Modify any field on any form with the Form
The problem with off-the-shelf software is
that you are forced to either change your business rules
to meet the requirements of the software package or pay a
lot of money to customize your new system to meet your
Either solution is not acceptable.
And for the more than 30 years we have been doing EH&S
software, we have heard our customers tell us that they
want it done a certain way. The one consistent thing
we have learned from every client is that no two clients
want it done the same way.
This is why we released the DataPipe Form
tool. This tool is designed to allow you to make
massive changes to forms in DataPipe. You do NOT
have to come back to us for costly custom changes.
And you do not have to wait in line behind two years of
projects to get access to your IT department.
Using the Form Designer you can actually
make these changes yourself with no programming knowledge
You can make any field on any form
required. There are many other changes you can
make to forms using our easy-to-use, point-and-click
Typically this ability would be assigned to an administrator of the system and not anyone in your
administrator can load any DataPipe form, alter it in any way you
like and save it under a new name. Then you can
assign that new form a user, a group of users or globally
to all users in the system. The next time they log
in, they will see the form they were assigned to.
It's that simple.
Some of the things you can modify on a form
using the easy point-and-click interface are:
Change labels on forms
Change colors of fields, labels, text,
Make a field required so it has to have
data in it before the record can be saved
Make a field invisible so it is not seen
on the form any more
Move a field and its label to another
location on the form
Validate a field by giving it a look-up.
This way only validated data can be entered.
Add new fields (this can be done quickly
with "Items" - ask us about this) to a form
Modify/Edit the list of items that
appears in a drop down list.
Add tool-tip help to any field so your
users know what to do there.
Change the tab order of fields
Change the language of a form
Plus MUCH MORE (see it all in an
And then there are some things you can
easily do in Form Designer that do require programming.
For instance, if you want to create custom condition-based
triggers that fire based on the conditions you set, you
can add the code for this trigger right into pre-defined
fields in Form Designer. We make it easy for you to
assign this code to any field or form.
So for instance, let's say that you enter
the data for an injury that occurred on site. You
can have a post-save trigger fire after the record is
saved that sends an email with an attached report to a
supervisor letting them know that an injury has been
recorded and that follow-up action is required for an
inspection/audit to determine the cause of the injury and
a corrective action to take place. You can drive
condition based triggers out of the Form Designer.
Figure 1: Form Designer -
Injury and Illness Form Loaded. See explanation text
In this example, the Case Status field is
being modified in the Form Designer tool. The field
named status was selected and then the properties for that
field were opened up on the right hand side. The
combo data property on the right has been selected,
bringing up this dialog box. Right now the choices
that will appear to the user under status are Open and
Closed. A third line can be easily added to this
dialog box that says, Unknown. Then when this form
is saved, the user would see all three choice for this
drop down. This is an example of how easy it is to
modify forms. Notice that no programming knowledge was