Microsoft Infopath 2010
Microsoft InfoPath 2010 is a forms-creation and data-gathering tool that helps organizations streamline business processes. InfoPath 2010 is designed for both advanced business users and developers, depending on the type of forms-based solution an organization needs.
Without writing code, advanced business users can use InfoPath 2010 to design sophisticated electronic forms to quickly and cost-effectively gather information.
Developers can create advanced forms for departmental and enterprise business processes, including composite applications and workflow sequences, with InfoPath 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and SharePoint Designer 2010--using little or no code.
FEATURESQuickly design forms with easy-to-use tools
- Design faster with the Ribbon interface. Instead of traditional menus and toolbars that might require several steps to complete a task, the Ribbon displays commands in a tab structure, organized by tasks that are related to a certain activity, so you can create the forms you want faster.
- Enjoy cleaner forms with InfoPath Filler. InfoPath Filler provides a cleaner user interface for people who are filling out forms.
- Create sophisticated forms without writing code. Declarative logic and layout features--including out-of-the-box rules, improved rules management, varied styles, and prebuilt layout sections--help you create sophisticated forms quickly and easily. You can add validation, formatting, or actions to a form with just a couple of clicks.
- Publish forms with a single click. Click an icon on the Ribbon Quick Access toolbar to publish your form, or use the Microsoft Office Backstage view. The Backstage view gives you a single point of reference for information that is essential to the task you are performing, such as publishing.
- Create forms for SharePoint lists. With InfoPath 2010, you can create attractive forms with a click of a button based on SharePoint regular or external lists. If you have data in SharePoint lists, you can quickly and automatically generate a form with all of the SharePoint list fields, and then customize it, reducing the time to create a form.
- Provide offline form completion with Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, formerly known as Microsoft Office Groove 2007. People can fill out forms online or offline with a native integration of forms with data (stored in regular or external SharePoint lists) in the Office SharePoint Workspace interface.
- Include forms in SharePoint Server 2010 business process solutions. When utilizing SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Designer, InfoPath 2010 forms can be deployed as part of an automated business process, including workflow, such as routing and notification capabilities based on information within the form. Build modular, extensible, and portable workflow solutions. For use at the departmental or enterprise level, SharePoint workflow solutions can be built using little or no code with InfoPath. These solutions are modular (you can build from an existing list or library), extensible (you can add capabilities with code), and portable (you can publish using the Windows SharePoint Services solutions file [.wsp] and SharePoint site template [.stp] formats to move the application from site to site or server to server).
- Enjoy richer Web forms. Many controls and functionality previously available in the InfoPath client application, such as combo boxes, filtering, and date and time controls, are available now in InfoPath 2010 browser forms. These can be used in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
- Easily manage forms on the server. InfoPath forms can be monitored as a true component of SharePoint Server 2010. New SharePoint Maintenance Engine Rules ensure that InfoPath forms are correctly configured in their farms. You can also manage InfoPath forms using Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language, which is included in SharePoint Server 2010.
- Enhance forms with code. You can enhance InfoPath forms with code to better fit your organization's specific business-process needs using Visual Studio Tools for Applications and easy publishing capabilities such as SharePoint Server Sandboxed Solutions.
- Connect forms with line-of-business (LOB) information. SharePoint Server 2010 offers an extensible architecture for managing user access to data connections and systems. InfoPath 2010 also works with Business Connectivity Services (BCS) of SharePoint Server 2010. BCS enhances Microsoft Office applications and SharePoint platform capabilities with out-of-box features, services, and tools that streamline development of solutions with deep integration of external data and services.
- Get support for REST Web Services: InfoPath 2010 now supports getting XML data from REST Web services. REST Web Services use input parameters that are passed in through a URL. Form designers can now change the URL parameters dynamically in the InfoPath form without any code, using rules to get desired data from the REST Web Service. Embed forms in Web pages. In SharePoint Server 2010, it's easier than ever to host your forms on Web pages using the new InfoPath Form Web Part. Without writing a single line of code, you can use the Web Part to host any InfoPath browser form that has been published to a SharePoint list or form library. You can also connect it toother Web Parts on the page to send or receive data. Also, new .NET FormView control allows developers to host InfoPath 2010 forms on any ASP.NET web pages.
TOP TEN REASONS TO BUY
1. Quickly and efficiently create forms and minimize training time:
Create forms to support business processes using the familiar Microsoft Office tools, such as fonts, bullets and numbering, table design, and clip art. The familiar tools and environment help minimize training time and speed forms creation.
The Fluent user interface, introduced in many 2007 Office system applications, is included in InfoPath 2010. Based on extensive usability data and recent advancements in hardware and software, the Fluent user interface is designed to make it easier for you to find and use the full range of features in Office applications--and get the results you want.
2. Easily create sophisticated forms without writing code:
For example, you can:
- Quickly create and deploy forms using improved rules management, quick rules, styles, and dynamic layout sections.
- Set rules for conditional formatting.
- Create forms that include actions, such as alerts, calculated values, and data validation. Create validations, formatting, or actions based on user roles or create validations and actions that show based on the type of field.
3. Give participants the ability to fill out forms online or offline:
With InfoPath 2010, people can fill out forms online or offline with a native integration of forms in the Microsoft SharePoint Workspace interface. A user can easily take a SharePoint library with InfoPath forms offline in the SharePoint Workspace environment. Information entered in the forms will be automatically synchronized to the SharePoint library once the participant is back online, so people can be productive whether they're connected to a network or not.
4. Build modular, extensible, and portable SharePoint applications:
Use SharePoint Server 2010 and InfoPath 2010 to create SharePoint applications. SharePoint applications can be built, for use at the departmental or enterprise level, using little or no code. These solutions are modular (you can build from existing list or library), extensible (you can add capabilities with code), and portable (you can publish using .wsp format to move the application from site to site or server to server).
5. Make browser forms conform to standards:
InfoPath 2010 forms on SharePoint Server 2010 are now compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) AA to help you create forms that are accessible to users with disabilities. In addition, forms powered by SharePoint Server 2010 are now fully XHTML 1.0 compliant.
6. Enjoy more powerful Web browser forms:
Improved parity between InfoPath 2010 client forms and InfoPath forms in SharePoint Server 2010 ensures greater consistency for users who are filling out forms. For example, functionality available in both environments include bulleted, numbered, and plain lists; multiple-selection list boxes; combo boxes; picture buttons; hyperlink capabilities; choice group and section; filtering functionality; date and time controls, and people pickers.
7. Embed forms in Web Parts:
In SharePoint Server 2010, it's easier than ever to host your forms on Web pages using the new InfoPath Form Web Part. In SharePoint Server 2007, users who wanted to host their InfoPath forms on Web pages had to write code in Visual Studio. Now, without writing a single line of code, you can simply add the InfoPath Form Web Part to a Web Part page and point it to your published form.
You can use the Web Part to host any InfoPath browser form that has been published to a SharePoint list or form library. You can also connect it to other Web Parts on the page to send or receive data.
8. Enhance forms with code:
Although you can customize many aspects of InfoPath forms without writing code, you can also enhance InfoPath forms with code if declarative logic does not meet the needs for implementing your solution functionality.
You can enhance InfoPath 2010 forms using Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA), which ships with InfoPath 2010. VSTA provides a light-weight version of the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment. You can use VSTA to write managed code in C# or VB.NET. The code is then embedded in the InfoPath form template (.xsn file). For example, if you want to include the ability for calculating interest in a form, you can embed code in the form itself and InfoPath Filler or InfoPath Forms Services will run this code when the form is opened or edited.
9. Connect forms with line-of-business information and REST Web Services:
SharePoint Server 2010 offers an extensible architecture for managing user access to data connections and systems. InfoPath 2010 also integrates with Business Connectivity Services (BCS) of SharePoint Server 2010. BCS enhances Office applications and SharePoint platform capabilities with out-of-box features, services, and tools that streamline development of solutions with deep integration of external data and services. Also, InfoPath 2010 now supports getting XML data from REST Web Services. REST Web Services use input parameters that are passed in through a URL. Form designers can now change the URL parameters dynamically in the InfoPath form without any code using rules to get desired data from the REST Web Service.
10. More easily manage forms on the server:
InfoPath forms can be monitored as a true component of SharePoint Server 2010. New SharePoint Maintenance Engine Rules ensure that InfoPath forms are correctly configured in their farms. You can also manage InfoPath forms using Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language, which is included in SharePoint Server 2010.
Specifications / System Requirements
|Package Type||Retail Boxed Package|
|License Type||Complete Package|
|License Quantity||1 User|
|Operating System||Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit operating system (OS) only) or Windows Vista with SP1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0, Windows Server 2008, or later 32- or 64-bit OS.|
|Min CPU||500 MHz Processor or higher|
|Min HDD||2 GB|
|Min RAM||256 MB|
|Min Screen Requirements||1024x768|
|Peripheral Devices||CD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard|
Computer and processor : 500 MHz or faster processor
Memory : 256 MB RAM or more
Hard disk : 2.0 GB available disk space
Display : 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
Operating system : Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit operating system (OS) only) or Windows Vista with SP1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0, Windows Server 2008, or later 32- or 64-bit OS
Additional Requirements : Information Rights Management features require access to a Windows 2003 Server with SP1 or later running Windows Rights Management Services.
Certain advanced collaboration functionality requires connectivity to Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or later running Windows SharePoint Services.
Email-based collaboration requires Microsoft Outlook 2010.
Browser-enabled InfoPath forms and additional collaboration functionality require Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, 32 bit browser only. Internet functionality requires an Internet connection.
Conversion of Word documents requires Microsoft Word 2010. Conversion of Excel documents requires Microsoft Excel 2010.
Internet Fax not available on Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, or Windows Vista Home Premium
Certain online functionality requires a Windows Live ID.
Other Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.
Product information, specifications, and compatibility are for advisory purposes only, and is the buyers full responsibility to verify with the manufacturer prior to ordering.