I never want to use an automated form filler because I don’t like the idea of saving my personal information such as address, email, credit card numbers and other information in the unsecured web browser. However I need to use one now because of the giveaway in forum that I have to create everyday. To create a giveaway, I will need to fill up a form with a quite a few of text boxes, check boxes, and also radio buttons. It’s not that hard because I can copy and paste from the previous giveaway form but it’s still a hassle and a waste of time.
If I use a form filler, it can automatically help me fill up most of the information that never needs to be changed. Google Chrome comes with an “Autofill” feature but it is very basic that only supports address and credit card without the ability to auto select checkboxes or radio buttons. To do more than that, I will have to use an extension. After testing a few auto form filler, I have settled with Autofill because it is really powerful and easy to use at the same time.
Before you can start auto filling up forms, logically you will first need to create rules on when to fill up forms with what values. After installing the Autofill extension in Chrome, the best way to train the Autofill extension is to fill up the form that you normally need to fill. When you are satisfied with what you have entered in the form, all you need to do next is to right click on the page, select Autofill from the right click context menu, and select “Add rules for this form”.
A bar will appear on top of the form asking you to select a profile to save the form data and finally click the Create Autofill Rules. Now whenever you visit the same form, Autofill will instantly fill up the form transparently without any required interaction from you.
What I like about Autofill is you don’t need to look at the HTML source code to create an autofill rule. It has support for Regular Expressions which is really powerful if you know how to use it, site filtering to restrict Autofill on a per-site basis, exceptions, import/export and even keyboard shortcuts.