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Upgrade makes AF's electronic forms more user friendly

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS -- Air Force officials recently rolled out a new software upgrade that makes it easier for Airmen to view and print electronic forms.

Feedback from Airmen revealed problems with blank lines appearing on paper copies of electronic forms that were not visible on digital versions.

"The issue was with the PureEdge forms program, not the actual form itself," said Master Sgt. Jason Malec, superintendent of Air Force Evaluations at the Air Force Personnel Center here. "The new viewer allows users to more effectively 'print what they see' on screen, and it gives them the ability to open electronic forms that were created in prior versions."

In August 2007, Air Force officials began phasing in new, streamlined officer and enlisted evaluation forms. These changes were directed at reducing the workload associated with preparing the reports while providing an accurate portrayal of performance.

"Because of the hard work of our systems folks and IBM developers," said Col. Glenn Rattell, AFPC Personnel Data Systems director, "we were able to forge an Air Force-wide solution. It's been a total team effort."

The LOTUS Form Viewer 3.0 is available at http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/ under the Items of Interest tab; see your client support administrator for installation details.