It is with great pleasure that we are announcing Orbeon Form Builder. Form Builder allows you to build forms right from your browser and aims at taking the pain out of building forms. It is 100% open source, standards-based, and built on top of the Orbeon Forms XForms implementation, which we have been refining for years.
An alpha version of Orbeon Forms Builder is currently available to developers for testing and feedback. You can download it as part of the Orbeon Forms nightly builds.
More information is available on the Orbeon Form Builder product page, in the Orbeon Forms flyer (PDF), and in the following press release which we wrote with OW2 (PDF also available):
OW2 and Orbeon make web forms easy to build and deploy
San Francisco, May 6 2008 – Orbeon, Inc. and the OW2 Consortium today announced Orbeon Form Builder, a web-based, standards-based open source WYSIWYG web forms editor. Unlike most form editors, Orbeon Form Builder does not require any client-side software install and runs directly off a web browser by leveraging Ajax and Web 2.0 technologies.
Orbeon Form Builder includes a visual grid editor, attachments, validation rules, printable views, PDF output, full internationalisation, Web Services integration, XML-based persistence, an offline mode, as well as an "expert" mode allowing advanced form authors to provide their own XForms markup.
"For years now our customers have asked us for a visual form editor that leverages the power of XForms," said Alessandro Vernet, CTO of Orbeon. "We believe that with Orbeon Form Builder, we are answering that call and we are making it dramatically easier for less technical users to build full-fledged web forms, while at the same time building on the technical merits of XForms."
Orbeon Form Builder also provides the Orbeon Form Runner runtime environment, which manages deployed forms, presents searchable form data, handles validation as you type and takes care of the plumbing necessary to capture, save, import and export form data.
Orbeon Form Builder is built on top of the open source Orbeon Forms platform, which delivers the W3C XForms standard to web browsers without the need for plugins or additional client-side software. "The Orbeon Forms XForms engine is the technology that underlies Form Builder" said Erik Bruchez, principal architect of Orbeon Forms. "Without it, we wouldn't have been able to progress as fast as we have over the past few months, and we are very proud of the fact that it is entirely open source."
Founded in 1999, Orbeon delivers and supports Orbeon Forms, an open source, standard-based forms solution. Orbeon Forms is delivered to web browsers thanks to XForms and Ajax technology, with no need for client-side software or plugins. Companies and public sector agencies that rely on Orbeon Forms include CSC, Teleflex, SunGard, Esprit Limited, CRIX International, the State of Oregon, and Amnesty International. Visit: www.orbeon.com
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