We want to see your Cool Forms!

Today sees the launch of “InfoPath Cool Forms”. In this series, we will feature cool forms that showcase a form design practice or interesting scenario.

This week’s cool form is the “Ask Kanesha” request form.  This is a neat little form that we use on the InfoPath team to submit requests to our Group Business Administrator, Kanesha.

Ask Kanesha

Kanesha was being flooded with requests from team members and tracking all these requests was becoming a challenge. To help manage the requests, we created an ‘Ask Kanesha’ InfoPath browser form that submitted all requests to a SharePoint list. Team members use this form to submit requests. A simple workflow fires alerting Kanesha to the new request. Certain requests such as those for small hardware can be completed in minutes. The dropdowns in the form automatically filter to guide us to the right hardware. Other custom requests may take longer and can be managed by Kanesha online. The form saves us time and helps Kanesha keep track of all the requests that come her way.

If you have a “cool” form that you would like to share with us, please send an e-mail with the following details to coolform@microsoft.com -

  • Attach 1 or 2 screenshots of your form

  • Provide a brief description of the form

  • You may also attach the XSN file (optional)

The most popular submissions will be featured on our blog in future posts.

Check out other Cool Forms! here.

Comments (7)
  1. Cryptic79 says:

    Any chance of doing a "What were they thinking Forms" series?  I have a prime example of a form that should never have been done.  More on the efficiency and execute time side than looks, but still a potential top 3.

  2. Bob_Chauvin says:

    We need an IP2010 Newsgroup for posting Issues with the designer.  Send a Smile feels like a black hole.

    In lieu of that happening, here are my top IP2010 issues:

    ) Secondary data sources don’t retrieve in the full client, do work in published form and in IP2007 full client.

    ) Tab Index can’t be added to the ribbon.

    ) 2010 Picture button needs to support a label so I can reuse an image for multiple button actions.

    I’m using http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepoint2010general/threads?page=1 to post IP2010 questions, but we need an IP2010 forum.

  3. infopath says:

    Re comment from Cryptic79, the focus of the series is to highlight best practices. If you have examples of what not to do or common user errors, we may post a separate article outlining form design guidelines.

  4. infopath says:

    Re comment from Bob Chauvin:

    Thanks for your feedback. The forums are the right place to be posting your comments. We will pass on your feedback about the need for an IP2010 forum.

  5. Sean_C says:

    It would be really nice to see some cool forms that are outside of the Microsoft environment. Are there any customers or developers that have submitted forms?

  6. infopath says:

    We would definitely love to showcase some customer forms and encourage anyone who has a good example to submit it to coolform@microsoft.com

  7. Ola says:

    Can Infopath forms be integrated with an asp.net application asides sharepoint. For instance, users clicking on a link from an asp.net website that opens up as a browser for them to fill up. Then filled forms can also be submitted outside sharepoint libraries or entirely out of sharepoint? Thanks.

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