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Text Box -- Default Text -- Allow Formula's

I was thinking that if I add a Text box to my app -- there is an option to add Default Text. It would be nice to make that a little more dynamic.


Here is my use case. I want to put the current year in as default text to then use it in a filter tool. It would be great to be able to put a formal in that always get the current year -- but allows a user to overwrite it if they want to do another year. The way I envision it could be:


DateTImeYear(Datetimenow) would show 2020 by default, but a user could overwrite it to say 2019 instead.


Another example is folder structure. If a department is consistent with their folder structure where only a year change:


'C:\Tax\Returns\' + str(DateTImeYear(Datetimenow) would show C:\Tax\Returns\2020. Next year it would show 2021...etc.





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17 - Castor
17 - Castor

Hey @smoskowitz - this idea would be helpful in many different circumstances - perhaps could be achieved by adding an anchor to allow action tools to influence the input tools?


cc: @Claje 

17 - Castor
17 - Castor

This would be a nice add.

12 - Quasar

Hi @pat @SeanAdams --


Thank you both for your support! I too see great automation benefits with this.



5 - Atom

I have a scenario where I need to dynamically change the text of the question in the text box tool based on input data.

8 - Asteroid

+1 on this feature add!

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5 - Atom

I would love to be able do this too!