I got a lovely surprise when I opened my emails on Friday – ESRI has finally gotten around to implementing a beta version of the grid theme in Survey123.
I know I’ve been quiet on the blog for a while, but that’s because I’ve been keeping my rants about GIS offline (mostly). In particular, my utter frustration at not being able to replicate a very critical paper-based form digitally because of the lack of a grid theme.
I even went as far as chucking Survey123 completely, setting up ODK Collect from scratch and trying out the grid theme there. I was not happy with the results at all, so I resigned myself to a compromise: replicating the forms in Excel and extracting the data automatically from the spreadsheets as the team uploads them to OneDrive in the field. Terrible, I know, but still better than paper.
Since ESRI is making this tentatively worded claim in the beta forum:
It’s now possible to design a digital smart form that closely resembles its paper form predecessor!
I will be putting it to the test today. It’s still not the holy grail though, which would be a proper table theme, but it at least takes us a step closer.