Formstack Mobile

Written by Ade Olonoh on April 24, 2009

Posted in Form Hacks, Mobile Forms

Over the last few months, my pet project has been the Formstack iPhone application. I’m amazed by how popular the app has been, and even more amazed at the ways Formstack customers are integrating the app into their business workflow. I’d like to take a few moments to look at the three most popular ways the Formstack app is being used.

Surveys & Signups

Of course, when you think “online forms,” surveys and signups quickly come to mind. On the web, though, these things don’t travel well. Sure, people can visit your site and fill out the survey or sign up for an event, but what do you do if you want to capture this information when they’re away from their computer?

The Formstack iPhone app makes that so easy. Simply create your survey or signup with our form builder, then load it up in the iPhone app. Submissions are sent back to the server as you collect them, so your data is up-to-the-minute accurate.

In the iPhone app, we added the ability to capture audio or images on the fly and add them to your submissions. A signup form, for example, might need you to get an image of the person you signed up. Take their photo, type in their name, and send that off to the server!

Even better, arm a team of people with iPhones, and you could canvas an area or take multiple signups and not be anywhere near a computer!


Sales forms, too, are a big focus of Formstack customers. With the Formstack iPhone app, you can take sales orders out in the field with no computer necessary. Many of our customers have been able to stop carrying laptops because the forms they need just load up in their iPhone instead.

In some cases, you may even need audio verification that someone agrees to a sale. In that case, the audio recording feature is an amazing way to capture that verification right there. Just have the customer speak into the phone and agree to the sale, and you’re set!

Order Fulfillment

The second part of sales, of course, is fulfilling the order. One of the great things about the iPhone app is that it allows you to both submit data as well as view data already submitted. It’s so incredibly easy to fetch the sales data with the iPhone app and get to work. No need to waste paper printing a list of items that need boxed and sent out, no need to lug a laptop to your order fulfillment area. The phone and Formstack is all you need!

A Million Other Uses

These are just the top three uses, but there are a million others. Inventory, repair reports, and supply requisitioning come instantly to mind, but the possibilities truly are endless. If you have an iPhone, I definitely recommend you give the Formstack app a try. And if you want to share how you’re using the iPhone app or just Formstack in general, drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!