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JotForm update · October 15, 2018

New for JotForm: Build PDF Templates for Form Responses

As people fill out your JotForm forms, you need to do something with the data. Perhaps you need to print out invoices to include with your customers' orders or want a paper copy of registration form entries. JotForm's new PDF Editor is what you need to design a PDF...read more
JotForm mention · September 13, 2017

The 12 Best Free Form Apps and Survey Builder Tools

Forms are one of the best ways to gather data. Ask whatever questions you want, share the form with your fans, and watch the answers come in. Surveys get even more focused results, with specific questions that are quick to fill out and quicker to summarize. Gathering data in a...read more
JotForm mention · March 27, 2017

How to Make Fill-in-the-Blank Questions in an Online Form

It came as a flash while reading on a lazy Saturday morning, as all good ideas do. I wonder if you could make a fill-in-the-blank question in an online form? Sounds easy enough. Turns out, not quite so much. Online form builders pride themselves on including dozens of question types...read more
JotForm update · January 30, 2017

JotForm Gets Better Mobile Support, Real-Time Collaboration, and More

Whether you're generating leads, distributing surveys, collecting payments, or gathering feedback, JotForm makes it easy to capture the info you need now. And with today's launch of JotForm 4.0, it's about to get even better. 18 months of user testing led JotForm to an improved version...read more
JotForm mention · December 9, 2016

How to Accept Payments From an Online Form

Forms are among the web's most versatile tools. Need a contact form? Drag an Email and Text field into a form editor, copy its embed code, add it to your site, and you're done. Want to make a survey? Just add enough extra fields to your form to...read more
JotForm mention · May 21, 2015

8 Overlooked but Powerful Form Features

Do you remember those choose your own adventure books? Titles like, "Journey Under the Sea," "Space and Beyond" and "Mystery of the Maya." Each chapter ends with a choice, much like this one: A) Open the door and find out what lies behind it (turn to page 53) B) Don...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay · Last updated February 8, 2017
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Being the first app in a market has its advantages. For JotForm, that meant it was the first what-you-see-is-what-you-get form editor—you'd edit the real form that looked exactly like what your users would see when they filled it out. That was impressive in 2006, and JotForm kept the momentum going by continually adding more features for one of the most advanced form apps on the market.

Want a form that can play audio from SoundCloud, time how long people take to fill the form out, let people call you via Skype, and accept a payment from them all in one form? JotForm's the tool for you. And you won't even have to sign up for an account to build that form.

It's impressive—though a decade is a lifetime on the internet, and JotForm felt at times like it was showing its age. It was a powerful tool, but not the shiniest form app on the block. So the JotForm team went back to the design board, and once again pulled off a couple new tricks. The next time you make a JotForm form, it's JotForm 4 you'll be using—and you'll come away more impressed than ever.

JotForm 4 is more than just a fresh coat of paint. It does look nicer, with a modern design that still shows your real form as you're building it. You'll drag form elements in from the left, choosing from the same basic text fields and date pickers you'd expect. Tap an element and click the gear icon, and the Properties pane will open on the right where you can set how you want it to work. So far, so normal.

Poke around, and you'll see JotForm's magic under the hood. For example, go to jotform.com/build and you can start making a form without even signing up for an account—an old JotForm staple. Do that on your phone, and you can use the same features on the go, dragging-and-dropping form elements on your touchscreen. Add a sub-account for your colleagues and share the form, and you can all edit the form together in real time, just like you can in Google Docs. And don't worry about breaking anything: JotForm includes a revision history, so you can roll back any changes to your form in a click.

All those extra fancy fields are still there, too, in the extra tabs of the form widget pane. The Payments tab lets you add a payment field from a dozen payment processors including PayPal and Stripe, and the Widgets tab includes dozens of extra widgets that'll let your form take a picture, accept signatures, break form pages into tabs, play videos and presentations, and much more.

You can build smart forms, too, with JotForm's conditions that let you show or hide fields, calculate values, tweak the thank you page, or force specific fields to be required (or not) based on what your respondents enter in the form. Then, you can make customized email notifications, for you and those who fill out your form, with JotForm's email template editor. For everything else, JotForm integrations can save your form responses and put them to work in any of your favorite apps.

There are so many online form apps, it can be tricky to pick the best for your needs. But with its latest redesign, JotForm continues to lead the form market with new features that make it easier to gather data from anywhere—and put it to work without wasting your time.

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