Such is the high expectations for business apps these days, and this particular one is no exception. What would you expect? This is, after all, the Google Apps Marketplace! We have to be tough here. Of course, the auto attendants and call centers of our corporate world would lynch any sub-par app out there only seeking to clutter up the space in a smartphone, laptop, or desktop; but at the very least, this one business app does have potential. It just needs a little bit of tweaking.
Dissecting the FormLizard
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
It’s called the FormLizard. Clever name. The clever ends there, though. In starting off, there are some nitpicks to fuss with here, but I hope I’m not viewed as a harsh, disgusting devil of rotten commentary a la Simon Cowell of “American Idol” fame. I do promise, however, not to slam the app so hard that there’s sniveling and sobbing going on as the app storms off with curses lashing out and the hope for dreams crushed.
That would be just cruel.
First off, let’s say that this app dedicates itself to the concept of document management and preparation. It essentially handles forms for you — everything from contracts to agreements to leases to order forms to even letterheads and the like. And a partridge and a pear tree.
The festivities end there, though:
Really Bad Points of the FormLizard
I will say, though, that there’s been evidence of the FormLizard being particularly ‘slimy’ in the sense that there are bugs here and there about the process of the app. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t.
However, it is a FormLizard, and at the very least bugs seem to suit it well!
In addition, in all honesty, the price is a little unrealistic. A $5 plan? For document preparation. It seems like a tall order.
On the Other Hand….
There are some things to be said: like its all-inclusiveness.
The FormLizard can handle not only every single possible document requiring words from left to right, but also an easy sync with Google Docs, Right Signature and other handy partner accounts.
It’s rather versatile, able to empower the user to utilize just about every feature in any way possible — interviews, patient information packets, finance forms, school registration packets, legal documents. Everything. Generally, there’s no change in process on how an individual can set up various different documents. In a way, it’s very much like an open-ended creative suite.
But Is This a Lizard That’ll Go Instinct?
Possibly. That’s the way it goes, though. Don’t be sad about it. Google apps — all business apps, for that matter — are like entities of evolution.
Something better will always come along. Or something will simply evolve to stay on top. It’s survival of the fittest.
It may be glaringly possible then that the FormLizard may soon be utterly a FossilLizard! The good thing, however, is this particular fossil will be remembered as a time when Google Apps flourished on the Earth (before the meteorite hit, of course!)