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Old 03-06-2017, 06:21 AM   #1
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Just wondering everyone's thoughts. Currently I just use a home computer but I've been thinking of a tablet. I want to email invoices on sight, pull up drawings , and complete estimates.

Is the tablet worth while, and which model is recommended.

Which apps and software are best. Looking for floor layout plan software, like smartdraw. Invoice software. Estimate software.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:22 AM   #2
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I can't help you with layout software since I don't use it.

But as far as estimates and invoices, I do that 100% on my iPad Mini with an app called QuickSale. There is a lot of discussion about this on the forums if you search.

I basically run my business off of my iPad. The only major thing I do on a computer is QuickBooks, which I only use for bookkeeping.

I use my iPad for:
-Estimates, Invoices, Change Orders, and Receipts.
-Scheduling.
-Notes and lists.
-Showing customers pictures of what I can offer them, both from my own pictures and directly from the internet when needed.
-Accepting credit card payments
-Emailing customers
-Looking up code (I have all the NEC's on it)
-Looking up listings (I keep spec sheets and instructions for all kinds of products on it)
-Apps for pipe and wire size, etc.
-App to open and sign PDF files, such as when I need a form filled out (I hate using paper).
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I love the ipad pro now, the pen makes life a lot easier then a clunky stylus.

Quicksale as Hack said is a great product once you have everything entered in.

For drawings I use Autocad with 360 to access with ipad but of course that is very costly. I think I recall some guys using Padcad on their ipads so may want to check that one out.
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Thanks I'm going to look into the padcad. And the quicksale for sure. Seems apple is the way to go. Thanks for the advice
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Be sure to check out the Surface tablets, there are huge advantages to just dealing with one full on real operating system on both your desktop at home and your tablet in the field, or using the same device home and away.
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Which software are you using on the surf?
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The surface uses all windows software so if you have desktop software that you already like it may be your best option.
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The surface uses all windows software so if you have desktop software that you already like it may be your best option.
Exactly. For example if you want to invoice from Quickbooks you can just run that on the Surface.

There are some Windows apps now that make use of the touchscreen for marking up photos and PDFs etc. To me that's a big one. I have installed a few but haven't played with them much yet. You can annotate plans on site while you walk around. At home, you could keep a keyboard, mouse, and a big TV and use the same device to look at the plans blown up about print size. A Surface Book for $1300 and a 65" 4k TV for $650 and a bluetooth keyboard and moust for home ... quite a setup for $2k.
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and a 65" 4k TV for $650 and a bluetooth keyboard and moust for home ... quite a setup for $2k.
We can get a nice Panasonic 65" 4K UHD Image Motion 240Hz Smart LED TV (TC65DX800) on sale up here at one of our local cheapo stores. Regular $3999.99 on sale right as I type for $2497.99

http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...&sku=TC65DX800

You sure that $650 one will start up?
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This one is not a high quality item like the Panasonic but it was on sale here for $650 a couple weeks ago!

https://www.walmart.com/ip/VIZIO-Sma...65-E1/54518166

You can get a Sharp 60" for a little more, pretty good quality TV

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sharp-LC-...-x-2K/50855550

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We can get a nice Panasonic 65" 4K UHD Image Motion 240Hz Smart LED TV (TC65DX800) on sale up here at one of our local cheapo stores. Regular $3999.99 on sale right as I type for $2497.99

http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...&sku=TC65DX800

You sure that $650 one will start up?
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This is where it becomes a matter of personal preference.

For me, I am fine using a separate computer with big screen in the office for the more detailed and complex work, such as QuickBooks. I like to have 2-4 windows opened at once when doing my bookkeeping and there are a lot of options when using QuickBooks, it's a complex program.

When using a tablet/iPad it's different. Apps are made to be less complex and easier to work with, and for my purposes, I like that. I want the easier-to-use app when out in the field in front of the customer or in the van looking to enter something quick and be on my way. That's why I like the iPad, it gives me the functionality that I need without being too excessive and complicated.

But if you want to be able to use full programs and more complex programs, something like the Surface would be best.
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