Author posts Steven Rovito

Quickly Convert Your Paper to Mobile Forms

Buying software for your company can be a headache. If there aren’t ready-made solutions out there, developing one is often out of the pockets reach, and even more so if the company is pressed for time. Mobile apps offer a unique, but just as effective solution. By utilizing the tool that can already be found in a lot of your employee’s pockets (their smartphones), you can increase the efficiency of your projects exponentially.

It can be overwhelming to find the perfect mobile software for your company. There are more options on the market than ever before, with fluctuating prices and different business models that may not always deliver what you want. There’s a lot of variety and innovation – but you still have to be careful.

Snappii works a bit differently from other app-shops. Instead of building an app from scratch, we’ve developed a platform that allows us to put intricate (and simple) apps together in a fraction of the time. This means faster turn-around times, and extremely low prices. To see some more information about Snappii, check out our home page, or click here to send your requirements directly to sales.

If you really are considering a construction application solution, here’s a few pointers to make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

Why go through the trouble in the first place?

To be more efficient!

Still, it’s a tough question.  Perhaps you were just looking around and saw that a lot of competitors in your industry were converting to mobile solutions. Maybe you’re done with having file cabinets crowd up the office space and want to digitally index some of the paperwork. Or maybe you just want to keep track of your team.

Personally, I think the best way to answer this is to remember who the app is for. Your team members are the ones that are going to be using the piece of software on a daily basis, so if anyone is going to give you accurate requirements on what exactly you need (and why you need it), it’s them. Do the field workers need voice dictation so that they don’t get slowed down by having to type? Do your data-entry people want a system that sends forms to a cloud? Write down everything you can get.

Each app builder is going to do things a bit different, so determining what you want you app to accomplish can help with the next part.

Narrow down the scope

Before you even start your search, your idea has to be slightly fleshed out. Sure, you may have this list of requirements, but what then? Even a professional app shop would ask what you expect from your completed app.

Map out what type of utility you want the app to have, what type of function employees will be able to do with it and, of course, your budget. Although Snappii is usually pretty lenient when it comes to requirements, even we need a sort of baseline of what you, as the consumer, expects.

One thing to keep in mind too is something many overlook: ease of use. The purpose of converting your team to a digital solution is to alleviate some of the burden that goes into doing daily tasks like report logs. If the process of using the app is more difficult than finding a pen and paper, then it probably isn’t going to work out for neither you nor your employees.

The more concrete your list of requirements is, the easier it will be to find an app builder that works for you. In most cases, at least with Snappii, our apps revolve around a single form or two. Making something extravagant and complicated isn’t the goal, and it’ll help with keeping the cost of things to a minimum.

Support, support, support

It’s inevitable that during the first few weeks of converting from paper to digital, something is going to go wrong. When that happens, you want a support system there to help you with getting out of trouble. If the app shop that you’re investigating has a support hotline, call it and see if you like what you hear. Take notes on whether the support is 24/7, English-speaking and actually helpful. It may not seem like a deal breaker at first, but even the most sophisticated systems can have problems at times, and you don’t want your workflow to be at a standstill because of something that was supposed to make the job easier.

These are just a few tips to get your feet wet about the entire process of converting over to mobile forms. For every company, things will be different. Snappii, a leader in mobile software technologies, is dedicated to helping you see your vision come true. With our industry defining mobile form creator, platform, and the ability to customize every aspect of your app, our team can provide a solution to you in less time and with less money than you can imagine. Click here to try out some of Snappii’s templates.

Mistakes That Are Easy to Avoid When Adopting Construction Apps

Construction is an industry that is constantly evolving as technology grows. Every year there seems to be some new gadget that is changing the face of the industry, making jobs take half the time with workers losing half the sleep. Every year, those same gadgets become more and more affordable. With the impressive list of benefits that adopting a digital solution can bring to your company, such as improving communication between you and your employees or collecting accurate data, it is easy to see why huge expo’s like CONEXPO exist. Construction is easily one of the top industries in the entire world, which is why innovation follows.

With that said, bring a digital solution to a mechanical playground can often be problematic. There is usually a enormous cost associated with it, and that is before you factor in all of the hour it is going to take to train your employees. When it is all said and done, will the app you spent so much time creating be of any use to your workers?

Snappii, a leading mobile app producer, is a company that started with a simple vision of being able to provide a business app for absolutely any company that needs it. To accomplish this, we created the Snappii platform, which allows us to manufacture apps both quickly and efficiently, with app requests that take as little as a day to complete sometimes.

To use mobile apps, there are different instruments. Mobile apps can be accessed from either a smartphone, or a computer. In most cases, even tablets can access can app that has been created using Snappii’s platform. I’ll briefly go over the benefits of each instrument, and when you should use them.

Choosing Your Instrument

Laptops

If you are handling a large amount of data, I would recommend going for a laptop. Not only will it make it easier to input data, but making changes later on will be easier to spot. Entering data into a laptop will allow you to automatically open the outputted Excel file that is generated when completing a form on the app. If you need to work with any complex calculations, and have the convenience of being next to a computer, a big screen will help.

Mobile Phones

But sometimes, being next to a computer is not the most feasible option. For many of our users, the magic happens outside on the field. This is where mobile phones come in handy.

Mobile devices are great because most employees will probably own some form of it. Since the Snappii platform outputs apps to both Android and Apple, all of your employees should be covered (unless there’s that one BlackBerry user in the group). Phones also have longer battery lives then the other options, so for people that are going to be on the field all day, this might be the best way to go.

Tablets

I would only recommend tablets if you are really starved for space. They offer a good median between the big screen of the laptop, and the portability of the mobile device. Tablets, however, are the most expensive out of the bunch. Chances are, your employees will not want to bring theirs from home, so you may have to provide a company one. If it is going to be outside, you also need to purchase insurance for it, which could run the bill up quite a lot.

Regardless, this is the best option if you want something simple, big and easy to use.

When choosing your device, it is important to recognize how you will be connecting to the internet, or if connecting to the internet is always required.

Offline Capabilities

All of our apps function similarly when it comes to online connectivity. If the app tries to send information and it is not connected to the internet, it will queue the information and send it as soon as it regains access. This ensures that every bit of data that is submitted reamins up to date across all devices, even if you forget to go back and resubmit it later.

Cellular devices add an extra layer of functionality to offline capabilities as well. For example, mobile phones offer the flexibility of using cellular capabilities to connect to the internet. If you are using a tablet that only works off Wi-Fi, or a laptop without an air-card to connect to the internet, then you will not be able to send reports until your device captures a Wi-Fi again. For some companies, this can be problematic, but others may not have an issue. It is up to you to determine what exactly you will be needing on the field.

Snappii’s platform is available to all users that would like to try building an app from scratch. We also offer an extensive catalog of hundreds of apps that users can use as templates to create the app they are looking for. If you have any questions about the platform, or would like our developers to develop an app for you, feel free to email us at support@snappii.com

Two Different Ways to Convert Your PDF to an App

With the amount of technology coming into existence on a daily basis, it seems ludicrous that much of the labor force still uses paper and pen to complete tasks. There are inspectors who travel miles every day to give a form to their boss. There are construction workers who, after working all day on the field, have to sit in the son and write logs that take hours to complete. There are mom and pop shops, scattered all over the U.S, that still use pen and paper to record the sales out of their vintage cash register. All of these people have one thing in common – an app can save them hours a day.

Snappii is an app company that started around 2011. Over a series of a few years and thousands of customers, we’ve developed what we like to call the “Snappii Platform”. Essentially, the platform allows a user to go in and piece together an app using elements known as widgets. This allows even the laymen to produce apps that complete similar functions to the extremely versatile apps of the app store. In addition to that, we have also developed a way for a user to upload a PDF document, and then customize it to work with their mobile device.

The process is fairly simple, but I thought I would take a moment to go over it from start to finish.

Scan your doc to a PDF

There is a good chance that you only have your PDF available via the paper form that you have been using for years. Often times, we can use this exact paper form in a mobile app. In that case, the first step is to scan the document that you have to PDF. Try to make the document as white as possible so that when it shows up on your phone you will be able to see it clearly. When the process is done, this will be the same document that you are able to print. If you do not have a scanner, you can go to any local Staples or FedEx to get the job done for less than a dollar.

Once you have your doc scanned and readily available on your PC as a PDF, it’s time for the next step.

Access the Snappii Form editor

You can access the Snappii form editor via our Snappii Labs. If you do not have access to the editor yet, feel free to send us an email at support@snappii.com so that we may unlock it for you.

Note – Some features on the editor may not work as intended. Rest assured we are working to fix these bugs.

Upload your PDF

Our Field Reports editor was specifically designed to convert PDF’s into mobile forms that you can use on your device. The platform will automatically generate fields for you if the PDF has fields. If not, you can also manually add the fields onto the PDF document, although it may take a bit longer.

To load a PDF, simply click on the Field Reports button. If you’ve managed to make it into the Field Reports editor without uploading anything, click on this button at the top of the screen to upload your PDF and begin working on it.

Map fields accordingly

As I mentioned before, if you do not have any fields mapped to your PDF before you load it into the editor, then the fields must be mapped manually.

To do this, list the fields that you will be working with in the vertical form. For example, if there is a date field on the PDF, make a date field on the form. Continue this process until you have a field for every single element on the actual PDF.

Once complete, all we have to do is tell the app that we want X information to go into Y field. Click the Field Mapping dialog and you’ll see that you have a bunch of options with drop downs next to them. The idea is to line up the field that you create, with the space that it occupies on the form. This process can be tedious, but once it’s done you’ll have the most efficient way to capture data on the field.

Save and Preview

Note – Currently, Snappii cannot deploy apps to the Apple iTunes store. We are only working with Android until further notice.

To run the app on your phone, download the Snappii Preview app from the Play Store. It should be the first one that comes up when you type in “Snappii”.

Next, sign into the app using the same credentials you used on the Snappii website. This is how the system will know where to find your app. Make sure you save your app before you try to pull it up on your phone, as saves are not made automatically.

And there you have it! You made yourself an app without any coding knowledge – and for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

Alternative method – Hire us!

There’s one other way to build an app for your business that does not involve any leg-work at all. Hiring us to build your app ensures that you will get the highest quality app that our platform can provide, and will allow you to do other procedures such as ODBC connectors, MYSql and Java plug-ins. If you would like to find out how much it would cost to build out your app, check out our pricing page here.

The iPhone X and Business Apps

Smartphones have completely replaced the need for handheld digital devices in the workplace. What used to take a $4000 piece of equipment to complete, usually a mini computer stuffed into a gun with a scanner, can now be completed with even the older generations of smartphones. Because most employees already own a phone, smartphone apps have led to a cost effective way to improve a businesses efficiency.

For some businesses, the idea of having a mobile app could seem impossible. Hiring a team of coders to program an app to your exact specifications is not cheap, and it often time leads to losses rather than gains. Snappii, a mobile app company, has developed a solution to this problem with it’s Snappii platform. The platform allows ours developers to build apps at a fraction of the cost it would take a native developer. If you need a simple app for your business, Snappii is a readily available answer.

The iPhone in particular has constantly been shifting towards newer and better technology. The upgrades that they’ve implemented since the iPhone 4 have all geared the iPhone into having a bigger screen, the best audio, and a camera that works better than your DSLR. However, some of their recent innovations have left the public confused. The removal of the headphone jack, for example, and forcing the user to use Bluetooth headsets generated a backlash.

The iPhone X, which debut yesterday during the annual Apple conference, is being marketed as the premiere iPhone to own if you’re a business owner, an artistic entrepreneur, or a technophile. For the first time in Apple’s iPhone history, the smartphones screen will extend throughout the entirety of its surface, reaching the rounded, smooth bezel on both the top and bottom of the screen. The screen will also be the first iPhone to take full advantage of oLED technology, reaching a resolution that has been unparalled in the smartphone world.

With the most apparent upgrade being the screen, I thought we could take a moment to briefly go over what makes the iPhone X the best phone Apple has ever released.

 

Camera Leading into Face-ID technology

The new front facing camera has led way into a new feature that Apple has been reluctant to even talk about in the past. Samsung devices have long since had facial recognition software, most of which works excellently. Apple can be behind with some of these features – they always seem to test the waters before actually releasing it in one of their mobile devices. Yesterday, they introduced that their FaceID software is so powerful, that they would trust Apple Pay with it.

On the other end, the back camera can be used for more than just capturing scenic bypasses. Many companies use Snappii’s technology to capture information like receipts, inspections and logs by using the camera’s on their phone. It is an easy way to add photos to the final PDF.

Superior Housing – Better than ever before

Apple has not released too much information about the glass front and back, but they did mention that the glass was 50 percent deeper.  However, the iPhone is notorious for breaking the front screens glass. There’s even entire companies, like uBreakiFix, that are completely devoted to just fixing glass iPhones screens. To add another one to the back of the device seems like a step backwards.

As with every smartphone, there will be cases. For those that work in a place where the phone can be damaged, there is no reason not to spend the extra money on a case that will protect it from a fall. With the retail price starting at $1000, it probably will not be easy to fix the screen.

A Processor That Is just Unnecessary

I mean that in the best way possible. While normally it’s tough to say if a processor will live up to its hype, the fact is that the A10 already has enough power to run the most daunting apps, the most heavily coded games and display movies in an resolution that’s better than most TVs. Even if the A11 was a complete copy of the A10, the entire phone would still be worth the money. In reality, the processor is just the icing on the cake.

For business apps, this means faster processing of data and sending it to where it needs to be. Better processors usually help out cellular signals, so the device will naturalize minimize the amount dead-zones you may encounter.

 

If you have ever wanted to build an app for your business but did not know how to get started, now has never been a better time. Check out Snappii’s homepage for some basic information about our service. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at support@snappii.com

3 Tips to Make Your Inspections Painless

 

For any job that helps the public, inspections are the final step to ensure safety and protocols have been met. Whether this is for checking scaffolding on the side of a building, the quality of food in a restaurant, or looking at a car before you buy it, inspections are put in place to insure safety not only for the user, but for the people around them.

While the industries themselves have found ways to continue advancing their technologies to suit their business (like restaurants sending phone notifications for reservations), the inspection of many of these industries is still done in the same way it was done over 50 years ago – with pen and paper. For a good reason too – it’s cheap and effective. Forms haven’t changed much since the past, and changing them was never that big of a deal in the first place. However, there’s a lot of drawbacks to using paper, some of which can only be remedied with the help of an app.

For example, paper is extremely cumbersome. Most inspectors can tell you stories about dragging around multiple binders filled to the brim with forms that they didn’t need. I’ve even seen inspectors in convenience stores walking around hunch-backed from the amount of binders they had in their backpack. For a job that takes place while the business is doing it’s daily routine, carrying around trolleys full of papers that you may not even use is asking for trouble. And what if one of the finished forms get damaged? You’d have to go back to the facility and repeat the process all over again, wasting everyone’s time, including yours.

The perfect solution to the paper problem has always been the digital world. With handheld devices that can fill out the forms that an individual needs, there’s no need to carry around carts filled with papers. Because these forms are digital right from the get-go, the quality of data is significantly better, and every form is automatically saved after it’s sent. The issue has always been the cost of such technology. Purchasing computers specifically made to do mobile forms were expensive, and really only available to the top-tier of the industry.

But now this technology can be found in our pockets. Smartphones are strong enough to perform the exact same function, with the help of some software (or apps, in the mobile world). We already use apps for our everyday routines – checking our emails and social media, text messages, GPS – so why not harness the power of those technologies to help us with our work situations? Smartphones come with enough memory to store millions of forms. Cloud services ensure that we have enough data to never have to worry about data.

Snappii does just that. We’re an app company. And our secret weapon is our Snappii platform, which allows us to construct and sculpt any app you could need for your business. If you want to check out our catalog of apps we’ve made, click here.

Tip #1 – All your forms in one place

 

Hard-drive storage is a beautiful thing. What used to take entire libraries can now can be found at the end of a key-chain in the form of an usb stick. The same goes for smartphones, with even the lower end phones having enough memory to store every form you could possibly need.

Once a form is completed, it gets sent out to an email of choice. However, the app will also save the report so that it can be brought up later. As soon as the submit button is pressed, the data that was created is backed up and saved. You wouldn’t be able to lose your data if you tried.

Tip #2 – Dropdowns and Radio Buttons

 

Creating high quality data is a subtle art. A lot of times, forms capture information that is redundant, or can be slimmed down at least slightly to be more efficient for their workers to complete. Dropdown menus and radio buttons accomplish this by creating pre-disposed answers to questions. When a worker is operating the device, they can simply click on the answer rather than having to type out an entire sentence. You can easily cut a huge portion of the work by doing it before-hand.

Tip #3 – GPS Capture

 

It may seem redundant, but data that gets captured with paper forms is often incorrect. These discrepancies can cost your company big-time, especially when dealing with bigger clients. Features like the GPS capture ensure that all the information that is entered into the mobile device is the correct information.

 

For more about the other features Snappii has, click here.

Kick-Start Your Construction Business With An App

 

There’s a lot of moving parts within the construction industry. Unless you track down the movement of each of those parts, you’re going to get overwhelmed and lose track easily.

This isn’t a secret though. For years the construction industry has been recording their documents the old fashion way – marching out to the field with a paper and pencil in hand, struggling to find empty spots where they can press their paper against and write. And they write a lot. Documenting safety regulations, procedures and actions that take place, and equipment that’s moving around constantly.

A few of these might already be automatic, but the majority of them requires some degree of user input in order to function correctly. Workers meticulously fill in endless paperwork to hand it off to the secretary who must then go through another endless pile as they input the data into the computer. The worker also loses time by taking the paperwork to the secretary, something that seems primitive with all the communication systems we have in place – and it is.

By using the mobile app, one can eliminate almost all the paperwork that has to be taken back and forth between members of the firm. Snappii, a mobile app developer, has developed a platform where one can rapidly create a mobile app with little to no computer knowledge. This allows the user to test the app an unlimited amount of times to see if it’s something their business really needs. Click here to see more information about Snappii.

Aside from eliminating the time and paper, a mobile app can help your business in a few other ways:

Snappii has HTML5

That might not mean much for you, but it’s actually a huge benefit that only Snappii offers. It’s basically the ability to have an app run on your computer. Sounds simple, but it’s actually tremendously useful. Document managing software can become very expensive for a business, espeically if they’re a general contractor and their work covers a wide spectrum of fields. This also ensures that no matter what device your employees have, if it can connect to the internet then they can probably use it.

HTML5 means that you can develop an app for your devices, and that same app can be used on a computer. Every piece of software in the company will look the same too, making it easier for your employees to not only learn the intricasies, but master them. It’s a much cheaper alternative to buying software, and it allows you to customize it how you see fit. There’s an unlimited amount of prototypes, so if you’re not sure if something will work, try it out! You’ve got nothing to lose.

Your work is archived

I don’t want to jinx it and say that the situation will come up, but you never know when you’re going to have to go through paperwork to find documents for a particular regulatory compliance. It’s a pain.

Digitizing your paperwork also comes with some innate benefits that may not seem obvious at first glance. The biggest plus I can think of, though, is the fact that your work becomes indexed. That means if you need to search for something that happened on a specific date in a specific area, you don’t have to go fishing through massive file cabinets and irrelevant files for days. You can just type in a few parameters and filter the results quickly and efficiently.

Mobile apps can get expensive quickly, and hiring a team of coders to put one together for you can tear a hole into your companies wallet. Snappii, a powerful DIY app editor, enables anyone to create their own app with zero coding expierience. One can replace all their paper forms and increase their communication within the company ten-fold by adopting a mobile app, and Snappii is there to help you every step of the way.

Try out Snappii today with a free trial, and see how we’re making the construction world evermore efficient.

Be a Part of the App Making Process

The traditional method of ordering an app always starts with a problem. These problems can range anywhere from developing a solution to in-app orders, to managing an entire warehouse, to ordering a cab. Apps have the upper-hand of being completely versatile, able to fit any mold.

The next step usually involves finding a team of programmers who are willing to take on your idea and develop it from the ground up. While this process can be arduous, it is one of the most important facets of creating an app.

But there’s an inherent problem with this.

Programmers, smart as they are, are not the people with the problem. Many times, apps can be developed that will completely missed the mark solely because of a misunderstanding of what the problem-solution dynamic was in the first place. Snappii has aimed to solve this problem for many years by employing one simple trick: let the client be a part of the decision making process.

How is this possible though? In the world of developers, the layman probably wouldn’t get very. With terminology to memorize, constantly having to convey what it is you want, and the possibility of having a team that isn’t responsive, the idea seems daunting. That’s not even taking into consideration that many of the apps can take at most a year to develop.

Snappii took a simple approach to an otherwise complicated problem: develop a platform that ANYONE can understand to make the app. Rather than focusing on making individual apps for many people, Snappii has developed a platform that allows ANYONE to create an app.

Guru and Express

The platform is divided into two categories, Express and Guru. I’ll briefly go over the differences here.

The intention of Express was to make a platform that is easily accessible, yet powerful enough for a developer to work with. The Express platform gives the user access to widgets – premade features that a user can literally click to add to their app. Once the feature is in, it may take some additional configuration to get it working as intended, but the bulk of it is there. That goes for any widget developed by Snappii. The idea was to keep it simple so that anyone can understand the process. To date, we have hundreds of non-programmers developing entire apps with just this part of the platform.

Guru mode is a bit more difficult to use. It is the version of the platform that the developers within Snappii use to manipulate certain features even further, sometimes creating entirely new applications with previously build widgets and elements. Because of the nature of Guru, we don’t recommend it to first-time users (that’s what Express is for!), but we still encourage anyone to try and master this excellent platform for building software. Guru can do a myriad of things with the platform, most of which can be seen by browsing our app catalog here.

THE Citizen Developer

With this infrastructure in place, translating what we mean when we’re talking apps is relatively simple. By just showing you how the app is built, the customer already gets a good idea of what’s going on.

Think of it like this.

You’re sitting in a room full of programmers, and the uncomfortable feeling of not belonging is beginning to settle into the pit of your stomach. All of them have their eyeballs glued to their screens – a black-screen window filled with thousands of characters that mean little to nothing to you. Some of the developers are putting together the UI of the app, others are trying to figure how to connect point A to point B. Regardless, you have no idea what’s going on, or if they’re even on the right track.

Now put yourself in the same situation in a room where all the developers are using a visual program to put everything together. The fact that the client doesn’t know how to code is irrelevant – they would still be able to glance at all of the monitors and have a sense of what is being worked on, what is going where and so on.

Another perk about working with developers using a platform is that changes can be made quickly and efficiently. The day will come when the app simply is not living up to the demands of the current market. Again, with traditional apps, this would mean going back to that black-screen of letters and numbers – the coders “drawing board” – to add or adjust.

But if the developers are using a platform, moving things around is exactly that. For many of our apps, turn-around times for updates can be as little as a day, and at most a week. If you asked a programmer to develop something that fast, they would probably laugh.

 

Snappii has been around since early 2012. We have been making apps for companies small and large since the very begining, and have been around to see all the app world has to offer. If there’s a feature out there that you were looking to take advantage of for your own business, look no further than Snappii.

For a FREE quote on how much it would take to develop an app, reach out to us at sales@snappii.com. For questions about our platform, including how to gain access to it, contact support@snappii.com.

 

 

Drones in the Construction Industry

 

The Construction industry is, without a doubt, the biggest industry in the United States by a long-shot. However, although the industry is valued at $8.5 trillion, many might be thrown off by lack of efficiency expressed by the sector. It is estimated that around 15 to 25% of all materials used in Construction gets thrown away in landfills, equated to about 40% of the solid-waste stream in America. An unprecedented amount considering buildings are among  the most expensive things to build, next to spacecrafts and giant boats. With that in mind, any bump to efficiency can provide a huge benefit to companies, especially smaller ones that may not have all the necessary hardware to properly predict the amount of resources that are going to be used.

From a far perspective, it’s difficult to see the viability of drones in the Construction industry. They’ve been around for quite a while, first being used as UAV’s during the first World War. But since their inception into the commercial world back in 05′, they’ve widely been seen as toys rather than actual tools to be used for work. You may get the occasional photographer using it to get pictures of a building, but for the most part drones were more of a replacement for taking the kite out at the park than anything else.

Introducing new technology

But then engineers started to get creative with what they could attach to drones. It’s not uncommon to find drones with other gadgets attached to them – we’ve even seen someone walk their dog with a drone. Many drones come pre-equipped with a camera that can be accessed from your phone, making it that much easier for the commercial world to take advantage of this controlled UFO.

In the Construction world, sensors are the drones sidekick. Using sensors, construction workers can gather data much quicker than a human-manned flying apparatus, or even satellite imaging. Engineers can quickly survey an area, and analyze the information – a process that may have taken days without the help of the machine. Just like the commercial drones, information gets fed back into their mobile devices and saved, creating a sort of accuracy that, even with all the technology we have now, has never been realized in the industry.

With the right computers, engineers can take this information one step further and create 3D models of buildings down to the brick. They can create topographical maps and estimate costs far better than they would be able to with human surveyors. This allows construction companies to not only provide more accurate quotes, but utilize the technology minimize potential issues pertaining to safety and limit delays even further.

Coupled with a personal construction app, this technology can cut the time used to create daily reports and safety inspections even further. While Snappii does not yet provide connectivity to a drone, the two side-by-side can be utilized to provide information in a time-frame that the construction industry has never had the luxury of. In a few years, it could very well redefine how businesses all around the world define construction.

Make Work-Life Easy with an App

When considering a mobile app for your business, the best place to start is usually at the beginning of the work-flow for your particular industry. For most businesses dealing with field-work, this usually entails recording data on a sheet of paper. Once the data is recorded, it gets sent back to the managers, or superintendents, that archive the data in a main computer. This allows them to see the data at a glance, and gives them the chance to see trends and pick up on problem areas using their analytic software.

Mobile forms make all the difference, and with Snappii’s online app builder, you can recreate any paper form into a mobile app that will function on any tablet, smartphone and even desktop. Try out Snappii’s app builder today to see how easy it is.

Mobile forms are useful for many different businesses, and many would consider it the first step in constructing your own mobile app. Let’s take a look at why mobile forms are creating such a splash in so many industries.

Upload your form first

Creating your first mobile form is relatively easy depending on what form editor you use. For most form editors, they have a drag-and-drop system where you can arrange and rearrange fields on the fly. This makes it a breeze to recreate a form that you may already use, but more importantly it allows you to address areas that could be choke points. Further refinement of your form means improved efficiency – all at the cost of a few minutes of tinkering in the DIY editor.

Snappii also has a feature where you can load your PDF into the mobile app editor and it will automatically generate fields for you. This can be useful to create a bare-bones mobile version of your form that can be further refined to match, or even be better, than the original form. Because the form will look the same, it’s extremely easy to teach other employees how to use it. If they own a smartphone, there’s a good chance that the employee will instinctively know how to operate it. There’s no extra equipment needed either – just download the mobile app on the employee’s phone, create credentials for that employee and they’re good to go.

Paper vs Digital

Recording information on paper can be tricky. If the paper gets ruined, the information recorded on it is no longer valid. If it gets lost, there’s no way of recovering it. With paper forms often switching hands many times throughout the day, scenarios like this are bound to happen. But what if we take out the messenger and leave that part up to technology?

By using a mobile form the user can input the information directly into their phone and send it off to their manager without ever having to pick up a pen or paper. The manager receives the report, and can instantly archive it for further review. With built-in analytic tools, mobile forms can be a one-stop shop for all software needs.

Digital forms also have the benefit of utilizing the phones capabilities to further enhance the quality of the form you’re filling out. If you’re an inspector and you’re checking machinery on the jobsite, you can take pictures to show parts that look faulty, or record your voice if your hands are ever too tied up to tap the screen. Mobile forms even give access to geo-location services, which will tell a superintendent where the form was submitted from without the worker knowing they’re being tracked.

And of course, let’s not forget about the money you’ll save from not buying ream after ream of paper every month.

Having a mobile form grants obvious benefits to the user, but the best feature is its ability to expand to other realms of the app world. Using Snappii’s online mobile app editor, you can take your one-trick-pony mobile form into a full-fledged toolbox of applications and features you would like to use on your jobsite. Transforming your mobile form into an app is as easy as loading your app and clicking on which features you’d like to see – Snappii will handle the rest.

Think it’s too easy? That’s the way we planned it. Try it out for yourself and see how a mobile form can level up your business today.

The Easiest Sign-In Guestbook App

Day by day, digital solutions seem to replace paper. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, given the vast amount of benefits digital solutions provide. At the rate that digital solutions are being adopted, we’ll be using iPods as napkins.

Personally, I find it difficult to write on paper after getting used to years and years of writing on a keyboard. Pen’s sometimes feel foreign to me, to the point that it’s surprising to go to doctor’s office and be given a clipboard. Imagine being able to greet your patients (and potential patients) with a tablet designed to capture their information, and send it back to whoever needs it – including themselves. The computer automatically files it away, and no middle-man is needed to enter the information into the waiting list. Putting together a list of guest will also take a few seconds – another perk of having a digital directory.

Snappii, an app creation company, has been around since 2012 creating apps for all sorts of problems. The process usually goes like this: a company runs into a problem and approaches Snappii. Our support team then creates a solution for them using an app. They submit this idea to the developers who return an estimation of the amount of time it will take. Based on that, the support and sales team can provide a quote to the user.

Because Snappii has apps on the market that already resemble the apps we can develop on our platform, users can utilize these apps to get a good idea of how we work. Furthermore, users can customize these apps. They serve as a sort-of barebone kit that a user can build off of. “Template” apps are usually updated to reflect other similar apps in the industry, so you can rely on them to show you the most popular way to complete tasks.

Guestbook Sign-in apps are usually pretty similar. Some may differ in that they require a badge to be printed out in the end, or maybe the form that the guest fills out ask for a specific field that only that company asks for. Either way, the majority is the same. Guest walks in, picks the tablet up, enters information, hands the tablet back and sits down.

Perks of using the Snappii platform

One of the best parts about the Snappii platform is that using our system makes it easy to make changes later on down the line. Let’s say, for example, you finally recieve the app that you’ve paid for. Everything’s fine with it, but there’s a few details that need to be switched around. Because the entire app was built on our platform, small changes can be made with ridiculously fast turn-around times.

This allows a user to optimize their form. In a guest sign-in situation, questions can be added and omitted on the fly, and updates can be made in as little as 48 hours.

Automatic Back-up

One of the greatest benefits of working with digital forms is that information is automatically saved when it is entered in. With traditional paper methods, information has to be entered in twice: once when the client recieves the form to fill out, and once when the employee is filling out the information in the computer. As I mentioned before, the form takes out the middle man, and allows the client to directly communicate with the computer that is hold all of the information.

And this process happens seamlessly. There’s no extra steps that need to be taken – as long as the user has internet connection, everything will be backed up. Even if they don’t have an internet connection, the app will queue itself until it regains connectivity, then continue to function as normal.

Customized Output

Depending on what your current systems use, different format’s may be required when it comes time to look up old guest that have visited. The app can be customized to output in a few different formats, such as Excel and PDF. Don’t be afraid to try both and drop the one you end up not needing!

If you already have a printed-out form that you use for your systems, we can also make the information output onto a desired PDF. This allows you to change your background processes while retaining the part that most people end up seeing.

 

Snappii has helped business both small and large make thousands of apps over the years. We know what it takes to make a successful piece of software that will benefit you for years. If you would like our developers to build a custom app for you, please contact our sales team at sales@snappii.com. If you would like to try building the editor yourself, please contact support@snappii.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Make All Your Paperwork Vanish in 15 Minutes

Paperwork is usually the last thing you want to see after a day of the office. Unfortunately, for a lot of businesses, logging a report at the end of the day is almost always a part of the job. Daily Reports usually consist of a form, or some sort of format, of information pertaining to what that person did for the day. Although they are sometimes sent through emails, the majority of them are kept on paper, which are then stashed away in a box where it hopes it never has to be seen again.

In industries like construction and inspection, it’s extremely common to have to complete these daily forms at the end of the day. This paperwork can sometimes take up a huge chunk of time, and scarcely are they ever used. None the less, it’s imperative that they’re kept in case of an emergency.

Modern technology can help to alleviate the burden created by using paper to jot down an individuals daily log. While effective in that it’s accessible, platforms created by companies like Snappii work to put the power of apps in everyone’s hands. Using the Snappii platform, forms can be quickly generated and mapped to resemble a PDF output. This makes it easy to complete the form on a phone, but retains the same output as if it were done by paper. You could call it the best of both worlds.

Changing Your Form into an App

Snappii has been around since 2012 trying to perfect the formula. Our platform has been enabling all types of people, from all sorts of occupations, to make apps that have saved them countless hours and dollars.

It starts with a user uploading, or creating, their own form. It could be a form that is used often in the company, or a user can make a brand-new form using Snappii’s intuitive drag-and-drop editor.

Both methods are effective in creating a form. If you’re uploading, the editor automatically generates fields based on what the fill-able fields on the PDF are. If you are making it from scratch, it will automatically generate a PDF upon completion of the mobile form.

Practice Makes Perfect

Once the mobile form has been created, it’s only one more small step to getting it to run on your phone. Saving the form will populate a dialog that shows you where to download the Snappii preview app. The Preview app allows you to pull up apps created on your account so that you can test them out.

Despite the fact that we’ve made countless apps in the past, even we sometimes make mistakes. The inclusion of the Snappii preview app allows you to test out the mobile form you created. It will give you a perfect simulation of what it is like to use the app, and will help you realize areas that could need working on.

Invite the Whole Company If You Want To

The platform also features an invite dialog that allows you to easily recruit other people to test your app out. All you need is their email address – the rest is handled by our automated system.

No matter if the user is using Android or Apple, Snappii’s platform will work. After years of effort, we also have the ability to run the app on a computer as a web-app, something exclusive to Snappii’s offerings.

 

Snappii has been making apps for both large and small companies since 2012. Throughout the years, we’ve learned about what it takes to make a successful app that is going to change your business. It isn’t about making the most functional app – it’s about understanding the needs of the job. Snappii’s platform stands out in that it is highly adjustable, and can create apps faster than the time it takes for most companies to map out a quote.

If you have any questions about Snappii platform, feel free to contact support at support@snappii.com. If you would like a free quote on a possible app, contact sales@snappii.com.

 

 

Become a Snappii Partner and Grow Your Business

 

Few jobs out there will allow you to work the hours that you want. For a lot of us, it’s 9 to 5, no matter what. For people that are trying to start a family, or get ahead in their own career, committing 8 hours a day to a job that you are only in for the money can be debilitating. Over the years there has been ways around this. Some apps are even specifically designed for people to make money, like Uber’s model of get paid to work when you want and how you want. As the required work becomes more technology intensive, more people are making the switch to a freelancer rather than being employed by a company.

In the same way that Uber can make you money by driving people around, Snappii can make you money by selling apps to businesses. Snappii’s partner program allows you to utilize its proprietary app building software, under a personal brand, to make apps. Utilizing the resources and training provided, a reseller can make business apps in a fraction of the time it takes for a developer – with no coding required. The majority of our partners have found success selling on the local business level, but some go above and beyond to sell to even corporate level accounts.

Cost of being a Snappii reseller

One of the major benefits of being a Snappii partner is that you can decide how much you want to sell the apps you create for. The fee you’ll pay to Snappii every month is based off of how many apps are on your account, so as long as your selling for more than what you’re paying a month, you can turn a profit. You get the check at the end of the day, not us. Since Snappii has nothing to do with your clients, you’re business will get all the credit for the amazing service and support that Snappii can offer.

Building an App as a reseller

When using the platform, resellers will have a choice between Guru and Express mode. Express mode is for less complicated tasks. It also a means to use the Field Reports feature that makes building a form quick and easy. Guru, however, is much harder to use. Even without coding, Guru has almost infinite possibilities that can be accomplished, and wrapping ones head around that could be problematic.

Learning the platform, for some, may seem difficult. While it is made for the layman in that it does not use any complicated procedures to put an app together, some of the quirks can only be learned by playing with the platform extensively. To remedy this, Snappii also works with partners to create the apps that they then turn and sell to their clients. If going this route, the partner does still have to pay custom development fees for the app, but the rates will be severely discounted. This way, even if you have no interest in building an app, you can still sell them under your businesses name.

Snappii has been around since early 2012. Since then, we’ve made apps for a wide range of businesses from industries like construction all the way to night-clubs. Our ready-made apps are available on both the major app marketplaces, and can be downloaded for free at any time to get a general idea of how the Snappii platform works. If a user wants to customize any aspect of these apps, they can easily accomplish it themselves, or with the help of the Snappii team. If you want to submit an inquiry about a potential app idea, feel free to contact sales@snappii.com for a free quote.

 

 

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