- Free version displays a link to the developers site. Upon installation, users will be prompted for an optional validation code to remove the link.
Chronoforms is about 6 years old, today it comes with a huge list of features with a very easy to use drag and drop interface to help you build any type of forms you may need, some of the features included are:
1- Basic forms features like fields creation..etc
2- Emails processing.
4- Data storage and management. (Let's you create a table for your form, save data to this table then manage it later) (ChronoConnectivity provides even more management capabilities)
5- Security with built in Captcha + ReCaptcha support.
6- Different Joomla functions. (Joomla registration forms, User Login or Article submission..etc)
7- Access Control to your forms.
8- Payment Integration (Authorize.net - Paypal Pro - 2Checkout.com)
9- More utilities for common stuff needed like CURL - Email verification - Confirmation pages..etc
10- endless control using an events based system which lets you control everything inside your form if you want to, plus the ability to use PHP code wherever and whenever you need.
1- Big set of free PDF tutorials covering most of the basic features.
2- Free forums with more than 70,000 forums posts covering almost any question you may think about, We try to answer everybody's questions and comments on our forums or through private emails.
You are welcome to visit us :)
That being said, the only drawback I can tell have to do with the new version and 1.7. There is no auto-template creator for the new version (email template for mailback) and also the radio / checkboxes don't show vertically by default. But it is easy to go in and edit the code.
"Out of the blocks" CK forms is much simpler to use and anyone with even a little Joomla experience will be creating forms that work and do what you want - without reading any documentation- within minutes. If you're in a hurry and aren't that bothered about layout formatting and field verification- go for CK forms.
However, if you've got time, are a bit more demanding about what you want, and are prepared to put in a little effort, Chrono Forms is much more comprehensive and flexible.
However, the lack of a user's guide and little built-in help results in a very steep learning curve. I spent hours in trail-and-error testing to get what I consider a simple form functioning as needed.
I give it a 4 rating only because I believe it is very good work. If there was a comprehensive user's guide I would rate this a 5+ and gladly purchase the 'no link' license for all of my sites.
Installation was easy.
Setting up the first form was a bit tacky but manageable.
Then sending the form as a test and all I received by e-mail was " You may customize this message under the "Template" tab in the Email settings box." It took me hours to find out that an 'emailtemplate' needs to be created before you can receive the content of a form. Even more crazy is that this template needs to be written in HTML.
Why do I use a formeditor? Because I don't know any codelanguage so I therefore I rely on wysiwyg software.
What do I want to receive from my visitors? The input my visitors fill out in the fields I created. Yes, I am a codedummy.
Then WHY do they expect me to start struggling with stupid code again?
I will not use this formeditor. It is not finished yet.
I have been able to create forms for my clients that range from simple to complex functionality and not lose sleep that it will break along the way. There is a great deal of support and solutions on the forum and the response to tech support has always been timely. For these reasons, purchasing the commercial version was a no brainer.
Keep up the great work Chronoengine!
Very strong capabilities - however it took me some time to figure out my configuration given tabs and other places I did not initially look.
Will make this my standard tool for forms.
Coupled with ChronoConnectivity for viewing and editing data on the public side, the two are a great product for a novice or pro. The newest update to ChronoForms has simplified the process even more, I just wish they had ChronoConnectivity for Joomla 1.6 ready to go now too!
Highly recommended from a long-time user!
A powerfull free J! extension to make forms, but also app-like forms, where more complex actions must be done. And an awesome support from the Devs and the community. Plenty questions were already answered, just use the Search ;D And make some tutorials once you get the hang of it.
Here's some things you can custom:
*Server side validation, which you can validate pretty anything that is sent. Just must know the PHP syntaxes...
*File Uploads: which you can custom file size, extensions and even rename...
*Custom mail messages: easy to compose automated mail responses.
*Plug-ins: nice add-ons to expand the power of your forms, or app-like forms.
*Access to the Form Code itself: after the wizard, make it nice with CSS and JS classes ;D
And many more, discover it!
Flexible, customizable, cool!
I'm still trying to remember...
Well, we have a huge list of tutorials on our website, downloadable for free, some "how to" videos linked from our forums, about 70,000 forum posts, we answer almost every forum question or support ticket in a matter of hours without any fee, there are other forms of documentation like a 400 pages eBook for V3.x and other stuff on other websites.
Have you even tried to post a forum topic or a support ticket about your problem instead of trying for 2 days ? your review doesn't make any sense to me.