Apps for Woodworkers - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Apps

There are a phenomenal number of apps for Smartphones and tablet computers. We've made it a lot easier for you to find the right app to help you improve your efficiency, increase your productivity, and boost your bottom line.

Rather than having to search various web sites for apps, we've gathered them here - well, most of the apps that we think are useful.

If you are looking for additional apps other than what are listed here, check out the following sources:

 Your Operating SystemAPP Source
iOS
Apple iOSApp Store
blackberry
Blackberry OSBlackberry App World
android
Android OSAndroid Market

Let us know if you have a favourite app that you would like to share with our readers.

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app_houzz
Houzz Interior Design, Android   iOS, Free

Browse over nine million high-resolution photos of home interiors and exteriors by style, room and location, and then save and share. Use the Sketch feature to bring your design ideas to life by annotating, drawing on and adding products to your photos.
Home Improvement

APP LIBRARY:


 NAMETYPE
amerhardwoods
American Species Guide  iOS  Android Free

Everything you need to know about 20 major American hardwood species, profiling the appearance, physical and working properties, availability and typical applications of each.
Wood Identification
balusterpro
Baluster Pro Android  $2.93

Makes calculating spacing of handrail balusters a quick and easy task. Can be used for any job requiring equal spacing between boards or slats.
Calculator
app_board-foot-calc
Board Feet Calculator  iOS $0.99

Calculate board feet and total cost based on lumber dimensions, quantity, and price. The interface is easy to use and read. Results can be emailed, and the most recent information is automatically saved.
Calculator
boschip_100
Bosch ToolBox Android iOS  Free

This new version adds construction documentation, site measuring camera, unit converter, and flashlight to the existing dealer locator feature.
Tool Sourcing
boxfillpro
Box Fill Pro iOS Android  Free

An easy to use app that calculates "Box Fill" requirements for an electrical wiring box.
Electrical
bubblelevelpro
Bubble Level Pro Blackberry  $0.99

Bubble/spirit level.
Level
BuildCalc
BuildCalc Android iOS  $19.99

Advanced design layouts for balusters, stairs, miters, arcs, hip/valley rafters, jack rafters, common rafters, polygon angles, rake walls, square-ups and more.
Calculator
buildershelper
Builder's Helper iOS   $14.99

Advanced, feature-rich, intuitive & user-friendly construction app.
Construction
cabinetmaker
CabinetMaker FDM Android iOS  Free

Read CabinetMakerFDM magazine in a mobile format - for professional woodworkers and wood products manufacturers, appealing to everyone from one-man shops to large production facilities.
Media
camcard
CamCard iOS  $6.99

A business card reader with high recognition accuracy. Take a picture of a business card and CamCard recognizes the contact information and saves it.
Business
canvas
Canvas iOS, Blackberry, Android  $20

A wide range of business and productivity apps- download the app, store data on the Canvas server so that you can access it anywhere, anytime.
Business
CarpentersHelperLt
Carpenter's Helper Lite iOS  Free

An advanced construction calculator, capable of handling even the most demanding construction projects. Easy-to-use layout & features.
Calculator
clinometer
Clinometer Android iOS  Free

Bubble/spirit level.
Level
concretulator
Concretulator iOS  .99

Calculates your project down to the cubic yard and the number of 40#, 60#, and 80# bags you will need. You can also save the project and open it while shopping in your local home store.
Calculator
cmp
Construction Master Pro iOS  $19.99

The official Construction Master® Pro from Calculated Industries - an advanced construction math calculator.
Calculator
contractos_appbox
Contractor's App Box iOS  $11.99

Features the most commonly used forms in the construction industry. Complete your paperwork in the field for rapid distribution to the office, clients and consultants, saving time and money while monitoring the project.
Form Filler
convertbot
Convertbot iOS  $1.99

A unit conversion robot. Convert currency, length, mass, time and much more. In addition to its innovative interface, our robot is smart enough to convert to and from mixed units.
Conversion
dewalt1
DeWALT Mobile Pro iOS  Free

DEWALT Mobile Pro is a full-featured calculator and reference tool designed especially for construction professionals. It comes with a construction and scientific calculator plus various calculator templates for everyday area, length and volume computations.
Calculator
app_diyz
DIYZ Android iOS Free

Combines step-by-step instructions accompanied by segmented tutorial videos, curated suggestions for tools which can be purchased in the app, as well as the option to video chat to get professional advice from one of many expert contractors who can see your project and provide help. 
Home Improvement
app_ecalc
Electrical Calc  iOS  Android  $11.99

A professional electrical application for calculating common electrical problems. Not only calculates simple formulas but returns code results including wire sizing, conduit sizing, fusing, overload size, ground and bond size, etc, based on the Canadian Electric Code.
Utility
electricalwiringpro
Electrical Wiring Pro Android  $3.95

Dozens of electrical code & design features for working professionals.
Electrical
electrician_pro
Electrician Pro iOS  $19.99

Features tools needed to manage your clients, appointments, projects, products, services, time tracking, estimates, invoices, and point-of-sale. Requires no Internet access or desktop software, you control everything from your iOS, iOS, or iPod Touch!
Customer Management
evernote
Evernote  All Platforms Free

Helps you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your smartphone or tablet to your Mac or Windows desktop.
Note Taker
app_floorplan-creator
Floor Plan Creator  Android  Free

Create professional looking floorplans using predefined or free-form room shapes.
Productivity
app_fraction-calculator
Fraction Calculator iOS Free

Work in and convert between all building dimensional formats: feet-inch-fractions, inch fraction, yards, decimal feet (10th, 100th), decimal inches and metric (km, m, cm, mm). No ads. Designed with simplicity, usability and beauty in mind!
Utility
genius_scan
Genius Scan iOS  Free

Turns your iOS into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF.
Scanner
HomeImprovementTools
Home Builder Pocket Reference iOS  $1.99

Puts home construction information you need to know at your finger tips. Includes over 500 illustrations and 30 calculators to help you understand and apply the information.
Construction
guniticon
gUnit: Unit & Currency Converter iOS  $1.99

An intuitive unit and currency converter that provides lightning fast results. Holds more than 330 units and currencies.
Unit/Currency Converter
handyman_sidekick
HandyMan Sidekick iOS  $1.99

For managing a handful of common around-the-house project calculations - Dry Wall, Paint, Flooring, Wallpaper, Garden mulch.
DIY
homedepot
The Home Depot iOS  Free

Research and purchase from over 245,000 products, check store inventory, scan QR and UPC codes.
Research/Retail
HomeImprovementTools
Home Improvement Tools iOS  $99

Calculators for drywall, paint, carpeting, floor tiles, concrete, brick, mulch
Calculator
hourstracker
HoursTracker Android   iOS  Free

Easily track your time and earnings for one or more jobs. Clock in and clock out as you work or enter start and stop times yourself.
Time Tracking
idwood
I.D. Wood iOS  $4.90

Pocket Guide to Woods from around the world with full screen samples and detailed information for over 200 different woods.
Wood Identification
iHandy
iHandy Carpenter iOS Android  $1.99

Consists of a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor, and steel ruler
Construction
invoice2go
Invoice2Go Android & iOS  From $49/year

Create invoices from your phone, tablet or computer. All your documents are synced across your devices, with charts and reports to track who has paid and who still owes you money. Also create estimates, purchase orders and more - all the documents you need, organized in one place.
Business
iquick
iQuick Estimator iOS  $4.99

Estimates Flooring, Drywall, Paint, Concrete, Roofing and Framing.
Constructioin
itimeclock
iTimeClock Lite iOS  Free

Allows you to track the number of hours you work on a project.
Time Tracking
joist
Joist Estimating and Invoicing Tool - iOS  Free

Joist is the new tool for contractors that allows you to estimate, invoice, collect payments, and manage projects from anywhere.
Estimating
klein
Klein Tools iOS  Free

Your portal to Klein Tools - includes a Distributor Locator so you can find nearby Klein Tools distributors; New Products Feed to up-to-date with new Klein Tools tools; and a YouTube Browser so you can watch product and educational videos.
Product Information
LinkedIn_100
LinkedIn Mobile all devices  Free

Mobile connection to your LinkedIn network.
Networking
one-key
Milwaukee ONE-KEY  iOS  Android  Free

Milwaukee's Digital Platform for Tools and Equipment enabling you to manage your inventory, control wireless tools, and report performance.
Productivity
minibooks
MiniBooks for FreshBooks iOS  $14.99

Puts the popular web invoicing software FreshBooks in the palm of your hand. Manage clients, send invoices, run timers, and record payments. Plus, MiniBooks fully synchronizes with your FreshBooks account.
Accounting
apps_mymeasures
My Measures  Android iOS $7.99

Making paper sketches of objects can be a tedious job. You have to draw the object, add dimensions and make sure others will understand what you meant. Often they don´t. My Measure is a powerful application for storing and sharing object dimensions. All you have to do is take a photo of an object and add dimensions: arrows, angles, photos of details and equip them with text comments for easier understanding.
Utility
penultimate
Penultimate iOS  $.99

Powerful, easy-to-use handwriting app for iOS. Fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea
Note Taker
pocket_informant
Pocket Informant iOS  $12.99

A fully integrated Calendar and Task solution for your iOS/iPod Touch The addition of a full-featured Notes tab, and complete Contact management eliminate the need to ever look elsewhere for your organizational purposes.
Personal Information Manager
power_tool_tuneup_100
Power Tool Tune-Up - iOS  $4.95

This app shows how to properly tune up and maintain the most common power tools in your woodworking shop. You get step-by-step instructions, over 150 photos, and over 60 minutes of video from Woodworker's Journal magazine's tool experts Sandor Nagyszalanczy and Chris Marshall, as well as a maintenance calendar to keep your machines at their best all year round.
Maintenance
PQE
Project Quote Estimate iOS  $4.99

Create professional PDF quotes. Use 19 different calculators and estimators to estimate materials and costs, including paint, drywall, staircase, roofing.
Calculator
RidgidLevelSS
Ridgid Digital Level - Android   iOS  Free

Features three vials for plumb, level and 45° miter. There is an optional sound feature that allows you to audibly determine your results for situations when you cannot view the screen.
Level
roofing_calc_pro
PRO iOS  $19.99

For roofing contractors and sales people to quickly estimate roofing cost, roof size, and roofing materials amount and prices.
Calculator
shoebox
Shoeboxed iOS  Free

The easiest way to keep track of receipts and generate expense reports.
Accounting
simpson_ace
Simpson Strong Tie ACE - iOS/Android  Free

Simpson Strong-Tie's Adhesive Cartridge Estimator (ACE) mobile app quickly calculates the number of cartridges of Simpson Strong-Tie Anchoring Adhesive necessary to complete your specific installation.
Construction
smartcutter
Smart Cutter iOS  $1.99

Allows you to find the optimal cut layout of a large sheet cut into smaller pieces with minimum scrap. Just enter the large and small sheet dimensions, and the tool will generate the optimal cut layout diagram. You can email the generated output image, or save it into your Photos Album.
Layout Tool
square
Square iOS  Free

Accept credit cards on your iOS, iOS or iPod touch. It's only 2.75% per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. No contracts, monthly fees or merchant accounts. Funds are deposited into your bank account the next day.
Accounting
stanley-floor-plan-app
Stanley Floor Plan, Android iOS, $9.99/month or $2.99/plan

Creates inside maps. It measures your rooms and draws your floor plan just by taking pictures. Simply add objects, annotations, and attributes to create an inside map. Turn your phone or tablet into a floor plan mapping, job estimating, space planning tool with the STANLEY Floor Plan App. You can pay to get your plan in PDF, JPG, PNG, SVG, DXF, and CSV formats, as well as publish an interactive map on the web. 
Layout Tool
thestanleylevel
Stanely Level iOS  Free

Turns your iOS or iOS into a level.
Level
sugarsync
SugarSync iOS  Free

Puts all of your data from all of your computers right at your fingertips…anytime, anywhere from your iOS, iOS, or iPod Touch.
 
Networking
tasktask
TaskTask HD iOS  $4.99

Synchronizes with most Exchange servers to keep your tasks in sync between your mobile device and Outlook. Note: an Exchange Server account is required to synchronize tasks between Outlook and TaskTask HD. It is not compatible with Gmail, Comcast, or other non-Exchange e-mail accounts.
Task Management
taskthis
Task This iOS  Free

Allows you to manage individual tasks or tasks grouped in project. Your contacts can be associated to your project. Each project can also have one or several budgets or shopping lists:
Task Manager
things
Things iOS  $19.99

An intuitive task manager. Effortlessly manage to-dos, notes, due dates, and projects. A smart today list and the scheduling feature allow you to work as effectively as possible - every day.
To-Do
app_tiny flashlight
Tiny Flashlight + LED  Android  Free

A simple flashlight app with LED light and several screen modes. Free plugins like the Strobe, Morse, and Blinking lights make this flashlight one of the best productivity tools for your device.
Utility
tsheets
TSheets Smartphones  $10/month

TSheets provides time tracking and scheduling that employees love; featuring mobile, online time sheets, GPS location tracking, clock in/out notifications, and drag-and-drop scheduling. TSheets' crew functionality gives managers total control over their team, and TSheets kiosk transforms any computer or tablet into a physical time punch station.
Time Tracker
walter
Walter Safety Application - iOS  Free

Provides metalworkers around the world with easy access to essential safety information when working on factory floors, job sites, etc.
Safety
woodbeamcal
Wood Beam Calculator Android  Free

A Structural Engineering application for Engineers, Architects or Contractors to size wood members. Checks stress and deflection.
Calculator
app_wood-calculator
Wood Calculator  iOS $1.99

Calculate the volume, weight or the calorific value for different types of wood. Ideal app for for foresters, forest farmers, forest owners and timber buyers.
Calculator
woodbeamcal
Wood Joist Calculator Android  Free

A Structural Engineering application for Engineers, Architects or Contractors to size wood joists. Checks stress and deflection.
Calculator
app_woodshop_calculator
WoodShop Calculator  All Platforms  From $9.99

Enter your door style and cabinet sizes, and the calculator will build a complete project plan with part dimensions and cutting guides.
Calculator
woodworkercalc
WoodworkerCalc iOS  $.99

Fraction calculator that tracks errors that can accumulate during layout. Calculations are displayed on tapes which can be saved and restored. There is also a panel for doing triangle based calculations.
Calculator
woodwhisper
The Wood Whisperer - iOS Android  Free

A companion app for the woodworking community at TheWoodWhisperer.com.
Blog
workshop_widget
The Woodshop Widget iOS  $3.99

A collection of wood-related utilities, ranging from board volume calculation to shellac mixing aids, and squareness testing,
 
General Utilities
xactscope
XactScope iOS/iOS  Free

XactScope is a mobile estimating solution based on Xactimate. XactScope allows estimators to enter all information related to a claim, sketch complete floor plans and roofs, use live price lists, and generate PDF reports all while on site
Estimating
expense_tracker
XpenseTracker iOS  $4.99

All-inclusive expense tracking and reporting application for anyone wishing to track their expenses & mileage.
Expense Tracker & Mileage Log

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