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Online Database Tool?

  1. I am looking for a plugin, almost like a contact form plugin, that will allow:
    1. a client / employee to fill out a partial form and digitally sign it
    2. I would be notified of the form and could digitally sign it
    3. they would be notified of my signature and could print the form
    4. the client / employee could later recall the form and amend, finish filling out the form, and attachments
    5. I would be able to at anytime to print the complete form after all work was complete.

    this all needs to be done on the website end (through a password protected login of course, and not the admin side of wordpress)

    this would be for contracts, approval of use of funds, and etc...

    - Keith

    Posted 10 years ago on Friday October 19, 2012 | Permalink
  2. 1. Partially submitted forms are not supported. There is no concept of "leave and come back where you left off." However, there is a 3rd party add-on which claims to allow this. It requires that the person submitting the form be logged in. Here is the add-on which was not created by us:

    2. Notifications are built in. However, it requires that the form submission is completed all the way through. Without having read ahead, you might want to create two separate forms, and in the first form collect what would have been submitted and sent to you for approval at this point. I'm not sure how the digital signature would work. I know Adobe will allow you to digitally sign a PDF, but Gravity Forms entries are not in PDF format. You can create a PDF out of an entry using this 3rd party add-on:

    Here is one which is a little older and not as comprehensive:

    3. You would have to send them the signed PDF. I can't think of a way to store the PDF signature with your Gravity Form entry. We have a signature add-on, but it's a literal graphic signature, not a digitally signed document.

    4. As previously stated, there is no "save and continue" functionality. However, if you used two forms, you could prepopulate form two with the data submitted via form one. However, that would not include the digital signature.

    5. You can print the completed entry, and using the PDF add-on mentioned above, you could save it as a PDF and print it that way. You would print the entries from form two which would include the partial information submitted via form one, and then all the additional information submitted with form two. The signature is missing at this point still.

    Regarding doing it all via the front end of the website, that is not a feature of Gravity Forms. Entries are available via the back end. The PDF Extended plugin mentioned above claims to allow PDF creation from the front end, but I'm not sure how that would work. You could require a password to access the front end page or require a log in before viewing a form or page.

    I'm not sure that Gravity Forms will be able to do everything you requested here but we're happy to discuss where you see the shortcomings.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday October 23, 2012 | Permalink
  3. jgill5

    so why pay $39 and up for Gravity forms that look likes they doing nothing more then just make forms?

    Posted 9 years ago on Friday April 12, 2013 | Permalink
  4. David Peralty

    Because of the flexibility, the add-ons, the stability, the continued development, and the support. If those aren't things you are looking for in a form builder, then we really do suggest people use CForms and the other free plugins for WordPress.

    We know Gravity Forms isn't right for everyone, but we do our best to be a great solution for as many people as possible, and have created a product that we are very happy with. You should only purchase Gravity Forms if you think it is right for you.

    Posted 9 years ago on Friday April 12, 2013 | Permalink

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