You come across a lot of cool ideas and trends when developing software, here's where we like to share them!
File this one under "it's about time!".
You can now drag and drop any Excel or .csv file into the Editor where it's seamlessly converted to a fully-featured web form. And we do mean fully-featured – the form includes a submission page for easy updates, and even creates a database table and seeds it with the sheet's existing data!
This feature really excites us, as you'd be surprised by how many folks still run critical business processes on this classic file format.
Of course despite the shortcomings the classic spreadsheet has its place. They're ubiquitous, easy to update and reason with, and super simple to transfer and share. The problems however are great, the most pressing being the inability to interoperate with business intelligence and data lakes. No longer – a quick drag and drop is all it takes.
The generated form provides critical access control along with ease of use, and the database means your data no longer lives in a silo. Better yet, the conversion process is so simple that you're never actually tied to the end result. Convert the sheet as many times as you want to ensure the process fits your teams needs.
We're incredibly excited about the possibilities this new technology empowers, and as always, look forward to many more!
One of the most important tasks we perform as form creators is securing the integrity of our data collection efforts. While RackForms has always featured a custom login engine and the ability to create forms that employ custom database logins, we're proud to announce native support CAS and Active Directory logins and identity management!
CAS (Central Authentication Service) is an open SSO standard used by a large number of top universities and higher-ed institutions. Our integration seamlessly plugs into your organizations SSO login process, ensuring only valid users are able to access your content. Better still, our CAS integration supports access levels, meaning we can gate specific users to the actions we choose, such as update and delete roles.
We're also excited to announce a powerful new Active Directory (AD) login integration. Simply enter a list of user names or groups to restrict the form to that subset of users. The AD server used for authentication can be any you have direct access to, making it easy to quickly set up organization-aware, secure form access.
With RackForms it's easy to secure content using our basic login, custom forms, and now, with integrated CAS and AD login support!