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Feature Request: Native integration with Google and Bing Maps in Forms

asked on April 11, 2023

There are several questions related to getting Forms to work with Google and Bing Maps, so I thought it would be a good idea to make an official request for the feature.

It would be nice if there was a Maps field that could be added in the form designer. The configuration for which service to use could be done in FormsConfig, similar to how the Web Client is configured to use Google or Bing.

I would picture the default behavior being as follows. When added to the form, it would have a rectangle that would show a map from Google or Bing. The size of the map should be configurable in the Advanced tab of the field.

The field by default would also add the Geolocation field (This should have an option to be turned on\off.). When you click somewhere on the map it would automatically populate the latitude and longitude values if the Geolocation field is enabled. This would also work the other way around where latitude and longitude could be entered, and the map pinpoint the location.

There would be another field named Address (or something similar) where someone could type in an address and the map would pinpoint the location or a location could be selected on the map and the address field would be populated. This field should have the ability to be turned on\off as well.

Last but not least, it would be great to be able to use custom maps. This would allow for a map with boundaries to be created in Google or Bing and shown. This becomes really useful for school districts or government organizations to show which addresses are within their boundaries.

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replied on April 12, 2023

We are currently researching/working on custom components that should enable this type of functionality to be developed. I will add this use case as a part of the layout designer backlog so we can be sure to enable the required form interactions.

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replied on April 11, 2023

That's a great idea!

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replied on April 15

Great ideas Blake - and we'd love to see this too.

Can I please add to this that it should also work in Cloud Forms (as you can't make any config file changes, so would need to be configurable services).

Also - would be great to get Address look-ups working in LF Cloud (so type-ahead address search that populates address fields) - and populated by Google's (or other) address API services. Note that working JS for this in self-hosted Forms does not work in Cloud.

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