Release History

 September 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Collapse Workflow Statuses and Logic Rules

Within the Sintel Forms Designer we added the ability to collapse workflow statuses and rules. This makes it easier to review and update forms that have complex workflows or extensive logic applied. 

  • Control the state of linked list items

When using linked lists on a form (for storing linked data) you can now control whether the fields for those linked lists are Inherit from section, Mandatory, Optional or read-only.

  • Support for cascading drop-downs with multi-value lookups

We have extended the Cascading Drop-downs feature to support multi-value lookups

  • Display list name in the browser tab

When designing forms or when viewing or editing them you will now see more useful information in the browser tab as follows:
In the Form Viewer: title of list: new item OR title of list: #itemID

In the Form Designer: title of the list: design view.

  • Use field values within custom HTML

The "Custom HTML" property of a section now permits the insertion of tokens such as {{<fieldValue}} which will then be replaced by the actual value from the form.

  • Inline display of linked list item attachments in a popup

When a linked list item is edited in a popup, its attachments will be displayed as an inline field on the popup allowing users to click/tap to add new items.

  • Image rotation

Whether you attach images using the attachments option from the top menu bar or directly on the body of the form using a linked library you can now rotate those images using the Annotation feature. More about Image Annotation.



 August 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Choice field now support "Fill In" options

When completing a form that contains choice fields users will be able to enter their own value if the options available on the form do not provide the option they need. 

  • Redirect URL supports the use of the {{ID}} token

If you make use of the redirect ULR to re-direct users to a specific URL or page after saving/closing a form you will now also be able to use the ID as a parameter in that URL.

  • Enhanced trigger options for Rules

By default rules are run when data on a form changes however if you want a rule to run only once you can now achieve this. More about Logic: Rules

  • Improved performance for linked lists and libraries

We have been working hard to get the best experience for customers using linked lists. We have made a number of improvements to how linked lists and libraries work in order to maximize their performance.

  • UI improvements for linked list and libraries

To clean up the UI we have added a context menu for linked lists and libraries so that options for editing and annotating items appear in a menu that is less obtrusive on the screen.

  • Workflow and Conversations feature improvements

Historically, data relating to the the workflow and conversations features associated with a form were stored in 2 SharePoint lists in the same site as the form. In order to avoid any issues with the SharePoint list view threshold we have re-designed how this feature works. More about Handling the list view threshold for the Workflow and Conversations features.



 June 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Add & Edit linked list items in a dialog

Adding or editing items in a Linked List is generally done inline however Sintel Forms now supports the use of dialogs for this. More about Adding and Editing Linked List items in a dialog.

  • Add attachments to Linked List items

You can now add one or more attachments directly into Linked Lists items rather than adding the attachments to the form via the existing attachments pane. The attachment will then be stored with the Linked List item rather than the form itself. More about Adding attachments within Linked Lists.

  • Automatically add linked items or files

You can now create Linked List items on a new form such as inserting the standard list of attendees for a meeting or the list of questions for a new audit/inspection from a predefined template. You can also automatically add files! More about Automatically add linked items or files.

  • More granular options for disabling a form

You can use a new step called "Form: make read-only and/or hide workflow tasks and/or disable save button" to control a form. As you can imagine with this step you can make form read-only, hide workflow tasks or disable the save button. You can use a combination of one or more options as required. More about Logic: Steps.



 May 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • More options for controlling related lists within the Layout and Logic screens

Within the Layout screen you can now configure a sub list to prevent adding, editing & deleting items. Additionally within the Logic screen you can create Rules to do the same thing.

  • Permit external users to delete linked list/library items

Customers who enable External Submissions and External Collaboration can now permit those external users to delete linked list/library items in the same way that authenticated users can (as long as SharePoint permissions have been configured to allow it). More about External Submissions and External Collaboration.

  • Enhanced printing control

We have added a new setting for sections on forms called "Print Mode" which allows you to configure sections to print in a continuous mode or using a page break. When this setting is set to "Insert Page Break (print the section on a new page)", the section will be rendered on a new page when you export the form to PDF.



 April 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • External Collaboration

Customers using the Enterprise version of our Sintel Forms platform can already use a feature called "External Submissions" to share their forms with external users (people outside of their organisation with no access to their SharePoint environment). We have now added a second feature called "External Collaboration" which will extend this to enable those external users to edit forms they have already submitted. When this new feature is enabled external users will be prompted to enter their email address when submitting a form and the system will send them a confirmation email that their form was received. If they wish to edit a form they submitted the system will email them a pin to grant them temporary access to edit their forms. More about External Collaboration

  • Inserting Document libraries and Picture libraries as a sub list

Many of our customers requested the ability to add images into a form rather than add them as related attachments so we have added this. More about Related Lists and Related Libraries.

  • Ink Sketch control/Image annotation

Users can now annotate (draw on) images that they add to forms. Many of our customers use Sintel Forms to perform various types of audits and inspections. With this feature they can highlight specific areas on a image or drop pins on it. A use case could be a car hire company being able to indicate where on a car damage has been reported.

  • Change to the Sintel Forms Designer User Interface

Given the increasing the number of features and settings in the product we have begun to improve the UI of the Sintel Forms Designer so that it's easier to navigate. Starting with this release related settings are now grouped into tabs which will hopefully make the design experience better for all our customers. We will continue to improve the UI over the coming months.



 March 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • New On Premise Version

We finally released our updated on-premise version that contains all the same features as the Office 365 version and they are 100% compatible! Forms designed on the on-premise version can be exported/imported into the Office 365 version and vice versa.

  • Sintel Forms Mobile with offline forms

Our mobile app which enables you to take your forms offline is now available to download, check out the promo video here and download the app for free from Google Play. The iOS version of the app is pending approval in the App Store and as soon as it's available we will post the link here.

  • Added support for BCC fields within workflows

You can now add values into a BCC field within emails sent by the workflow engine within Sintel Forms. For more info on sending emails from workflow check out Workflow: Email

  • Logic update to allow external API calls

You can now call any online web service using the Logic feature in Sintel Forms. This can be used for retrieving some external information to be used in a form, or to send some data to external services. For more info on how to use this new feature check out Accessing external APIs.



 February 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Share Forms

Users are now able to share forms with others. We have provided options to share via a web link, via our mobile app using a QR code and also via an embed code.



 January 2019 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Prompt for unsaved changes when clicking the "Close" button

When a user attempts to close a form but has unsaved changes whey will now be prompted to verify if they wish to proceed.

  • New Condition for related lists (related list items count check)

There is a new condition available in the Logic screen that permits you to check if a related lists has x number of items, more than x items or less than x items.

  • Display currency symbol in currency fields in edit mode

Formatting for currency fields will now appear when the form is in edit mode when fields are not selected.

  • Display thousands and decimal separators for numeric fields in edit mode

Formatting for currency fields will now appear when the form is in edit mode when fields are not selected.

  • Added spelling correction to rich text editor

Similar to the plain text field editor, the rich text field editor now supports the spelling correction mechanism provided by the browser.

  • Mobile Title feature

We will be releasing our Sintel Forms Mobile App in the coming weeks for iOS and Android and in anticipation of this we have added a new feature to permit you configure the title of the form when used within the mobile app.



 November 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Anonymous/Guest Forms (aka submit forms without logging in)

We have added a feature to allow users submit forms without logging into the SharePoint tenant in which the form is hosted. Our approach means that any user who is provided with a link to a form can submit it without requiring any access to the tenant in which the form is hosted, more details.

  • Set form fields using query string parameters

Form designers can now set fields on forms by using values retrieved from query string parameters. You can set the values of the following field types: Text, Number, Choice, Multi-Choice, Lookup and Person or Group. You will also be able to combine multiple parameters and thus set the values of multiple fields on the from directly from the URL, more details.

  • Added support for limiting Person or Group fields to members of a specific SharePoint group

Forms designers can now use the existing feature of SharePoint that permits them to restrict Person or Group fields to only allow selection of members of a specific SharePoint group.

  • Added support for the "Append Changes to Existing Text" feature of SharePoint Multi-line text columns

Users can now see the history of changes made to any Multi-line text fields directly within a form and in addition the history of changes to this type of field are included if they choose to export the form to PDF.



 October 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

Many companies still use SharePoint on premise and are in the process of moving off InfoPath or moving to Office 365. To speed up this process they can use SPTransformator to analyse their current infrastructure and identify any customisations that have been applied including InfoPath Forms that are in use. Our integration with SPTransformator means that companies can automatically generate a template for each of their InfoPath forms to allow them to quickly and easily migrate from InfoPath to Sintel Forms.

  • Emails can now contain links to form attachments

You can now embed links to attachments directly within the body of emails sent by Sintel Forms which makes it quick and easy for users to access any attachments added to a form directly from their email. to add the links to attachments you simply have to add the {{Attachments}} token into the email body when you are configuring it for a Status or a Task.

  • Optimistic Concurrency (allowing multiple users to update a form at the same time)

In out-of-the box SharePoint when multiple users or workflows attempt to update a list item simultaneously they can receive the dreaded message "The form has already been altered by someone else. Please reload the page.". We have incorporated a new "Optimistic Concurrency" feature into the Settings screen of the Sintel Forms Designer to enable multiple users to update a form at the same time

  • New product logo

Ok so it's not really a new feature but we just wanted to let you guys know our product log has changed.


Old Logo   New Logo
SintelFormsOldLogo.png --> SintelFormsNewLogo.png



 September 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Restrict the Forms Designer to users with the "Manage Lists" permission

To improve security and restrict regular users from using the Sintel Forms Designer we have limited access to it. Users now require the "Manage Lists" permission to access it.

  • Display a confirmation screen after a form is submitted

You can now define a confirmation screen to display to users after they submit a form. The contents of this screen are configurable within the Sintel Forms Designer and includes the ability to embed the ID of the submitted form. Configuring the submission confirmation screen article.

  • Permit the display of system fields (Created, Created By, Modified, Modified By, ID) on forms

Previously these fields could be displayed on sublists only, we have extended this feature to the main list also.

  • Added support for standard SharePoint default values

Previously Sintel Forms ignored default values set on fields within a SharePoint list. After this update it now preserve any static default values defined on a field. Default values & custom values article.

  • New custom default values feature

We have added a feature to permit you to create enhanced default values with formulas including support for default values on field types that SharePoint does not currently support such as "Lookups", Person or group" and "Multi line text" fields.


 August 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Use calculated fields & formulas in forms & sub lists (sum, count, average etc…)

We have added the ability to add totals in sublists which will allow you to count, average, sum etc.. This will be ideal for customers using Sintel Forms for expense claims, time-sheet entries and the like, Creating calculated fields & using formulas.

  • Display system fields in sub lists e.g. Created / Created By

Sub lists can display read only system fields including Created/Created By and Modified/Modified By.

  • Redirect to custom URL after Save, Close or Action

Many clients had requested the ability to redirect users to a custom URL after they save, close or choose and action on a form so we have added this allowing you to define the URL to redirect them to.

  • Lookup column sort order (control the order in drop-downs)

Lookup columns now retrieve their sort order from the default view of the lookup list. This means that if you want to control the sort order of items in a lookup you can do so by configuring the default view of the lookup list. The configuration of the default view of lookup lists are also now included in the import/export process.

  • Inherit list security settings (create but not edit)

Sintel Forms will respect the security on the underlying lists such that if a user can create items but not edit them afterwards Sintel Forms will inherit that configuration.

  • Use [me] in rules with check field value

We have extended the Logic screen functionality within the Sintel Forms Designer to allow you compare the values of people pickers with the current user. This will allow you to check the current user against any people picker on the form and take appropriate action such as disabling the form if it's not assigned to the current user.


 July 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Column layout feature for choice fields

If you have a Choice field with many choices you can now render them in multiple adjacent columns instead of in a single vertical list. This will reduce the height of your forms and make it quicker and easier for users to complete them, Changing the layout of choice fields.

  • Support for SharePoint based validation

Sintel Forms now correctly handles SharePoint-based validation and displays validation errors messages in a readable format.

  • Support for display formats for currency and numeric fields

We added support for display formats for currency and numeric fields. This means that the view mode (and PDF export) now displays these fields using the format defined at the field level (currency symbol, number of decimal places) and the general locale format (decimal and thousand separators) defined at Site level.

  • Forms App UI updates

We added a few minor changes to the Sintel Forms App for capturing contact information when activating the product.



 June 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Embed form workflow history within emails

You can now add the form workflow history into the email notifications to see the history of a form including any comments that have been added within the email without having to actually open the form. You simply need to add {{[workflowHistory]}} to the email body to include it.

  • Linked Sub List cascading dropdowns

If you use Linked Sub Lists (like repeating tables from InfoPath) to capture details such as individual expenses on an expense claim form or individual trips on a mileage claim form you can now configure cascading dropdowns in those Linked Sub Lists.

  • After save custom scripts

Many clients requested the ability to perform actions such as generating a unique ID for forms after they are saved. You can now define a script to be executed after the form saves to set fields such as generating a unique form ID using a defined naming convention such as "Date" +"Submitted By" + "ID".

  • Rule condition to check for attachments

If you require users to add an attachment you can now add a condition using a rule to check for this and prevent users submitting forms if an attachment has not been added.

  • New Portrait/Landscape and Disable options for PDF Export

You can now disable the PDF Export feature if required and we have also added the ability to export in either Portrait or Landscape mode depending on your needs.

  • New "Fit to width" setting for Linked Sub Lists

If you have a lot of fields in your Linked Sub Lists and want to avoid horizontal scrollbars appearing you can set them to "Fit to width". This shrinks them down to fit on the screen which is particularly useful when exporting to pdf.

  Bug fixes

  • Improved error logging during Forms’ configuration export.
  • Improved the vertical alignment of different field types on forms removing the height difference between certain field types.
  • Resolved issue with the file type being defaulted to “.*sfrm” when attempting to add attachments to a form.



 May 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Tabs

Finally, you can split long forms into more manageable groupings using tabs. No need to setup choice fields and logic to show and hide fields or sections. You can simply add a tab control, configure the number of tabs and then place whatever you want into them.

  • PDF Export

This was a heavily requested feature so you can now export your completed forms allowing you to download them as PDF files or print them.

  • Ink signatures

You can now sign forms on mobile devices such as phones and tablets and if you are using a PC/Laptop without a touchscreen you can simply use your mouse. How to use Ink signatures.

  • Cascading drop downs in Linked Sub Lists

If you use Linked Sub Lists on your forms such as a main expense form with multiple individual expenses contained in a Linked Sub List you can now setup cascading dropdowns for the Linked Sub List within Sintel Forms. How to use Cascading Dropdowns.



 April 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Access pre-configured forms templates

We made some pre-configured form templates available for download to help you get started configuring your own forms including layouts, workflow and logic all pre-configured for you, check them out here

  • Export/Import Option

We added an option to export your form configuration and import it onto another environment to make it easy to design a form in one environment and then deploy it to another.

  • Section Formatting

To speed up the process of branding your forms we added features to allow you easily set font colours, sizes and backgrounds colours on every section. No need to be fiddling with HTML and CSS (unless you enjoy that sort of thing  ).

  • Font Awesome Support

We  Font Awesome and were early backers of it on Kickstarter so we embedded it to allow you add icons into sections in your forms..



 March 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Badge app icons

A badge app icon will now appear on the top left of the action bar to indicate the number of Workflow statuses, Attachments and Comments within conversations.

  • Update for viewing attachments

Previously attachments opened in a new tab by default but now they open in context. If the file can't be previewed in the browser you can click to download and open it.

  • Improved Conversations

We have overhauled the interface of the conversations panel including displaying each users avatar (profile picture) and improving the display of comments. We have also embeded a link to the form within the email a user receives via email when they have been mentioned in a comment.

  • Descriptions for Form Settings

We have added descriptions to the form settings screen to make it clearer what each setting can be used for.

  • Add all fields to a form

To speed up the process of creating forms we have added an option to add all fields to the form which will significantly reduce the time it takes to configure it.

  • Cloning Rules

Setting up rules can be time consuming especially on complex forms so we are adding a feature to allow you copy existing rules including their conditions and steps.



 February 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Attachments to forms

You can now add attachments into your forms.

  • Attachment previews

It's now possible to preview any images you attach to your forms.

  • Improved design of the Workflow pane

The Workflow Pane got an overhaul of the UI to improve usability and make it easier to distinguish tasks from the various states a form can be in.

  • Added responsiveness to Linked Sub List columns

Linked Sub List columns are now responsive and resize appropriately on smaller screens such as tablets and smartphones.

  • Better handling of inserted HTML

Inserted HTML is now handled better to ensure that images that are inserted as part of the design of forms are resized appropriately on smaller screens.

  • Reposition fixed width field labels

Field labels that have fixed widths applied now appear better on smaller screens.

  • Improved performance of both the forms designer and the forms

As always we strive to improve the overall performance of both the forms designer and the forms so we have added a few tweaks to speed them up.

  Bug fixes

  • Sometimes the email subject didn't auto save unless you clicked save in the designer.
  • The save button on forms was disabled if the form Title was not present.



 January 2018 Update

  Feature enhancements

  • Double clicking on a field or section immediately highlights the Title field

This will speed up the process of configuring forms.

  • Added ability to view the version history of a form

You can now easily view the previous versions of a forms configuration and revert if necessary.

  • Embed form data in emails

Form data can now be embedded within any emails sent by the product using curly brackets {{ within the "To" and "Cc" fields and @mentions in the subject and body.

  Bug fixes

  • Fixed issue when using multiple designer windows simultaneously.
  • Resolved issue with image alignment from inserted HTML.
  • Resolved issue displaying tool-tips on section headers.
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