Is it correct that currently within a given formspider web-session (browsertab) one can only display one single instance of any panel?

(hence no MDI. No way on can design a customer panel and show 5 separate instance of it?)

So we have to run a formspider app (customer) in a separate Browser Tab to create an MDI user interface, but these bowser tabs share a single set of formspider session variables, which can be used for cross browser tab communication, correct?

asked 08 Sep '15, 05:23

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Formspider Panels are actual objects. They are not classes of which you can create an instance of. The Formspider Panel itself is an instance, an object.

You can certainly create multiple browser tabs. But there are also other options. For example, you could work with Formspider tabs. You could have one "CustomerPanel" and move this panel between tabs where each tab represents a different customer. So you'd change the data the "CustomerPanel" shows each time the user clicks a different tab. Or you could show customers in a Grid, tree etc... and have the user pick one to see more information about one particular customer. Finally, you could create templates and create Formspider objects based on these templates. I know, this is not the same as creating multiple instances of the same panel but it might be a very effective method depending on the user case. I've talked about this option in this thread as well.

Depending on your use case, you can evaluate one of the options above as well as opening separate tabs.

Implementing reusable Formspider objects is on our roadmap. (The article uses the term templating. In hindsight, reusable libraries would be a better term.)

Hope this helps.

Kind Regards,


answered 08 Sep '15, 06:36

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edited 08 Sep '15, 06:38

Hi Yalim,

any news on the progress of "templates" ( or "libraries" ) to be able to create MDI apps?


answered 30 Jun '16, 14:10

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Hi Yalim, how is the "Implementing reusable Formspider objects is on our roadmap" project comming along? Will we ever be able to create MDI userinterfaces in formspider?

regards Peter


answered 01 Apr '18, 08:46

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I hope so Peter. Technially, you are creating MDI applications with Formspider even today, if you assume that the Formspider dialogs are your documents.

But I understand what you mean. :-). You'd like to be able to reuse your Formspider objects.

I've been working on this feature for a long time. Backend implementation was 90% done. Unfortunately, we recently had a huge setback. Both of our servers (dev and backup) got infected with malware which encrypted their hard drives. :-(

We were able to scrape together an old version of the feature. I haven't investigated how much we were able to save. I guess once I am over this huge setback mentally, I'll be able to get back to working on it.

Kind Regards,

(02 Apr '18, 00:03) Yalim ♦♦
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