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        Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

        While the people picker widget is an interesting idea, it still appears as if you have to pick yourself from the list rather than having the information automatically inserted.

        I'd like both capabilities.

        Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

        Jose, the idea would be that when you open the (properly designed) expense report form, it would automatically fill in your name and department, taken from Active Directory. Then, when you click on a submit button, the workflow would know based on your Department who to send the form to.

        Let the computer do the stupid stuff.

        Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

        This is similar to another suggestion about being able to easily access the standard SharePoint list fields of created by, modified by, etc. Basically, all standard Active Directory and SharePoint information should be easily accessed without knowing the underlying strata.

        I voted for that one, but I'd vote for this one, too.

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          Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

          I plugged this into Google translate, with the following result:

          An easy way to configure obvius do:

          Required fields
          Mask in Fields
          calculate Date
          Examples of data to be used within form
          Reviews shaped
          Print Views
          Conditional Formatting
          Validation Rules
          Functions
          Permission level in a field for SharePoint Group
          Data Connections
          Data Filters
          Fields Story
          PDF Converter
          etc.

          What we want is a toll way development with a simple and easy to make the obvious interface.

          Most of these sound like good ideas, although many of them are mentioned elsewhere. The ones that aren't good ideas are probably translation issues.

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            23 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
            Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

            My issue with the current version of browser based forms is that too much of the functionality was lost. I couldn't recommend upgrading to SharePoint Enterprise for forms because almost none of my forms were supported by Forms Services.

            (Yes, there are other reasons to potentially upgrade.)

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              Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

              Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

              Isn't aggregating repeating sections already in InfoPath? Is this a maintain suggetion or add suggestion?

              The publishing and emailing to PDF has been listed other places, too. I'm a bit concerned that the mutliple mentions will end up splitting the vote when there's really only one suggestion.

              What do you mean by data bindings in Lists? Are you suggesting that the current data connections from InfoPath would be replaced by a sugstantially improved List functionality which would include a data connection? In other words, the form would think it's looking at a SharePoint list, but SharePoint is actually pulling the data live from the other source? In other words, make SharePoint do the work and not InfoPath? That's a very interesting idea. It turns the existing data connection library (in SharePoint) into a collection of lists.

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                Thank you for your suggestion. We are actively thinking through the possibilities for various migration paths from InfoPath to the various other Forms vNext solutions. To set expectations, this is a lot of work (and therefore requires more time/planning/consideration), but we know that many people are asking for it. Feature announcements are always posted on our blog (http://blogs.office.com), so keep an eye out there for more details.

                Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                This suggestion is remarkably similar to the suggestion that a PDF of the form can be emailed to an external user. I've got a vote on both suggestions, but would like to see the two suggestions merged into one and then free up one of my votes.

                Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                While I think this is a good idea, I'm just wondering if it can be easily done within the current InfoPath environment. How hard is it (I've never done it) to create a button that will create an XPS file and save it to a specified SharePoint document library? If it's not that difficult, then this suggestion would be to retain that ability, not to add that ability.

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                  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

                  Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                  Users (form designers) need access to information other than SharePoint lists. I'm working on a form that pulls information directly from the general ledger, live.

                  This capability needs to be maintained in whatever solution you develop.

                  Yes, it may be neccessary with certain "interesting" data sources for an IT Pro to set up the connection. But if the connection is generalized, it can be saved in a data connection library and then used by form designers throughout the organization.

                  Again, this capability must be maintained in whatever replacement you make to InfoPath.

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                    I'm concerned about the Information Worker being overly intimidated by Access.

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                      Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

                      Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                      Given how tightly Microsoft is trying to make SharePoint to the rest of Office, all of the SharePoint information should be easily available to InfoPath. In addition to the one's listed, testing for group memberships, profile information, etc.

                      Imagine making a form that automatically fills in the user's name, department, and phone number. All of this information is in Active Directory in standard locations, and therefore is available to SharePoint. Rather than having to know how to get that information, the form designer should have that information available for a drag and drop operation. After all, you're aiming at information workers, not IT Pros.

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                        Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                        The approach I've taken is to change the form's view based upon the user information in SharePoint. I'm not sure that any security can be implemented without SharePoint.

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                          Thank you for your suggestion. We are actively thinking through the possibilities for various migration paths from InfoPath to the various other Forms vNext solutions. To set expectations, this is a lot of work (and therefore requires more time/planning/consideration), but we know that many people are asking for it.  Feature announcements are always posted on our blog (http://blogs.office.com), so keep an eye out there for more details. 

                          Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                          Adobe already has a PDF based forms solution.

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                            Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                            The classic InfoPath form solution is the Expense Report. This requires repeating fields.

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                              The larger the enterprise, the more likely that they're not all using the same backbone. Being able to email a PDF (or XPS) file allows for communications across backbones. It also allows for communications outside the enterprise.

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                                How is Onload different than the Default view?

                                Yes, views are essential.

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                                  Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                                  This can be done (although with a bit of work) with views. I'm not sure that they're keeping views.

                                  But you're right, a tabs wizard that would create x number of views automatically would be nice. I'm imagining clicking on a tabs wizard. You would tell it the number of tabs needed, then the text for each tab. InfoPath would then automatically create a view for each tab. Each view would have the tab set as defined in the wizard. Each tab (in each view) would automatically change the view.

                                  Or did you mean a set of tabs within the same "page" of the form? That would be harder, but is also not a bad idea. The biggest problem is that it's a new control type, and may not be valid in earlier versions of InfoPath.

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                                    Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

                                    Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                                    Is SharePoint Designer considered an Information Worker or IT Professional level program?

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                                      Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

                                      Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                                      For the Print button, be able to define a print view (same as is done now) for the view.

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                                        Thank you for sharing! We’re always looking at understanding the feature sets that folks would find value in having as an out of the box feature of the platform. We’ll pass this along to the engineering teams. We’ll also update the blogs here at http://blogs.office.com with any news.

                                        Fredrik Coulter commented  · 

                                        Be able to limit the types of attachment. Allow for multiple attachments. For certain types of attachments (graphic files, for example) display a thumbnail of the attachment rather than a loaded paperclip.

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