There isn't a way for a FormsCentral form to automatically act on a non-user action... such as the passing of a date. The form itself doesn't know about dates, and the show/hide logic works on choices, not dates. Forms also don't know about prior submissions, so what has been submitted in the past is not going to affect what a person sees in the form right now.
That said, what you are talking about is "Navigate to Page" logic, rather than show/hide logic for individual items. If all of those questions you want to hide are consolidated on two pages, you could simply set those two pages to never be navigated to. When the person hits the end of page 1 and clicks next, they would be taken to page 4, skipping over pages 2 and 3. You would have to set up some sort of improbable case where they *would* display... but that should be easy to do.
Just a thought. I hope it helps,
Thanks for responding, and I appreciate the suggestion. I think I am
following exactly what you are saying, and I agree with you. The
details: the pages with the "submit abstract" fields are on pages 6 and
7. I thought I could, at the end of page 5, say, "Skip directly to
page 8". I clicked the correct button at the bottom, I said "Skip
directly to page 8", yet, the form fails to skip. I tried it on the
"Test your page", I tried it on the live form, I tried everything.
I clicked every button on the Adobe Forms website associated with the
form, and no matter what incantation I pick, I can't get pages 6 and 7
to go away.
I believe that I am correctly interpreting what Adobe advertises as
"skip directly to page", but it simply isn't working with my form in
this particular case, and for what reason I have no idea. I wanted to
submit a bug report but the only thing I could find on their website
was "Start a discussion."
Even though I can't make the entire pages go away, I managed to get the
fields to go away by that "show/hide" trick, where I am hiding the field
regardless of what the user enters previously. Clearly, though, this
isn't the right way to make pages 6 and 7 go away, and if I knew what
peculiarity about my form was rendering 6+7 inviolate, I would change
I was a bit surprised, frankly, because up until now everything about
the form (and FormsCentral in general) seemed pretty slick - I was
impressed. Now, in the moment that I need these pages to go away, here
I am, hacking again.
If you'd like to see the form in action, you can find it at
Thanks again - I don't know that there is a solution here, and even if
there were, it's going to be too late by this Friday anyway.
On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM, brian.filipiak <email@example.com>
This might work:
At the bottom of Page 5…
1. Check the “Navigate to Page” box
2. For the rules, tell the form to “Go directly to Page 8”
… unless “I am already an MAA member" is
“selected" go to "Page 8”
“not selected” go to “Page 8”
In a small test I tried in my own account, this worked for me. I have no other show/hide logic at play on any of the other fields.
I hope that helps,