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App items

An app item is an entry on the app’s page that shows certain data. App items are created by users and store information that users enter.

For example, each company added to the Companies app is an app item. This app stores information about legal entities, their addresses, phone numbers, etc.

The form of app item pages is configured when you add a new app or edit an existing one.

There are three types of app item forms:

  • Create form. Opens when you click on the item creation button. To create an item, you need to fill out the fields on the form.
  • View form. Opens when you click an item on the app page. It displays all the data stored in the item.
  • Edit form. Opens when you click on the Edit button on an item’s page. To edit the item, change the data in the fields on this form.

By default, these three forms are identical. However, in the Advanced Mode, you can set up different forms for creating, viewing, and editing app items.

You can use access settings to specify which users can create, view and/or edit app items in an app.

When you open an app item or a task, you can quickly close it by pressing Escape on your keyboard.

Create

There are two ways to create an app item:

  1. Open an app’s page. In the upper right corner, click +Item name.

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On the creation form that opens, fill out the fields and click Save.

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Learn more about configuring the Create form in the App item forms article.

  1. It is also possible to add a new app item in a business process by using the Create App Item activity.

View

To view an app item, click on its name.

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The view form will open. On the left, you can see the main data. On the right is the sidebar.

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The main data is entered by a user when they create the item. The sidebar can show the following information:

  • List of informed users or approval sheet. If the item is sent for information or for approval. AI 5
  • Status. Displayed if statuses are configured for the app. app-items-statuses
  • Tasks. Here all tasks related to this app item are displayed. Use the Active/All switch to manage task display. To add a new task or create a checklist, click +Task.

If this item is part of a business process, this section will show active and completed process tasks. An employee who has the permission to manage business processes can open the page of any process task and reassign it to another user.

  • Activity stream. Always displayed. Allows quickly discussing issues related to the item and tracking the item’s history.

The view page can also feature the plus task button which allows you to add items of associated apps. Read more about its settings and usage in the Create an app item on the page of another app article.

Full-screen mode

When viewing an app item page, you can enter the full-screen mode. To do that, click the fullscreen-button icon in the upper right corner of the form. The form will take up the entire screen. To exit the full-screen mode, click the icon again.

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Subscribe

When you create a new app item, you automatically subscribe to it. This means that you will see notifications from the app item’s activity stream in your activity stream.

For example, if another employee writes a comment on the page of an app item you created, you will see this comment it your activity stream even if you are not mentioned in the message.

If you don’t want to receive notifications of this type, you can unsubscribe from them. To do that, click the unsubscribe-icon icon at the top of the item page. By clicking the same icon, you can subscribe to any other element and unsubscribe from it.

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By default, the subscription button is not added to the pages of Event and Document type apps. A user included into the Administrators group can add it manually in the interface designer using the Subscription to app item widget.

Send an item for information or for approval

You can send an app item to other users for information or for approval. For example, if an item contains a document that another employee needs to view.

To do that, click the send-icon icon on the top panel of an app item and select the action you need. Read more in the Ready-made document routes article.

App item permissions

A user with the Assign Permissions rights can manage user permissions, restricting or granting access to certain app items. If you want to manage access to an item, click the lock-icon icon. In the window that opens, add a user, group, or org chart item and specify which types of permissions to the current object need to be granted. Read more in the Restrict access to specific app items article.

Edit

If you need to change the data stored in an app item, open its view page. In the bottom left corner, click the Edit button.

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An item editing page will open. Make the changes and click the Save button.

The information in the app item will be updated.

You can create additional buttons on an app item page. You can also configure a business process to start automatically when the user clicks Save. To learn more, read the Customize buttons on app item pages article.

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