2016 is upon us, and looking back, we have had a wonderful year here at Cognito Forms. Here’s a quick look back as we gear up for 2016!
When we launched back in December of 2013, we included a number of key features that we felt were essential to our goal of providing an easy-to-use form builder that did more than just fill spreadsheets and collect contact info. For example, even the limited feature set that we launched with included support for repeating sections and robust calculations. However, 2015 was definitely the year where we took things to the next level to make Cognito Forms really productive and useful for our loyal customers.
Here is the month-by-month summary of our feature releases for 2015:
|January||Multi-page forms, Customizable email notifications, Auto-responder email confirmations, Enhanced content editor, Multiple organizations per user|
|February||International forms with support for 14 languages, Range validation for numbers and dates, Character limits|
|March||Zapier app for integration with hundreds of cloud services.|
|April||Multi-user organizations, Paid plans to enable advanced features (like multiple users), Form prefill support, Copy forms between organizations|
|May||Save & Resume allowing users to save progress without submitting, Attach uploaded files to email notifications, Multiple notification/confirmation templates, Conditionally send emails at the right time to the right people, Share forms as templates with anyone via a link|
|June||Save entries as PDF documents, Include uploaded images in content fields, Allow hiding of blank fields in email notifications|
|July||PayPal Express Checkout for payment forms, Download PDF from confirmation page, Attach PDF copy to email notifications, Progress bar navigation for multi-page forms, Prepaid plans with discounts|
|August||Entry encryption for forms with sensitive data, Min/max item limits for repeating sections, Bulk choice creation by via copy/paste, Calculated default values for choice fields, Windows 10 app|
|September||Electronic signatures, Keyword entry search|
|October||Custom validation rules, Cross-section calculations for complex forms, Advanced entry search including conditional logic, If – Then – Else support for easier to read calculations, Relative dates, such as “Today” or “Tomorrow”, Wufoo importer to jumpstart Wufoo converts|
|November||Share entry links to allow secure editing/viewing of entries even post-submission, Resend notification/confirmation emails manually while managing entries, Iframe embedding for websites that don’t play nice|
|December||Saved document templates for PDF document merging, Word-based custom merge templates beta, File upload limits increased to 100MB|
All-in-all, this has been a great year. We are really excited to see how our customers are embracing the power of Cognito Forms to help run their businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and local governments. We are also incredibly appreciative of the support and input that our customers provided throughout the year to help us determine and refine our feature sets.
In an upcoming post, we will discuss some of our thoughts for 2016, and ask you again to provide feedback to help us shape the future of Cognito Forms!
Jamie is co-founder of Cognito Forms, an online form builder for organizations seeking to quickly and easily connect with their customers. In his free time, Jamie loves spending time with his wonderful wife and kids, training for triathlons, camping with boy scouts, singing in the choir, and trying out the latest gadgets.