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  • 1.  New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-29-2022 15:34
    Edited by Erin Longhurst 10-03-2022 15:53
    We're very excited to introduce a new feature: Side-by-Side Sections!

    This feature allows you to display questions and answers side-by-side on a section, helping you fit approximately two times more information on a single screen, reduce scrolling time, and maintain context for field users.

    Here's an example of a Side-by-Side Section on the Form Builder and how it looks on the Mobile App:

    A form builder screenshot of the new side by side section.

    Some benefits you can expect from using this feature:           

    • Better end-user experience: Reduces scrolling and back-and-forth navigation, making the experience smoother, faster, and less tiring for the field user.
    • Speedier completion of forms: Answers are stacked closer together for faster tapping or tabbing.
    • Fit more information on a single screen: Makes it easier for field users to scan for context within and across sections.
    • Easy to implement: By the builder/citizen developer.

    Here's a practical example:

    • Problem: Typical EHS forms used by many industries are long. They often contain many yes/no questions and button groups that contain little text. With the current 'over-under' layout, they take up the entire width of a section unnecessarily.
    • Solution: Converting these sections to side-by-side sections reduces the form's length by 50% or more, enables faster navigation, and speeds up data capture.


    ProntoForms is always looking to improve our product so that you can build and iterate field service solutions rapidly and make your field users' lives easier. As a citizen developer, the Side-by-Side Sections feature will tool you up to deliver on that premise.


    For more information on how to implement Side-by-Side Sections, please check out our Product Documentation here:  Side-by-Side Sections. As noted in the documentation, this feature is limited to Enterprise customers.


    Erin Longhurst
    Product Manager

  • 2.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-29-2022 19:55
    This seems like such a cool feature!! I can't wait to play with it and get some feedback from our field techs! Thank you for this new option! :)

    Lisa Zido
    Technical Systems Analyst
    GOJO Industries Inc.

  • 3.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-30-2022 09:16
    Thanks Lisa please let us know how they make out. We're excited to hear what they say!

    Craig MacMaster
    Senior User Experience Designer

  • 4.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-29-2022 20:19
    Excellent new feature. This will be a really nice upgrade for the usability of our forms.
    I saw it in the section options just now and couldn't believe I had missed it before - turns out it's brand new!
    Also, is it just me, or did the appearance of the form editor change somewhat today as well?

    Mark Warwick
    Gas Engineer

  • 5.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-30-2022 09:14
    Hi Mark yes the form editor changed a bit to help differentiate between the side-by-side sections and over-under. Although it's not a true preview it helps to provide more of a visual indication of what you're working with as well as a hint to how it will appear on the device. Please let me know how you feel about the changes whether good or bad.


    Craig MacMaster
    Senior User Experience Designer

  • 6.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 09-30-2022 12:24
    Edited by Stu Rathbone 10-01-2022 10:43
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    Here is a short (4.5 min) video which will walk Form Builders through the new Side-by-Side Section feature. The video includes several tips and best practices you may want to be aware of. If you are brand new too ProntoForms and are wondering what a Section is, the first few seconds of the video covers an overview.

    As a bonus to Community members this video is a bit of a sneak peak as it's actually a smaller clip of a video discussing Form Building which will be included in our next release/level of training coming soon to ProntoForms University. We're not ready to commit to a release date yet for this training but we're working hard to get it ready......Stay tuned!

    Stu Rathbone
    Program Manager ~ Knowledge, Training & Enablement

  • 7.  RE: New Feature Announcement: Side-by-Side Sections!

    Posted 10-03-2022 11:29
    This looks great! Love that you can select the layout ratio that works best for each section. I will definitely be updating some forms to make use of this new feature.

    It would also be great if this could be incorporated into template based sections as well. That is where we have a lot of our repetitive/reading type questions that would greatly benefit from a more compact appearance.

    Thanks y'all!

    Cecily Stelly
    Johnson Controls

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