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AgTerra Through the Years

Our Story
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Our Story

The month of March marks a new year for AgTerra. Fifteen years have come and gone, and now we’re on our 16th year! What better way to celebrate than with a trip down memory lane?  As a company that has always been rooted in the technology world, AgTerra has had its fair share of successes and failures, both of which has made the company what it is today. Whether it was developing a new reporting system or upgrading components on our hardware, each accomplishment and stumbling block was driven by a single commitment:

To help customers solve problems, both in the field and in the office.




The Beginnings

AgTerra was started in March 2003 by Alan Telck. The office was based out of an old sugar mill in Sheridan, Wyoming.

(Our very first logo!)


New Connections

AgTerra became an ESRI partner, paving the way for software and hardware collaboration with GIS data collection solutions. At the time, ArcPad devices were being used by AgTerra’s customers to collect spatial data for their AgTrac systems.




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New Faces

Joe Campbell also came on the team in 2004 as one of AgTerra’s first full-time programmers. Joe is celebrating his 15-year work anniversary this year!




Adventures with WriteTEQ

In early 2006, AgTerra introduced WriteTEQ as an innovative solution for customers to digitally preserve notes taken in the field.

The WriteTEQ system consisted of a specially designed pen that recorded microdots on a paper form. At the end of the day, the pen was placed in a dock that transferred the data to a computer where the data then had to be verified before it was transferred to the user’s desired database system.

Although the system performed well on many accounts, the verification process was time-intensive and ultimately led to the discontinuation of WriteTEQ in 2013.




SprayLogger Makes its Debut

The original SprayLogger boxes read off of a turbine flow sensor and required a keypad for entering applicator, equipment, target and tank mix information. A data shuttle was used to transfer spray data between the box and a computer. It sounds like a lot of work to us now!




Easier Mapping with MapItFast

GIS mapping software had made great strides over the years, however it was still quite cumbersome and complicated for field personnel. Taking feedback from customers and colleagues, AgTerra  set out to develop a truly easy-to-use mapping solution. In 2012, MapItFast was born.


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Forms Go Digital

The discontinuation of WriteTEQ led to the release of AgTerra’s new Strider Forms and Reporting system. Users could now fill out forms on a mobile device and send the data directly to a database.

Strider was initially developed as a standalone product, but as more and more customers discovered the value of MapItFast, AgTerra realized that merging the mapping element with Strider forms would create a truly powerful field data collection system.

Today, Strider and MapItFast provide the all-in-one package that customers have come to rely on for all of their spatial and tabular data collection needs.


End of the Turbine Era

Original SprayLogger boxes used turbine flow sensors, which were prone to sticking and malfunctions. In 2013, AgTerra moved to electromagnetic flow sensors made by Sika, which not only eliminated sticking issues caused by the mechanical turbine but also resulted in more accurate flow readings. Electromagnetic flow sensors are still used with today’s SprayLogger boxes.





Making Moves

AgTerra moved out of the sugar beet facility and into a new office building on Memorial Day 2015. The team is still enjoying their new “digs,” which are located within walking distance of historic downtown Sheridan, Wyoming.

Actual view from Google Maps – logo added for authenticity!



Expanding the Product Line

AgTerra introduced two new hardware products in 2017: SprayLogger Backpack and SnapMapper.

The backpack version of SprayLogger was a small box designed to be carried with applicators doing spot spray work in the field. It was designed to track the low flow rates and smaller chemical amounts typically associated with backpack applications.

SnapMapper was initially developed for use on harvest equipment, however due to its universal functionality, it was ultimately marketed as a quick and easy mapping solution for a wide array of applications. The SnapMapper product can map points and lines using a switch or trigger on any piece of equipment.


Making the Best Better

Last year saw tons of new developments in AgTerra’s software and hardware, including a FoggerLogger unit for mosquito abatement application, an easy online form builder for Strider and a new user interface for the SprayLogger website.



Sixteen Years and Going Strong

AgTerra continues to work every day to create solutions for our customers. Here’s to another sixteen years!

Christmas Photo 2018
Alan Telck (far left) loves Christmas photos almost as much as he loves his coffee!

AgTerra Technologies,16 Years of Digital Reporting and Mapping

AgTerra Technologies

Sixteen Years Aiding Natural Resource Professionals in the Field

Technology looked a lot different sixteen years ago. The Internet was still in its infancy, Facebook did not exist and mobile computers were primitive. When AgTerra Technologies started in 2003, the company’s primary product was AgTrac, a record-keeping application designed specifically for ag-based customers. Users relied on slow, clunky Windows Pocket PC and ArcPad devices to collect information in the field and data was uploaded through SD cards.

Tablets and smartphones have evolved significantly over the last ten years, however the concept gathering accurate data while users are on-site has not changed. AgTerra’s developments have always been guided by customer needs and experiences. It is why the company currently leads the way in simplifying mapping on mobile devices and eliminating the work and mistakes involved with uploading, accessing and collaborating with data. AgTerra’s SprayLogger hardware and software system has become recognized as the best pesticide record-keeping system available for pesticide applicators and vegetation managers.

Scroll to read how we got to where we are today

The First Steps

In the search for solutions to simplify field data collection, AgTerra came across a product that merged both traditional and futuristic data collection in what looked like a fairly ordinary pen. This pen marked the beginning of a data collection solution dubbed WriteTEQ. Specialized pens were used with paper forms printed with “microdots,” tiny dots indiscernible to the naked eye. Users would fill out forms and then place the pen in a dock at the end of the day where the data would be transferred to a computer.

While exciting in concept, WriteTEQ posed some challenges for field users and office employees alike. The data transfer process did not always go smoothly and what data did come through required additional verification to ensure that all handwriting was accurately converted to digital format. These downfalls, paired with the expense of costly pens and fees involved with licensing, led to the eventual phasing out of WriteTEQ.

WriteTEQ pens converted handwritten words to digital text.
WriteTEQ pens converted handwritten words to digital text.

Mapping a Better Way

Field surveys and observations in agriculture and natural resources are nearly always associated to an object that can be mapped, such as a field boundary, roadway, or the location of a new weed. But electronic mapping can be data-intensive and difficult for many people to learn. Understanding its importance in the industry and the demand for easy-to-use tools, AgTerra began developing its own mapping software in the late 2000s and launched the release of MapItFast in 2012. MapItFast made it possible to use a single tap to GPS the locations of objects onto a map.

At the same time, a better way to collect attributes or data on mapped objects to upload into databases was needed. WriteTEQ developments were re-purposed to mobile devices and Strider, the forms and reporting system customers know today, was born. AgTerra continues to develop these core products alongside the rapidly-changing landscape of mobile and cloud-based data collection. Developments include seamless data syncing across web and mobile devices, emailable and printable PDF reports, GIS and tabular data export options, REST API support for third party databases, and integrated datalogging hardware. For the field user, it all starts with “One Tap to Map”!

SprayLogger: A Game Changer for Pesticide Record-keeping

Before long, AgTerra found its customer base growing from solely ag-based clients to other businesses and agencies working in the natural resource industry. Pesticide applicators found MapItFast particularly suitable for weed mapping but wondered if there might be any way to automate spray application mapping and records automated on spray rig operations.  AgTerra’s developers accepted the challenge and introduced SprayLogger as a record-keeping system specifically for weed and pest applicators.

SprayLogger uniquely combined hardware and software and gave pesticide applicators a way to simplify digital record-keeping and accountability for their yearly spray jobs.  The early SprayLogger boxes were large and cumbersome to install; requiring several additional accessories to work correctly.  Applicators had to use a special keypad for entering applicator, tank mix and target pest information and a separate GPS unit to gather location data.  When a spray job was completed, applicators used a “data shuttle” to manually transfer spray jobs to the computer.

While the technology wasn’t perfect, weed and pest operations soon discovered SprayLogger added a whole new level of capability to their operations, reducing tedious record-keeping and allowing more time for spraying.  “More Spray Time and Less Desk Time!”  It didn’t take long for word to spread across Wyoming, neighboring states, and eventually across the US as well as Canada.

Increased demand lead to improvements to the system.  The SprayLogger system has had numerous improvements since it first made its debut in 2009. Some notable enhancements include the ability to automatically sync spray data to a cloud-based database, ability to map and record multiple booms, and a more streamlined box and integration with MapItFast and Strider. The full list of improvements is simply too long to list here! Check out all the features on on current E3B model.

Today, SprayLogger works on any spray rig on the market today, from trucks, ATVs, hy-rail equipment and even backpacks.  See this comparison chart for more information on SnapMapper, FoggerLogger, and Backpack Lite.

We Couldn't Have Done This Without You

From the beginning, our mission has been to provide our customers with powerful, affordable, efficient solutions for mapping and data collection while focusing on ease of use and delivering extraordinary customer service. None of this would have been possible without the relationship we have built with our customers and the feedback we receive.

To all of our customers, thank you for working with us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. For those of you who are not yet part of the AgTerra story, give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.

For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

SprayLogger 2019 Improvements

Introducing the 2019 SprayLogger E3B

The 2018 SprayLogger E3B was a giant leap in technology for the spray application industry. AgTerra has continued this innovation by listening to our customers and implementing improvements that make our latest box even easier to use. See what’s new in the 2019 SprayLogger E3B:

      • Increased fault tolerance to electrical spikes up to 48 volts
      • Vehicle direct power capable (no need for a power inverter)
      • Power out boom ports for manual shutoff valves and handgun spraying
      • Metered flow ports for micro-injection tanks
      • Ad hoc tank mix creation by applicators from the app
      • Multi-tank volume countdown or count-up in app
      • Application volume adjustment from the app

With these new enhancements, installation of a new SprayLogger E3B is easier than ever. Applicators will also be excited to learn they can now switch between counting up or counting down chemical usage, that they can create custom tank mixes in-app, and that they can even add volume adjustments to their reports. All of these improvements have been made at the suggestions of the men and women who use AgTerra products.

In-App Ad Hoc Tank Mix Window

2019 SprayLogger E3B Improvements

Internal 48 Volt Auto-Reset FuseIncreased fault tolerance against electrical spikes
12V Automotive System CompliantSprayLoggers may now be powered directly from vehicle power and no longer require a power inverter
Power Out Boom PortsDecreases external wiring requirement to vehicle power for manual shutoff valves and handgun spray detection
Metered Flow PortsCalibrated flow ports for micro-injection tank systems
Ad Hoc Tank MixApplicators may create custom tank mixes from the app
Volume CountdownChemical usage may be viewed as volume count up or countdown
Field Gallon AdjustmentApplicators may adjust gallon usage report from field

2018 SprayLogger E3B : A Giant Leap Forward

If you still haven’t made the jump yet to the new SprayLogger E3B system, the time is now! Introduced in 2018, AgTerra made massive improvements to SprayLogger with the release of the E3B. Proven and field tested for over a year on thousands of jobs on and off road, the SprayLogger E3B is the most reliable and comprehensive pesticide application monitoring system on the market at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.  Some of the 2018 updates include:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy

AgTerra continually strives to bring the very best products to the pesticide application industry. With SprayLogger you can:

  • Automatically generate detailed pesticide application maps and reports showing spray and no-spray tracks with complete job application details
  • Determine exact pesticide usage reports for any given location
  • View boom section spray pattern area for one or many boom sections while spraying to avoid overlap and skips
  • Calculate total acres sprayed and distance covered on every job
  • Export, or automatically integrate with any GIS based software
  • Keep all jobs in one central location with nothing to manually transfer

To learn more about SprayLogger and what it can do for your operation, please click here.

FoggerLogger: A SprayLogger Solution for Mosquito Abatement

FoggerLogger from AgTerra is the ULV fogging, mapping and reporting solution that works side-by-side with your existing equipment. Recording a job is incredibly easy. FoggerLogger gives applicators the power to create jobs right from the field in seconds, increasing productivity and saving office staff valuable time. All application details are automatically tracked along with a map created showing every detail of the application. All jobs are securely available in your private online account for viewing, exporting and printing when you pull into the shop. Paper reporting is eliminated and you are able to retrieve and share permanently stored jobs with others immediately or at a later date.

Some hardware specifications for FoggerLogger are:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy
  • Field testing for over a year on thousands of jobs

For more information about FoggerLogger, please click here.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.

For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

Keep Your Cloud Clean

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Keep Your Cloud Clean

Have you noticed a project running slower than normal? Does it take a long time to sync your device with the website? If your Internet browser or device seems to be bogged down by a single project, it may be time to rethink your project management.

Below are two common problems users face with large datasets and our suggested solutions.

My MapItFast project is slow on the website.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: There several factors that can cause a project to slow down the website. First, the limit for map objects in a project is 5,000 points, lines, or polygons. If this limit is reached, you will receive a warning message in MapItFast and browser performance and responsiveness will be affected.

You do not always have to reach the 5,000-object limit to see decreased performance in a project. Map objects that are data-intensive can cause a project to reach its threshold before the object limit is reached. For example, lines and polygons are made of multiple points called vertices. When these are drawn using GPS, they have more vertices. A project with lines and/or polygons that contain a total number of vertices exceeding 100,000 can also cause a project to slow down.

Another possible cause of project slow-down on the website is the addition of a large number of form photos, geo-photos, and/or signature images. Forms with minimal photos and signatures will not typically increase the size of a project enough to slow it down.

SOLUTION: The best way to prevent slow-down of MapItFast projects is to split existing projects into smaller, more manageable projects or set up new projects so that smaller amounts of data are being saved in each one. Some examples of different ways to organize projects would be by month, by user, by customer, or by region.

My data is not reaching the website or syncing from the device is slow.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: One possible cause of data not reaching the website is a large amount of un-synced data.

SOLUTION: If you have a large amount of un-synced data it could take more than the typical 15 minutes to sync with the server. To prevent this problem from happening in the future, it is a good idea to make sure that you allow your device to sync any new MapItFast data at least every few days of data collection, ideally every day.

By setting up manageable projects and regularly syncing map data, you will ensure a more seamless experience for all users in the system. When you get to the end of the season and want to see the “big picture,” our export tool allows you to export both shapefiles and KMZ files for additional analysis and viewing of large datasets in third party GIS software.

Winner Announced

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Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kent Grabill with Audubon County Roads Department in Audubon, Iowa!  Kent was the winner of our drawing from last month’s survey. He will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

We appreciate everyone who took a few minutes to provide feedback in our training conference survey. The results gave us insight into what our customers would find most helpful in future training sessions.

The feedback from last month’s survey was so great that we decided to do another one. This time we’re asking for your input on what would be the most beneficial new development in our software.

Introducing Our New Online Form Builder

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AgTerra Introduces its New
Online Form Builder Tool

AgTerra’s newly-released online form builder is designed to simplify forms development with drag-and-drop design, quick list building, and instant form publishing all in one convenient location. Take a look at some of the highlights of the new form builder!

  • Simple, intuitive, drag-and-drop interface
  • Include text, numeric, pick lists with default values, photos and other widgets
  • Rapidly deploy to all team members in the field and over the web
  • Enable for use in MapItFast and/or SprayLogger
  • Pair with one or more printable and email-able reports

For a complete list of Strider’s features, click here.  Customers can also access online help resources for both the Online Form Builder and the Report Generator at

Map Like a Ninja: Asked & Answered

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AgTerra strives to make products that are easy to use, which means you can collect a lot of data in a short amount of time. Once this data is collected, you’ll most likely need to sort through it to locate information for viewing, sharing, or editing purposes. Whether it’s a thousand records in a form or a thousand points on a map, AgTerra has the tools to help you get the information you need, when you need it.

With Strider’s query tool, you can filter records using any data field in the form. You can even combine queries for a more specific search. The Search and Refine tools in MapItFast allow you to find map objects using keywords or a date range. You can even search within forms and filter the results by geometry type.

Click on the links above to see how you can sort through your data in Strider and MapItFast, then put our search tools to work and start finding your data faster!

What is a SnapMapper?

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What is SnapMapper?

SnapMapper can be used to easily track and record all equipment activity. It works with nearly any button, lever or switch on a piece of equipment and automatically communicates with the MapItFast app to map locations where equipment activity has occurred.  SnapMapper can be used for:

Vegetation Management
Track and map equipment activity and employee work along utility corridors, roadways, railroads, canal and drainage systems, within recreational park facilities and more.

Commercial Agriculture
Easily track planting, fertilizing, harvest operation status across multiple fields in a growing area.

Instantly monitor project progress for equipment performing snow removal, plowing, sanding, salting, street sweeping, mowing and more.

Monitor reclamation work such as reseeding and show where all work was performed.

With all of these possibilities you are also able to monitor the activity from a big screen in the office connected to the internet. You will be able to provide detailed printable reports or online access to contractors to the jobs you wish to share. You can also electronically complete work orders, fill work detail reports, and timesheets.

With SnapMapper, equipment operators can focus on doing their job, not on using technology. Installation is simple – you connect SnapMapper to any button, switch or lever. Once connected, with a single tap in your MapItFast app you will be instantly mapping.

SnapMapper is pocket sized and powered by USB so it is portable and can be easily moved to different pieces of equipment as needed.

Does some of your work take you places where there is no cell phone or wireless coverage? No problem – SnapMapper can work anywhere you do. Once you are back in range, the collected data will automatically upload to your secure web-based account.

Contact us today to learn more or for a free demo and start tracking all of your equipment!

How to Keep it All in Sync

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How to Keep it All in Sync

AgTerra’s products are designed to keep your map data, form data and spray data all in one place on a secure server. The sharing of data between a mobile device and your organization’s database is as simple as ensuring the device has an Internet connection and letting MapItFast do the rest. Sometimes however, additional factors may come into play and affect how data is shared between a mobile device and the database. Below are some suggestions that can help if you notice data isn’t making it off the device and onto the website.

Simultaneous User Logins – If the same username and password is used to log into another mobile device, MapItFast will detect the new login and all other devices currently using these credentials will be logged out of the MapItFast app. If the user is not aware that this has happened, the app will continue to allow them to collect map data, but none of the changes will sync with the server.

Try this: In most cases, the user will get a pop-up window in the app with a message saying that another device has logged in with the same user credentials. If you do not see this message but your data is still not syncing, check the app status in the lower left corner of the MapItFast screen. If it says “Not Logged In. Login Failed” your device will not be 

Simultaneous Object Editing -When a map object gets edited by two users (either on the computer or on the app) within minutes of each other, the MapItFast app will notice the data conflict and alert the user. Since the data came into the database at about the same time, a notification will appear in the MapItFast app and ask the user if they want to apply the changes they made or leave the object as it is currently on the server.

Solution: Verify whether your changes can override the information currently on the server. If you want to apply your changes, tap the ‘Use This’ button under My Data. Otherwise, select the Server Data option to disregard your changes. The conflict message will go away. If you still see a yellow triangle on the bottom of the screen after clearing the message, try closing MapItFast and re-opening it. The he icon should now be gone.

Limited Internet/Data Connection – When working in remote areas, a devices with a data plan may occasionally have a weak data connection (or no connection) for transferring data to the server.  When this happens, your map data and current user location may not show up right away on other user’s devices or on the website dashboard.

Try this: If you know that a location is going to have a spotty data connection, you can opt to turn off synchronization until you’re back in an area with a good Internet connection. This setting is found in the Settings menu of MapItFast under Sync Settings. Simply, uncheck the box next “Enable Synchronization” and collect data as usual. When you get back to an area with a strong Internet connection, simply re-check the box to enable synchronization and MapItFast will push your collected data to the server.

Not enough time to sync – If a device has been used to collect a large amount of photos, forms, and/or spray data while offline, the data can get “backed up” and it may take a while for all of the data to show up on the desktop.

Try this: Make sure your device is connected to a strong, reliable Internet source, then open the MapItFast project you wish to sync. Allow the device to sit with the project open for at least 15 minutes. After this time has elapsed, check the project on the MapItFast website to see if the project data has come through. Large projects with many photos or forms may take even longer to sync.

Device hardware issue – Although it is a rare occurrence, mobile devices can sometimes run into unexplained internal errors that can cause performance issues in apps. If an app is simply not responding in an expected way or an expected error message occurs, the solution may be as simple a simple as rebooting the device.

Try this: Shut down your device completely (not just a restart), wait ten seconds, then turn it on again. This simple act of starting the device fresh can often help clear out errors that cannot be resolved with any other suggestions described in this post.

Follow these troubleshooting tips to make sure your MapItFast data gets where it needs to go, every time!

Forms on Apple Devices

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Forms on Apple Devices

The introduction of forms on Apple devices opened up a new set of options for iOS users. During AgTerra’s development phase of Apple forms, a few features had to be tweaked in order to fall within applications standards of the Apple Store. Those familiar with Android forms can expect a very similar form-filling experience, with a slightly different look and feel to the pages.

Form design can play a key role in user experience, so those who design and maintain forms for an account will want to be aware of the type of devices being used within an organization to fill out forms. In this post, we’ll go over some notable differences on the Apple device as well as recommendations for form designers.

No Separate Forms App – Those familiar with our original mobile apps know that MapItFast for Android requires a separate Strider app to use forms. This is not the case with Apple devices. When you install MapItFast from the Apple Store, the app will come with the forms feature built right into it.

How it Works: To attach a form, simply tap on a point, line, polygon, or photo, and select the Forms button in the detail window. This button looks like a piece of paper with a plus sign in the middle. When the button is tapped, MapItFast will display any forms currently attached to the object. If none are attached, a list of available forms will appear.

Stick to shorter form names for easier identification on the Apple device.

Naming Forms – When setting up forms for use on Apple devices, it’s important to be aware of the display limitations on an iOS device. When the list of available forms is displayed to the user, the window will show up to 20 characters. If the form name exceeds 20 characters, part of it will be hidden in the window.

Solution: Try to keep forms names within the 20 character limit so that users can easily identify and select the desired form.

Keyboards – It’s important to note that the text and number keyboards on Apple devices are more rigid than those on Android devices. For example, if a text field for additional comments is displayed toward the bottom of a page, an Android device will automatically “push” the text line up when the keyboard is displayed. An Apple device, on the other hand, will not do this. If the text line is toward the bottom of the page, users may have trouble filling it out because their keyboard covers the text box.

Solution: When designing forms, try to keep text and number entry fields toward the top of pages, or possibly put these questions on their own pages altogether.

Include a hint with autocomplete lists so that Apple users know to start typing in order to see list options.

Autocomplete appearance – Lists with the “autocomplete” appearance work somewhat differently in Apple forms. The page will initially display what looks like a blank text box instead of a list. As soon you being typing, a list of choices will appear.

Solution: Form designers can help users understand how the autocomplete list works by including a note in the “hint” section of the form.

Note Fields – Apple forms currently do not support the use of the data field reference (${dataField}) in question labels. If this is used in a form, users will see a blank space where the data field is referenced.

Solution: Instead of referencing the data field in the label, use a text, integer,or decimal field type and put the referenced field in the calculation column. The field will act as a read-only type because calculations are not editable.

Keep these tips in mind when designing forms and make the most of your next season with forms that work on any device!