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Advanced Forms: Different View for Different Groups

By: david riggins | Comments [0] | Category: General | 3/8/2017

In advanced systems sometimes you need different user levels to have different access to the same data.  For example you might have a Sales Management System that has Sales People and Sales Managers SharePoint security groups.  Sales People might need read only access to contracts and forecasting data but edit access to customer related fields.  Using Infowise Advanced Column Permissions we can use a single list and secure individual fields based on SharePoint security groups.

In this video I walk through an example of how to use Infowise Advanced Column Permissions to secure fields in a single list to provide many different views of the New, Edit and View forms of a single list called Customer.



From address on Print actions (Office 365)

By: Vladi Gubler | Comments [0] | Category: General | 2/24/2017


The From address on the Print actions in the app version of Ultimate Forms is now configurable for site collection administrators. You can still leave it empty to use your own email address. Non-administrator will not be able to configure this address and will always use their own address. This addition applies to the app version only and is not applicable on premises.


Feb 2017 - Newest features rollup

By: Vladi Gubler | Comments [0] | Category: General | 2/2/2017


We constantly work on improving and expanding the capabilities of Ultimate Forms, ensuring that it's the best platform for your business solution needs. Many of these features are based on our customers' feedback and I would like to sincerely thank you for that!

During the last couple of months, despite the winter holiday season, we released a number of new features:

  • Supporting automatic import of data from CSV and TSV files
  • Enhancing $GetValue function. Now you are able to select the item, from which to pull a value, not only by ID, but also by any text or numeric field
  • Supporting multiple colors in progress bars, even allowing the bar to change color according to value
  • Connected Lookup column can now pull data even from large lists, which the regular lookup can't handle. You can use the type-ahead feature to only pull th data when one or more characters are typed, greatly improving performance
  • Associated Items Summary columns can now be configured not to perform background calculations. Although it's a great feature, in some scenarios these calculations can update the item in the background while it's already open in the Edit form, causing a save conflict. You now have the flexibility to specify when to run these updates and when not too.

Note that some features first appear in the app version and only later get implemented in the on-premises version. It doesn't mean we are not 100% committed to our on-prem customers, it's just easier to deploy new features to the cloud first, but the two version are kept compatible at all times.


Ultimate Forms is now running on Azure

By: Vladi Gubler | Comments [0] | Category: General | 2/2/2017


Great news! We have recently completed the migration of our servers to Azure. On this new hosting platform we can offer greater performance and flexibility for our Office 365 add-ins.

Probably the most exciting feature is the ability to host the application at multiple locations around the world and automatically redirect the user to the geographically closest location. For our European customers this geo-location feature also ensures that your data never leaves the territory of the European Union, in compliance with European data privacy laws and regulations.

Another fantastic feature is the ability to almost instantly scale the computing power, according to the changing demand. We are able to add new web application instances within seconds, making sure that the application is always available and always responsive, no matter how heavy the workload is.


Disable updates on Summary columns

By: Vladi Gubler | Comments [0] | Category: General | 1/27/2017


When you use Associated Items column in your list and an Associated Item Summary column, we add event receivers to the child list to update the summary column in the parent when child items are added, modified or deleted. That helps the summary value in the parent to stay up-to-date.

When you open your existing parent for editing and then update one of the child items within that parent, it will run an update on the parent behind the scenes. When you then try and save the parent, you will receive an error message indicating that a Save Conflict has occurred. That is because the parent was updated in the background and the form is no longer valid. In most cases, it's not a problem, but if your scenario requires such updates, it could be problematic.

That's why we added a new setting on the summary column to disable automatic background update. It will ensure that Save Conflicts are not caused, but note that updates to the child items will stop updating the parent, the parent itself will have to be saved to recalculate the summaries. This is an advanced setting and should only be used when your use case requires it.

The feature is currently available in the app version of Ultimate Forms and will be added to the on-premises version soon as well.