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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The QuickForm

The key thing that drew me to ArcPad in the first place was the fact that it did everything that I needed (at the time) out-of-the-box. It used my existing files, and it behaved pretty much exactly as my desktop GIS did!

But one of the new features in ArcPad 7, leaves your average desktop GIS for dead! The QuickForm feature allows you to generate a data entry form based on a layers attributes, with basic rules and conditions to regulate data entry. This means that WITHOUT any programming, you can go from using the default attribute table for editing attributes:

to a form with drop downs, check boxes and date pickers:

If you haven’t tried it yet – have ago! Here are the steps:

  1. Go to New > QuickForm.
  2. Your then prompted to select which shapefile you wish to build the QuickForm for. Choose your file and click OK.
  3. The first tab on the QuickForm dialog box allows you to select the layout of the form. There are settings for the name, style and size of the form, and number / type of tabs
  4. The second tab allows you to choose which fields will be available in your form. Not all fields have to be presented, you can check/uncheck as many as you like.
  5. The third tab allows you to set rules and constraints. You can nominate which fields are required, supply a minimum and/or maximum value for numeric fields, and add list values to be presented in a combo box for text fields.
  6. Click OK and you’re done. Next time you edit that layer the new QuickForm will be displayed.

Note that the QuickForm function overwrites any previous apl’s. If you need to make a change (and you don’t have ArcPad Studio) – you will actually need to create a new form (or for small tweaks – you could open the apl in a text editor and make the changes directly). Else, you CAN open and edit your QuickForm’s in Studio.


  • At Saturday, October 07, 2006 9:45:00 am, Blogger David Gobbett said…


    there seems to be a problem with the formatting of this article, which prevents my blog reader from downloading the entire ArcPad Team Blog. In Internet Explorer the when error viewing reads:

    Cannot view XML input using CSS style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.


    Reference to undeclared namespace prefix: 'o'. Error processing resource ''. Line 399, Position 6

    Then some xml tags which I cannot include here...

  • At Tuesday, November 14, 2006 12:16:00 pm, Blogger Marika said…

    sorry about that - ive corrected the entry - the atom feed should work now

  • At Tuesday, November 14, 2006 11:06:00 pm, Blogger Stu said…

    Praise be! somthing useful in ArcPad that doesn't require programming skills.

  • At Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:38:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice feature, especialy if you know the basics of HTML/XML, then you can freely edit apl files in notepad.
    The sytaxis is quite obvious and it is not so much programing.

  • At Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:18:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any idea where I could get a list of HTML/XML commands possible.

  • At Tuesday, April 07, 2009 2:16:00 am, Anonymous CMack said…

    Quick Form worked great in ArcPad 7.0.1, but I'm having trouble with it in 7.1.1. All of the set-up procedures are the same, but when going to add a feature, the standard attribute table pops up rather than the form with drop down menus etc. Also, it does not honor the perameters I put in place using the Quick Form setup. We do not have Application Builder. Any insight?


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