The Winlink system is great for getting messages moved around, but its not necessarily pretty. To make it easier on the eyes of the user and served agencies, forms were implemented. These present a more friendly way to send messages back and forth. Check out this example of how to use forms.
Forms have been implemented inside of Winlink Express for a while now. They rely on pre-downloaded form templates that open inside a browser window for editing or review. Since each end has the pretty formatting already downloaded, all that needs to be transmitted is the text of the messages and a small XML file.
If you have a more recent version of Winlink Express installed, the forms should already be installed and they are automatically updated when new versions are released. So to ensure you have the latest and greatest, head over to the Winlink.org site and download the newest version of the software.
|New Message Button
|Template Manager Window
|Form In Browser Window
|Filled Message Window
Before posting the message to the outbox, you will need to remember to fill in the "to:" field with the callsign or email address of the recipient.
|Set Favorite Templates
|Select Favorite Template
|Create a Friendly Name
|Favorite Template Button
As you can see, form templates are a more visually appealing way of conveying Winlink messages which makes sending and reading messages much easier.