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Move Your Collected Wufoo Data Onto Any Web Form with Automato

By Chris Coyier · November 1st, 2011

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Let’s say you’d like to use data that you’ve collected through your Wufoo forms somewhere else on the web. Maybe you need to take some patient information you’ve already collected and move it into another system. Or maybe you have a recipe blog and you use a Wufoo form to collect submissions from the public - and you want to be able to easily move the best submissions into WordPress to publish. Automato might be just the tool for you! It is a browser extension for Google Chrome that connects to your Wufoo account and allows you to visually map data to form fields. No programming required!

How-Automato-Works

Let’s let them show you exactly how it works:

So essentially you visually “map” fields from your Wufoo form fields on another form. If you can see that form on the Internet, you can get your Wufoo data into it.

Automato Mapping

Getting started with Automato only takes a few seconds. Head over to the main Automato site (must be using Google Chrome) and click the button to install the browser extension. After installation, you’ll see a tomato icon in your browser toolbar:

Automato Icon

Click on it, then click on “Add Data Source” in the upper right. You’ll be taken to a page where you can add your Wufoo information (subdomain and API, which it helps you get) and then you’ll be able to select any of your Wufoo forms as a “data source”.

Now when you’re on any page on the Internet with a form on it, you can select a Wufoo form as the data source, and drag the red squares underneath the fields to the red squares attached to the form fields to map them. Then you’re all set. Clicking on any entry in the Automato window will prefill those fields with the correct data.

Thanks to Adam Varga, James Saadi, and the whole Automato team for building this very cool integration!

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Comments

  1. So can you use this to prefill any form on the net? If someone fills in my wufoo and then I redirect them (with wufoo) after submission to some websites form can the data be prefilled if I mapped it previously? Does the user have to be using google chrome or do I just set it up in chrome? Thanks

    Posted 3 years ago by Steve.
  2. Is patient data really the best choice of examples for a form? I love using Wufoo for many things, but given HIPPA regulations and privacy concerns, I wouldn’t want to encourage people to use it for something like this.

    Posted 3 years ago by Juliana Perry.
  3. “prefill any form on the net” is the right idea, but it’s best to think of this as tool for YOU, not so much users filling out your Wufoo forms. In order to use Automato, you need to give it your Wufoo login credentials, which aren’t something you want to share with just anybody!

    Posted 3 years ago by Chris Coyier.
  4. My head is spinning with dozens of ways this could improve productivity and efficiency in business. Great idea and well-executed!

    Posted 3 years ago by Miles Austin.
  5. Hmm.. this could work for migrating from one form to another too? Solves a huge problem I was having with multiple form designs and not being able to import data into WuFoo.. ?

    Posted 3 years ago by thinkx.
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