GravityForms version 1.1 has been released to the public. This new version includes two new post specific fields. One for categories where users can select which category to place the post in and post images which enable users to upload images that go along with their post. Two really cool features that should help out anyone wanting to create a slick post submission form. Among some of the other improvements include UI enhancements, query string builder, select all functionality on the export page, last but not least, new hooks and filters. There is also a slew of fixes as well.
Unfortunately, their demo site only contains two different forms, neither of which show off the cool functionality of post submissions. Since new forms can’t be saved in the demo, I’m hoping that create a third form showcasing how easy it is to create a cool post submission form, including the image uploader as I’m interested in seeing that in action.
Image uploading is a very useful new feature. That and all the other improvements in this speedy release shows that the Gravity team are responsive to their users because a few of us requested this on their forums.
One feature that I would love to see introduced in the next version is some sort of integration with Riffly, Seesmic or Viddler, allowing form submitters to include a short webcam video of themselves – can you imagine any better way for submitters to confirm that they are who they say they are? Can you imagine how powerful that would be combined with BuddyPress?
It might sound complicated but should be reasonably easy to implement because those services’ WordPress plugins already integrate webcam video into the comment submission process, inserting a token into the comment form which identifies the video the user has just shot. That video is then displayed in the published comment, surely it would be possible to adapt that and make the video visible when the admin checks the form entries?
My favorite of those video comment services is Riffly because they have a very simple one-button interface, they don’t force the user to register before recording and they have an ad-free premium version. It is a pity that Automattic didn’t include some sort of video comments functionality as part of their VideoPress product, as a blog owner I wouldn’t definitely pay $60 a year for that.