William and Patti Feldman

William and Patti
Feldman
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Smartphone-enabled thermal diagnostics, photo documentation 
Here are two decidedly different hardware, plus software, applications designed to enhance the capabilities of a smartphone or tablet.
Small shop solutions
iDrawnics, www.idrawnics.com, is an easy to use 3D CAD plug-in system for small shop mechanical contractors and system designers.
Software for mobile computer devices 3
Here are three software solutions that, taking advantage of mobile computing devices, expedite business operations and specific tasks in the field.
A rugged tablet, plus apps for the field 
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, www.panasonic.com/toughpad/M1, is a thin, lightweight rugged enterprise-grade 7-in. tablet designed for indoor and outdoor use.
Streamlining operations: safety reporting and sharing of photos 
Spectrum Construction Software by Dexter + Chaney, www.dexterchaney.com, is a cloud-based enterprise construction software solution that handles accounting and operations.
It’s about time – two solutions for the field 
crewHD by Construction Monkey, www.constructionmonkey.com, is a cloud-based field solution, aimed at subcontractors, that enables the leader of each crew to maintain daily records of what was accomplished on the job that day.
Contractors can streamline customer interaction 
Contractors can run an efficient contracting business by utilizing software tools, such as Blue Collar Software and Square.
Solutions for measuring, layout, scheduling  1
The integration of a mobile app with a laser distance measurer increases functionality in interesting ways.
Calculations, communications and more  1
HVAC Quick Load app for the iPhone and iPad performs rule-of-thumb HVAC cooling and heating load calculations for many types of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings.
Software for piping, payroll and more
QuickPlumb Pro 2.4 stand-alone Windows CAD software by Epiphany Software, www.quickplumb.com, creates estimates, material lists, isometrics, dimensional data and links to participating supply houses.QuickPlumb Pro 2.4 stand-alone Windows CAD software
Travel lighter: tablet performs like a laptop, mobile app
The Surface Pro 3 uses a fourth generation Intel Core processor, is just 0.36” thin and 1.76-lb. light. The multi-touch tablet (supporting swipe, pinch and drag), has 5 MP front and rear facing cameras, a USB 3 jack, a video output jack, and a microSD card reader. It comes with a pressure sensitive digital pen for taking notes, drawing or marking up presentations, PDFs and documents in a similar way as on paper.
Have a field day with ruggedized tablet cases, HVAC and plumbing forms  7
Compared to most tools taken to and used on jobsites, an iPad or other tablet benefits from extra-special protection from a sturdy case designed to withstand inadvertent hard knocks and hazard-duty environmental conditions.
Mobile device management solutions  2
More and more plumbing and HVAC contractors who do service work communicate with field service crews primarily or entirely through “bring your own” mobile devices every workday.
Contractors might consider tablet keyboard cases
Venture, www.mypointnow.com, is a basic mobile app that can provide smaller contractors, including those new to using tablets and smartphones for work, with assistance in a range of daily business tasks.
Time-saving software for the office and when on the go 
Cloud-based electronic signature solutions enable signing and exchange of contracts, invoices, and work orders securely 24/7 from any computing device with a web browser.

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