Sintel Forms V'S InfoPath

We have prepared the following table to assist you in evaluating Sintel Forms against InfoPath or other forms solutions for SharePoint.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

  InfoPath Sintel Forms

 Forms Design

   
Design Environment

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Stand-alone application which requires a separate license.

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Browser based designer integrated into the SharePoint Ribbon.

SharePoint Versions Supported

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Enterprise Only.

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All Office 365 plans that include SharePoint are supported.

For On-Prem SharePoint 2013 Foundation and up are Supported.

Responsive Forms

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No

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Yes

Skillset Required

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End users don't stand much of a chance. Power users can configure basic forms. Expensive InfoPath consultants are required for more complex forms containing complex layouts or logic

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If you can use SharePoint you can use Sintel Forms.

Form Versioning

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Manual and cumbersome.

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Enabled by default and stored in a SharePoint list permitting easy retrieval and restoring.

Build Time

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Can be time consuming depending on the layout and logic required.

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Most forms can be configured in a matter of minutes (depending on complexity).

Built-in Workflow

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Not available.

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Easy to use Workflow engine, also 100% compatible with SharePoint Designer, Power Automate and other workflow solutions such as Nintex.

Bonus: we support optimistic concurrency, allowing multiple users to edit a form at the same time!

Theme & Styling

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Not available.

 

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Apply themes to your forms and design your own theme to use across your organisation.

Localisation

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Not available.

 

 

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The text used in the UI of the Sintel Forms Viewer can be changed to any language you wish.

     

 Form Viewer

   
Fields and Sections

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Both available.

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Additional functionality

  • Tooltips
  • States (Inherit, Optional, Mandatory, Read only)
  • Embedded HTML
  • Label positioning
Customisations

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Difficult to apply.

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Additional functionality

  • Custom HTML
  • CSS
  • Images
Permissions

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Read/Write or Read-Only using rules.

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Read/Write or Read-Only using rules.

Repeating Sections

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Very limited, all data merged and stored in a single field.

Very difficult to report on.

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Data stored as individual items in related lists.

Very easy to report on.

Cascading dropdowns and settings field values

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Cascading available in Form Library Forms only and setting fields is achievable but cumbersome.

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Easily achieved using logic rules.

     

 Attachments

   
Related Attachments

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Yes in Form Library Forms but attachments are stored within the form xml.

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Yes and attachments are added to the list item making reporting easier.

Inline Attachments

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Yes in Form Library Forms but attachments are stored within the form xml.

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Inline attachments display previews of the files in addition to metadata. 

Preview Attachments

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No

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Yes

Open in new tab

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No

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Yes

     

Extended Features

   
Conversations and @mentions

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No

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Yes

Email Notifications

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Not available without customisation or separate workflow.

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Email notifications are built in and can be configured to include the form data.

Assignment of Actions

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No

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Actions can be assigned to individuals or groups and emails can be configured to include the form data.

Export to PDF

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Limited, not available in SharePoint List Forms.

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Forms can be exported to PDF in both Portrait and Landscape mode.

Offline Forms

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No 

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Available out of the box with our free mobile app for iOS and Android.

Anonymous Forms 

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No 

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Available with the professional license.

Bonus: We also support the use of captchas when submitting forms.

Mobile App 

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No

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Mobile apps for both Android and iOS which permit users to download forms and use them offline.

Feature Updates

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Product deprecated, no new features being released.

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Sintel release updates with new features every month. These features are primarily based on customer feedback and requests.

Product Support

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Limited support options.

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Phone/Email/Ticket/Remote

We are renowned for our support for both pre-sales and licensed customers. Check out our testimonials or our reviews on AppSource.

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