harbor. US-EU Safe Harbor was a data privacy agreement that allowed companies to freely transfer data from Europe to the U.S. In early April JotForm formally announced it was US-EU Safe Harbor certified. In early October, Safe Harbor was struck down by Europe’s highest court. This sent US based companies from Facebook to Microsoft, to JotForm scrambling for legal safety for how to handle their European users’ data.


JotForm responded quickly by providing an exclusive solution for our European users- EU Safe Forms. Once again, with the click of one button, users could find refuge. By subscribing to EU Safe Forms, users can transfer all their data to Europe, never to return. This future-proofs JotForm from all further legal proceedings relating to EU data privacy. We store their data in Europe, just like they want.


EU Safe Forms



New Integrations and iOS apps


We welcomed new integration partners including Braintree, PAYMILL, Unbounce, and the Adobe eSign Widget. These give JotForm users the power to connect with the best services from around the web. We also rolled out the next version of our iOS app, allowing you to check your submissions on the go. And while we were at it, we added an Apple Watch app- receive submissions alerts right on your wrist! Our Apple Watch giveaway via Rafflecopter was a particularly fun way to announce it.


Apple Watch Giveaway


One Million Widget Usages


Want to give your forms more power? Widgets are what you’re looking for. These mini-applications can give you features that take your forms to the next level. Perhaps you need a signature field, or a dynamic list allowing users to add as many responses as they like, or maybe an image slider is what you’re looking for. Choose from nearly 400 widgets to make your forms really stand out. In 2015, we were proud to celebrate one million widgets being used.


One Million Widgets



Notable Mentions in the News


2015 was the year JotForm found its way to Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. These are just a few of the myriad of publications around the web that have mentioned us.



Top Posts in Our Medium Channel


The team at JotForm has been very active in publishing articles for our Medium Channel. Here are the top posts from 2015! To our surprise, highly technical posts from our engineers and designers became top hits. 


    How to Design a Mascot for Your Brand
    A Wide Perspective for Designing User Experience
    13 Design Tools We Use Every Day at JotForm
    Making a Responsive Image Comparison Slider in CSS and JavaScript
    Writing a CSS Parser in JavaScript
    How to use Chrome DevTools like a Pro


      Stay Connected with Our Monthly Newsletters


      This year we prepared thoughtful newsletters to better stay in touch with everyone. If you missed one, here they all are.


      March - Announcing the Fillable PDF Form Creator

      April - JotForm Widgets Users 1 Million Times!

      May - Introducing Secure Form Signatures with Adobe eSign Services

      June - Introducing Form Analytics

      July - Introducing Encrypted Forms

      August - Get Back-to-School Ready with JotForm

      September - Behind the Scenes at JotForm

      October - Announcing New Security Features at JotForm

      November - Announcing Payment Forms with Braintree

      December - Happy Holidays From JotForm

      Our staff grew, we introduced our friendly mascot Podo, one of our offices moved, themes were added to our Theme Store, and most importantly, we were able to provide each of our nearly two million users with the online form building service they love.


      JotForm's New Office
      JotForm staff at a Friday review meeting in the new office

      Thanks from the entire JotForm team for making 2015 among the most remarkable years on record. Have a favorite JotForm memory or story this year? Tell us about it in the comment for a chance to win a free upgraded account for a year!


      10 Comments...


         
      chad (December 08, 2015 at 03:18 PM)

      Quite a year! Can't wait to see what 2016 brings :)


         
      sarawoodmont (December 09, 2015 at 07:51 AM)

      You guys/gals are freaking awesome - the impact you have helped me make in my church (a big one) is boggling. I am grateful that your brilliance is helping our members Seek God, Share Love and Serve Others :)


         
      exclusiveimage (December 09, 2015 at 12:24 PM)

      Awesome to see JotForm growing and enhancing all the form features! Huge fan and keep-up the great work!


         
      Mobileonix (December 09, 2015 at 04:31 PM)

      Without doubt guys you have the best platform on the net take a bow - I say to you all stand bloody up now and give yourself and round of applause for you deserve it.
      Patrick.


         
      CaptureItAllCC (December 09, 2015 at 09:22 PM)

      I just personally want to say that you guys are amazing! I will use you guys for ever. Thank you for a stellar form builder!

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      Dazzle Creative Dance & Movement (December 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM)

      I truly thank you all for having the resources available for my business. I have been truly blessed to have the experts make my job easy. Excited for what 2016 has in store. Keep up the great work!
      Ms. Toni


         
      EltonCris (December 11, 2015 at 02:14 AM)

      Wonderful! Hoping for more surprises with Jotform this coming 2016. Cheers! :)


         
      tevitol (December 11, 2015 at 05:30 AM)

      You're doing great job,
      jotform simplifies operations and saves time
      I do not have to find for another form site option,
      thank you for all from Turkey
      Hicabi Yeniay
      TEV Inanc Turkes High School
      CS teacher& IT Manager


         
      srikanth_velichaeti (December 14, 2015 at 01:50 AM)

      Good job, Keep adding more and more features in 2016 :) Good luck


         
      cinedhoy (December 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM)

      Este 2015 Jotform estubo impresionante!!

      Ojala para el 2016 lo supere y traiga nuevas apps y nuevas herramientas para los formularios.

      Saludos


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