Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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"THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT" is becom- ing a more common refrain these days. According to the recent Business of Apps "App Stores List 2018" article by Artyom Dogtiev, there are 3.3 million Android apps available through Google Play and 2.2 mil- lion iOS apps on the App Store. If you have a smartphone or tablet, it likely came with a handful of apps pre-installed, but which apps have you since added perhaps? Clearly, there are plenty of options to choose from, especially if you consider the idea that more than 1,300 apps are added daily. With this background, the question be- comes: How might some of these apps help you with your business? Here, our editors compiled a list of six apps we thought might prove useful in supporting your remodeling business with your cellphone. [Note, we tried to limit this list to app-only tools, leaving off any soƁware or programs with app sup- porting tools.] Let us know your thoughts, especially any of your favorite business apps, on Qualified Remodeler's Facebook page. Beyond Calls and Texts Smartphones on jobsites are a common sight. Beyond being used for just communication, put them to work with our roundup of six business apps. by Kacey Larsen CamScanner Turn a smartphone camera into a portable scanner with this app that allows users to scan, crop and share documents—such as receipts, invoices, business cards and more—from on the road. CamScanner's auto-enhancing and smart cropping ensure text and graphics in scanned documents look clear and sharp. Annotations can be added onto documents using a set of editing tools in the app; cus- tomized watermarks are also offered for marking documents. Items can be shared in high-resolution JPEG or PDF formats that can be printed wirelessly using a nearby printer via AirPrint; faxed from the app; or shared via email, WhatsApp, WeChat and/ or via link to other social networks. To pro- tect any item with confidential contents, a passcode can be set for viewing important documents; a password can also be set when sending a download link. The CamScanner app is free to download for Android devices on Google Play and iOS devices in the App Store. Photo Measures To accurately keep in mind a project's layout, dimen- sions, sizes and/or angles, take photos within the Photo Measures app and draw dimensions directly onto the photos. With the ability to zoom in and out of photos as needed for further precision, the app also allows text to be added—in case measurements aren't enough context. Photos can be organized by category within the app as well as exported as PDFs or JPGs by email, to a photo album or automatic synchronization with Dropbox. The Photo Measures app costs $6.99 and is available only in the App Store for iOS devices. Red Cross First Aid The app from the American Red Cross aims to help anyone handle unexpected emergencies with confidence. Step-by- step illustrated instructions and videos tackle how to care for sprains, strains, broken bones and more. For further jobsite safety, the app offers additional tips on topics ranging from heatwaves to chemical exposures, and its interactive quizzes can test knowledge and further confidence. A Spanish language toggle is fea- tured within the app. In case of emergency, the app can help locate the nearest hospital using a device's location, and emergency services can be called directly from the app using a 911 integration. The Red Cross First Aid app is free to download on Google Play and in the App Store or by texting "getfirst" to 90999. TECHNOLOGY 18 March 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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