Wednesday, 05 August 2020 09:20

Nextcloud adds new feature to enable creation of forms or gather data

Jos Poortvliet: "A third of people who don't fill in a form avoid it because they are worried about security and privacy." Jos Poortvliet: "A third of people who don't fill in a form avoid it because they are worried about security and privacy." Sam Varghese

Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has added a new app: Forms.

The company said in a statement that this would enable the creation of a variety of forms, help to gather data, view and export it, with the assurance that nothing would leave the server on which the instance of Nextcloud in question was running.

Nextcloud communications manager Jos Poortvliet said: "Surveys are a staple of the Web, for anything from planning events to getting product feedback and every business uses them - so do countless private users.

"But a third of people who don't fill in a form avoid it because they are worried about security and privacy.

"With Nextcloud Forms, we now offer an easy-to-use, integrated platform to build a variety of forms, gather data, view and export it! The best part: no data leaves the Nextcloud server."

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A sample questionnaire generated by the Nextcloud Forms app. Supplied

He added that the company had already used the app for user surveys and application forms.

"And we believe there is a bright future ahead for Forms. Google Forms, Typeform and the many other SaaS platforms who are happy to vacuum up your data and that of your surveyed participants should take note: there is a new player in town," Poortvliet added.

He said the Forms app lets one choose from a range of question types such as checkboxes, multiple choice, dropdowns, short answer and long text which should cover most use cases. However, the company was working on more question types, he added.

"You can share Forms via link to anyone, or even directly to specific users on your Nextcloud server or to the whole Nextcloud instance. For improved security it is possible to set an expiration date," Poortvliet said.

"There is no limitation on the amount of forms or questions you can create nor the links you can share or the number of people who can reply. Also important: Forms is responsive and will look good on any device or screen."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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