This release is all about improving our mobile app software for Android, iOS and our Windows Desktop App. For iOS we are excited to release functionality that leverages Apple's latest operating system. We hope this helps our mobile users have a better and more productive experience when filling out forms with Canvas.
Apple has released their latest version of iOS and here at Canvas our mobile developers have been exploring the new software and beta testing it for a few months now. We have added a couple of features to leverage new functionality offered by Apple.
This feature is available when capturing photos with Canvas. Your photo gallery and a capture screen appear where your keyboard normally appears. The screen within the Canvas form you are filling out remains in place. We hope this saves mobile users a few seconds per photo by reducing the number of clicks it takes to capture photos with Canvas. If you pull photos from your gallery regularly, this will save you a lot of time.
The multi-tasking capability that Apple launched in a previous release was enhanced with iOS 11. We now allow you to multi-task with Canvas. This allows you to run two apps side by side on your iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro. So you can have your Photos app open on one side of your screen and Canvas on the other. You can quickly find the images you need to include with your Canvas submissions. Or if there are other apps you use for your job you can run that one along with Canvas. Our hope is that our mobile users gain some productivity benefits here saving valuable time while on the job.
Thanks to iOS 11 we are now able to allow you to drag and drop photos into Canvas. Using the photo “keyboard” you can now drag photos from your gallery right into Canvas. Or if you are using our new multi-tasking feature you can drag photos from your Photos app right into Canvas. This only works on an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro. Apple only supports it on those devices.
Customers have asked for this and we are happy to deliver it with this release. When you are previewing images you have captured with Canvas you are now able to pinch and zoom in on them. This will help you confirm if the picture you have taken captures what you were hoping to capture. Or if you are using Workflow and send a submission to another user that person can zoom in to get a better look at the image.
As with iOS, we have released this feature for Android, too!
When we released our completely re-built Windows Desktop App there were some features we didn't make available initially. This was one of them. This feature allows you to restart a Canvas form after a user hits the “Submit” button. So if you are using Canvas in a retail or kiosk environment (waivers, entering customer information, etc.) where your customers are filling out a Canvas form you can just have the form restart after the previous user hits the “Submit” button. This way you don't have to have your customers tap on the name of the form to fill it out.
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