Exploring InfoPath Alternatives

Extend the Power of Your Forms

What's Infopath?

What's InfoPath?

With Microsoft’s announcement that InfoPath 2013 is the last version of InfoPath forms, people are searching for alternatives. Microsoft launched InfoPath – software for designing and filling electronic forms – in 2003 as part of Office 2003. When used with SharePoint, InfoPath helps users distribute and maintain forms on their intranets. Since its launch, the forms product has offered a great tool for businesses that need to build forms.

InfoPath’s Retirement

InfoPath’s Retirement

In early 2014, Microsoft announced that it would retire InfoPath and that InfoPath 2013 would be the last version it released. Microsoft hasn’t announced plans for an InfoPath replacement. As a result, companies are seeking alternative forms solutions to replace InfoPath. To successfully transition to a new forms solution, you need to understand what InfoPath provides and how to think about InfoPath alternatives.

Forms Considerations

Forms Considerations

InfoPath’s forms designer provides various controls (textbox, radio buttons, checkboxes and lists), supports basic calculations, connects to external data sources, and allows conditional formatting and custom coding within the form itself. Understandably, people don’t want to lose any of the familiar functionality of InfoPath. But what if an InfoPath alternative offered all these features as well as the ability to build forms that are SharePoint-, mobile- and workflow-friendly?

Nintex Forms Features

Nintex Forms integrates with SharePoint and Office 365 in the same way as InfoPath but provides more advanced features. Since its release in 2007, Nintex Forms has evolved with every release to provide the capabilities that SharePoint and Office 365 customers seek. One constant? Nintex Forms is user-friendly and easy.

Easy To Design

Easy to Design

  • Drag-and-Drop Designer: Easily create forms without having to write custom code
  • Preview: View how forms will render on a selected device without exiting the forms designer
  • Reusability: Create reusable components and save forms as templates
  • Portability: Use the Import and Export functionality to quickly copy forms with all their settings and layouts from one environment to another
  • Built-in Functions: Build complex formulas to use in rules and calculated values by utilizing provided inline and runtime functions
  • Workflow Variables: Create workflow variables and start data that interact with workflow processes built in Nintex Workflow

Easy To Use

Easy to Use

  • View/Fill Out in Browser: Fill in the form directly online within a web browser
  • Device Functionality: Leverage mobile device technology features to fill out and submit forms, including using touch support and adding pictures and attachments directly from a smartphone or tablet
  • Form Variables: Utilize hidden values that are calculated at runtime, used in controls and rules, and can be bound to list columns
  • Data Connectivity: Connect directly with databases and business applications using SQL Request Control and Web Services Control
  • Access to SharePoint Content: Connect directly to data within SharePoint lists
  • Mobility: Access and complete forms on mobile devices

Easy to Customize

  • Rules: Build rules on a form control to dynamically add formatting, visibility or editing changes to controls based on defined conditions
  • Customization: Add advanced functionality and custom branding to forms using JavaScript, jQuery and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Forms with Content Types: Customize each form attached to a content type in a list or document library
  • Validation: Make sure certain data and informational conditions are met before the form is subjected by using either the built-in or custom validation functionality
  • Interactive Forms: Create interactive forms with dynamic controls, such as List Lookup, Repeating Group, People/Group Picker, and Calculated Value Field

To learn more about how you can extend the power of your forms by switching from InfoPath to Nintex Forms, download our InfoPath Transition Guide.