• Form Builder

    Creating an Online Form for an Existing PDF

  • Custom Domain

    With Builder you can build three types of forms: online web forms, online PDF forms, and master forms.

  • Master Form Builder

    you will arrive at the Form Builder. On the form Builder, there are three main sections:

Enable multi-languages

PlatoForms makes it easy for businesses to connect with international customers by offering forms in multiple languages. With our multi-language support, you can create forms in your preferred language and let respondents answer in theirs.

Add languages and translation

  1. Go to the Dashboard.

  2. Hover over the form you want to make multilingual.

  3. Click the Settings (gear) button at the top right of the form.

  4. From the dropdown menu, select Form Settings.

    Form settings

  5. In Form Settings window, switch to the Multi Languages tab, and click Manage Languages.

    Manage Languages

  6. In the Form Languages window, select a language from the dropdown, and click Add New Language.

    Choose a Language

    This opens the translation window.


    • For manual translation: Switch between Form Text and System Text tabs to add text-to-text translations manually.

      Form Text translates labels and descriptions of online form fields, while System Text translates elements like the “Submit” button and “Cancel” options.

    • For auto-fill translation: Click Export Tranlation to download an Excel file. Fill in translations and click Import Translation to upload changes.

      For the guides of importing excel worksheets, refer to the Auto-fill translation guide section.

  7. After adding translations, click Save Translation at the top left.

  8. (Optional) To export your translations in Excel format, click Export Translation at the upper right.

Auto-fill translation guide

When importing data from Excel for auto-fill translation, follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and accurate process:

Set primary language
Example excel file

  • Prepare proper file: The name of your Excel file doesn’t matter; only data from the first worksheet will be used.

  • Ignore the title: The system ignores the 1st row, typically containing titles.

  • Three-column format: Organize your translation in three columns; only content in the 3rd column is imported. Ensure the format matches the Excel file you exported.

  • Empty cells: If a cell in your file is empty, the corresponding translation will reset to blank.

  • Font styles: Any font styles in your file will be ignored during import.

  • Rich text: Import does not support rich text messages. Translate messages with text formatting manually in the Form Text and System Text tabs.

Placeholder guide

In PlatoForms, placeholders are used to dynamically replace specific values in a form during rendering.

The format for placeholders is %(TheName)s, where TheName is a placeholder variable representing a specific value or piece of information that will be inserted into the form.


For example, if you have a placeholder like %(TheName)s in your form, during rendering, the system will replace %(TheName)s with the actual username of the user filling out the form. This dynamic replacement allows you to personalize form content and make it more relevant to individual users.

So, the format %(TheName)s serves as a template for placeholders, indicating where and how the replacement should occur within the form.

These placeholders follow a specific format to ensure that the system can identify and replace them correctly:

  • Use ASCII characters: Placeholders should only consist of ASCII characters. Non-ASCII characters won’t work.

  • Start and end with % and s: Each placeholder should start with % and end with s. This format is necessary for the system to recognize them correctly.

  • No spaces: Placeholder names should not have any spaces. Spaces in placeholder names won’t be recognized.

Set primary language

“Primary language” is the default language of your form. It’s what users see first, including labels, instructions, and system messages.

You can change the primary language for your online form:

In the Form Language window, navigate to your desired primary language tab and click Set as Primary.

Set primary language

Preview multi-languages

“Preview multi-languages” lets you see how your form looks in different languages:

  1. In the translation window, click the Preview Address URL.

    Preview Address

    The preview page will open.

  2. To view the form in different languages, use dropdown to the right of Change Language.

    Change Language

Switch between languages

After submitting your form, you’ll get unique URLs, Embed Scripts, or QR Codes for each language version.

Use the language buttons to switch between languages. Each button takes you to a specific URL or Embed Script for that language, so you can share different versions with your responders.

Switch Languages

This makes it easy for them to access and interact with the form in their preferred language. They can also switch between languages using the language switcher.

Language Switcher

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