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frevvo now enables universal access to e-forms and workflows on tablets and smart phones in addition to desktop support on all standard browsers. iOS 6 devices, iPad and iPhone, running mobile safari are supported. This tutorial will incorporate several frevvo features into an Employee On Boarding workflow. For example;

  • Touch screen wet signature - the new employee can sign to verify the information using their finger or a pointer.
  • Take advantage of device specific capabilities - you will see the correct date picker and keyboards pop-up on your mobile device
  • Screen Flows - ability to further divide a screen flow into sections that better lend themselves to an iPad or iPhone using the PageBreak control
  • Ability to upload an existing image or a picture taken with the device camera to the e-form
  • Use the iPad's location services to fill in the address
  • Spaces that render in a device specific manner - support swipe gestures and customized icons
  • Enhanced Task List for mobile devices
  • Quick Approval feature - allows quick review of a task by the appropriate person with accept/reject buttons
  • Generate an additional Pixel Perfect PDF for the federal W - 4 form. It is important to note here that there is no limit on the number of PDFs that can be generated. For example, you can collect the information in your form once and then use it to fill in an unlimited amount of pdfs for the new employee i.e. -the federal W - 4 and the I - 9.

  You can download this tutorial as a PDF.


Please view the New Employee On Boarding video for an introduction to some of the exciting features we will be using in this tutorial.

We estimate about 2.5 to 3.0 hours for an experienced frevvo designer to complete this tutorial. It may take up to 4.0 hours if you are a new user. 

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What are we going to build?

frevvo workflow is a series of routed forms that can now run on all devices including the iPhone and the iPad. In this tutorial, we will create a workflow that can be used when onboarding a new employee joining your company. There will be three participants: the new employee, the new employee's manager and an employee that works for the company HR department. The new employee will complete four forms: Employee Information, W-4 Allowances, Education History and will have an opportunity to confirm the entered data with their signature on a Confirmation form by reviewing a W  - 4 generated pdf. These four forms are referred to as a screen flow. A screen flow consists of steps in a workflow that are performed by the same person. The new employee will complete the screen flow from an iPad and the task will be sent to the new employee's manager for approval. The approval step will be performed on an iPhone using the Quick Approval feature. Once the task is approved, it will go to the HR department for finalization and storage. This tutorial will cover the following:

  • Create the Screen flow using the PageBreak control to design the forms for a mobile device, in this case, the iPad. The screen flow includes a confirmation form for the new employee to review the generated W-4 pdf. The Confirmation form utilizes the v5 Form Viewer and Signature controls. 

  • Create the Approval form using the Quick Approval feature. This step will be performed on the iPhone by the manager.
  • Create the desktop form for the company HR department
  • Create the Employee On Boarding flow. Assign an icon to it.
  • Generate an additional PDF for the federal W - 4 forms 
    • Add a field for the signature to the W-4 Acroform using PDFescape.
    • Upload the W-4 template, download the mapper.
    • Map the e-form controls to the Acroform field  and upload the modified mapper.
  • Create the frevvo roles and users needed.

  • Create a frevvo space.
  • Test the flow on the iPad, iPhone and desktop 

What are we going to need

  1. Live Forms account on the frevvo SaaS server or a working in-house installation. 
  2. An iPad, iPhone and desktop computer. If you do not have mobile devices, you can perform the Employee On Boarding workflow from your desktop computer.
  3. You will need to download an Acroform for the W-4 form. You can find the latest version of the Acroform here. Right click and save the form to your desktop. Open the form. Notice the name field on the acroform is a combination of the new employee's first name and middle initial and there is no writable field in the PDF for the Employee's Signature or the date field next to the signature.
  4. A PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader - version 11 or higher or Mac Preview and a PDF editor such as PDFescape

Setup users and roles

This is a one-time setup that will have to be performed by an administrator.

We will need three roles: employee, manager and hr. To create these roles in frevvo:

If you are using frevvo Online, go directly to Step 5. frevvo in-house users will have to create a tenant first before adding roles/users. Follow Steps 1-4 to do that:

  1. Login as the frevvo in-house superuser admin.
  2. Click the  icon to create a new tenant
  3. Fill in the Add Tenant screen. 
  4. Click the Submit button. Logoff as the superuser.
  5. Login to frevvo as the administrative user for your tenant.
  6. If you do not already see the Manage Tenant page, click the Manage link at the top right of the page.
  7. On the page that is displayed, click the "Manage Roles" link.
  8. Click the  icon and in the form that is displayed, type in the desired role. Note that role names are case sensitive.
  9. Repeat for the second and third roles.

The admin user will also need to setup three users, assigning one of the three roles to each one:

  1. Login to frevvo as the administrative user for your tenant.
  2. If you do not already see the Manage Tenant page, click the Manage link at the top right of the page.
  3. On the page that is displayed, click the "Manage Users" link.
  4. Click on the  Add User icon.
  5. Complete the new user form for Jerry Mouse, the manager, Tom Cat, the employee (Select Jerry from the Reports dropdown for user Tom) and Sue Smart - HR personnel
  6. Assign the roles shown in the image above to the users. 
  7. Submit the form.
  8. Make one more user named designer and assign this user the frevvo.Designer role. Use the designer user to create the Employee On Boarding flow. 

Create the Screen Flow

It is very important to keep in mind the screen sizes of the devices you are targeting when designing forms for mobile devices The screen flow for this tutorial consists of four forms: Employee Information, W-4 Allowances, Education History and Confirmation. It is intended that the new employee will complete the screen flow on an iPad. Let's begin with a close look at how the PageBreak control can be used to divide the Employee information form into sections that will make it very easy to fill in the information on the iPad. 

Typically, information about a new employee would include: name, address, SSN, Telephone Numbers, email address and possibly a profile photo. Creating this form for a desktop view would be very simple in the frevvo designer. A form designed for the desktop could look like the image below:  Mobile forms work best when they are broken up into small, logical pieces. The PageBreak control lets the designer create a mobile layout consisting of multiple pages where each page contains a small number of controls (logical groupings). The user navigates between the pages via Back/Next buttons, or on a device that supports it, by swiping left/right. We will use sections plus the PageBreak control to illustrate these concepts.

Employee Information Form designed for a Desktop browser

Refer to Designing Forms for in-depth information on the frevvo features and controls described in the steps below:  

Create the Employee Information Form

Logon to frevvo as a designer. We will create the screenflow in the Forms designer and then drag them into the Flow designer to make the Employee On Boarding flow. Click the  to create a new Application. Click on the  to edit that application. Invoke the new form wizard by clicking on the  New icon at the top of the Forms Home Page. Click the Next button to navigate through the wizard. Name the form Employee Information. 

  • Drag and drop an image control from the palette to the canvas. Use this to upload a company logo image, if desired.
  • Drag a message control from the palette and drop it next to your logo. Type the text "New Employee Onboarding Form" in the message area. You can bold the text by checking bold on the Style tab for the message control.

  • Drag and Drop a date control and label it Date of Birth. The Date Format  defaults to Automatic. Check Required on the date control's property panel.
  • Add a text control next to the date of birth. Change the label to "Your Manager Is". Change the name of the control to manager. Uncheck the enabled property for that control. We'll use a rule to fill in the new employee and manager's names using the _data.getParameter
  • Drag and drop text controls for the First Name, Middle Initial and Last name fields. Click the Style tab and adjust the widths of the three fields so that they are next to each other on the same line. Check the required property on the FirstName and LastName fields but do not make the control named Initial required. 
  • Drop another text control below these controls. Uncheck the visible property for this control. Name this field FirstPlusInitial. This control will not be visible on the form. We will use a rule to combine the new employee's first name and middle initial and populate this field with that information. Then we will map the FirstPlusInitial field in the mapper for the W - 4 pdf later in this tutorial.
  • Add a text control below the FirstPlusInitial control  - name it SSN. A pattern can be used to ensure the correct format number for the Social Security Number. Here is an example of a valid pattern: \d{3}-\d{2}-\d{4}. Apply this pattern to the field by typing it into the Pattern field on the Control property pane.frevvo will display an error message if the entered data does not match the Make sure the required property is checked. 

  • Drag and drop an email control to the right of the SSN field.  Label it Personal Email Address. 
  • Add a Phone control below SSN. Name the control Home Phone. Help text showing different formats for the phone number is provided when you add the control to the form.
  • Add a second Phone control to the right of the Home Phone field. Name the control Cell Phone.   
  • Add a text control to collect Address information from the new employee. Make the width the size of the form and name it Street.
  • Drag and drop a text field below the Street control. Label it City. Make it Required.

  • Drag a dropdown control from the palette, name it State and make it Required. Type in the names of some states into the Options section on the dropdown control property pane:

  • Drop a text control to the right of the State dropdown. Label it Zip Code and make it Required. Designate a Max Length of 5 characters. 

 Your form should look like similar to the image at this point:

  • Click the  save and exit icon to save the work we have done.
  • On the Forms Home Page, Click the  icon for the Employee Information form to continue editing.
  • Add a  hidden text control named FullAddress beneath the city, state and zip code fields that will be populated with the City or Town, State and Zip Code via a rule. Uncheck the Visible and Enabled properties. Click the Style tab on the Properties pane and make the field the width of the form. This hidden field will then be mapped for the W - 4 pdf.  
  • frevvo takes full advantage of the cameras built into mobile devices. You can give the new employee an opportunity to attach a profile picture by adding an Upload Control to your form below the FullAddress hidden field. Users will see a prompt on mobile devices giving the user a choice to upload an  existing  image or take a photo with the device camera. 

You can specify the allowed file types to be uploaded by checking selections in the Restricted Content Types section on the Properties pane. For Example, check jpg if you only want to allow the upload of files with that extension.

  • Drag and drop a section below the Upload control. Name it Hidden for Office Use Only. Add a text field for the Employer Name and another one for the Employer Identification Number. Type the Employer's Name and Address into one and the Employer's Identification Number (EIN) into the other. Uncheck the visible property on the section control. This section will remain hidden on the form but we will map it later for the W - 4 pdf.          


The Employee Information form should look like this at this point:

Employee Information form in the designer

  • Click the  save and exit icon to save the work we have done.
  • On the Forms Home Page, click the  icon for the Employee Information form to continue editing.
  • Rules add behaviors to forms. We will add 4 rules to this form to accomplish the following:
    • The first rule will fill in the First and Last Name of the new employee and the name of the manager they report to, from the login information using the _data.getParameter when the form loads.
    • The second rule will combine the employee's First Name and Initial and store it in the hidden field called FirstPlusInitial
    • The third rule will combine the City, State and Zip Code information and store it in the hidden field called FullAddress
    • The fourth rule will work with the GPS features on mobile devices detect the new employee's location information when they are filling in the Employee Information form.
  • Click on the  Rules icon on the designer toolbar to access the Rules Editor. Click the  icon then the  icon to open the Rules validator screen. Give your rule a meaningful name: in this case we will call it Form Load. Copy/Paste the rule below into the rules canvas.
if (form.load)
  FirstName.value = _data.getParameter("");
  LastName.value = _data.getParameter("");
  manager.value = _data.getParameter("");
  • Click the  icon to collapse the rule window and then click the icon to add the second rule. Call this rule Combine First Name and Initial. Copy/Paste the rule below into the rules canvas.
FirstPlusInitial.value = FirstName.value + ' ' + Initial.value;
  • Click the  icon to collapse the rule window and then click the icon to add the third rule. Call this rule Full Address. Copy/Paste the rule below into the rules canvas.
FullAddress.value = City.value + ' ' + State.value + ' ' + ZipCode.value;
  • frevvo lets you take advantage of the iPad's location services. The  Geo-location feature works with rules. Below is an example of a rule that fills in the street, city, state and zip controls each time the location is updated.  For now, add this rule to your form now and we will turn the feature on in the flow later in this tutorial. Click the  icon to collapse the rule window and then click the icon to add the fourth rule. Call this rule Location. Copy/Paste the rule below into the rules canvas.  
if (form.positionUpdated) {
  var x = _data.getParameter ("position.street_number");
  Street.value = _data.getParameter ("position.street_number") + ' ' + _data.getParameter ("position.route");
  City.value = _data.getParameter ("position.locality");
  State.value = _data.getParameter ("position.administrative_area_level_1");
  ZipCode.value = _data.getParameter ("position.postal_code");
  • Refer to the Rule Validator for help in troubleshooting if there are any issues with the rules that we are adding to the form.
  • Click the   edit form icon in the designer toolbar to return to the form. Your rules will be saved.
  • As a precaution, click the  save and exit icon to preserve the work we have done so far.
  • On the Forms Home Page, click the  icon for the Employee Information form to continue editing.
  • Although frevvo automatically adjusts to the screen size of a mobile device, the PageBreak control gives the forms designer a tool to specify the sections of your form that appear on a page. Drag and drop a PageBreak control below the manager control. Click on the PageBreak control and notice the property pane shows both phone and tablet checked. This is the default value and we will leave it as is. This will ensure that the controls above the first PageBreak will appear on the first page when the form is rendered on the iPad or the iPhone. 
  • Drag another PageBreak control from the palette and drop it below the FullAddress control. Check phone and uncheck tablet on the PageBreak property panel. With these PageBreaks in place, the Date of Birth and manager fields wiill appear on the first page and the name, address SSN, phone and email controls will appear on the second page on the iPhone and iPad.

The pagebreaks icon acts as a toggle to display the PageBreak controls in your form. Once you add PageBreaks, then save the form, the PageBreak controls will not be visible in the designer unless you click this icon. Clicking the icon a second time will hide the PageBreak controls again.

  • Your form should look similar to the image below:

  • Click the  save and exit icon to save the Employee Information form. 

Clicking the Test icon on the Forms Home page provides the ability to display the form on the desktop, iPhone or iPad. Click the appropriate icon to see how the PageBreak controls added to the form affect the display on these devices.


Create the Allowances Form

In this form, we will collect information for the Personal Allowances section of the W - 4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The section is shown below. The e-form will have controls for the A, C, D allowances and a control to store the total number of allowances designated by the new employee.

  • Create a simple form to collect this information. Name the form Allowances. Here is an example.  We will map the data in these fields, along with some others, to the W - 4 pdf later in this tutorial.

Allowances Form in the designer

  • Drag three Quantity controls from the palette and drop them on the designer canvas. Name them A_Allowance, C_Allowance and D_Allowance respectively. Type the instructions for A, C and D allowances as the labels for these controls. Add a fourth Quantity control where the result of the calculation of the total allowances can be stored. Name this control Total_Allowances and type "Total number of allowances you are claiming" as it's label. Uncheck the Enabled property for this control.
  • Add a Wet Signature control so the Employee can sign using the a track pad/mouse or a touch screen to verify the allowance selections entered into the form. This is what the new employee will see when signing.

  • Drag and drop a date control under the signature. Name it TodaysDate and uncheck the enabled property.
  • We will use rules to calculate the total allowances and fill in the current date. Here's an example of a rule that will add the values for the A_Allowance, C_Allowance and D_allowance controls and store it in the Total_Allowances field. Use the Rule Validator to troubleshoot any issues.
Total_Allowances.value = A_Allowance.value +
                        C_Allowance.value +

Here is a rule to populate the Today's Date control when the form loads. Use the Rule Validator to troubleshoot any issues.

if (form.load ){    
TodaysDate.value = frevvo.currentDate(form); 
  •  Be sure to save your form by clicking on the  save and exit icon in the designer.
  •  You can test this form by clicking on the Test button on the Forms Home Page. The Today's Date should be populated with today's date and entering values in A_allowance, B_allowance,and C_allowance should show the summation in the Total_Allowances field.

Create the Education Form

Create an Education form similar to the image below. Use the table control to collect information about the new employee's Education. Name the table control Education History. Refer to this documentation for more information on how to add, move and remove columns in a table.

Education History form in the designer

Perform the following steps to create the grid :

  • Delete one of the columns in the table by clicking on the column and then clicking on the  delete icon.
  • Drag and drop two quantity fields into the table to make the Start Year and End Year columns.
  • Change the label of one of the columns you added to Start Year and the name of that column to StartYear. Change the label of the second column to End Year and the name of that column to EndYear
  • Move the Start Year column to the leftmost position in the table and the End Year column to the right of the Start Year column . Move the columns by clicking in the column header and clicking the  green arrow  that appears. Columns will move to the right each time you click on the arrow for that column.
  • Move the other columns to get the Start and End Year columns in the correct positions.

  • Change the label and name of the third column to Institution
  • Make the Degree Attained column by dragging a dropdown control from the palette into the table.  Move it to the righmost position.
  • Change the label of the fourth column to Degree Attained and its name to DegreeAttained.
  • Changes made to one cell in a column will apply to all cells in the column. Click on one of the cells in the Degree Attained column. Specify choices for the Degree Attained in the Options section of the Property pane.  Here is an example:

  This is how the Degree Attained column in the table will look on the iPad.

  • Click on the Table control then select the Style tab on the Properties panel. Enter these percentage values, separated by a space, to adjust the widths of the four columns: 10% 10% 50% 25%

  • Click the  save and exit icon to save the form.  

Create the Confirmation Form

The purpose of the Confirmation form in the Employee On Boarding flow is to give the new employee the opportunity to review the information in the generated W-4 PDF and then sign to indicate the information has been reviewed and verified.  Drag and Drop one Signature control from the palette to the form. Change the label of the Signature control to "Employee's Signature - by signing you agree to the content of the W-4 PDF Form". We will add the Form Viewer control to this form when we create the Employee On Boarding flow. This will display the section of the W - 4 Pixel Perfect PDF that we will map with the frevvo data later in this tutorial.  


Create the Approval Form

This form will be used by the new employee's manager to approve or reject the screen flow. In this scenario, the manager, Jerry, will use his iPhone to perform this task when it appears in his Task List. You can use the frevvo Quick View feature to make that process easy . Quick View requires an Approval control. An approval control is a section control in your form with a text area control inside of it. You can set up a signed section if you want the manager to sign after approving or rejecting the task . Drag and drop a section control into the Approval form. Name it Manager Review. Add a text area control for manager comments. Click on the Security tab for the section. Assign the role of manager from the role list. Choose Text/Signature Image or Wet Signature type from the dropdown for the signature type. Refer to Electronic Signatures for more information. Quick view is setup in the flow designer but it will not work if the form does not have an approval control in it. 

Be sure to click the  save and exit icon to save the form.

Create the Office Use Only Form

The last step in the Employee On Boarding flow is performed by Sue, who works in the HR department of the company. Sue receives the task from the manager, Jerry and proceeds to complete the final form, sign it  and submit the data to the company database. Create a form similar to the image below. 

  • Add a date control for the Performance Review Date and a dropdown control for the Pay Grade. Click

    • Use a message control for the instruction: "Confirm that the new employee has completed the following:". One way to bold the message text  is to use HTML tags in the message control. For example, the text should be encased in <b>text</b>,  as shown in the image. 

    • Drag a section from the palette and drop it on the canvas. Select the HR role on the section security tab. Add these controls to the section: 

      • Use the T/F control for the policy questions - Drag 6 of them from the palette into the section. Make sure they are below the Message control.  Check the New Line property on the Style tab to get the T/F controls to line up underneath each other.
      • Change the labels of the T/F Controls to: Read Harrassment Policy, Read Email Policy, Read Confidential Data Policy and Received the Employee Handbook. 
      • Add a Signature control or choose a Signature type from the dropdown on the Security tab of the section save and exit  icon to save the form. 


Create the Employee On Boarding Flow

Open the Flow Designer by clicking on the Flows menu item. Click on the  icon to create the new Employee On Boarding flow. Drag and drop your Employee Information, Allowances, Education History, Confirmation, Approval and Office Use Only forms from the palette to the flow editor.  Review this documentation for information about the Flow step properties you can set up. In the image below, the new employee will see the Navigation toolbar to chart progress when filling out the screen flow. Click the  icon in the toolbar. With the who can use the flow permission visible in the dropdown, select Public in Tenant in the Visibility dropdown. New employees will have to log onto the tenant to access the flow. Check to see that the deployment is set  to Production. Click on the Confirmation Form and customize the Continue Label for this step of the flow to say "Send to Manager".

Forms can be created or edited directly from the flow, if necessary. Click the form to be edited, (the New Form if you are just creating it) then click the  icon to open the form designer. This copy of the form is not the same as the one we created in the Form Designer. Changes to the form in the flow will not affect the original form that was dragged from the palette. 

Click on the Employee, Personal Allowances, Education and Confirmation steps and assign the Employee role to all of them.  Click on the Approval form and assign the role of manager. Click on the Office Use only form and select the HR role from the choices shown in the Role section of the Form Property panel. You can customize the Continue Label to something like  "Send to ECM" if you want. Continue the tutorial to setup Quick View for the Approval form, Geo Location for the Employee Information form, Task Email notification and the W - 4 pdf for the flow.

If you want to capture the current location of the new employee when they are filling out the Employee Information form, turn on frevvo' location feature. Click on the Employee Information form to highlight it in the flow designer. On the Property panel that displays on the left, there is a section for the Geo - Location feature. We added a rule to the Employee information form to take advantage of the iPad location services earlier in this tutorial. Once you have the rules in place, you can choose to have the rules execute when the form loads (the On Load) option of the Geo-Location dropdown or specify a custom time period of how often the rules should execute (the custom option of the Geo Location dropdown). Check Detailed Loc to capture additional information, like an address, based on the location.


Setup Quick View 

In our scenario, when the screenflow is completed by the new employee, the manager will receive a notification and access their Task List using a smart phone. The Quick View feature lets the manager review a summary of the information and quickly approve/reject the task.  

The Approval form consists of one section named Manager Review. This section has one control in it – a text area for comments and the Text/Signature image choice selected on the Security Tab. This section meets the criteria for an Approval Control and can be setup for the Quick View feature. Highlight the Approval form in the flow by clicking on it and then click on Setup Quick View in the Property pane:

  1. The Setup Quick View wizard will display all sections of your form that meet the criteria of an Approval control. In this case, there should only by one - the Manager Review section of the Approval form.
  2. Check the Enable box.
  3. Type a Summary statement that will appear on the Task List, if desired. This is essentially the same as the Task Information so if you have set that up already you can leave the summary blank.  To add the new employee SSN to the Quick View, type SSN: followed by the templatized string for the Social Security field. Clicking on the Control dropdown will list all the controls in all the forms in your flow in alphabetical order.
  4. The Manager Review section should be listed in the Approval Control box.
  5. Click the  save and exit icon to close the wizard. You will see the  lightening bolt on the Approval flow activity if Quick View is setup correctly.

Quick View Wizard

Task List on Jerry's iPhone


Quick View on Jerry's iPhone

You can customize the message the new employee will see upon completion of the screen flow by typing it into the Pending Message field on the Approval Form Property Panel. Here is an example: "Thank You {FirstName}. Your New Employee Package has been sent to your Manager for approval."  In this message, {FirstName} is a Templatized String, meaning it uses the data from the FirstName field on the form in the pending message.  

You can setup any control on the form that will give the manager more information on the task to be performed by using Templatized Strings in the Task Info field on the form's property panel. For Example, to display the new employee's Social Security Number in the task , type SSN: {SSN} in the Task Info field. SSN: will show as the label followed by the entered SSN.

Setup Task Notification Email

You can configure the email that is sent when the flow is put on someone's Task List. Jerry , the Manager, receives an email notifying him if there is a new task in the Task List. To set this up, click on the Approval form in the flow then click on the "Setup Task Notification Email" link and make changes to the Task Notification wizard. Notice the Templatized Strings in the message shown in the image below. 

Jerry, the manager, will receive an email informing him that there is a New Employee On Boarding task on his Task List. Notice the {task.list.url} is replaced by the link to Jerry's task list. When Jerry clicks this link, he will be directed to his task list. He will have to login if he is not signed on to access it.

Click the  save and exit icon to save your flow. 

Generate the W - 4 "Pixel Perfect" PDF

If the W - 4 acroform that you downloaded does not have a writable field for the signature, follow these steps to add one using PDFescape: 

  1. Navigate to the PDFescape website and upload the W-4 Acroform. It will open in the editor.
  2. Click on Form Field on the menu on the left.

     3. Select Text as the field type from the dropdown. Then click on the Select box.


    4. Draw a rectangular field next to the Employee's Signature label shown in the red box in the image. Repeat for the Date field. Save and download the form. This modified Acroform will be used as our W4 template. We will upload it to frevvo later in the tutorial.

There is a two step process to configure PDF form generation.

  • Upload a W-4 Acroform PDF as a template.
  • Map the e-form fields to the acroform pdf.

View Forms Generated by the Form/Flow

 The PDF mapping screen provides functionality to enable designers to map e-form fields to PDF fields. Mapping is performed a field at a time in the context of a PDF page. Mapping can be accomplished in two ways:

  • Dragging mappable fields from the outline and dropping them onto the PDF field (hi-lighted in either yellow or green).
  • Clicking on a PDF field to activate the PDF Mapping Dialogue

We will use the Drag and Drop method in this tutorial. Information on using the PDF Mapping dialogue can be found here.

Follow the steps int his section to map fields in the Employee Information and Allowance forms in our flow to the W - 4 acroform pdf.

Open the Employee On Boarding workflow in the flow designer. Click on the   view forms generated by the form/flow icon on the toolbar.  Existing mapped pdfs for your form/flow will be listed.

Since we have not mapped a pdf yet, there will be none listed.



Upload PDF Acroform Templates

Use the New Form Generation screen to upload the Acroform for the W-4 Acroform PDF that you downloaded and modified earlier in this tutorial. Click the  New icon to begin. Fill in the name of the template, W-4 in this case, and browse to the location of the W-4 Acroform. Click OK.

The W-4 will be listed as a PDF to be generated for this activity of the flow.  frevvo makes a copy of the uploaded Acroform template and modifies it with available selections of appropriate e-form fields for each PDF Acroform field. The modified PDF Acroform (Mapper) will be re-generated every time because the e-form fields may have changed.


Map the E-Form Fields to the Acroform Fields

Click the  Map Fields icon.

Ensure the PDF Page thumbnail Image for page 1 is selected.

Contract the property pane by clicking in the header.

Click the  icon to the left of the Employee Information and Allowances forms to expand the control list in the Mapping Form Outline.

Drag controls from the outline and drop them onto the field you want to map it to on the pdf. Drop the control when the color changes to orange as you hover over the pdf field.

We will not map all the fields on the Acroform PDF for this tutorial. Drag and drop controls for these fields in the W-4 mapper. If you have been naming the controls as suggested in this tutorial, control names should be the same as the Live Form Control Name column shown in the table. 

Acroform PDF FieldLive Form Control Live Form Control Name
Hidden control for First Name and Middle Initial FirstPlusInitial
Last NameLast Name LastName
Home Address (number and street or rural route)Number and Street Street
City or town, state and ZIP codeHidden control for City or Town, State, ZIP code FullAddress
Social Security NumberSocial Security Number Whatever you named it
Total Number of Allowances you are claimingTotal Number of Allowances you are claiming Total_Alllowances
Employee's Signature Employee's Signature  Whatever you named it
Date Today's Date TodaysDate
Employer's Name and AddressHidden control for Employer's Name and Address   Whatever you named it
Employer's EINHidden Control for Employee Identification Number  Whatever you named it

If the control names are truncated in the Mapping Form Outline, hover over the control to see the entire name.

Click the Done button when the mapping is completed.

Click the  save and exit icon to save your work and return to the Flows Home page.

Add the Form Viewer Control

Click the Edit icon to return to the designer. Highlight the Confirmation form by clicking on it. Click on the  icon to edit the form. Drag and drop one Form Viewer control from the flow palette to the form. Change the label of the Form Viewer control to Review PDF Forms. Change the label color and any other style changes you want to make on the Style tab in the Properties pane. See Style Properties for more information.  

Click on the Form Viewer control to select it. Select the W-4 form from the Form dropdown on the properties pane. Click the  save and exit icon twice to save your changes and return to the Flow Home page. 

Assign a thumbnail to the Employee On Boarding Flow 

On the Flows Home page, click the  icon to assign a thumbnail to your Employee On Boarding flow that will display on the iPad and Iphone. You can upload your own icon or select one that frevvo provides. 

Create a Space to Test the Employee On Boarding Flow

There are several ways to test the Employee On Boarding Flow. We will use a frevvo space which can be a valuable tool for testing mobile forms on the iPhone and iPad. Before creating your space, make sure the visibility of your Employee On boarding workflow is set to public or public in tenant and that it is deployed to production.

Follow the steps below to quickly create a space to test the Employee On Boarding Flow:  

  1. Log in as the designer. Click on the Spaces tab.
  2. Click  to create a new space, type a Space ID and Space Name, and then click Create.
  3. Since we set the state of the Employee On Boarding flow to Production in a previous step, it will automatically be included, along with the Task List as menu items in the newly created space. 
  4. Click the  Edit icon.  Click the  icon to hide the left panel and select regular for the form width from the Min Width dropdown on the Property pane. 

  5. If your frevvo tenant is in the cloud, click the Save and Exit icon and proceed to the Test the Employee On Boarding Flow section.
  6. If you are using an in-house installation,
    1. Click the  menu edit icon. Replace the <localhost:8082> in the urls for the Task List and the Employee On Boarding workflow with your server name and port. 
    2. Click the  Save and Exit icon to save the changes and proceed to the Test the Employee On Boarding Flow section.

Test the Employee On Boarding Flow

  1. Logon to your frevvo tenant as the designer on your desktop.
  2. Click the  Share icon on the Space Home Page.

     3. Live Forms displays your space's URL — this is the link you distribute to those who you want to view your space. Remember, this flow is designed to only be accessible to users who are logged into the tenant.


     4. Type the Share url for your space into a browser session on the iPad. Your space will look similar to the image below, when accessed from the iPad.

     5. Logoff the desktop and logon to your tenant as the user Tom on the iPad.

     6. Select the Employee On Boarding flow on the iPad by tapping the icon for it.

     7. Fill in the screen flow. Use the Back and Next buttons or swipe to navigate the pages of the forms established by the designer's use of the PageBreak control. The Next button will change to Continue when the flow is navigating to a new form.

     8. You will only see a Save button if the Save/Load property on the flow has been selected. This property saves a  partially complete form/flow on the Live Forms Form Server.

     9. Later the user can re-open the form either in the same browser or a different browser or even from a different computer, and reload the partially completed form and continue working on it. Saved forms are accessed from the users Task List. The Cancel button will take you back to the Space menu.

    10. The Manager's name should be filled in by frevvo on the first page of the screen flow if you added the rule to do that from the logon information. 

    11. Check to see that the correct keyboards and date pickers are shown for the iPad.

    12. The address should be filled in if you implemented the location feature on the Employee Information Form.

    13. Test to see that you can take a profile picture with the iPad camera and upload it to the Employee Information form.

    14. Verify that the calculation to compute the W - 4 allowances are working and are yielding correct results on the Allowances form. Check that today's date is filled in the Today's Date field if you added the rule to do so.

    15. Sign the Wet Signature control using your finger.

    16. Enter data into the table control on the Education History page. Be sure to try the Degree attained dropdown choices.

    17. Review the data in the W - 4 PDF. Remember, we only mapped a small section of the Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate.

    18. Click the Send to Manager button when the screen flow is complete. Verify your customized message is displayed to the new employee The flow should progress to the Approval phase now.

    19. Click the Back button then logoff the iPad. Verify Jerry received a task Notification email if you set that up. Do not click on the link in the email as that will take you to the login screen on the desktop.

    20. Logon to the iPhone as Jerry.

    21. Check that the Employee On Boarding task from Tom Cat shows up in Jerry, the manager's Task List.

    22. Tap the task for Tom Cat's Employee On Boarding information. Since we enabled the Quick View feature, you will see the task information, a field to enter a comment and Approve, Reject, Details and a Cancel button. Enter a comment and approve the task. 

    23. You can run through the flow again to see what happens if the task is rejected.

    24. Check to see that the correct pending message is displayed.

    25. Click the Back button and logoff the iPhone.

    26. Logon to frevvo from a desktop computer as user Sue. Click the Perform this Task icon from Sue's Task List to complete the flow. Verify the correct completion message is displayed.

    27. Logoff frevvo.



























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