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Formloom 4 for RapidWeaver

It has been exactly four years since Yabdab's Formloom 3 was released. There were minor updates in the meantime, but now Formloom 4 has hit the market. Was a major new release necessary? Apparently it was: there are numerous new additions. Is the new plugin worth nearly twice the price? Decide for yourself:

There's a long list of new features for Formloom 4. The list isn't as long as the new features introduced with version three, but still worthy of mention.
Here's what Mike lists as being new:

UNLIMITED Sites / Forms – Unlike other web form "services", you can use Formloom on all your web sites! There is no limit to how many forms or web sites a single copy of Formloom 4 will work with. (Ahem; that's not a new feature)
Multi-Step Forms – Got a super long form? Well now you can break it up into multiple steps.
Rules – Hide and show items based on the values of other items. Powerful conditionals are now in Formloom.
Data Tables – Built in support to view and filter through data submitted into MySQL.
New Input Types – A bunch of new input types , including...
Date Range
Time Range
Date-Time Range
WYSIWYG HTML
Signature
Star Rating
Range Slider
Currency
Security Question
Mail Preview – Preview how your emails will look directly inside Formloom 4
Better Email Design – Formloom's new Email HTML wrapper will make any email look like a professional designed it.
reCAPTCHA v.3 Support – Make sure humans are filling out your forms, not bots using the new invisible reCaptcha v.3
Font Awesome 5 – Complete Font Awesome 5 support for placing over 1400 different icons in your input fields.
Darkness – Formloom 4 supports the new Mojave Dark Mode in RapidWeaver 8.1+
Persist Data – Tell your form to hold on to input entries until the form is complete. Even when the page gets reloaded by mistake.
Included Formloom Helper Stack – Using the Formloom 4 Helper Stack, you can now include any Formloom 4 form into any Stacks page.
Added Style Settings – Design your form by choosing the colours, font and font sizes for your form.
Improved UX – Things are looking really nice with the addition of full-screen functionality, cleaner layout and retina optimised UI.
Plus much more... – There are just too many things to list them all here. (mike's words, not mine).


So let's be honest. I never used Formloom before. I tested the beta version of V4 and was impressed. Then, after seeing Yabdab's demo page, I decided that yes, Formloom beats the trousers (pants for those on the wrong side of the pond) off FormSnap and have purchased the plugin.
Why? Because the feature list is way longer (read: 'better') and I was impressed with the new page break feature for longer forms.

Formloom is a plugin. A Formloom Helper Stack is included with the plugin which allows you to add your completed form to any stacks page. The UI, even though the forms themselves can get very complicated, is easy to understand.
More complicated forms can be divided into 'subpages' and navigation dots are automatically added so that the user can see how many pages there are. Moving backwards or forwards within a form, or accidentally refreshing the page does not delete any information that was previously entered.

If you use Formsnap, there is a special crossgrade price available for Formloom. You might find it useful to check the demo out!

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