2018: The Year Ahead!

Happy New Year! 2017 was an exciting year here at Cognito Forms, and not just because of the total solar eclipse in August. This past year, we released several long-awaited features and enhancements for your forms, including (but not limited to):

As we head into 2018, we’re determined to continue releasing awesome new features for our customers on a consistent basis. Here’s a rundown of some of the things we have planned for the next couple of months:

Custom placeholder text

Placeholder text (like “First” and “Last” in a Name field, or “Address Line 2” in an Address field) provides a clear prompt for the people filling out your forms. This feature will allow you to specify your own custom placeholder text for your form fields, including the Text, Number, Currency, Date, Time and Choice - Drop Down fields.

Placeholder textbox

Lookup field

The Lookup field is a Choice field - but with superpowers! Similar to a Choice field, you will be able to select the dropdown, radio button, or checkboxes types; however, the available choices will be based on entries for other forms! Plus, selected entry data will be available for calculations, allowing you to reference other information, like scores, ratios, prices, dates, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Charge customers now or later

Sometimes, your organization may need to collect a customer’s payment information upfront, but not charge them until later. With this feature, you will be able to create customers in Stripe or Square for future reference. Upon submission, the customer payment information will be stored in Stripe/Square, where you can perform a charge at a later date.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU, and includes the EU-US Privacy Shield - a framework for exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

Cognito Forms will be joining the EU-US Privacy Shield and will comply with GDPR before the May 25th deadline in 2018. We will be updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy well before this compliance deadline to reflect these changes and our adherence to the GDPR requirements.

We want your feedback!

Do you see any features here that you’re particularly excited about? Do you have any questions, or suggestions for new features? We’d love for you to take a minute or two to visit our Idea Board and up-vote/comment on the features that are important to you! If you haven’t already, just click the green “Sign Up for free” button to create your free account.

Speaking of feedback: if you have any ideas or suggestions for a new blog post, help topic, or even a video tutorial, be sure to let us know in the comments below! Or, contact us directly via support request. We’re constantly striving to improve our help content, and your opinions let us know if we’re on the right track!

Here’s to a great 2018!