Last week Adobe announced that FormsCentral is ‘retiring’ – users have around 6 months to organise themselves ahead of the final closing date of July 28th, though functionality is due to be reduced on June 23rd. From this date users will no longer be able to create new forms or receive new data, but will still be able to export data from existing forms.
Why is it closing? According to Adobe the service has been popular, just not popular enough: “Despite enthusiastic use of FormsCentral … we’ve found that there hasn’t been as much demand for this type of service as we anticipated”.
What to do now that FormsCentral is Closing
First of all, don’t panic. There’s – as of this moment – plenty of time. So if you make the move now, you won’t be in a blind panic come 22nd June.
The steps in brief are:
- Find an alternative form solution
- Download all your current data
- Export your form files
- Import the form files to your new service (if supported, if not, sorry but you’ll need to re-make them).
We’re going to look at JotForm as we’re already familiar with it and, as far as I’m aware, they’re the first out of the gate with an import solution. Simply go to http://www.jotform.com/formscentral/ and hit the import forms button – it takes a minute or so to complete, but then you’ll need to wait a day or two for a response as they are manually reviewing the imports (which to be fair is probably worth the wait anyway).
Next go and grab your data using this process: http://www.jotform.com/help/309-How-to-Migrate-Form-Data-from-Adobe-FormsCentral-to-JotForm.
All being well you should be back up and running with little to no interruption of service. So don’t procrastinate – get it sorted today and it’s one thing off your mind!