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Old 02-03-2015, 06:53 AM   #1
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Which (if any) online tools, apps or software do you use for your trade?

If you could design one for your work, what would it do?
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My phone is like a laptop. I just need to learn how to utilize it.
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I use color snap from SW on my phone. Lets me take a picture of any surface than fine the color in a SW deck. Also has the full SW deck of colors and codes. Handy little app, and its free.
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I've tried incorporating software and apps into my business, but I'm such a small time guy it just seemed to be over complicating things.
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I use color snap from SW on my phone. Lets me take a picture of any surface than fine the color in a SW deck. Also has the full SW deck of colors and codes. Handy little app, and its free.
Benjamin Moore has a similar tool for the phone, let's you click on any point in a picture and find the nearest BM color.

Their website is also helpful for me to point designers to- has all of their colors on it. Obviously you get a bit of color variance due to the computer screen, but it's a good place to start.
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Ooh, MPI website is one that I use a lot to check paint listings, VOC's, LEED certification, etc.
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And I think if I was going to design one, it would be an application guide for paint (what to use on every substrate in every circumstance, searchable) with paint from every major manufacturer, and listings on the paint of durability, sandability, sheen, solids %, etc.
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Those apps are awful at finding color matches though. Not even close.

Number one app? Evernote.

I have a lot of measuring apps that look cool, but since takeoffs go into Evernote, I just measure with a laser measurer. Quicker and easier.
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Dropbox, Bento (database), Remind2Mail, and of course - The Weather Channel.
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The Weather Channel.
Ugh. Give Intellicast a shot. I've always found them to be a smidge more accurate than TWN. They have an app as well.

Wundermap has some of the best radar out there and they have many different layers you can apply.

It's a wonder we get anything done these days.
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Highly recommend Dark Sky app for weather, draws from a ton of different sources and gives you current weather and forecast for your EXACT location down to the street address, and is usually extremely accurate in my experience. They pull from something like 25+ sources and use a composite to give a best guess.
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I would like the following in an Apps.
Estimate will give you lets say room 1 than next will be a drop box will say ceiling no ceiling, doors and how many or no doors, or other, ect.... Total price, also a drop box for most popular paint Manufactures like BM, SW,.... link to their product as Aura, select.....
Give you place for customer to sign on screen.
Also give you the ability to add the extra for later.
Able to converted to an invoice.
One time fee and and it's yours after that, no need to pay fee every year only pay for an update if you want.

Most of all if it can do the Paint job too will be a good help
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Steve did a good recap here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGFzF4ZCLDs
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Any of you folks tried RainAlarm for a weather app? I find it pretty accurate.

Steve covered some good app, Chris
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Besides email being the most obvious and most used internet tool we all use, a good web site editor is essential for those who want their sites to be absolutely current and up-to-date. Dreamweaver with its templates allows this to be accomplished efficiently.

Many folks without doubt use Quicken to manage the financial side of their business, but for those of us who feel Quicken is just too "robust" (complicated) for the solo, any good spreadsheet is very useful once mastered for estimating (figuring out prices based on tasks, sq ft, man/hr, etc), invoicing, and keeping track of expenses, wages, mileage, etc. And you don't gotta sell your oldest into slavery to buy MS OFFICE. Free open source Open Office is all M$ Office is.

Another handy tool for smart devices is voice recognition software. Most are based on Nuance (Dragon) and are very useful for note taking, dictation, and many other circumstances where putting the spoken word into print is more efficient than punching keys or tapping screens.

And who doesn't use a digital camera for many facets of their business? From snapping reminders at estimates to taking pix of the final product for your portfolio.

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For weather apps with overkill, try seasonality go.
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I would like the following in an Apps.
Estimate will give you lets say room 1 than next will be a drop box will say ceiling no ceiling, doors and how many or no doors, or other, ect.... Total price, also a drop box for most popular paint Manufactures like BM, SW,.... link to their product as Aura, select.....
Give you place for customer to sign on screen.
Also give you the ability to add the extra for later.
Able to converted to an invoice.
One time fee and and it's yours after that, no need to pay fee every year only pay for an update if you want.

Most of all if it can do the Paint job too will be a good help
Brat app can do all that but not the job. It's $10 bucks and has invoicing can estimate per room or walls only etc. it's not perfect but very good for interiors.
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+1 for Open Office. I've used it for a few months now, and it's great. Have never bought MS Office in my life, and never would.
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I deleted and cancelled allot apps I was using took more time to use them and keep track then my old notebook method....lol. No monthly fee or updates either.. There some good ones but sometimes the old way is still the best way. Oh and those color match apps in a word. suck..
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