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New Metadata on Company and Users

You now have the ability to associate key/value metadata on both the Company/Organisation and User level on our platform.
This enables you to record additional information against these entities, and then access this data in Forms and other areas of the system via new META formula functions.

The new functionality is available in our latest Appenate Mobile Client (AMC) preview that has just been released to Google Play.
Allow a few hours for it to populate worldwide if the new version is not showing up for you.

Adding/Editing Metadata
To get started with adding or editing metadata, simply head over to the “Edit User” and “Organisation Setup” pages in the secure website.
There you will see a new “Metadata” field, which lets you add key/value sets of information.
Don’t forget to hit the Save button to persist your changes 🙂

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The new metadata is also available right now on our v2 Company and User APIs, so you can programatically get and set metadata values as desired.

Accessing Metadata
To make use of the metadata you have loaded, we’ve added two new formula functions:

  • ORGMETA(‘keyname’)
  • USERMETA(‘keyname’)

Both the above functions will get you the value for the given key name at Organisation and User level respectively.
As this is part of our formula engine, you can make use of these functions anywhere formulae are supported – Form screens, data templates, conditions etc.

The new metadata values are currently only supported by the latest AMC preview, but this will change very soon as we will push out updates to all customer branded apps around the end of this week.

Metadata is a great little addition to our platform that really expands your options when it comes to storing user- or organisation-specific data in an easy to access way.

We look forward to seeing how you put this new functionality to work!