Best Fieldwire Feature Updates of 2016

MarielleroundMarielle Price
Director of Customer Success

2016 was a busy year for us at Fieldwire. We developed quite a few new features, and most of them were based on your direct feedback, so thanks for your support in our continuous improvement!

Here are some of the top features that we released in the past year:

Calendar View, Related Tasks, & Task Duration

We know that keeping on top of your schedule is a high priority in the field. That’s why we’ve added more options to help you keep track of what’s happening next. You can now relate tasks to one another, add start and end dates to your tasks, and view your entire project schedule in a monthly, weekly, or daily calendar display.

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Improved Photo & Video

This year, we focused on improving the overall photo experience in Fieldwire. You can now view all of your project photos in one place - the Photos tab. You can also now add videos and boost photo quality with focus and zooming features.

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Measurement & Scaling Tools

We received a lot of feedback for better take off features on your plans. So we added length and area measurement markup tools, and went a step further by making it possible to scan your plans for a scale, automatically calibrating your vector/text-based plans. If you don’t have vector PDFs, you can use the new batch scale tool under the Actions menu.

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Report Updates

We revamped our PDF and CSV reports with better formatting, sorting options, and filtering capabilities. There are also more customization options with the ability to add your company logo and color to the report cover pages.

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Improved Mobile Selective Syncing for Projects & Plans

To save precious space on your phones and tablets, we added selective project syncing so you only need to download the projects you want to access in the field on your mobile device. We also added the option to limit the number of plan versions downloaded to your devices, which helps save space for those projects with lots of plan revisions!

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New Filtering Options - Plan Tags, Photo Tags & Recently Viewed

We know that the key to being a useful tool is providing the information you need as soon as possible. That’s why we’ve added more filtering options for plans, tasks, and photos. Adding tags to plans and photos to group related items together will help you pull up important data quicker. You can also now easily re-open recently viewed plans!

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Improved Task Notifications

Since Fieldwire is all about collaboration, notifications are the key to keeping the team on the same page. We’ve expanded our notifications to include real-time indicators on web. On the mobile app, the notifications now bring you to the task itself, so there’s no need to hunt around for the information. You’ll always know what the newest information is, whether you’re on web or mobile.

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International Coverage - All Currencies & Additional Languages

As Fieldwire usage is expanding, so is our global reach! We now support all international currencies for cost tracking in tasks. We also localized several more languages (Brazilian Portuguese & Russian) to raise our total number of supported languages up to 9!

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On behalf of everyone at Fieldwire, thank you everyone for making this our best year yet! Keep letting us know the type of features you want to see, and we'll keep building them. Let's make 2017 even better than last year!


Start the Year with Some New Features

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

Now that the holidays have passed and a new year has dawned, it’s time to start off 2017 the right way. No doubt you were on your best behavior all of 2016 (if not, just play along), so we have a sack full of belated goodies to hand out to you. Some of you may have peeked at these presents a little early, as a few of these new features were already released weeks back in beta mode. But now we’re ready to unveil the finished products, so grab a seat and start unwrapping some of Fieldwire’s new gifts to you!

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Improved Calendar and Task View

Let’s begin with a feature that many of you have had on your wishlist for a while now: the new-and-improved Calendar View. Now, we’ve always had a version of Calendar View available for your tasks, but it used to be limited to the 3-week lookahead. This has been replaced with an infinite, visually-streamlined calendar to display all of your upcoming tasks. Whether you want to schedule tasks 3 weeks or 3 years into the future, every date is now an option, and you can organize the Calendar View by day, week, or month increments. We’ve also addressed all your scheduling needs by replacing the old Due Date system with Start and End Dates for tasks. This will further clarify to your crew the duration each task has to reach completion. Any Due Dates you already had set for your tasks have automatically become End Dates, which you can adjust if necessary. The beefy new Calendar View is now available on the web version of Fieldwire.

We've also updated how tasks now look when you open them on web. The new task view places all the core task attributes along the right side of the task window, leaving the main body of the task for your notes, photos, checklists, and all other content. Just making it easier for you to see all the details at a glance! This new task view should go live within the next day or two, but here's a sneak peak:

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Redesigned Project Dashboard

Next up, we have something surely all of you have noticed by now when logging in on the web: the new Project Dashboard. We’ve given your account’s homepage a sleek new design, to make it easier to locate and distinguish between all of the projects you’re a part of, as well as locate your Account and People settings much easier. We’ve also made our tutorial videos easier to find as well, just in case you need any pointers while using Fieldwire.

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Batch Scaling for Plans

The next web-only feature we’ve added is another innovative tool: the batch scale feature for your plans. As you may know, if your drawings have scales already printed on them, Fieldwire will automatically read and scale each sheet accordingly. For those plans without a scale, or if you simply want to change things up, you can now select all the plans you wish and set their scale as you see fit. This should make managing drawing scale a much simpler process.

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Mobile Sheet Storage Options

Now let’s open up some of our exciting mobile app developments, starting with the new mobile storage options for your plans. We know that sometimes, depending on your mobile device’s capacity, it can be difficult to preserve memory space on some of those larger projects. We released the selective syncing project feature in the past to help mitigate this, and in order to further address your device space issues, we’ve now made it possible to adjust how many sheet revisions your projects will sync. You can select up to 10 new versions (or fewer if you prefer) and that will help save data space in the Fieldwire app. On Android, you will be able to change the number of sheet versions synced via each project’s Settings page; this is not yet possible on the iOS app, however as a workaround, you can still set the version number preference on web and it will go into effect on iOS.

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Recently Viewed Plans

Another great addition is the Recently Viewed Plans tool, which can be found on the Plans page in both the iOS and Android apps. Clicking on this makes it easy to pull back up the most recent sheets you’ve opened, rather than having to search for or remember which ones you were just looking at. This will make plan viewing even easier than it already was in Fieldwire, so starting pulling up those sheets.

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Additional Task Sorting

We offer a lot of different attributes to choose from when creating your tasks, and now you can sort through and organize those tasks in new ways on both iOS and Android. The new Task Sorting tool allows you to pull up your list of tasks based on Priority, Start/End Date, Last Modified, Completion Date, and Verification Date, so every task is displayed in a useful way while you’re working. Whether you have a preferred sorting order or it changes from day to day, our mobile apps have you covered.

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Mobile Photos Tab Updates

For those interested in managing their project photos, we have some updates to the Photos section as well. First off, the Photos section is now available on the iOS app, so you can see your task and plan photos all collected in one convenient album. And on both the iOS and Android app, you can now add photos directly to the Photos section, just like on web. So keep snapping new field photos while you’re out on the job!

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Improved Android Camera

Those users who favor the Android app have another photo-related update to take for a spin: improved in-app camera functionality! You will now be able to zoom in and select specific focal points when taking photos in Fieldwire on Android devices. These new camera features will add more clarity to your photos, and should hopefully prove useful to those of you angling for that perfect on-site shot.

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Scribble on Android

And last but not least, we have one more tiny gift for our Android users - the Scribble task tool! iOS users will already be familiar with the Scribble tool, which allows you to either leave a signature or draw an image within a task, and now this handy feature has been included in the Android app. It should be a helpful little addition to your task management arsenal.

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There it is, your complete holiday haul of new Fieldwire features! This should be plenty of gifts to keep you busy as we take our first steps into 2017, and if you’re still feeling a little greedy, don’t worry. We’re already working on more new developments to include in Fieldwire, so it won’t be long until we have even more feature announcements to make. Like a dear old grandma, we like to spoil you here at Fieldwire.

Fieldwire is free for small teams on Apple iOS, Android, and on the web. We support 1,000+ companies across 50,000+ projects, and our community continues to grow even larger as we roll into 2017.

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A Special Message to all our Veterans

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

On behalf of the Fieldwire team, we want to thank you for your service. We’re so grateful for the hard work that all of you who have served or are currently serving undertake to keep us and our country safe.

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As a small token of our appreciation, the first 100 servicemen and women who write in to sara@fieldwire.com will be sent a free Fieldwire t-shirt. Just include your shirt size, mailing address, and a photo of yourself in uniform, and we’ll get your shirt in the mail. This offer is good all through this Veteran’s Day weekend, and will conclude come Monday, November 14.

If you’re not a veteran and still would like to sport our great swag, you can get them through the Fieldwire Store. All profits go to the people at Hire Heroes USA, whose mission to empower U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce is already generating over 100 hired individuals every week.

Thanks again for your dedication and sacrifice. We truly appreciate it!


Fieldwire Features for the Fall

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

Alliteration aside, this is a special time of the year. Not just because the leaves are turning orange, and not just because October has begun (although we’re already excited for Halloween around the Fieldwire office). So why, you ask? Because we have some new features to share with you! No tricks here, just some great new treats to improve your experience with Fieldwire. You don’t even need a costume to earn them, though we do encourage costumes all the same. Some of these new developments have been live for a week or so now, but for those of you unaware, let’s reveal all the thrilling updates waiting to be unwrapped.

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For starters, you can now capture short videos in Fieldwire! Ever been in a situation where just adding a photo didn’t seem like enough to convey important information? Well, now you can include a video in your tasks or attach it to your plans in order to show your team exactly what you’re seeing even easier than before. You can capture videos on any iOS device and most Android devices (some older Android devices may not be able to take new videos, but they can still view videos posted by others). So start including some videos along with your photos as you’re working on-site and give your crew the best possible view of your progress.

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To go along with the new video feature is our brand new app camera. We’ve updated the built-in camera in the Fieldwire mobile apps, so now you can better document valuable information and know exactly how your photos and videos will be formatted once you save them in your projects. The camera for the iOS app will look more or less the same, while the Android app's camera will look quite different, but both share the same updated functionality. We’ve also made it easier to draw from your mobile devices photo gallery, so you can upload photos from outside of Fieldwire with just a few clicks. Take it for a spin!

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Next up, we now support batch task management on the web version of Fieldwire. What that means is if go to the Tasks page, then hold down the Shift key and click on two separate tasks, all of the tasks between those two tasks will also be highlighted (so you’ll have one block of tasks selected). You can then drag those tasks to any other priority in Priority View or due date in Calendar View and update all of them at once. Being able to add a mass update to multiple tasks in one go will help save time and simplify management of many of your similar tasks, and should come in handy when you’re scheduling, preparing inspections, and creating punch lists.

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We’ve also made some changes to have your view your plans on the web. Now when you open up your plans, you’ll see an all-new streamlined interface for managing your plans. Nothing drastic has been switched around, we’ve just tailored the plan view display a bit to make everything clearer and ensure that you can edit sheet information, reference older versions, and flip between sheets without any confusion.

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There’s even a new button at the top of the Plans page on web - the “Recently Viewed” button, which will show you the sheets that you recently opened in order to make pulling them up again a simple process. You won’t have to scroll around or open up folders to find these plans again after closing them, just hit the “Recently Viewed” button to drop down a list and access them quickly.

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Our final treat pertains to checklists in PDF reports, so those of you with premium Fieldwire accounts can now generate detailed reports with the full dates of all checklist items included. Each item that has been checked off will include the initials of the user who did the checking, as well as the entire date listed right next to the item, so you have an accurate representation of when each step was completed. A simple but useful update that will help clarify data from every task checklist that your team is working off of.

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You lucky devils weren’t expecting so many treats at the beginning of October, were you? Well, we aim to please here at Fieldwire, and in truth, we’re the ones who should be thanking you. Without your dedicated feedback and great ideas, new features like these might not ever see the light of day. So thanks! Now if you’ll excuse us, we have more new features (and candy) to sink our teeth into.

Fieldwire is free for small teams on Apple iOS, Android, and on the web. We already support 1,000+ companies across 50,000+ projects, and we rise from the grave each day to make that day easier for you, our users. Let’s continue having a frightfully fun time working in the field together!

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Fieldwire at LCI Congress

Javedround75Javed Singha
Co-founder

Ready to start managing your projects more effectively? Join us at the 18th Annual LCI Congress hosted by the Lean Construction Institute in Chicago, IL this October! Fieldwire will be attending this lean construction conference next week, and we’d love if you stopped by our booth so we can help you get started streamlining your projects!

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We place lean construction principles at the heart of our product, so participating in an event like this is a great opportunity that we wouldn’t dream of passing up. Fieldwire representatives will be at the LCI Congress from Tuesday, October 4 to Friday, October 7, and you can find us at Booth #15 on the event floor by following this map here:

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We’re looking forward to meeting with you and everyone at the LCI Congress to start diving into the efficient, modern methods that you can use to elevate your construction techniques to new heights. If you’re interested in reaching out to us before the event, please contact us at support@fieldwire.com so we can get in touch. Otherwise, feel free to stop by our booth on the fly.

You can also directly request a demo with us at the LCI Congress by following this link. If you book a demo before attending the conference via that link, you're guaranteed to win yourself a $10 Amazon gift card when you show up at our booth! We like win-win deals here at Fieldwire.

See you next week in Chicago!