Creating building design concepts is an essential task for architects. Autodesk FormIt 360 lets you bring that complex task anywhere. When you’re starting with a blank slate, FormIt 360 offers a gallery of shapes that you can use as the basis of your design, so you can get started quickly. You can manipulate and edit the work, storing it online using Autodesk’s cloud services.
Once stored, you can open the design you created in the field or, from the comfort of your couch, on your computer and further refine the image using applications such as Revit. Better yet, you can collaborate on a design with other users who are using FormIt on a tablet.
How often are you asked to design a renovation, but there’s no floor plan available for you to start from? Typically, this means getting the measuring tape or laser measurer out and drawing out a plan. MagicPlan lets you take photos of a home or office. The app then converts those images into a floor plan.
To use MagicPlan, you stand in the centre of a room and shoot an image of each corner. The app then calculates distances – there’s a calibration process to go through in order to ensure the measurements are accurate. You mark things like windows and doors in and the app then creates a plan.
One warning – MagicPlan is free to download, but it’s not free to use. There is a per use fee or monthly subscription.
Free, but requires subscription for some features and commercial use, iOS and Android
Evernote is a general purpose, information capture tool. It’s not specifically a design app, but it can capture text, websites, photos, business cards and almost any other information you can think of.
For example, you can scan business cards and it will recognise the text, check for that person on LinkedIn, connect you if they are, email your contact information and add the contact you address book. Or you can scan receipts, save them and email them to your accounts team.
If you save a webpage or make a note, you can easily share it or even collaborate on it with colleagues and clients. In short, Evernote is a Swiss Army Knife for capturing information wherever you are.
Free, almost any mobile device or computer
Choosing the right colour and ensuring everyone in the project knows exactly what colour you mean in a design is critical. myPANTONE puts the ‘international language of colour’ into an app.
myPANTONE delivers access to over 13,000 PANTONE colours, including the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES and Fashion + Home colours.
As you choose colours to add to a palette, you simple drag a swatch onto one of the 10 palette slots on the screen. And, if you’re in the field and see an object and you need the Pantone colour number from that object, you can use your device’s camera to shoot an image. The app will extract the dominant colours and let you choose the one you’re looking for.
$12.99, Android and iOS