Date/Time Fields


1. Select  the Field Tools tab.

2. Click and drag the Date/Time field block to the field you are setting up in Designer.

Note: By using the blocks in the middle of the field and on the left and right, you can adjust the size of the field to the size you need.


3. Once the field is placed on the template, you can update the Field Settings.


a. You can give an Identifier to each field.

Note: Spaces and special characters are not supported in the Identifier.

b. You may set an optional Display Name. The Display Name is displayed in naturalForms only. It does not need to be unique and may contain spaces. 

c. If you select the Is Read-Only, the field will accept data only and a user will not be able to add a handwriting input value to the field. Typically read-only fields are used for calculation results; however, they can be used as a key field to feed into a backend system.

d. When using date/time fields on a template, you have the ability to set Value Format Patterns. The patters are Unicode standard, TR-35. We have provided a small list of commonly used patterns or you may enter a custom pattern by selecting the Custom option and entering the code in the Value Format Pattern area.

e. You can input a Default Value into a field. All documents created will then contain the same Default Value for each document created.

f. By selecting the Is Mandatory checkbox, this will force a field to be mandatory. Users will not be able to submit the document unless the field has a value.

g. Selecting Capture GPS will capture the GPS location of the tablet. User will see the GPS location via data output once the document is submitted to the server.

h. By selecting Allow Copy/Paste, the field will be copied and pasted between documents during bulk copy/paste.

i. There are two options for this type of field. The selection you make here will determine which picker or keypad is available for field entry in the app.

j. Selecting Allow Date will give the user the option of a Date Picker or a Date Keypad.

ii. Selection Allow Time will give the user the option of a Time Picker.

iii. We recommend using separate fields for date and time and then using this option to set the field. This is due to the fact that only the last selection in the app will be stored (date or time, not both).

k. You can manually modify the Selection Area of a field by changing the coordinates within the Selection Area

l. You do not need to set the Value Area during template set up. This is an optional setting that will allow you to set a custom location for the field value when the value is interpreted.

4. Once the field is on the templates, we recommend setting Field Properties, such as font type, size, color and alignment. These settings will display on the PDF which is shared via Dropbox, Email, print or through output.


Note: Anytime you would like further information on what a setting in the Template Setting tab controls, simply click on the . By clicking on the , you will be given a brief description on how each selection will impact the documents in naturalForms.

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