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By: Elaheh Eghbal on August 6th, 2015

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The Top 5 Most Useful Zerion Element Types

Data Management | Workflow Automation

Zerion is built to fit your needs. From beginning to end, the form builder is in control of the element types, resulting in a form that meets and surpasses their needs.

With over 40 types of elements, it can be difficult to determine which input types are most beneficial. Here are the top five most useful, time-saving, and popular Zerion element types.

  • Subforms

Some data collection apps require you to know exactly how many times you will need to collect information before you are in the field. What happens when you realize that you have five spaces for images but actually need to take six pictures? Or, perhaps a surveyor needs to respond to the same questions for multiple pieces of equipment at the same site. Zerion's subforms are what make the platform user-friendly and robust. The one-to-many relationship allows data collectors to take as many pictures or fill out as many forms as necessary without having to determine the need in advance.

  • Option List

The Option List input type is such a time saver! The Option List element has three options: Picklist, Select, and Multiselect. Using this input in your forms allows data collectors to answer information based on pre-selected options that are created during the form building stage. You can also search through an Option List, similar to searching through a contact list in your phone. Watch this Video to see how the Option List works.

  • Date and Time

Although this may seem like an obvious favorite, the Date and Time input lets you fill in the necessary information almost automatically. Determine whether you need the date, time, or both and then rest assured that the information will be accurately populated in the forms.

  • Signatures

The Signature widget is a great way for field teams to authenticate their data submissions. Instead of having to contact the data collectors to verify their information, a signature lets the field user validate the information before it is submitted. The Signature element is also great for program managers who need to sign off on forms.

  • Annotations

A personal favorite, the Annotation widget helps you better explain the problem or tell a story. Taking pictures of a broken piece or a building in the village is good. Being able to circle, highlight, and write on the image is even better. Watch this video to see how the Annotation widget works.

Bonus! Assign-To

Once a form is completed but not yet submitted, use the Assign-To widget to send it to another data collector or to the program manager. The person who has had a form assigned to them will receive a notification and can access the form.

Ready to use these widgets in your forms? Watch the webinar recording of Form Building 102: Creating Smart Forms, which focuses on adding smart logic into your forms!

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About Elaheh Eghbal

Elaheh Eghbal is the Marketing Manager at Zerion. She is an adventurer, photographer, furniture builder, and wannabe foosball pro. If you have any questions about this post or just want to say hi, she would love to hear from you!

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