Author posts Steven Rovito

New PDF Editor Features Are Here!


Useful PDF Generator’s are difficult to find if you’re trying to find one that isn’t Adobe’s official product. When you’re trying to digitize your forms, finding places to save money can be difficult to come by. I’ve seen a myriad of different software that all create PDF’s differently in hopes of being able to re-create the form you already use.

There’s also the alternative of scanning your form and putting in the PDF fields yourself. Few software does this, and even fewer will make that finished product into an app. With Snappii’s latest PDF form editor release, we enable you to do just that.

The PDF Editor was already a useful tool in the box of options at Snappii, but we’ve taken it to the next level by adding a couple new features that will enable you to experience the best of both worlds.

Mobile forms alongside your PDF

Now, when you upload a PDF and begin to move fields onto the sheet, a mobile form version of your work will automatically generate, allowing you to switch between using a mobile form or the actual PDF. This gives you the best of both worlds, including the simplicity of using a mobile form with a singular sheet that you scroll down, and the visual advantage that PDF’s give you to know where exactly these fields will be placed.

Align Tools

Another problem customers expressed to us during the initial release of the PDF Editor was that it was seemingly impossible to line fields up the way they intended.

We took a page out of Guru’s book and placed a grid that you can snap to in the background of the PDF editor. Even when you change the size of the fields, the editor will automatically know what edges to snap together. This will make it much easier to move things to where you want them to be.

Pre-Filled Drop-downs

Another feature we added was the ability to pre-fill in the drop-down menu options. This will make it easier for your workers to click through drop-down menus, which could save you time on the fields that required manual entry before.

Expanded Fields

We also recreated all the fields that were available in the normal form editor, onto the PDF editor. This will give you more options, and better control over what you’re users see, and what they can’t.

If you want to try out Snappii’s PDF Editor, check it out with a free 14-day-trial today!

Fastest Way to Build an App Without Coding

 

Creating apps from scratch is expensive. With the cost of hiring software developers at an all time high, building a custom app for your company may not even seem worth it. If you don’t have a team of onboard tech-geeks to create it, outsourcing the work can be even more costly, and you may ultimately end up with something you were not expecting. In the world of mobile apps, that could be a very expensive mistake.

Snappii, a rapid mobile app development company, solves this problem by developing an online DIY mobile app editor. Using the editor, a user can simply click the features they would like to see in their app, and the program will create, submit and deploy it to either the Google Play store or the iTunes market. If it seems too good to be true, try it out for yourself!

Aside from the trouble associated with developing a mobile app from scratch, there are also some other benefits to using the editor.

Apps are difficult to change

When a developer creates an app from scratch, all the code is that person’s (or teams) original recipe. In the future, if the company ever needs to update the app, they are going to rely on that developer’s code making sense to the future developers. This can easily turn into a mess, with different developers arguing the best way to implement certain features. The more people touch it, the more complicated it gets.

Using an online editor eliminates this problem by making YOU the artist, developer and manager. Because the mobile app is created in an online editor environment, it’s only a matter of loading the app into the program and disabling features you don’t need. The same can be said about adding features – especially new ones that Snappii comes up with in the future.

Time is money

The other reason to use an online mobile app developer is the amount of time needed to fully deploy an app. Hiring a team of developers to code the “dream app” is going to cost well above a 5-digit number. What’s worst, every time there needs to be an update to the app (whether it’s big or small), it’s going to cost weeks of development time and money.  There’s also the stress involved with dealing with a team, and trying to incorporate all of their ideas into one cohesive structure.

Mobile app editors, like Snappii, can deploy an app in as little as minutes without the help of a tech-guru. Say there’s a new feature that you saw in a competitor’s mobile app that you would like to add to your own. Normally, the process would involve hiring a team to figure out how the process works, and then how to implement this feature into the mobile app. But with Snappii, it’s just a matter of a few clicks. Even after molding the app in the editor, it’s a short jump to the deployment screen where Snappii walks you through the app store process, eventually deploying your app in the public domain.

The next evolution in development is building by configuring

While there are many resources to learn how to code on various websites across the internet, learning a new skill takes time, and even a master needs the help of a team to put together a viable product. That’s why Snappii’s intuitive editor is based on building blocks rather than the blueprints. By utilizing drag-and-drop techniques, the user simply has to see what they want, click it, and they’re on their way to completing a mobile app. Later, the user can configure the settings of each individual feature to their own specifications.

Creating an app through an online mobile platform adds a list of advantages to the traditional method of building apps. Hiring a team of developers is a costly endeavor, and can sometimes result in a product you didn’t want, or that does not meet your requirements. It also leaves room for error due to misinterpretation or lack of resources that force developers to cut corners. The costs associated with creating an app can be crippling for some businesses, and if they don’t end up with what they want it could be an expensive waste.

With Snappii’s online editor, you’re the boss. No one knows what they want their app to look like better then you. By putting the power of the design, functionality and deployment in your hands, you can create your own mobile app toolbox that fits directly with what your business needs. Try Snappii out today for a free trial, and see why creating your mobile app is so easy, it’s fun.

Check out Snappii’s New Report Feature!

 

At Snappii, we make it a point to equip ourselves with the tools that our customers need. We’ve been getting many requests for a way to recover forms after they have been sent. Users needed a way to see their forms in an organized manner, and sometimes emailing your finished forms to your personal email just wouldn’t cut it.

If you haven’t used Snappii before, think of us as a workshop for creating apps. We provide you the tools, and you put together the app you’ve always been thinking about. If you’ve seen a feature in an app before, there’s a good chance we already have it and can apply it to your creation. To try out making an app yourself, click here. If you want to submit an idea for a quote, click here and the sales team will get back to you as soon as possible.

After months of planning and development, we are finally ready to roll-out an all new feature to the Snappii toolbox. As of yesterday, all reports sent through Snappii’s apps will now be saved on our website, and can be accessed by logging into your account.

The best part? They can be accessed from anywhere.

As long as you have access to your account, you’ll be able to view and download forms that have been completed on that accounts apps.

What’s the major benefit of this? For starters, you’ll never have to worry about losing a report. Snappii’s system works by sending a copy of the completed form to whoever the recipient is, as well as locking it to your account for review later. You can download it, or generate a URL to send as a link – both options are readily available.

How do I use it?

To access this feature, simply login to the Snappii website by pressing ‘Login’ at the top of the homepage:

Keep in mind that this feature will not work unless you have an account with Snappii. If you don’t have one, click here to sign up!

Once you’ve logged into the website, you need to navigate to where all of your apps are. If you do not have any apps on your account yet, you can create one by clicking on this button:


If you have made an app already, then this is the button you want to look for:

“My Apps” will populate the screen with all of your available apps that you have access to on the account. Normally, this screen was used to get into the dashboard of the app – it’s basically the same process, except you’re going to be looking for this button this time:

Once you’re into reports, you’ll see another list of all the reports you’ve done so far on that particular app. The table with divide it up by name, date and the user that created the report. On the far right, you will see the option to download your report as either a PDF, Excel or Word. These will only be available depending on the format you initially picked for the report.

With this technology, a user will easily be able to find reports that have been made on apps, no matter when they were made. By dividing the reports by date and user it will also be easy to find reports that have been made in the past.

This feature can be a life saver for some of our users, especially when they need to go back and find forms they may have done years ago. Reports will save for as long as your accounts active, so you can rest assured that your reports are always in safe hands.

 

If you’re interested in trying out Snappii for your business, click here to ask our sales team about how they can help you take your business to the next level.

Save an Hour a Day with Snappii

 

Technology can be scary.

And I know that. While I was in college, I worked at a retail store that sold computers to customers day in and day out. I would often get approached by people saying that I was some sort of computer wiz for knowing so much about computers. The complaint was often that I was born in the age of computers, and all the people that used to live the day to day without them never really got a full grip before the rocket took off and they were left covered in dirt and questions.

To me, it never seemed like a big deal. When I was applying for the job, I didn’t even think I knew so much about computers. But the market proved me wrong. The vast majority of my customers, even ones close to my age, knew little to nothing about what makes a computer function. That also meant they were skeptical about spending money on something they didn’t understand.

So I get it, technology can be scary.

But it can also help you immensely. I couldn’t imagine what writing blogs would be like if I didn’t have a work processor. I also can’t imagine what researching something in a library would be like since I’ve had Google practically my entire life.

In the same way that it helps me with my job, technology can help you with yours. Snappii, a mobile app development company, aims to put the power of technology in everyones hands using a tool most people already use on their daily – their smartphone. If you’ve kept up with my other blogs, you’d know that mobile apps can help, not only on a personal level, but your business as well. Here’s some reasons why:

No more paper

The hardest time to get me to do something is at the end of the day. With all the correspondence I handle in the morning and afternoon, asking me to write a log at the end of the day that details everything I’ve done is tedious, and often times I neglect to do it despite being asked multiple times. Somehow, I have a feeling I’m not the only one like this.

Take, for example, individuals that have to fill out a daily log at the end of the day. Construction workers sure as hell do a lot more work than punching buttons on the other side of the screen. At the end of the day, the last thing on their mind is the fact that they have to fill out a log – the prospect of going straight home to crash on the sofa sounds much more appealing.

Mobile apps can help alleviate this burden by making the process go by much faster. Using a Construction Daily Log app, a user has multiple options for inputing data. Most of the fields in a mobile form can be input with radio buttons that just have to be pressed once so that no typing is necessary. There’s also voice recorders that will allow a user to click a button and just talk. When you’re done, send the form off – it’s that easy.

Have everything in your pocket

Carrying around a bag full of loose papers is asking for trouble. Not only can they easily get ruined, they’re a pain to find in a pinch. A construction site probably isn’t the best place to keep things safe, so walking around with important documents shouldn’t even be an option in most cases.

A mobile app will help by sorting everything out for you. Finding a specific document is as easy as going into the app, pressing the search bar, and typing something that’s relevant to the document whether it be date, name or anything else. This indexed catalog of all your documents is readily available whether it’s from your own mobile device, or the computers in the office.

On top of that, you’ll never lose another document. When things are digital, not even lighting the building on fire would destroy them. It streamlines the whole process, and cuts time that you’ll use later to find it.

Snappii has been hard at work for years to improve their already solid rapid app development system. Every day, we find new ways to improve and take our customers experience to the next level. If you want to try Snappii out yourself, visit our website for more information about how this one tool can save you a whole hour everyday.

The Painters Toolkit

 

Although the bulk of the attention gets placed on the construction workers that create the buildings, not much gets placed on the people that make the building look complete: the painters.

For massive building projects that need to be painted, painters often suffer from the same lack of tools that construction workers suffer. They walk into a room and, after measuring everything, sit on the floor with a pencil and paper to plan out exactly how much paint they’re going to need from a job. Communication gets stunted when these painters also have to communicate with other employees to add up all the numbers, areas, and gallons of paint that are going to be needed for a project.

And when a building is 50 feet tall, painting projects like that are no joke.

Just like most other sectors of the industry, work has to be logged on paper. This equates to hours and hours of manuel re-entry to backend systems, not to mention the amount of time lost from communicating these numbers to the other employees on the job. As I mention in previous blogs, paper is also perishable, and with paint possibily flying towards every corner of the room, it’s only a matter of time before things get messy.

Snappii has had a painter’s toolkit app for years now. You can check it out here on the app store. The basic idea is to allow painters to be able to walk into a room, estimate the total square footage of the wall, punch some numbers in and out comes the amount of paint needed for a job. The app also allows some other perks, which include efficient communication with the team, functionality for push notifications and chat, and much more. While the main purpose of the app is to calculate, the possibilities are almost endless.

So what more can you do with a painters app?

Mobile forms will save you time

Whenever starting a new job, a lot of information has to be taken down before a paintbrush will even touch a dry-wall. Dimensions of the of the room, areas that are different colors than others – and don’t forget that the manager want’s to know every step of the process so that everything comes out exactly as planned.

Communicating is a pain though. Writing things down on paper and sending a courier to deliver the message cost a lot of time, which will eventually cost you money. So how do big corporations get around this? Go digital.

Going digital provides a few perks for your business. For starters, you only have to enter information in once. Rather than recording the information on a paper, the user can input the data right into the back end system. If there’s no internet connection, the process will que so that it will automatically send when the smart device finds it’s network. It’s the perfect example of set it and forget it, and you can rest assured that your information will always be there when you need it.

Mobile forms will also save you time in looking for specific documents. Using the app, you can input parameters to rediscover certain documents based off of date, name or even organization. Again, this will save a massive amount of time, and will allow you to accomodate to clients that you’ve had in the past easily by seeing what their past jobs entailed, and what they expected out of those jobs.

Communication is key

And it’s never been easier to communicate. It goes without saying that social media platforms connect people from all over the world that otherwise may not have ever been able to speak to each other. But what does that have to do with a business app?

We can use the same technology to assure everyone is on the same page, all the time. Because everything is inputted into the database digitally, instant updates will appear on every registered device. Push notifications can be used to tell your employees about specific updates, what to do and what not to do.

Snappii has worked for years to provide a solution for nearly every industry, from night clubs to roofing contractors. Our portfolio can be seen by going to the app store and typing in “Snappii”. The screen will populate with what we call “app templates” – barebone app kits that allow the user to test the capabilities of Snappii’s software. For more information about our app templates and how we can help your business evolve, check out our website.

Mobile Forms Will Change Your Business

 

Mobile apps launched a wave of new ways to do the same job. By digitizing every bit of information right at the source, companies are able to exponentially increase their production, and reduce the amount of time, with the same tool. A tool that, not to long ago, was only afforded by the top, nation-wide businesses, is now available to anyone.

Snappii, a leader in rapid mobile app development, has produced a platform that is capable of creating a mobile form with zero coding experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re a developer or a carpenter, the Snappii platform is as easy as using a website. Utilize the features that you would like to see in your app as building blocks to create a mobile form that will boost your productivity. Try the online editor out and see for yourself!

Even with the advent of mobile apps, the real magic lies in the mobile forms. Making your paper form into a mobile form can help in a multitude of ways. Here’s how:

Paper

There’s nothing more discouraging then walking into your office and not being able to see your desk because of the mounting paperwork. You’ll sit there, pen in hand, working tirelessly to meet deadlines, and at the end of it all it goes straight into a filing cabinet. More likely than not, you’ll never have to open those filings cabinets looking for those documents – unless you’re throwing them away to make room.

Although not as common anymore, there are still many businesses that use little software on their day to day. Whether this is because of cost or just a lack of knowledge, paper seems to mount up in all corners of the office, making it impossible to seem like you have a grip on things.

There’s another important note – paper is perishable. It’s expensive. Worst of all, it takes up a lot of space for something that actually isn’t that useful after it’s first use.

Forms can flip this notion on it’s head, though. When a form is on a mobile device, it eliminates the need for excessive documents, while still keeping what you like most about paper. You can also add additional perks to your form, like the ability to send a picture or a voice note. That’s just scratching the surface too – there’s a plethora of features on the Snappii platform that you can customize your app with.

Paper-trail

Filing cabinets are a thing of the past. While it’s inevitable that certain jobs must keep every document, the necessity for keeping a physical copy of the document continues to diminish. Seriously, if you’re office is beginning to look overcrowded because every wall is lined with a filing cabinet housing documents that are years old, it’s time for an upgrade.

And I don’t mean bigger cabinets.

There’s an inherit advantage to keeping everything digital – everything is automatically documented. With Snappii, sending a document via a mobile app will prompt you to save the work you just completed. On top of emailing it to whoever it has to go to, the option to email yourself a copy is always there. With the click of a button, you can have your form sent wherever it needs to be, and to a cloud service as well.

Plus you can laugh at the fact that the best paper-trail actually doesn’t involve paper at all.

Time

There’s two ways Snappii’s mobile forms can help you save time.

The first is on the field. Imagine this: no clipboards. As long as your employees have a smart device, which can be a tablet or smartphone, they will have access to all of their forms, checklists and logs right at the press of a button. It also gives your team an extra way to communicate to each other. If a change is made on one end of the construction, then the group on the other side will know immediately. It cuts out the time it takes to relay messages to your team completely.

The other way it’s going to save you time is in the office. All of those stacks of paper can be reduced, or completely eliminated, when you employ the help of a mobile form to your workflow. Because it’s digital, it’ll be easier to find the documents you need, when you need them. Think about it as if you were looking for a file on your computer. Just type what you need and you’re there.

Your secretaries in the office will be the next to thank you for the time saved. All of those papers that are flooding every square inch of the floor can be completely eliminated when you digitize all the data that is being recorded. Workers from the field can send their updates directly to the office personnel instantly. If they ever need a document, it’s as easy as typing a name and date into the search filter – no more looking through papers for hours.

And of course, let’s not forget that you can take your work with you. That means you’ll have access to your documents regardless if you’re in the office or not. All you need is your smartphone.

Impress your clients

You’ve probably seen it when you go to the Apple store. Employees walking around with their iPhone’s and iPad’s with no registers in sight. If you want to purchase something, they start punching away at their phone, and in a few minutes they have a printed invoice and your new product in hand.

There’s a reason Apple adopted this style of check-out – because it impresses!

Apple doesn’t have to be the only company with a remote check-out system. There’s many other ways the same technology can be applied to jobs and services. For example, if you’re a mechanic that drives to your clients houses to service their cars, you’ll be able to have a printed invoice before your car even pulls out of the driveway.

Customers that see this might think you have an edge on the competition, or that you paid a lot of money to hire a programmer to create your own custom mobile app. In reality, this functionality can easily be achieved with just Snappii’s form editor.

Extra Functionality

So what happens when you want to take your mobile form to the next level?

Because Snappii’s platforms are all unified on the back-end, it’s easy to evolve the one mobile form your using for your business, into a full fledged app capable of doing a lot more than recording information. Some of these features include:

  • Geo-fencing
  • GPS
  • Location capture
  • Chat
  • Forums
  • Upload a PDF
  • and much more

To see more of what Snappii can do for you and your business, try out our editor today. With the use of templates, it’s easy to find a bare-bone version of the mobile form you’re looking to build. Once it’s in the editor, you can modify it to fit any need for your business. Remember, there’s ZERO coding involved. Click here to start off with a FREE 2-week-trial, or click here if you want a quick-start guide to building your first mobile form.

If you don’t want to use the editor, you can also hire one of our developers to make you a custom app at a fraction of the cost of competitors by clicking here.

The #1 Productivity Tool on the Market

Apps are the most powerful tool you could provide your workers with.

They can’t take down buildings nor hoist a piece of metal fifty feet into the air, nor can they bend steel, but apps provide a world of functionality that would not be available any other way.

Take into the account the amount of times it takes to properly inspect the scaffolding of a project. The inspector will have to come in on a daily basis to make sure that all pieces are in accordance – after a few weeks that adds up to quite a bit of times spent and a lot of money spent on paper. The person inspecting constantly has to look down to their clipboard, find their pen behind their ears – and it all only lengthens the project further.

Or perhaps your the type of firm that enters data all day from these inspections. The inspector then has to take the form back to the office, without damaging them, and the office then has to file these forms into their own cabinets. Before long, the entire office is filled with these cabinets lining the walls, and finding something in them would be like finding hay in a haystack. The whole process takes up space, time, effort and most importantly money.

Snappii aims to reduces this clutter by enabling businesses to change their workflow to collaborate with a mobile app. Apps can help to alleviate the burden of paper and improve the communication throughout the company exponentially. With access to features like push notifications, chat, automatically filled daily logs and more, Snappii is looking to redefine the industry with it’s average turn-around time for making a complete app being around a single week.

Here are some other way’s Snappii can help your business:

Automatically Save Your Paper Reports

One of the biggest issues I have with paper is that looking for an old report is a flat-out waste. You spend hours looking through filing cabinets, not really sure if you’re in the right place. The cabinets themselves take up a massive amount of space, and they weigh a ton. This only causes headaches, especially when your company is moving to a new building.

Mobile apps cure the paper disease by archiving everything you do in the app to a seperate database. Even if you don’t back up your own forms created through the app, the Snappii website will store them to your account so that you can access them at a later date. The website automatically uses filters on these reports as well, which means it’s easy to look up certain elements related to a project like date or client.

Works on All Platforms

With all the different operating systems floating around nowadays, it can be difficult to make sure everyone’s on the same page. We have Apple offering an operating system on both phones and desktops, and now even Windows is trying to join the forray with their proprietary devices and app store.

Because all of Snappii’s apps are generated right on their platform, it’s easy to push the apps as either Android, Apple or even HTML5 formats. And because it works on every system, you can make sure that every employee is looking at the same exact piece of software. This can help in a multitude of ways, including actually teaching your employees to use the software – a learning hurdle that every company has to go through when adopting these apps.

Mobile Forms in an Instant

Forms are the backbones of a lot of businesses. The ability to take information and move it into a digital landscape has become important to firms over the years, and the traditional way of recording, and then later adding it to the database, is not the most efficient way to do it anymore.

Using Snappii’s rapid development platform, there are two ways to make forms. The easier way is to load a PDF that you already use into the editor, and place fields accordingly. Once the fields are in place, you can use the form on your phone and print from it just as if it was a normal computer.

The other way, which still allows you to print, is to make the form from scratch using the form editor. This will allow some extra functionality, including the ability to track where the form was being recorded. This feature will allow you to keep your eyes on your employees at all times, right from your phone.

 

There’s many ways Snappii can help out your business with a mobile app. Even if you’re looking to use it more for marketing rather than actual functionality for your business, having a form can increase your productivity tenfold. To order a custom form through Snappii, click here. If you would like to enter the Snappii lab and try to make a form yourself, click here.

Skilled Labor Made Easy with an App

 

Skilled labor is a sector of the industry that is often overlooked, and it’s beginning to show. What used to be a booming vocation is now facing it’s first lost in job growth since 2007. The demand for skilled labor workers has never been higher, yet schools aren’t necessarily filled with students ready to learn the intricacies of plumbing, for whatever reason. Back in the 70’s, the ages with the most earned wages in these vocations were 20 to 35 year-olds, and yet schools are facing a higher dropout rate from these ages than ever.

Its clear that the industry is struggling for growth in sheer numbers, but there are still ways to make your business more efficient without the need for extra people. While not applicable to every problem, mobile business apps can go a long way in making a job go from requiring 3 people, to 1. There may not be an easy answer to motivate the youth to take jobs in these vocations, but there are ways to make work flow more smoothly in general. However, I don’t wan to discredit skilled labor – the app will make things easier, but it won’t make the job “easy”.

At Snappii, we have quite a few different solutions when it comes to skilled labor jobs. Having worked with nearly every sector of every industry, we’ve had run-ins with skilled laborer’s many times. Using the Snappii Labs editor, we took the information that we gathered from their requirements, and made our own apps. These apps can be found on both the Android and iOS markets right now – just type “Snappii” into the search bar, or click here. If you want to check out the Snappii Labs editor that we used to make those apps, click here.

If you’ve been to our homepage, you’ve probably seen the near-endless amount of app templates we have available. If you’re a skill laborer that’s looking for an app to lighten the load of some of the processes of your business, check out the Job Estimate Repair Order app. Here’s some of it’s features:

Accurate estimates
The Job Estimate Repair Order app comes installed with certain calculators to make the job easier. Need to know how much paint a room needs, or how much lumber you’ll need for a square space? The app comes pre-loaded with many of these calculators, and uploading it into the editor to change which of these calculators show is extremely easy. Line it up so that they match the ones your specific business needs, and you’ll have an easy way to print accurate invoices before your truck even leaves the clients house.

Invoices right away
Did I mention invoices right away? Fix yourself up with a battery-powered printer like this one and you’ll be able to wirelessly print from the app directly to your printer. If you really want to wow your clients, combine this technology with a tablet, and watch their eyes light up when you show them that they can sign the signature pad with their finger on a brand new iPad. Presentation is important, and this gives you the added bonus of having invoices at a moments notice. You can even send it to their email for back ups.

Also, it’s digital, not paper
Email backups means that the files will be available on the computer. You can access the Snappii website to see these files, or email them to a Dropbox to keep them backed up for your personal records. No more endless paperwork or massive filing cabinets taking up your home office. You can have your entire archive in the palm of your hands in seconds, complete with filters for certain dates, clients and even addresses.

Snappii also gives you the ability to completely customize the apps, allowing you to change certain things to fit your business’s workflow. It may sound complicated, but the Snappii Labs editor is purely visual, ensuring that you can draw your app instead of coding it. It takes advantage of the computers landscape, allowing you to drag-and-drop most features. Our developers can also link the app to specific back-end systems to your app, even proprietary ones. Businesses that have software that was specifically created for a purpose will be able to connect to apps on their mobile devices seamlessly. If you don’t believe it’s that easy, give it a go! Click here to enter the Snappii Lab.

Tips on App Building Strategies

 

Before you begin development on your “big app” idea, it’s important to come up with a strategy on how you’re going to tackle it. A properly executed strategy will pay dividends in the long run by eliminating unnecessary errors and obvious visual problems before the app even gets out there. For enterprises that are going to be using the app as a tool, this is imperative. It is important to remember that the purpose of a mobile app in the first place is to make jobs easier. If the app is poorly executed because of lack of planning, then it’ll be more than a headache than a relief.

Opportunities to make apps are coming up more and more, which is why I feel like I need to talk about how to tackle the big project. We get a lot of users that understand the gist of what they expect the app to be, but they almost never have a way to flesh it out past the pencil and paper they drew the initial designs on. While making the app, it is inevitable that you’ll run into some challenges that you can’t simply muscle through. In these cases, the strategy you developed will be the crutch of the situation.

Snappii is a mobile app development company that has been making apps for years. We’ve learned how to get an idea to go from paper, to phone efficiently and without hold-ups, which is why we’re extending some tips on how to make your app idea come to live with absolutely zero coding or programming experience. All you need is a computer to get started. Check this link out for more info.

Office software integration

Before you even start thinking about the design and look of the app, you need to know what it is the app is doing. This may seem obvious, but we get a lot of users that approach us with a really neat looking app, but wouldn’t be able to tell you the first thing about how it functions. The funny part is that there’s a place you can go within your company that will give you the road map for your app.

Always check what the guys in the office are using to do their work, and be sure to ask them what would make the job easier. If your guys are tired of writing numbers down on a paper only to input it into a software on the computer later, then you know your app has to alleviate that problem – same goes for most other problems you’ll encounter while developing the app. Your employees will be your greatest resource for functionality. Remember, the mobile app is a tool to make their lives easier. Make sure that it behaves and responds like one.

Multiple layers of functionality

You want to make your app as easy as possible to use. There are going to be cases where you have multiple people using the same app, but person A does not need all the functionality that person B needs. This gives an opportunity for person A to go into the wrong part of the app, which is something you want to avoid at all costs. This is also totally fixable.

To do this, apps can have what’s known as roles. Roles will basically tell the app that person A is only allowed to see this set of features, while person B has these extra features and so on. Having control of what your users see when they make it inside the software can be beneficial, and save you a lot of headaches and silly questions in the future. Likewise, you want to have administrative control for your app, so letting yourself have the power to oversee anything is another way roles can help.

Offline performance

You can’t have your guys sacrificing their work time because the app is ‘syncing’ or just flat out doesn’t respond in offline areas. This is a problem I see with a lot of apps nowadays, even commercial ones that have huge corporations backing them – no internet, no app. And if you’re using this for your guys out on the field, then there’s a good chance they’ll run into this same dilemma.

But, there’s an easy way to fix it, especially using Snappii: make the app do the bulk of the work rather than sending it off to a server. Then, whenever the app is connected to the internet, it can send the queued list to wherever it needs to go automatically. Snappii has this functionality automatically built-in into all apps that we’ve made with our editor, so it’s a nice bonus to consider when you’re shopping around for app creators. You don’t want to leave your guys out in the dark, and with Snappii there won’t be any extra development to make sure that doesn’t happen.

 

After doing this for so long, you start to notice trends on what people want and what flat out doesn’t work. Over the years, Snappii has seen a lot of apps ideas come and go, some being great and others lacking greatly. The one thing that separates these apps is having a dedicated creator who is driven to see the app come into fruition. Even when the apps were less than extraordinary, the persistence and innovation of the creator can turn it around. Adding a strategy is the icing on the cake. And with the help of the Snappii team, there’s no way you won’t be able to eat it too. Check us out today!

Use an App to Make Work-Orders

If you have a job that involves you driving to multiple, sometimes even double digits, locations a day, there needs to be some level of organization to your work or you’re going to lose your mind. Part of the job when it comes to field services is having your documents ready when you need them, even at unexpected times.

But paper is kind of a hassle. Not only is it cumbersome, but it’s difficult to sort through when you actually need to find a document. They’re easy to misplace, and even easier to damage if you’re not careful. A lot of the times, workers have to return these work-orders for data entry at the end of the day, resulting in a nightmare of paperwork for the in-house staff. Just because of paper, the entire process gets choked up. Caught on processes that should be relatively easy.

Mobile apps are the same apps that a smartphone user would install on their phone. Think of it like your banking, or GPS app. Snappii, a mobile app development shop, has developed a platform that allows users with no coding experience to develop an app to their exact specifications. The Snappii team can leverage the platform for you, or you can try it out yourself – either way, it’s free until you publish, and relatively inexpensive after that. We’ve even developed some sample apps already that you can access in the Play and iTunes store. Click here to check those out.

Field service companies have relied on paperwork for a long time, but with the advances that technology has made in recent years, it’s becoming easier to ditch the paper and pencils altogether and develop an app. Here’s some other reasons why digitizing your business process might be the best decision you’ve made for your company:

Quick Work Orders

The biggest advantage to using a mobile app is the amount of time that is saved when approaching the paperwork digitally. There’s a few ways the user can save time within the app.

Because the paperwork will be inside of a mobile form, it gives some flexibility that otherwise would not be available. Creating drop-downs, for example, eliminates the need for the user to actually type anything. The same can be said for check-boxes, radio buttons, and some other input fields. A user can also have templates for certain customers, ensuring that they’ll be able to see specific details about the customer as well.

Another great way to save time while using a mobile form are audio notes. If the inspector doesn’t want to spend time typing on the phone, or tablet in some cases, they can go straight to talking. Since the form is logged digitally, the voice note will be saved alongside the file seamlessly. I’m sure there’s more than a few inspectors that would appreciate a more hands-free approach.

One size fits all app

There could be a chance that some of your workers aren’t very savvy when it comes to switching between devices. Sure they may be useful on their phone, put set them up on a computer and they have no idea what’s what. Same could be said for some people that primarily work on the computer and barely use their mobile devices. This sort of divide can make things confusing because different software’s communicate differently – there may not always be a way to connect the database with the field software.

A mobile app, however, can be used across any device. Android and Apple products are a given, but a HTML5 enabled app will also be available through a website. This means that even the secretaries back at the office will be able to see what the people on the field see, exactly how they see it, instantly.

 

There’s countless benefits that an app can provide to your business. The best part about it is that it can all be done from a device that can be found in a lot of your workers pockets already. We’ve listed a few of the benefits about owning an app here, but check out our past blogs to see some more neat features that come with having an app. If you’re interested in building an app, check out this link for more details on how you can do that. If you would like to contact Snappii’s sales team to inquire about building an app, click here.

Streamline Your Business With An App

 

With how accessible software has become in recent years, it’s almost mind blowing to me when I discover a shop doesn’t have an app of some sort.

I used to go to this pet store specifically because they sold this brand of food. The pet store itself had a punch-card system where if you bought the same food a certain amount of times in a row, you would get a free bag of food. Whenever I would purchase something at the store, they would pull out a massive portfolio overflowing with papers. They would fish around for my name for a few minutes, until finally they found my specific punch-card. It was primitive. Not to mention I never did get to that free eleventh bag.

Sure, this was acceptable once upon a time. Back when software was hard to create, and phones barely had enough memory to hold a few phone numbers. But we live in a different time now, one where most technology is there for the taking, if you’re willing to grab it.

Snappii is an app company that has revolutionized the way apps are made in today’s fast paced business world. By developing a platform to create apps, Snappii is able to push out apps much faster, cheaper and efficiently than most other brands out there. With features that include unlimited prototyping, all of the most popular app functions and even HTML5, Snappii might surprise you with what it can do. Contact one of our sales associates today for a quote.

Templates are the bread and butter of Snappii’s DIY platform. And we have some for almost every occasion. If you’re a retail store that is looking to make things a bit more efficient, check out these templates:

Supermarket

This would have been great for that pet food store I was talking about. The Supermarket template allows you to put your catalog up for sale within the app. Aside from acting as another form of marketing through sending customers exclusive coupons, it also gives customers some additional freedoms that wouldn’t be possible without a mobile app. Customers can pay before-hand and then come pick up their goods when they’re available. Customers can also check if you have an item, and if not, when you will have it.

But most importantly, it gives you a way to communicate with your customers. If a customer notices a problem within the store, the app can act as a way for them to contact the store via a forum. Placing questions in a forum allows others to comment on it, which will give you a sense on the areas that could use work throughout your store.

Product Catalog

Just like the last app, this one also benefits as a sort of medium between you and your potential customers. Product Catalogs, however, tend to be more on the informative side rather than the persuasive one. If your a company that sells heavy machinery, for example, the product catalog can offer a clean and accessible way for your sales associates to pull up pictures and details about your products. Just by having an app at all you increase your chances of eyeballs on your brand, so it could be an extremely profitable decision for some business owners.

 

Most of these apps will be pre-customized so that you can start using them right away. That said, we know a lot of businesses can differ even if they’re in the same sector, so we also give the user access to the app editor so they can customize things themselves. For more information on our form editor, sign up with Snappii and check out the “My Account” page.

Snappii is constantly looking to improve it’s…well…everything. If you have any suggestions for improvements you’d like to see in the site, platform, or anywhere else, let us know.

 

 

 

 

Geo-Tracking Can Get You More Customers

If you haven’t heard, a new technology called geo-tracking has been spreading through the smartphone industry like wild-fire. Geo-tracking allows you to track where an individual, or in some cases equipment, is, via their smartphone. With certain apps, this geo-tracking feature can be hidden in such a way that the user will not know that their location is being sent out.

If Geo-tracking was around when I was a teen, I probably would have spent most of my childhood behind barred bedroom windows.

Businesses are finding more and more ways to use Geo-tracking capabilities. From the construction industry to public safety, geo-tracking can be used in a myriad of ways. Normally, an app that has the capability to geo-track can cost a fortune, but by using Snappii’s intuitive app-editor you can create an app that does all of the above (and more!) for FREE (14-Day-Trial).

So how does geo-tracking capabilities help all sorts of different businesses?

Geo-Tracking in Universities

Campus security all around America has been tightening up due to an increase in campus violence in the past few years. As students get smarter about how they commit crimes, campus security had to keep up and fight back.

Aside from knowing exactly where every officer is at any moment, geo-tracking helps university security by pinpointing where a victim could be. The victim simply has to open their university app, press a button, and the campus security will be informed of their exact location. By enabling the users to push their location to university officers, even students on the run can be kept safe no matter where they are. And because most universities have wi-fi in every corner, no student is left stranded in dangerous situations.

Schedule Dispatchers and Routes

Businesses that dispatch fleets have had the technology to view where their fleets are for a while, but it required special hardware to be mounted onto the vehicles in order to work properly. This hardware has always been an expensive option, and fixing them was as much of a nightmare has installing them.

So what makes geo-tracking different? Geo-tracking workers by tracking the employee’s smartphone instead of their actual vehicle. Once the app is built, there are barely any additional cost associated with enabling geo-tracking in your business (especially if you use Snappii). It’s just a matter of downloading the mobile app on the employee’s mobile device, and informing them to leave their data on. Even if a driver does not have receive signal in certain areas, the dispatcher will be informed of their location as soon as the driver enters an area with signal again.

Tracking employees and contractors

Speaking of vehicles, companies that lend out vehicles have long sought after a way to track their employees to ensure they don’t use their vehicle outside of work. Employees that use vehicles out of the job not only present significant insurance issues, but can also cause tax-related issues as well. A similar technique can also be used for on-site equipment, like bulldozers.

Contractors (and even employees sometimes) are also notorious for over-quoting the cost of a job based on labor hours. Geo-tracking ensures the app-owner that contractors are spending the correct amount of time on and away from the job site. If an employee decides to lie about their hours, the report will show the discrepancy and correct disciplinary action can be taken – with proof!

Creating an app that has geo-tracking enabled can be a headache. With the cost of hiring developers at an all-time high, mobile apps have almost become exclusive to only the biggest companies with the deepest wallets. Snappii changes that.

Using Snappi’s industry-leading platform for building mobile apps, companies big and small can have the same technology for a fraction of the price. Try our app builder today with a FREE trial for 14-days (some apps are free for even longer than that!) and see how easy it is to put together your own geo-tracking mobile app.

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