Apps for Interior Designers

Apps for Interior Designers

By: Amanda Medlen Wow, how the world has changed!  Technological advances have come so fast that it is hard to keep up with everything.  Recently, I have come across many blogs and promotions for apps relating to the Interior Design profession.  But where do we start?  One of the most interesting apps I found was called MagicPlan by Sensopia.  Basically, you take a few pictures around a room and MagicPlan measures the size of that room, draws a floor plan of the space and it is able to export in several different file formats (DXF, PDF, JPEG or publish an interactive floor plan on the web).  I downloaded this app (which is free by the way!) and tested it out on a small room.  It was amazing!  The only thing I found difficult was holding the phone still enough to capture each corner of the room.  But once I got to the end it showed me a picture of the floor plan and asked if I approved.  I hit “No” because of a crooked wall and it fixed it automatically!  It even showed “problem” points around the room (along with an actual image) and provided tips on how to correct it.  I still have more experimenting to do with this but it seems like a “must-have” app! I few other apps worth mentioning are AutoCAD WS and Sketchbook by Autodesk.  AutoCAD WS allows you to view, edit and share DWG files with anyone, anywhere.   Sketchbook offers a ‘professional-grade paint and drawing application’ for quick napkin sketches and doodling.   Both of these could prove to be very beneficial for on the fly meetings with clients outside of the office. There are endless apps for designers, but these were just a few that I came across that I wanted to share.  I would love to hear what apps you are using and finding beneficial.   

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