What browser for KoboForm offline

I am new to the Kobo tools. I am hoping to use them for fieldwork in rural locations where there will not be reliable internet connections, so I would like to send the offline version of the form builder into the field with my team so they can fine-tune forms in the field. However, I cannot figure out what browser to use for running the offline form builder under Windows 7.

irefox has the problem, as announced on this list, of not being able to load or save forms. I tried running the offline KoboForms designer (version 1.0.22) under Chrome, but it just hangs with a message, “Please wait while KoBo Form Designer loads…” I tried Internet Explorer and get the same problem. Is there another browser I should use to make this work?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me, and thanks to the KoBo team for making such a great tool for collecting data in the field. Even if the offline forms designer will not work, the other tools are very useful and I appreciate the effort that went into writing them.

Jonathan

Hi Jonathan,

You’re right - this is a known issue and we’re hoping to find a fix for this problem soon.

Your best option for now is to use the offline version of KoBoForm in Firefox and do the following:

To save your KoBo form to an XML File on your computer:

  • Within KoBoForm offline (in Firefox), click on “View form text” and copy the entire XML code (CTRL+C). Then paste the code into a text editor (such as Notepad or Notepad++), and save the file as “something.xml”. This will give you the xml file that you would otherwise download with the ‘Save to file’ menu.
    To load an existing form (XML file) into KoBoForm:

  • Open the XML file in a text editor, copy the entire code, and open KoBoForm. Click on the ‘Load from text’ menu item, and then paste the code into the blank window. Finally, click on ‘Open pasted text’ and your form will load.

It’s a bit roundabout, but it will allow your teams to build forms offline and push them to phones all the same. We’ll try to fix the issue soon.

Hope this helps,

Tino

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On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM, Jonathan Gilligan jonathan...@gmail.com wrote:

I am new to the Kobo tools. I am hoping to use them for fieldwork in rural locations where there will not be reliable internet connections, so I would like to send the offline version of the form builder into the field with my team so they can fine-tune forms in the field. However, I cannot figure out what browser to use for running the offline form builder under Windows 7.

irefox has the problem, as announced on this list, of not being able to load or save forms. I tried running the offline KoboForms designer (version 1.0.22) under Chrome, but it just hangs with a message, “Please wait while KoBo Form Designer loads…” I tried Internet Explorer and get the same problem. Is there another browser I should use to make this work?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me, and thanks to the KoBo team for making such a great tool for collecting data in the field. Even if the offline forms designer will not work, the other tools are very useful and I appreciate the effort that went into writing them.

Jonathan

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Cool. Thanks for the workaround. That sounds like it will do the job for us.

Jonathan

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On 9/15/2013 9:53 PM, Tino Kreutzer wrote:

Hi Jonathan,

You're right - this is a known issue and we're hoping to find a fix for this problem soon.

Your best option for now is to use the offline version of KoBoForm in Firefox and do the following:

To save your KoBo form to an XML File on your computer:

  * Within KoBoForm offline (in Firefox), click on "View form text"
    and copy the entire XML code (CTRL+C). Then paste the code into a
    text editor (such as Notepad or Notepad++), and save the file as
    "something.xml". This will give you the xml file that you would
    otherwise download with the 'Save to file' menu.

To load an existing form (XML file) into KoBoForm:

  * Open the XML file in a text editor, copy the entire code, and open
    KoBoForm. Click on the 'Load from text' menu item, and then paste
    the code into the blank window. Finally, click on 'Open pasted
    text' and your form will load.

It's a bit roundabout, but it will allow your teams to build forms offline and push them to phones all the same. We'll try to fix the issue soon.

Hope this helps,
Tino

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On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM, Jonathan Gilligan > <jonathan...@gmail.com <mailto:jonathan...@gmail.com>> wrote:

    I am new to the Kobo tools. I am hoping to use them for fieldwork
    in rural locations where there will not be reliable internet
    connections, so I would like to send the offline version of the
    form builder into the field with my team so they can fine-tune
    forms in the field. However, I cannot figure out what browser to
    use for running the offline form builder under Windows 7.

    irefox has the problem, as announced on this list, of not being
    able to load or save forms. I tried running the offline KoboForms
    designer (version 1.0.22) under Chrome, but it just hangs with a
    message, "Please wait while KoBo Form Designer loads..." I tried
    Internet Explorer and get the same problem. Is there another
    browser I should use to make this work?

    Thanks for any help anyone can give me, and thanks to the KoBo
    team for making such a great tool for collecting data in the
    field. Even if the offline forms designer will not work, the other
    tools are very useful and I appreciate the effort that went into
    writing them.

    Jonathan
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