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Building Forms With GC Mobile:
Fields & Questions

Also known as "fields", Group Complete provides the following question types that can be used sequentially, organized into like fields, asked more than once using repeatable groups, or connected using sophisticated skip and relevance logic. Each type of question contains basic properties that allow you to customize the question and control the way that it works.

  • Barcode reader

    The barcode reader uses the mobile device's camera to scan & capture barcodes. It supporting all major barcode types including UPC-A and UPC-E; EAN-8 and EAN-13; Code 39, 128; QR Code; ITF; Codabar; RSS-14, all variants; Data Matrix; PDF 417, alpha quality; Aztec, alpha quality. This question will be skipped if the mobile device does not support barcode scanning.

  • Date & time selection

    Allows the selection of a date by year, month and day and/or time by hour and minute. Note that every form filled out by Group Complete is automatically stamped with the date and time when it is created and saved so you do not need to use the date question to duplicate this.

  • Drawable area

    A drawable area field uses the touch screen of the mobile device to capture freehand input from the user. Drawable areas can be configured to capture signatures or allow users to sketch drawings and diagrams.

  • Geopoint detection

    Allows the collection of GPS map coordinates at the current location using information provided from the mobile device's GPS unit or network-aware location based tracking. The data will include latitude, longitude, altitude and accuracy. This question type will be skipped on mobile devices that do not support GPS or network-aware location based tracking.

  • Groups

    Groups provide containers for organizing one or more of any of the questions above on your forms into related sections. They also allow your form to repeat one or more questions multiple times. There are three kinds of groups.

    • Regular Groups are used to organize related questions under a common heading. Use of these groups can make building long and complex forms more manageable and help your mobile workers to identify which section that their current question is related to. Examples of useful group names might be "Participant Registration, Part 1/3", "Payment Information, Part 2/3" and "Additional Notes, Part 3/3."

    • Repeated Groups loop through the questions that they contain up to a maximum number of loops that can be specified in the question properties. When your mobile workers reach a repeated group in a form they will be prompted to add a new repeatable set of questions to the form or to skip the repeated group and continue filling out the form.

    • Groups that display fields on one screen will show all of the fields that they contain on a single screen vs. the default format of one question per screen. This type of group is useful for taking advantage of extra screen real estate found on tablets or when you simply want to display more than one field on a form input screen.

    Regular and repeated groups may be "nested" within one another and provide a very efficient way to enter long lists of information. Groups that display multiple questions on a single screen may not contain other group types.

  • Media field

    Allows the collection of images from the mobile device's camera, audio recordings from the mobile device's microphone and video recordings from the mobile device's camera & microphone. Each media field can be configured to capture one of these media types in the properties. Image files are saved as JPEG and the format of video and audio files will depend on the mobile device.

  • Number field

    Accepts the entry of numbers only into a text-entry field. This field can be configured to accept Integer or Decimal input in the properties.

  • Select from list

    The Select From List question allows the selection of one or more items from a predefined list. You can specify whether the list allows one or multiple answers to be selected and choose any items that should appear pre-selected when the question is displayed. By default a single-select list appears as a list of radio items and a multiple choice list appears as a list of checkboxes.

    A Select From List may also be configured to use one of several different appearance options that affect how the list is displayed and the behaviour of the list when an item is selected.

  • Text field

    Allows the entry of alpha numeric information into a text entry box. The box will expand in size as more text is entered. Text boxes are the most generic data entry format.

Group Complete

Group Complete was discontinued in March 2012 due to a change in direction at Radical Dynamic. This website has been kept intact as a sample of Group Complete's technology portfolio.

Source code for the Group Complete Android app has been published to http://github.com/radicaldynamic/gcmobile. Please be sure to read the README file if you intend on releasing derivative works!

Visit www.radicaldynamic.com or follow @radicaldynamic for updates on other projects by Radical Dynamic.

Thank you for your interest in Group Complete!

Matt Adams
Founder, Radical Dynamic
www.stuffbymatt.ca, @stuffbymatt