Leading Publisher of Books for the Construction Industry Partners With Canvas to Offer Forms as Mobile Apps

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Craftsman Book Company utilizes Canvas Solutions to automate paper-based construction forms from the popular book “Construction Forms for Contractors.”

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Canvas apps offer the best of both worlds, by bringing Craftsman’s paper construction forms and educational components to mobile devices everywhere. Ben Moselle, Publisher of Craftsman Book Company,

Canvas announced today it launched an App Store for Craftsman Book Company, a leading publisher of books and software titles covering nearly every construction trade and task. Craftsman has taken the bold step to offer business forms from one of its most popular titles - Construction Forms for Contractors by Karen Mitchell and Craig Savage - as mobile apps. This will allow contractors to complete proposals, change orders, accident reports, subcontract agreements and much more on their Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones and tablets.

In contrast to boilerplate paper forms, every Canvas application is customizable by the end user, and comes with GPS/location, image capture, barcode scanning, electronic signatures and accessibility to a customer’s own data such as parts catalogs and patient records. Once a form is completed, the output PDF can be emailed and is stored in the user’s account. This not only expedites the communication process, but also eliminates the need to fax paperwork or drive it back to the office.

As Craftsman puts a premium on educating and enabling contractors, they required that each app have an educational component. Before completing a specific form, contractors can read a detailed description of the form’s purpose and when and how to use it. This comes in handy for less commonly-used forms like safety agreements, waivers of lien on material and labor, non-responsibility notices, etc.

“Many long-time ‘ink on paper’ customers are starting to demand Craftsman’s products in digital format. Canvas apps offer the best of both worlds, by bringing Craftsman’s paper construction forms and educational components to mobile devices everywhere,” said Ben Moselle, Publisher of Craftsman Book Company, adding “The option to use the program with unlimited risk-free access for 30 days really speaks to the confidence Canvas has in their product. The flexible pricing options make their solution more affordable than Canvas’s competition.”

“Canvas is serving a fast-growing community of contractors as the industry realizes the potential of using mobile devices to capture information and data. Our partnership with Craftsman, a leading brand in this publishing space, now provides contractors of all specialties with pre-built apps they can download and use immediately,” added James Quigley, CEO of Canvas.

About Craftsman Book Company
Craftsman Book Company – originally Cal Pacific Builders (1952-1953) – developed from a partnership between a construction contractor and licensed civil engineer. The first Craftsman book, California Home Estimator, was published in 1953. Since that time, Craftsman has published hundreds of technical and professional references for the construction industry. Tens of thousands of contractors, remodelers, custom builders, appraisers, adjusters, estimators, architects, engineers and other construction professionals in the United States and Canada rely on Craftsman’s software products and cost estimating data publications. Craftsman’s Construction Contract Writer software is a first-in-class productivity tool used by construction professionals to meet increasingly more stringent state contracting standards.
Craftsman Book Company is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. To learn more visit http://www.craftsman-book.com.

About Canvas
Canvas makes it easy to publish data collection apps on smartphones and tablets as well as other devices such as laptops, netbooks and barcode scanning devices. Canvas reduces paper consumption, redundant data entry, and excess processes for businesses and mobile professionals. The Canvas software service enables mobile professionals to collect information using their mobile devices and share that information across their business community. This information can even be integrated with backend software systems.

Canvas also offers the first mobile business app store of its kind, allowing businesses from diverse industries to find mobile applications specific to their business that work on Android, Blackberry, Apple, and Windows mobile/desktop devices. Every Canvas application is customizable by the end user, and comes with GPS/location, image capture, barcode scanning, electronic signatures and accessibility to a customer’s own data like parts catalogs and patient records. To date, Canvas has automated nearly 400,000 manual processes/paper forms, making it one of the fastest growing mobile app services for businesses. To learn more visit http://www.GoCanvas.com.

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