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How to use Offline forms without Infopath on clients

Posted on 2008-09-30
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Hello All:
We are using infopath 2007 and MOSS.  We would like to find a way to publish (possibly web forms) that allow our users to fill in forms offline and then submit them when they are back in the office.  Many of our employees travel and will not have access to our sharepoint system when they need to fill out the form.  However, at this time they do not have infopath either.  
Is there anyway to accomplish this?
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by:clayfox
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The only way to support off-line is to have the InfoPath client, which is designed for this.  To use web forms, the form must be rendered on the server.
Otherwise they would need to run moss locally :)
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Clay,
I have been reading about InfoView on some websites, although I cant seem to find the product now.  Also a product called InfoJet.  I am wondering if there may be some products that can fill this void.  To really compete with Adobe it would seem as though they would need a product similar to Reader that is free to allow anyone to fill in forms.  Any thoughts?  I really hate to have to purchase 2000 copies of infopath..... :(
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You need some kind of client app.  Which by design is the InfoPath client.
You may be able to find or use some other client app that can edit XML documents.

It may be cheaper just to get cell modems and keep them online all the time.

I have seen with Groove that you can take SharePoint and even forms offline, so that is another possible option.
Formotus has a solution for Windows Mobile to have offline InfoPath but they do not have a PC client yet.
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Thanks for the help clay
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