Data collected in tools that use web browsers offer the advantage of not
having to deploy software on client computers. However, data is limited to entering standard
types such as text, check boxes, and optional answers. It is not as
interactive as an installed windows application. Collecting data in
a browser is a good solution when each person will fill out each survey
a single time at their own computer and everyone is connected to the same
intranet or internet.
Windows Applications offer more robust interfaces
and capabilities at the expense of requiring installed software.
This is ideal whenever data will be collected multiple times on the same
computer. Windows applications are better for disconnected
data collection. Another benefit of Windows Applications is that
they can be configured to collect data from devices connected to the
Beware of browser based data collection tools that run disconnected
from the Internet. This is done by installing a web server on the
client computer. This has all of the downsides of both browser and
windows data collection with none of the benefits of either.
System is a Windows Application installed directly on the Tablet PC or
other Windows Computer.