Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello - anybody using InfoPath?  I have already seen the intro M$ website, where it is proclaimed as a great thing; but I would like to hear from Access developers; if anybody is using it, and if/how it plays in with SharePoint.
Question by:mlagrange

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    Specifically, is it a better way to gather data than spreadsheets? One client now is a global facilities management department, and they gather all the project data through xls's that have tricky macros that make certain entries required or optional, and hide & show different sections, depending on certain other entries  
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    I was in your position once, it looked neat but I couldn't fid anyone that used it. The answer I found was to use access instead or go up to SQL express.
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    by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
    I've played with it a couple of times and used it once.  If found it to be relatively straight forward for simple data collection using an HTML layout.  I never tried anything with respect to optional vs required fields, to see how it handles those.  I did not like that it didn't actually create combo boxes and lists in the HTML version.  Instead, it created textboxes, and displayed the appropriate value for those boxes as text, at the bottom of the form.

    I never got the InfoPath form option to work.  It kept asking for Visio in the form design mode and I don't have Visio installed.

    I would recommend that you expand your Zones (click the request attention button on your original post) to include the InfoPath zone.

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    Sorry; I was waiting for more responses, and then got pulled away. Thanks

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