"Data Type Launcher" Functionality

 

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The "Data Type Launcher" functionality allows a mobile user to tap on an icon next to an email, URL, or phone number answer in a mobile form.  This will automatically launch the appropriate function on their device; create an email, access the URL in a web browser, or dial the phone number/SMS. This feature will help avoid user errors -- like mis-dialing numbers -- and save users time in the field.  

While mobile users can certainly fill out answers and immediately use the icon to launch an email, map, etc, on their device, this functionality is particularly useful with dispatched forms.  For example, an administrator can dispatch a form to a user with a phone number pre-filled.  This could be the contact number for the mobile user's next site visit; the user can simply tap on the phone number icon and launch a call automatically to let the customer know he is on his way.  It is also possible to launch a map application from a URL to provide users with driving directions to their next site.

The availability of this feature to users is controlled from the Form Builder in the properties of any applicable control type, although the default options are configured to allow the launcher functionality. Please note that an email, URL or phone call can only be launched from form controls specific to these types of data -- a URL entered in a simple text textbox, for example, will be read as a string of text rather than a URL, and therefore cannot be launched in a browser.

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Email

In the Form Builder 

Mouse over an Email control and select Edit Properties.  Enter the Email Properties tab and check off "Allow the user to click the address to start an email."

On the Mobile Device

Tap on the envelope icon next to the question to begin composing an email to the entered address.

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URL

Read about how to launch a map using a URL.

In the Form Builder 

Mouse over an URL control and select Edit Properties.  Enter the URL Properties tab and check off both "Allow the user to click the address to open the link" and "Open the link in the user's external browser."

On the Mobile Device

Tap on the globe icon next to the question to open the link.

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Phone

In the Form Builder 

Mouse over an Phone Number control and select Edit Properties.  Enter the Phone Number Properties tab. Check off  "Allow the user to click the phone number to start a call," "Allow the user to click the phone number to send an SMS," or check off both. 

On the Mobile Device

Tap on the phone icon next to the question to launch a call or text message (the user will be prompted to decide whether to call or send a message).

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