Fabrik gives you the power to create forms and tables that run inside Joomla without requiring knowledge of mySQL and PHP. Then feed your data into Google Maps, Charts or an AJAX based calendar
With Fabrik you can create applications that range in complexity from simple contact forms to complex applications such as a job application site or bug tracking systems.
It has a quite unique set of possibilities and, ok with some knowledge, it could really rock the forms extensions. Its fairly easy to get into it.
I was so impressed by what I saw, I actually wanted to sign up and buy a standard subscription and here the "could" part begins.
I really understand if somebody does provide free extensions and does not have the time to support the forum on a daily base. But Fabrikar got subscription plans and offers extended support... exactly what I was looking for.
Unfortunately the payment form does not work and after two messages (one online form, the other one by email) and a forum post, asking how I may send them money, no reaction at all came back!
Thinking about a technical problem to solve I really don't want to know how long this would take if they aren't able to give an answer on this topic!
So, enjoy Fabrik but dont expect much from Fabrikar.
I can't praise them or Fabrik highly enough.
It needs a lot of learning but after that it is possible to create structured data and forms without knowledge of SQL-queries.
As mentioned by others this component has one issue. The update service is not the best and to download the updates from github is not the best solution. But i guess that the developers will support Joomla update functionality in near future ;) At least I hope for this feature :)
I give this component 4 stars for a fantastic product, but missing update feature. Great job please continue with it!
However being a developer. I was quite disappointed by the update/maintenance of the code. Once this is installed in your Joomla install - there is no updating it using Joomla. The developers recommend using git to do updates. I have followed their update procedures as closely as I could - searched forever in the user forums... each time i did the update according to their procedures. The Joomla install was either hosed OR I downloaded a larger set of bugs.
Is this a powerful package? yes absolutely. Would I ever use it in a production environment? Absolutely not.
Just to clarify, official point releases are available via the Joomla updater. But if there are fixes in the github repository then these need to be applied manually. We have a detailed out line of upgrading code via github - http://fabrikar.com/wiki/index.php/3.x_Update_from_GitHub. If you are updating from the repository then you must expect potential bugs, as its a work in progress towards a point release. I find it rather unfair to advise users not to use Fabrik in a production environment due to the troubles you had updating.
Basic functions like being able to delete database rows or pre-filters seem to stop working randomly, and searching the forum for some of the issues I've had revealed plenty of other users with the same problems, but the developers simply replying that it works fine for them.
It's also very ugly looking in the front end - again, probably all customisable if you know what you're doing, but otherwise very frustrating.
I wish I had found it sooner. It would have saved me so much time and a little money. I took a paid for subscription...
Documentation Wiki is good, my only recommendation is to add more configuration & custom code examples.
Keep up the good work guys!
It is an impressive component!
And best of all ... it's free!
Thank you Rob Clayburn! Congratulations on wonderful work!