Look into a pocket or open a bag belonging to an architect or interior decorator and invariably one would find a smartphone or tablet or both (even multiples of both!). Software developers focusing on architects and interior decorators have introduced many interesting mobile applications to assist architects and interior decorators do their work better. Some of them could even revolutionize the traditional methods of work.

We scoured popular mobile marketplaces to find the best rated and popular mobile applications targeted at architects and interior decorators. This selection includes applications that can assist in designing, calculating, simulation and collaboration. Have a look and perhaps you would find one that you would like to use frequently. If you feel we have missed an app worth mentioning, perhaps one that you yourself use regularly, let us know and we will include it in our next issue!

1. Morpholio (Multiple Apps)

The suite of apps developed by Morpholio is designed to allow users to create, manage and share images with others for feedback as well as critique images shared by others. For example, tools like Morpholio Trace lets users trace on top of imported images templates and circulate them.

 

Website: http://www.morpholioapps.com/morpholio/

Full Review: http://www.archdaily.com/366414/archdaily-app-guide-morpholio-2-0/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtyPivE-BAw

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/morpholio-portfolio-app-for/id484413042, free to download with in-app purchases

Google Android: Not Available

2. Paper

As the name suggests, the application is all about providing you ‘Paper’ on an iPad. It provides users with virtual sketchbooks of blank paper on which to unleash your creativity. The application’s key strength is its ability to recreate a physical paper environment on the mobile device in a simple, easy to use manner. Paper needs to be used with a ‘pen’ that has been designed specifically for it.

 

Website: https://www.fiftythree.com/paper

Full Review: http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/29/2909537/paper-drawing-ipad-app-fiftythree-brains-behind-courier

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812, free to download with in-app purchases

Google Android: Not Available

3. Autodesk Formit (Multiple Apps)

An early stage architectural modelling application for mobiles and tablets, it helps architects develop ideas into models quickly on the field. The models created through the app can be accessed via the cloud anytime. Features include seamless integration with desktop browsers, 3D sketching, ability to capture GPS locations, shadow studies, building performance study, 3D printing etc. The models can be developed in on a desktop using Autodesk Revit at a later stage seamlessly.

 

Website: http://www.autodesk.com/products/formit/overview

Full Review: http://www.padgadget.com/2012/12/10/autodesk-formit-ipad-app-review/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autodesk-formit/id575282599, free

Google Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autodesk.formIt&hl=en, free

4. AutoCAD 360 (Multiple Apps)

It is the AutoCAD mobile application that allows users to draw and draft on mobiles and tablets. Features include viewing, editing, sharing of CAD drawings, review and approval. Paid plans allow user to create drawing and make advanced editing and drawing tools available.

 

Website: https://www.autocad360.com/products/mobile/

Full Review: http://www.androidappsreview.org/autocad-360-android-app-review/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/autocad-ws/id393149734, free and paid plans available

Google Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autodesk.autocadws&hl=en, free and paid plans available

5. Microsoft Photosynth

It allows architects and interior decorators to create 360 degree panorama videos from photographs clicked on the phone or tablet. One can use them to create walk-throughs of building sites or their interiors. It can capture left to right as well as up and down panoramas.

 

Website: https://photosynth.net/

Full Review: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/software/103429/microsoft-photosynth-review-in-pictures/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/photosynth/id430065256, free (with some terms of use)

Google Android: Not Available

6. Sun Seeker

Architects can simulate the sun exposure and angle of locations or buildings using this app. It can be used to plan in advance for sun exposure in the building architecture. For example: use of glass in appropriate places.

 

Website: http://www.ozpda.com/applications.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ENGG6Drww

Full Review: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/review/follow-the-sun-with-the-fabulous-sun-seeker-for-ios

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/sun-seeker-3d-augmented-reality/id330247123, USD 6.99

Google Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ajnaware.sunseeker&hl=en, USD 6.99

7. Archisketch

It enables sketching to scale. After setting the initial drawing scale, anything drawn on the sketch will relate to the scale. It also allows layering, tracing, generating drawings from other drawings, 3D drawing and exporting to a desktop CAD application.

 

Website: http://www.ud-ltd.com/archisketch/

Full Review: http://www.archdaily.com/498303/app-review-archisketch-sketch-and-doodle-to-scale/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/archisketch-sketch-doodle/id725328455, free to download with in-app purchases

Google Android: Not Available

8. Arette Scale

In the same category as Archisketch, Arette Scale allows users to draw freehand to a preset scale. Users have access to various drawing tools, importing images, layering, sharing and collaboration, cloud storage etc.

Website: http://www.arrette.com/

Full Review: http://www.archdaily.com/523517/app-review-arrette-scale-precision-scale-drawing/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arrette-scale-sketch-draw/id730151020, USD 5.99

Google Android: Not Available

9. MyPantone

It provides access to the Pantone Color Libraries via the app. Architects and interior designers can create colour palettes and share them. Users can also click photographs and find the closest Pantone colour for any item in the photo. This Pantone Colour can then be used in other places.

 

Website: http://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=980&ca=86

http://www.bestappsite.com/mypantone-a-must-have-app-for-graphic-designers/

Full Review: http://www.bestappsite.com/mypantone-a-must-have-app-for-graphic-designers/

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mypantone/id329515634, USD 9.99

Google Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xrite.mypantone&hl=en, USD 7.99

10. The Hand of the Architect by Moleskine

Originally a book, The Hand of the Architect app features 378 sketches and drawings from 110 internationally renowned architects. It is intended to show the power of hand drawn sketches. Each sketch is high definition, shareable and accompanied by essays and biographies.

 

Website: http://mymoleskine.moleskine.com/community/apps/books.php#theHandOfTheArchitec

Full Review: Not available

Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/la-mano-dellarchitetto/id490106047, USD 16.99

Google Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moleskine.architect, INR 1,250

11. Penultimate

It is a digital handwriting app for the iPad that works with a specially designed stylus. It is intended to replace pen and paper and allows for writing as well as drawing of images.The product is developed and marketed by Evernote Corporation. Users of Evernote would be able to integrate Penultimate with it automatically and can sync and search on it across all devices.

 

Website: https://evernote.com/penultimate/

Full Review: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/review/penultimate-just-shy-of-the-ultimate-ipad-note-taking-app

Apple iOS (iPad only): https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/penultimate/id354098826?mt=8, free to download with in-app purchases

Google Android: Not Available

Other applications, worth trying…

iAnnotate PDF (iOS & Android): http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/#makepaperjealous

MagicPlan (iOS & Android): http://www.sensopia.com/english/index.html

Graphisoft BIMx (iOS & Android): http://graphisoft.com.au/bimx/

Sketchbook (iOS & Android): https://www.sketchbook.com/

Adobe Illustrator Draw (iOS): http://www.adobe.com/products/draw.html

iRhino 3D (iOS): http://www.rhino3d.com/ios

PadCAD (iOS & Android): https://plugworks.com/

Concept Idea Calculator (iOS): http://www.fastepp.com/index.php/en/concept-app