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FormEntry creates paperwork for iOS devices

Widget Press has updated its line of FormEntry software products that help inexperienced developers create and use form-based apps for Apple computers and mobile devices.

FormEntry 2.0 launched within the last week in the Mac App Store while an iOS version, FormEntry Touch 2.0, appeared in the iOS App Store. The products are being announced in conjunction with this week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

FormEntry for Mac is aimed at allowing users to create standardized forms for use across an organization—a sales force, say, or charts for hospital staffers. (It can also be used to custom-build apps for sale in the App Store.) Those forms can be distributed over a local Wi-Fi network to any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running the FormEntry Touch application, which lets those users fill out and return completed work—including touchscreen-enabled signatures—via e-mail or to a company's internal Website.

The newly updated version of the form-creating FormEntry for Mac lets users expand the availability of those forms with AirPrint and PDF creation options. The updates to the iOS app are aimed mostly at fixing bugs from the previous versions; the updated app lets users view forms in both the portrait and landscape modes on an iOS device.

WidgetPress said a third program, FormEntry Server, is coming soon. The program will enable the distribution of FormEntry-created paperwork to an “unlimited” number of iOS users, even if they're not using the local Wi-Fi network.

FormEntry 2.0 for Mac costs $20 and is compatible with computers running OS X 10.6.6 or later. FormEntry Touch is free, and compatible with devices running iOS 3.1 or later.

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