Document management / Document type apps

Document type apps

The document type apps are used for creating documents in ELMA365, for example, agreements, requests, invoices and so on.

You can organize centralized storage of documents, register them, search by document attributes, cerate workflows that will cover all the stages of the document lifecycle. Statuses help to track at what stage the document currently is.

Here is an example of how a document may look like:


Create a Document type app

начало внимание

Only users included in the Administrators group can create document-type apps.

конец внимание

Go to any workspace and click Add in the left menu. In the provided window, click Create.

Fill in the provided form: dta1

  • App Name*. The name of the app that will be shown in the left menu.
  • App URL*. The URL for quick access to the app. The URL is created automatically, but you can change it if you wish to.
  • Item Name. The name of the button for adding new app items.
  • Type. Select Document.
  • Visibility. Specify, who will be able to see the app in the left menu. You can change these settings later, if necessary.
    • Visible to everyone. The app will be available to all users.
    • Only to administrators. The app will be available only to the users included in the Administrators group.
  • App Icon. The icon helps users quickly find the app in the left menu.

After you fill in the data, click Create. A window where you can set up the document form will open.


The default File field on the form cannot be deleted because it stores the file containing the document. ELMA365 supports multiple file formats.

To add more fields, drag them from the right panel onto the main area of the form. You can read more about fields and their settings in the following articles: System data types, App page forms.

You can set up different custom forms for creating, viewing, and editing documents.

To do that, click Advanced Mode in the form settings window.


In the advanced mode, the File field can be made optional. To do this, go to the creation form and remove the * marker from the field.

This is convenient if you do not have a ready-made file and plan to generate it from a template during a business process. Don't forget to add the Edit app item activity to the process to transfer the generated file from the process context to the item page. The user will need to fill in the required fields, the system will generate a document and add it to the item page.

To learn more on how to customize a form in the advanced mode, read the Configuring Forms in Advanced Mode article.

Create an app item

It is convenient to store documents of one type in one app. For example, the Invoices app stores all the company's invoices. Each document that belongs to an app is an app item.


To add a new app item, click the button in the top right corner of the app page. The name of this button depends on the app settings. dta6

In the provided window, add a file with a document and fill in the fields on the right panel. The fields on the panel may vary; select them when you create a new document app.


You can start routing processes from the document form upon clicking the save button, add new buttons and instructions. Read more about these settings in the Customizing Pages of App Items article.

ELMA365 supports document versioning. The user can add a new version to a previously created document even if it is already in work, for example, at the pending approval stage. The new version will become the current version and the previous version will be outdated.


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