Formtastic 10's GUI design client features a new interface that improves usability and facilitates future enhancements.
“Based on customer feedback, we decided to overhaul the design client by giving it a modern, ribbon-based interface,” says Stephen Woodard, Quadrant Software’s CEO. “Formtastic has also seen major changes under the hood, which means that customers can expect more frequent updates and improvements to the design client.”
The updated design client is part of several other recent Formtastic modernization initiatives, including the soon to be released integration with Quadrant’s Nexus Portal that enables users to quickly find, view and download their Formtastic documents directly from a browser on any device.
New Formtastic Interface
The new interface is much easier for users to navigate, enabling them to more quickly create Formtastic document overlays. In particular, Quadrant designed the interface to make it intuitive for users who are familiar with the Microsoft Office product suite.
“I love the new interface” remarked Jean Patterson, Assistant MIS Director at Northwest Door - part of the Formtastic 10 early release program. “I work with a lot of Microsoft Office products like Word and PowerPoint. Modeling Formtastic’s ribbon interface based on these was a great idea. It’s like I don’t have to learn another program!”
“It’s also encouraging because now I feel I can easily train new users if I need a backup - it’s just so intuitive. And of course Quadrant’s support staff is awesome!”
Highlights include (click the following links to see screenshots):
- Home tab: Commonly used editing buttons and commands.
- View tab: Controls for windows and page view.
- Main icon menu: Standard controls like save, new, open, document properties and IBM i-specific commands.
Updated Underlying Code Framework
Quadrant also upgraded the Formtastic design client to a significantly more modern code framework. This enables the development team to access newer and more sophisticated libraries and development features that they didn’t previously have access to.
Because Quadrant can now provide more modern features much faster than they could before, Formtastic customers can expect more frequent improvements to the design client.
Any Supported Windows Version
The Formtastic 10 design client can now run on any Windows version supported by Microsoft.
Free Upgrade for Formtastic customers
There is no upgrade fee for existing Formtastic customers on maintenance.
Formtastic is an easy-to-use document automation solution that enables organizations to leverage their investment in existing reports such as invoices, POs and account statements generated by IBM i applications and ERPs. Formtastic enables users to quickly design custom forms, checks, and bar code labels from a desktop-based interface designer. From there, Formtastic extracts spooled data from your IBM i and inserts it into a new business form. Users can then automatically fax, email, print or archive the newly formatted electronic document within a network.
Learn more or schedule a live demo at: http://www.quadrantsoftware.com/product/formtastic/