We just pushed a feature that will help you save quite some time when building forms and simplify your apps. You can now bind an input to a field of thing.
Very often, you’ll find yourself building a form to modify an existing thing in the database, usually the thing of the group or the page. That means defining the initial content as ‘Parent Element’s thing’s field’, and then having workflows when the user changes the content of the input.
Now, you can select “Enable auto-binding on parent element’s thing” as the input level. If the input is in a group or a page that contains a thing (group coming before the page), you’ll be able to select which field you want to modify. Doing so, the input will automatically use the field value as the initial content, and will update the thing as the user changes the value of the input.
Please note that this feature requires a special permission in the privacy tab. As it doesn’t use the workflow engine, modifying things that way requires you to define who can modify which field for a given thing (usually the creator, etc.). If the privacy isn’t met, you’ll see an error message.