Apps

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 11th, 2015

I’ve had my Watch for eighteen days now. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday the Watch becomes more apart of my everyday life. It keeps me on time for my meetings, has me connect to my friends on a more personal level, and it made me realize I need to cut out the large amount of caffeine I rely on. We put together a list of 18 features we have found to be useful that maybe you haven’t seen before!

1. Dismissing Notifications by Swiping Left or Force Touch

A few days after tapping on each notification to dismiss them, I finally stumbled across two easier ways to remove them.

Swiping to the left on your notification will give you the option to clear it.

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Force Touch on the display in the notifications window will allow you to clear all.

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2. The Outlook Mail app will send you notification.

If you use the Outlook Mail app, you will not only get a notification, you will get the option to Archive, Mark as Read, Delete, or Schedule for Later.

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3. You can change the color for your Digital Touch drawing.

Drawing in Digital Touch is pretty fun, especially if you have a wide variety of colors. Tap and hold on a color until the chroma wheel comes up.

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4. You can change your preset replies in Messages.

In the Watch app on your iPhone, if you navigate to Message, you can find the Default Replies and tap on them to change them.

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5. Handoff between Watch and iPhone lets you handoff your calls.

If you answer a call on your Watch and want to switch to your iPhone, you can use handoff to switch over. Look at the bottom left corner of your iPhone lock screen, swipe up on the phone icon to switch your call over.

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6. Change to Day view in Calendar.

You can switch between List and Day view in Calendar by using Force Touch in the Calendar app.

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7. You can control your Apple TV with the remote app.

You can add your Apple TV to the Remote app by opening the app and on your Apple TV opening the Remote settings.

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8. Take a screenshot.

Press both the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

9. Force Power-Off

Is your Watch not responding? Force Power Off by pressing and holding the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

10. Removing Pay from your Watch if it is lost or stolen.

Need to remove your cards from Pay? Log into iCloud.com and find your Watch in settings. You can remove all cards from there.

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11. Can’t find your iPhone? Ping it!

If you are like me, you seem to misplace your iPhone in the couch cushions. Good news, you can send a ping to your iPhone to play a sound.

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12. Send your location in a message.

In a message, use Force Touch to send your location.

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13. Delete, Flag, or Mark as Unread a Mail message.

While in a message in Mail, Force Touch the screen.

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14. Choose Mailboxes you want on your Watch.

If you have more than one mail account, you can set custom settings in the mail settings for Watch.

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15. Turn by Turn with Taptic.

This may be my favorite feature. I have a horrible internal compass and looking at my iPhone while driving is too distracting. Start your turn by turn directions on your watch or iPhone and you will receive a taptic response when you are near your next turn or exit.

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16. Change audio source in the Music app.

Need to change from listening to your music on your iPhone to your bluetooth speaker? Force Touch the screen while in the music app to change the source.

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17. Switch to the last opened app.

Need to get back to your previous app? Double tap the digital crown!

18. Change emoji colors.

Sick of red hearts or the yellow smiley face? Use Force touch to change the color!

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Posted by Charles Edge on May 8th, 2015

Giving an iPad to your employees is a great step to increasing their productivity. But loading those devices up with apps that increase their productivity is a must. But what apps should they get? That’s often a question best answered by first looking at your industry and the job function of those employees. Luckily, we have a lot of construction companies using Bushel and we can help guide you to a common set of tools that many are using.

PlanGrid

PlanGrid is a pretty handy app that allows you to upload PDFs, version data, link to callouts, annotate, etc. It includes punchless, estimating  and photos to track status (which you can then pin to your blueprints). Overall, PlanGrid is probably the most versatile app for Construction companies on the market. There are certainly simpler apps, but more complex ones as well.

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Procore Construction Management Software

Procore is similar in many ways to PlanGrid. You can annotate blueprints, add projects, do some estimating, some change control and even assign issues to users. You can also choose users that get updates to parts of a project plan. Both tools allow you to manage RFIs and Procure also allows for timecard entry from the field and accessing schedules. I would definitely recommend putting both through a trial as their approaches are different enough that you might like one much more than the other.

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Construction Manager

Another tool that can manage various aspects of the business is Construction Manager. Construction Manager comes with a lot more finely grained tools for estimating, such as room size, concrete and pain calculators. You can also track daily activity on projects and eliminate paper in the estimating process. Construction Manager isn’t really meant for more complex punch down list uses, but can do time sheets, maintenance logs and milestones.

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Joist

Joist is a much more robust estimating tool, with none of the DIM/blueprint options. It’s great for managing estimates, integrates with contacts and even allows you to track payment information.

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Corecon

Corecon is a tool for tracking various business aspects of a construction business. You can update RFIs, schedule tasks, track expenses, get alerts and track time. There’s also a list (and a punch list) that helps you stay on top of tasks, as well as data synchronization back to the CoreCon cloud.

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AutoCad 360

AutoCad 360 is the gold standard for making CAD drawings on computers. The mobile app is pretty darn rad as well.

Construction Master Pro (CMPro)

It’s a bird, no, it’s a plane, no, it’s a calculator. And more! This is a little swiss army knife of an app. You can complete layouts, plans, bids, some estimation option, all the trigonometric goodness you missed in grade school, figure square-ups and slopes, calculate feet-inch-fractions, decimal feet, work in metric and even figure out those annoying crown angles and wacky polygons. Overall, it’s a great little tool that fills some gaps.

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iBlueprint

Simple app to make blueprints right on your iPad. You can drag and drop elements, enter measurements and then export. This allows you to import into other apps that also allow you to annotate and create punch lists.

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Aconex

Aconex is a project management tool. There’s a good bit of feature overlap with some of the other apps on this list, but Aconex is really good at the project management aspect of construction and engineering projects. If you make a blueprint using iBlueprint for a job you bid using Joist then it makes for a good fit. Keep in mind that some of these apps that only address one part of the whole business are better at that aspect (and therefore sometimes worth the expense) than using options built into an app that tries to do everything.

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iHandy Carpenter

This is a great little app that measures, does angles, has a level, etc. But the app isn’t as important as the concept. If you pour concrete, you’re gonna’ want an app to help figure out the right mix. This app doesn’t do that. But there is an app for that. For the types of tasks that your people are doing, a few cheap apps might replace a bunch of tools they have to carry. And especially for estimators, keeping them from going back and forth to their truck to grab a tool can keep customers happy and engaged while allowing them to be more efficient!

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Bushel

And of course a bonus is Bushel, which makes for a great way to distribute these apps to your devices, while protecting the content that’s out on the devices!

Posted by Charles Edge on May 6th, 2015

You loved your Apple Watch. It was awesome. But then something happened. Maybe it got glitchy. Maybe it got weird. Maybe you want to sell it and so just want to get it back to factory defaults first. Well, either way it’s easy. To reset your watch, open the Settings app.

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Open the General app.

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Tap Reset at the bottom of the list.

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When prompted, tap Erase All Content and Settings on the Apple Watch.

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Once done, unless you’re getting rid of the watch, you’ll want to pair it again. To do so, follow the instructions in this article: http://krypted.com/apple-watch/set-up-your-new-apple-watch. Or, you can restore your device by selecting a device to restore the backup from.

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Posted by Brittany Vogel on April 29th, 2015

Bushel uses Apple’s Volume Purchase Program to help you manage and purchase apps for your business. You can sign up for a VPP account at vpp.itunes.apple.com.

After you have gone through the sign up process and have your VPP token,  you can now add it to Bushel.

1. Login to your Bushel account at login.bushel.com.

2. Click on Account in the blue side bar on the left.

3. Once under your Account page, click on the VPP tab at the top of the page.

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4. Scroll to the bottom and click on the grey button to Upload your VPP Service Token.

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5. Navigate to the VPP token you downloaded from Apple. Select the file and click on Choose.

6.  Your VPP token will now upload to your Bushel account. Once uploaded, you will see the code along with a green checkmark above the Upload button.

Posted by Michael Devins on April 29th, 2015

Here are a few best practices so that you get started down the right path with Bushel:

•When you create an account, you’ll create a company url for enrolling devices in the future (i.e. company.bushel.com). Just keep in mind that this address is what you’ll share with employees if they need to enroll devices so shorter is better than longer but logical is also helpful.

•When you activate your account, you’ll link with Apple’s Push Notification Service (APNS). Whatever Apple ID you use to link with APNS will be required to renew annually. You may choose to link it to a company email address instead of an individual email address. Many people create a company email for this purpose, something like apns@company.com or itadmin@company.com. Just know that whatever Apple ID you use for APNS will be needed each year to renew.

•When you create a free Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account with Apple (http://www.apple.com/business/vpp/), you will create a separate Apple ID. Apple requires this ID to be unique for the Volume Purchase Program. It cannot match any existing ID used for iTunes so I recommend creating your VPP Apple ID while signing up for the program. Again, you may choose to use a company email vs an individual email because there’s annual renewal here as well. Many companies create an email that looks something like vppaccount@company.com for this purpose.

While these aren’t deal-breaker details, they can definitely make your life a lot less stressful once you roll into the deployment and you happen upon that first year of renewals with Apple’s various programs. We have a number of video tutorials on our YouTube channel as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJ5xon9jky9fM12vhdYj2A