Some users ask how is Clappia different from a form service like Google Forms. A form is just one part of Clappia. It has several more features which together make the product much more useful than a form. This post covers the major differences between Clappia and Google Forms.
Two-way communication: Fundamentally, forms are one-way communication tools. Your users can submit and you can take actions. Clappia provides two-way communication for all users. Your users submit and you can take action (say reject or assign some other status). The users get notifications accordingly and then they can come back to modify and re-submit. Such back and forth communication with added workflows, schedules and notifications are possible.
Calculation: Clappia supports all kinds of arithmetic operations and even logical operations like IF/ELSE. To use this block, you don't need to learn any new language or syntax. Basic know-how of Excel is sufficient to add arithmetic operations and IF/ELSE logic in a Clappia app.
GPS location: You can add GPS fields so that your users can submit their GPS location. This becomes very useful when you want the location of your on-field employees, vehicles, assets etc.
Pre-attached files: You can attach certain files like annexures, guides, instructions, plans etc. while designing the form and sent to the users. The users can refer to these files while performing any action.
Mobile apps: Apart from getting a web app, all apps that are created in Clappia get a mobile app automatically. These apps can be accessed by downloading Clappia apps and logging in.
Offline mode: This feature positions our product miles ahead of any other Form service. We provide micro-apps inside one common app. You can create forms and push to your users on their phone. The users can submit data even without the internet and whenever they come online the data and files are synched. This is very useful when your field staffs visit remote locations with weak internet connectivity.
Permissions: We have complex permission model that can be used for various purpose. For example, if you want your users to submit their data and view/not view the submissions by other users, then you can set their permissions accordingly.
Schedule: You can set up a schedule so that your users get a notification to submit the data on time. For example, you want a daily sales report from your staff.
Bulk upload: You can bulk upload data in place of doing individual submissions.
Inter-app connection: You can create a suite of forms in the system which can pull data from each other. For example, you can create an app for the inventory and another app to pull data from this inventory app. Every time there is a new submission in the inventory app, the second app can pull the latest set of submissions.
Dynamic printing: This is very useful when you want to print documents based on each submission. You can create an app and attach a document in the configuration which will take values from the submission and merge with the attached document to generate documents with dynamic values on the fly.
Non-submission forms: You can create apps that do not require any submission. For example, calculator apps, apps with read-only files etc.
Conditional sections: You can create conditional sections that appear only when certain criteria is met. For example, if the total value of a field is less than 100 then one section should appear otherwise another section should appear.
Integration support: Clappia provides integrations with Google Sheet, Tally, MySQL databases, Mailchimp, IOT devices, and several other services.